• Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

    Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

    We’ve seen services like Angie’s List and Red Beacon provide greater transparency around booking contractors and designers for home renovation and repair work, but that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement in the space. Sweeten, which just launched out of beta, has already done more than $100 million worth of renovation projects through its marketplace since June. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

    This week, you might have noticed that Apple introduced a few new products. That said, we’re getting to know the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Meanwhile, we’ve actually grown more attached to the Moto 360 than expected, and are in the process of learning about Amazon’s newest gear. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John… Read More

  • Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and was appalled by its lack of quality. He immediately called his executives in Los Angeles, telling… Read More

  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D printed and lasts for hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch as a Kickstarter soon, offers a 13.3-inch screen and a little keyboard and trackpad combo for data entry. Viola! A little… Read More

  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More

  • Sf.citi Tries To Recruit Tech Companies To “Adopt” SF’s Public Schools

    Sf.citi Tries To Recruit Tech Companies To “Adopt” SF’s Public Schools

    One of the issues with leaning on a high-tech economic growth strategy in a region where there is incredibly constricted space and housing stock like in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is making sure that the benefits of a boom spread to everyone. Read More

  • TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to… Read More

  • Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    After leaving Khosla Ventures after its last fund, Silicon Valley icon Pierre Lamond has resurfaced in a new role. The veteran venture capitalist has taken an advisory position at Formation 8, the three-year old venture firm founded by Joe Lonsdale, Jim Kim, and Brian Koo. Read More

  • Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba just opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $92.70 per share, up 36 percent from the $68 share price of its initial public offering. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO, making it the biggest US public offering ever. Read More

  • Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it’s keyboards. That’s right — after years of strictly controlling the iOS user interface, Apple has opened things up. You can now… Read More