• Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a whiledating service for Chinese ex-pats to zoom lenses for next-gen smartphones. Read More

  • Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an eBook file that run when the book is examined via Amazon’s Kindle tools. It seems to be closed as of this writing but it can… Read More

  • 15 Of The Most Interesting Maps In Google’s New Maps Gallery

    Google Maps released the new Maps Gallery to the public today. Previously, individuals and organizations could publicly share their custom maps, but they were pretty difficult to find. This update gives anyone the ability to create maps and share them with the world. Read More

  • Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest… Read More

  • Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

    Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

    We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation. The buy makes sense for Citrix, which could use Virtual to emulate… Read More

  • LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More

  • DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

    DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

    Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding team, and what it costs, TechCrunch has you covered. Today the company dropped… Read More

  • Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. At Twitter Gadea was part of the team that built Murder, a BitTorrent for the… Read More

  • Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats. The lock itself folds into the specially designed seat and falls out when you take the seat off. You can then wrap the metal… Read More