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Here’s what to expect from augmented reality in 2014

Like mobile payments, augmented reality apps have so far been the type of thing that’s great in theory, less great in execution.<p>2013, however, might have turned that around. Or at least that’s what Ambarish Mitra, cofounder and CEO of augmented reality company Blippar, argues. With devices like …

The Always-On Auto Shazam

Today, Shazam is rolling out Auto Shazam, an upgrade that allows users to collect all songs they hear throughout the day- no more rush to pull phones from pockets or purses. The new feature can be turned on to identify all songs over a set course of time and shuts itself off when battery runs low. …

Rocket Internet Pours $400M into Africa and the Middle East

Rocket Internet is increasing its focus on the Middle East after it announced plans to pump €300 million (around $410 million) in the region and Africa via two new projects with South Africa carrier MTN.<p>The companies are creating two joint ventures — Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced this …

Did Instagram Sell Too Early?

<i>Answer by Jason M. Lemkin, Managing Director, Storm Ventures & ceo/co-founder @ EchoSign, acquired by Adobe, acquired by Adobe, on Quora,</i><p>Probably yes, from a nominal valuation perspective. No, if time-to-liquidity was the primary goal.<p>On the one hand, Instagram is clearly as impactful, plus or …

New CEO: BlackBerry's Turnaround Could Take A Year And A Half

The man announced on Monday as interim CEO of BlackBerry has publicly reiterated his goal of reviving the struggling company’s fortunes, and even put a rough timeframe on when he expects to see progress. “I know we have the ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business,” John Chen told …

The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014

Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild ride. In considering the changes we’ve seen in technology over the past year, I’m bracing myself for unprecedented growth when it comes to anytime, anywhere, on-demand information and entertainment.<p>Based on the trends we’ve seen so far in 2013, I predict …

7 Ways Mobile Will Change Business In 2014

In 2011, Microsoft Tag predicted mobile Internet use would surpass desktop Internet use by 2014. As 2013 winds down, it’s clear mobile Internet use is at an all-time high, with 63 percent of all cell phone owners admitting they use those devices to go online. The number of consumers who say they …

Dell Officially Goes Private: Inside The Nastiest Tech Buyout Ever

Eight months is a long time to stay mum, especially for a tech industry wunderkind, as Michael Dell was, and one of the world’s richest men, as Michael Dell is, while enduring daily bombs from Carl Icahn about his leadership and ethics. (“All would be swell at Dell if Michael and the board bid …

OS X Mavericks Review: Apple’s Mac Operating System Has A Need For Speed

OS X Mavericks, the first of Apple’s post-big cat OS updates, is named for one of the nicest spots on Earth. Mavericks is a surf beach in California, and the operating system that takes its name definitely represents a new wave in Mac software, even though it isn’t a drastic change from OS X 10.8. …

Is The Moto X More Innovative Than The New iPhone? Researchers Think So

The dictionary defines “innovative” as something that features new methods, is advanced, and original. That being said, how much more original is the new Moto X smartphone than the iPhone 5C and 5S? Much more, according to analysts at ABI Research, who published the results of their teardown of the …

Twitter flotation: what do superstars of tech do with riches? Carry on creating

Far from wallowing in their wealth, startup founders who've made their fortune can't shake off the drive to keep working<p>Leave it to Justin Timberlake to utter the most important phrase in <i>The Social Network</i>, a film that charted the tumultuous rise of the Facebook founders. It was about money. "A …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

Twitter to Dick Costolo in 2010: You're fired...sort of

"Hatching Twitter" reveals that the executive was briefly fired after a tense board meeting, just weeks before he became CEO, according to USA Today.<p>Twitter's beginnings -- and its accompanying power struggles -- are becoming ever more complex as the details come to light.<p>According to Nick Bilton's …

Like The Evolution Of Apple's iPod And iPhone, Nest Is Building One Product At A Time

Today Nest officially unveiled the follow up to its popular learning thermostat with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the “Nest Protect.”<p>Getting a look at it in person, co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers showed me why this smoke alarm is a little more exciting than what …

Twitter Succeeding Where Facebook Failed

As Twitter grows beyond its 140-character limitation and prepares for an IPO, we could be witnessing the rise of a platform that succeeds where Facebook has failed.<p>Remember the Facebook platform? Its debut was May 2007, and it was a big deal at the time. “Right now, social networks are closed …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

US Mobile Ad Spending Rises To $3B In First Half Of 2013

As consumers are increasingly connecting to the Internet via their smartphones, advertisers are piling on the money to roll out mobile ads. In the first half of 2013, US advertisers spent $3 billion on mobile advertising, up from $1.2 billion a year earlier, according to estimates from the …

Samsung Goes First, Google Experiments And Apple Refines

There’s a new rhythm to product releases among the biggest players in mobile tech, and increasingly, Samsung is building a reputation as the most brash and quick-to-act of what I would call the ruling triumvirate, which also includes Google and Apple. Google plays the reasoned experimenter, Apple …

How Africa’s Richest Woman Folorunsho Alakija Grew From $3.3Bn To $7.3Bn - Ventures Africa

In November last year when Ventures Africa published a story outing Nigerian fashion designer and oil magnate Folorunsho Alakija as the richest black …

The Twitter IPO: 20 Talking Points

Twitter, the online service that introduced 140-character text messages or tweets into the social media vocabularly, revealed for the first time details of its business as it readies for an initial public offering.<p>In an S-1 filing released yesterday, Twitter said that more than 215 million people …

Catching Up With Apple Analysts: iWatch Won't Be A 'Needle Mover,' Not Enough Wealthy People Left To Buy iPhones, Larger-Screen iPhone 6 Could Lift Shares To $600

Another day, another round of financial analyst takes on Apple. Today’s reports delve into how the rumored iWatch would add to the company’s innovation cachet more than it would to cash, why the pool of wealthy people in the world won’t be enough to sustain iPhone unit growth, and how the iPhone 6, …

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. …

Life After The iPhone: How AT&T's Bet On Apple Mobilized The Company

Steve Jobs needed some advice. It was 2006, and Apple was working on the design for its first smartphone. Jobs had questions about its radio. So he called up Ralph de la Vega, Cingular Wireless’ chief operating officer, who had helped broker the exclusive deal between Jobs and the telco, soon to be …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Here's the psychology behind the disturbing act.<p>Their deaths are protected under the Death With Dignity law.<p>Gastineau, who suffers from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, gave an emotional plea<p>"In the worst cases, the penis may resemble an eggplant."<p>A month after the deadly Parkland school shooting, …

Steve Ballmer Has a Goodbye Mixtape

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Soon-to-depart Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer held his final company meeting today, in what reports …

Why every entrepreneur needs to learn to code (something)

Or, my journey into the driver’s seat<p>How many times have you heard the founder of a super successful startup tell some version of this story:<p>“<i>When I</i> …

The Internet of Things: How technology is touching everything

<i>This sponsored post is produced in conjunction with Ford.</i><p>We’re entering a new era of technology. The internet used to be focused on communication and the display of information. Then it became about e-commerce during the early dot-com boom, with the high-profile success of companies like Amazon and …

Why good storytelling helps you design great products

One of the biggest flubs that product teams make is confusing designs that look great with designs that actually work well. It’s a simple mistake, …