Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

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black rotary telephone The race to provide telecom services to developers of every stripe has a number of large, well-capitalized participants. New and quickly growing among the better-known names is Sinch, a company that was spun out of Rebtel just over 10 months ago. According to the firm, Sinch is now generating revenue at a $60 million run rate.
Sinch started with certain advantages that are worth noting. It… Read More

New Tropes vs. Women series explores positive female characters in gaming

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Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency are now taking an ongoing look at some of the more positive representations of women in gaming. In the latest “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” segment, Sarkeesian delves into the critically acclaimed 2011 indie title Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP, which happens to feature a female protagonist known only as the Scythian. That it happens to feature one is significant. Sword & Sorcery has earned praise for its subtle depiction of a female adventurer in a traditional epic not at all unlike The Legend of Zelda. The Scythian lacks the signifiers that would clue most gamers in about her gender, and the player only learns about her being female through character interactions. It’s a big leap from the…

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As Internal Threats Rise Investors Back New Security Tech

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13334048894_6e8b421c4e_o Amid this steady drumbeat of technology breaches and security snafus, venture capitalists have spent roughly $6.5 billion on new technologies to combat this menace, according to CrunchBase data. The latest company to benefit from this deluge of dollars, and the one that addresses the issue of bad actors inside corporate networks most directly, is HyTrust, which closed on $25 million. Read More

LG 34UM67: UltraWide FreeSync Review

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AMD officially launched FreeSync earlier this month, and the technology is interesting not just in how it works but also in how it differs from NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. Our first FreeSync display comes by way of LG, and it boasts an IPS display with an UltraWide 2560×1080 resolution. For gamers there are certainly benefits to discuss, but there are also some problem areas. How does this FreeSync display stack up against other gaming monitors, and how does it fare outside of gaming? Read on for our full review.

Asus’s new Chromebook Flip is a tiny, touchscreen, convertible Chromebook

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Most Chromebooks on the market are pretty similar — they’re inexpensive, 11-inch laptops meant for doing basic tasks. But Google and its OEM partners are slowly starting to expand the definition of what makes a Chromebook. The 15-inch Acer Chromebook is a good example of a new market Chromebooks are entering — and today Google and Asus are announcing another new Chromebook that takes aim at another popular Windows form factor.

The new Asus Chromebook Flip is unlike any other on the market. At 10.1 inches, it’s even smaller than most Chromebooks on the market, but the all-metal chassis is much stronger and premium-feeling than most of its plastic-built relatives. And like a number of Windows laptops, the Flip’s hinge can bend all the way…

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Charges say crooked feds used Bitcoin as a license to steal

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Yesterday, the bitcoin world got some shocking news. Two undercover agents are being charged with a massive corruption scheme as part of their work investigating the Silk Road. While they were working to catch the Dread Pirate Roberts, they were also funneling thousands of bitcoin into private accounts. The affidavit is a remarkable journey through half-a-dozen different extortion schemes and confidence games, played out in the background of one of the biggest investigations the Bitcoin world has ever seen.

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Watch NASA spin-test its Mars-bound ‘flying saucer’ this afternoon

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As NASA prepares to send more spacecraft, and eventually humans, to Mars, its scientists are having to rethink the parachute. Mars is what NASA calls a tricky “in-between” environment: unlike the Moon, its atmosphere is too thick to land with rockets alone, but it’s too thin for even a huge parachute to gain much traction. Its missions so far have used a combination of the two, along with other means of slowing a lander. But the larger and more ambitious the craft, the more difficult this becomes.

To address this problem, NASA is trying to develop alternatives with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) program, and it’s looking at what is basically a high-tech combination of a balloon and a flying saucer. The saucer, which will…

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Samsung and LG call off their legal war over a washing machine

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Samsung and LG have agreed to call off their legal tangle over damage done to Samsung’s high-end washing machines at last year’s IFA conference. For months, Samsung has accused senior LG executive Jo Seong-jin of deliberately sabotaging four of the $2,700 machines on the show floor. The bizarre incident between two storied rivals somehow erupted into all-out war, with Samsung suing LG over the matter and LG firing back with a countersuit of its own (and surveillance footage meant to clear Jo’s name).

All the while, there’s been plenty of trash talk to go around. At one point, LG told The Wall Street Journal that Samsung’s washer was “particularly weak on the hinges.” Mediation attempts between the companies had previously failed to…

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In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

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immigration We often hear that America is a nation of immigrants, but some members of Congress have forgotten the simple truth – immigration is our country’s single greatest competitive advantage in a growing global economy. The primary driver of the U.S.’s position as the worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is due to tireless, talented, hardworking immigrants coming to… Read More

Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

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Haier Chromebook 11 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

Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

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visual studio Microsoft today announced that it will consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product once it launches Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). Read More

Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

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tidal1 Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but its 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 for… Read More

Google Drive For Work, Education Get New Data Security Features

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Google (fisheye) Google is launching an update to Drive for Work and Drive for Education today that introduces a number of new tools for users who need to have greater control over how their data is shared both internally and with external customers. Over the next few weeks, both Google Drive for Work and Google Drive for Education users will get access to these new tool. Read More

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

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twitter-curator Twitter this morning is publicly 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

ESPN Launches A Big Redesign For Its Web Versions

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ESPN reponsive iPhone Tomorrow, ESPN is launching a major redesign to an experience that has basically gone unchanged since its previous redesign in 2009.
The company has rebuilt its web experience: instead of having two different completely units — a mobile version and a desktop version — it’s now a single responsive unit that scales to the size of the device, using the same underlying… Read More

Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

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11189803153_88f2af5302_o Data analysis often involves looking at a large set of pretty uniform, well-structured data. But as companies continue to gather more electronic documents in all kinds of forms (and formats), those traditional techniques don’t work anymore. Companies like Palantir and IBM (with Watson) are now making it easier for data scientists and technical users to query unstructured textual… Read More

Postmates Will Deliver Bastian Lehmann Via Bike To The Disrupt New York Stage

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Screenshot 2015-03-31 12.28.20 OK, the bike thing probably isn’t true but Postmates co-founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann will join us on stage at TC Disrupt New York in May. Almost four years ago, Lehmann stepped onto the TechCrunch Disrupt stage and launched a company called Postmates, with a plan to totally disrupt the courier industry. Then, the company’s original focus was on delivering packages from one person… Read More

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