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Deep Focus saves you from being inundated by unimportant messages
If it’s your birthday, Mother’s Day or some other significant occasion, it’s likely you’ll receive a barrage of text messages, emails and calls. Even if it’s not a special...
The next stop on the road to revolution is ambient intelligence
It’s easy to see a rainbow when it’s in the distance, but more difficult to discern when you are in its midst. Though it’s still early days, we’re now in the midst of the...
Spirocall measures lung health over any phone – no app necessary
Sometimes you see an application of technology that’s so innovative and helpful that you can’t believe it exists in this age of narcissistic and short-sighted startups. Spirocall, a service...
We learned from utilities everything we need to know about cloud infrastructure
Electricity is ambient. It’s all around us. We turn on lights and plug in devices without even thinking about the complex electrical grid that supplies us with juice at will. It’s become...
Pilot your grandparents in a battle against death in Coffin Dodgers
Coffin Dodgers is named for the slang expression for the geriatric. It’s a racing game where instead of motorbikes, cars or skateboards, you are on a race against death on mobility scooters....
Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity
There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to leave the nation’s borders and with them, everything they learned. It undervalues...
Microsoft restricts Cortana on Windows 10 to Bing and Edge
Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Google Now and Apple’s Siri digital assistant. It’s built right into Windows 10 and, while I’ve generally not found it all that useful, it’s...
Amazon’s Web Services are shining in its latest earnings beat
Amazon posted its first-quarter earnings today, and boy did they not disappoint: it beat what analysts were expecting on nearly all fronts, and the stock is up more than 12% after its huge beat....
Practice safe financing
The convertible note is a useful and common financing structure in Silicon Valley. It’s a form of debt that is really more a type of equity — one where the valuation hasn’t been...
MightyTV uses a Tinder-style interface to offer personal tips on what to watch next
Maybe it’s the modern-day equivalent of endless channel-surfing — turning on Netflix or some other streaming video service, then going through page after page of movies and TV shows,...
Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard app to iPhone
Microsoft today released its first standalone keyboard application for iOS users. No, it’s not the rumored version of its Windows Phone keyboard that’s being ported to the iPhone –...
Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline
Facebook is desperate to get you to watch videos. They’re all over the feed, yesterday it announced a dedicated video browsing hub, and now it’s announcing a video search engine. It’s...
Here’s the first full trailer for the next Star Wars movie, Rogue One
Hey. You. On the computer. You heard about this Star Wars thing? I’m told it’s pretty popular with the kids these days. It’s a movie series, you see, about —— JUST KIDDING,...
Ikea ponders the future of retail with virtual reality pilot app
Ikea is coming to VR, but it’s sadly leaving the Swedish meatballs behind in regular reality. The cheapo furniture company unexpectedly announced this morning that they were releasing a pilot...
Pinterest debuts step-by-step How-to Pins from 25+ brands to help keep users around longer
As Pinterest continues to ramp up the parts of its business that generate revenues (namely advertising), it’s also expanding the free features that might entice users and brands to linger around...
Shootlr lets you take a ‘someone-elsie’
What do you call it when you have an app that lets your friends take a photo of you, using your own phone? It’s not a selfie… It’s not a portrait… Let’s call it a someone...
Pay-per-story news service Blendle comes to the US
European news startup Blendle has already attracted funding from two of the biggest names in the media business — The New York Times and German publisher Axel Springer. Today it’s launching...
Sexism is still a thing at Microsoft’s GDC party
Microsoft hired a bunch of women wearing very little clothing to dance and socialize with people at the company’s official Game Developers Conference after-party last night in San Francisco, Business...
Bullish: What’s driving the maker movement
The maker movement is hot. Worldwide, there are about 2,000 maker spaces and 26% of cities in the U.S. have them. I sat down with Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan to learn about what’s driving the movement...
Lyft and GM partner on Express Drive, a rental service that paves the way for autonomous cars
Two months after General Motors announced a $500 million investment in transportation startup Lyft to work on autonomous cars, the pair are launching their first service together. No, it’s...
DoorDash says its new service fee isn’t really a new fee
Consider this a public service announcement for DoorDash customers. In the coming weeks, you’re going to start seeing something new on your bills — a service fee. However, a spokesperson...
Ben Horowitz backs rapper Ryan Leslie’s SMS commerce startup Superphone
Ryan Leslie gave every fan his phone number. It’s (915) 600-6978. But instead of a million unwanted phone calls, it’s making him money and giving him deeper intelligence about his listeners...
Google experiments with a way to pay without taking out your phone
Google is rolling out a pilot program today that introduces a new way to pay cashiers — and it involves leaving your phone in your pocket. It’s called Android Pay Hands Free, and it’s...
Lessons In Moving Your Startup Overseas To Silicon Valley
As a CEO and immigrant worker (take that, Trump!), I always get asked about moving my company to Silicon Valley. I usually answer that I believe you can build a world-changing organization anywhere,...
Who Lives And Dies In A Down Economy
The Bay Area is well-acquainted with boom and bust cycles, and while it’s too soon to declare that the tech economy has turned, recruiters see early indicators that it’s happening. Indeed,...
Migrating Your Android or iOS App from Parse
This article was peer reviewed by Tim Severin and Adrian Sandu. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! Not since the shuttering of Google Reader has...
Every Angle Of The Modular LG G5 Smartphone
Meet the LG G5 smartphone. The company just announced this new flagship device at MWC 2016. It’s nice and feels great in the hand. But it’s claim to fame is its modular accessory system....
Instagram Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers
Instagram accounts are worth stealing. Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a living, it’s time to add another lock to its doors. In November I wrote that...
A Look Inside How ESPN Gets Ready For Super Bowl 50
Before it’s made apparent by my remarks, I don’t know jack shit about football. I can watch a game with a Bud Light in hand and unassumingly make my way through a plate of snacks and...
Can Fractional Car Ownership Work?
A couple of weeks ago, Ford Motor Company somewhat quietly announced that next month, it’s beginning a leasing pilot program in Austin, Tex., that will enable three to six friends, neighbors,...
Facebook’s Engineering Wizardry Makes Even VR Videos Load Fast
How did Facebook go from 1 billion to 8 billion videos views per day in 18 months without the whole server farm catching fire? It’s called SVE, short for streaming video engine. SVE lets Facebook...
MicSwap Turns Your iPhone Into Rock And Roll
If it’s been a long time since you’ve rock and rolled and it’s been a long lonely time since you did the stroll, it might be time to model some old-fashioned microphones on your...
Action cameras are like tablets. Lots of people want ONE. But very few need to constantly update to the latest model. I suspect this is why GoPro’s sales are slowing, it’s reduced sales...
Hype Or Not, Peach Hit The Top 10 Social Networking App List Fast
You’ve probably heard quite a bit about social networking/messaging app Peach. Some say it’s dumb, some say it’s great, and a lot say something in between. What do I feel about...
Let’s Put Twitter Moments In The Hands Of Twitter Users
Storytelling is fun, but it’s also not easy. You have to have an idea of what story you want to tell and what pieces to include to illustrate it. Sometimes it’s words, sometimes it’s...
Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers
If you’re developing a launch title for the upcoming Oculus Rift, you may have gotten a little good news in your inbox this evening. The company says that it’s still shipping Rift hardware...
Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare
Collecting genome data is reliable, fast and cheap. Yet, interpreting that data is unreliable, slow, and expensive — when it’s even possible. Today, genome interpretation is a burgeoning...
First Round’s Holiday Video Will Have You Reaching For Your Cell Phone
In the tech world it’s just not the holidays until First Round Capital drops its annual holiday video. It’s that time again, folks. The annual festivities started way back in 2008, the...
How To Plan For Your Startup’s Gruesome Demise
Having children is one of the happiest moments most people will ever enjoy, but it’s also when you need to first think the most seriously about death. The joyous excitement and freneticism...
Mummo Dumps Your Parent’s Tech Problems In Someone Else’s Lap
How many times has your mom or dad called with an obvious-to-you question about their phone, or printer, or in the case of my mother, the Apple TV? Of course, you want to be a good son or daughter...
The STEM Skills Gap Is Only As Real As The Purple Unicorn
TEKsystems recently put out a report showing that approximately 80 percent of all IT professionals believe that a skills gap exists in tech industries today. Backed by claims of mass projected growth...
Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections
Big data is a big deal, make no mistake about it, but it’s probably not as big a deal as it’s going to be eventually when we really figure out how to make good use of it. For now, we...
GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service
GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype...
Iguaz.io Lands $15 Million Series A
Iguaz.io, an 11-month-old, Herzliya Israel-based company, isn’t yet saying exactly what it’s up to, but investors must like what they’re seeing. The stealth-mode company, which...
Andreessen Horowitz Gets a New GP, and a New Fund
Andreessen Horowitz is making a big move into biotech, and it’s using a $200 million new fund called the AH Bio Fund – and new general partner, Vijay Pande — to plant its stake...
Google Open-Sources The Machine Learning Tech Behind Google Photos Search, Smart Reply And More
Google says today it’s making the machine learning technology that powers a number of its products, including Google Photos search, speech recognition in the Google app, and the newly launched...
3 Warning Signs Of A Breach – What Security Teams Should Be Looking For
Every company struggles to allocate security resources. It’s not that security pros don’t have the tools to improve their risk postures – it’s that they don’t have the...
Twitter Holds Post-earnings Q&A On Periscope With CFO Anthony Noto
Twitter is currently holding a post-earnings Q&A on Periscope. The guest? CFO Anthony Noto. The company took a bit of a nosedive after its Q3 earnings at the end of last month, so folks have...
Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”
If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s ABC’s show that drops companies in front of investors from all walks of life, including the very loud Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas...
More Than A Selfie App, Shots Produces Original Videos With Puppets (And Bieber)
Shots has been pigeonholed since birth. First it was dismissed as just a startup funded by Justin Bieber. Then it was laughed at for being an app just for selfies. But after 2 years, $15.2 million...
LifeLock Acquires Music Sharing Platform Bop.fm; Site To Shut Down
Bop.fm — a Y Combinator startup that had built a platform to share links for music tracks across a number of different walled-garden streaming services — has been acquired. But it’s...
HTC Slashes The Price Of Its Action Camera
HTC cut the price of the Re camera to just $50 from $200, making it one of the least expensive action cameras on the market. It’s a capable little camera with decent image quality. Yet it’s...
Periscope Goes Batty For Halloween, Introduces A Themed Heart
It’s not a Twitter custom emoji, but it’s close. Looks like Periscope is playing around with the hearts that you can send folks who are livestreaming. For Halloween, it’s bats!...
Tech (Mostly) Puts Points On The Board
We are back in earnings season, which means that it’s report card time for your favorite public tech shops. Earnings have a way of cutting through the bullshit. It’s refreshing. So, what...
Instagram’s New Standalone App Boomerang Captures 1-Second Video Loops
Instagram doesn’t want its feed getting stale, but doesn’t want to bloat its app with extra features either. So today it’s launching Boomerang on iOS and Android. It’s a dead-simple...
'MythBusters' Will End After 14 Explosive Seasons
Discovery's "MythBusters" is coming to an end after 14 seasons, Entertainment Weekly confirms. The show, which began in 2003, became an instant hit for its outrageous, explosive and educational science...
Neo Technology Prepares To Take On All Comers In Graph Database Market
Neo Technology, the makers of the Neo4j graph database, may not be a household name, but you very likely access graph database technology on daily basis, whether you know it or not — and it’s...
20 New Ways Facebook Is Eating The Internet
Facebook never, ever, ever wants you to leave. That’s why it’s replicating features from other apps and pulling content like videos and news articles inside its app. The more time you...
Cary Fukunaga On 'Beasts Of No Nation,' His Netflix Gamble And The End Of 'True Detective'
Netflix, once again, is disrupting the film industry's predominant business model. "Beasts of No Nation," the first movie to premiere on the streaming service, is now available for your home-viewing...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark