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AirServer can now transmit your iPhone screen to your Xbox
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:39 pm

AirServer, makers of software that essentially turns anything into an AirPlay sever, has announced the availability of AirServer for the Xbox One. That means you can transmit your AirPlay screens to your gaming console, thereby creating a black hole of Microsoft-on-Apple madness. Air Server also lets you transmit via Google Cast and Miracast as well. The software is available now for $9.99… Read More

The New York Times invests in theSkimm
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:16 pm

 Big media companies are backing newsletter startup theSkimm. Following an $8 million round led by 21st Century Fox that was announced in June, theSkimm announced today that it has raised an additional $500,000 from The New York Times, Yannick Bolloré (CEO of ad giant Havas Group), strategic advisory firm MediaLink and actress Mariska Hargitay. The company says it now has 4 million… Read More

Movie pirate? Don’t trust Plex Cloud
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:09 pm

 Plex is a pirate’s best friend. It’s by far the best way to get movies downloaded illegally from the computer to TV. Sure, Plex has a handful of useful, legal features, but let’s be honest, its big claim to fame is hosting and serving downloaded movies. And now the company behind the software announced a service where users can stream movies, photos and music stored on… Read More

This is probably Google’s 4K Chromecast “Ultra”
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:08 pm

 If you’ve been waiting for a Chromecast with 4K video support, good news: it’s looking more and more real with each passing day. Rumors have been floating around for a few weeks now of an upcoming “Chromecast Ultra”, which Android Police says will make its debut at Google’s October 4th event. Now we know what it looks like. Posted by gadget soothsayer Evan… Read More

Microsoft’s Project Springfield helps developers find and squash bugs
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:08 pm

 Microsoft today announced a first preview of Project Springfield at its Ignite conference in Atlanta. The cloud-based tool aims to help developers find bugs in their applications by combining fuzz testing, an automated way of testing code by throwing semi-random input at it, with artificial intelligence tools that allow the tool to ask smarter what-if questions when it looks at potential… Read More

3D printing is revolutionizing roadways as well as airplanes
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 4:00 pm

 Much anticipation has been built around the future of the automotive and aerospace industries in the wake of recent advancements in 3D-printing technologies. But what’s often overlooked is the way 3D printing can also revolutionize the transportation infrastructure industry. Read More

You can use encrypted chat app Signal on desktop now
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 3:50 pm

 Signal, the encrypted chat app powered by Open Whisper Systems, is finally available as a desktop app. The free app, which has earned praise from Edward Snowden and security experts like Matt Green and Bruce Schneier for its tough encryption, has long been available for iPhone and Android users.  (Signal’s cryptography is also used in many popular messaging apps, including Facebook… Read More

Biz Stone on the future of search
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 3:30 pm

 Chatbots and SMS are becoming the preferred method of how people and businesses communicate with one another, and it’s time that search engines follow suit. Read More

Yep, Disney is in talks with bankers about possible Twitter acquisition
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 2:50 pm

 Disney has had talks about a potential acquisition of Twitter, we’ve confirmed. They’re working with bankers now to determine whether the deal makes sense, multiple sources have informed us. While some reports have suggested that Twitter could fetch $30 billion, we are hearing that the price tag is much lower. Twitter stock is currently trending upward on the news, and… Read More

Unsexy Flexport scores $65 million as software eats shipping
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:52 pm

 Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry, but most people don’t even know what those words mean. It’s the business of moving boats trucks, and planes full of stuff across the world that’s recently been neglected by technology. Read More

AppLovin is selling a majority stake to Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:23 pm

 Mobile ad startup AppLovin announced today it has agreed to sell a majority stake of the company to Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4 billion. We first reported that AppLovin was in talks with a Chinese company for a $1.5 billion acquisition back in August. In his blog post announcing the deal, co-founder and CEO Adam Foroughi wrote: While this deal is a tremendous… Read More

Uber is researching flying short-haul urban transportation
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:21 pm

 Short-haul flights in airborne taxis: It’s next-level alright, but is it next-level hype, or something city-dwellers can actually look forward to? Uber is betting it’s the latter, according to comments made by the company’s head of products to Recode’s Kara Swisher at a conference this past weekend. Uber’s Jeff Holden said on stage that his company is… Read More

How IoT adopters can make efficient use of their data
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:00 pm

 The adoption of IoT technology can provide companies with unprecedented opportunities to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and tap into new markets previously inaccessible. But that won’t happen when IoT data gathers dust in the cloud. Read More

Twitter’s Gareth Paul Jones, Amex’s Tamar Shapiro check-in to new senior roles at Foursquare
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:59 pm

 Now that the dust has settled from Foursquare’s big split, the company is pushing forward with a few new executives and a brand new office in Los Angeles. The company has recently brought on Gareth Paul Jones — former head of mobile partner integrations at Twitter, who previously held positions at companies like Apple, TRUSTe, and Google — as Director of Technology Services.… Read More

Senator calls for SEC investigation into Yahoo breach
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:48 pm

 Yahoo’s announcement last week that data from 500 million user accounts had been stolen in 2014 by what it called a “state-sponsored actor” certainly alarmed Yahoo’s users and its new bosses at Verizon. But now it seems that eyebrows were raised in the Senate as well. Senator Mark Warner, a co-founder of Nextel and a former startup investor, has called on the Securities… Read More

Science, tech and geek culture site Inverse raises $6M
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Inverse, a new-ish digital media startup founded by Bleacher Report’s Dave Nemetz, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The Inverse site launched in August 2015 and covers a mix of science, technology and entertainment news — as I write this, the front page features stories on astrobiology, future cities and The Simpsons. Nemetz told me the goal is to… Read More

Tech really wants to fix this election
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 With just 42 days left until the election, it’s crunch time for anyone who hasn’t registered to vote. The deadlines to register in most states fall throughout October, with only a few states allowing in-person registration on the day of the election. The process can be confusing, and it’s one that tech companies from Google all the way down to small startups like Sam… Read More

Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:58 am

 In the wake of the 2014 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance programs some startups with concerns about overreaching government requests for user data settled on Switzerland as a base for their business — owing to what they dubbed favorable privacy laws. However, they might need to have a rethink after the Swiss public approved more invasive state surveillance powers in a… Read More

Fallen VC Ifty Ahmed, under investigation by the SEC, claims former employer Oak Investment Partners owes him tens of millions of dollars
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:52 am

 In May of last year, Ifty Ahmed was accused by federal regulators of conning his former employer — the venture capital firm, Oak Investment Partners — out of $65 million. Now, Ahmed suggests, Oak is doing the conning, and he says the stakes are even higher. You might remember Ahmed’s sensational story. According to his former colleagues, Ahmed — who’d joined Oak… Read More

Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebook
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:47 am

 Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More

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