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  • UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    With real-time translation of text common on the web and instantaneous speech-to-text gaining popularity, it seems that transliteration is cool again. But less obvious, and more difficult, methods of input are yet to be implemented. Case in point: sign language. The complicated and often contextual gestures form a vast visual vocabulary that isn’t easily captured or interpreted. A team… Read More

  • Why You Need To Back Young Rewired State Right Now

    Why You Need To Back Young Rewired State Right Now

    Even as the UK government seems keener than ever to promote the technology sector as an engine of much needed growth – especially startups – there’s a programme right under its nose which has been running for years which needs help, and now. Young Rewired State has been running annually on very low funding for a while. The philanthropic arm of Rewired State, YRS is a network… Read More

  • TechCrunch Cribs Visits Llustre — A Better Gilt For Home Decor?

    TechCrunch Cribs Visits Llustre — A Better Gilt For Home Decor?

    I must admit I didn’t immediately get Llustre. It looked like another ecommerce play, super-focused on curation and editorial – where was the potential for scale? I looked again. They’d raised £750,000 (just over $1 million) from a host of experienced angel investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. There must be more to it than meets the eye? Perhaps it was the latest… Read More

  • Songkick Secures Sequoia’s First Ever UK Investment With A $10M B Round

    Songkick Secures Sequoia’s First Ever UK Investment With A $10M B Round

    Songkick – which allows users to follow music artists, their live music events and book tickets – has raised a $10 million B round of financing from Sequoia Capital. This is Sequoia’s first ever investment in a U.K.-headquartered start-up. The round takes Songkick’s total funding to date to around the $17 million mark. Previous backers include Y Combinator, SoftTech… Read More

  • Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    In recent times we’ve seen the rise of many businesses predicated on the idea that a user subscribes to an ecommerce service instead of buying a la carte. Thus, BirchBox delivers beauty product samples every month. Stylistpick sends fashion, Shoedazzle sends shoes. The list goes on. But what if you had a similar service but there was no need for shipping items in the post, plus it had… Read More

  • Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android has become the most popular platform in smartphone sales, and that domination is slowly but surely making itself felt in other aspects of the mobile experience — just as Google would have wanted it to be. Some figures out from the number-crunchers at StatCounter have found that Android’s native browser has finally overtaken Opera to become the world’s most popular… Read More

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    When it comes to fashion, women have embraced products that were originally designed for men. Flip through any J.Crew catalog and you’ll encounter the Boyfriend Jean, Boyfriend Blazer, unisex ankle boots, and of course the classic men’s shirt paired with skinny jeans. When it comes to tech? Not so much. In the predominantly male tech world, products are usually, by default, designed… Read More

  • London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    There’s an old saying in London. You wait an hour for a bus and then three come along at once. Thus, for the last few years people have been asking me when London would get a large technology conference which catered for startups. Admittedly I had a good go with GeeknRolla, which has now been replaced by the London Web Summit on March 19. But now London is being spoiled by yet another… Read More

  • Mallorca-based Incubator Raises €1.2m, Announces First Investments

    Mallorca-based Incubator Raises €1.2m, Announces First Investments

    Mola.com (meaning “cool” in Spanish), a Palma de Mallorca based startup accelerator/incubator has raised €1.2M three months after announcing it’s official launch. The funding comes from Bernardo Hernández, angel investor and currently Global Head of Marketing for Emerging Products at Google; Javier Gómez Navarro, ex Minister of Tourism in Spain; and Luis Chicharro, ex… Read More

  • Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Only yesterday we reported that Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was incredibly Siri-like – and some say it’s better – had gotten a call from Apple that it was about to be pulled from the App store. Why? For being – as far as we could figure out – too much like Siri, and maybe, well, just too good. Today, the buzz at Mobile World… Read More

  • French President Sarkozy Is On Pinterest. Well, Maybe.

    French President Sarkozy Is On Pinterest. Well, Maybe.

    Typically, when I think of an “early adopter,” French President Sarkozy doesn’t come to mind. The man who announced his intention to run for reelection on February 12th didn’t even have a verified Twitter account prior to that date. Fortunately for him and his campaign, he now has a verified account with over 97,000 followers. He has even made it clear that he signs his… Read More

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