Trends That Will Revolutionize The Retail Industry

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retail shopping In retail, innovation is the name of the game. Increasingly, retailers are staying ahead through unique in-store experiences that inspire shoppers through social lifestyles.
Take a look at STORY, a Manhattan retailer that continually changes everything in store, from products to fittings to events based upon different themes like “Love” or “Made in America.” They are… Read More

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is called ‘The Force Awakens’

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Star Wars Episode: VII finally has a subtitle: The Force Awakens. Disney quietly announced the title on Twitter this morning — a somewhat strange approach to what is easily the most anticipated film in production right now. The title feels like a very classic Star Wars name, and it manages to create that feeling even without directly mimicking a prior title. That’s no surprise given that director J.J. Abrams has made it clear that Episode VII is meant to feel like an extension of the original trilogy. He’s said to be leaning heavily on practical effects, and the fact that he’s brought back much of the original cast should help a good deal too.

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FBI and Homeland Security shut down Silk Road 2, arrest alleged operator

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Silk Road 2, a replacement for the notorious online drug bazaar that went dark in October of 2013, has been seized in a joint action involving the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and European law enforcement. The hidden site and its forums now display only the splash page below, and an FBI spokesperson confirmed with The Verge that the domain had in fact been shut down. In a public statement, the FBI and Homeland Security said that they had also arrested suspected operator Blake Benthall (“Defcon”) in California on Wednesday. 26-year-old Benthall had allegedly “controlled and overseen all aspects of Silk Road 2.0” since December 2013, one month after the site launched. He will appear today in federal court, charged with one count…

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The best smartwatch you can buy

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Smartwatches are going to be the next big thing. They’ll keep us connected, keep us informed, and make it feel like we’re living in the future. Virtually every mobile phone maker has dipped its toes into smartwatch waters, including Apple, which is going to release its much-hyped smartwatch next year. There are also a number of companies whose sole job is to make smart watches, and they’ve been doing some really interesting things.

The reality is that most people probably don’t have a need…

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Amazon Echo Is A $199 Connected Speaker Packing An Always-On Siri-Style Assistant

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amazon-echo Amazon has a new product that doesn’t really have any current equivalent form any other tech company – a connected speaker called Echo that’s always-on, listening for commands that its virtual assistant can then respond to with information or by triggering a task. The cylindrical device has room-filling sound, and seven microphones on top, which use beam-forming tech to… Read More

Just In Time For The Car-less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

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426276_396160497076892_1338369805_n Boston-based travel startup Wanderu, which aims to become something of a Kayak.com for booking bus and train tickets – a market which doesn’t yet have a leading aggregation site – has now raised $5.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures, and was said to be over-subscribed. Also participating were Alta Ventures, Craig Lentzsch (former… Read More

MBaaS shoot-out: 5 clouds for building mobile apps

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HTC’s Re Camera is a good idea in need of better execution

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When HTC announced the $199 Re Camera last month, the news was met with many different questions that all started with the same word: why. Why did a company known for making phones decide to get into the ever-crowding action camera market? Why did it make a camera that everyone agrees looks like an asthma inhaler, or a periscope, or any number of illicit objects? Why did it choose that name? This week we got our own HTC Re review unit, so it was time to start answering some of those…

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