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Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+ and starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won't do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can im

Crunchweek: Fallout From The Sony Hack

Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI's confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House…there has been so much coming out of the Sony breach that this week

Sony's CEO Michael Lynton: ?We Have Not Given In.?

Sony CEO Michael Lynton blamed theaters for the studio's decision to pull out from the scheduled theatrical release of the Interview this Christmas. He told CNN in an exclusive interview that Sony had no other choice after a slew of theaters decided

After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War

The battle between Sony and what the FBI believes are North Korean hackers may be at its end, but the war for the security of the enterprise is just getting started. Companies have been rapidly transitioning their legacy systems to modern IT technolo

Carnival's Mobile Marketing Platform Gets More Automated

When someone tells me that they're introducing “trigger messaging” to their product, well, it's not the most thrilling start to a conversation. But hey, mention automated FaceTime calls from One Direction, and suddenly I'm on-board. (Not

Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers

Reddit, the world's favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to the site's readers using a lottery method. The 950,000

Apple Responds To BBC Panorama's Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC's Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple's own stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported

Gillmor Gang LIVE 12.19.14

Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Alexia Tsotsis, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm PT. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More

Facebook's f8 Developer Conference Will Expand To 2 Days In SF, March 25-26 2015

Facebook has so much to announce at next year's f8, it's adding a second day for its developer conference now slated for March 26th and 26th, 2015 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. Registration will open in early 2015, but developers hoping to at

EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use a EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding

All Day Raises $2 Million To Be A Media Portal For The Twitter Generation

Would-be media moguls take heart: with nothing more than a Twitter handle and a dream, you can raise capital to become the next Vice or Vox Media Group, or Buzzfeed. All it takes is a knack for viral content, 2.15 million followers on your marquee Tw

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry. BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We're also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if

This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

Up until the last few years, heat sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super-rich got to play with. Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) chea

Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week

Tesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick fill-up that's speedier than actually refuelling a

Obama Says Sony Made A Mistake In Their Response To The Hack

Disagree with Sony's decision to pull The Interview from theaters? So does President Barack Obama. In a statement during a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said: “I am sympathetic to the concerns that [Sony] faced. Having said a

Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

Canary, the $250, all-in-one home security system that caught the attention of our hearts and minds back in 2013, has finally started shipping. The device launched on Indiegogo back in July of 2013, with a goal of $100,000. By the time the campaign h

Facebook Launches Separate ?Stickers For Messenger? App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos

Today Facebook is releasing a new app called “Stickers For Messenger” that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to a friend. “Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people

Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts

Milliseconds make a difference when it comes to chat. The less lag, the more it feels like being in the same room. But with texting, we lost the cues like nods and “mmhmm”s that tell you someone heard what you said. Today Facebook Messeng

Canonical's ?Snappy Ubuntu? Lands On AWS

Canonical's stripped down “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon's AWS cloud computing platform. If you've followed along over the last few weeks, that's not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure a

The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

The FBI has officially put the blame on the North Korean government for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack which resulted in the theft of mass amounts of personal and commercial data, as well as the shut down of Sony Pictures work computers, for wh

GamerGate Harassment Of Zoe Quinn Stoops To New Low

GamerGate has not bottomed out quite yet. The pent up rage of a group of disenfranchised misogynists has found a new digital outlet for harassing one of their targets, games developer Zoe Quinn, in the form of Amazon Kindle e-books. Read More

Sony's ?The Interview' Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks, Imply New Hacker Emails

Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that Sony execs got a new email that matches the pattern, language and email list of previous thr

Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

“2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR ac

Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. Not surprisingly, venture capitalists had taken a (puff

Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools

Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that's really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney told me the company's goal is to “legitimize web voting,” and i

Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

It's rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic ar

Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment

Editor's Note: Stephanie Ratté is a project coordinator and research analyst with the Governance of Forests Initiatives; Carole Excell is the project director of The Access Initiative at the World Resources Institute and Lauren Williams is an associa

Mobile-First Sales Support Platform Showpad Acquires Storydesk's Assets

Off the back of a $8.5 million in new funding, Belgium and San Francisco-based startup Showpad, which provides mobile-first software to help support sales teams, has acquired some of the assets of New York-based Storydesk. Read More

Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades. This rise in t

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding

Eva Wants To Quantify Your Showering

Eva is a device that attaches to your shower, adding a proximity sensor, temperature sensor and a water flow valve so it can intelligently throttle back the water flow when the ideal water temperature is reached or when the occupant has stepped away

Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash

Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site's professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons. The project was originally intended to allow photograp

Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire

Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in

Neurence's Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition whi

Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness

The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person. Over the last 10 years, a

Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA

Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition re

Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood?

Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models' inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dism

A Holiday Gift Guide For Your Tech-Savvy Girlfriends

Whether you are looking for your girlfriend, your gal pal or that special lady in your life, or a gift for yourself, these items promise to charge, inform and add some chic style for the new year. Tory Burch for Fitbit Whether you go with the pendant

Google Claims 2015 Will Be A ?Moment? For Surveillance Reform

Google thinks that next year will be a big moment for surveillance reform. So much so that the company set up a special page on its ‘Take Action' hub, asking individuals to sign something akin to a petition of sorts to “help make the Inte

Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Acquires Italy's Cibando

Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service backed by Vy Capital, Info Edge, and Sequoia Capital, continues to be on an acquisition spree as a means to accelerate its international expansion. Read More

Still Not On Inbox By Gmail? They Just Gave All Users 10 Invites Each

Have you somehow still not gotten a chance to try Inbox, despite Google opening up the service to anyone who asked on multiple occasions? It's okay. I understand. You can't be sitting on Twitter looking for these sorts of things to pop up all the tim

ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

Does your photo management solution recognize your cat? Your mom? Your dog? No, it does not. That's why there's ZZ Photo. The app, built by a Ukrainian team, is essentially a shoebox for all of your photos but with a few smarts built in. It is Window

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret's Not One Of Them

Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading c

RebelMouse Expands Its Publisher Tools With The River, A Personalized Newsfeed

RebelMouse first launched as way for people to combine their social network updates into a “social front page,” but more recently, it's been working to give publishers social tools for their own websites and apps, through a platform calle

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

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Jawbone UP3 Likely Won't Ship In Time For Christmas After All

If you had plans to tuck a Jawbone UP3 under the tree for someone this year, it's probably time to start thinking about something else. When Jawbone first told us about their plans to release a new fitness tracker, they wouldn't give us an exact date

Duet Makes Your iPad A No-Compromise Display For Your Mac

iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy a

This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that'll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It's a classic scene from basically every

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

Sony's new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big bene

VHX Introduces An iPhone App And Library So You Can View Your Whole Video Collection In One Place

To make it easier for VHX customers to keep track of their content, the company is introducing a Library where all their purchased videos will be stored. Users can now view their library on the VHX website itself, or they can access it through a new
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