Microsoft Xim turns iOS, Android, and Windows phones into a multi-screen slideshow

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Microsoft’s many research teams dream up fantastic concepts on a regular basis, but what you rarely see is an end product direct from the research labs. Microsoft Xim is launching today, built by Microsoft Research’s FUSE labs as an app to simplify mobile photo sharing. Xim is Microsoft’s take on quick Snapchat-like photo sharing without the hassle. What’s unique and unusual about Xim is, unlike Snapchat, not everyone who receives a Xim needs the app to view photos. Microsoft is creating non-permanent cloud-based Xims that are viewable in a browser and are sychronized across all users that are invited to a particular Xim.

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Portland enlists big data to make biking safer

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Margi Bradway noticed something peculiar when she went on a biking trip last year. Before her friends got on their bikes, they all pulled out smartphones. “Everyone was clicking on their Strava,” she recalls. Bradway, the active transportation policy lead at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) at the time, had an idea. Could data collected by Strava, a popular GPS-powered app that lets cyclists and runners log workouts and commutes, make her home city of Portland a safer place for…

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Confirmed: Truecaller Scores $60 Million In Series C From KPCB, Atomico, And Sequoia

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generic_banner_panorama Truecaller has just announced the raise of a $60 million in Series C led by Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Sequoia Capital.
As you might have noticed, TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden tracked down the story a bit early, reporting that Truecaller was aiming to raise up to $80 million on a $300 million valuation. Turns out they pulled in slightly less than their intended goal. Read More

Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

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startup-alley12 The clock is ticking on the last available slots to exhibit your startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in two weeks time (October 20-21). Startup Alley is jam-packed with early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees at Disrupt — which includes many investors. Different companies exhibit on both days of the conference and companies exhibit… Read More

There’s Something Going On In L.A.

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LA_Beach It’s the new refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I hear it right after people decide to come by for a few days to “check out what all the fuss is about.” I hear it when I visit LPs (the people who invest in VCs) all across the country, “Yeah, I haven’t been out there for a few years but I keep hearing that something is going on… Read More

Micro-Investment Platform Acorns Lands On Android

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acorns Acorns, the micro-investment platform that lets users save for their future, has today launched on Android. Acorns simply connects into your credit and debit cards and invests the change from each purchase (rounding up to the next dollar) into an investment portfolio. You can choose between five different risk options, from aggressive to conservative, and watch how your investments are… Read More

Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App

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Chromecast_dongle Google’s Chromecast is the most popular “connected device” – or so infers a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which analyzed the top apps associated with connected devices across both iTunes and Google Play in the U.S. Google’s Chromecast app was in spot #1, in terms of downloads, followed by Fitbit, DirectTV, HP ePrint, Kodak Kiosk Connect,… Read More

Product Hunt is where Silicon Valley finds out what’s cool

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Not long ago, after meeting yet another entrepreneur pushing a messaging application, I used his app to send a note to my colleague Josh. Josh responded immediately with a giant blinking GIF sent over iMessage. “OH MY GOD THAT’S DUMB,” the GIF declared, flashing its judgment one word at a time in a blur of neon colors. “AND NOT AS COOL AS THIS ONE.” The GIF concluded with a selfie of Josh making a beaver face. It’s pretty much my favorite message of 2014, and I asked Josh how he made it. It turned out he’d used an app called UltraText, which he found on a site called Product Hunt.

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UPS brings package pickup locations to the US, starting in New York and Chicago

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Shopping online is supposed to be a convenience, but there remains the hiccup of actually being at home to receive your package. That’s an irritating hurdle if you’re out of the house all day, and delivery services have begun to resolve it by dropping packages off at local businesses that you can swing by when you’re ready for pickup. UPS is now the latest delivery company to start using lockers and other pickup locations in the United States. It’s starting with nearly 300 locations in New York City and Chicago, and it plans to expand into every major metropolitan market in the US across 2015. All UPS stores will also begin serving as pickup locations in January. People who live near any one of these can set it as their preferred…

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Is this Apple’s next iPad Air?

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Apple’s October event, traditionally the day the company announces the next generation of iPads, appears to be set for October 16th. That means leaks should start coming fast and furious — and Tinhte.vn may have one of the best yet. The Vietnamese site published a set of pictures purporting to be the next iPad Air, featuring basically all of the upgrades we’ve been expecting from the next generation of Apple’s tablets.

Most obvious is just how thin these tablets are — reportedly just 7mm, about the same as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. (The photos basically show a blown-up iPhone 6, which seems safe to assume the Air will be.) There’s what appears to be a Touch ID sensor on the front, redesigned volume buttons, and very little else that…

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Square’s Order App Can Now Predict When You’ll Arrive To Pick Up Your Cappuccino

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coffee2 With the newest version of its Square Order app, the company will ensure food will be prepared just in time for the customer arrive, thanks to a new arrival prediction feature. The technology is designed to track users as they approach a store they’ve ordered from and alert it when they’re nearby so an order can be made just in time. Read More

Facebook’s Josh Miller Confirms He’s Built Something, But It’s Not Just About Anonymity

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anonymity In response to the New York Times’ report that he’s leading a team working on an anonymous forum app for Facebook, product manager Josh Miller posted a tweetstorm saying apps need to serve a function, not just provide anonymity, “but can’t wait to show you what we’ve built.” He notes that what he’s created isn’t a clone of anything, and that… Read More

Potential iPad Air 2 Leaks Show A Thinner Case, And The Arrival Of Touch ID

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2608945_iPad_Air_2-6 Apple’s rumored October 16 event is approaching on the horizon, and so far we’ve heard relatively little about what might be unveiled. We have heard that updated iMacs are likely on the way, however, as well as a new iPad Air. The Air sequel is said to be thinner and lighter, according to existing rumors, and now Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn (via 9to5Mac) is showing off pictures of… Read More

Google Turned A Camel Into A Street View Car To Map The Liwa Desert

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trekker-camel-desert Google took to the sands to expand its globe-spanning Street View imagery, using its Trekker camera pack modified and mounted to an actual camel’s hump to capture photos from the Liwa Desert, a pristine wonderland straight out of fantasy tales in the United Arab Emirates. The use of camels was meant to avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment, which has played home… Read More

Mobile Directory Truecaller Raises Up To $80M At A $300M Valuation Led By KPCB, Atomico

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truecaller-4-on-nexus Truecaller, a mobile phone directory and app that lets people search for other mobile users by name or number, is dialling up something else at the moment: its funding. TechCrunch has learned that the company, based out of Stockholm, Sweden with operations in Silicon Valley, has raised a Series C round of funding at a valuation of $300 million. The exact size of the round is not… Read More

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