• Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

    Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

    Ever since they disrupted the glasses industry, Warby Parker hasn’t seen much competition from other startups. Until now. Frameri, a new brand focused on giving you some optical bang for your buck, is today launching to the public. The company has raised a $750k seed round. Read More

  • MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    Email has always been a poor file manager and startup MxHero wants to change the way we manage email attachments. To that end, it announced it closed its seed round today with a $500K contribution. Funders include lead investor White Star Capital along with contributors GW Holdings, Esther Dyson, Ari Kushner, Actinic Ventures and a strategic Miami-based investor group they chose not to… Read More

  • BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter. The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More

  • A Book By Any Other Name

    A Book By Any Other Name

    In the midst of the Hachette-Amazon wars as well as the launch of Kindle Unlimited, there has been much hand-wringing about what it means to be a publisher, a writer, and a reader. One excellent piece by Laura Miller at Salon suggests that the “active readership for self-published books has agreed to go through America’s slush pile.” In other words, Amazon is letting anyone… Read More

  • Apple TV Gets CNBC And FOX NOW Channels

    Apple TV Gets CNBC And FOX NOW Channels

    Apple continues to fill out its Apple TV content library, with two new additions to the device today including a CNBC channel with live broadcasts and FOX NOW, the on-demand app for the network that includes episodes of Glee, Family Guy and more. Both channels need a cable subscription to unlock completely, but offer some content free, according to 9to5mac which spotted the update. On FOX NOW… Read More

  • London’s Mayor Misses Window To Spend £50M On Startup Building

    London’s Mayor Misses Window To Spend £50M On Startup Building

    London’s Mayor has missed an opportunity to spend a £50 million fund set aside by the UK government to create a public building dedicated to both technology startups, events and public education around technology. The Prime Minister’s office has confirmed an earlier report that the large sum of money it had allocated to City Hall to create a building which would serve tech… Read More

  • Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others

    Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others

    Yahoo-owned photo-sharing and storage site Flickr announced this morning the rollout of a new licensing program aimed at the service’s members who are looking to have their work discovered, featured on prominent news sites, including Yahoo’s own properties, as well as generate additional income through commercial licensing. Some photographers may receive a message from… Read More

  • Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing

    Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing

    If flooding in your town is imminent, do you know where to go to stay safe? If a heat warning has been put in place, can you find the nearest cooling center to cool down? Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s OpenFEMA Initiative, Appallicious created the Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard (DAAD) that offers communities a tool for recovery efforts. Read More

  • Concur Is Partnering With Airbnb And Uber To Capture A New Breed Of Business Traveler

    Concur Is Partnering With Airbnb And Uber To Capture A New Breed Of Business Traveler

    Business expense and travel management company Concur has announced some new partnerships that should enable users to better manage expenses across a wider range of businesses. That includes a couple of startups whose users will now be able to expense staying at an Airbnb or taking an Uber while traveling. Read More