• Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

  • Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

    Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but it’s true, though Jay-Z doesn’t want to listen. He just launched a music streaming service called Tidal with Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Rihanna as co-owners contributing exclusive content. The goal is to get artists properly paid. The problem is Tidal subscriptions costs $20… Read More

  • Twitter Publicly Launches Curator, Its Real-Time Search And Filtering Tool For Media Outlets

    Twitter Publicly Launches Curator, Its Real-Time Search And Filtering Tool For Media Outlets

    Twitter this morning is launching Curator, its new product that lets media organizations, publishers, and broadcasters identify, filter and display tweets and Vine videos on any screen in real-time. The free service, which is something of a competitor to Storify, is designed to help those in the media industry and, soon, others too, make better sense of the barrage of data on… Read More

  • Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let you stick it where it’s most convenient. The Dash Button is a natural extension… Read More

  • Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

  • Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

  • IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM is wasting little time when it comes to the Internet of Things. The company outlined a major Internet of Things strategy tonight with a series of announcements that included a $3B investment to establish an Internet of Things unit inside of Big Blue along with a partnership with The Weather Company. The Internet of Things refers to the growing network of sensors on everything from… Read More

  • The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud apps took the enterprise by storm, giving businesses more flexibility and power than ever before. Now, enterprise mobile is taking a… Read More

  • Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve… Read More