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  • Freefly’s New Alta Drone Lets Cinematographers Mount Their Cameras On Top

    Freefly’s New Alta Drone Lets Cinematographers Mount Their Cameras On Top

    Freefly is best known for its MoVI camera stabilizers, but the company started out with aerial cinematograhy, and while it hasn’t focused on it all that much lately, it’s long offered a professional drone, too. At this year’s NAB show, Freefly is returning to the drone market with the Freefly Alta, a ready-to-fly, multi-rotor platform for aerial cinematographers. Read More

  • FAA Grants Amazon License To Test Its Latest Drone Designs

    FAA Grants Amazon License To Test Its Latest Drone Designs

    Amazon can now test its current drone designs, the FAA told the company in a letter this week. The FAA had previously cleared Amazon’s petition from July 2014 to test its drones lat month. Between Amazon asking for this petition and the FAA clearing it, but Amazon’s design had changed quite a bit since it first logged its application. Read More

  • Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2

    Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2

    At its AWS Summit in San Francisco, Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), a new storage service that provides a common file system for multiple EC2 virtual machines on AWS through the standard NFSv4 protocol. This new service will launch into preview in the “near future.” Read More

  • Google’s Online Art Museum Adds 3D Scans

    Google’s Online Art Museum Adds 3D Scans

    The Google Cultural Institute offers an impressive online library of art from museums from all over the world. While the project’s website has long featured the ability to use Street View to browse museums, all of the actual art, including statues, was only represented through high-resolution photographs. Starting today, however, Google will also feature almost 300 3D scans of objects… Read More

  • Microsoft Expands Its Container Support With Hyper-V Containers And Stripped-Down Server OS

    Microsoft Expands Its Container Support With Hyper-V Containers And Stripped-Down Server OS

    Microsoft doesn’t want to get left behind as containers quickly change how developers write and deploy applications. Last October, the company announced that it would support Docker containers with the next release of Windows Server. Today, it announced a new hypervisor for running containers safely on Windows Server and a new stripped-down, minimal-footprint install option for… Read More

  • Google Will Shut Down Moderator On July 31

    Google Will Shut Down Moderator On July 31

    Google Moderator, a tool for crowdsourcing and ranking user-submitted questions for online and offline events, is shutting down on July 31. The service, which launched in 2008, survived various “spring cleaning” rounds over the years. It was occasionally used by the White House and featured prominently during the 2012 presidential election. Now, however, Google has decided that… Read More

  • With $2.3M In The Bank, Showbie Wants To Make Classrooms Paperless

    With $2.3M In The Bank, Showbie Wants To Make Classrooms Paperless

    Showbie, an Edmonton, Canada-based startup, wants to make it easier for teachers to share assignments with students and for those students to turn in their homework online (or through the company’s iOS app). The company recently released version 2.0 of its service and today disclosed that it has now raised a total of $2.3 million in seed funding. Investors include Point Nine Capital… Read More

  • CoreOS Raises $12M Funding Round Led By Google Ventures To Bring Kubernetes To The Enterprise

    CoreOS Raises $12M Funding Round Led By Google Ventures To Bring Kubernetes To The Enterprise

    CoreOS, a Docker-centric Linux distribution for large-scale server deployments, today announced that it has raised a $12 million funding round led by Google Ventures with participation by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Fuel Capital and Accel Partners. This new round brings the company’s total funding to $20 million. In addition, CoreOS is also launching Tectonic today. This… Read More

  • Google Says YouTube Users Watched 25 Billion Hours Of VP9 Video In The Last Year

    Google Says YouTube Users Watched 25 Billion Hours Of VP9 Video In The Last Year

    Google’s VP9 video codec — its more efficient replacement for H.264 — powered 25 billion hours of video streaming on YouTube in the last 12 months, the company announced today. Google argues that VP9, which is the default codec for YouTube’s HTML5 video player now, enables users with limited bandwidth to watch higher quality video than before without suffering from… Read More

  • Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    When Google announced that Haier and Hisense were about to launch $149 Chromebooks — the most affordable Google-powered laptops yet — I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How much computer, after all, can you expect to get for $149? I’ve now had a chance to spend a few days with the Hisense Chromebook and the answer is: more than you probably expect. Read More

  • Redfin Launches New Collaboration Tool For Home Buyers And Agents

    Redfin Launches New Collaboration Tool For Home Buyers And Agents

    Redfin is launching Shared Search today, a new tool that makes it easier to collaborate with others while you’re looking for a new home. When you’re searching for a new home, chances are you aren’t doing so alone. Chances are you are constantly sharing addresses, online links and other information about a prospective house with your spouse or significant other, maybe a… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Remove “Do Not Track” As The Default Setting In Its New Browsers

    Microsoft Will Remove “Do Not Track” As The Default Setting In Its New Browsers

    Microsoft today announced that going forward, it will not turn on the “Do Not Track” feature in the upcoming versions of Internet Explorer and Spartan by default. The “Do Not Track” setting in many popular browsers tells websites and their advertisers that you want to opt out of third-party tracking for advertising purposes. All of the major browser vendors… Read More

  • Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad

    Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad

    With Slate, Adobe is launching a new text- and photo-centric storytelling app for the iPad today. About a year ago, Adobe launched Voice, its first standalone storytelling app that lets users record their own stories and then illustrate them with images (the Voice app is also getting an update today, by the way). Slate takes a different (and somewhat less experimental) approach and focuses… Read More

  • Chef Launches Chef Delivery DevOps Workflow Service For The Enterprise

    Chef Launches Chef Delivery DevOps Workflow Service For The Enterprise

    Chef is mostly known as an IT automation service, but the company is branching out into continuous and unified delivery today with the launch of Chef Delivery. This new service provides enterprise devops teams with a new workflow for managing the continuous delivery of their infrastructure and run-time environments (including containers), as well as applications. Read More

  • Google Says 5% Of Visitors To Its Sites Have Ad Injectors Installed

    Google Says 5% Of Visitors To Its Sites Have Ad Injectors Installed

    According to a study Google conducted with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, 5 percent of people visiting Google’s sites and services now have at least one ad injector installed. When it comes to malware, ad injectors may seem relatively benevolent at first. They put an ad on your Google Search page that didn’t belong there, for example. That’s annoying… Read More

  • Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

    Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

    Microsoft today announced that it will consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product once it launches Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). Read More

  • Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

  • Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

    Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

    Data analysis often involves looking at a large set of pretty uniform, well-structured data. But as companies continue to gather more electronic documents in all kinds of forms (and formats), those traditional techniques don’t work anymore. Companies like Palantir and IBM (with Watson) are now making it easier for data scientists and technical users to query unstructured textual… Read More

  • Google Drive For Work, Education Get New Data Security Features

    Google Drive For Work, Education Get New Data Security Features

    Google is launching an update to Drive for Work and Drive for Education today that introduces a number of new tools for users who need to have greater control over how their data is shared both internally and with external customers. Over the next few weeks, both Google Drive for Work and Google Drive for Education users will get access to these new tool. Read More

  • Gmail For Android Gets A Unified Inbox

    Gmail For Android Gets A Unified Inbox

    Google updated its Gmail app for Android today, and the most important feature is probably the addition of a unified inbox. Most of us probably manage multiple accounts and until now, you had to awkwardly switch between them in the Gmail app. To get started with this new unified inbox, you simply switch to the “All Inboxes” option in the app and you’re done. Read More