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Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels.<p>So why is Mozilla …

Virtual Reality

AT&T ushers in the cross-country call, 100 years ago

On January 25, 1915, AT&T completed the first transcontinental telephone call in the US, after completing the challenging stretch from Denver to San Francisco.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- "Ahoy! Ahoy! Mr. Watson, are you there? Do you hear me?" So spoke Alexander Graham Bell to associate Thomas Watson, over a …

San Francisco

5 fears that founders and funders have in common

As 2014 draws to a close, while I read all the amazing achievements by my colleagues and all the upcoming new year solutions, I find myself thinking very philosophically about the topic of fear.<p>As individuals, we all have fears. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a founder or a funder, it’s an …

Ten Ways The World Changed In 2014

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Hirsch is a founder of Metamorphic Ventures. The firm is an investor in TalkSpace, Boxbee, Snowball, Voyat and Thrive Market.</i><p>1) <b>We Went From People Searching For Things To Things Finding People</b><p>Companies are leveraging data in order to serve people with relevant content, commerce, …

The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks, when list posts reign supreme and reflective 2014 musings clog your feeds. Although this post meets that description, rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for …

Get a Syma X5 quad-copter for $53.99 shipped

A fantastic starter drone that's equally good for indoor and outdoor use. Plus: three bonus deals!<p>The most fun I had in 2014? No contest: piloting drones. From tiny Hubsan models to bigger, badder DJI Phantoms, I quickly grew addicted to these flying machines. They're a blast, plain and simple.<p>And …

Drones

How to create a company culture with only 3 people

We all know that culture is vital to any business. As you grow, culture becomes part of your DNA.<p>“Culture deeply influences the people you attract and retain,” writes Adam Berrey at Startup Blender. “At the same time it shapes how people work together in your company and what they ultimately …

What Women Want, According to the Designers of Women's Wearables

I learned this week that I <i>love</i> snakeskin, which is weird because everyone in my family has a debilitating phobia of snakes. I didn't know this about …

3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers …

To Be Successful, Do Only What Matters

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone is obsessed with the habits of the wealthy these days. The great irony is, if successful people concerned themselves with that sort of nonsense they never would have made it big in the first place. Truth is, none of that stuff …

More big companies are partnering with startups. Here’s how your startup can fit in

The U.S. is a “Shark Tank” nation, the United Kingdom is in a “Dragon’s Den,” and India is an entrepreneur heaven. The recent uptick in entrepreneurship is more than a trend but a global spirit of innovation.<p>The spirit of creating your own business is not new but has escalated in today’s market. …

Psychology: How many senses do we have?

We often talk of having five senses as a universal truth. In reality, there may be more – or fewer – depending on the way you look at the question. Christian Jarrett explains the controversy.<p>Some myths about the brain, such as the idea we only use 10% of our grey matter, are notorious, especially …

Consciousness

3 Reasons You Can’t Just Ask Customers What They Want

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Mierke is a senior user experience researcher at ÄKTA, a digital user experience product design and development consultancy based in downtown Chicago.</i><p>Do you like apples or bananas? Coffee or tea? Pepperoni or cheese pizza? Simple questions result in simple answers which, when …

Microsoft to launch web version of Skype

Users will soon be able to use Skype from a browser — without having to download anything.<p>Microsoft announced on Friday that it will soon launch a …

Microsoft Launches Free, Unrestricted Version Of Visual Studio For Small Teams

Microsoft today launched the Community 2013 edition of Visual Studio, which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version the company has been offering for a few years now.<p>There is a huge difference between Visual Studio Express and the aptly named Visual Studio 2013 Community …

Why your AdWords traffic isn’t converting into customers

When used properly, AdWords can be one of the most lucrative forms of advertisement available to you outside of owning the Superbowl. If you’re objectively bad at using the system, however, you end up with a mediocre program with boring ads and few incoming conversions. So the question is, why is …

Where the Hunt for Missing Antimatter and New Physics Are One and the Same

Physics says we shouldn't exist, basically. So why do we?<p>One of the cosmos' most elusive mysteries may be a bit closer to an explanation with new analysis of a highly odd particle produced at the Large Hadron Collider. The mystery: What happened to the universe's vanished share of antimatter? The …

Fundraising Acceleration Is The New VC Investment Thesis

There was a quite a jolt on Friday from the news that Slack, a company whose eponymous enterprise communications platform was first publicly launched this year, raised $120 million in new venture funding from KPCB and Google Ventures.<p>Even more eye-popping was the valuation: $1.12 billion. Although …

Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

I’m a cool aunt. Or so I tell myself. It is this hubris that led to a $50 charge on my iTunes account, after I so willingly handed over my iPad mini …

Angry Birds

The Kano Build-it-yourself Computer For Kids Raises $1.4M On Kickstarter

Built on top of the Raspberry Pi, Kano is a build-it-yourself computer which launched on Kickstarter with the aim of pulling in $100,000 in crowd funding to get 1,000 of its Kano kits to market by summer 2014. It’s only six hours away from closing its campaign and has raised just over $1.4 million …

Here are Facebook’s 9 top open-source projects from 2013

Facebook and open-source software go together like Jay-Z and Beyoncé — you just can’t have one without the other.<p>And if Blue Ivy is the product of the latter union, then we must draw parallels between that royal child and Facebook’s React, Rebound, HipHop, and other open-source babies.<p>As Facebook …

One-Way, Manned Mission To Mars Just Got Closer To Reality

Mars One announces deals with Lockheed Martin and SSTL to develop technology to colonize the Red Planet by 2025.<p>Yesterday, Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced the companies it hopes will build the technology necessary for the first private mission to Mars. Lockheed …

Mars

Jupiter's Moon Europa Is Bursting With Icy Geysers

Two studies of Europa, which is thought to have a subsurface ocean, are good news for the potential for life to exist on this icy satellite.<p><b>Two exciting blasts of news</b> have scientific minds swimming—with the possibility of life in Europa's ocean. Today scientists announced evidence pointing to the …

Cambridge don Michael Green shares $3m Fundamental Physics prize

• Hawking's successor gets honour for string theory work • New award one of several funded by tech billionaires<p>The man who took on Stephen Hawking's prestigious post at Cambridge University has won $1.5m (£918,000) for pioneering work on string theory, an idea that describes the world as tiny …

58 Resources to Help You Learn and Master SEO

As more and more new, quality websites are indexed by search engines, competition for the top of the results page is increasingly fierce. And, since …

Google Search

How Biz Stone’s Biggest Mistake Spawned Twitter

“The first, second, third company I went to work for, somehow I screwed them all up. Doing startups is all about making mistakes,” Biz Stone nervously admitted onstage at the New Context Conference in San Francisco. He’d just confessed that he didn’t prepare anything so will talk about his biggest …

Apple Patents Bluetooth LE For Intermittent Network Sharing, Perfect For Smartwatches

The USPTO has published an Apple patent application today (via AppleInsider) that could offer a glimpse at how any potential iWatch may work, in terms of gathering data from the web. The patent describes a method for sharing a network connection over Bluetooth 4.0, the low-energy specification used …