• You Can Now Build Oculus Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    You Can Now Build Oculus Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    guys how do I virtual reality send help pic.twitter.com/KbEzglLPnL — Greg Kumparak (@Grg) July 30, 2014 Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro… Read More

  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More

  • PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is… Read More

  • Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive 3 invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t seeing… Read More

  • AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

    AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

    The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Alas, someone had to go and throw a wrench in… Read More

  • The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

    The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

    About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member… Read More

  • Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

    Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

    Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While there are other somewhat comparable startups like Docker… Read More

  • Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed sources familiar with the matter’ conveniently surfaced to engage in a battle of semantics about whether Apple might modify Beats Music over time, including its brand. As we noted at… Read More

  • The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

    The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

    Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I’m sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send a tweet, you have to sign up for an account. And, of course, you have to type out an actual message. Only then can you press that little blue Tweet button and begin your Twitter journey. The Queen, however, does things a… Read More

  • Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

    Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

    Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a hassle, since you can’t exactly just download the app from Google Play. But last month, Amazon quietly rolled out a new feature within its main Amazon application on Android which now includes… Read More

  • IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

    IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

    The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite right at Big Blue. IBM’s earnings illustrate the challenge they face as they transform themselves into a cloud-centric company. It could be that it will take some time for that… Read More

  • Socar, Korea’s Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn’t Looking Overseas Just Yet

    Socar, Korea’s Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn’t Looking Overseas Just Yet

    South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are increasing signs that things are changing: the latest being Socar — a startup comparable to Zipcar — raising a $18 million round of funding this month. Read More

  • Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

    Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

    Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at… Read More

  • How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

    How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

    Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking us: How do I know if I am burning money too fast? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for an entrepreneur on what level of burn is appropriate for their startup. However, every entrepreneur should consistently assess their runway and revise spending against their strategic goals. Read More

  • Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

  • Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. Read More

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

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