• Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smart Watch

    Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smart Watch

    Back in March the Vector — a smart watch with an e-ink LCD screen — made its debut in a number of reviews in the tech press. Of note was the unusual 30 day battery life and a smartphone control app which worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. What wasn’t elucidated in detail at the time was that the startup not only planned to release an API to developers, allowing… Read More

  • Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages

    Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages

    One of the most intense experiences you’ll ever have is visiting a country that speaks a language different than yours. There’s a host of tools you can use, but Google’s Translate product has leapfrogged just about everything out there over the years. Its most handy, and impressive, tool is the six-month-old instant translation feature, using the goodies from the acquired… Read More

  • Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Ordering your food or beverages by smartphone and then paying for it via an app is quickly becoming the new normal. Starbucks already allows for this across thousands of its stores in the U.S. Meanwhile, Burger King and Firehouse Subs announced integrations with MasterCard’s MasterPass digital payment solution just this week, and Taco Bell’s own mobile ordering solution is… Read More

  • A Brief History Of Spotify

    With over 75 million users, it’s hard to remember a time without Spotify. But there was. A time when we were all mulling the aisles of Target for new CDs. A time in our lives where we all became thieves on Napster. A time when iTunes forced us to buy songs for $2/piece. And then came Spotify. Read More

  • VR Chat Room Altspace Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    VR Chat Room Altspace Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    Pay-Per-Virtual Reality could become a…thing thanks to Altspace. The VR chat room and communication platform just raised a $10.3 million Series A to give us a digital place where we can hang out. But with this funding that brings Altspace to $15.7 million total comes a need to devise a business plan. While Altspace is focused on growth now, its co-founder and CEO Eric Romo tells it… Read More

  • Occipital Raises $13M Series B For Its Computer Vision Platform

    Occipital Raises $13M Series B For Its Computer Vision Platform

    Occipital made its first splash years ago with the RedLaser barcode scanning app and 360 Panorama app. Since then, however, it has moved into the 3D scanning and computer vision space and the company today announced that it has raised a $13 million Series B round from Intel Capital, Shea Ventures, Grishin Robotics and previous investor Foundry Group. This new funding round brings… Read More

  • Smart Spreadsheet Service Blockspring Raises $3.4 Million

    Smart Spreadsheet Service Blockspring Raises $3.4 Million

    Blockspring, a service that connects to spreadsheets like Excel and Google Spreadsheets to easier import data, said it has raised $3.4 million. Instead of having to write specific code to import and sort data in a spreadsheet, Blockspring has several connections to services like Bing Search that will automatically populate spreadsheets with data. The company plans to release several… Read More

  • Little, A Hyperlocal Deals Service For India, Launches With $50M In Funding

    Little, A Hyperlocal Deals Service For India, Launches With $50M In Funding

    Some of India’s top entrepreneurs are pooling their resources to launch a marketplace that connects consumers with physical retailers via their smartphones. Called Little, the project is founded by Manish Chopra and Satish Mani — the same duo behind male-focused fashion startup Zovi. It’s kicking off with a $50 million funding round led by Indian payment and commerce firm Paytm. Read More

  • Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, has opened two new branches of its research center in Boston and Singapore. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, the organization already has branches in New York, Tokyo, and Paris that not only support the company’s research and development, but also its efforts at worldwide expansion. Read More

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