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  • CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can?t Install Their Own Solar Panels
    sun Solar panels are becoming increasing affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More


  • Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious
    subconscious Consider a scene that happens a billion times a day, at a billion computers across the globe. A man is searching online for new running shoes, or a woman is clicking through e-commerce sites on the hunt for a birthday gift, a new dress or a book to read on her next vacation. Shoppers navigating the online marketplace think they are in control of their decisions. But the truth is, as they… Read More


  • YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback ? Here Are The Examples
    60f Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback. Now they’re cranking things up to an almost absurd level. 60 FPS video, on YouTube… at 4K. Read More


  • Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico?s Startup Scene
    6943232926_fb31dbd6da_o If Mexico is indeed in the process of building the world’s next great economy, technology and innovation will be a part of its foundation. Read More


  • Facebook Launches 3 New Open-Source Tools For Android Developers
    safe_image (1) Most of Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference this week were iOS-centric, but today, the company also released three new open source tools for Android developers. The first is a performance segmentation library called Year Class that is meant to help developers quickly figure out what kind of device a user is running. Thanks to this, a developer can quickly tune an app… Read More


  • Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation
    magic Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money. Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. Read More


  • Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er
    Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 5.02.00 PM Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling system and now supports complex requests (“Eat pork with Alex every Tuesday”) and reminders (“Remind me to eat pork with… Read More


  • Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan
    IMG_1491 The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access… Read More


  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth
    imgo (1) Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More


  • Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features
    Olio-Model-1-Smartwatch-16 It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of… Read More


  • The Biggest Challenges Left In Virtual Reality, According To Oculus
    Oculus improvement F8 The second half of Facebook’s keynote took an odd turn today at F8, spending a surprising amount of time looking at the unknowns of consciousness and visual illusions. But toward the end, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash spent a few minutes talking about the biggest opportunities for improvement in the virtual-reality experience: haptics, visuals, audio and tracking. Read More


  • As Jury Deliberates Pao V. Kleiner Perkins, Allegiances Aren?t Always Based On Gender
    jurypaocase “The jury is six men and six women, so this probably won’t be quick,” a man in a suit said to a female colleague as they shuffled out of the court. They were among the dozens of others who have been watching the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers trial play out in San Francisco Superior Court’s Room 602 for the past five weeks. Read More


  • Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option
    instapaper Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has today launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader (video below), which highlights a single word at a time for a more focused and efficient reading experience. The update also brings with it faster saving of articles from mobile… Read More


  • Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages
    Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 6.01.40 PM Google is launching a new feature for its Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform. In total, Google and Bitnami have packed up over 120 applications, including the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Redis, MongoDB, Gitlab and Django, as well as infrastructure stacks for Ruby, LAMP apps, Puppet and others. Read More


  • Diddy Invests In Picture Messaging App Pleek, Built For Generation Selfie
    pleek As social media continues to come up with new and weird ways to give us dopamine hits — the latest is the resurgence of live streaming apps — a new startup has come up with yet another take on it all. Pleek, is a new picture messaging app that allows users to communicate via images, and has launched on Android and iOS. The France-based startup has somehow managed to attract some… Read More



 
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