• Zuck says augmented reality will flourish on phones before glasses

    Zuck says augmented reality will flourish on phones before glasses

    Snapchat selfie lenses and Pokemon Go, not Magic Leap and HoloLens. Smartphones are how Mark Zuckerberg sees augmented reality going mainstream, rather than potentially awkward headsets and glasses. That’s an important clue to how Facebook will adapt to this next computing platform. Yesterday on the call after Facebook’s sensational Q2 earnings report, Zuckerberg fielded what… Read More

  • NeuroSky helps patients with locked-in syndrome communicate

    NeuroSky helps patients with locked-in syndrome communicate

    NeuroSky, the company that brought you the technology behind the Star Wars “Force Trainer,” is moving farther away from the dark side with its development of the MindScribe headset and accompanying software. The MindScribe, which interprets brain waves, is designed for people suffering from what is called “locked-in syndrome.” Locked-in syndrome is the inability… Read More

  • UberCENTRAL lets businesses request and pay for customer rides

    UberCENTRAL lets businesses request and pay for customer rides

    You can lead a horse to water and hope they’ll buy something when they’re there – or at least, that’s how I think the expression goes after learning that Uber is launching a new program called UberCENTRAL to let businesses of any size request, pay for and manage rides for customers from a centralized dashboard. UberCENTRAL is a project that manages to target both low… Read More

  • Sketchfab makes it easier to look at 3D models in virtual reality

    Sketchfab makes it easier to look at 3D models in virtual reality

    Step by step, Sketchfab is turning into the best platform to view 3D models using a virtual reality headset. First, the company added a VR button on every browsing page, then it released apps to support all VR headsets and showcase a few models. Now, the New York-based startup is making it easier to move around 3D models. Read More

  • Wonder’s mobile app highlights the best new indie tunes

    Wonder’s mobile app highlights the best new indie tunes

    If you’re looking for a new way to discover great indie music without having to spend hours digging through SoundCloud or Spotify playlists, a new app called Wonder can help. The app is the mobile extension of Wonder.fm, a music site created by We Are Hunted’s co-founder Stephen Phillips, who sold his earlier startup to Twitter where it later – and briefly – served… Read More

  • Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    It still feels a bit premature to ditch the jack entirely, but according to numbers released by NPD, Bluetooth headphone sales got a big old bump for the month of June, marking the first time the wireless devices overtook their connected counterparts in the US in terms of dollar sales. What that means is consumers in the US are spending more money on Bluetooth headsets, a charge led by Beats… Read More

  • A new app from Channels brings live TV to your iOS device

    A new app from Channels brings live TV to your iOS device

    Channels has grown to become one of the more popular applications for cord cutters who want to watch, pause, rewind and fast-forward live television on their 4th-generation Apple TV. Now that same functionality is arriving on iOS in a new app, launched this week. In addition to letting you watch live TV, the mobile application also lets you see what’s on in a full-grid TV… Read More

  • Peek.com raises $10 million, strikes partnership to bring tour and activity booking to Yelp

    Peek.com raises $10 million, strikes partnership to bring tour and activity booking to Yelp

    Peek.com has raised $10 million in equity funding to become what it calls an “OpenTable for the $100 billion activities market,” according to CEO and co-founder Ruzwana Bashir. Based in San Francisco, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peek.com lets travelers, and locals, find and book activities such as tours, tastings and lessons, online or via mobile. The Peek.com… Read More

  • August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

    August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

    Alexa continues its unremitting march across the world’s different smart home devices with the addition of the August Smart Lock to its list of compatible products. The hardware startup is bringing voice control to its smart home product courtesy of Amazon’s friendly AI. The functionality is arriving for both the first and second generation of the Smart Lock by way of the Alexa… Read More

  • Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Twitter shows some balloons and Snapchat wraps your messages like presents, but Facebook is where people celebrate birthdays online. Now to reinforce itself as the home for your personal content and connections, Facebook is launching birthday recap videos that assemble the best wall posts you got for your birthday into a cute little clip. Here’s an example: As long as you list your… Read More

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