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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

Aug 20, 11:00PM

Internet of Things smart home For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone.… Read More



HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

Aug 20, 10:39PM

hp-earnings (1) HP shares are off nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading despite posting better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue, and in-line earnings per share. In its fiscal third, HP had revenue of $27.585 billion, ahead of an expected tally of $27.01 billion. The company earned $0.89 per share on a non-GAAP basis, matching expectations precisely. On a GAAP basis, not excluding certain costs… Read More



Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can "Yo" A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

Aug 20, 10:16PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.36.39 PM A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More



Incubated: How Amplify.LA Helps LA-Based Startups Grow

Aug 20, 9:00PM

incubated3x4.jpg Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it’s been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Calif. Read More



Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

Aug 20, 8:55PM

prime-air_high-resolution03-1024x527 Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More



The Pac-12 Networks Are Going Live On YouTube Internationally

Aug 20, 8:00PM

Pac-12 Now Android Phone Landscape Live - August 2014 The Pac-12 conference is launching a live YouTube channel for international fans, featuring 24×7 coverage of the conference’s sports teams. Fans in 27 countries will be able to watch live games, studio shows, and re-broadcasts of games on the Pac-12 Network on YouTube starting on August 26. Read More



The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

Aug 20, 7:23PM

8522846370_aff1301660_k Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More



Airbnb For Storage Startup Roost Opens Up To Help You Store Your Stuff In Your Neighbor's Garage

Aug 20, 6:00PM

roost search The idea behind Roost is not that different from any of those other marketplaces: I’ve got something you can use, you pay me to use it. In this case, we’re talking about storage space, specifically storage space that can be found in your neighbor’s basement, or garage, or attic, or what have you. Read More



Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

Aug 20, 5:28PM

Hailo-toronto-office Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt in standard taxis vs. Uber’s black car focus, but has since… Read More



TC Cribs: Storm8, The Land Of Very Colorful Desks And Lots Of Fancy Beer

Aug 20, 5:11PM

EDIT_synced.Still009 In this episode of Cribs we headed to Storm8, the company that makes lots of popular mobile social games. Storm8 is housed in a, well, pretty bland looking corporate building in suburban Redwood City, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But the inside of the office tells a very different story, with lots of very colorful things to catch the eye. That’s largely because Storm8… Read More



Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

Aug 20, 5:01PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 12.49.53 PM A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers. Founded in… Read More



Everdwell Gives Real Estate Agents A More Beautiful Online Home

Aug 20, 4:35PM

Everdwell-Property-Listing-Example Real estate is a business where tech is only slowly starting to make a dent into the traditional way of doing things. But even the most technophobic agent now knows that an online presence besides just being listed in an MLS is a necessity. Everdwell wants to give those agents — many of whom aren’t all that tech savvy — an easy way to create an online home for their listings.… Read More



Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll

Aug 20, 4:23PM

new-camera-3 With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter’s video sharing app has always required users to film new content directly within the app, using Vine’s once-unique hold-to-record feature. Now, Vine users can… Read More



Function Space Brings Its Learning, Discussing And Problem Solving Science Platform To iOS

Aug 20, 4:00PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 11.00.14 am Learning, discussing and problem solving are three important steps in understanding concepts in science. Function Space, a social learning science network, wants to bring the three together in a cross-platform learning portal aimed at corporate research and students at any level for free. Read More



7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

Aug 20, 3:52PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 8.40.11 AM Two fish are playing Street Fighter over on Twitch, and more than 7,000 people are watching the mayhem. Or, partial mayhem. Sometimes the fish don’t swim in a pattern that leads to much confrontation. That said, the game is afloat, with the fish “Aquarius” taking on “Robert the Bruce.” Read More



Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

Aug 20, 3:29PM

skype-chat Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you’re actually using at the time, says the company, while your other devices, including PCs, tablets or smartphones, will remain silent. Read More



Foodmento Is The Foursquare Of Specific Dishes, Not Restaurants

Aug 20, 3:06PM

Screenshot 2014-08-20 11.03.59 Food has invaded Instagram in such an overwhelming way that studies actually show that people get physically full or tire of certain foods just from looking at the pictures. But there’s really no effective way to direct your followers to the specific dish you’ve endorsed. That’s where Foodmento comes in. Read More



SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes 'Pro' Features Like Analytics Free

Aug 20, 3:00PM

slideshare profile custom SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers, once priced at $19/month and $49/month, and making extra features like analytics, which used to come at a price, free for all. The premium tiers were… Read More



Pivotal Expands Its Enterprise Cloud Platform To Mobile

Aug 20, 3:00PM

Platform as a Service | Pivotal CF | Pivotal Pivotal, the enterprise cloud platform that raised a $105 million private equity round last year, today announced a large expansion of its product portfolio today. The update introduces new services for mobile development to the company’s Pivotal CF platform-as-a-service offering that are designed to work side-by-side with the company’s previously announced data services. The… Read More



OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

Aug 20, 3:00PM

SF Pride 2013 Medical Dispatch Team at end of a VERY long day. Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More




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