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  • Discovery Bay Games Raises $15M Series B From Trilogy Equity, Logitech, Others For iOS “Appcessories”

    Discovery Bay Games Raises $15M Series B From Trilogy Equity, Logitech, Others For iOS “Appcessories”

    iOS accessory maker Discovery Bay Games announced today that they’ve closed a $15 million Series B round with Logitech and Trilogy Equity Partners leading the charge. The Seattle-based company originally started as a board game company but transitioned to the iOS “appcessory” gaming market last year with the launch of the first “Duo” product for the iPad in… Read More

  • Six Really Useful Apps For NYC

    Six Really Useful Apps For NYC

    Like everyone else in New York, I tend to have strong opinions on what places my friends (and foes) should or should not frequent while in NYC. While I don’t claim to know everything about this city and what treasures, I’ve learned a thing or two about differentiating the good from the awesome and bad over the last 6+ years. A recent influx of friendly faces from San Francisco… Read More

  • Stratos Capsule

    Felix Baumgartner’s Free-fall From 120,000 Feet Pushed Back To October

    Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team will have to wait a little longer to leap from the edge of space. After a successful second test jump from over 96,000 feet last month, Red Bull announced today that Baumgartner’s final jump from 120,000 feet has been pushed back to October. Originally scheduled for this summer, the capsule that carried the famed BASE jumper during his… Read More

  • Square’s International Starbucks Expansion Is Up To Jack Dorsey, Says Starbucks CEO

    Square’s International Starbucks Expansion Is Up To Jack Dorsey, Says Starbucks CEO

    The payments space was even further shaken up last night, with the news that Square will take over all U.S. credit and debit card transactions for Starbucks. And those who use the Pay with Square app (iPhone and Android) will be able to pay for their sugary caffeinated drinks with nothing more than their phone. This morning in New York, a handful of journalists sat down with Square CEO Jack… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 5,2 Prototype Showing Up In Server Logs

    Apple’s iPhone 5,2 Prototype Showing Up In Server Logs

    A few short days after rumors began swirling that Apple would hold this year’s fall event on Sept. 12, a reliable source just sent a screen grab of a next-gen iPhone popping up in his/her/its server logs. We weren’t able to glean any other info from the one session the prototype iPhone was engaged in, but the naming convention falls in line with what others have previously reported. Read More

  • Aereo Offers A “Try For Free” Option In NYC; Android And PC Support Later This Summer

    Aereo Offers A “Try For Free” Option In NYC; Android And PC Support Later This Summer

    After a small victory in court this past July, NYC-based Aereo today announced a new set of pricing options and the end of the invitation-only rollout for the live broadcast TV over the Internet startup. The service is still only available to those physically residing in New York City but for those of us elsewhere, we can now choose from four different pricing options and even a free to… Read More

  • Microsoft's New Email Service

    Microsoft Reboots Mail Service, Calls It Outlook; Attacks Clutter, Adds Social

    Continuing its rollout of updated and revamped services, Microsoft today is releasing a preview of its upcoming mail client reboot. Outlook, as it will be called going forward, is a fresh take on a dated service (cough: Hotmail) that some people still use. So what’s new in Outlook? Read More

  • MotoGP Comes To The US And There’s An App For It (Of Course)

    MotoGP Comes To The US And There’s An App For It (Of Course)

    Race fans, start your engines! Today marks the start of the Red Bull US Grand Prix – the first stop in the US of the MotoGP series – at the world renowned Laguna Seca raceway. For those unfamiliar, MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and the equivalent of F1 but on two wheels. By now you’re probably wondering why a racing series – much less a motorcycle… Read More

  • Lytro Announces Support For Windows, Two Accessories And Free Shipping (This Week)

    Lytro Announces Support For Windows, Two Accessories And Free Shipping (This Week)

    After launching earlier this year with Mac-only compatibility, Lytro has just announced that its desktop application now supports Windows. The company behind the miniature light field camera also rolled out two new accessories: a $20 USB wall charger and $20 tripod mount. They’re also offering free shipping on all camera orders this week. Minimum specs for Windows PC owners are as follows: Read More

  • Shapeways Opens Doors To Its NYC 3D Printing, Distribution Center

    Shapeways Opens Doors To Its NYC 3D Printing, Distribution Center

    Some one million 3D printed products later, Shapeways finally opened up shop in New York City. The NY-based startup began printing from a single 3D Systems ProJet 3500 Plus printer last week at its Long Island City factory/distribution center. Because the machines are customized for specific materials, the ProJet will only be churning out UV curable acrylic plastics until other printers… Read More

  • AT&T To Roll Out New Shared Data Plans Up To 20GB Beginning Late August

    AT&T To Roll Out New Shared Data Plans Up To 20GB Beginning Late August

    Just over a month after Verizon announced its shared data plans, AT&T is announcing its own today. Still no word on whether they will charge iPhone users to FaceTime over a cellular connection, though. Starting next month AT&T customers will be able to switch over to a shared mobile data plan. Plans start at 1GB a month for $40 plus $45 per device up to 20GB for $200 plus $30 per device. Read More

  • Test Driving Microsoft’s Office 2013

    Test Driving Microsoft’s Office 2013

    To say that 2012 is make or break for Microsoft would be an understatement. The typically quiet and somewhat boring juggernaut has been on a roll as of late with the announcement of the Surface, Windows Phone 8 and the end of the year roll out of of its flagship Windows product, Windows 8. Today’s press conference in San Francisco is no different with the introduction of the next… Read More

  • Live Blog: Microsoft’s Office 2013 Press Conference

    Live Blog: Microsoft’s Office 2013 Press Conference

    At today’s not so secretive press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will take the wraps off of the new Office. For some background check Sarah’s rundown. The press conference will start at 12PM PT, so come back then for live coverage of the event. Read More

  • Google+ For iPad Now Available With Hangouts, Events On Google+ For iPhone Flipped On

    Google+ For iPad Now Available With Hangouts, Events On Google+ For iPhone Flipped On

    Announced at I/O last month, Google’s Google+ iPad app has just gone live in the Apple App Store. Keep in mind that the iOS version is out before the Android version and with it comes a dynamic stream of Google+ content based on popularity. So, if your friend’s recent video is more popular than a picture of your dog, the video will trump the size of your photo. Sharing and… Read More

  • Rumor: Twitter To Acquire Sense Networks To Better Target Local Ads

    Rumor: Twitter To Acquire Sense Networks To Better Target Local Ads

    A good source tells me that Twitter is set to make its sixth acquisition of 2012 with NY-based Sense Networks. Terms of the deal are still under wraps but it is expected to go through this month. Twitter declined to comment. Sense Networks was founded in 2003 and in 2006 launched MacroSense, which the company says “turns massive amounts of mobile location data into actionable… Read More

  • Google Nexus 7 Review: When Hardware And Software (Mostly) Become One

    Google Nexus 7 Review: When Hardware And Software (Mostly) Become One

    Little by little, Google is slowly piecing together a more cohesive and complete mobile OS. Having the right hardware to drive Android doesn’t hurt either. While the Nexus 7 isn’t quite what I expected Google to roll out last week at I/O given the Motorola Mobility acquisition, it’s arguably the first real Android tablet to date. With a $200 starting price, Android users… Read More

  • Ren Ng Steps Down As Lytro CEO, Will Take Over As Executive Chairman; Charles Chi Named Interim CEO

    Ren Ng Steps Down As Lytro CEO, Will Take Over As Executive Chairman; Charles Chi Named Interim CEO

    Lytro Founder Ren Ng has announced that he’s stepping down as CEO and will be transitioning into the company’s Executive Chairman effective immediately. Charles Chi, the current Executive Chairman, has been named interim CEO until a more permanent CEO has been found. Read More

  • Project Glass Is The Future Of Google

    Project Glass Is The Future Of Google

    Over the last few years one could easily say that Google had lost their way. They were no longer known for search. Somehow they’d turned into a company that acquired a series of nonsensical entities, launched half baked products that eventually hit the dead pool or just got into some really weird shit. But last year that all started to change as the company announced that it would focus… Read More

  • Hands-On With Sergey Brin’s Personal Set Of Google Glass

    Hands-On With Sergey Brin’s Personal Set Of Google Glass

    Outside of approved Googlers, a handful of folks have just been given a canned demo of Google Glass, including myself. I’m living in the future and the future is now! Read More

  • Hands-On With The Google Nexus 7

    Hands-On With The Google Nexus 7

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Built specifically for Google Play consumption, the Nexus 7 tablet built by Asus seems to be Google’s answer to both the iPad and Kindle Fire. So how does it stack up and just how buttery smooth is Jelly Bean? Read More