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Tencent reportedly invests $150M in cinema ticketing startup Maoyan

Tencent announced another impressive quarter of financials yesterday, but the Chinese internet giant — which is creeping towards a $500 billion market cap — made other financial moves this week.<p>Reuters reported that the firm invested $150 million Chinese cinema ticketing startup Maoyan, which was …

The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017

Every year for the past three, Forbes has gone looking for 25 young U.S. companies with a strong shot at reaching a valuation of $1 billion or more. Last year’s list included hot companies like the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, online retailer Boxed and innovative home seller OpenDoor. This year, …

Startups

Pendo closes $25M Series C from Meritech to scale its customer understanding platform

Just seven months after announcing a $20 million Series B, Pendo, a platform to help businesses better understand their customers, has closed a new $25 million Series C led by Meritech Capital Partners. The North Carolina-based startup has been growing at a rapid clip — ballooning to 106 employees …

OwnBackup grabs $7.5M Series B investment for SaaS data backup service

One of the great advantages of the cloud is that your vendor is supposed to take care of all the hard management bits for you — including backup. While that’s true for the most part, the vendor can’t help you recover data if one of your employees makes an error that results in data loss or …

Stash raises $40 million Series C to make investing more approachable

Micro-investing app Stash has raised an additional $40 million in Series C funding, the company announced this morning, following rapid growth in terms of sign-ups from new users – 86 percent of whom are first-time investors. The startup’s app is designed to help ease people into investing by …

Meet BigchainDB – 'the scalable blockchain database' hitting one million writes per second

BigchainDB has taken a big data distributed database and given it blockchain characteristics. The result: a decentralised database capable of one …

Death to the Download: Google Rolls Out New Way to Stream Apps From Search

The new mobile search features find apps you've installed and ones you haven't yet.<p>Mobile apps can be the bane of Google — isolated spaces where the search engine does not mediate. But Google, being Google, finds a way.<p>The search giant’s effort here advanced on two fronts Wednesday, with new mobile …

I tried the startup that wants to replace your lunch with futuristic nutrition 'squares' — and they actually tasted good

Mealsquares is a "beta" stage startup that bills itself as a "solid, whole-food Soylent alternative."<p>But wait, a food version of Soylent, you ask. Wouldn't that just be regular food? Sort of.<p>The answer lies in what meal-replacement products like Soylent or Ambronite are actually giving you. For …

This Ultra-Thin Solar Charger Can Power Up Your iPhone On The Go

Practical off-the-grid phone charging is becoming a reality.<p>Not so long ago, solar chargers were a better idea in theory than in reality. Typical devices would require as much as four times as long to power up a phone as plugging into a wall outlet. This might work if you were spending all day in …

Airbus has patented a jet that could take you from Tokyo to Los Angeles in three hours

Imagine a transcontinental flight that allowed you to wash your hands of screaming babies and cranky flight attendants after just a few hours. Airbus wants to make it so. The aircraft manufacturer has patented an “ultra-rapid” plane that could fly at more than four times the speed of sound. The …

Aviation

SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

“The first app store for websites” — that’s how AppSumo co-founder Noah Kagan describes the company’s new-ish product SumoMe.<p>What does that actually mean? Basically, Kagan aims to create a one-stop shop (yes, it’s a cliché, but one I feel justified using since it’s a literal store) where people can …

Why airplane food is so bad

There was no in-flight movie to stare at and try to lip read because you refused to purchase headphones. You could look at the clouds, I guess.<p>To keep passengers entertained, airlines copied other modes of transportation—trains, boats—and turned to food.<p>It was not uncommon, in the post-World War II …

Ho Chi Minh City

Inkboard Upgrade Lets You Scribble All Over Your Photos

Did you ever have to resist the urge to doodle on a photo? Now you don’t have to … resist the urge, that is. You can just go ahead and draw cat ears and whiskers, or devil horns and tail, or hearts and flowers on any photo you like with the newly updated version of Inkboard.<p>The new photo features …

Meet Willow, The Dating App Where Love Isn’t Based On Lust

In the last year, Tinder packaged the experience of making eyes at someone across a bar and put it right on your phone. But if you’ve ever actually gone through with the eyes-in-a-bar experience, you know it can be hit or miss.<p>Willow, a new app launching to the App Store, asks users to make a …

How NewsWhip helps newsrooms track the web’s top-trending stories

If you’re not fast, you’re last — or so the saying goes. In the dizzyingly paced world of online media, that sentiment couldn’t be truer, and it’s something that Ireland-based NewsWhip is setting out to capitalize on.<p>Founded out of Dublin in 2011, NewsWhip has emerged as a key tool in newsrooms …

Control your Mac by pointing your finger with ControlAir

If you're sitting at your Mac right now, there's a fairly high chance that you'll be listening to music. Normally, if you want to skip between tracks, you'd use the keyboard shortcuts that line the top of your Apple keyboard. But what if you could could control music and movies without touching …

Apps

HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

A new mobile application called HeartThis wants to make shopping across multiple retailers more convenient for smartphone users. The app, which is making its official debut later today on stage at StartX’s Demo Day, puts over 330 stores in one place, allowing you to buy from places like Dillard’s, …

This Brilliant iPhone Game Lets You Play Minesweeper From Your Lock Screen

Apple introduced a bunch of new features with iOS 8 last year including the long-awaited widget functionality.<p>Widgets, which can be accessed by swiping downward from the top of your iPhone's lock screen to reveal the Notification Center, allow for people to have quick access to apps, and they …

Former Opera CEO launches a feature-packed browser called Vivaldi

John S. Von Tetzchner, founder and former CEO of the popular Opera browser, has just announced a new way to browse the web. It’s called Vivaldi, and it’s aimed at power users. When von Tetzchner created Opera back in 1994, the startup browser began gaining some traction and soon became one of the …

Hocus Focus eliminates desktop clutter on your Mac

For me, having multiple apps and windows open on my Mac's desktop is the norm. While I often shuffle through them with the Command-Tab shortcut, my cluttered desktop can feel a tad overwhelming at times.<p>I may go over an hour before I need to look at a particular window, yet there it is, distracting …

Apps

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …

How Successful People Quash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the …

CoreOS unveils Rocket, a possible competitor to Docker

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>CoreOS, the Linux operating system specialist that’s been busy this past year making sure its technology powers Docker …

7 Ways to Make Your Reputation Indestructible

It seems that every time a new product comes to market, the hype is short-lived before consumers shift their gaze to the next emerging technology making headlines.<p>Using bleeding-edge marketing techniques to tout your latest product will likely get you the short win, but the companies that survive …

How to Retarget Your Audience With Native Advertising

Even when you were so close to making a purchase, you completely lost interest in the website and may have ended up making the purchase elsewhere or completing some other type of conversion.<p>A major challenge for online business owners and marketers is holding the attention of consumers until …

PayPal Co-Founder Takes Aim at Credit Card Industry With New Startup

The most miserable year of Max Levchin’s life began in 2002, shortly after he sold off his ownership stake in PayPal to eBay for an estimated $34 …

13 Ways To Know If Your LinkedIn Summary Is A Winner Or A Snoozer

First impressions have gone digital. People are learning about you online before they ever shake your hand. The second they know they are going to meet you or have a call with you, they’re going to type your name into Google. This makes your virtual brand more important than ever. And it means you …

Desktop-sized laser supercomputers could be coming by 2020

Small, eco-friendly optical supercomputers may soon be crunching quadrillions of calculations per second (exaflops) if a company called Optalysys has its way. It claims to be months away from demonstrating a prototype optical computer that will run at 346 gigaflops to start with -- not as fast as …

Massive Bitcoin heist sees hacker divert traffic from 19 ISPs

Among all the scams and thievery in the bitcoin economy, one recent hack sets a new bar for brazenness: stealing an entire chunk of raw internet …