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Quantance raises $12M to boost 4G data rates for mobile devices

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Quantance has raised $12 million in a fourth round of funding to supply tiny qBoost power amplifiers that boost the efficiency of mobile data transfers via smartphones and tablets. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has raised the money to...
Quantance raises $12M to boost 4G data rates for mobile devices

Google's next task for Glass? Making it look like something you want to wear

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Google's Glass augmented reality project opened itself to a few thousand more potential wearers with the #ifihadglass promotion, but according to the New York Times it's already addressing the question of if people want Glass. One major obstacle to introducing such a new type of product is making it...
Google's next task for Glass? Making it look like something you want to wear

Former Amazon exec wants to give free e-books 'to every child on the planet'

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale While volunteering at an orphanage in Ecuador, former Amazon executive David Risher came across a padlocked library. When he asked the home’s leader why it was locked, she said that the key was lost, the books were out...
Former Amazon exec wants to give free e-books 'to every child on the planet'

Why You Should Test Your App On Drunk People

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Remember Bump, the contact-sharing app? It's changed a lot--largely due to testing conducted at bars. This round's on founder Dave Lieb. Not long ago, Dave Lieb was sitting in his office, watching a man test Lieb's contact-sharing app, Bump. Lieb had put out an ad on Craigslist, and people...
Why You Should Test Your App On Drunk People

As the “Maker Movement” Goes Mainstream, Sites Like Caskers Spring Up to Provide Distribution

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The “maker movement” of the last five years or so is going mainstream. Americans are turning hobbies into legit streams of income. As crafty hobbies evolve into a alternative sources of income for the most passionate makers, there’s been plenty of talk on the future of DIY. One of the...
As the “Maker Movement” Goes Mainstream, Sites Like Caskers Spring Up to Provide Distribution

Quirky's Founder Calls The $68 Million He Just Raised A 'Scarlet Letter'

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Ben Kaufman just raised a $68 million Series C round for his invention creation startup, Quirky. But he isn't celebrating or boasting about it. Instead, Kaufman wrote a lengthy article that cautions entrepreneurs about the perils of raising money for the wrong reasons. He also describes what fundraising really means...
Quirky's Founder Calls The $68 Million He Just Raised A 'Scarlet Letter'

Startups: A Nation of Tinkerers: Crowd-Funding Turns Amateurs Into Inventors

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Image: Bartholomew Cooke I have a lovely artifact of dead media in my house: a radio jukebox from 1946, invented by a friend’s grandfather in his spare time. Radios were expensive, and this handsome metal receiver could be placed in a booth of a diner so that, for a dime,...
Startups: A Nation of Tinkerers: Crowd-Funding Turns Amateurs Into Inventors

Say hello to Dell’s Windows 8 tablet

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The fine folks over at NeoWin managed to secure a slide detailing the specifications for Dells’ forthcoming Windows 8 tablet. Of course, Dell may issue several other models, but this appears to be, at a minimum, one of them. The tablet is an Intel-based device, with a 10.1″ screen. Internal...
Say hello to Dell’s Windows 8 tablet

First look: MetaWatch smart watch pushes iPhone alerts to your wrist

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The new Bluetooth-enabled MetaWatch will forever change how you use your iPhone, though in its current form the advanced wrist watch is not yet ready for the mass market....
First look: MetaWatch smart watch pushes iPhone alerts to your wrist

Fastest site on the Web: The IRS?

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Performance monitoring service Gomez has released its annual list of major websites with the best overall responsiveness as measured by Gomez over the entire year 2009. Surprise winner: IRS.gov, a site that uses images sparingly and pushes off large documents to PDF format for downloading, rather than trying to serve...
Fastest site on the Web: The IRS?

Novo is a modified GoPro Hero3 that accepts C-Mount lenses, won't be available for sale

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Having a hard time coming to grips with the GoPro Hero3's permanently affixed wide-angle lens? Perhaps an interchangeable optic is within your field of view. The Novo Digital Camera, designed and painstakingly assembled by View Factor, is a Hero3 with a new custom housing, offering compatibility with C-Mount lenses...
Novo is a modified GoPro Hero3 that accepts C-Mount lenses, won't be available for sale

Windows 8 ARM tablets suffering pricing problems due to Microsoft fees, report claims

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According to Digitimes, original equipment manufacturers are having a hard time meeting price targets for tablets that will run Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 RT operating system, which is coded for touch input. This is no small matter. TNW has written on topic a host of times, fretting publicly that Windows...
Windows 8 ARM tablets suffering pricing problems due to Microsoft fees, report claims

This Russian mogul wants to be the Elon Musk of robots

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After having made a fortune with the Russian web company Mail.ru, you could forgive Dmitry Grishin for taking it easy. But the 33-year-old has something else in mind — becoming the man who kickstarts a revolution in robotics. On Friday, Grishin is launching a new $25 million investment fund, Grishin...
This Russian mogul wants to be the Elon Musk of robots

What's Going to Sell Windows RT Tablets? Features, Not Price, Say Hardware Partners

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Microsoft's first Surface tablet with Windows RT has been released at a price that's substantially higher than competing Android tablets, so Microsoft's hardware partners have decided to ... sell it for more? Both Asus' VivoTab RT and Dell's XPS 10 will be priced equal to or higher than the Surface with...
What's Going to Sell Windows RT Tablets? Features, Not Price, Say Hardware Partners

LTE Smartphone Shipments Projected To Hit 275 Million In 2013

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Did you buy a "4G" LTE smartphone in 2012? No? Well, there is a pretty good chance you will end up buying one in 2013. Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that 275 million LTE smartphones will be sold next year - a projected 203% jump from the 91 million...
LTE Smartphone Shipments Projected To Hit 275 Million In 2013

What A Microsoft Fanboy Sees In The Windows Phone 7 Series

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The Windows 7 Series Phones (terrible name, we all agree) have just had their covers removed by Microsoft, showing off to the world a drastically different mobile view from Redmond. If you missed it, Gizmodo has a great walk-through, and we have high-res videos of the device. About damn time....
What A Microsoft Fanboy Sees In The Windows Phone 7 Series

Report: The iPad Won’t Go Mass Market Anytime Soon

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As magical as Apple's iPad maybe, it's unlikely to go mass market anytime soon. That's according to research carried out in the UK, which concludes that consumers struggle to see how the device could fit into their lives. Simpson Carpenter's qualitative research drew comments from participants such as: "It's just...
Report: The iPad Won’t Go Mass Market Anytime Soon

Flash Sales Site For Moms, Zulily Raises $85M From Andreessen Horowitz; Valued At $1B

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Zulily, a private-sale shopping site targeted at ‘busy moms’ and their kids, has raised $85 million in Series D funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Fortune reported that the site, which launched in 2009, was valued at $1 billion. This brings Zulily’s total funding to $139 million. The daily deals site,...
Flash Sales Site For Moms, Zulily Raises $85M From Andreessen Horowitz; Valued At $1B
Google sells nearly 1 million Nexus 7 tablets each month

Vidyo Takes On Polycom By Launching Browser-Based Telepresence And A $750 Executive Desktop System

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The video conferencing world is ultra-competitive. I know because every time I get on a video conference with someone from a video conferencing company,* all they ever do is tell me about how they’re leading the industry, and how what they’re announcing will change video conferencing forever by making what...
Vidyo Takes On Polycom By Launching Browser-Based Telepresence And A $750 Executive Desktop System

AlertMe’s ‘huge’ UK gas deal: big data for real people

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Smart energy startup AlertMe has struck a deal that could super-charge its expansion by providing its technology to the U.K.’s largest domestic energy supplier. In an announcement on Tuesday, AlertMe — which runs a cloud-based service that monitors and analyzes people’s energy use and gives them detailed feedback — said...
AlertMe’s ‘huge’ UK gas deal: big data for real people

Burned And Scared Twitter App-Developers Not Burned Or Scared Enough To Replace Twitter

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Twitter is out and about making everyone in their developer ecosystem (that doesn’t work for the company) angry and annoyed.How so? Twitter has been king-making Twitter apps, right in the face of a rich multitude of applications that other people had developed for using the service. Imagine the annoyance of...
Burned And Scared Twitter App-Developers Not Burned Or Scared Enough To Replace Twitter

Holograms, 'Minority Report' Gestures And Other Ways Your Meetings Will Change By 2018

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Editor’s note: Jeff Cavins is the CEO of visual collaboration company FuzeBox. Follow him on Twitter @cavwave. I probably won’t ruffle too many feathers when I say very few people love meetings. As much as we’d like to think otherwise, meetings just don’t elicit the same emotions as, say, space flight. Of course,...
Holograms, 'Minority Report' Gestures And Other Ways Your Meetings Will Change By 2018

Mozilla’s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will gives users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

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It’s not at all surprising that open-source champion Mozilla has just announced a partnership which will bring about a platform to end all platforms. Teaming up with telecommunications operator, Telefónica, the pair aim to create a more open Web experience that users can take with them on the go. Mozilla’s Open Web...
Mozilla’s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will gives users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

The Eye Tribe raises $800,000 to let you control your phone with your eyes

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Techstars graduate The Eye Tribe (formerly known as Senseye) is a very cool company that is developing technology to allow you to control your phone or tablet with your eyes. While that concept sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, the Danish startup’s aim to release an eye tracking device to...
The Eye Tribe raises $800,000 to let you control your phone with your eyes

Elon Musk Shakes Off the Electric Car Naysayers (Video)

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Say what you want about Tesla founder Elon Musk, but he’s certainly got gumption. Time and time again, the CEO has been willing to push back hard against smack talkers who don’t believe that he can bring electric vehicles to a mass-market audience. “So many people called bullshit on [our...
Elon Musk Shakes Off the Electric Car Naysayers (Video)

Interactive sheet music app Tonara takes on a $4 million Series A

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Today Tonara announced that it has raised a $4 million Series A round of funding led by Carmel Ventures, and participated in by the investors of its seed round, in which the company raised $750,000 in 2011. Tonara is an iOS application that displays sheet music, and follows users as they...
Interactive sheet music app Tonara takes on a $4 million Series A

NFC could be a game changer for Nintendo’s Wii U

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Nintendo is a funny old company. Just when you think it is out of ideas, it has a habit of springing innovation on the market that changes things forever. The Wii brought us motion gaming, and the 3DS saw the mass market arrival of glasses-free 3D tech. Now the Wii...
NFC could be a game changer for Nintendo’s Wii U

Confirmed: Microsoft’s VP of OEM relations is leaving his job

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Microsoft confirmed with TNW that Steven Guggenheimer, the company’s VP of its OEM division is leaving his role. However, Mr. Guggenheimer is not leaving Microsoft. Instead, he’ll be returning to a new role after what Bloomberg describes as a ‘sabbatical.’ The following statement comes via a Microsoft spokesperson: As a result of...
Confirmed: Microsoft’s VP of OEM relations is leaving his job
Smartphone accessory revenues valued at $20 billion in 2012
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