• Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

    Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

    Finding a good restaurant – even in a city you’ve never been to – has never been easier. Thanks to Yelp, Urbanspoon and its various brethren, a good place to eat is generally just a few clicks away. What if you want to find a restaurant with a very specific atmosphere, though? Say you’re in the mood for a pizza at a relaxed place where the noise level is just right for… Read More

  • Lightbank-Backed Social Travel Planning Service Gtrot Shifts To Local Discovery

    Lightbank-Backed Social Travel Planning Service Gtrot Shifts To Local Discovery

    Social travel planning service Gtrot is changing its focus and is now officially relaunching its website with a new emphasis on local discovery. Somewhat reminiscent of Foursquare’s “Explore” feature, Gtrot is working to build a platform where you can discover, save and share the best restaurants, bars, clubs, arts, events and even the best local deals from services like… Read More

  • Engineering Serendipity

    Engineering Serendipity

    I don’t know if Highlight, Glancee, Banjo, or any one of those other startups you’re now officially sick to death of hearing about are going to make it, but I know that for the first time in a long time, we’re starting to move in the right direction in terms of mobile innovation. And no, I don’t mean we need more people-stalking apps, I mean we need more passive use of… Read More

  • Sir Richard Branson & Flipboard Investor Jerry Murdock Put Nearly $1M Into MySocialCloud

    Sir Richard Branson & Flipboard Investor Jerry Murdock Put Nearly $1M Into MySocialCloud

    MySocialCloud is a new, and somewhat stealthy, startup that aims to organize your online life through bookmarking, stream consolidation, filtering and auto-login capabilities. The service, which until now has only been available to users at a handful of colleges out in California, has some pretty impressive backers, too. The startup has raised “just shy of a million” from Sir… Read More

  • Amazon’s Biggest Deal Yet: Discovery Brings 3,000 More Titles To Amazon Instant Video

    Amazon’s Biggest Deal Yet: Discovery Brings 3,000 More Titles To Amazon Instant Video

    Amazon announced a new licensing deal this morning with Discovery Communications, the media company behind cable TV channels including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science and Military Channel. Under the terms of the agreement, which CEO Jeff Bezos calls the company’s “biggest addition yet,” Amazon Prime customers will now have… Read More

  • The Everything Project: Building A Google For The Mobile Web App Ecosystem

    The Everything Project: Building A Google For The Mobile Web App Ecosystem

    One of the biggest challenges we’re facing as we move into the post-PC era is the challenge of navigating through a disconnected web of applications. Bought and sold as self-contained packages of code, apps are independent little creations, boxes you tap for specific functions. Single purpose beings. Unlike the web, apps are not connected to each other through links (although they could… Read More

  • Netflix, Discovery Ink Expanded Two-Year Licensing Agreement

    Netflix, Discovery Ink Expanded Two-Year Licensing Agreement

    Even more news from the Netflix camp, which has just signed an agreement with media juggernaut Discovery Communications to renew and expand their licensing deal. The companies this morning announced a two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement that allows Netflix users to stream prior-season series and specials, including an expanded selection of additional seasons of popular series from… Read More

  • PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    Several iPhone app developers have teamed up to launch PhotoAppLink, a new open source initiative that aims to simplify photo editing by tying multiple photo-editing apps together. As you know, there are an incredible number of photo editing apps in iTunes today, and often, each especially excels in one particular area. For example, converting photos to black and white, cropping, compositing… Read More

  • How Discovery Will Drive Transactions

    How Discovery Will Drive Transactions

    All year, I’ve heard some variation of this phrase: “A big shift, from search to discovery, is underway online.” I’m still figuring out what this means. I’d like to share my thoughts on it, and I’d like to hear what “discovery” on the web means to you. First, I do not believe that there is a “shift” from search to discovery. Read More

  • StockTwits Gets Even More Social, Rolls Out Discovery Tools

    It’s been a good start to the year for StockTwits. For starters, as we reported last week, the realtime info-sharing hub for investors and traders, has doubled its monthly visitors since December. It also recently stole Yahoo Finance products exec David Putnam and added Chris Bullock, who was formerly the senior managing director for global investor relations services at NASDAQ, as its… Read More

  • Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Preparations For Last Flight Ever

    Well this stinks. Space Shuttle Discovery is in the closing stages of preparation for its final flight ever. After that I guess American astronauts will have to hitchhike their way into orbit, which is pretty lame, I think you’ll agree. The launch is scheduled for November 1. Read More

  • Discovery, IMAX, and Sony team up for 3D TV station

    Just like clockwork more companies are announcing its plans for a 3D TV stations. ESPN’s plans were just announced and now we hear that Discovery, IMAX, and Sony have form a joint venture to develop a 3D station. Read More

  • Quick Look: Plantronics Discovery 975

    I don’t use many Bluetooth headsets – I rarely drive – but I found the Discover 975 to be a welcome addition to the headset pantheon. Unlike larger – or, dare I say, smaller – headsets the D975 seems just the right size for easy insertion and removal and it is unobtrusive enough to avoid the dreaded Bluetooth Douchebag Syndrome (BDS), a disease that slowly affects… Read More

  • Not A Myth To Bust: Discovery Channel Hits The App Store

    Scientist wannabes, rejoice! Discovery Communications has released a Discovery Channel application on the iTunes App Store (link to the program), bringing heaps of video content produced by the popular non-fiction media company to the iPhone and iPod Touch. In addition to video clips, the app also boasts a collection of quizzes, photo galleries, programming schedules and updates from… Read More

  • Peter Ha died on July 6, 2009, what the hell is Frenzied Waters

    No joke, I just received my obituary in the mail today at the office. Apparently, I died while surfing at Rockaway on Monday, July 6th. That’s news to me. I’ve never surfed Rockaway. The contents of this rusty jar are quite puzzling and I was met with the following note. Read More

  • Discovery Acquires How Stuff Works For $250 Million

    Discovery Networks have acquired How Stuff Works for $250 million. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Discovery plans to use the site “as the cornerstone of an effort to bring its vast library of video content to the Web.” Discovery previously acquired environmentally focused blog for $10 million in August. How Stuff Works is a long standing provider of… Read More

  • Discovery Acquires For $10million

    Discovery Communications has announced the acquisition of for what is believed to be $10 million. started as an environmentally focused blog in 2004 and grew to include forums, green guides and other related features. The site sits in the Top 20 blogs worldwide according to Technorati and is said to have 1.4 million unique visitors a month. Alexa ranks the site… Read More

  • The $100 Million Telescope

    When countries like the UK and USA unite for science, the opportunity for discovery doubles. A new $100 million telescope is now a joint project between the two countries with plans for a 2013 completion date. This new 25-meter, infrared telescope will be placed in the Atacama region of the Chilean desert for discovering plenty of new things in the sky with a two-part method. From the… Read More

  • Discovery Biosphere Terrarium

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this Discovery biosphere is awesome. Aside from looking totally cool, it is a valid educational experience for children. It allows kids to control the environment within the sphere. The system has options to control temperature and humidity and can even simulate rain. Sort of like an ant farm, but probably neater. It’s available now… Read More


    Yea that’s right, you too can now protect your most valuable possessions by the most Bond-esque means ever: the laser beam. It also features, secret codes and biometric thumbprint recognition. Feeling safe yet? Yea, well there is a catch. The safe runs on 3 AA batteries and is made of plastic, so if you can’t wait for the batteries to run out so that you can plunder its cache, you… Read More