• It’s A Dark Time To Be A Consumer In The Cloud

    It’s A Dark Time To Be A Consumer In The Cloud

    Ecco Pro, a much beloved outliner and personal information management application for Windows was discontinued about 15 years ago. But you can still download it and run it on Windows 7 today thanks to the efforts of a handful of volunteers. Even though the software isn’t open source a few devotees have continued modding it and keeping it current for modern operating systems. They say that… Read More

  • Rosetta Stone Acquires Kid-Focused Language-Learning Startup GoGo Lingo

    Rosetta Stone Acquires Kid-Focused Language-Learning Startup GoGo Lingo

    Rosetta Stone, for those unfamiliar, are the makers of the oft-advertised language learning software of the same name. The 20-year-old Virginia-based company went public in 2009, and today makes learning software for over 30 languages that is used in over 150 countries. Yet, in spite of its brand recognition, a number of translation and language-learning startups have begun to pop up with… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    It’s hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google’s browser-centric operating system, really is. There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative. Today, Google launched the latest developer version of Chrome OS and this update sports the first major redesign of the operation system’s interface since its launch in late 2010. In this new… Read More

  • With or Without Apple: Sparrow for iPhone Will Soon Get Push Notifications

    With or Without Apple: Sparrow for iPhone Will Soon Get Push Notifications

    There are a fair amount of third-party iPhone email clients out there, but few ever received the kind of reception that Sparrow for iPhone got a few weeks ago. Sadly, though, unless you have a jailbroken iPhone or use a third-party service like Boxcar, you won’t be able to get push notifications for new emails from Sparrow – but this could soon change. Read More

  • Why Designers Should Join Software Startups

    Why Designers Should Join Software Startups

    Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base CRM. In 1919, Walter Gropius founded in Germany the Bauhaus, a school for engineering and design, and gave birth to one of the most important and influential design movements in history: Modernism. Gropius’ big idea was that designers and engineers should… Read More

  • Algorithmically Generated Realistic Sound On Show At SIGGRAPH

    Algorithmically Generated Realistic Sound On Show At SIGGRAPH

    Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work on a project that sounds odd at first, but is in fact a perfectly natural extension of existing 3D and computing technology. They’re making an engine for producing the sounds of colliding objects by simulating the materials of the objects themselves in a virtual space, and then calculating the forces and vibrations that would be produced. Read More

  • Nikontrol 3K Tethers Your Camera To Your PC For Free

    Nikon publishes a program called Camera Control Pro, a software program intended to help the studio photographer by allowing them to tether their camera to a computer. The problem is, Camera Control Pro doesn’t support some of the latest cameras, and it has a $150 price tag. This inspired Nikontrol 3K, a free program that does basically the same thing, but for free. Read More

  • Pew Shows 65% Of People Pay For Digital Content; Mostly Music, Software, And Mobile Apps

    The Pew Internet organization put out results of a survey on how many people pay for digital content online. The study found that 65 percent of people online have paid to download some form of digital content or for a subscription to a digital media service. The survey excluded physical goods bought online and was focussed only on digital content such as music, software, news, and other… Read More

  • Apple: Demo Software Won't Be Allowed On Mac App Store

    This is no secret, but developers will have to play by Apple’s rules if they want their Apps to live on the Mac App Store in the future. Apple notes that developers should only submit finished products to the store, and that demos or trials of any kind should instead be made available on developers’ Web sites. This may also apply to “lite” editions of Apps. Read More

  • Venture Capital Sputters in the Third Quarter; Consumer Down, Business Services and Software Up

    Dow Jones is releasing its third quarter venture capital numbers today, and the amount of money raised was down sharply from last quarter’s heady $7.7 billion distributed across 740 deals. In the third quarter of this year, 662 companies raised just $5.4 billion. It’s not uncommon to see a muted third quarter in the venture business due to summer vacations, but this was the… Read More

  • Tread Lightly When Embracing The Mac App Store

    Is there really any doubt the Mac App Store will be anything other than a huge hit when it debuts in 90 days? Seven billion downloads on the current App Store would suggest that Apple knows what it’s doing (and that people really love to slingshot cartoon birds into buildings). And the benefits of the App Store are clear: it’s an easy-to-use, one-stop source of safe, tested software. Read More