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The TechCrunch Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle, Apply To Compete Now!

Hold on to your butts!<p>TechCrunch is coming to Austin and Seattle in less than a month and we’re looking for the best and brightest startups in each area to compete in the TechCrunch Pitch-Off.<p>Our events usually attract thousands of members of the local tech community, who want to learn about what’s …

LittleBits' Arduino module puts the focus on programming, not wiring

Getting your feet wet with programmable hardware can be tricky; even if you're comfortable with coding, you may not want to break out the soldering iron just to build a usable device. LittleBits is aware of just how intimidating these make-it-yourself gadgets can be, so it has just launched its …

Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

Drones are great, but for the most part, they can get old pretty quickly. A new Kickstarter project wants to throw some additional variety into the mix with a programmable, “intelligent” drone that acts as a platform for apps, too. The Tokyo-based project features hardware you’ll likely find …

RANKED: The Hottest Pre-IPO Adtech Startups Of 2014

Rubicon Project filed for an IPO, and its stock popped nicely on the first day — making adtech IPOs suddenly much more interesting than they used to be.<p>Tubemogul also filed for an IPO. DataXu confirmed it will do the same thing.<p>And, biggest of all, Pinterest looks like it is gearing up an adtech …

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Nod Gesture Control Ring Is Designed For Continual Wear, Starts Selling Today For $149

Gesture control devices are a big new area of interest among hardware startups, and a Bluetooth-enabled ring that makes it possible to control connected devices with a wave of your hand is nothing new. But the Nod is different from many of the other solutions out there we’ve seen, in that it’s …

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Pocket prototype for Android Wear smartwatches saves stories to bigger screens

Now that Google has a preview of the Android Wear smartwatch platform, the app makers and service providers will start to follow. Pocket is among the …

Atlassian opens up marketplace to cloud apps

Atlassian is opening up its online marketplace so that third-parties who build add-ons for its on-premise bug-tracking and collaboration tools can …

Parrot reveals new affordable flying drone and two-wheeler built from the AR.Drone

There’s always been little doubt that drones make great toys — the problem is that they’re far from cheap. Now the makers of the AR.Drone are revealing two new toys built from their technology that are small, easy to use, and — if the time we’ve spent with them here at CES is any indication — a …

Why Starting Small Can Lead to a Better App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The biggest question mobile app developers usually ask themselves is, 'how do I reach out to my customers?' Or, 'do my customers even want the app that I'm building?'<p>Building an app that brings traction and generates wealth requires that …

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Bitcoin's Incredible Year

Last year at this time, valued at just $13.50, one Bitcoin could get you a movie ticket if you could find a theater that had 1) heard of Bitcoin and 2) accepted it. Fat chance. Luckily, Bitcoin owners had a different form of entertainment: the fiscal version of <i>She’s All That</i>. “Last year’s nerd …

Tech Stocks Hover Near 2013 Highs, Paving Way for 2014 IPOs Like Alibaba, Box and Dropbox

iStockToday, the tech sector got a pretty nice post-Christmas present, as stocks of many companies in the sector continued to remain near their highs …

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Google+ is automatically creating your own year in review video

If you're anything like us, the thought of sifting through mountains of media to create a year in review video is more than a little intimidating. However, it just got a lot easier for some Google+ members. The social network is now using Auto Awesome to create year in review clips for anyone who …

New Line-Up iOS App Begins UK Roll-Out To Organize Your Favorite Events

Last year Planvine emerged as part of the new wave of apps designed to figure out your entertainment for the evening. For a monthly subscription, it reserved two tickets to events based on your pre-selected interests. However the company has been pivoting and today launched it’s new consumer iOS …

Amazon Kinesis Now In Public Beta For Developers To Build Real-Time Apps

Amazon Kinesis, the company’s new data streaming analytics platform, is now in public beta. It allows developers to build real-time apps without managing the complexity of multiple clusters. But though it has been heralded as a new type of real-time app platform, it also has some drawbacks that …

First Smartphones and Tablets with Leap Motion Gesture Control Due as Early as Q3 2014

Leap Motion, the smart 3D gesture control hardware and software company, has said that the first tablets or smartphones to use its touchless technology could arrive as early as Q3 next year.<p>Company CEO Michael Buckwald told TNW at a briefing in London today that the technical and hardware …

Smartwatches, Google Glass And The Wearable Technology Chocolate Box

At $8 billion in 2013 revenues (projected), the wearable technology market is nascent but promising. By 2017, revenue from these new devices is projected to grow to $20 billion.<p>Numbers like that are just one of the reasons I get excited about new technologies, and I’ve been particularly excited …

Phantom 2 Vision - Your Flying Camera, Quadcopter Drone for Aerial Photography and Videography

Ground Station<p>Vision Ground Station is built into the latest version of the Vision app (iOS: Version 1.0.41, Android 1.0.50). Simply update the app, …

What We Need in a Next-Gen Social Network

<i>Jonathan Saragossi is the founder of IM Creator, a free website builder, and AppSite, a tool for promoting mobile applications. Jonathan is also a UX and marketing consultant for major startups including Any.Do and Playscape.</i><p>It’s time to move on. The feeling is becoming more and more significant …

Google Glass developers: We're still flying half-blind

"As the device gets more personal, it's less about killer apps, and more about the personally awesome app." <br>--Brandyn White, Google Glass developer

How to Calculate The Equity Split Between Co-Founders in Startups

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>There are a lot of variables to go into calculating a fair equity split a startup team. These …

It’s time to rethink startup equity

Change is the only constant in life and this is especially true in Silicon Valley. We live in a time of constant change and rebirth, which we …

Revolv Review: Connect Your Smart Home With a Single Hub and App

Revolv began shipping its $299 home automation hub today, bringing to market a reasonably-priced solution for controlling your devices from one app. We’ve been testing the hub as part of a smart home setup for the past couple of weeks and have been really impressed with its ease of use and …

5 Key Attributes to Look For in the Perfect Startup Hire

<i>Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.</i><p>Hiring for a startup is much different than hiring for a large company or a …

Here are 5 ways iOS 7 can help the enterprise

Since the release of the first beta release to developers in June 2013, iOS 7 has been making news in the tech world. With the public release just a …

Fon brings its WiFi-sharing service to the US

Reach a certain level of fame in Europe and you've got two choices: rest on your laurels, or risk it all for a shot at America. It's one transatlantic journey that few careers survive, but the latest to try is Spanish muni-fi outfit Fon. Buy one of the company's $60 WiFi hotspots and it'll portion …

Google Launches Maps Engine Pro For The Enterprise

Google has unveiled a new offering for its Maps product in the business setting as part of its vision into making it the next productivity tool. Starting today, companies can use Maps Engine Pro to better marry location and their data in order to “visualize and share” it on a map.<p>The service costs …