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Online video learning portal Mobento bags £1.1m in one of Tech City’s largest seed rounds yet

Online educational video hub Mobento has secured £1.1 million (around $1.7m) in seed funding, closing off one of Tech City’s largest (...)

2013-06-18
Social media data provider Gnip reshuffles: COO takes the helm, as CEO Jud Valeski becomes CTO

Social media data provider Gnip announced today that Chris Moody, its Chief Operating Officer and President, has been named the company’s (...)

2013-06-18
How About 3-D Printing Huge Objects?

The moment one libertarian gun enthusiast churned out a working firearm from his 3-D printer, speculation soared with the possibility (...)

2013-06-18
Why Quantum Computing Is Faster For Everything But The Web

Scientists have been making a hubbub about quantum computing for years, but what will it actually solve? Not speeding up Netflix--at (...)

2013-06-18
Why Don’t Women In Tech Speak Up?

Laura Sydell covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR, but she doesn’t encounter many women on her beat (...)

2013-06-18
Why Aren’t Our Gadgets Still Covered In Wood?

In the Mad Men era, wood-encased electronics were all the rage. Why does the material now seem to clash with our vision of the (...)

2013-06-18
Lessons In Web Video From The People Who Brought You “Red Vs. Blue”

Rooster Teeth, the studio behind machinima classic Red vs. Blue, talk about lessons learned from 10 years of making web video and (...)

2013-06-18
10 Tips For Managing Creative People

Veteran creative directors Evan Fry and Dave Swartz are charged with managing, inspiring, and organizing the creative staff at (...)

2013-06-18
This Is What Happens When You Give A Creative Community An Empty 14,000-Square-Foot Building

Freespace is an experiment in civic hacking, inspired in no small part by Burning Man. But it’s attracting the attention (...)

2013-06-18
Personalized Prosthetic Limbs That Look Shocking On Purpose

Most people prefer that their artificial parts stay under the radar. The prosthetics built by Sophie de Oliveira Barata intentionally (...)

2013-06-18
Goggles Block Facial Recognition Algorithms

Worried about privacy in the age of wearable tech such as Google Glass? Using near-infrared LED lights, these goggles can help (...)

2013-06-18
An Alphabet That Illustrates Digital Vocab For Creative Types

A is for API, B is for Beta, C is for Craft. J is for jQuery. Designers are like kindergarten teachers for grown-ups. Their (...)

2013-06-18
Mesmerizing Maps Of A City’s Moving Buses

These maps of how fast the buses drive through Boston offer a beautiful look at the city’s transit system. Real-time bus (...)

2013-06-18
A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

The SmartWoman Project hopes that text messages can be a medium for knowledge, health, and financial empowerment. When women (...)

2013-06-18
A New Shazam Tool Tells Advertisers When Ads Are Most Effective

The Shazam Engagement Rate analyzes viewers’ engagement with ads in Shazam to reflect which campaigns perform the best, on (...)

2013-06-18
An App That Measures Your Postive Impact On The Planet

Handprinter (handprints are the opposite of footprints) wants to give you credit for the good you do. Greg Norris has worked (...)

2013-06-18
Behold, Classical Greek Statues Dressed Up Like Hipsters

A photographer imagines ancient figures as bearded, Ray-Ban bespectacled hipsters. “What is a hipster?” The question (...)

2013-06-18
We’re Putting A Price On Carbon, But Is It Making A Difference?

More than 20% of global emissions are now either taxed or traded. But the question remains: will adding economic incentives to (...)

2013-06-18
Fish 2.0 Tries To Find New Models To Keep Fish Alive And Feeding Us

The competition challenged businesses to come up with sustainable fishing models that were interesting enough to attract VC dollars. (...)

2013-06-18
Google and Bing have a little disagreement about the Xbox One

If you ask Bing about the coming Xbox One console, it has a pretty simple take. Google’s is a bit more complex. What’s interesting, (...)

2013-06-18
5 Ways to Thank Community on Social Media

This is a guest post by Shanna Mallon from Straight North. Using social media is about more than promoting yourself and your brand—It’s (...)

2013-06-17
Google adds ‘carousel’ of search results for nearby restaurants, bars and other local places

Google is updating its search results pages on the desktop today to show an interactive “carousel” of nearby restaurants, bars (...)

2013-06-17
Microsoft’s Xbox Facebook page has turned into an epic ASCII art flame war

Microsoft’s efforts to promote the Xbox One on Facebook have devolved into an old-fashioned ASCII art flame war. Xbox One and PlayStation (...)

2013-06-17
Facebook for iOS update brings status action icons and easier privacy control

Facebook for iOS has gotten a small update today that adds a couple of nice changes. Foremost is the ability to very quickly edit (...)

2013-06-17
A Look At The Street Art That Spurred A Revolution

Walls of Freedom is a comprehensive look at the provocative visuals that helped overthrow a regime during the Arab Spring. Walls (...)

2013-06-17
Economist Steven Levitt On Why Data Needs Stories

Economist and Freakonomics author Steven Levitt talks about finding the story in data, the importance of authenticity, and his (...)

2013-06-17
The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity (...)

2013-06-17
Meet The Data Scientist: How Hilary Mason Turns Research Into Business Solutions

Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, makes meaning out of massive data sets. Or, as she describes it, she "pushes potential (...)

2013-06-17
A Tornado-Stricken City Is Teaching The World How To Build A Disaster-Proof Hospital

Moore, Oklahoma, was hit by a devastating tornado that destroyed many things, including the local hospital. Now the town is taking (...)

2013-06-17
Solar-Powered Public Charging Stations Will Keep New Yorker’s Phones Running

The ATT-powered devices will make their debut in the city’s parks today, ensuring no calls or texts get missed. A year (...)

2013-06-17
With $15 Million In Funding, What’s Next For The Team Behind Paper?

FiftyThree, the studio that created one of the iPad’s best apps, just landed $15 million in funding. We talked to the team (...)

2013-06-17
A Prayer For Hadoop

Like many others, I continue to be impressed by the open-source Apache Hadoop software framework. With aplomb, it manages Big Data, (...)

2013-06-17
If You See A Splash Screen, The Developer Failed

I own a health tech startup that is currently in the process of prototyping our first piece of hardware and a companion app before (...)

2013-06-17
Inside 3-D Printing’s Weird, Illicit, and Dangerous Fringe

Cue The Battle To (Somehow) Regulate 3-D-Printed Guns Well, this should make for a debate that’s as contentious as possible. (...)

2013-06-17
Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds. Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows (...)

2013-06-17
Digital Natives, Katniss Everdeen, and Exit Strategies: MTV’s Data-Driven Look At Young Millennials

MTV Insight’s just published study, which shines a light on younger millennials ages 14-17, aims to make musicians, marketers, (...)

2013-06-17
The Link Between Air Pollution And Autism

New evidence suggests that the quality of air mothers breathe while pregnant could affect their kids. Nobody knows what exactly (...)

2013-06-17
Kickstarting: An Elaborate Bank Heist In The Heart Of L.A.

Ilona Gaynor is planning a slew of robberies and calling it art. There’s an ineffable beauty in a well-planned heist. (...)

2013-06-17
Task management service Asana integrates with Google Drive to bring data to your communication

Task management service Asana released an update to its application today that is meant to help teams better share information and (...)

2013-06-17
Microsoft’s social network So.Cl gets a new user interface with imaging app and meme creator

First created purely as a research project, Microsoft’s social network site So.cl has now launched with a new user interface (...)

2013-06-17
Google Hangouts competitor Rounds now lets users browse websites together while they chat

Google Hangouts competitor Rounds has just announced the launch of a new “co-browsing” feature which lets friends browse a limited (...)

2013-06-17
Google teams with Starbucks to offer unlimited music through its Google Play Music service [Updated]

UPDATE: Google has informed us that there is inaccuracy in what we have reported below so read on with caution. We will update this (...)

2013-06-17
Voice recognition tool Dragon updates Android app with hands-free driver mode and voice notifications

Nuance Communications today released an update to its Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android. Users with supported devices will find (...)

2013-06-17
Curious about the tech space in Japan? Check out this useful interactive map!

Those of us who blog about tech in Asia do our best to give adequate attention to all parts of the continent, but for various reasons, (...)

2013-06-17
China’s Qihoo launches wireless router as it forays into hardware, now accepting pre-orders online

Qihoo, the Chinese tech giant best known for its antivirus software, has launched its own mini wireless router, indicating an interest (...)

2013-06-17
Lone Ranger and Tonto Taunt Fans to Find Them in Nationwide Scavenger Hunt

In anticipation of The Lone Ranger, Disney is sending horseback statues of the film’s heroes on a cross-country path fans (...)

2013-06-16
What It Means When Every Digital Memory Has An Audience

People used to buy keepsake knickknacks to point to old memories. Now we create those artifacts digitally with certain viewers (...)

2013-06-16
The Data Transparency Of The G8 Governments

In anticipation of the G8 summit next week, the Open Knowledge foundation just released a report on how open government data really (...)

2013-06-16

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