Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference starts June 8th

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Apple’s big developer conference will begin on June 8th this year, when it’ll likely show the next versions of iOS, OS X, and perhaps new hardware as well. The tagline for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference is “the epicenter of change,” and that’s a good explanation for why this event is so popular. Like last year, Apple has actually switched over to a lottery process for selling tickets — rather than offering them first come, first serve — because their demand is so high. The event will once again be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Developer events will run through June 12th, and this time around, they’ll actually stream live to those offsite.

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Twilio Brings WebRTC-Based Video Chat To Its Cloud Communications Platform

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5396124327_3777a6fd45_o Twilio has long made it easy for developers to integrate voice calling and text messaging into their applications, but starting today, the service will also offer a video chat. The new Twilio Video service uses the WebRTC standard — which Twilio already used for some of its audio features — and is now available in beta. Read More

Movidius Raises $40M To Bring Computer VisionTo Mobile Devices

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482562125 Movidius, the company that makes the vision processor that powers Google’s Tango tablet, today announced that it has raised a $40 million funding round led by Summit Bridge Capital — a collaboration between Atlantic Bridge Capital and WestSummit Capital. This marks one of the largest funding rounds in a fabless semiconductor company in recent years.
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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Is June 8-12

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Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 8.49.44 AM Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference happens June 8 through June 12 this year, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is by invitation only, with tickets opening up for registration today, allowing developers to sign up for the random selection process. Registration ends on April 17, at 10 AM PT, with the lucky devs who win tickets notified by April 20 of their… Read More

First Click: the great rectangles of China

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Why spend $600 on a name-brand phone when you can spend less than half for a no-name model? Both run the same version of Android, feature the same display and internal componentry, and same rectangular design. Hell, they’re even made by the same workers on the same assembly lines.

Looking at leaked images and specs for LG’s new G4 handset makes me wonder if the company is capable of mounting a defense to the commodification of smartphones. The market is being flooded with inexpensive Chinese phones of reasonable quality from brands like Letv, Oppo, Subor, Vivo, OnePlus, Coolpad, and more established names like Xiaomi, Huawei, and of course, Lenovo / Motorola.

The rise of the great Chinese rectangle was inevitable after a decade of…

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Duo Security Raises $30 Million Led By Redpoint To Protect Enterprises Against Data Breaches

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Duo_2FA Duo Security, the two-factor authentication startup backed by Benchmark and Google Ventures, wants to do more to help protect companies from hackers trying to gain access to their networks. With that goal in mind, it’s launching a new product to secure their networks and announcing $30 million in new funding led by Redpoint Ventures. Read More

Popular JavaScript Package Manager Npm Raises $8M, Launches Private Modules

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4772680734_489299f43f_o Most JavaScript developers are familiar with the npm package manager, which was originally developed by Isaac Schlueter. What many probably don’t know is that npm is also a company co-founded by Schlueter to support the project. Today, npm announced that it has raised $8 million on top of the $2.6 million seed round led by True Ventures the company announced last February.
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Illumio Raises $100M More For Enterprise Security That Goes Beyond The Firewall

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bright lights As the number of IT breaches continues to rise, startups that are coming up with creative ways of tackling the issue are growing, too. In the latest development, Illumio — a startup that aims to secure enterprise computing environments beyond their firewall perimeters by covering processes and applications in data centers and public and private clouds — is today announcing that… Read More

Docker Raises $95M Series D Round For Its Container Platform

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Docker Google Docker, the company that kicked off the recent enthusiasm for containers two years ago, today announced that it has raised a $95 million Series D round led by Insight Venture Partners. New investors in this round include Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures also participated. Read More

After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone

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Two weeks ago, to build buzz for the Android smartphone it announced today, Chinese tech company Letv turned to Hitler. A poster teasing the phone shows Hitler giving the Nazi salute while wearing an armband marked with the Apple logo. Apple, explained Letv CEO Jia Yueting in an accompanying post on Weibo, is an “arrogant regime” that has embraced “tyranny.”

Jia quickly apologized for invoking Nazis to shill electronics, saying he meant only that “that open-ended technology ecosystems are more beneficial to consumers.” More beneficial than, say, Apple and Hitler, which respectively adopted policies requiring in-house vetting of mobile apps (in Apple’s case) and the systematic genocide of millions (in Hitler’s). As a brand disaster Jia’s…

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Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren leaves the Wonder Woman movie

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DC’s plan to jumpstart an expanded superhero movie universe with Warner Bros. has seemed shaky on many fronts, but one of the undisputed highlights has been that Emmy-winning director Michelle MacLaren would be making her feature debut with Wonder Woman. As it turns out, that won’t be happening after all. According to a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, MacLaren has left the project due to “creative differences” with Warner Bros.

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