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How Big Advertisers Are Using Next-Gen Messaging Apps Snapchat, Kik, Tango, Line and WeChat

"What in the world is WhatsApp?" Reuters echoed the question many in the U.S. were asking when Facebook acquired the mobile messaging app in February …

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

<b>David Foster Wallace (Hachette Book Group)</b><p>David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It’s time to listen<p>Matt Ashby • Brendan Carroll<p>April 13, 2014 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Percy Shelley famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the …

Dr Belinda Barnet on Twitter: "This is going to become a giant poster on living room wall http://t.co/DeBvcNawUS"

New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>manjusrii</b><p>I’m a Mac gal but I have a weird thing where I’ll just pull that goddam USB out no control eject for me<p>2 …

Teaching The Camera To See My Skin

Navigating photography's inherited bias against dark skin.<p>I was 12 years old and paging through a photo album; my memories of the days seemed to fade in the photo's recreation. In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one …

Doctor says Google Glass saved a man's life

Google Glass can be used to check emails or search for information on the move. It can also apparently be used to save lives. <i>The Boston Globe</i> reports that Dr. Steven Horng, working at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was wearing Glass last year while working on a man whose brain was …

Kabbage Gets $270M More To Lend To Small Online Merchants

Kabbage, a platform for online merchants to borrow working capital, is picking up some cabbage of its own: the startup has closed a $270 million credit facility from Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners. Atlanta, Georgia-based Kabbage …

Land Rover's new concept can make a car transparent

Land Rover is showcasing a new concept that would give drivers a better view of the road through augmented reality. The Transparent Bonnet Concept utilizes cameras mounted in the car's grille to capture a view of the road that's usually obscured by the hood. This data is then fed to a heads-up …

Wattpad Raises $46M From OMERS Ventures And Others To Grow Its Social Publishing Network

Social writing platform and writer’s network Wattpad has been at it for a while now, and they’ve quietly amassed a massive user base that engages regularly with the site, posting their own stories and reading the stories of others, all the while engaging with one another through feedback, criticism …

NYC’s Flatiron School Raises $5.5 Million To Teach People To Code For A Living

Can you teach someone to code well enough to do it for a living in just 12 weeks?<p>NYC’s Flatiron School thinks so — and with around 98% of their students finding paid development gigs after the program, they might just be right. They’ve just raised $5.5M to keep the ball rolling.<p>Like many a …

The Heartbleed Bug, explained

There was big news in the computer security world yesterday when researchers announced a massive vulnerability in popular web encryption software called OpenSSL. Major online service providers are scrambling to address the problem. What happened? And how does it affect you? Read on to find …

Change Your Passwords: A Massive Bug Has Put Your Details at Risk

A newly discovered bug in software supposed to provide extra protection for thousands of the world’s most popular websites has exposed highly …

Android Wear: What Developers Need to Know

In our latest Ask a Dev, Android Engineer Sagar Seth discusses how developers can get ready to build for Android Wear, Android's new wearables …

15 Possible Asia Tech IPOs in 2014

Box and Dropbox are among the startups creating interest in US tech IPOs right now, but there are plenty of companies from Asia bidding to join them and list publicly, both in and outside of the US.<p>A number of top Asian companies are already listed in the US — including Baidu, Sina and Tencent — …

Pitney Bowes Launches Startup Accelerator In India To Hunt For Its Next Big E-Commerce, Mobile Ideas

Pitney Bowes, the 94-year-old producer of stamp postage meters attempting to become an e-commerce platform, is the latest to tap into India’s engineering talent for incubating startup ideas.<p>The accelerator program will be conducted jointly with India’s technology industry association, Nasscom, as …

SparkLabs Plans Hardware Accelerator in Korea

Korea-based accelerator program and investment company SparkLabs is widening its stable further after revealing plans to run its first program dedicated to hardware startups.<p>SparkLabs, which last year launched a $30 million fund to support seed stage companies worldwide, says its new program — …

Google Glass Just Became an Excellent Way to Live Stream

Google Glass Explorers have a new way to live stream events through Glass.<p>Livestream.com launched its first app for Google Glass, which app allows …

Microsoft XP's cybersecurity problem

Microsoft will cut off support to its 12-year-old operating system Windows XP at about 1 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, leaving more than a quarter of the world’s computers effectively undefended against hackers and cybercriminals.<p>And because outdated software renders the computers that run it …

'Heartbleed' bug undoes Web encryption, reveals Yahoo passwords

A major new vulnerability called Heartbleed could let attackers gain access to users' passwords and fool people into using bogus versions of Web sites. Some already say they've found Yahoo passwords as a result.<p>The problem, disclosed Monday night, is in open-source software called OpenSSL that's …

AJA's 4K camera runs $9,000, but nobody will mistake you for a tourist

Though AJA is best known for disk recorders, it's just revealed the 4K CION, its first cinema camera. It'll take on BlackMagic Design and a growing list of 4K DSLRs -- including Sony's new Alpha A7s and the Panasonic GH4. While the $9,000 model loses out on price, AJA is targeting serious users …

New Jersey's largest paper, the Star-Ledger, to axe 40 news jobs

New Jersey's largest newspaper says it is cutting about 170 jobs, including 25% of its newsroom positions, as it moves to consolidate operations and cut costs.<p>The Star-Ledger reported on NJ.com that the cuts will mean the loss of 40 of the 156 newsroom staffers.<p>The announcement comes a week after …

Swiftly Gets Small Design Jobs Done Fast for $19

Want details quickly adjusted before you print a batch of near-perfect family photos? Or, need to adjust your company's logo to match seasonal …

This is the upcoming Leica T type 701 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

• Announcement on April 24th<br>• The new T model will not be a MFT camera and it will not be based on an existing Panasonic model<br>• APS-C sensor<br>• Optional EVF<br>• The …

This Biodegradable Battery Can Melt Inside You

For powering everything from medical devices to environmental sensors, these batteries leave no trace once you’re done using them.<p>In the past, medical implants were a pretty permanent situation; if you had surgery to get something like a pacemaker, you’d have to have surgery to take it out. But in …

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eBay Is Betting On Bringing Commerce To Wearables And Other Connected Devices

The next frontier for eBay could be bringing commerce to wearables and other connected devices. In fact, the company has formed a brand-new group of engineers and designers internally, as part of its Innovation and New Ventures group, that focuses on creating ways to incorporate commerce into …