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Consolidate this: Quantified self edition

My friend, Kevin Kelly, coined the term quantified self in October of 2007 with this blog post. In the in six years since, the fruits of such self …

How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Photo: Pond5<p>The word meditation can immediately conjure images of Buddhist monks in saffron robes or new-age beatniks in clouds of incense — which …

Evernote rolls out two-factor authentication to better protect your notes

If you’re one of the many digital packrats who rely on Evernote to save the detritus of your life in one place, you’ll be happy to know that the company is taking steps to save your data from hackers.<p>Evernote today added two-factor authentication to its service, as an optional feature for all …

Pokkt, An Alternative Payments Platform For Mobile Users In India, Raises Seed Funding

Pokkt, an India-based platform for game developers who want to earn revenue through ways outside of virtual currency transactions, raised a seed round of funding led by Singapore’s early-stage fund Jungle Ventures.<p>Also participating in the round is Samir Bangara, who is a co-founder and managing …

Enterproid gets $12M in fresh funding and a new name: Divide

Enterproid has $12 million in cash from a new Series B funding round led by Google Ventures, a current backer, and new investors Globespan Capital …

Moti Is A Smart Motor That Wants To Fire Up App-Controlled, DIY Robotics

This embed is invalid<p>Here’s another project aiming to make DIY robotics as easy as child’s play. Moti is a smartphone-controlled smart motor, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, that can be attached to everyday objects like cardboard boxes or more elaborate 3D printed creations to let kids …

Yahoo unveils total email redesign inspired by Flickr and Tumblr

But will it be enough to win back Gmail users?<p>Yahoo’s march to modernize its core products continues with a significant redesign of Yahoo Mail that brings Flickr-generated themes, a new compose screen, and a host of other features designed to win back defectors. The company is also putting a cap on …

Swirl, A Beacon-Fueled Marketing System, Raises $8M So Retailers Can Track Shoppers

With the goal of closing the gap between retailers and shoppers, the SaaS startup Swirl Networks, Inc. is rolling out a system of in-store beacons to notify consumers of specific deals according to where they stand in the store.<p>A little Big Brother? Yes. But it’s happening: Swirl has just closed an …

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em — U.K.’s Angels Den Jumps On Crowdfunding Bandwagon

Well, what do we have here? Angels Den, Bill Morrow’s old skool angel network, has jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon.<p>That’s somewhat puzzling as Morrow is a well-known critic of the equity-based crowfunding model pioneered by the likes of Seedrs and Crowdcube in the UK. But, then again, the …

32 Percent Never Shop For Clothing Online, Poll Finds

The arrival of a package full of clothing you purchased online is enough to cause an endorphin rush comparable to Christmas morning's glee... until you open it and discover that it's the wrong size or the wrong color or the wrong item entirely. You get the picture.<p>Online shopping isn't always …

Dollar Shave Club Lands $12 Million Investment to Dramatically Expand Product Portfolio

Dollar Shave Club was once all about the razors.<p>But if CEO Michael Dubin has his way, his commerce company will expand its product portfolio by the …

Loop turns almost any point-of-sale system into a mobile payment machine (hands-on)

In a small shop on University Avenue in Palo Alto, mobile payments vet Will Graylin proudly points out the point-of-sale (POS) system sitting next to the register. "This is a 13-year-old Hypercom," Will explains, emphasizing its age and the lack of modern mobile payment options. Then, he does …

Socratic gets $1.5M from top investors to build a StackExchange for education

Online learning sites are popping up across the web, from massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera to the non-profit video-centric …

Swirl raises $8M to hit shoppers when they are most vulnerable — in-store

We are in the midst of a beacon bonanza.<p>Swirl has raised $8 million for its beacon solution, which lets retailers reach customers when it matters the most — in-store.<p>Swirl uses beacons, bluetooth low energy (BLE), and mobile devices to deliver targeted offers to consumers. Its beacons connect to …

American Express Serve Goes After The “Under-Banked” With Prepaid Cards You Load With Cash In Stores

Even big companies have to pivot. American Express’ digital wallet platform Serve, which began its life as something of a PayPal competitor online before signing deals with operators for some sort of mobile play, is today returning to something the company knows best: plastic cards. With the newly …

Intel Bay Trail benchmarks show big boost for Windows 8.1 and Android tablets

Things are changing at Intel. In the desktop world, the company is used to staggering its efforts with a "tick-tock" product cycle. First it manufactures an existing chip design at a smaller size of transistor ("tick") and then, usually a year later, it improves the architecture while sticking to …

Basis Fitness Watchmaker Raises $11.75M To Build A Cross-Device Health Data Hub

Fitbits, FuelBands, and Jawbones don’t matter and neither does their data unless they make us healthier. That’s why Basis wants to build a platform that unites our fragmented quantified-self data and mines it for healthy ways to improve our behaviors. So today Basis announced an $11.75 million …

Meet Looking Glass: The 2-D Tech That Could Crush 3-D Printing

“Purely visually, I think Looking Glass sort of crushes–it will crush–3-D object printing,” says Frayne.<p>To explain Looking Glass, Frayne met me in a …

Microsoft to increase its reach with remote desktop apps

Is Microsoft ready to go to war with its longtime virtualization partner Citrix? It definitely seems that way, given the company's announcement on October 7 that it will roll out new remote desktop apps for iOS and Android devices.<p>Microsoft officials didn't play up the coming Remote Desktop apps, …

Panasonic will stop selling plasma TVs by March 2014, says Reuters

Panasonic may have developed its final plasma TV panel, but the company said it planned to continue sales into 2014 at least, noting its "responsibility" to customers. The reality may be towards the shorter end of that timeframe, however, as Reuters reports that Panasonic will exit the plasma …

Dome9 Brings On The Pretty Pictures To Make AWS Security Less Of A Labyrinth

Amazon Web Services has a user interface that makes it a monster to manage. To view the status of deployments across thousands of instances on AWS is a complex, often manual process.<p>There is a new generation of companies that are making it visually easier to manage AWS deployments, the latest of …

Google Hangouts finally takes a cue from iMessage with rumored SMS support

Google Hangouts may soon get the one feature it always seemed designed to have: SMS support.<p>The addition could finally make it to Google’s messaging app with Hangouts 1.3, reports AndroidPolice, which acquired purported screenshots of the update.<p>SMS support in Hangouts seems like such an obvious …