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These 3 startups aim to make travel simple, stress-free and more fun

These 3 startups aim to make travel simple, stress-free and more fun

Travel can be fun, but if you travel too much, you can get sick of packing and unpacking, struggle to keep track of itineraries or simply get tired of doing the same old activities. These three startups want to help you out. From making sure you never have to pack a suitcase again to uncovering unique things to do, they’re bound to make your trips simple, stress-free and fun. Dufl   If you’re a frequent traveler who hates the annoyance of constantly packing and unpacking a suitcase, Dufl has a clever solution that’ll ensure you never have to pack or unpack your own... more »
What you missed in Cloud: High-level visibility

What you missed in Cloud: High-level visibility

The view from the cloud on the people and processes below became much clearer last week after Adobe Systems Inc. teamed up with Microsoft to make customer information stored in its service more accessible from outside the marketing organization, and in particular for the sales personnel charged with the crucial task of turning leads into deals. The alliance will see high-level statistics on the behavior and preferences of different audiences made available through the operating system maker's Dynamics CRM platform to provide a framework for interacting with prospects. That can help determine what to upsell and when, based on previous successes as... more »
3 must-have Apple Watch games to train your brain

3 must-have Apple Watch games to train your brain

Keeping your brain active, improving your cognitive skills and ultimately training your brain has never been easier. There are varieties of popular trivia and puzzle games that have made the move over to the Apple Watch, ensuring that you can train your brain directly from your wrist and avoid using your iPhone. These must-have Apple Watch games will ensure you keep your mind active and improve your trivia knowledge, cognitive skills as well as memory. Trivia Crack     Trivia Crack allows you to compete against your friends to see who the champion is when it comes to trivia knowledge. Sourced from around the world,... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Vertical-specific knowledge

What you missed in Big Data: Vertical-specific knowledge

The analytics ecosystem became even more crowded last week after Hitachi Ltd. tossed its hat into the ring with the introduction of new data services aimed at addressing the highly specialized needs of vertical segments. The launch marks the first fruit of its nine-figure acquisition of Pentaho Corp. this year. The generic business intelligence capabilities that the Japanese industrial giant gained through the deal are now being applied to niche problems in the most strategic areas in which its primary infrastructure and manufacturing businesses operate. One of the new services promises to help medical professionals find useful patterns in patient information, while another... more »
Rumor: 12.9-inch iPad Pro is real, will come with stylus, Force Touch, NFC and more

Rumor: 12.9-inch iPad Pro is real, will come with stylus, Force Touch, NFC and more

A new report seemingly confirms that Apple is working on a 12-inch plus iPad that will boast a feature set aimed at professional users, including a pressure sensitive Bluetooth stylus, Force Touch input technology, a USB-C connector, and more. Rumors of a larger-screen iPad dubbed the iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus, have been doing the rounds for some time. Originally expected in April, more recent rumors have suggested Apple may only release the iPad Pro in September, due to supply chain issues involving the display. Now, someone said to be familiar with Apple’s plans for the iPad has revealed to AppleInsider... more »
Power to the people: Facebook testing ways to customize top of news feed

Power to the people: Facebook testing ways to customize top of news feed

Mark Zuckerberg and the friendly team at Facebook Inc., like nothing more than screwing with news feeds to better make money, but for once they might actually be giving some power back to users. A new test being undertaken by the social networking giant is said to allow Facebook users to pick particular friends and Pages that they’d like to give priority to in their feeds. According to Social Times who reported the news first: “For some mobile users, a box with an animated puppy shows up, prompting the user to ‘See more of what you love.’ “From there, it leads to a screen (below) with bubbles of all of... more »
Periscope & Meerkat users stream Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, when will HBO/ Showtime sue?

Periscope & Meerkat users stream Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, when will HBO/ Showtime sue?

Meerket Inc., and Twitter Inc.'s Periscope may find themselves at the end of legal action from HBO and Showtime after users flooded both services with illegal streams of the "Fight of the Century" on Saturday evening. The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was only available in the United States via cable pay-per-view for a staggering $100, and no online alternative was available for users that didn't have cable. Although reports are mixed, it would appear that Periscope users were more prevalent in streaming the bout, with some streams said to have over 6,000 people watching them at given stages; of note, all the streams were of people... more »
Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee gets fully crowdfunded in 40 minutes

Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee gets fully crowdfunded in 40 minutes

Kickstarter seems to be the place to go if you want to breathe new life into dead video game genres, and games like Star Citizen have already proven that niche markets can still pay off in a big way. Now, the creators of colorful platformer Yooka-Laylee are aiming to do the same thing for the "buddy-duo platformer," a genre that the team basically invented themselves with 1998's Banjo-Kazooie. Within the first 40 minutes of its Kickstarter campaign going live, Yooka-Laylee smashed its funding goal, and the number continues going up. The game has already raised triple its original funding goal, and it is sitting at... more »
MIT IDE is a centerpiece in the future of innovation | #MITIDE

MIT IDE is a centerpiece in the future of innovation | #MITIDE

The changing pace of technology poses both challenges and opportunities. At MIT IDE 2015, Wikibon analysts Steve Chambers, Stu Miniman, and Dave Vellante summed up a lot of the themes of the conference and its vision for the future. Miniman urged both excitement and caution. “As technologists, we kind of say that understanding technology and being an enthusiast for it means you’re optimistic about the future and what this can bring. That said, I’ve got kids and I’m worried about jobs. The productivity piece is the one thing that I’m a little bit still not satisfied with the answers I... more »
Music streaming site Grooveshark finally shut down by legal troubles

Music streaming site Grooveshark finally shut down by legal troubles

Popular music streaming site Grooveshark had somehow managed to offer thousands of free songs ranging from obscure Japanese bands to platinum-selling superstars, but the site's recurring legal problems finally caught up with it. In a letter that sounds like something a lawyer wrote, Grooveshark has announced that it is shutting down. "We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music," the letter says. "But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. "That was wrong.... more »

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