Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect?

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humans_respect “For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better,” cheerleads CNet. Glassdoor agrees: our median salary is now $85K, and six figures in San Francisco. And everyone predicts that demand for our talents is skyrocketing. So what is one to make of a recent claim that, as a class, we are downtrodden, disrespected, and disenfranchised? …Actually, the guy kind of… Read More

Yes, Rapportive Is All #$%@ed Up Right Now

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rapportive-angled It was bad enough that LinkedIn bought the incredibly useful Gmail widget maker Rapportive, which offers a lightweight CRM tool that shows your contacts’ social accounts and recent updates, then proceeded to rip out the functionality that made the thing popular in the first place. But now, they’ve somehow managed to make the widget even worse. As in, it doesn’t even work… Read More

GoGoVan Raises $6.5M Series A To Expand In Asia

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GoGoVan Hong Kong-based GoGoVan, an app that connects van drivers and users for on-demand delivery services, announced today that it has completed a $6.5 million Series A led by Centurion Private Equity. The company, which launched in July 2013 and currently has access to 18,000 registered commercial vehicles, plans to use the funding to add more features and expand into new markets in Asia.… Read More

Apple Taps China Telecom As iCloud Storage Provider For Customers In China

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apple-store-china Apple has begun using Chinese servers to store Chinese user data, the company has confirmed in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. The new arrangement had been reported previously by 9to5Mac after they spotted a statement by the Fuzhuo City municipal government asserting that Apple had moved some of its iCloud data to China Telecom’s servers. In its statement about the shift, Apple… Read More

Pokémon Will Finally Come To The iPad, As A Virtual Card Game

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pokemon-ipad Pokémon, the game franchise that I love more than most real things in the actual world, is coming to the iPad. I would weep for joy were the news not watered down somewhat by the fact that the first game arriving on Apple’s devices isn’t the actual monster collection and battling game that makes up the core franchise, but is instead the Pokémon trading card game. Now I own… Read More

FAA Bans Planesharing Startups

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IMG_3793.JPG There will be no “ZimRide for airplanes”, according to an FAA ruling released today that prohibits private pilots from publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money via startups like AirPooler and Flytenow. The decision strikes a blow to the sharing economy, and comes in response to AirPooler formally requesting a clarification of the gray area it was operating in. Read More

Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

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team_jetpac_in_vegas Google just acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that utilizes public Instagram data to determine things like the happiest or drunkest city. Jetpac launched in 2012 as a social travel guide on iPad but later shifted focus to its Instagram-driven data on its iphone app, “Jetpac City Guides.” Google will most likely use the Jetpac team to improve search around location… Read More

How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

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cortana-image Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

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97194dceb56aa82c2520c60991180071_large We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

Unseen, An Anonymous Photo Sharing App For Colleges, Raises $2.1 Million

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Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 5.41.34 PM An Austin-based company called Bearch has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its anonymous photo-sharing app Unseen, which has been trending on college campuses. Investors in the round include Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf, Indeed.com CEO Rony Kahan, CEO of Woodbolt International Doss Cunningham, and several other angel investors. At first glance, Unseen looks similar to other… Read More

The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

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It seems anything goes on Kickstarter these days. This guy just wanted $10 to make potato salad. He's raised nearly $10k at last count. There's still 25 days to go on the campaign. It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely founding PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be held on August 27 in Columbus,… Read More

Tesla Extends All 85kWh Model S Drivetrain Warranties To 8 Years And Infinite Miles

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teslamodels Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk just announced via Twitter and the company blog that the drivetrain warranty for the 85 kWh Model S has been extended, giving it an 8 year, infinite mile warranty to match that of the battery pack. This new warranty arrangement applies retroactively to every Model S every produced, too, meaning it benefits both existing and new owners. Model S drivetrain… Read More

Which Apps Are Eating Your Battery? Normal Will Tell You.

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normal-screenshot-2 Somewhere, somehow, maybe less than a year after I got the latest version of my iPhone, its battery would mysteriously deplete in about half a day. I wasn’t really sure why. But now I can find out. There’s a new app called ‘Normal’ out from a pair of Stanford Ph.Ds in computer science named Adam Oliner and Jacob Leverich, who are turning some postdoctoral research into… Read More

YC Backed Neptune.io Wants To Help Network Admins Sleep By Fixing Common Issues Automatically

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Keys and a pager. Nearly every network administrator has been on night duty when their pager buzzes or they get a smartphone alert of a network issue, one they’ve fixed a hundred times before, yet still forcing them to get out of bed to deal with it. YC backed startup, Neptune.io wants to change that by providing automated fixes for common networking problems, allowing those on-call admins to sleep just… Read More

Yo Guys, Postmates Built BurritoCannon For Me

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Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 11.13.48 AM BurritoCannon is real, and you can use it. At least for the next few hours. Hella.
After I published my truly revolutionary post yesterday calling for a new burrito-delivery service that I tentatively named BurritoCannon, I trotted over to Postmates’ digs after its CEO Bastian Lehmann asked if I could drop by. Our offices are next door, so I slipped over to say what for. Read More

InboxCube App Lets You Visualize Your Email Attachments, Photos And More

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HeaderImage_Option4 A number of startups lately have taken on the somewhat hefty challenge of rethinking email for the mobile-first era. But many of these are centered around task management and triage, like Dropbox-acquired Mailbox, for example. A newer company called InboxCube instead is focused on putting the content inside emails first, allowing you to visually search through and access different… Read More

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