• Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

  • Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both have claimed excitement about the fall, but we have yet to get a glimpse at the total product pipeline. New reports from 9to5Mac claim a whole host of new info around specific launch timelines, however, including a mid-September event and launch for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, as well as late 2014 or early 2015 launches of OS X Yosemite, a 12-inch… Read More

  • Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Eric Vishria, who was co-founder and CEO of social browsing startup Rockmelt, is joining early Twitter and Uber backer Benchmark. In doing so, he will be joining Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, and Mitch Lasky as the fifth member of the firm’s partnership. Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

  • Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the… Read More

  • Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    After some pessimism that a deal couldn’t be reached, there is indication in Washington that the Senate may be able to pass its version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) before the coming August recess. Read More

  • Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

  • Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung’s venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs. Samsung’s investment backs the company’s vision of delivering GamePop as a white-label solution aimed at TV makers and… Read More