• How Municipal Broadband Dies

    How Municipal Broadband Dies

    Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” In response to that assertion, House Republican worked legislatively to curb the… Read More

  • Tilt, The Startup Formerly Known As Crowdtilt, Drops Fees For Groups Pooling Money

    Tilt, The Startup Formerly Known As Crowdtilt, Drops Fees For Groups Pooling Money

    Tilt, the group funding startup that recently chopped its name down from its former moniker “Crowdtilt”, announced today that it’s chopping its fees, too. The San Francisco company has dropped the fees on its “Collect” feature, which lets groups of people pool money together for shared causes or events, such as parties, group vacations, and gifts for friends… Read More

  • The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    I’ve stopped writing about a few things recently, mostly because of fatigue. First, I’m not that interested in merchants accepting bitcoin – these little blips are primarily PR moves and little else and I just don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC as the true believers. I’m also not interested in covering crowdfunded 3D printers. Same problem: fatigue… Read More

  • HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

    HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

    Let’s face it, HP was once the king of Silicon Valley, but over the last several years, the company has had issues due in part to the revolving door in the CEO office. While the company has finally gained some stability with Meg Whitman, the lack of consistent leadership has resulted in shifting priorities and changing strategies. And the products for which they were once so… Read More

  • Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

    Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

    Apple has sent out invites to a special event it’s holding on September 9, where we will almost certainly get our first official look at the next iPhone. The invites follow a previous report from Re/code pegging Tuesday, September 9 as the date, and the event’s timing is consistent with the launch of the iPhone dating back to to the iPhone 4S, when Apple began releasing new versions… Read More

  • Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

    Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

    Contact Center acts like speed dial built for the way we communicate with others on smartphones today. You’re given a set of customizable tiles that can be edited to show common functions, like calling, texting, or sending GIFs, or to show your favorite contacts. Read More

  • IFTTT Lands $30 Million Series B From Norwest Venture Partners, A16Z

    IFTTT Lands $30 Million Series B From Norwest Venture Partners, A16Z

    IFTTT (If This Then That) has just announced it has closed $30 million in Series B funding led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investor A16Z. As part of the deal, IFTTT is also bringing on a new board member, Josh Goldman, who is a general partner at Norwest and who holds advisory roles on 15 other boards, according to CrunchBase. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates OneDrive Apps, Makes Play For Android Prosumers With Business Partitions

    Microsoft Updates OneDrive Apps, Makes Play For Android Prosumers With Business Partitions

    OneDrive, Microsoft’s rebranded cloud-based storage and file sharing service that competes against Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Box and Dropbox, is issuing an update to its mobile apps today, part of the company’s bigger push to differentiate the service from the rest of the pack and attract more users. While the iOS, Windows Phone and Android apps are all getting new… Read More

  • Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8

    Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8

    Toronto startup Minuum is readying its iOS 8 custom keyboard software, now that Apple has made it possible for developers to create that kind of app. The system-wide Minuum virtual keyboard is nearing completion, just in time for the launch of iOS 8 in September, and its developers are looking for those eager to be among the first to try out the software. The Minuum app for iOS features a… Read More

  • Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Last month, Visa launched a new payment option designed for e-commerce transactions called Visa Checkout, which eliminates the need for entering in a 16-digit card number during the checkout process in favor of a username and password combination. Today, the company is announcing partnerships with a number of top acquirers and e-commerce platform providers, increasing Visa Checkout’s… Read More