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Sam Altman / How to Start a Startup: First Stanford “how to start a startup” lecture with Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz now online — Lecture 1: Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I — Why to Start a Startup. Sam Altman , View Sam's Slide Deck. Dustin Moskovitz , View Dustin's Slide Deck.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Samsung launches $19.99 Power Sharing cable for charging micro USB devices with your Galaxy phone or tablet — Samsung today launched a new accessory for its Galaxy line of products that isn't just a gimmick but looks extremely useful: meet the Samsung Power Sharing cable for $19.99.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired: Facebook's internet connectivity drones to begin testing next year, to deploy within 2-5 years — Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones — A still from an promotional video showing how Facebook and Internet.org will deliver internet access via — aerial drone.
David Meyer / Gigaom: Google investing $772M to build a 120 megawatt data center in the Netherlands — Google to build gigantic 120-megawatt data center in the Netherlands — The $772 million facility in Eemshaven will benefit from proximity to the landing point of major international submarine cables …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Mobile Wallet Laughingstock Clinkle Finally Launches To Let You Pay Friends And Earn “Treats” — After 17 months of jokes about vaporware college payments startup Clinkle, its iOS and Android apps finally launched today at a few colleges. Clinkle lets you pay friends, get a pre-paid Visa …
Dan Primack / Fortune: Tiger Global raises $1.5B pool to invest in private companies, 5 months after last $1.5B raise — Exclusive: Tiger Global raising another huge fund — Tiger Global has begun raising another $1.5 billion to invest in private companies, Fortune has learned from multiple sources.
Lisa Bettany / snap snap snap: Comparing photos taken with Camera+ using all iPhone versions, from the original to iPhone 6 — How does the iPhone 6 camera compare to previous iPhone cameras? — In the past seven years, each new advancement in iPhone camera technology has made dramatic improvements to image quality.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: PRSS Digital Magazine Platform Acquired By Apple — Apple has acquired Dutch digital magazine startup Prss, a platform that makes it easy to create iPad-compatible magazines using tools that don't require any knowledge of code. The company is essentially a magazine-focused version of iBooks Author …
Ben Popper / The Verge: Wink announces Relay, a $300 wall-embedded touchscreen for controlling smart home devices — How one tiny startup is winning the race to power your smart home — For decades the smart home has been a tantalizing dream just out of reach. There are hundreds of connected devices on the market …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Former Apple retail chief and ex-J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson to launch on-demand delivery service for gadgets — Former Apple Exec, J.C. Penney CEO to Launch Delivery Startup — The godfather of Apple's retail stores is trying to reinvent shopping again, this time by getting rid of stores.
Mashable is a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's 25 million monthly unique visitors and 10 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
The first words from new director Phil Coulson in the Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are also his first set of orders, given to Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless) and a new team of mercenary agents after an exchange with a contact goes bad.
SEE ALSO: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Finale: 8 Key Takeaways
But with the shambles that S.H.I.E.L.D. is in after Season 1, and the measures its remaining agents must take to keep up their pursuit of Hydra, “go dark” mig...
India’s space program could establish a series of firsts this Wednesday when it attempts to enter its Mangalyaan space probe into Mars’s orbit.
If successful, India will become the first country to reach Mars’ orbit on a maiden venture and the first Asian country to launch a successful Mars mission, all with a much cheaper price tag than any Mars mission before it.
SEE ALSO: NASA's MAVEN Satellite Settles In
India Space Research Organisation launched the small unmanned satellite Mangalyaan (H...
The Khorasan Group may be a bigger threat to the United States than the Islamic State, according to multiple reports.
This group of al-Qaeda affiliates is tiny by comparison to ISIS and doesn't wield anything close to the same military capability. But Khorasan's extremists are much more sophisticated plotters, and they may have been at work designing new-age explosives built to pass undetected through airport screenings
See also: 5 Things to Know About Khorasan, the Other Radicals the U.S. B...
LOS ANGELES — A fire that raged overnight on the underside of an old wooden wharf was finally quelled Tuesday, but not before all container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and several in adjacent Long Beach harbor were shut down because of worries about unhealthy smoke.
Concern about the plume from burning creosote-preserved timber in the pre-World War II wharf also triggered a precautionary evacuation of a port-area elementary school and advice to residents to stay indoors.
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Yael Maguire, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab, doesn't like to use the word "drones" when it comes to "beaming" Internet to the developing world. He prefers "planes."
But whatever you want to call them, Facebook and Internet.org are looking to the skies in order to get the last 15% of the world's population, who aren't connected, online. At the 2014 Social Good Summit on Monday, Maguire gave more details on the Connectivity Lab's plans, first revealed in March, in a conversa...
The so-called Internet of Things — encompassing everything from smart fridges to fitness trackers — has turned all kinds of products into computers. And every single computer needs a processor, and those processors consume power.
This is why it's important to have a whole different class of chip for devices without a traditional user interface — "embedded" processors. ARM, the company that has chip tech is in almost every smartphone today, just gave the category a big upgrade.
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Remember when Vizio promised to make an Ultra HD TV something regular people could actually afford when they unveiled a model in January that cost less than $1,000? That's finally happening with the launch of the company's P-Series of sets.
To be clear, there are Ultra HD or 4K TVs that cost less than Vizio's 50-inch model, but you'd be hard-preseed to recognize the brands, and they may be lacking in cruicial hardware.
See also: 4K vs. HD: Here's the Difference
Vizio calls its UHD sets "P" fo...
Every day people fantasize about the many ingenious, creative and disruptive ways they can finally quit their crappy jobs
Most of these daydreams stay within our imagination and rarely become reality. And the majority of people leave the job they hate with a dignified two weeks notice or a quiet letter of resignation
See also: The 7 Most Important Things to Do Before You Quit Your Job to Freelance
But, for now, you can live vicariously through the few brave employees who lived out their grand...
The Wallkill Mighty Mites of Wallkill, New York, opened its season with a 24-0 victory, but the pee wee football players were no match for a mighty banner
A dozen 6- to 7-year-old players ran face-first into the massive sign before the person holding the banner finally lost his grip
Linebackers don't have anything on paper.
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What It Looks Like to Bend Your iPhone 6 Plus
William Shatner Singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is a Fantastic Reality
Earlier today, we saw photos that suggested the iPhone 6 Plus is bending inside some user's pockets. So YouTube channel Unbox Therapy decided to put an iPhone 6 Plus to the ultimate bend test — on video.
Spoiler alert: We find out that aluminum is bendable. (Thin aluminum attached to a large surface area bends especially easily.) So if you own the new 5.5-inch phone, this video might just encourage you to invest in a case. You might also want to keep it out of your pants pockets for long, to...
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Stability, thy name is not iOS 8.
According to a report by mobile app performance management firm Crittercism, titled "Mobile Experience Benchmark Report: Apple Edition," iOS 8 foists more crashes on users than iOS 7.
The company found the new iPhone software has a crash rate of 3.6%, while the older version throws in the towel less often, at just 2%. (Crittercism measures the crash rate as the percentage of app launches that result in a crash.)
There are two ways to look at that: On one hand, ...
After more than a year of buzz, Clinkle finally unveiled its first product Tuesday with a quiet launch on its website.
It's a prepaid Visa card.
And an app.
You read that right.
What happened to Clinkle's rumored (but plausible) idea of using high-frequency transmissions to communicate with payment terminals? Missing in action.
See also: Here's A Heavy Dose Of Reality For New Payments Startup Clinkle
What on earth were Clinkle's engineers working on during their recent hackathon? ...
There are worse things in life than a free U2 album automatically installed in your iTunes library. And now that new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have had some time, we get to hear exactly what those worse things are.
See also: You, Too, May Want To Delete That U2 Album From iTunes
Thumbs strained! iPhones microwaved! Apple phablets wilting under the strain of wedding attendance! Never mind the iOS 8 changes that troll our resistance to change or your inability to carry on now that Camera...
For the second time in two iPhone releases, mobile-security firm Lookout has tested and bested the security of Touch ID.
Touch ID lets users unlock the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus just by putting their fingerprint over a sensor on the home button. By requiring a fingerprint to unlock the device and make purchases within the App Store, with Apple Pay, or through third-party developers, Apple is trying to make your data and information more secure.
So what happens if it’s hacked?
ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes.
Wink has been busy. After having introduced its wallet-friendly Hub a few months ago, the smart-home upstart backed by Quirky and GE already has another new offering: a touchscreen wall console called Wink Relay.
This futuristic beauty looks way better than the dingy wall-mounted panel Bruce Willis had to contend with in The Fifth Elemen...
NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases, and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational databases are now cross-dressing as NoSQL databases, adding support for JSON, among other things.
And yet enterprises are navigating the potential pitfalls and embracing NoSQL in droves. Today Redis Labs, ...
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The business suit onesie is here, guys! Finally!
Clearly we’ve all been waiting for the day when Betabrand would unleash the perfect onesie to make it look like wearers put in the tireless effort to create an outfit.
The Suitsy looks like a white button-up, jacket, and trousers, but none of these pieces of clothing are separate items—the Suitsy is actually a comfortable onesie made t...
If a mobile camera app icon manifested into a physical product, it would be the new Polaroid Cube. And judging by the looks of this wee little box, the action camera might just win over plenty of hearts, helmets and handlebars.
The Cube, which starts shipping next month, offers 1080p video recording and a retro-fabulous aesthetic for a price tag of $99. That’s half the price of a base model GoPro, the leading brand that defines this category.
Polaroid seems to have the makings of a mainstream ...
Slowly but surely, iPhone users are updating to iOS 8, the new operating software for iPhones and iPads, Apple reports.
The technology company has added a new pie graph to its App Store Distribution page for developers, which notes that 46% of users have upgraded to iOS 8. Meanwhile, 49% of users continue to use iOS 7 and 5% are still using even earlier versions.
Earlier this week, multiple usage trackers determined that iOS 8 adoption was off to a slower start than iOS 7. One possible reason...
Apps are big business. Everyone is using them for games, messaging, and information. Some people are even making their own.
Small businesses and amateur programmers might be interested in getting into the app game, too. There are plenty of tutorials online for building an app. The hard part is figuring out what to do once the app has been built. How do you get it to people?
See also: How To Build A WinJS App In 10 Easy Steps
If you've built a Web app—that is, a self-contained program designed ...
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