Elemoon Wearable Bracelet Wants To Make Alerts More Chic Than Geek

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elemoon Wearable tech that aims to blend in and look like a fashion accessory is the next obvious step in the trajectory of electronic things designed to cling to the human body. Bottom line: not everyone wants to put something utilitarian looking — or downright ugly — on their person. The Bluetooth-connected elemoon bracelet, whose New York-based makers are currently raising crowdfunds… Read More

Luminal Closes $10M Series B Round For Its Cloud Management Service

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6027016005_46d7a12710_o Luminal, a Maryland-based service that that helps businesses manage their cloud deployments, today announced that is has secured a $10 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates. This brings the company’s total funding to $13.8 million. Previous investors include Core Capital Partners and Maryland Venture Fund, who also participated in this round. Luminal’s product… Read More

Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

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QY1PTkZZz9EAvE0S_R7Lca1uvzkTdf4oNyIgKGwfYxE Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today. Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to… Read More

Apple Bans Two Nasty Chemicals From Being Used In iPhone Factories

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Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 8.03.29 PM Much as we’d all like to think otherwise, the production of smartphones generally isn’t very eco-friendly. From the mining of rare earth metals to the myriad hazardous chemicals involved to the crazy emissions involved in shipping these things around the world, there’s enough nastiness involved to make Captain Planet say screw it, take his Planeteer rings back, and fly off to… Read More

Intuit Acquires ItDuzzit, An IFTTT-Style Service For Businesses To Connect Cloud Apps

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Clouds on a blue sky More acquisitions for Intuit as it continues to build out its cloud services platform for small and medium businesses. It has bought itDuzzit — a Chicago-based startup that provides tools for businesses to integrate different web and mobile apps with each other: think IFTTT for enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it looks like that product will continue to live on,… Read More

Fresh Off Of Raising $30M, BitPay Staffs Up In San Francisco With Visa, PayPal Alums

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bitcoin-mountain Three months after raising a staggering $30 million Series A round of capital, BitPay has staffed up its San Francisco contingent with a few hires that are worth noting. Currently, BitPay has 40,000 merchants signed onto its service, which helps companies of all stripes accept payment for their goods and services in bitcoin. Read More

Cisco To Trim 8% Of Its Global Workforce After Reporting Modest Earnings Beat

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2067062407_c0ebf2204e_o Today Cisco reported its fiscal fourth quarter 2014 results, including revenue of $12.36 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.55 Investors had expected $0.53 in profit per share in revenue of $12.14 billion in revenue. Despite besting expectations, Cisco’s quarter was lackluster. The company’s revenue fell 0.5% compared to the year ago period, and its net… Read More

Dash’s Smart Driving App Arrives On iPhone

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dash-iphone The Dash smart driving assistant that made its debut earlier this year on Android, has launched on iPhone answering one of the most frequently-heard requests from its users. The Dash app, which is backed by Techstars New York, connects to any ODB-II dongle that you can get for your car (most cars mad since 1996 should have one that’s easily accessible) providing feedback about your… Read More

The End (Of Hardware Alley Submissions) Is Nigh

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end-is-near We need you at Hardware Alley. But we’re about to shut down submissions. You need to get cracking. We want you there. So maybe get a ticket? Or ask me for a free one if you’re bootstrapping? Either way, let’s do this thing. Remember: It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world… Read More

Facebook Now Tells Advertisers When Ads Lead To Purchases Across Devices

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facebook conversion tracking Facebook announced today that it will be giving advertisers a new report showing how often ads drive users to buy the advertised product on a different device. The company says that to gather cross-device conversion data, it’s combining information gathered by the Facebook Conversion Pixel (which tracks desktop web conversions) and mobile apps that use the Facebook SDK. With the new… Read More

Pinterest Expands Self-Serve Promoted Pins Platform To More Businesses

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Pinterest_Promoted_Nicole Miller_1200x798 (1) Pinterest is rolling out its Promoted Pins platform to more businesses, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch, after we received reports from businesses who were newly being invited to join the pilot program. Previously announced earlier this summer, Pinterest’s “self-serve,” performance-based advertising platform is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses looking… Read More

The Virtual Assistant Could Be The Next Interpreter Of Enterprise Data, Starting With Google Now

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googlenow1 You can ask Siri, Google Now and Cortana about movies, weather and sports, but you can’t yet ask them about your company’s budget for the fiscal year, or your department’s sales performance last quarter. That may be about to change, however, as Google is said by The Information to be in talks with HP about giving Google Now access to enterprise data, effectively creating a… Read More

Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

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swarm As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More

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