RockYou Raises $10M In Debt As It Shifts To Buying And Monetizing Existing Games

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RockYou-game-network RockYou, once known as a leading social games developer before hitting rough times and making multiple rounds of layoffs, has recently become focused on buying up existing web, social, and mobile games.
Today, the company is announcing that it has raised $10 million in debt from FastPay (a firm that makes loans to digital media companies) to continue funding those efforts. Read More

Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

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indiegogoapp Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowd-funding platform has been laser focused on building out its mobile presence. In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently that if Indiegogo were launching today, it would be a mobile-first company. So it should come as no surprise that Indiegogo is ready to launch an iOS mobile… Read More

Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

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IMG_9997 1 Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

Closely Is Another Way To Keep Tabs On Where Your Close Buddies Are At

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Closely A German startup that’s built a mobile location-based network for families, called Familonet, which includes an automatic location notification feature is launching a spin-off side project app targeting small groups of friends or co-workers who might find it similarly useful to be automatically informed of each others’ whereabouts. The new app, currently in beta on Google Play,… Read More

Tesla’s US ‘Gigafactory’ will be operated by Panasonic’s battery masters

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Electric car manufacturer Tesla has today announced a partnership with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic to build a large battery manufacturing plant on US soil. Dubbed the “Gigafactory,” the facility will produce the lithium-ion cells, modules, and packs that power Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. While Panasonic will be doing the actual manufacturing, Tesla will manage the site and assemble the cells into packs and modules. The California-based manufacturer already has a deal in place to purchase cells from Panasonic’s existing battery factories, and says the new factory will not supplant that arrangement.

Tesla first announced it planned to build a battery factory in the US last November, and reaffirmed its commitment to that plan b…

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Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

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http___makeagif.com__media_7-31-2014_IgcfAU What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear-ductless eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

Internet.org app brings free access to Facebook and Google in developing countries

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative launched last year with the goal of helping make the internet available to the entire world. Internet.org is taking a big step towards this by launching an Android app that provides free data access to services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more. The app will be available in Zambia initially, with plans to extend it to other developing markets over time. While Android users can simply download a standalone version, all of the services can also be accessed freely through internet.org on feature phones, or from within Facebook’s Android app. Internet.org has partnered with Airtel in Zambia to provide the free data access, and the initiative has been focusing on developing…

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Samsung promises to release a non-plastic phone this year

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Following another quarter of disappointing financial results, Samsung is promising a pair of new smartphones for 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Kim Hyun-joon, senior vice president at Samsung Mobile, told investors and analysts a large-screened phone will materialize in the coming months, along with a model made from “new materials.” The large-screened device is almost certainly going to be the latest in Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note line, but the promise of a phone utilizing “new materials” is more intriguing. Over the past months there’s been rumor of a 4.8-inch Galaxy Alpha device built from metal, which is expected to be announced next month.

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Samsung’s massive bendable TV goes up for pre-order tomorrow

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It might be some time before the public can get its hands on Samsung’s 85-inch “Bendable TV,” which can transform from a flat panel to a curved screen and back. However, a smaller alternative can soon be purchased. Beginning August 1st, the 78-inch UN78S9B model will be available for pre-orders in Korea for an estimated price of 35 million won (about $34,000). The Ultra High-Definition TV will eventually be put on display in two locations in Seoul, specifically Samsung Digital Plaza in Gangnam and Lotte Department Store in Jamsil. International customers will have to continue waiting, as a release date for foreign markets remains unannounced.

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You can now Shazam from your Mac

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While Shazam has long existed on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, it’s making the jump to the Mac today to bring song detection to the desktop. Shazam already has a fullscreen Windows 8 app, but its new Mac app is more of a traditional desktop app that sits quietly in the system tray. This subtly extends to one of its best features: automatic music detection in the background. If you allow Shazam for Mac to detect music automatically then it will do so while it’s open, particularly useful if you’re watching TV or listening to a radio in a coffee shop with your MacBook. If you leave Shazam for Mac silently detecting music in the background then it will trigger a notification each time a new track is identified. The idea of an app…

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Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

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While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too.
That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders with city government workers in… Read More

Scientists discover the moon is shaped like a lemon

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Although our visit to its rocky surface confirmed that it’s not covered in vast seas, it’s not home to strange moon-men, and it’s not made of cheese, the moon can still surprise us. It’s only this week that scientists have revealed that, 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the planetoid, our closest celestial neighbor is not actually round.

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Samsung sales and profits down despite Galaxy S5 launch

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Samsung Electronics has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, showing the first drop in net profit in three years for the Korean electronics giant, and a slowdown in its smartphone sales. The company announced it had made a net profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down from 7.77 trillion won ($7.58 billion) last year. It also recorded an operating profit of 7.19 trillion won ($7.02 billion) in the period — a 15 percent drop from last quarter — on revenues of 52.35 trillion won ($51.02 billion). The new figures mean Samsung’s operating profit has dropped almost 25 percent from the same quarter last year, falling from 9.53 trillion won ($9.27 billion) in the second quarter of 2013.

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The One-Horse Race: Android Represented 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2

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6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its relentless march for mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More

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