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vsc_news_forbes October 16
2014

‘Osmo’ Launches Play Revolution With $12 Million Funding And Apple Retail

Today Osmo, the physical iPad add-on with educational games, announced Apple as a retail partner with the product now available for purchase. This, along with critical acclaim and $12 million in funding, set the scene for Osmo to go mass market.

Bloomberg Business Week October 16
2014

Canaan Partners Raises $675 Million for 10th Fund

Canaan Partners, which has backed start-ups such as mobile-game producer Kabam Inc., raised $675 million in a 10th fund, bringing the total capital under management to $4.2 billion. The venture capital firm, based in Menlo Park, California, raised the fund in less than a month, a record time frame, Dan Ciporin, general partner, said in [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch October 8
2014

The Grid Uses Artificial Intelligence To Design Your Websites For You

Designing a good-looking website has never been easy, and while many services promise to let you build a site without ever having to touch any code, you quickly reach their limits if you want to have a more advanced site. The Grid, which is launching its crowdfunding campaign today, promises to do away with all [...]

cnet_logo October 8
2014

The Grid hopes polished publishing will rekindle website creation

It’s time to reclaim your corner of the Internet. So believe those behind The Grid, a startup that launched Wednesday with a service designed to generate slick and easily updated sites out of the text and photos customers upload.

New York Times October 8
2014

Truecaller, a Swedish Caller ID Start-Up, Raises $60 Million

Tired of phone calls from numbers you do not recognize? Now there’s a smartphone app for that — and money behind it. Truecaller, a start-up based in Stockholm, allows anyone to identify incoming calls and search for people’s phone numbers anywhere in the world through an online database.

recode_large_verge_medium_landscape October 8
2014

Sweden’s Truecaller Gets $60 Million From Atomico, Kleiner Perkins

While a better version of Caller ID may not sound like a huge idea, some notable investors are betting that Sweden’s Truecaller is on to something big. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Atomico are leading a fresh $60 million round for Truecaller, with Kleiner’s John Doerr, Atomico’s Mattias Ljungman and investor Jerry Murdock all [...]

New York Times October 3
2014

Yodlee, a Hub for Financial Apps, Raises $75 Million in I.P.O.

Yodlee, a company that serves as a hub for consumer financial apps, raised $75 million in its initial public offering on Thursday. Underwriters for the 15-year-old company priced the offering at $12 a share, at the midpoint of the expected price range of $11 to $13 a share. That values the company at about $340 [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch October 2
2014

Locqus Launches To Equip Plumbers And Handymen With Technology

So you run a little plumbing company. You have a couple of plumbers. They’re good guys. You get a call for a job, and assign it to Jim who has car trouble but doesn’t phone back to the office to let you know. Now the customer is upset and her cat is still stuck in [...]

VentureBeat October 2
2014

Olio’s wearables might not be as fugly as the rest

It’s quite shocking that, until Apple finally unveiled its Watch, the smartwatches we’d seen were all so … shall I say, fugly.The problem with smartwatches so far is that they’re analogous to gym shoes. They have rubber and some sporty design, and are relevant to only about five percent of our day, just like the [...]

GigaOM October 2
2014

Heads up display startup Navdy nabs $6.5 million in seed funding to bring its GPS system to cars

Navdy, a San Francisco startup planning to ship a dashboard heads up display in early 2015, is set to announce today a $6.5 million seed funding round that will be used to hire staff and prepare for manufacturing. Navdy actually secured the money before launching its pre-order campaign in August — a move that would [...]

cnet_logo September 29
2014

Fashionistas who need to unload clothes? There’s an app for that

In order to supplement her compulsive shopping, and keep her closet space in check, Kathleen Ensign used to sell her used clothes by lugging black garbage bags to a consignment store once a month. Ensign said she’s never thought she’d ever use a smartphone to shop for clothes, let alone sell them. She was even [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch September 29
2014

Kahuna Plans To Avoid “Wrist Fatigue” With New Algorithm For Smartwatch App Notifications

It sounds like the upcoming Apple Watch and other wearable gadgets are going to create a whole new avenue for apps to communicate with you — and that could get pretty annoying. At least, that’s the assumption at Kahuna, a Sequoia Capital-backed startup that helps mobile marketers test and automate their push notifications.

recode_large_verge_medium_landscape September 23
2014

Made in the USA: Gumi Brings Some New Game Development Stateside

Asia accounts for more than half of the $21 billion mobile gaming market, which explains why Western companies ranging from EA to King to Kabam are trying to reach its players. But gaming companies in Asia are also looking to travel in the opposite direction, to reach high-spending gamers in North America and Europe. To [...]

GigaOM September 18
2014

Osmo clocks more than $2M in pre-sales for its iPad games, adds customization options

Looks like I’m not the only one who really likes Osmo, the iPad-based game platform that combines iOS with the real world by letting kids manipulate objects in front of the iPad’s camera. Osmo has gotten more than $2 million in pre-sales since it first launched its crowd-funding campaign in May, and the company has [...]

Wall Street Journal September 15
2014

Can’t Find Your Keys? Just Look at Your Phone

It is the kind of question that pops up with alarming frequency: Where are my keys? Where are my glasses? Where is the cat? A growing number of companies large and small are racing to provide answers via wireless tags that can be attached to household objects (or pet collars) and located with the aid of [...]

Business Insider September 15
2014

Meet The 32 Most Powerful Women In Mobile Advertising, 2014

Men tend to dominate the mobile advertising world. Last year, only one woman made our list of the most powerful people in mobile advertising. So we asked readers and companies to nominate who they thought are the most influential women in the business. We also asked that they nominate at least one other competitor to ensure [...]

Todayoldd August 27
2014

Americans lost $8.6 billion to phone fraud in last year, survey suggests

Phone fraud is a highly lucrative crime. Americans lose a staggering amount of money this way, but with millions of victims, it’s hard to tally the losses. A new report provides some estimated numbers. The online survey, conducted by The Harris Poll for Truecaller, found that 17.6 million Americans lost an estimated $8.6 billion to [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch August 21
2014

Game Developer Gumi, A Sega And Line Partner, Enters North America With Four New Studios

The North America digital game market is worth $11.8 billion, but it’s proven tough to navigate for high-profile companies like Candy Crush maker King and Zynga. But Japanese gaming company gumi is undeterred. It announced today that it will open four new game studios to make content specifically for the North American market. The gaming [...]

Quartz-Logo August 21
2014

For coders, tests will replace resumes and interviews

Companies mostly guess at the quality of potential hires. They rely on exaggerated resumes, and often unreliable references. Most people aren’t especially good at interviewing, and are prone to bias. Even with exhaustive pre-screening, many interviews end up being a waste of time on both ends. HackerRank, a Bangalore and Palo Alto based start-up, aims to fix that problem for the competitive tech-hiring [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch August 14
2014

Heads-Up Display Navdy Hits $1M In Pre-Orders During First Week

Navdy, the voice and gesture-controlled heads-up display that wants to keep your eyes on the road, hit $1 million in pre-orders in its first week of the company’s pre-order campaign.Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, says the response has been incredible and has surprised the team in a positive way. At one point in the last [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch August 7
2014

Brazil’s Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America

The experiment with e-commerce and delivery services that’s taking hold in the U.S. actually may see more traction in emerging markets, where big retailers had struggled because of infrastructure and logistics issues. Latin American and Asian e-commerce players are angling to become the dominant players in retail with same-day delivery for goods and services that were traditionally [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch August 7
2014

Sproutling Opens Pre-Orders For Wearable Baby Monitor That Makes Your Life Less Stressful

Calling itself the “world’s smartest baby monitor” Sproutling is launching its pre-order campaign today for its machine-learning monitor that predicts a baby’s sleeping patterns, mood and room conditions to provide personalized insights for parents via an iOS app. Last year, Sproutling raised $2.6 million and an additional $100,000 this year to design the wearable aimed at raising parenting IQ and relieving stress.  

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2014

Wearable band can predict when your baby wakes up

Rewarding as it is, being a new parent can be really scary – which is why most first time moms and dads are more than willing to seek all the help they can get. With this in mind, some Apple and Google alums have teamed behind a San Francisco startup called Sproutling, whose first product [...]

good-morning-america-logo August 6
2014

New App Lets Patients Video Chat With Doctors

The service called “Healthtap Prime” allows users to connect with doctors anytime, anywhere for a 30-minute consultation.  

The_Next_Web August 5
2014

Navdy puts a smartphone-connected heads-up display in your car

While Apple and Google are making a push into the automobile with CarPlay and Android Auto, they both require use the center dashboard as the main display. Navdy wants you to keep an eye on the road at all times and while doing so, see exactly where you’re going.

vsc_news_tech_crunch August 5
2014

Navdy’s Heads-Up Display Wants To Be The Safer Alternative To Using Your Smartphone While Driving

Frustrated with using the built-in infotainment system and his phone in his car, Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, decided to create a Google Glass-reminiscent heads-up display to create a new and safer way to interact with smartphones while driving. Now I know what you’re thinking — why is he using his phone while driving? Nowadays, smartphones have replaced built-in [...]

Time-Logo August 4
2014

The Vessyl Cup Can Tell Exactly How Many Calories Are In Your Drink

The Vessyl is the world’s first smart cup, a product that can tell you exactly what you’re drinking and what its nutrient content is in “real time” via on LED screen on its side. With the help of an iPhone app, the Vessyl also aggregates data about your beverage-ingesting habits and can tell you how [...]

abc7-logo August 4
2014

NEW APP PROMISES DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS ON DEMAND

For a lot of people, the biggest trouble with a doctor’s appointment isn’t the doctor, but the appointment instead. Now, a Bay Area startup thinks it has a way to get rid of appointments, waiting rooms and co-pays for some of the most common reasons we go to the doctor.

cnbc-logo11 July 30
2014

The doctor can see you now…on your iPhone

Your next doctor’s visit could be on your iPhone. HealthTap, a mobile health start-up with an app that allows patients to ask medical questions to a network of doctors, is the latest mobile health firm to use telemedicine to connect patients to doctors in real-time for treatment. The new service, called HealthTap Prime, launched on Wednesday. It [...]

wired-lgoo July 30
2014

HealthTap’s Video Chatting Doctors Want to End Your WebMD Meltdowns

“On the internet,” says Ron Gutman, “every headache becomes a brain tumor in four clicks or less.” For Gutman and his colleagues in the world of health tech, this has become a running joke, a cheeky nod to just how far the human imagination can wander after a quick search of benign symptoms. But there’s more [...]

wired-lgoo July 30
2014

HealthTap’s Video Chatting Doctors Want to End Your WebMD Meltdowns

“On the internet,” says Ron Gutman, “every headache becomes a brain tumor in four clicks or less. For Gutman and his colleagues in the world of health tech, this has become a running joke, a cheeky nod to just how far the human imagination can wander after a quick search of benign symptoms. But there’s more [...]

PC Mag July 28
2014

Get Organized: How to Manage Video Files

Shooting video is more convenient and accessible than most of us could have dreamed even a few years ago, making it tempting to clutter up your computer and smartphone with clips of family vacations, videos of your dog eating bugs (guilty as charged), and other slices of life. You should want to keep them all and edit [...]

GigaOM July 17
2014

No Signal? goTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere

For all of our dependency on mobile phones, there are still quite a few places in this world you can’t get a wireless signal, from mountaintops to national parks to rural highways and even the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  

bloomberglogo July 17
2014

How Superstorm Sandy Gave Rise to Wireless Startup

Daniela Perdomo credits the absence of basic communication services after superstorm Sandy for inspiring GoTenna Inc., a do-it-yourself wireless network that can carry text messages to Androids and Apple iPhones.

New York Times July 16
2014

Lightly Worn, Heavily Shared

After Brenda Edmondson lost 50 pounds over the course of a year, she wanted to buy a new wardrobe. But first, she needed to get rid of her old clothes. “I decided I needed to purge my closet,” said Ms. Edmondson, 47, who lives in Brentwood, Tenn. So she turned to Poshmark, a mobile app for [...]

GigaOM July 14
2014

My daughter and I agree: Osmo’s iPad kids games are great

I was pretty excited when I first saw Osmo, the iPad accessory that extends playing to the real world, going as far as to call it “the iPad’s next killer app.” But getting a demo of a of a product is one thing. This week, I finally got to put Osmo to a real test — by handing [...]

Forbes July 10
2014

‘Osmo’ Turns Tables Into Interactive Classrooms

Having seen the pristine adverts for the Osmo iPad peripheral promise augmented reality perfection I was a little suspicious how well this would actually work in the home. Trying it out with my family I struggled to find fault with it though. Unlike our experience with other camera based interactions (whether on the 3DS, Vita or Xbox Kinect) [...]

Todayoldd July 9
2014

Make a rainy day fun! 8 toys to keep your kids happy and busy

Meredith Sinclair, a contributor for TTPM.com, which spotlights toys and reveals where you can buy them, joins TODAY with some fun game and craft ideas for kids.

vsc_news_tech_crunch July 2
2014

Fitmob Launches MobTribes, Gets Into The Personal Training Market

Some people are paying up to $120 per session to get yelled at twice a week. Those people have personal trainers. Fitmob, the company known for funny group fitness workouts like “Weapons of Ass Reduction” and “Drop it Like a Squat,” is now getting into the game with the launch of a new personal training program called MobTribes. Its goal is to [...]

Yahoo_Logo July 1
2014

Yahoo Tech’s Absolute Favorite Tech Stuff of 2014 (So Far)

We are officially halfway through 2014. What gadgets, websites, apps, and assorted other releases have brought the Yahoo Tech staff the most joy in the first six months of this year?  

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