• Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More

  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Preview
  • Fleksy Debuts Version 3.0 On Android, With A Complete Redesign And New Premium Features

    Fleksy Debuts Version 3.0 On Android, With A Complete Redesign And New Premium Features

    Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy has launched version 3.0 of its software today, which includes new monetization options via premium themes and content packs. The new themes complement the new design of the app, with alternate color options and a bonus theme available to Fleksy premium users free of charge, and there’s also support for over 700 new emoji for those of you who like to… Read More

  • Designed For A Different Runner, Tracksmith Launches  With $1.6 Million

    Designed For A Different Runner, Tracksmith Launches With $1.6 Million

    Tracksmith, a new running apparel company, has raised $1.6 million in its first round of institutional funding to bring modern technology and classic styling to running gear. The company’s mission, envisioned by Matt Taylor and Luke Scheybeler, is to re-connect the sport to its storied past while looking forward to what the sport could be in the future. Taylor, an avid runner who… Read More

  • PlaceUs Uses Context Awareness To Maintain Close Connections Through Automation

    PlaceUs Uses Context Awareness To Maintain Close Connections Through Automation

    There is no shortage of tracking apps used by families and loved ones to keep an eye on another, whether it’s to know where they are or for safety concerns. Read More

  • LittleBits Goes Brick And Mortar As It Joins The Internet Of Things

    LittleBits Goes Brick And Mortar As It Joins The Internet Of Things

    The electronics kit manufacturer littleBits is taking its next steps to make everyone into an engineer and designer — now with the Internet of Things. The company has begun selling its cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle for making any littleBits device web-enabled and is announcing a partnership with RadioShack, which becomes the company’s first brick-and-mortar… Read More

  • Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch. So here’s a third… Read More

  • POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a new version that can be used to create apps for iPads, Android devices, and desktop as well. Read More

  • The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things. San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 jobs over the last four years. Commercial rents are hovering… Read More

  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More