Zuckerberg-backed Panorama Teams With Harvard To Open Source Its Student Survey

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Exam Panorama Education, the Y-Combinator education startup backed by the likes of Mark and Pricilla Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education, Google Ventures and other notable investors, is today announcing a partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education that speaks to how the startup is evolving its core business model. The pair have teamed up to launch Panorama Student… Read More

Apple Patents Flexible Display Tech That Turns Screens Into Buttons, Microphones And More

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ipad-air-display Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes various control mechanisms that could be used with flexible displays, to replace components such as physical buttons with more durable and resilient alternatives, and to create alternate means for detecting sound output, providing haptic feedback and even performing other tricks like making it easier to open… Read More

PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

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pawtrack3 With so many GPS pet trackers out there, is there room for yet more? The pet products industry is estimated to be worth $58.5 billion and there are more than 170 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, and as long as pets keep getting lost, companies will keep figuring out ways to help frantic owners find them. One of them is Pawtrack, which makes a GPS collar specifically for cats. Read More

Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Too Big To Fail

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Twitch Gamescom 2014 Amazon is going to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in an all-cash deal. Today’s Amazon deal definitely doesn’t give off the same “this feels right” vibe as the Google rumor. While Amazon has Prime Instant Video, it doesn’t have offer any way for people to upload their own content — everything you can watch on the service has been… Read More

Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

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Twitch Be The Hero Why do so many people watch others play video games on Twitch? Because the fans don’t look much different from the celebrities. They all play the same games. In a world of muscle-clad athletes and beautiful pop stars, on Twitch all that matters are your skills and your wits. Be funny or fast on the trigger, and you can be famous too. It’s aspirational. That lets viewers identify… Read More

Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

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screen-shot-2013-12-30-at-9-46-50-am Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet hybrid by $100, leaving the consumer-facing device with a price tag as low as $349. That price, however, doesn’t include a keyboard attachment that is generally viewed as mandatory to use any Surface tablet. Other Surface 2 models, including the LTE-powered, higher-storage SKU have also received price reductions. The timing, as some… Read More

This Lizard-Inspired Robot Does A Barrel Roll

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do-a-barrel-roll In today’s episode of “Post Featuring A Robot Doing A Barrel Roll,” we present the FlipBot, an RC car that uses the tricks used by real lizards to flip in midair. It’s essentially a car with a tail. When the FlipBot takes a sweet jump, the tail spins quickly to twist the body of the car in the air while the tail essentially remains in the same position. Given that… Read More

Amazon Will Buy Twitch For Over $1 Billion

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Twitch's Emmet Shear and Kevin Lin have plenty of reasons to smile today. Amazon, not Google will be the corporate host of Twitch, the popular game streaming service. The deal, which was first reported by The Information and confirmed by our sources, will likely be announced today. The final price tag will top $1 billion we’ve heard. Google was widely expected to purchase the firm for around $1 billion and that deal was generally thought to be sewn up. That… Read More

Google Brings Native MS Office Editing Features To Its iOS Productivity Apps, Launches Slides For iOS

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iOS_shots_forBlog Google is closing the loop on bringing support for natively editing Microsoft Office files to all of productivity apps today. The company’s iOS apps for Docs and Sheets are getting a couple of minor new features and design updates today, but most importantly, these apps will now also be able to natively open, edit and save files from Microsoft’s Office suite.
After launching the… Read More

Leap.it Wants To Open A New Front In The Battle For Search

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Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 11.13.04 AM For the nearly the last ten years, Mike Farmer has been trying to unseat Google from its perch as the king of search. Now, four years in to his second search startup, Farmer thinks he may have found the next leap forward. From its base in Kansas City, Kan., Farmer’s Leap.it is looking to wrest the search crown from Menlo Park, Calif.’s dynamic duo with the help of an unlikely group… Read More

Indiegogo Campaign Hacked This Weekend, But Wasn’t Part Of A Widespread Attack

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Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 11.44.37 AM A campaign page on Indiegogo was hacked over the weekend, making it appear as if the Indiegogo team itself had taken down the campaign and closed the page. However, the hack does not appear to be indicative of a wider breach of Indiegogo security. Instead, it seems the hackers were able to guess the account password which allowed them to make edits to the page. Indiegogo says that after… Read More

Roomlia Takes On HotelTonight With Mobile Hotel Reservations App

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roomlia Today Roomlia has launched into the App Store to provide the fastest hotel booking on mobile. Started by two former Expedia employees, Michael Reichartz and Jim Ferguson, Roomlia offers discounted hotel rooms up to seven days in advance with only a few clicks to complete booking. Unlike Expedia and its counterparts, Roomlia links you directly with your chosen hotel the moment you book, as… Read More

Fetch Gives Your Dog A Comfortable Way To Lifelog With A GoPro

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pdp_image_ADOGM-001_life1 People are already strapping GoPro action cameras to animals of all furs and feathers using various means, but a new mount called the Fetch from GoPro itself is designed to given them a comfortable, collar- and water-friendly harness to hold the camera, with adjustable fit for dogs of any size from 15 all the way up to 120 pounds. The $59.99 accessory includes two mounting locations, including… Read More

Remedy Bets That Google Glass Will Find Its Sweet Spot In The Medical Industry

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remedy-on-glass While Google Glass has generated a healthy debate over privacy, etiquette and whether the device will ever gain broader acceptance in society, there are some obvious specialty use cases for Glass.
Remedy, a startup founded by two sisters who are a Thiel fellow and medical student, is betting that doctors will find Google Glass useful in quickly collecting and piecing together case data on… Read More

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