• Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX series of cameras is an oddity, but one that the company is apparently still committed to – a new leak from Sony Alpha Rumors reveals a treasure trove of press images depicting a so-called “QX1″ model, which takes the basic concept of the QX10 and QX100 smartphone camera accessories and adds interchangeable lenses. The QX10 and QX100, for those unfamiliar… Read More

  • LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

    LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

    Developing markets such as Latin America are eating up smartphone use, and a startup emerging out of Brazil is making the best use of that trend. Emprego Ligado is a job marketplace that competes with local job sites and staffing agencies for blue-collar Brazilians by using the cellphone to full effect. In 2012 it received backing from investors including 500 Startups and Initial Capital to… Read More

  • Reddit Launches An Official App For AMAs

    Reddit Launches An Official App For AMAs

    The so-called “front page of the Internet” has launched a new dedicated AMA app for iOS, with an Android version arriving later this week. Reddit users have long sought an official mobile app from the network after an original version launched in January 2011 ended up failing due to poor design user complaints. This AMA app is the first part of a new collection of mobile software… Read More

  • MindMixer Raises $17M To Help Governments Connect With Their Communities

    MindMixer Raises $17M To Help Governments Connect With Their Communities

    MindMixer, a platform allowing local governments to solicit ideas from their communities, is announcing that it has raised $17 million in Series C funding. When I first spoke to the company a couple of years ago, co-founder and CEO Nick Bowden said the product isn’t just about submitting and voting on ideas, but also creating a process for actually implementing the best ones. Read More

  • Euro Facebook Users Can Use Tag Suggest, For Photos Of U.S. Friends Who Have It Enabled

    Euro Facebook Users Can Use Tag Suggest, For Photos Of U.S. Friends Who Have It Enabled

    In 2012, Facebook came under fire from privacy advocates and eventually turned off all facial recognition services in the EU, which automatically recognised and suggested the names of friends from photos that you uploaded to the social network. But did you know that Facebook appears to have restored an aspect of the service in Europe? Facebook is now suggesting photo tags to users… Read More

  • DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    London-based DN Capital, which has invested in Shazam and Videdressing among others, has today announced it’s raised $200 million (€144 million) for its third venture capital fund, GVC III, a three-times increase on its previous fund. Investors include family offices, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds, including the European Investment Fund. The fund will, as… Read More

  • Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany — But Vows To Continue To Operate

    Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany — But Vows To Continue To Operate

    Last month on-demand ride-hailing service Uber faced a ban in Berlin on passenger safety grounds. That ban was suspended days later while the court in question rules on the legality of the move. But Uber is now facing another injunction in the country — this time a district court in Frankfurt has issued a temporary ban against its service which applies nationwide. Read More

  • Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker

    Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker

    In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its central thesis. Read More

  • Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Invests $70 Million In Healthcare Group DXY

    Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Invests $70 Million In Healthcare Group DXY

    Chinese Internet giant Tencent has invested $70 million in DXY (also known as Ting Ting Group), which claims to be the largest online healthcare service community in China. In return, Tencent will receive a minority equity stake in DXY. Read More

  • How To Present A Successful Hackathon Demo

    How To Present A Successful Hackathon Demo

    It’s sad to stay up for three days building something awesome only to bomb the demo presentation. It’s no surprise it happens: you’re exhausted and racing to finish your project, with little time to plan your words, and only a few minutes to say them. So here’s some advice on how to give a great hackathon presentation. Read More