Rowl Raises $4M To Help You Find The Heart Of Saturday Night (Or Any Night)

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Coldplay Concert Auckland Is your inbox cluttered with too many messages from clubs in your area notifying for all the shows coming up, but not the RIGHT shows coming up? Can you never figure out when the hell that band that plays that song that you like on Spotify will actually be in Baton Rouge, Boise, or Dubuque? Or get your friends to come out with you to just hang? Well Rowl has raised $4 million in fresh… Read More

Yahoo Tests A New Homepage Highlighting Magazines, Talent… And Twitter

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yahoo1 For the past year or so, Yahoo has been working through a major design overhaul under CEO Marissa Mayer, and it looks like it has now started testing out new formats for its biggest property of all, Yahoo.com. From the looks of tips that we’ve received from readers, and a handful of others on Twitter, the new site will sport a much cleaner look, with a collapsable vertical menu bar… Read More

Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion

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homepage1 Houzz, the fast-growing home-remodeling site, today announced that it has raised a $165 million Series D round led by Sequoia Capital, one of its early backers. Existing investors Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also participated in this massive round, as well as new investors DST Global and T. Rowe Price. As Houzz co-founder and CEO… Read More

Thanks To A Partnership With Gimbal, Urban Airship’s Push Notifications Get Smarter About Location

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urban-airship-logo Push notification company Urban Airship is announcing a partnership with Gimbal, the beacon technology company that spun out of Qualcomm earlier this year.
The end result, according to Urban Airship CMO Brent Hieggelke (who answered my questions via email), is a more precise approach to targeting promotional push notifications, one that uses Gimbal’s proximity beacons as well as… Read More

Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

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banner-digital-wallet Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More

Watch the first full trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic ‘Exodus’

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If the first teaser for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings showed us just how somber the movie is portraying Moses’ story, the first full-length trailer, which has just been released, really starts to show us why. This is the first solid look at Scott’s next movie, and it’s a good one: there’s no denying that it’s an action-packed biblical epic, but it appears that there’s a lot more to it than just the action. And, when the action does hit, it looks pretty great too. The movie is out on December 12th.

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Can a massive seawall save New York from flooding?

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, wasted businesses, flooded tunnels, and submerged subways. The storm brought tens of thousands of lives to a halt, and revealed New York City’s vulnerabilities to severe climate conditions and rising waters.

“I saw the devastation,” says Henk…

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Commercial Drones Are Coming, And Sooner Than You Think

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Drone flying against blue sky. When Jeff Bezos talked about delivering your Amazon packages by drone last year on 60 minutes, it seemed like a grand publicity stunt designed to get his company some attention, but the fact is we are not that far away from seeing widespread use of commercial drones –including package delivery and much more. Over the coming decade, drones will very likely become commonplace. Today, when… Read More

PopKey’s Animated GIF Keyboard For iOS 8 Is The One You Should Be Using

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IMG_4742 Apple is now accepting keyboards that go beyond just offering different ways to type text – it appears to have opened the doors for graphical keyboards, too. Riffsy already showed us an animated GIF keyboard that makes it easy to communicate via reaction GIFs, but PopKey is another startup that came up with the same idea at the same time, and their offering is now available, too. And… Read More

Apple’s iPad Update Plans Could Put Gold First And Offer 12.9? Model For 2015

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gold-ipad Apple could add gold to the menu for the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad Air, according to Bloomberg, and then introduce a 12.9-inch version of its tablet next year. This is in line with rumors we’ve heard from Bloomberg before, which pegged a large-screen iPad as being added to the lineup back in August. But the note regarding the color update for the new iPad is interesting in that… Read More

Please don’t ask me to visit my bank in virtual reality

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Here is, without a doubt, the most dangerous thing about virtual reality: it’s convinced way too many people that the highest-bandwidth solution to a problem is the best one.

Do you watch Netflix? Well, what about a virtual Netflix where you walk around a video rental store and pick up a movie box to start watching? Amazon? How about a virtual shopping mall where every department is a different outlet store and you can examine everything in 3D, and when you buy something, you can carry it outside and drop it into a virtual drone delivery box? Looking up a word in a dictionary? Why not join an immersive virtual chat with an etymologist whose avatar will juggle anthropomorphic representations of its conjugates?

Wells Fargo invited The…

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Glow Gets $17 Million In Series B Funding From Formation 8, Founders Fund And Andreesen Horowitz

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 The app that helps women track their fertility cycles, Glow gained another $17 million from investors today in a Series B round of funding. That makes $23 million in Glow’s total funding. This latest round was led by Formation 8, with additional participation from Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Formation 8 founding member Joe Lonsdale and HVF’S Nellie Levchin, co-founder… Read More

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