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 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

  • We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We’re using apps on our smartphones and tablets much more to look things up now, according to a new report out from eMarketer. That means a serious drop in ad revenue for many of the major search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to eMarketer, Google mobile ads saw a dramatic 17 percent drop in revenue from 2012. The search giant owned 82.8 percent of the $2.24 billion search… Read More

  • One Year Later, SFO Still Refuses To Meet With Uber, Lyft And Sidecar To Discuss Dispute

    One Year Later, SFO Still Refuses To Meet With Uber, Lyft And Sidecar To Discuss Dispute

    Uber, Lyft and Sidecar sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week asking him to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the right to pick up passengers at the San Francisco International Airport. We’ve reached out a couple of times to the mayor’s office for comment on this. No word back yet, but one thing is clear — one year later, there’s zero progress… Read More

  • Grow Your Own Apartment With Just The Wave Of Your Hand

    Grow Your Own Apartment With Just The Wave Of Your Hand

    MIT’s CityHome aims to solve the space issue for many urban renters in New York and San Francisco who often must sacrifice space for cost. A 200 square-foot modular unit expands to a full 840 square-foot apartment with the wave of a hand. Think of it like an apartment in a box that responds to Wii-like hand gestures. Read More

  • LinkedIn Updates Premium Profiles To Look More Like Facebook

    LinkedIn Updates Premium Profiles To Look More Like Facebook

    “Professional” social network LinkedIn is announcing another new change to its design, one that it hopes will entice more people to sign up for its paid, premium tiers and get everyone to linger a bit longer on the site: it’s updating profiles for Premium users, with bigger pictures, additional features to be more easily found and contacted and expanded data on how people… Read More

  • An E-Cig That Tells You How Much You’ve Increased Your Life Expectency With Every Puff

    An E-Cig That Tells You How Much You’ve Increased Your Life Expectency With Every Puff

    Forget for just a moment that e-cigarettes mostly contain propylene glycol — a substance used in antifreeze and known to cause cancer. Smokio claims to be the first connected e-cig to actually add years to your life each time you puff. It works by hooking the device up to an app on your smartphone which captures your vitals every time you vape, even when your phone is out of sight. The… Read More

  • KhodeUp Teaches Teenage Cambodian Orphans How To Code

    KhodeUp Teaches Teenage Cambodian Orphans How To Code

    There are about 500 orphanages in Cambodia right now, a figure that has doubled in the last decade. There is a common belief in the country that if parents send their child away to one of these orphanages they will get a better life through state paid education. However, many of these kids, according to a 2011 Unicef study, are not getting that better life or education; they are simply… Read More