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Kolibree's smart toothbrush claims to track and improve your dental hygiene

Last year's CES brought us the Hapifork, one of the more unusual entries in the rapidly growing category of sensor-equipped devices designed to track the quantified self. At CES 2014, another French startup is taking that idea and running with it to produce something even more outlandish — meet the …

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

We're at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself – as with the …

Why the Midwest is better for startups than saturated Silicon Valley

<i>Matt Lautz is the president of the cloud-based contact center company CorvisaCloud.</i><p>Traditionally, top talent flocks to the coasts for the in-demand and most coveted technology jobs. The Midwest is rarely seen as a technology hub, if at all. In recent years that has been attributed to the “brain …

MapBox Closes $10M Series A From Foundry Group To Build The Future Of Interactive, Mobile Maps

Cloud-based map platform startup MapBox, which gives developers tools to add interactive maps to their web and mobile offerings, clad in their own brand colours/designs — and counts foursquare, Uber, GitHub, Evernote and the FT among its 2,500+ paying subscribers — has just closed a $10 million …

Co.Lab Accelerator Gives Its First Class a Lesson in Pitching Educational Games

At Zynga’s headquarters in San Francisco last night, the NewSchools Venture Fund and the games company’s charity spinoff, Zynga.org, showed off the …

Social Shopping Startup Shopcade Bags $4M To Fuel Mobile Growth & A Big Data Play

Social shopping and deals-focused startup Shopcade, which launched out of the U.K. in November 2011, has raised £2.5 million (circa $4 million) in additional seed funding to accelerate its growth on mobile. Investors in the funding round include Pascal Cagni, formerly head of Apple’s European …

SigSense is building connected sensors to bring the internet of things to the cable guy

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: SigSense<p>Many of the companies building the manifold devices of the internet of things are squarely targeting the …

ThinkUp launches new crowdfunded app to help users mine data from their own social networks

Veteran blogger Anil Dash is creating a service for quantified selfies, a Klout for the indie web<p>For the past two years year Anil Dash and Gina Trapani have been building ThinkUp. It's an app for the social web that helps the average person derive the same value and insight from their data as giant …

Now handling over £1M a day, Thiel-backed TransferWise inches further onto PayPal’s turf

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>London-based TransferWise is a pretty smart operation. Backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and led by former Skype …

Catching Up With Quick Key, The App That Helps Teachers Grade Faster And Better

Back in February, we wrote about a smartphone app for school teachers called Quick Key, the low-fi demo video that had just gone viral. The app’s optical scanner quickly grades SAT-style bubble answer sheets, uploads the results to teachers’ electronic grade books, and runs analytics on the data. …

How to turn a developer into a founder: Advice from those who’ve done it

For six years, Peter Relan specialized in turning developers into founders. At his YouWeb incubator, the investor/tech veteran found talented developers such as Jason Citron and turned them into the creators of companies.<p>It isn’t easy to make that switch. Citron did, founding OpenFeint, a social …

Researchers use Whistle’s dog activity tracker to quantify canine health

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Whistle<p>Canine activity tracker Whistle may not have launched its first commercial device yet, but its product is …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

Cardless Cash Access replaces bank cards with smartphones

<b>City National Bank in the US is about to offer a new way to withdraw cash from ATMs: using a smartphone app instead of a bank card.</b><p>In a bid to reduce …

What’s a “Shark Tank” Appearance Worth? A Top Spot in the App Store.

Image courtesy of Scan<p>Garrett Gee’s startup Scan didn’t necessarily need the $1 million he was pitching investors for on Friday night’s episode of …

Israeli Startup Maverick Wants To Be “WordPress Of Digital Marketing” To Help SMBs Compete With Major Brands

The early Dot Com promise was that the web puts small and large businesses on a level playing field. But as the platform has matured, that promise has turned out to be somewhat hollow, not least in the area of online marketing. Small businesses, let alone ‘mom and pup’ shops, often don’t have the …

In Call For Startups To Build Apps For The Super Broadband Highway, BT And TechHub Launch Infinity Lab

More evidence that major telcos have caught the startup bug. This time it’s the turn of BT, which this morning unveiled a partnership in the UK with startup workspace and community TechHub to support startups who want to create new applications and services to take advantage of Blighty’s burgeoning …

TRAFI Raises $500K In Seed Funding To Be The Go-To Transit App For Emerging Markets

Lithuanian startup TRAFI is announcing a seed funding round of $500,000 U.S. today, provided by Practica Capital. In addition to the funding, former Nokia Maps chief Sylvain Grande is joining the board, and the company hopes to pursue a strategy of aggressive expansion in key markets not well …

Consolidate this: Quantified self edition

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>My friend, Kevin Kelly, coined the term quantified self in October of 2007 with this blog post. In the in six years since, …

Forget Big Data: The future is Small Data, and Facebook just bought it

This morning, Onavo, an Israeli start-up, announced it was being acquired by Facebook. Onavo’s flagship product is a data compressor. When you browse a web page or use an app on your phone, Onavo routes the traffic through its servers, where it compresses and optimizes the data before sending it on …

Facebook Acquires Israeli Mobile Analytics Startup Onavo

Facebook announced on Monday that it has acquired Onavo, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup focused on intelligence around mobile application …

PhoneHalo’s tracking tags are shrinking and getting embedded in luggage

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Phone Halo<p>Phone Halo has come a long way since it introduced its first personal tracking tag in 2011. The Cobra Tag, …

Your doctor is going digital: What the rise of medtech means for you

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Five years into the future, doctors will be empowered with a wide array of exponential technologies and will become the most …

Starbucks Designs To Monetize WiFi

Starbucks is one of the biggest providers of free Wi-Fi in the U.S. With over 11,000 locations, they have created their own portal and a basket of news site access and other resources for those who log on to their network. I’m a frequent user of their service, and I’ve watched it evolve over the …

Cloud Security: Mobile Startup Lookout Gets $55M Led By Deutsche Telekom To Go Global & Target Enterprise

Mobile security company Lookout is all about protecting user’s mobile devices against malicious threats, a business that today has 45 million customers. Today it’s raising its own profile a little bit more. The startup is announcing another $55 million in funding, led by strategic investor Deutsche …

The $1 billion weather app: why Monsanto is betting the farm on smarter forecasts

A billion-dollar acquisition plants the seeds for an agribusiness revolution<p>To look at Monsanto’s product pages, you’d think the company’s business is in selling two closely related commodities: agricultural seeds and weed killers. But that would be like saying that Verizon sells people data and …

Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe

Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, small children are like magicians with their ability to slip away unnoticed. BeLuvv, a startup in Taiwan, has created Guardian, a small wearable device that can be combined with a smartphone app to track your kid’s movements and prevent them from going …

Scan Gets $7M From Entree Via AngelList To Turn The Lowly QR Code Into A ‘Scan To Pay’ Gateway

Scan has raised $7 million from Entree and existing investors, including Menlo Ventures in its Series A round. It’s also announcing its new Scan to Pay service, which allows people to purchase items or donate money via a quick QR-code scan, regardless of whether a person — or even a venue — is …