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Google takes on Parse with new service for mobile-app backends

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If you’re an Android developer, Google has a question for you: Would you rather give your money to Facebook and Amazon Web Services, or to us? If it’s the latter, Google introduced on Monday a new product called the Mobile Backend Starter that is, essentially, Google’s take on the AWS-powered...
Google takes on Parse with new service for mobile-app backends
11 Arduino projects that require major hacking skills--or a bit of insanity

Fundraising Site Crowdtilt Might Save This Child's Life

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An online fundraising site, Crowdtilt, is playing a key role in efforts to help Tony Forte, a child born with a debilitating intestinal condition. We'll spare you the details on Forte's illness, known as Total colonic Hirschsprung's Disease, but this disease has basically shut down his large intestine and made it...
Fundraising Site Crowdtilt Might Save This Child's Life
Mobile Photo-Sharing App Tracks Creates Photo Albums For You, Finds Shared Albums You Can Join

Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

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With the announcement that the Kindle Fire has grabbed 54.4% of the Android Tablet market, it’s clear to see that Amazon’s Trojan Horse strategy paid off. As I wrote back in December, the Fire is Amazon’s way of making all of their offerings “real.” Movies, books, and games were Amazon’s...
Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

Google posts compression code Zopfli to speed downloads

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Google is open-sourcing a new general purpose data compression library called Zopfli that can be used to speed up Web downloads. The Zopfli Compression Algorithm, which got its name from a Swiss bread recipe, is an implementation of the Deflate compression algorithm that creates a smaller output size compared...
Google posts compression code Zopfli to speed downloads

130,000 Doctors Spend Six And A Half Hours A Day In This App

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Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard says that the 130,000-plus doctors who use the company's electronic health records system are spending an average of more than six hours per day in it. The trick to that engagement: Practice Fusion is free, and handles everything that a doctor needs during the...
130,000 Doctors Spend Six And A Half Hours A Day In This App

Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium

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Moxie Software will now provide its full enterprise social networking (ESN) software for free because the company is convinced that standalone, general-purpose ESN capabilities are a commodity.The company will charge customers when and if they link its Collaboration Spaces product with other, third-party business applications and systems."This supports our...
Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 review roundup: (usually) worth the one grand

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Now that NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 690 is shipping through some vendors, gamers have been wondering if it's worth the wallet-busting $999 to get those higher frame rates. Surprisingly, the answer is "yes." As AnandTech notes, the GTX 690 is often almost as fast or faster than a pair of...
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 review roundup: (usually) worth the one grand

3D Printing Is The New Personal Computing

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The similarities between the early era of personal computing and the current state of 3D printing are huge. When personal computing was in its salad days in the late 1970s, it was a fringe interest for weirdos with beards. While it had its share of true believers who envisioned a...
3D Printing Is The New Personal Computing

Quora Just Launched A Major Salvo At Google With Its Plan To Become The Internet's 'Library Of Alexandria' (GOOG)

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Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo is nothing if not ambitious. He just announced plans to dramatically expand the site's goals beyond just asking and answering questions, declaring in a blog post that he hoped to build "an Internet-scale Library of Alexandria." That's an implicit challenge to Google, which has long declared...
Quora Just Launched A Major Salvo At Google With Its Plan To Become The Internet's 'Library Of Alexandria' (GOOG)

US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot

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A team of US-based engineers, funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and DARPA, has begun the development of a MacGyverbot — a robot that, like the tenacious TV hero MacGyver, can interact with its environment in novel ways to solve problems.As it currently stands, robots are incredibly proficient...
US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot
Nexus 7 tablets begin shipping from Google Play
Hands On With Polaroid's Three New Android-Based Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Origin PC gives EON15-S, EON17-S a Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680M, games get a shot in the arm

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We hope you didn't pull the trigger too quickly on one of the higher-end configurations for an EON15-S or EON17-S, because Origin PC just revamped its two gaming laptops extraordinaire with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M -- a chipset so fresh that NVIDIA itself hasn't made a full public reveal...
Origin PC gives EON15-S, EON17-S a Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680M, games get a shot in the arm

1010data builds a big data bartering platform in the cloud

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If you’re in the market to buy and sell data sets, or maybe to track down some particularly useful analytics applications, 1010data thinks it has just the thing for you. The company, best known for its cloud-based analytics service that lets users quickly analyze huge amounts of relational data using...
1010data builds a big data bartering platform in the cloud
AT&T releasing Watson voice recognition APIs to developers in June
New Large Hadron Collider data may thin out theories in particle physics

WP Engine Gunning for the WordPress Market by Targeting Developers

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When I was in Austin earlier this year, there was one company people kept pushing me to meet with: WP Engine. The company provides a one-stop shop for all WordPress hosting needs, with the goal of simplifying the lives of WordPress developers and users. Today, the company is taking a...
WP Engine Gunning for the WordPress Market by Targeting Developers

Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium

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Moxie Software will now provide its full enterprise social networking software for free because the company is convinced that standalone, general-purpose ESN capabilities are a commodity....
Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium
D-Wave's quantum optimizer pitted against traditional computers

Google publishes Zopfli as open-source compression algorithm to speed up Web downloads

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Google is open-sourcing a new general purpose data compression library called Zopfli that can be used to speed up Web downloads....
Google publishes Zopfli as open-source compression algorithm to speed up Web downloads

Microsoft patent application shows event-based AR designs

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Microsoft appears to be working on its own version of Project Glass. A patent application filed at the USPTO shows a pair of glasses with an augmented reality display covering part of the field of view, though instead of being a general purpose item as Google's Glass aims to be,...
Microsoft patent application shows event-based AR designs

Microsoft upgrades Azure, and Harry Potter is on board

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Microsoft announced a series of improvements for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform today, aiming to level the playing field with Amazon Web Services and other rivals by making it easier to develop websites and build applications that work across the cloud and traditional corporate servers. The company also trotted...
Microsoft upgrades Azure, and Harry Potter is on board
The future of mobile CPUs, part 1: Today's fork in the road

Microsoft Patent Shows It's Working On A Google Glass Type Device Of Its Own

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Microsoft had a new patent application published with the USPTO today (via Unwired View) which shows a glasses-based heads-up display system that could overlay information on the real world for a user. If it sounds familiar, that’s likely because that’s what Google’s trying to accomplish with Project Glass, which actually...
Microsoft Patent Shows It's Working On A Google Glass Type Device Of Its Own

Linux Foundation to offer signed solution for UEFI Secure Boot conundrum

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Microsoft is demanding that systems with the "Designed for Windows 8" badge include a UEFI firmware feature called "Secure Boot" that will only boot software that has been signed with a particular cryptographic certificate. Although Microsoft's stipulations require also that x86/x64 systems provide an option to disable Secure Boot, Linux...
Linux Foundation to offer signed solution for UEFI Secure Boot conundrum

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #3: Shared Media

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If Windows 8 succeeds, it will be because its users come to embrace three of its exclusive elements as critical to the way they work and the things they do. Here we address the first of those elements:   Windows 8's approach to sharing media. Unlike almost any other mass-produced...
Top 10 Windows 8 Features #3: Shared Media

Behold the Yammer effect: Teamly gets angel funding

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It’s only been a few weeks since Microsoft’s deal to buy Yammer was confirmed, and already the company’s influence seems to be spreading: on Monday productivity startup Teamly announced not only an early investment from one of Yammer’s early team members but also a deeper integration with the service. Teamly,...
Behold the Yammer effect: Teamly gets angel funding

Canadian Universities Have One Week To Stop A Disastrous Copyright Licensing Deal

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Canada's universities are on the verge of accepting a copyright licensing deal that flies in the face of all reason, agreeing to pay higher fees for the clearance of all sorts of new digital rights—including some that don't actually exist—despite a major Supreme Court ruling and a fast-approaching copyright reform...
Canadian Universities Have One Week To Stop A Disastrous Copyright Licensing Deal
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