• Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear-ductless eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

  • Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Self-publishing is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don’t have the editorial chops, design talent, or artistic skills to make a pretty or readable book? Reedsy is there to help. Read More

  • Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

    Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

    85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search. It also provides local health, employment, weather, and women’s… Read More

  • Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

    Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program


    While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too. That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders with city government workers in… Read More

  • FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited data users. For the past two and half years, Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users. Read More

  • The One-Horse Race: 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2 Were Android

    The One-Horse Race: 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2 Were Android

    Another milestone for Google’s Android in its unstoppable march to mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More

  • Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers

    Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers

    Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to… Read More

  • The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

    The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

    The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More

  • Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo Raises $1.7 Million To Once Again Battle The Geek Squad

    Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo Raises $1.7 Million To Once Again Battle The Geek Squad

    There’s a battle brewing again in the land of the geeks. Ever since 1994, when Robert Stephens launched his Geek Squad service in Minneapolis with $200 and a bicycle, his on demand IT department for consumers bestrode the consumer tech services landscape like a colossus with a pocket protector and Scotch-Taped glasses. But like all wonders of the ancient world, the Geek Squad faces a… Read More

  • Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC

    Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC

    Microphone: check. Speaker: check… Israeli startup Pronto.ly is working on a universal alternative to NFC that relies on high pitched soundwaves to perform a contactless handshake. Read More