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With $50M and Peter Thiel on board, Zenreach helps brick-and-mortar retailers bring customers back

The internet may have put a dent in the coffers of offline retailers, but around 90 percent of shopping still takes place offline.<p>The benefits of ecommerce to retailers, however, are well understood. Beyond reducing overhead and making it possible to serve customers 24/7, the web offers myriad …

eCommerce

The One Hire Every Startup Desperately Needs to Make

<i>Nick Marsh is the founder at Makeshift. This post originally appeared on Medium.</i><p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p>I want to introduce a new<br>concept — ‘talent hacking’. I define this as the creative …

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There’s a saying you’ll often hear around Buffer’s content team: “There’s probably a plugin for that!”<p>We’re often chasing new ways to work smarter, faster and more productively—and the same is true of our Buffer blog.<p>We’re quick to grab any and all …

UX Design: Users Value Authenticity - Not Artificial Intelligence

<i>Greg Zontanos is the co-founder and CEO at Locish, a Q&A app that helps users find new places to eat, drink, and have fun.</i><p>They finally did it. Technology can now officially outsmart humans into believing it’s “one of our own.” Apocalyptic premonitions aside, this watershed moment – while an …

Data scientists need their own GitHub. Here are four of the best options

Imagine if a company’s three highly valued data scientists can happily work together without duplicating each other’s efforts and can easily call up the ingredients and results of each other’s previous work.<p>That day has come.<p>As the data scientist arms race continues, data scientists might want to …

Firebase Adds Zapier Integration, Pairing Real-Time Infrastructure With The Ability To Connect Multiple Apps

Firebase, a real-time back-end service for managing apps, has added an integration with Zapier, a platform for connecting services such as SendMail, Twitter and Twilio. The new integration means developers can connect multiple apps without having to do any back-end server management themselves.<p>A …

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Back to the Future

Eric Schmidt writes a guide for switching from iPhone to Android

Thinking about making the switch from iPhone to Android? "Many" of Eric Schmidt's friends are, he says — and so he wrote them a 900-word guide to walk them through the process. Google's executive chairman took to Google+ today to share tips and best practices for abandoning Apple's ecosystem in …

iOS Email App Swizzle Will Clean up All Your Offers into One Digest

Promises to clean your email inbox of junk and endless offers seem to come along pretty frequently around here, and one of the newest to take on this particular challenge is the Swizzle Inbox Organizer by Keep Holdings.<p>As someone that signs up for <i>a lot</i> of different products and services, <i></i>I decided …

The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it’s not from Microsoft

A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo.<p>The Campbell, Calif.-based HopTo …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Aereo: the cloud based content upstart that could upend the TV industry

America’s most powerful broadcasters are trying to shut down an emerging TV recording service. If their case is heard, the implications could be far reaching.<p>Late on Friday (Oct. 11) the major free-to-air broadcasters filed a petition in the US supreme court against Aereo, a start up backed by …

Televisions

How to turn a developer into a founder: Advice from those who’ve done it

For six years, Peter Relan specialized in turning developers into founders. At his YouWeb incubator, the investor/tech veteran found talented developers such as Jason Citron and turned them into the creators of companies.<p>It isn’t easy to make that switch. Citron did, founding OpenFeint, a social …

Your doctor is going digital: What the rise of medtech means for you

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Five years into the future, doctors will be empowered with a wide array of exponential technologies and will become the most …

How online shopping boosts in-store sales

Shopping online makes it easy for customers to find exactly what they want without scouring store shelves for elusive gadgets, dishware, or toys.<p>The downside is that customers have to wait several days, and often pay, for delivery. Alternatively, customers who head to an old-fashioned, …

eCommerce

20 of the Best Ways to Buy Ebooks, Digital Comics and Etextbooks

It’s only fitting that numerous ebookstore services emerge for us to read on all the different devices we have. With the increase in ebook adoption, a new batch of services has also arrived with unique business models for reading. Now you can subscribe to Netflix-style unlimited reading plans, pay …

Based On What We Know, Is The NSA Verizon Request Legal?

Here's what we know about a National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of data on the electronic activity of Americans: While controversial, a leaked secret document authorizing the collection makes it clear that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has decided that the …

NSA-proof encryption exists. Why doesn’t anyone use it?

Computer programmers believe they know how to build cryptographic systems that are impossible for anyone, even the U.S. government, to crack. So why can the NSA read your e-mail?<p>Last week, leaks revealed that the Web sites most people use every day are sharing users' private information with the …

Doctors Lag Far Behind On New Medicare Diagnosis Codes

Less than 5 percent of physician practice have made “significant progress” when rating their overall readiness for tens of thousands of new government-mandated “ICD-10” codes used to describe diseases and hospital procedures in the insurance billing process, a new study shows.<p>Though the conversion …

The Best Explanation Yet Of How The NSA's PRISM Surveillance Program Works

The report reaffirms what we already know, specifically that "the NSA copies Internet traffic as it enters and leaves the United States, then routes it to the NSA for analysis," and it also shores up a few things about how PRISM works.<p>First, it clears up the controversy around the assertion that …

Handbrake, The Best Video Conversion Tool You've Never Used

For some bizarre reason, you’ve probably never used Handbrake, arguably the world’s best video transcoder. Maybe you’re too young to have ever used a DVD (“Grandpa, tell me about the time when Netflix sent those DVD things via that thing called ‘the mail'”). But more likely you just didn’t know …

3 challenges in mobile ad monetization — and 3 ways to solve them

<i>Adam Landis is the Vice President of Business Development for LifeStreet Media.</i><p>A day doesn’t go by without news of some record-breaking funding round for a hot mobile advertising start-up, or a new analyst report forecasting that mobile ad growth will be even more dramatic than expected. Indeed, …