• An App That Detects STDs In The Privacy Of Your Own Home

    An App That Detects STDs In The Privacy Of Your Own Home

    First Derm is an app that lets you snap a picture of whatever is going on with your skin and submit it to a doctor for anonymous diagnoses. First Derm launched in Sweden as an STD triage app in 2009, it now works with a slew of dermatologists to allow people to upload any rash, bump, wart or weird-looking mole. The First Derm team rebranded the app to detect more than STDs when they realized… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Passport Is A Phablet With A Hardware Keyboard That Makes No Sense Whatsoever

    The BlackBerry Passport Is A Phablet With A Hardware Keyboard That Makes No Sense Whatsoever

    Just when you think you might have figured out what BlackBerry is up to (a strong push in enterprise services and emerging markets like the Internet of Things) they go and do something like the BlackBerry Passport. The device broke cover today (via MobileSyrup) during the Canadian smartphone maker’s earnings call, and it’s set to be launched in September this year, following an… Read More

  • A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    Google is giving its apps and platforms, including Android, a big redesign, according to a recent report posted on Android Police, which backs up some things we had been hearing as well, but hadn’t fleshed out until now. According to the new report, Google is working on a new design language focused on giving all Google apps a more unified look-and-feel across the web, Android… Read More

  • Star Wars Scene Maker Trailer

    Disney’s Star Wars Scene Maker For iPad Lets Users Build Their Own Animated Fanfic

    Disney has a new mobile app that uses its recently-acquired Star Wars IP out today: Star Wars Scene Maker is now on the App Store, and it lets kids of all ages build their own Star Wars stories using 3D-rendered graphics and animations, along with the option to record your own voice over for dialog and built-in music for epic soundtracks. The app is the ultimate fanfiction tool, short of hiring… Read More

  • Amazon’s Road To Retail Domination

    If you haven’t noticed, Amazon is about to eat retail. It’s been working hard at changing the way we shop for years and is now poised to change the way we interact with products thanks to the Fire Phone. It’s been a long, weird road and here are a few milestones. Read More

  • Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    The oil and gas business is technologically challenging, data-heavy, and traditionally ignored by venture capitalists. But a few firms are looking to change that with a new concentration on software and services that would help improve economics and bring visibility to an industry that technology investors have long overlooked. During the “clean technology” investment boom… Read More

  • Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    French startup Algolia raised $1.2 million as an extension of the company’s existing seed round to turbocharge your website’s search engine. It brings the total funding of the startup to $2.8 million. The round extension was led by Storm Ventures, with angels coming from Box, Eventbrite, Google, Microsoft and Stripe. Chrisoph Janz of Point Nine Capital is also joining the… Read More

  • Fitness App Usage Is Growing 87% Faster Than The Overall App Market

    Fitness App Usage Is Growing 87% Faster Than The Overall App Market

    A new report from Flurry Analytics shows that health and fitness apps are growing at a faster rate than the overall app market so far in 2014. The analytics firm looked at data from more than 6,800 apps in the category on the iPhone and iPad and found that usage (measured in sessions) is up 62% in the last six months compared to 33% growth for the entire market, an 87% faster pace. Read More

  • Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    In an age when consumerism is almost the only path to survival, it’s pretty easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. And then you get more stuff, and wind up startlingly close to a hoarder’s lifestyle before deciding to sell a bunch of it. At first, the idea feels brilliant, until you start tabulating the time, effort and resources involved in selling off a bunch of old crap. Is it worth… Read More