Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr
I like writing about tech culture, biotech and sundry other interests. Consumer of fancy tea and kombucha. ENFP. CrunchBase profile →

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  • This Glove Makes You Beethoven

    This Glove Makes You Beethoven

    “Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.” What started as a wearable experiment for the Georgia Tech professor could possibly… Read More

  • Hack Yo

    Hack Yo

    Turns out the app that has totally changed my life and hit #1 in the US App Store this week comes with a few simple tricks to make it even simpler to “Yo.” Send a “Yo” to all your friends at once No time for individual yo-ing? No problem! Here’s how to send a mass “Yo” to everyone you “Yo.” 1. Just scroll to the bottom of your friends list… Read More

  • So I Flew In An “Uber For Tiny Planes”

    So I Flew In An “Uber For Tiny Planes”

    The first line of the email in my box read, “This is UberX for small planes.” Yet another Uber for X mystery startup in my inbox. Yay! (not really). But the idea of skipping the traffic to Tahoe was attractive enough to bite on this one. So four days later I found myself 2,000 feet high in a tiny plane with Flytenow founder and licensed pilot Matt Voska as the company’s… Read More

  • An App That Detects STDs In The Privacy Of Your Own Home

    An App That Detects STDs In The Privacy Of Your Own Home

    First Derm is an app that lets you snap a picture of whatever is going on with your skin and submit it to a doctor for anonymous diagnoses. First Derm launched in Sweden as an STD triage app in 2009, it now works with a slew of dermatologists to allow people to upload any rash, bump, wart or weird-looking mole. The First Derm team rebranded the app to detect more than STDs when they realized… Read More

  • MasteryConnect Acquires Socrative For $5 Million

    MasteryConnect Acquires Socrative For $5 Million

    Ed tech startup MasteryConnect announced the acquisition of Socrative today for $5 million. Most of the Socrative team will now move into engineering roles at MasteryConnect. The educational game company based in Cambridge, MA increases MasteryConnect’s footprint from 3 million to 21 million students now. This is also the first big expansion for MasteryConnect, which has been rapidly… Read More

  • Harley-Davidson Might Be Making An Electric Motorcycle

    Harley-Davidson Might Be Making An Electric Motorcycle

    A mysterious video released on Harley-Davidson’s YouTube channel today shows a much quieter motorcycle zooming down Route 66, fueling speculation that this bike is electric. Read More

  • This 21-Year-Old Dropped Out Of College To Test Our Knowledge Of Rap

    This 21-Year-Old Dropped Out Of College To Test Our Knowledge Of Rap

    Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye: Think you could name their songs in just a few seconds of audio? Twenty-one-year-old Danny Friday knows them by heart. He started coding when he was 12 and became obsessed with rap at the age of 14. He’s now dropped out of college and come to Silicon Valley to crowdsource the world’s biggest rap fans. Enter The Rap Test. Read More

  • Adobe Upgrades Creative Cloud, Adds New Mobile Apps And Creative Hardware

    Adobe Upgrades Creative Cloud, Adds New Mobile Apps And Creative Hardware

    Adobe aims to establish itself as more of a service platform today with a focus on mobile first and the largest overhaul of Creative Cloud desktop applications to date. All 14 desktop applications in Adobe’s creative suite get an upgrade. The company is also introducing a new Creative SDK library for mobile developers, five new mobile apps, and two pieces of hardware to use for… Read More

  • GymSurfing Acqui-Hires GymXchange To Build On Android

    GymSurfing Acqui-Hires GymXchange To Build On Android

    The CEO of GymXchange and his team have decided to fold up shop and join GymSurfing for the equivalent of $1 million in an all-stock deal. GymSurfing, the mobile app company that allows travelers to book gym day passes for $5/visit on their phone instead of paying the usual $15-$20 day pass, says this solves a major problem for them on Android. “They have actually managed to onboard way… Read More

  • A Drone Map That Delivers You Anywhere In The World

    A Drone Map That Delivers You Anywhere In The World

    Drones deliver champagne and cookies to our hotels and chocolate to our bellies, and promise to follow our every move. Now a new site delivers us via drone to over 1,500 destinations using an interactive map. Switzerland-based developer Jan Hiersemenzel launched TravelByDrone in April to give us a bird’s-eye view of the world using drones. The site is basically a database of YouTube… Read More

  • Secret Finally Lets All Your Freaky Friends Have Their Own Feeds

    Secret Finally Lets All Your Freaky Friends Have Their Own Feeds

    No more “I love my wife” or “I love my husband” posts from Montana for those of us using Secret on iOS. iPhone users can finally separate the hum-drum secrets of Midwestern life from their freaky friends involved in the Silicon Valley tech scene. Read More

  • That Time McDonald’s Launched A Digital Incubator in Silicon Valley

    That Time McDonald’s Launched A Digital Incubator in Silicon Valley

    The fast food joint with over 300 billion served just opened shop in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The twist is they’re making digital products, not hamburgers. The company’s tech hub at 658 Market Street has reportedly already hired a few engineers from PayPal, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo – and they’re looking to hire at least 20 more. Much like Starbucks… Read More

  • Building Code To Break Poverty In Bangladesh

    Building Code To Break Poverty In Bangladesh

    Teaching people in the third world how to code seems to be a growing trend that may just help to break the world-wide poverty cycle. Danish-based microfinancing operation CodersTrust is starting to do just that with a test group of 100 Bangladeshis. “Nine out of 10 coders on sites like oDesk suck,” says CodersTrust co-founder Ferdinand Kjaerulff. It’s a problem he and… Read More

  • Happiness Is A Cyber Gun – How We Can “Do Something” About Mass Shootings With Technology

    Happiness Is A Cyber Gun – How We Can “Do Something” About Mass Shootings With Technology

    We incessantly discuss gun control, argue on social media, and try to grasp why this keeps happening — why our children continue to get shot in what seems like a weekly occurrence. And yet, even with major technological strides that could solve several issues here, gun culture still hasn’t changed. There’s currently a gun for every man, woman and American child… Read More

  • 500K Women Gave Up Their Boob Data To Build This Bra

    500K Women Gave Up Their Boob Data To Build This Bra

    True&Co, the e-commerce startup that aims to bring us the perfect fitting bra, took data from a million boobs to build its own line of intimates — in an effort to truly support your bust. The company, which formally launched back in 2012 and received an extra chunk of funding just this last year, upped the ante this week with the promise to personalize the perfect fit with… Read More

  • Ringly Lets You Know Who’s Calling By The Buzz Of Your Finger

    Ringly Lets You Know Who’s Calling By The Buzz Of Your Finger

    Ringly is a truly wearable fashion technology in the form of finger jewelry. This high-tech ring actually buzzes and lights up when you get a phone call or text or even when someone likes your Instagram. Read More

  • Eventbrite Beefs Up Engineering To Take on Ticketmaster

    Eventbrite Beefs Up Engineering To Take on Ticketmaster

    Eventbrite is setting its sites on a bigger vision that will take on the likes of Ticketmaster and StubHub as the go-to events space. It’s been busy hiring a bunch of new and notable engineering talent of late to create what they hope will become a true platform for event discovery. Eventbrite just crossed the 200-million-tickets-sold mark and reaped over $1 billion in sales in 2013 alone. Read More

  • Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference

    Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference

    Venture capitalists Ron Conway and Chamath Palihapitiya got caught up in a shouting match toward the end of one session on inequality at The Next Big Thing Conference in Sausalito, Calif., today. In an answer to what he would do if he were Mayor Ed Lee, Palihapitiya said he’d resign. That was the last straw for Conway, who’d been waving his hand for comment for the last 10 minutes… Read More

  • The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy With Esther Dyson, Ron Conway and John Hennessy

    The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy With Esther Dyson, Ron Conway and John Hennessy

    We share our cars, homes, even our genetics these days but what does this all mean for workers and micro-entrepreneurs? Bloomberg’s The Next Big Thing Conference kicked off at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, Calif., this morning with Ron Conway, Esther Dyson and John Hennessy discussing just that — the impact that companies like Uber and Airbnb could have on the global… Read More

  • Let’s Talk About Sex Baby, Because The Internet

    Let’s Talk About Sex Baby, Because The Internet

    Lucky for me the talk about the ‘birds and the bees’ consisted of my parents popping in Nova’s “The Miracle of Life” into our VCR and that was that. But this was long before the World Wide Web and kids had easy access to internet porn. A global survey of thousands of parents showed that over 80% of them blamed the internet for teaching their kids about… Read More