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This Technology Could Change the Way Deaf People Live

Ryan Hait-Campbell says his San Francisco company’s invention is really about jobs. Deaf people like himself, explains the MotionSavvy CEO, are too …

Out of power? Cable lets you steal juice from another device

The Samsung Power Sharing cable lets you donate power from one compatible mobile device to any other gadget that charges with a micro USB port.<p>How many times has this happened to you? You're out for the day with your tablet, smartphone (and maybe even your smartwatch) all set for a day of play with …

Gear & Gadgets

Funding Daily: Another big bag of cash for the 'connected home'

Today’s funding deals:<p>Savant picks up $90M<p>Savant, a company that sells connected-home devices and provides apps for consumers to control climate, audio, lighting, and other characteristics at home, announced today that private-equity firm KKR has invested $90 million in it. The idea is to make …

Battery-less device powers a pacemaker using heartbeats

Although cardiac pacemakers have saved countless lives, they do have at least one shortcoming – like other electronic devices, their batteries wear …

Medical Technology

Dropbox slashes pricing and boosts storage as competition intensifies

1 terabyte for $9.99 a month<p>Almost from the day it launched, Dropbox has been arguably the best storage and file syncing service on the market — and it's also been among the most expensive. Founder Drew Houston has often said that Dropbox customers aren't focused on the price, so long as they get a …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

Extracted

Google And Samsung Execs Had A Tense Conversation About Smartwatches

Google CEO Larry Page vented to Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Lee that that he was frustrated by how much Samsung was investing in smartwatches running its Tizen operating system instead of Google's Android Wear software, according to Lessin's sources.<p>Right now, Samsung has three smartwatches that run …

Lexalytics Acquires Semantria To Bring Sentiment Analysis To The Masses

Sentiment analysis is an important tool for businesses looking to get a better understanding of how their customers feel about their products. Instead of surveys that offer abstract ratings, it lets companies look at the emotions underlying how users talk about their goods or services.<p>Lexalytics …

'Yo' App Retooled to Alert Israelis of Missile Attacks

The “Yo” app was developed as a joke. Download the app, tap on a friend’s name, and they’d get a message from you saying “Yo.” It’s that simple. In …

Emojli, the first emoji-only social network (smiley face?)

Tired of the spam and hashtags abundant on Twitter and Facebook? Check out an emoji-only social network that promises no spam "because there isn't an emoji for spam."<p>With all the spam, trolls, and hashtags on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, it's clear social networking is a big mess. At least, …

Spam

Review: Songza hits just the right notes

SAN FRANCISCO — It's the weekend, what do you want to listen to? Something energetic for your run? Something rowdy to get ready for a party? How about soothing waves as you drift off to sleep on a summer night? Get as deep-cut as you want, or as frothy as you like. You don't have to think about it. …

US loses to Germany but World Cup streaming scores big

Streaming of Thursday's key soccer games hits a record for ESPN -- and perhaps for video on the Internet, period.<p>The final scores for US v. Germany and Ghana v. Portugal are in -- and the results for ESPN World Cup video streaming show a blowout.<p>The games, which would help determine whether the US, …

If Apple releases its own smart home hardware, think connected speakers and TVs

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>It’s always been a question of when — and not if — in assessing Apple’s plans for the connected home, although a better …

Facebook Hastens the Era of Open Source Hardware

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the need for cheap, efficient, compact servers and network equipment has made Facebook an innovator of gear optimized for cloud data centers and workloads. It’s leadership in the development of standard, hyper scale hardware using interchangeable …

Companies and cities sign on to Lucid's energy-tracking apps as the startup adds $8M

Believe it or not, businesses, colleges, cities, and states like seeing how much energy all their buildings use. The growth of a software company called Lucid proves that.<p>Lucid announced $8 million in new venture funding today. The company plans to bolster its cloud-based software and hire the …

Line Creators Market Generates $1.5M Sales in One Month

Messaging app Line opened a marketplace in April that lets anyone create and sell their own stickers, with sales starting on May 8. Today it announced that the Line Creators Market has drawn over 80,000 creators and 12,000 sticker sets since it opened up to users, of which a total of 1,200 sticker …

Sony’s new $99 PlayStation TV box could be key to its TV service plans

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Sony<p>Sony (S SNE) announced a new $99 gadget at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles Monday that could play an interesting role …

A startup is pushing an alternative to Facebook by showing how much info we really share

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>A social media startup called Five wants to give us a new way of communicating with our friends that’s more akin to a dinner …

Why Notifications Are About to Rule the Smartphone Interface

When iOS 8 hits, the notification center is going to be the most important screen in your iPhone. Think about it: Notifications already are the way …

BehindTheOverlay Chrome Extension Kills Overlay Popups

Have you ever wished you could just get rid of the annoying popup message on a site that is blocking the actual content? BehindTheOverlay is a Chrome extension that does exactly that. You can grab it directly from the Chrome Web Store.<p>If you’ve ever been bothered by a website that hides its content …

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

<i>Raj Sidhu is a designer, Web developer, and creator of Code Monkey Island, a board game that introduces kids to programming fundamentals.</i><p>I felt pretty jealous as I walked into the computer room of the elementary school I was visiting. The hulking PCs of my youth – with their giant floppy disk …

Your phone's new best friend: A mobile media streamer with battery to burn

Kingston's MobileLite Wireless G2 offers mobile media-streaming, extra battery life and much more.<p>TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kingston has launched its second generation of mobile media streamer, the MobileLite Wireless G2.<p>The 170g device is packed with a ridiculous number of features for the mobile user. …

An App To Share Civic Complaints Gains Popularity Where The Government Hasn’t Been Listening

In a country known for corruption issues, urban residents in Brazil are flocking to an app that lets them share what they care about directly with city officials.<p>Brazil is a country plagued by problems of rampant corruption, political and otherwise, but that doesn’t mean politicians completely …

AT&T Labs, Continuuity will open source a Hadoop streaming engine called jetStream

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Hadoop application-platform startup Continuuity and AT&T Labs are working on a stream-processing technology called jetStream …

Longform journalism startup Byliner is in trouble and says its future is unclear

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>It’s no secret that I was bullish on Byliner, the e-singles startup that launched with a splash in 2011 with bestselling …

Adobe’s ‘Creative Cloud’ Goes Offline—and Takes a Million Designers With It

The design world is utterly dependent on a single software cloud. What happens when it suddenly goes down?<p>Imagine you’re working in an office …

Google Play starts accepting PayPal for digital goods, but not for physical ones

Well, here's a surprise: Mountain View now accepts PayPal payments for apps, games, books and other digital goods on Google Play. If you're not exactly fond of paying through credit cards cards or carriers, you can activate the option by clicking Add Paypal and typing in your log-in details. The …

Google unveils Classroom, a tool designed to help teachers

Looking to support educators and simplify their workload, the tech giant announces a new, free, classroom-friendly tool that integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail.<p>Google looks to be making the grade with a new tool it unveiled Tuesday that aims to help teachers easily organize assignments and …

Education Technology

AOL plunks down $101M for ad-tech startup Convertro

Convertro is the latest ad-tech startup to receive a high-dollar acquisition from AOL, who officially announced the purchase earlier today.<p>Contrary to its name, Convertro is not an evil robot that uses its crazy-good math skills to destroy the human race. No, the startup actually provides …