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Techstars cofounder explains the reasoning behind the group’s new ‘equity-back guarantee’

When a company is particularly confident in the product it makes, it often offers a money-back guarantee upon returning that item, which can then be resold at a slightly discounted rate. This offer is a <i>tad</i> more difficult to justify if you’re an incubator program whose “product” is a three-month …

Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That’s Not Controlled by Microsoft

The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it's also the birthplace of …

Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

Design a Better TSA Checkpoint and Win $5,000

Since the inception of the Transportation Security Administration, the security checkpoint at airports within the United States has seen many changes and additions. From traditional metal detectors to full body scanners, the screening methods may have changed, but the basic layout of the checkpoint …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Social Media

Publishing your first app in the Play Store: what you need to know

The easiest way to distribute an Android app is via the Google Play store. It isn’t the only distribution method, but it is the simplest way to reach millions of potential users. Publishing your first app in the Play Store isn’t hard, with a few tips and pointers you can have your app ready for …

Apps

AT&T shows off its innovative side

At a showcase in New York City, AT&T demonstrates new app prototypes with real-world utility.<p>From tracking lost luggage to turning your smartphone into a wireless microphone to making it even easier to troubleshoot your customer-service calls, AT&T engineers have been cooking up some interesting …

Customer Service

Adobe offers free font to celebrate 25 years of digital type design

To commemorate a quarter century of its Adobe Originals type program, a font free for all.<p>I was thinking of writing a long discourse about how digital typography changed my life -- something I hadn't really thought about or realized until a couple of days ago when Adobe briefed me on its plan to …

Typography

The World's Most Popular Beaches, According To Pinterest Users

Australia also had multiple sandy stretches in the top 10 ranking.<p>The visual discovery site introduced Place Pins — which let users mark their favorite places with images on a map — less than six months ago, but already has nearly one billion pins on over 100,000 Place Boards.<p>Pinterest mined these …

Cabo San Lucas

On the Internet, all the good company names are taken

All around San Francisco, the centre of the largest technology boom since the dot-com bubble, signs of the surging startup market are readily visible: House prices and commuting times are soaring, and many of the city's billboards sport ads for mobile applications. By one estimate, two-thirds of …

Tech Industry

Sweden (Yes, the Country) Wants Your New Game Ideas

Sweden is calling on gamers around the world to participate in a collaborative effort to create a new breed of computer games.<p>The new Democreativity website, which launched yesterday, is an online tool that pairs concepts of democracy and creativity with the goal of promoting diversity and new …

Blackphone pricing and Deutsche Telekom security push bode well for mobile privacy

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Want to make your mobile use more private? Then a couple of announcements coming out of this year’s Mobile World Congress may …

White House Unveils Patent Protections, Including Crowdsourcing, To Help Find Prior Claims

The White House isn’t waiting for Congress to enact new intellectual property laws. President Obama has made good on his promise to go after so-called “patent trolls,” businesses that hoard legal ownership over inventions but don’t actually produce products. The latest series of executive orders is …

FounderDating Launches An Easier Way To Find And Sign-Up Startup Advisors

FounderDating, a selective network where entrepreneurs can find co-founders, is adding a new way to pick up advisors. Advisors, who are usually paid with a small cut of equity, can bring lessons learned from years of in-the-field experience.<p>But Jessica Alter, FounderDating’s CEO, said that finding …

Bill Gates Explains His New Role At Microsoft, Says Nadella Asked Him To “Pitch In”

Last week Microsoft announced that its new CEO is Satya Nadella, and that its first CEO, Bill Gates, would be spending time at the company helping with product decisions. It was the culmination of a long bout of CEO bingo.<p>The role that Gates will now play at the company he founded is interesting: …

As App Store Optimization Heats Up, MobileDevHQ Goes Free, Launches API

A company helping mobile developers optimize their app store listings for better discoverability, MobileDevHQ, is this week making its basic set of tools free for app marketers while branching out further into the enterprise, with the debut of an API. The API will provide the service’s high-end …

FullContact Acquires Cobook to Develop iOS and Mac Address Book Apps

FullContact, a startup that offers a business card scanner and a unified digital address book for Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other online services, has acquired Cobook for an undisclosed amount.<p>Cobook offers its own unified address book apps for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. These products …

Early benchmarks suggest NVIDIA's new Tegra chip outperforms Apple and Qualcomm

The graph above comes courtesy of <i>Tom's Hardware</i> and, whichever way you look it, it suggests NVIDIA is onto a good thing. The company's recently announced Tegra K1 processor combines a handful of ARM Cortex-A15 CPUs with a GPU based on the same successful Kepler graphics architecture found in …