• We learned from utilities everything we need to know about cloud infrastructure Crunch Network

    We learned from utilities everything we need to know about cloud infrastructure

    Electricity is ambient. It’s all around us. We turn on lights and plug in devices without even thinking about the complex electrical grid that supplies us with juice at will. It’s become a necessary infrastructure that will never go away — but it’s only the bottom of the stack. That’s exactly how we need to think about cloud infrastructure. Read More

  • Adding end-to-end encrypted messaging to your app just got a lot easier

    Adding end-to-end encrypted messaging to your app just got a lot easier

    Twilio, the cloud-based communications platform, announced today that it is partnering with Virgil Security to enable developers to build strong encryption into their messaging services. Just like Twilio lets developers easily add text messaging, voice calls and chat to their apps, Virgil Security gives developers the means to add end-to-end encryption and key management to their products. Read More

  • Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Perhaps you missed the excitement in amongst the deluge of gadget news that is the International Consumer Electronics Show, but back in January Chinese handset maker Huawei introduced this pair of strange specimens. The incredibly unsubtly named Elegant and Jewel are the company’s shot at appealing directly to female smartwatch owners. That said, the wearables aren’t too large… Read More

  • Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys

    Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys

    With all of Giphy’s integrations with chat platforms, it was only a matter of time before the betaworks-backed GIF platform launched its own keyboard. World, welcome Giphy Keys into the mix. The Giphy Keys third-party keyboard launches on iOS today, and lets users send GIFs from any app they want. Even Snapchat. Here’s how it works: Once you’ve downloaded the Giphy Keys app… Read More

  • GoPro releases a pair of mobile video editing apps

    GoPro releases a pair of mobile video editing apps

    GoPro is going more mobile. Today the company announced two new mobile apps — one creates GoPro-ish videos automatically and the other gives the user more control. Both are free and both are welcome additions to the GoPro ecosystem. These apps might sound familiar. Earlier this year, GoPro purchased the teams behind Quik and Splice and have relaunched the apps with several updates but… Read More

  • Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again via a partnership that will bring a number of smaller businesses – even down to mom-and-pop shops – to its delivery service. The company has teamed up with e-commerce software… Read More

  • When innovating stops making sense Crunch Network

    When innovating stops making sense

    If you listened carefully to business news last week you could hear the sound of a giant tree falling in a quiet forest. It happened when Rovi bought TiVo for $1.1 billion. It was a merger of convenience, a way for TiVo to get out of its slump and die gracefully without much shareholder pain. The buyer, Rovi, is a meta-data provider to set-top boxes while TiVo was the original set-top box… Read More

  • Shenzhen Valley Ventures has a new incubator for hardware startups

    Shenzhen Valley Ventures has a new incubator for hardware startups

    Shenzhen Valley Ventures in Palo Alto, Calif. is launching an incubator for hardware startups in partnership with one of its largest limited partners, Zowee, a factory that works with hardware giants like Xiaomi Technology Co. and Samsung Ltd. Zowee’s Shenzhen facility includes unique prototyping and manufacturing equipment, and testing labs for electromagnetic interference and… Read More

  • With News Deeply, Lara Setrakian has created a new model of impact journalism

    With News Deeply, Lara Setrakian has created a new model of impact journalism

    In 2012 Lara Setrakian was fed up with the news business. A longtime correspondent for both ABC News and Bloomberg Television, Setrakian had reported in and on the Middle East for years. From the Iran election crisis in 2009 to the Arab Spring uprisings throughout 2011, Setrakian spent her days witnessing events whose aftershocks are still felt throughout the geopolitical landscape. But… Read More

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