The Purple Home Screen

No, it’s not Ubuntu on a phone, but you’d forgiven for mistaking the similar color scheme. This design, courtesy of My Color Screen user Vivek S brings a splash of color to a functional home screen. How to Dual Boot Ubuntu on Your Android Device Canonical has been developing Ubuntu for Devices for a while. Unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly …Read […]




Find Out How You Can Work Better & Smarter With an iPad

  Are you a doctor? A lawyer? An engineer? A teacher, an artist, a sales executive? A banker, an airline pilot, an entrepreneur? Whatever you do for a living, your work does not define you. Instead, you hold the power to define the way you work. And the way the world works is changing fast, thanks to the magic, convenience,[…]




Dropbox Calls For Support Of The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

This morning,Dropbox released new information detailing government requests for its user data, and information about certain user accounts. The company also called for the passage of the Senate’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act. In the first half of 2014, Dropbox received “268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies and 0-249 national security requests.” In a separate post, the company[…]

Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

Steven Hillion is co-founder of Alpine Data Labs where he leads development of an enterprise platform for advanced analytics. Before joining Alpine, he has managed teams of data scientists and engineers at companies such as Siebel and Greenplum.  Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where[…]

Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

Snapchat Stories are a huge hit, with the photos and videos you post to your profile now more popular than Snap messages. But they’re still easy to forget about since they’re pull and not push — they aren’t sent to friends directly and don’t generate alerts. You had to seek them out. Until now. Snapchat confirms to me[…]

DataStax Lands $106M In Series E Funding

DataStax, the commercial face of the open source Apache Cassandra database, announced $106M in Series E Funding, bringing their total to date to over $190M in funding. Today’s round was led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers with additional investors including ClearBridge, Cross Creek and Wasatch, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. Existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Scale[…]




KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

Swedish maker of bitcoin miners, KnCMiner, has announced a $14 million Series A to help build out new mining chips along with hosted mining services. Founded by Sam Cole and Andreas Kenner, the company raised with GP Bullhound advising. Creandumled the round. “The funding will enable KnCMiner to expand its mining operations and ability to offer services to consumers in relation[…]

Firefox Beta Gets Built-In WebRTC Video Calls On Desktop, Chromecast And Roku Video Casting On Android

Mozilla is launching the latest batch of updates to the Firefox beta channels for desktop and Android today. While there weren’t all that many exciting changes in the last few releases, today’s updates include a couple of interesting new user-facing tools. Update: looks like we jumped the gun here. The updates are live yet but should be available very soon. On[…]

Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

Tweet a graphic image relating to a video allegedly showing the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Costolo also noted that[…]

Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant’s later-stage investment fund), with additional investment from past backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Thumbtack has now raised a total of $150[…]

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

  Convincing users to join in new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse of how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing[…]