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FinancialForce Hauls In $110M Investment

TechCrunch - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:00am
 FinancialForce, the cloud ERP system (enterprise resource planning) built on top of the Salesforce1 platform, announced a new round of funding tonight, landing $110M in additional investment. This round follows a $50M round just last April. Today’s investment is led by Technology Crossover Ventures with additional money coming from Salesforce Ventures. It brings the total investment… Read More

Cruiseable Wants To Disrupt The Cruise Ship Sector, So Far Ignored By Others

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:45pm
 The cruise experience is so damn opaque that few can figure out what exactly is the right experience, especially amid all the schmaltzy marketing. Cruiseable is a new startup aimed at matching those who want a cruise ship vacation to the experience that fits them. On the face of it, it doesn’t sound that disruptive. But anyone familiar with the cruise industry may recognise how useful… Read More

Bloomberg: Apple will let Foxconn buy and resell used iPhones in China

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:20pm
Thanks to the consistently high local demand, the iPhone resell business is rather lucrative in China, to the point where even the company who actually manufactures the devices wants in as well. According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to launch an iPh...

Taiwan’s 91APP Raises $9M To Make Launching E-Commerce Apps Easier

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:08pm
 91APP, a Taipei-based startup that wants to make it easy for small merchants to launch e-commerce apps, has raised $9 million in series A funding, led by AppWorks with participation by CID Group, NineYi Capital, Hung-tze Jan (founder of PChome, one of Taiwan’s leading e-commerce marketplaces), and Senao chairman Paul Lin. Read More

Amazon hosts a robot competition to automate its warehouses

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:57pm
Amazon leans heavily on warehouse robots to assist workers and fulfill your orders on time, but these machines still can't pack items quickly enough to replace humans. However, the internet giant is determined to make these mechanical helpers more us...

Daily Roundup: Mercedes' self-driving concept car, living with a feature phone and more!

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:29pm
Welcome to the latest edition of the Daily Roundup. Find out what it's like to ride in Mercedes' luxurious self-driving concept car. Meanwhile, we try to live with a high-end feature phone and Tennessee sues the FCC over municipal internet. Get all t...

The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:10pm
sciencehabit writes Today researchers unveiled the largest ever set of full genomes from a single population: Iceland. The massive project, carried out by a private company in the country, deCODE genetics, has yielded new disease risk genes, insights into human evolution, and a list of more than 1000 genes that people can apparently live without. The project also serves as a model for other countries' efforts to sequence their people's DNA for research on personalized medical care, says study leader Kári Stefánsson, deCODE's CEO. For example, the United States is planning to sequence the genomes of 1 million Americans over the next few years and use the data to devise individualized treatments.

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NASA's asteroid capture mission is a testbed for trips to Mars

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:55pm
NASA is finally done assessing its two options for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Its final choice? Option B: it plans to grab a chunk of its target asteroid and take the boulder-sized piece to the moon's orbit. While Option A sounded more exci...

Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:18pm
 F8 started with a family photo. But not of the Zuckerbergs. Of Facebook’s products. “Facebook used to be this one blue app on your phone, and now Facebook is a family of apps” said its CEO as he showed off the user counts of the different family members. Facebook Groups with 700 million. WhatsApp with 700 million. Messenger with 600 million. Instagram with 300 million. And… Read More

The Big Picture: Russia readies Soyuz rockets ahead of ISS mission

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:12pm
When American astronaut Scott Kelly Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka leave Earth for their 12 month stay on the International Space Station, they'll be riding this Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft. The launch is scheduled for this Fri...

Dad and Daughter Recreate <em>Jurassic Park</em> With $100,000 In Lego Pieces

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:58pm
mpicpp writes Animator Paul Hollingsworth and his daughter Hailee, along with some help from a few "master builders" — decided to Jurassic Park using only Lego pieces. More than $100,000 in Lego were used, according to the video's description. The result is a surprisingly stunning and hilarious version of the 1993 dino-thriller. The team behind the film also released an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the production.

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Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:30pm
BUL2294 writes Consumerist has an article about a homeowner in Kitsap County, Washington who is unable to get broadband service. Due to inaccurate broadband availability websites, Comcast's corporate incompetence, CenturyLink's refusal to add new customers in his area, and Washington state's restrictions on municipal broadband, the owner may be left with no option but to sell his house 2 months after he bought it, since he works from home as a software developer. To add insult to injury, BroadbandMaps.gov says he has 10 broadband options in his zip code, some of which are not applicable to his address, have exorbitant costs (e.g. wireless), or are for municipal providers that are prevented from doing business with him by state law. Yet, Comcast insists in filings that "the broadband marketplace is more competitive than ever." As someone who had Comcast call to cancel on the day of my closing (two days before my scheduled install) because they didn't offer service to my house after all, I can sympathize.

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Age ratings for UK music videos start appearing on YouTube and Vevo

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:01pm
Last summer, the UK government said it was working with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to bring age ratings to music videos available online. The scheme is intended "to help parents protect their children from some of the graphic con...

Every UK House of Commons member is getting an iPad

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:57pm
When the UK's Members of Parliament get down to work following the election in May, they'll have more than just a new government on their hands -- they'll have a tablet, too. The Parliamentary tech team is handing out cellular-equipped iPad Air 2 uni...

Google Will Not Integrate Its Dart Programming Language Into Chrome

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:49pm
 Dart is not coming to Chrome, Google announced today. The lingua franca of the web is JavaScript, but with Dart, Google launched a project that effectively aimed to replace JavaScript. In Google’s view, Dart offered advantages like static typing and other features that made it a better choice for developers. The idea was for Google and other browser vendors to integrate Dart right into… Read More

Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:46pm
Steven Levy writes At Facebook's F8 developer conference, the ascension of the Messenger app was the major announcement. Messenger is no longer just a part of Facebook, but a standalone platform to conduct a wide variety of instant communications, not only with friends, but with businesses you may deal with as well. It will compete with other messaging services such as Snapchat, Line and even Facebook's own WhatsApp by offering a dizzying array of features, many of them fueled by the imagination and self-interest of thousands of outside software developers.

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Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:24pm
 Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t cook much, and when I do, it’s usually something simple like eggs or pasta. I’d like to be more adventurous, I swear, but every time I try to follow a fancy recipe, I always end up covered in sweat and/or tears. That’s why I’m eager to try out recipes from a new startup called Kitchenbowl, which is announcing today that it has… Read More

Public medical database aims to 'open-source' your body

Engadget - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:16pm
Science needs your private data to speed up breakthroughs. Researchers find it increasingly hard to recruit participants. Apple did its part earlier this month with ResearchKit and made an attempt to get users involved in medical studies. But it soon...

NASA's ARM Will Take a Boulder From an Asteroid and Put It In Lunar Orbit

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:03pm
coondoggie writes NASA officials today said they have picked the specific asteroid mission and offered new details for that mission which could launch in the 2020 timeframe. Specifically, NASA's associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will rendezvous with the target asteroid, land a robotic spacecraft on the surface, grab a 4 meter or so sized boulder and begin a six-year journey to redirect the boulder into orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts.

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Facebook’s ComponentKit Is A New Framework For Building iOS App Interfaces

TechCrunch - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00pm
 At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced the launch of ComponentKit, a new Objective-C library the company built to improve the performance of its iOS app. As Facebook notes, ComponentKit uses a functional and declarative approach to building user interfaces that focuses on one-way data flow from immutable models. As Facebook engineer Daria Stroganova noted in a session at… Read More