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Sometimes, being a cord cutter just isn't worth it

‘Cord cutting’ is a phrase tossed around pretty loosely. Over time, it’s come to represent a lot of things, but being practical — it may just be a good bit of nonsense.<p>The overarching goal of cord cutting is to relieve yourself of a contract with your cable company. The basic concept is to get TV …

Microsoft shows off ESPN and NFL apps for Xbox One, Yahoo and ESPN fantasy football likely for 2014

It should be obvious by now that Microsoft is doubling-down on sports apps. The company recently confirmed that ESPN is coming to Xbox One, and it inked a deal with the NFL to bring fantasy football to both Xbox and Windows. Until now, details have been scarce, except that Microsoft's partnership …

Cloud Service Architecture Will Power New Era Of Intelligent, Automated Applications

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Pete Sonsini is the general partner at New Enterprise Associates. Follow him on Twitter @psonsini.</i><p>The new way of the world for most web software development is the assembly of applications from cloud-based APIs. Developers are saving loads of time by pulling in various cloud services …

The Original Social Media Is Face-To-Face

Ever since Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1844, each new communication technology has sought relevance in an increasingly noisy universe.<p>Today there is actual management pain from an embarrassment of riches of communication options. This discomfort is especially keen when connecting with …

What You Can Learn About Leadership From A Tough Guy Who Doesn't Say Much

There is one advantage that quiet people have over those of us who like to hear the sounds of our own voices. They are good observers.<p>This is a point that actor Liev Schreiber made about the title character he plays on Showtime’s <i>Ray Donovan</i>. During an interview on NPR’s <i>Fresh Air</i>, Schreiber says …

Protag Elite Is A Rechargeable Bluetooth Card That Keeps Tabs On Your Valuables

After Tile raised $2.6 million in its crowdfunding campaign for a Bluetooth Low Energy-powered tagging tech for tracking valuable items, it was only a matter of time before others jumped aboard the bandwagon. Now to be fair to Innova Technology, they were in this game already — with their first-gen …

Facebook To Publicize News Feed Algorithm Changes, Starting With New “Story Bumping”

700 million people use the Facebook News Feed every day but many don’t understand how it decides what appears, so Facebook announced today it will start publishing blog updates on how the feed algorithm is changing similar to how Google does. Facebook’s first post will be about “Story Bumping”, …

Tile Grabs $2.6M Via Selfstarter For Its Lost Property-Finding Bluetooth Tags Plus App

Tile, a connected objects startup that’s trying to fix the problem of finding lost property with a Bluetooth tags plus app combo, has raised a massive $2.6 million via its Selfstarter crowdfunding campaign. The funding considerably beefs up the $200,000 Tile gained from being incubated out of …

At I/O, Google Will Be Tracking Things Like Noise Level And Air Quality With Hundreds Of Arduino-Based Sensors

If you’re attending Google I/O this week, you will be a part of an experiment from the Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations team. On its blog today, the team outlined its plan to gather a bunch of environmental information happening around you as you meander around the Moscone Center.<p>In the …

Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options, Gives You 15GB To Share Between Drive, Gmail And Google+ Photos, 30GB For Apps Users

Until now, you’ve had to track your free storage on Google products separately. It was just another thing that Google hadn’t brought together to make it easier on users. Today, the company announced that you’ll now have 15GB of free storage to share between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. Google …

The Future of Wireless Power

We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become …

Wunderlist Pro goes live for iOS, Mac and web, priced at $50 per year (video)

6Wunderkinder let us know last week that it was entering the big leagues of task management with Wunderlist Pro, and today it's possible for us to follow along. The company's first premium service is now available for those running the iOS, Mac and web apps, albeit with a slightly higher than …

Google Now, Donna, Sherpa, And The Rise Of The Smart Personal Assistant App

Mobile personal assistant apps are all the rage these days. First there was Google Now for Android, but over the last several weeks we’ve seen a whole bunch of new apps pop up — apps like Donna, Osito, and Sherpa — all of which seek to make our lives easier by simplifying how we organize our …

The Fastest Cars Under $50,000

Last month at the New York Auto Show, Audi debuted the A3 and S3 sedans to much acclaim. The cars combine efficient performance and premium benefits with a price much lower than that of Audi’s larger, more powerful sedans—and they are primed to bolster the automaker’s strategy to enlarge its luxury …

Autistic Workers Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs

For those with Autism, the social isolation of staring at a computer screen all day may be a welcoming environment. NPR has an uplifting story about how engineers with the socially challenging Aspergers syndrome are thriving in technology jobs. “We’ve got this one guy, for example; his productivity …

Enterprise HTML5 App Platform Gizmox raises $7.5 million, Gets New CEO

Gizmox has raised $7.5 million for its HTML5 business application platform to bulk up sales and marketing staff at its new headquarters in Boston, with entrepreneur Eugene Kuznetsov taking the reins as the startup’s new CEO.<p>Atlas Venture led the funding round, while existing investors, including …

This Site Shows How Rich You Are Compared To The Rest Of The World

Appropriately timed with the 25th anniversary of the The Times Rich List, Poke London is relaunching the Global Rich List, a site which compares your wealth with that of the rest of the world.<p>According to the creators, the Global Rich List was built to challenge the “perceptions promoted by Forbes …

Netflix Beats Expectations with Revenue of $1.024B in Q1 2013

Today Netflix reported its first quarter financial performance, with revenue of $1 billion and earnings per share of $0.05. Analysts had expected revenues of $1 billion, and earnings per share of $0.20.<p>The company noted in a letter to shareholders that the lower-than-expected profit of $3 million …

'Oblivion' Delivers Top-Notch Sci-Fi Entertainment

I’m really getting tired of having to tell you to ignore the rest of the mainstream reviewers, but here we go again. <i>Oblivion</i> is an excellent science fiction adventure packed with compelling characters, dramatic tension, and a strong plot that might take a few twists more than you expect.<p>So ignore …

Adapteva shows off production Parallella mini 'supercomputer' boards

With its ambitious Parallella computing project funded on Kickstarter since last October, Adapteva's now showing off its first mass-production boards. These Raspberry Pi-esque devices are capable of supercomputer-like parallel computing performance thanks to power-sipping Epiphany multi-core …

20 Incredibly Useful Tools & Resources for Web Designers

When it comes to Web design, the tools you use play an integral part in your results. Of course, we’re big fans of getting down to the basics, like putting pencil to paper, but sometimes finding new apps and resources can help you get those creative juices flowing.<p>Check out our list of 25 …

Watch a Navy Laser Gun Blast a Drone Right Out of the Sky

It may sound like sci-fi, but lasers are definitely the future of war. As are drones. So what could be better than to see them go up against each …

If Earth 2 Exists, TESS Will Find It

The Kepler telescope that launched in 2009 is is no slouch when it comes to hunting for exoplanets. The system is charged with investigating the more …

Seiki 50-inch 4K TV on sale for $1,299, offers Ultra HD for a regular HD price

The entry price for Ultra HDTV plunged by more than $10,000 earlier this week thanks to Sony's new 4K sets, but now it's going even lower with this model from Seiki. The brand is new to the US market and as such unfamiliar to most, but with a $1,300 listing on TigerDirect it's been lighting up AV …

Microsoft Is Reportedly Building A 7-Inch Surface Tablet Set To Go Into Production This Year

Microsoft could be working on developing a mini-version of its Surface tablet. According to the Wall Street Journal, the software giant has begun developing a lineup of new tablets that some believe will go into mass production later this year.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, the motivation …

Twitter Music Will Integrate with Spotify, Rdio, iTunes, SoundCloud, Vevo, and YouTube, Feature In-App Streaming, and More

Twitter Music still isn’t official available, but we keep learning more and more about the upcoming service. The latest information comes from the site’s code: designer Youssef Sarhan has discovered the service will have both a Web interface and a separate app, will offer streaming, as well as …