• Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon has today announced that two new companies, Musaic and Rachio, are being added to the Amazon Echo platform with investments from the $100 million Alexa Fund. With the Amazon Echo, which is in many ways a first-of-its-kind device, Amazon is taking a different approach to building out the voice-powered home assistant’s feature set. Instead of trying to do it all, Amazon is… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • HandUp, A Startup Focused On The Homeless, Launches Donation Gift Cards For Those Living On SF’s Streets

    HandUp, A Startup Focused On The Homeless, Launches Donation Gift Cards For Those Living On SF’s Streets

    Two-and-a-half years ago, Rose Broome had a moment that most San Franciscans are all too familiar with. She passed a homeless woman on the streets, but didn’t know what the best way to help her would be. Most people might brush that thought aside, but Broome didn’t. “People are frustrated and confused. Then people who are homeless feel invisible or they feel like people… Read More

  • Tesla’s Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

    Tesla’s Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

    Well, this is something you don’t see every day. According to a new report out of Consumer Reports, the Tesla Model S P85D,  all-wheel-drive electric sedan, performed “better in our tests than any other car ever has, earning a perfect road-test score.” Actually, it did better than that, scoring 103 points in a scoring system that, “by definition,” doesn’t… Read More

  • Apple Watch Not A Flop – Now #2 Wearable, Just Behind Fitbit

    Apple Watch Not A Flop – Now #2 Wearable, Just Behind Fitbit

    According to a new report out this morning from IDC, Apple is now the number two wearable maker, thanks to its Apple Watch, coming in just behind market leader Fitbit during the second quarter of 2015. And it’s a close race, the analyst firm found. Apple shipped 3.6 million units in Q2 2015, just 0.8 million units shy of Fitbit’s total 4.4 million units, the report states. Read More

  • Top VC Brian O’Malley On The Next “On Demand” Wave

    Top VC Brian O’Malley On The Next “On Demand” Wave

    Brian O’Malley is good at his job. He’s good enough, in fact, that two years, ago, Accel Partners plucked him out of his former firm, Battery Ventures, so he could bat for its team instead. As venture industry watchers know, these moves are rare, and they often pay off. Two famous examples include Sequoia Capital enticing Jim Goetz to leave Accel in 2004; Goetz has since led… Read More

  • The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The other day I was writing an article and I wanted to link to a piece I wrote when I was at CITEworld in 2013 — just two years ago. I went searching for it, but soon discovered that IDG, the publication’s owners had taken the site down — and all of its content with it. While this was one small example, it illustrates the issues we have around content preservation on… Read More

  • Square Adds Appointments App To Its Business Software Suite

    Square Adds Appointments App To Its Business Software Suite

    Piece by piece, Square is trying to provide all of the tools that businesses need to manage themselves. They have the payment processing part down, a payroll product, real-time analytics and now a way to manage appointments. The company says that “millions” of appointments have been made through Square since the product’s launch last August and this new app for iOS will… Read More

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