• Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all, the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health care organizations still struggling with the regulatory shifts wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Chiefly, the government has forced insurance… Read More

  • QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More

  • Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from the founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Viki’s founders, Changseong Ho, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Jiwon Moon, saw how devoted fans on Viki were to translating and subtitling the dialogue in their favorite movies and TV series, and wanted to create a network… Read More

  • Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?” The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which recently disclosed new funding of $12 million, bringing its total to $20 million)… Read More

  • Matter Lets You Add And Edit 3D Objects In Your Photographs

    Matter Lets You Add And Edit 3D Objects In Your Photographs

    Pixite, a company that creates high-quality photo editing apps on iOS, is increasing its creative suite today with the launch of Matter, an app that allows users to add 3D effects with shadows and reflections into their existing photographs. Read More

  • Microsoft Says It Isn’t Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

    Microsoft Says It Isn’t Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

    During Microsoft’s earnings call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that his company would “streamline” its work in music and video. That was interpreted in some cases to imply that Microsoft was walking away from Xbox Music, its beleaguered Spotify competitor. Read More

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  • Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

    Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

    The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included an adorkable verification video. Then they decided to reach. Small tip: If you are technology team in any capacity, either a tech-focused VC group, a phone company, or a software development team, leave the parodies to Weird Al and the singing to… Read More

  • The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet
  • Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

    Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

    Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. Read More

  • Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

    Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

    Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On the back of a strong Q2 report, Facebook stock is at an all-time high in after-hours trading. It’s been creeping up for the last hour… Read More

  • Facebook Says Messenger And Payments Will Eventually “Overlap” But Don’t Hold Your Breath

    Facebook Says Messenger And Payments Will Eventually “Overlap” But Don’t Hold Your Breath

    Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed thatThe payments piece will be a part of what will help drive the overall success and help people share… Read More

  • Thalmic Myo First Hands-On And Demo

    Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

    Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm rotations and even electrical impulses as you gesture, translating all that… Read More

  • American Users Spend An Average Of 40 Minutes Per Day On Facebook

    American Users Spend An Average Of 40 Minutes Per Day On Facebook

    American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q2 earnings call that “people on Facebook in the US spend around 40 minutes each day using our service”, while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 minutes a day but only 20% of people meet that goal. Zuckerberg said that the 40 minutes a day… Read More

  • Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones

    Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends. The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!  Read More

  • Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

    Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

    Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whose advice ranged from whether or not you should drop out of school to launch a startup to how to network. Read More

  • Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how… Read More

  • New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Prepares To Take The Helm

    New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Prepares To Take The Helm

    It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference,  he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the… Read More

  • Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More