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In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a …

Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps

Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS.<p>The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App …

How Do I Declare A Block in Objective-C?

This site is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible uses of blocks.<br>If you find yourself needing syntax not listed here, it is likely …

'Beep' works like a Chromecast for your old speakers

If you want to make your favorite speakers wireless, you have a few options. Nothing on the market, however, is quite like Beep. Launching today, the tiny dial works like a Chromecast for your speakers, and lets you cast tunes from your mobile device over Wi-Fi -- and with none of the range …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

How Leap Motion can use its accelerator program to … leapfrog the competition

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Leap Motion<p>When you build something new, you need to show people it’s worth it. In the technology world one way to do …

Vinted’s mobile app turns your unwanted clothing into cash

Women have billions of dollars worth of unworn clothing in their closets.<p>Vinted is a mobile marketplace for secondhand clothes that puts those forsaken garments to use. Today, the startup announced it has raised $27 million in its second round of funding.<p>The money will support the …

Teenage hacker creates next-gen crypto-platform

Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more -- …

AAPL stock drops 8 percent on iPhone numbers and flat guidance

Despite Apple returning to growth for the first time in a year, AAPL stock opened almost 8 percent down, as iPhone sales fell below analyst predictions and Apple’s mid-point guidance on Q2 earnings forecast was for zero growth.<p>Analysts had predicted 55.3M iPhone sales, while Apple reported sales of …

Superhero remote control eyelashes: the wearable tech we can get onboard with

When 33-year-old quadriplegic Felipe Esteves saw Katia Vega levitate a small drone just by blinking at it, he knew that was the kind of superhero he …

Why Is Facebook’s App Asking To Read Your Text Messages?

Over the last month or so, a few keen-eyed Android users may have been startled by some peculiar permission requests when they tried to update their Facebook app. One request asks to “read your text messages (SMS or MMS).”<p>That’s not exactly the kind of language users are likely to find reassuring, …

App-maker Tomfoolery next on Yahoo's acquisition list -- report

The Web giant will pay $16 million for Tomfoolery, according to a new report.<p>Tomfoolery, a company co-founded by former Yahoo employee Kaku Srivastava, that makes apps to improve collaboration and communication in the workplace, might soon be acquired.<p>Yahoo is currently in the "advanced stage" of …

Apps

Human-powered translation service Transfluent raises $2M, announces 900pc sales growth

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>It’s been a while since I last covered the Finnish online translation service Transfluent — in late 2012, they picked up $1 …

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

Finally, An App To Fix Your Terrible Personality

While technology has given us more ways to talk to each other, it hasn’t made us any better at it: We still rant, ramble, whine and generally irritate each other.<p>So what would happen if we let software try to fix our sub-par conversation skills?<p>That’s the question artists Lauren McCarthy and Kyle …

SkySQL Raises $20M To Support Open-Source Relational Database MariaDB

SkySQL has raised $20 million to deepen its support for MariaDB, the fast growing open-source relational database and the emerging database of choice for Wikipedia. The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from California Technology Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Open Ocean …

Google Stock Hits New High Above $1,000

(Reuters) - Google Inc shares jumped to an all-time high above $1000 after the search engine giant reported a surge in mobile and video advertising that helped drive quarterly revenue up 23 percent.<p>At least 16 brokerages raised their price targets on the stock to between $880 and $1,220, with …

Zulily Reveals IPO Plans

On the heels of Twitter’s IPO revelation, another Internet company announced its plans to go public. Zulily Inc., the Seattle e-commerce startup, says in its S-1 document that it’s aiming to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The flash sales site, which targets young mothers, …

Ayla prepares to show off its internet of things prototyping iBox

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>As the internet of things starts to take off, manufacturers of these connected everyday devices would probably rather focus on …

Online Attorney Marketplace UpCounsel Raises $1.5 Million, Opens Its Patent Practice To All

UpCounsel has spent the last year building out its marketplace to provide its clients with affordable legal services. After serving more than 1,000 startups and small businesses, the company has raised $1.5 million and is announcing a few new products that should lower the cost of patent and …

Prss: A Powerful New Way to Create Professional iPad Magazines

Frustrated with the tools currently on the market for publishing magazines for the iPad, Dutch company Prss has today revealed its solution – a powerful, browser-based, low-cost, collaborative tool for anyone who wants to put their own magazine on Apple’s Newsstand.<p>Back in December 2010, we ran a …

RadiumOne Finalizes IPO Plan As It Hits ~$100M In AdTech Revenue

RadiumOne is completing the selection of which bankers will underwrite its IPO, which it plans to secretly file for soon, according to a source close to its Wall Street negotiations. The advertising tech company is said to have nearly $100 million in yearly revenue, and hopes to draft off of …

How I Went From 0 to $50k on the App Store(s)

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile and I got the push I needed with this 10k Bootstrap Challenge on HN today. It reminded me of my start …

Cloud-Based Phone Service RingCentral To Debut At $13 On NYSE, Offering 7.5M Shares To Raise $97.5M

RingCentral, the cloud-based phone service, will open trading tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange at $13 per share, offering 7.5 million shares and raising $97 million. It will trade under the ticket symbol “RNG.”<p>Violin Memory, a Flash memory provider, will also debut tomorrow under the symbol …

New security measures won’t kill passwords anytime soon

With the iPhone 5S and its fingerprint scanner selling well, one is tempted to say that we may soon no longer have to remember a 4-digit PIN or 10-character phrase with which to access your device or apps. But considering the well-publicized weaknesses of biometrics and the tried-and-true nature of …

Information Systems

SlickLogin Aims To Kill The Password By Singing A Silent Song To Your Smartphone

The password needs to die, and SlickLogin is trying to help kill it.<p>Launching into closed beta in the Disrupt SF 2013 Battlefield today, SlickLogin lets you log into a website on your computer by holding your phone within a few inches of it.<p>Here’s the idea: as a user, you’d go to whatever …