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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Techcrunch

In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?

1 hour 22 minutes ago
 This past week, conflicting reports about Nike leaked, suggesting either big changes or outright abandonment of its high-profile Fuelband line. For those focused on the intersection of digital health, wellness, mobile startups, and wearable technologies, a move by Nike, one of the world’s most iconic brands and visible companies, will be examined under the microscope. With the news swirling… Read More by Semil Shah

The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

2 hours 22 minutes ago
 Here's a random tidbit about the Misfit Shine, the activity tracking device from Misfit Wearables. I ran into CEO Sonny Vu about a week ago, and when he pulled a Misfit Shine out of his bag, he pointed out something that no one seems to have noticed. Or if they noticed it, they didn't say anything about it online. Read More by Anthony Ha

The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

4 hours 16 minutes ago
 There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own -- rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there's a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it's possible to print a physical object at the click of a button. Read More by Natasha Lomas

Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

8 hours 39 minutes ago
 What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More by Mike Butcher

Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

12 hours 21 minutes ago
Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.  Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with ALYT Part of the smart-home dream has always been being able to talk with a place of residence… Read More by Ross Rubin

Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

14 hours 22 minutes ago
 If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don't think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally. Read More by Anamitra Banerji

The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

Yesterday
 Google recently announced up to 85 percent reduction in pricing for its PaaS and BigQuery services. Soon after, AWS and Microsoft followed suit. Welcome to Cloud 2.0. Read More by Peter Relan

Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

Yesterday
 Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More by Todd McKinnon

Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

2 days ago
 Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That’s not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code by the company. There were indeed some layoffs, Nike confirmed, but it also said it’s… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Gillmor Gang: Action Items

Yesterday
 The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some of us think it's where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it's all about glancing. What this means is that social scientists… Read More by Steve Gillmor

2,500 Bunsen Burners + Dubstep = Best Visualizer Ever

Yesterday
 Take 2,500 bunsen burners, and put'em in a grid. Make the flames react to sound waves, thanks to some amazing physics trickery. Then drop the bass. What do you get? The best visualizer ever. Read More by Greg Kumparak

Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

Yesterday
Last summer, Google started allowing developers to use git to get their code onto App Engine to deploy their applications instead of using Google's usual SDK. Starting today, developers who use the popular GitHub service to manage their code repositories will be able to do the same. Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

Yesterday
 Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

Yesterday
 "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking:… Read More by Jon Evans

Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

2 days ago
 Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a pity,… Read More by Greg Kumparak

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