• Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the… Read More

  • Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    After some pessimism that a deal couldn’t be reached, there is indication in Washington that the Senate may be able to pass its version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) before the coming August recess. Read More

  • Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

  • Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung’s venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs. Samsung’s investment backs the company’s vision of delivering GamePop as a white-label solution aimed at TV makers and… Read More

  • The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits. Today, Amazon is taking a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the Prime Music service, which now has grown by “hundreds of… Read More

  • Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and… Read More

  • Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

    Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

    Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of… Read More

  • FiftyThree Releases SDK So Third-Party Apps Can Use Its Pencil Stylus

    FiftyThree Releases SDK So Third-Party Apps Can Use Its Pencil Stylus

    FiftyThree, maker of creativity app Paper and iPad stylus Pencil, wants more users. To do so, it’s going to make its Pencil hardware available for third-party developers to use with their own creativity products with the launch of an SDK. While Pencil only worked with Paper at launch, it was always the company’s plan to open up to third-party developers, according to FiftyThree… Read More

  • Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More