• 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

  • Amazon's Fire Phone

    Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

    Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More

  • OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher blogs and lesson material publishers. Teachers can create lesson plans and more through OpenCurriculum.org. Read More

  • PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched the service in… Read More

  • Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company also just released its 2.0 version software today, complete with the… Read More

  • Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

    Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

    While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit over a series of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including the “timely” granting of meal and rest breaks as well as final paychecks. The case potentially affects some 20,000 current and… Read More