ParcelBright Raises $1M To Make Business Shipping Simpler And Cheaper

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Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 15.05.11 UK-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright has raised $1M in a late seed funding round to power its service which is attempting to shake up the parcel delivery market for small to medium sized e-commerce businesses. Investors included Forward Partners, Talis Capital, Avonmore Developments and Howzat Partners. ParcelBright bills itself as a one-stop parcel delivery solution for businesses.… Read More

New Relic’s IPO Spikes 31% In Initial Trading

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tech-ipo In early trading, New Relic’s shares are up 31% in its first day as a public company. Another technology company, Hortonworks, will begin trading this morning as well. The two companies are trading on different exchanges, with New Relic selecting the NYSE, and Hortonworks the NASDAQ. Hortonworks, which raised $100 million in its offering, priced at $16 per share. The company had… Read More

LTE Nexus 9 Available Now At T-Mobile For $600, Coming To Google Play Soon

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nexus-9-1 T-Mobile is the first in the world to offer an HTC Nexus 9 with LTE, with the tablet up for sail today via T-Mobile’s online store. It’ll cost you $24.99 or over 24 months, with $0 up front, or $599.76 all told – Just $500 more than the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version. The LTE version has the same specs otherwise, boasting Android 5.0 Lollipop, an 8.9-inch display with… Read More

TV’s Disruption On Display As Netflix And Amazon Go Head-To-Head At Golden Globes

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transparent_30247827400_TV_Transparent_S1._V344721477__SL940_ More proof that good television doesn’t have to be developed by traditional industry players: Amazon has now received its first Golden Globe nominations for the Amazon Prime Instant Video original show Transparent, which follows the story of a family dealing with the late-in-life revelation that the family’s patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. This is Amazon’s third… Read More

Three cool new things you’ll get in next year’s smartphones and tablets

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Smartphones are incredibly powerful computers that we carry around in our pockets, and next year they are going to do even more. Qualcomm is the company that powers a lot of what our smartphones do and it recently demoed some of the features that we’ll see in next year’s devices.

Next year, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor will be used in the majority of high-end Android smartphones and tablets, taking the place of the 801 and 805 from this year. It’s got a bunch of new features and…

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The best cheap tablet you can buy

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There are two kinds of tablets. On one side, you have the expensive ones, the iPads and Galaxy Notes designed to either replace your computer or at least be a really awesome sidekick. If you want that, you’re going to have to pay for them: usually $400 or more.

Not everyone is looking to replace their laptop for work, though. They’re looking for a better way to watch Netflix in bed or check the recipe while they cook. A better way to play Angry Birds and Asphalt, or get some reading done…

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Why am I still playing Bejeweled?

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Think back to the ancient time that was 2010. Back then, LTE phones were exceptional, iPhones were tiny (and didn’t bend), Google Fiber was still a project in development, and The Verge didn’t even exist. Much has changed in the past four years, but one constant in my life has been a humble game by the name of Bejeweled 3.

Bejeweled is the poster child for a genre of casual games that revolve around shifting colored blocks to match three or more of them in a line. It’s a mashup of the geometric puzzles of Tetris and the cartoony exuberance of Candy Crush Saga. I’ve been playing Bejeweled 3 on and off since its release, I continue to use it to fill voids of downtime, and I question if there will ever come a point when it won’t be utterly…

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Facebook has an empathy team to teach employees that users are human beings

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Every so often I like to go back and watch Facebook’s first-ever TV commercial from 2012. It’s only 39 seconds long and it features a lot of chairs. I never get very far because the commercial is bonkers. It ends with the words: “Chairs are for people and that is why chairs are like Facebook.” Two years later and the social network is still struggling with how to relate to human beings.

To aid the corporation in its efforts, Facebook has marshaled together an “empathy team.” Much like product or business, in Menlo Park empathy is still in development. Facebook’s director of product design, Martha Gould Stewart, revealed the existence of this group of empaths during a tech conference panel this week. Business Insider reports:

Martha…

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OKGo’s Andy Ross Programmed Lindsay Lohan’s The Price Of Fame Game

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unnamed Lindsay Lohan’s The Price of Fame is now at #10 in the App Store after only a week and a half. Of course, if we’ve learned anything from Kim K, celebrity-backed mobile games tend to do quite well in this space. If that were all this was, it wouldn’t be much of a story. The truly interesting part is that Andy Ross, guitarist for power-pop band OK Go, is the guy who programmed… Read More

Protesters March On Apple Campus To Demand Better Working Conditions For Contractors

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applehq Protestors invaded Apple’s Bay Area campus yesterday during a torrential downpour. Reports say there were around 100 protestors, in coordination with the United Service Workers West union and accompanied by the Reverand Jesse Jackson, who were protesting pay and work conditions for the lower-paid contract workers who handle things like security and maintenance at tech firms like Apple. Read More

NASA to receive more money than it requested for 2015

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NASA is poised to see an increased budget for 2015, after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill late Thursday. Under the so-called “CRomnibus” bill, the federal space agency’s overall budget will rise by two percent to $18 billion next year — an increase of $364 million from current levels, and $500 million more than NASA requested in March. The $1.1 trillion spending bill, passed just hours before a midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown, now moves on to the Senate, which is expected to vote this weekend.

The budget for NASA’s science mission will rise by 2 percent to $5.24 billion next year, with the $1.44 billion planetary sciences division receiving $160 million more than what President Barack…

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Immigration game Papers, Please is best on iPad, even without the nudity

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Some games are just better on mobile — even if they don’t start out that way. When the spaceship strategy game FTL: Faster Than Light moved from PC to iPad it rekindled my love of exploring the galaxy, and the tablet port of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is just about the biggest drain on my productivity yet. You can now add Papers, Please to that list. The game, which debuted on PC and Mac last year, launches on iPad today, and the new format fits it perfectly.

The core of the experience remains exactly the same. You play as an immigration officer in the fictional Eastern European country of Arstotzka during the early 1980s. People will come to your desk, and you’ll need to examine their passport and other paperwork to see if…

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