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Founder Gabe Adiv Resurrects TuneUp To Continue Tidying Up Your Music Library

TuneUp, the app that cleans up your iTunes and Windows Media Player library (by correcting song information, providing missing cover art, and more), seemed to reach the end of the road last month with the shutdown of TuneUp Media. It turns out, however, that founder Gabe Adiv wasn’t willing to let …

Burger King gets appy with new mobile payment product

Burger King, the perennial Pepsi to McDonald's Coke, is technologizing with a mobile app. But before you get out the pitchforks and cry "diabetes! laziness! obesity!," it's important we mention that this app, set to launch in limited locations next month with a nationwide rollout shortly after, is …

HP CEO Meg Whitman on 3-D Printing: 'We're on the Case'

Industry observers have long expected HP, the largest of several printer-making companies from Canon to Xerox, to eventually get into the business. Whitman said HP's inhouse researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the …

Enterprise Tech

MtGox returns to allow users to check Bitcoin balance

Bankrupt Bitcoin exchange MtGox is allowing users to check their balance for the first time since it went offline last month<p>Bitcoin exchange <b>MtGox</b> is now displaying a login screen for users to check their balances, instead of the legal notices it has displayed for the past few weeks.<p>Late last month …

Bitcoin

Big data startup Databricks is now certifying applications for Spark

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Databricks, a new startup dedicated to commercializing the Apache Spark data-processing framework, has launched a “Certified …

Yandex buys Tel Aviv’s KitLocate for low-power location service technology

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The Russian web giant Yandex has bought an Israeli geolocation firm called KitLocate for its energy-saving location …

First 24 Hour Solar Farm Solana Launches in the United States

The Solana solar farm located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona is the first in the United States to use molten storage technology. It still …

Renewable Energy

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Kerosene is the fuel of choice for families living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa – however it inflicts a heavy toll on people’s health and costs …

Google is working on 10-gigabit Internet connections, executive says

Google wants to create Internet connections of 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than what it already delivers to customers of its Fiber service in the Kansas City area.<p>Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer of the tech giant, said it could take as long as 10 years to create the …

Telecoms

Startup invents heartbeat-sensing wristband to store passwords, bitcoin

It was in the last few decades that researchers realized that the human heartbeat, no matter how fast or slow it's going, generates signals that are every bit as unique to an individual as a fingerprint or retina.<p>Now, a Toronto startup named Bionym is turning that insight into a novel kind of …

Foxconn Is Reportedly Working With Google On Its Robotics Project

For years, Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai – has been Apple’s largest supplier. However, it is now also quietly working with Apple’s rival Google — more specifically on Android creator Andy Rubin’s robotics project — the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Foxconn’s chairman Terry …

One day you won’t need a badge to enter your building, just a SIM card

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Employees of Telus(s tu) just got access to the latest in building-security technology, and it just happens to be in their …

Russia Says Bitcoin Should Be Avoided [Updated]

Russia doesn’t do things by halves — Bitcoin shouldn’t be used by individuals and legal entities according to a recent statement. If you have a Bitcoin wallet on your computer, the Government will be suspicious. The Central Bank of Russia reiterated that the official currency is the Ruble, and that …

YC-Backed DataRank Raises $1.4M For Its Online Analytics Platform For Brands

Recent Y Combinator grad DataRank, which helps companies track online conversations related to their brands and perform other competitive analysis, has closed on $1.4 million in seed funding, the team is announcing today. The funding is led by New Road Ventures, and also includes participation from …

IBM says it’s king of cloud. Amazon, I’m guessing, would beg to differ

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Credit: Flicker: Andyz<p>Cloud reporters got a pitch from IBM(s ibm) the morning after Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings …

Satya Nadella

Dell's New Research Lab Is Working On Mood-Sensing Computers Like The One In The Movie 'Her'

As a newly private company, Dell didn't reveal how big this unit would be in dollar amount or number of employees. But we recently talked with Jai Menon, the head of the new R&D unit, who spent most of his career working for IBM's famous research group.<p>And he outlined some of the cool new tech Dell …

Quantum Computing

Web Storage Company Box Secretly Files for IPO

Online storage company Box has secretly filed for an IPO, according to <i>Quartz</i> and the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Box last year raised $100 million in venture funding and is valued at approximately $2 billion. An IPO could bring an additional $500 million to the company during a time when competition …

25 years of Madden, the video game that changed football forever

In 2004, my friends and I made a rule: when we played <i>Madden,</i> no one was allowed to be the Atlanta Falcons. With them, you were unstoppable, because quarterback Michael Vick was unstoppable. Thanks to a 95 speed rating and 97 acceleration, he was the best rusher in the league and a near-lock to …

Mad Max

Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson: 'Execution is What Really Matters,' Apple is the Best

Earlier this month, Walter Isaacson, the man who wrote the best-selling biography of Steve Jobs, garnered some attention when he told a CNBC interviewer that the "greatest innovation today" was coming from Google, not Apple.<p>Yesterday, Isaacson did an interview with <i>Bloomberg TV</i>, where he clarified …

Apple Said To Be Focusing On Health With iOS 8 And iWatch, Following Exec Meeting With FDA

Apple’s plans for iOS 8 focus on redefining health tracking via mobile devices, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, which has a terrific track record when it comes to rumors it has sourced itself. The report details a new marquee application coming in iOS 8 called “Healthbook” that monitors all …

8 Ways Startups Are Changing the Healthcare Industry

<b>8. Tech Integration for Improving Care</b><br>The use of technology to build better relationships, improve communication and diagnose early based on EMR-integrated provider-patient platforms excites me as a healthcare angel investor. Although the quantified self receives lots of attention, large segments …

Has BYOD Changed The Way You Hire? Here Are Some Things to Consider

<i>Ziv Eliraz is the Founder and CEO of Zao, social employee referral management platform. Connect with Ziv and Zao on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.</i><p>BYOD: A workplace phenomenon that makes processes easier, streamlines communication, and helps to connect employees around the globe. Short for Bring …

Video Games Could One Day Replace Job Interviews

Forget Google-style brain busters and followup interviews, the best way to vet potential employees may just be through a video game.<p>Some companies -- like Xerox and Shell, for instance -- are considering sorting potential job candidates using a video game to compile and analyze data about …

Younger Startup Founders Pay Themselves Lower Salaries

Our report last week on the salaries that startup founders pay themselves stirred up a lot of discussion here on The Next Web, Hacker News, Twitter and beyond. Now startup benchmarking firm Compass, the source of the original data, has provided us with further information that helps answer some of …

How Brands Should Can Utilize Jelly, Biz Stone's Q&A App

<i>Kate Cooper is a social business thought leader and managing director of BLOOM Worldwide, a social media agency powered by insight.</i><p>As with the arrival of Twitter, many brands and businesses will be left scratching their heads as they try and figure out if or how they should be using Jelly, the …

Why 2014 Will Be the Year of the “Acqui-entry” in Latin America

<i>Juan Pablo Cappello is an investor in more than twenty early stage companies, among them he is a co-founder of Idea.me, Urbita and the LAB Miami. Juan Pablo was a partner in Patagon.com and was named in December 2013 by Poder Magazine one of the most influential Hispanics in Science and Technology.</i> …

Micro-Windmills May One Day Power Your Smart Phone

Bigger is better has practically become a rule of thumb in the wind power business.<p>Indeed, the typical wind turbine size has grown from about 300 kilowatts in 1990 to a whopping 7.5 megawatts in 2011.<p>A team of electrical engineers in Texas is challenging the industry’s conventional wisdom by …