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This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

Grand St Launches Self-Serve Marketplace For Hardware Makers To List Their Goods

Online gadget retailer Grand St wants to be the go-to spot for interesting new hardware to be sold online. But after curating a daily selection of goods, the company is opening up its e-commerce shop for any hardware to list goods to be sold, as well as to test them out in beta and even make …

Loop Wallet review: mobile payments are finally everywhere you want to be

NFC was supposed to be the future.<p>My next phone was going to include the technology, which would let me pay at any cash register by waving my phone instead of swiping my credit card. NFC would also let me touch phones with a friend to share a picture, tap my phone to a speaker to play music, and …

Wisembly Raises $2 Million To Make Meetings Suck Less

French startup Wisembly just raised $2 million (€1.5 million) from Alven Capital. It’s the company’s first round of funding after three years of existence. Wisembly wants to be the only tool you ever need to keep track of and streamline your meetings in your company.<p>“Wisembly is a collaborative …

Podcast: Meet Skynet, an open source IM platform for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Chris Matthieu<p>Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his …

UK Ministers Launch Year of Code and £500k Fund to Train Teachers

In the UK, education secretary Michael Gove and chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne today launched Year of Code, a new campaign designed to raise awareness and interest in computer programming.<p>Organizers will hold a number of events over the next 12 months to promote coding, including a …

Hoist handles the mundane tasks so developers can concentrate on building great Web apps

Hoist, a New Zealand based startup that offers a set of tools to empower developers to build great apps, launched to all today following the end of a three-month closed-beta period.<p>The company aims to take the hassle out of the many mundane tasks that developers have to perform everyday, such as …

Orchestrate Replaces Multiple NoSQL Databases With A Single API

The days when developers built their applications on a single database are long over. Many services today use a variety of databases – and especially NoSQL databases – to power the different aspects of their applications. That adds a lot of complexity, points of failure and cost. At the same time, …

Coursera Blocked in Cuba, Iran and Sudan

Online learning company Coursera has blocked its own service from Cuba, Iran and Sudan in order to comply with US law on international trading.<p>The company is one of the largest MOOC, Massive Open Online Courses, startups, with more than 6 million registered students and over 500 courses. Its …

This Credit Card Startup Has A Way To Thwart Target-Style Hacking

Look into the future a moment and imagine Christmas shopping 2014. Target offers a great deal on a perfect gift. At the register, you recall that someone stole 40 million credit card numbers from the retailer in late 2013. Then, you as flick your fingerprint across the front of the biometric reader …

Is Microsoft The Next IBM?

The parallels here are interesting, and of course the irony is marvelous.<p>If you roll back to the early 1990s, you see IBM entrenched with enterprise* customers, Apple holding the consumer’s imagination with the best products, other companies strong in key niches (Novell in network operating …

Bitcoin for Android hit by bug

Android’s Bitcoin apps have been targeted by a random number generation bug, which steals the internet currency from users’ wallets.<p>Bitcoin said in a statement on Sunday that the component of Android responsible for generating secure random numbers “contains critical weaknesses, that render all …

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Disney Infinity imagineers the ultimate fan mash-up video game

Ever hear about the filibuster episode of <i>Parks and Recreation</i> where guest star comedian Patton Oswalt rants on about a crazy crossover movie between Star Wars and Marvel Comics superheroes?<p>The odds of such a film ever happening are extremely low for obvious reasons of sanity, despite both …

Amazon Coins Increase Developer Revenues

Three months after Amazon launched Amazon Coins in the US, the e-commerce giant has revealed some interesting numbers around the virtual currency.<p>It says that more than 100 million virtual coins were spent on content and in-app purchases in the last two weeks of May alone, which of course …

City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

Why Microsoft’s 3D Printing Partnership Makes Sense

Microsoft has to remain relevant to hardware hackers. While they are necessary – no one can dispute the strength of Windows in the business world – they have, for the past decade, fallen slowly in esteem in the eyes of designers, makers, and artists. That’s why their recent partnership with …

Bosses force woman to show Facebook page to prove she's not lying

In a dispute about sick leave, a fired flight attendant is forced by Air New Zealand to reveal her Facebook page and bank records to prove her story.<p>I fancy that most people would prefer it if their boss didn't know what they're really like.<p>Work is work. And life is, generally, better than …

NSA’s spying could lose U.S. computing industry $35bn in three years

Report from tech think tank suggests foreign cloud users will now avoid U.S. companies<p>A new report from D.C.-based technology think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation spells a grim outlook for the U.S. computing industry in light of the recent NSA surveillance …

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Hackermeter Wants To Kill Your Résumé And Replace It With A High Score

If you’re looking to hire a bad-ass programmer, fielding résumés can start to feel like an exercise in futility. They’re good for quickly filtering out folks who are clearly applying to <i>everything</i> — but when everyone in the industry has some crazy made-up senior ninja/rockstar/space cadet title, …

First Firefox OS smartphones to be sold on EBay

Smartphone maker ZTE said it will sell Mozilla's first Firefox OS smartphone on EBay to U.S. customers but did not say when it would be available for sale.<p>The ZTE Open, which went on sale last month in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, will be sold for $79.99. The device comes unlocked and will be …

Convercent just moved into one of the coolest new startup offices in Denver

Denver might not get the attention San Francisco and New York get when it comes to startups, but it has one of the fastest emerging communities in the U.S. And like some of the biggest startup hubs, Denver’s startups are investing in some killer real estate.<p>Case in point: Convercent, a startup …

Stantt Uses Body-Scan Data To Create A Shirt For Every Body Type

Clothing brands have begun using body-scan data to tweak their clothing sizes and to help customers find the right fit. But a new Kickstarter campaign is taking this method further by creating sizes from the ground up. With 50 different sizes modeled after body scans, Stantt wants to provide a …

Mobelisk MoGo Transforms Any Tablet Into A Ruggedized Enterprise Version -- With Add-On Features

There’s no doubt that tablets – iPads, Nexuses, etc. – are changing business today. There is another class, “business class”, that can do quite a bit more but are far more expensive. Mobelisk’s new Chimera MoGo device aims to bridge that gap, though it’s not a tablet itself.<p>Instead, the MoGo is a …

Anthony Weiner Has No Idea Why He Didn’t Use Snapchat Either

Today during a BuzzFeed Brews session with Ben Smith, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was asked why he didn’t use Snapchat during his infamous sexting campaign with half the single women of the United States.<p>His answer will rest immortal: “I don’t have a good answer to that.”<p>It isn’t …

Larry Ellison Says We Already Know What Apple Without Jobs Will Look Like

Many people are wondering what the post-Steve-Jobs Apple will look like, but Larry Ellison said he already knows.<p>Speaking with Charlie Rose in an …

The Mobile Tipping Point And Why Yahoo Must Mimic Groupon And Facebook

When Facebook announced in its second-quarter earnings report that 41 percent of its advertising revenue was generated by mobile usage, it was a watershed moment: The social company proved that it could monetize its increasingly on-the-go user base.<p>Key to the 41 percent figure is that it was up 11 …