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  • Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of… Read More

  • The Biggest Challenges Left In Virtual Reality, According To Oculus

    The Biggest Challenges Left In Virtual Reality, According To Oculus

    The second half of Facebook’s keynote took an odd turn today at F8, spending a surprising amount of time looking at the unknowns of consciousness and visual illusions. But toward the end, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash spent a few minutes talking about the biggest opportunities for improvement in the virtual-reality experience: haptics, visuals, audio and tracking. Read More

  • As Jury Deliberates Pao V. Kleiner Perkins, Allegiances Aren’t Always Based On Gender

    As Jury Deliberates Pao V. Kleiner Perkins, Allegiances Aren’t Always Based On Gender

    “The jury is six men and six women, so this probably won’t be quick,” a man in a suit said to a female colleague as they shuffled out of the court. They were among the dozens of others who have been watching the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers trial play out in San Francisco Superior Court’s Room 602 for the past five weeks. Read More

  • Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option

    Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option

    Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has today launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader (video below), which highlights a single word at a time for a more focused and efficient reading experience. The update also brings with it faster saving of articles from mobile… Read More

  • Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages

    Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages

    Google is launching a new feature for its Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform. In total, Google and Bitnami have packed up over 120 applications, including the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Redis, MongoDB, Gitlab and Django, as well as infrastructure stacks for Ruby, LAMP apps, Puppet and others. Read More

  • Diddy Invests In Picture Messaging App Pleek, Built For Generation Selfie

    Diddy Invests In Picture Messaging App Pleek, Built For Generation Selfie

    As social media continues to come up with new and weird ways to give us dopamine hits — the latest is the resurgence of live streaming apps — a new startup has come up with yet another take on it all. Pleek, is a new picture messaging app that allows users to communicate via images, and has launched on Android and iOS. The France-based startup has somehow managed to attract some… Read More

  • Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Read More

  • Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

    Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

    The venture world is hunting for the next batch of billion dollar unicorns in the hardware market, and investors are turning to the crowd to source their deals. VCs have already committed $516 million in funding for hardware companies this year, according to CrunchBase data — a significant jump from the $398 million captured in Q1 of 2014. Projects that win over consumers on… Read More

  • Facebook Open-Sources React Native

    Facebook Open-Sources React Native

    At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook announced that it is open-sourcing its React native framework for building native apps. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React JavaScript framework for building native mobile applications. Read More

  • Facebook’s Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers

    Facebook’s Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers

    As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam the Internet down to billions of people around the world. Codenamed Aquila, the drone has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767 yet uses lightweight materials that allow it to weigh less than a car. Read More

  • Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The second day of F8 included the open-sourcing of native mobile app development tool React Native, a preview of a giant new unmanned aerial vehicle for delivering Internet to remote areas… Read More

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