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Lumus secures $15 million to expand their augmented reality optical display capabilities

Lumus—makers of transparent near-to-eye displays for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)—announced this morning that they have secured $15 million in a Series B round, led by global private investment firm Shanda Group and also by Crystal-Optech, a Chinese optical imaging company.<p>One of …

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How Accurate Is Your Activity Monitor? Fitbit, Jawbone And Others Put To The Test

Your trusty activity monitor says you burned 300 calories during your morning run, but can you really trust it?<p>According to a study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University, activity monitors may not be as accurate as you'd expect them to be, with some of the most popular devices on the …

You've never heard of ProjectManager? Startup gets $3.5M to fix that & expand into the U.S.

It’s a good day to be part of New Zealand-based company ProjectManager.com. The company announced it has recently secured $3.5 million in new funding to help fuel the growth of the business in the United States.<p>In addition to the new funding, ProjectManager.com has also established a top-notch …

New visual storytelling site highlights how to engage your audience

NewsCred, the visual content marketing and syndication service, today launched a new microsite called The Power of Visual Storytelling, in conjunction with its partner Getty Images, the stock photo agency.<p>The site, and its accompanying free 34-page White Paper of the same name, provide advice and …

Google’s New Web Starter Kit Is A Boilerplate For Multi-Screen Web Development

For a long time now, Google has offered developers a set of what it believes are best practices for modern web development. Today it is going beyond just providing this information by launching the Web Starter Kit, a boilerplate kit similar to HTML5 Boilerplate that includes templates and tooling …

How Candy Crush gets you hooked - six addictive tricks

Casual games like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds may look simple, but underneath those bright colours, calming sounds and flashing messages, there's a lot of deep thinking going on.<p>In the era of omnipresent smartphones and tablets, these sacharrine treats are nigh-on inescapable, and as …

Time Buys Seattle-Based Family Organizer Service Cozi

Time, Inc. has acquired Seattle-based Cozi, the makers of a popular family organizer utility for web and mobile, the companies announced on Monday. Founded in 2005 by Robbie Cape and Jan Miksovsky, both previously of Microsoft, Cozi offers a suite of tools, primarily aimed moms, which help with …

Paranoid Android 4.4 BETA1 adds Theme Engine and a host of fixes

Work never ceases for the developers over at Paranoid Android, as the team has just released the next build of its custom Android 4.4.2 based ROM. The new 4.4 BETA1 build includes the popular Theme Engine, a stable version of Hover, and a lot of other fixes and patches.<p>Theme Engine is a handy tool …

Headspace Reveal Their New Snazzy App That Makes Meditation A Breeze

Headspace, the masters of online meditation, have unveiled a new version of their app that promises to make switching off and zoning out even …

Finally, Someone Is Disrupting The Towel

Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way.<p>The Body Dryer dries …

5 reasons Slack will change the workplace

“Viral socializing,” or word of mouth, is how Slack founder and chief executive Stewart Butterfield described his startup’s marketing campaign.<p>No money spent on PR. Zero on advertising. No buses in San Francisco touting Slack banners. In other words, let the technology speak for itself, Butterfield …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

WellBiome Gives You 100 Trillion Reasons To Follow Your Gut

Apparently there are 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut. And just like a fingerprint, the composition of our “microbiome” is unique to each of us. It also potentially holds the key to a healthier lifestyle as it impacts on our weight, energy levels and overall well-being.<p>That’s the premise of …