Software

  • How Solar Software Can Save The World Crunch Network

    How Solar Software Can Save The World

    VCs have avoided solar deals ever since Solyndra became a four-letter word. But while their attention has strayed, the industry has been on a tear. In 2010, U.S. solar installers hit a milestone of 1 GW per year. Five years later, they’re installing more than 1 GW per month. This tremendous growth has fed a swelling herd of solar unicorns populated by the likes of SolarCity… Read More

  • JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, announced a $50 million round today. The investment represents a substantial jump for the company, which previously had raised $10.5 million across two rounds. Investors include Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital, as well as participation from existing… Read More

  • F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    As many noted when Apple released its beta version of iOS earlier this week, one of the mobile operating system’s newest features, a nighttime reading mode with reduced blue light emissions, looked awfully familiar. The ability to adjust the screen brightness on iOS devices is something software maker F.lux has been developing for years. Its technology, which even briefly worked on… Read More

  • Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    There’s no shortage of ideas and projects in the virtual reality space. There are tons of studios popping up all over the world to create immersive content for the platform. With the Oculus, HTC and Sony offerings coming next year, now’s a better time than any to dabble in the space. If only there was money to be raised. Welp, Colopl, a company deeply rooted in mobile gaming… Read More

  • Microsoft Partners With ConsenSys To Use Ethereum To Provide Blockchain-As-A-Service

    Microsoft Partners With ConsenSys To Use Ethereum To Provide Blockchain-As-A-Service

    The Ethereum project and ConsenSys, the company created by one of the project’s co-creators, have received a huge vote of approval from one of the world’s biggest enterprise software providers — Microsoft. The company will be working with ConsenSys to provide development tools for Microsoft’s enterprise customers on the Azure platform. Read More

  • Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

    Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

    Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but  nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently. At least, not until now. Helsinki might seem like an unlikely potential… Read More

  • Square Has Both The Hardware And Software To Help Businesses Of All Sizes

    Last week, I visited payments company Square and sat down with its Hardware Lead, Jesse Dorogusker, about much more than hardware. Dorogusker, a former director of engineering at Apple, discussed with me how the company has evolved to much more than a dongle that accepts payments. Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads Crunch Network

    The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads

    Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Medical marijuana is being used in treatment of a variety of illnesses including several types of seizures, cancer and… Read More

  • YC-Backed Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

    YC-Backed Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

    If there was a neat label for startups whose raison d’être is to take the strain out of dealing with other startup services then Taskpipes would be wearing that badge proudly on its lapel. The YC backed, U.K. founded b2b startup is attacking what it says is a growing data-management problem for businesses — created by the proliferation and adoption of SaaS platforms. Read More

  • Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    The folks behind Sharebot, a simple 3D printer, have taken to Indiegogo to introduce Sharebox3D, a system for sharing 3D printers with remote users. The app, which works on smartphones and tablets, allows you to choose a model and print it just as you would print a document on a 2D printer. The app lets you store model files (STLs) and slice them on the fly, turning them into models that a… Read More

  • The Incredible Lightness Of Cloud Computing Crunch Network

    The Incredible Lightness Of Cloud Computing

    I spent a good good part of my weekend clearing my office of a couple of decades of accumulated software. As I discarded dozens of 3.5 floppies and CDs, and recycled piles of boxes and documentation — the flotsam and jetsam of an earlier computing age — I realized just how much easier computing is in 2015. Not all that long ago, there were no app stores and software came in… Read More

  • Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere

    Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere

    The boxed copy sales model for professional software is dead, and increasingly companies are realizing that charging certain customers at all doesn’t make much sense. Microsoft figured it out, and Autodesk is expanding the pool of people who get free access to include all students, teachers and schools at academic institutions around the world. That’s in addition to the U.S., where… Read More

  • Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More

    Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More

    Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices. The update includes the new Word Wise feature that automatically shows definitions to difficult words above the within text on compatible titles, as well as Family Library, which lets you access not only your own books, but… Read More

  • Fleksy Raises $2M To Help It Keep Up With Growth From iOS 8 Launch

    Fleksy Raises $2M To Help It Keep Up With Growth From iOS 8 Launch

    Software keyboard maker Fleksy raised a new $2 million round of venture funding from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners and others to help it continue to power its growth, which got a big boost from the launch of iOS 8 earlier this year. The additional round will help the company fund development on both iOS and Android, however, and a new Android… Read More

  • With Software Eating Hardware, Silicon Valley Enters “Hard” Times

    With Software Eating Hardware, Silicon Valley Enters “Hard” Times

    Software’s inevitable dominance is something of an axiom in Silicon Valley, where Marc Andreessen once famously wrote that it was “eating the world.” Software companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook are among the world’s most iconic and valuable, and new startups like Airbnb and Uber aim to transform traditional industries like hotels and taxis. Read More

  • On The Eve Of SAPPHIRE Conference, Vishal Sikka Puts SAP In The Rearview

    On The Eve Of SAPPHIRE Conference, Vishal Sikka Puts SAP In The Rearview

    It’s been a month of Sundays since Vishal Sikka resigned from SAP, and I spoke to him a couple of days before the start of his former company’s SAPPHIRE user conference that begins Monday in Orlando. The conference will be going on without him for the first time in 12 years, and Sikka is fine with that. Sikka sounds like a man at peace with his decision, one he says was his to make. Read More

  • As Cloud Upends Traditional IT Sales Channel, Software Companies Eye End Users

    As Cloud Upends Traditional IT Sales Channel, Software Companies Eye End Users

    When I spoke to SugarCRM CTO Clint Oram last week, he sang a familiar refrain: The software sales process was changing profoundly from one which had been completely IT-focused to one centered on end users and business units — and this was due in large part to the ease of deployment brought on by the cloud. Read More

  • Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung preloads its own apps on its Android devices, including replacements for stock apps like the phone dialer and SMS software, as well as more advanced note-taking and WhatsApp competitor apps. But app away though they may, very few people are actually using them according to a new survey detailed by the Wall Street Journal. instead, people are using the apps you’d expect to be… Read More

  • Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program

    Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program

    Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple’s upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population. You didn’t need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake, and technically it was still sort of against the rules. Today, Apple introduced its OS X Beta Seed Program to make pre-release Mac operating… Read More

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