Nutanix up 131% on first day of trading
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 4:08 pm

 Nutanix made its stock market debut with a bang. After pricing shares at $16, the enterprise data storage company saw 131% gains on its first day of trading. With clients like Toyota and Best Buy, Nutanix aims to make it easier for businesses to manage their data centers. Its cloud offerings are making infrastructure “invisible, so the businesses can focus on applications and… Read More

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 3:25 pm

 It appears that Twitch-integrated games are not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch Prime will include perks like “free loot every month,” as well as… Read More

Nintendo shows off some highly nerdy features of the NES Mini
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 3:17 pm

 Nintendo has further taken the wraps off the must-have gaming gadget of the holidays — which is to say, the one we’re all buying ourselves as soon as it’s available. An aggressively retro-themed video released today visually demonstrates three of the the NES Mini’s features. Brace yourself, it’s about to get real nerdy in here. Read More

Apply now for Include Office Hours with First Round Capital!
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:38 pm

 TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level.… Read More

PewDiePie’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:25 pm

 What happens when the world’s biggest YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg tells his 48 million YouTube subscribers to download and play his new mobile game? The game promptly shoots up to the top of the App Store, and the servers crash under the load. That’s what happened, at least, following the iOS and Android launch of “PewDiePie’s Tuber… Read More

Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:08 pm

 Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they’re down to fork. Read More

Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:00 pm

 Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More

New Google Tilt Brush demo shows what it’s like to paint with friends in VR
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 1:44 pm

 One of the more fun usages of virtual reality to have already emerged is Google’s Tilt Brush. The VR painting simulator is often one of the first things I demo to first-time VR users and it really allows people to lose themselves in a VR world and make it whatever they want it to be. Art is more fun with friends, and it appears Google is discovering that as well. Today, the company… Read More

So now we have a federal CISO
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 1:00 pm

 So now we have a federal CISO as part of the OMB (Office of Management and Budget). But what does that really mean? Read More

9 tricks to appear smart in brainstorming meetings
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 12:30 pm

 The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (October 4, Andrews McMeel) In a brainstorming meeting, the pressure of coming up with incredible new ideas can be debilitating. Luckily, the last thing most corporations want is new ideas. During these largely pointless exercises, the point is to contribute using the mere gravitas of… Read More

Facebook “Messenger Day” is the chat app’s new Snapchat Stories clone
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 12:10 pm

 Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn’t popular yet. Today in Poland it launched “Messenger Day”, which lets people share illustrated filter-enhanced photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like on Snapchat. By using the international popularity of Messenger to spread the Stories format, Facebook could boost retention… Read More

Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 11:57 am

 We’re taking more digital photos than ever, but we’re not very good about printing them out to enjoy them in our homes. Meanwhile, the digital picture frame market has filled with cheap products that haven’t kept up with technology developments, like ubiquitous Wi-Fi, better photo quality, and higher resolutions, in order to instead chase ever-lower price points. Aura aims… Read More

Garmin makes fitness trackers for kids now
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 11:52 am

 I’m doing my best to resist the urge to go all Andy Rooney here and complain about kids these days. You’ve heard that one before. And besides, with all of those new VR tools and Pokemon Going, kids are probably getting a better work out than they have in a generation, right? Also, let’s be honest, when it comes to getting off the couch and moving around, we could all probably… Read More

Trocafone unlocks Latin America’s smartphone market selling certified, pre-owned phones
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 11:01 am

 Sometimes it’s a startup business, and not political power, that grows out of the barrel of a gun. At least, that’s the story behind Trocafone, a Brazilian startup that just raised $7 million for its services buying, refurbishing, and re-selling smartphones across Latin America. The company’s journey began with an armed robbery in Argentina. Read More

Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 10:55 am

 It’s good news and bad news for the publishing industry. The good news is that print revenue was up 3.4 percent in April, primarily in trade paperbacks, with some solid grown in young adult print and religious titles. The bad news is that revenue is down 4.3 percent year-to-date with a 7 percent loss in April compared to 2015. Further, ebook sales were down 22.7% compared to last year.… Read More

Camp David, from the makers of Milk Studios, brings co-working to BK’s Industry City
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 10:45 am

 Brooklynites looking for a place to build their wares now have yet another option in the form of Camp David. Camp David comes to us via Milk Studios founders Mazdack Rassi and Erez Shternlicht, who have experience in bringing this type of space to life in the studio production world. With Camp David, they hope to expand that footprint into other creative verticals including tech. Camp David… Read More

The new LIFX smart bulb emits infrared light to help security cameras see better
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 10:36 am

 California-based lighting startup LIFX has released a number of smart lightbulbs since completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in early 2013. The latest from the company is pretty straightforward as far as such things go, offering up the kind of features we’ve long come to expect from the company and competition like the Philips Hue. The bulb’s intensity and color… Read More

Amazon shows its first games integrated with Twitch
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 10:16 am

 Amazon Game Studios this week showed off the first games that will be integrated with live-streaming site Twitch, which Amazon acquired for over $1 billion in 2014.  The new games will run on Lumberyard, the game engine powered by Amazon Web Services, that debuted earlier this year. These integrations will allow gamers to stream their broadcasts in real-time, overlaid with live stats,… Read More

Teddy Ruxpin returns with eyes that can rend the bonds of space and time
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 10:10 am

 In this, the 3000th Year Since The Coming Of The Wanderer (All Praise His Mercy), we are greeted by the fifth Potentate, a Teddy Ruxpin with LCD eyes and iPad connectivity. Teddy Ruxpin, or, as his followers in the Cities of Refuge called him, Ted, is a robotic toy that reads to children and then flays your mind from stem to stern, stealing all hope and blasting your personality to ribbons… Read More

The last time Logitech released a webcam, Obama was running for re-election
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 9:17 am

 The last time Logitech released a webcam, the year’s hit song was by a fresh-faced Canadian newcomer named Carly Rae, Ryan Lochte was most famous for swimming, and we were all pretty sure the world was going to end in December. Sure that last bit still seems like 50/50, Mayan prophecies aside, but one thing’s for certain: webcams just aren’t the hot commodity they once… Read More

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