Is it just me, or is the world getting smaller? In a matter of a few short decades, cellular phones have shrunk down from that ridiculous clunker that Zack Morris made famous to an earpiece so small that it's impossible to tell whether a person is talking to you or to someone else. And what about portable music devices? The bulky Discman has given way to MP3 players with mini- and nano- prefixes that say it all. Am I the only one crossing her fingers for the Picopod? With any luck, it'll be the size of a stamp, … Read more
Outside.in, a New York-based company that aggregates news and blog discussion around towns and neighborhoods, said Tuesday it has raised $3 million in venture funding and hired a new CEO, former About.com general manager Mark Josephson.
The new funding, which brings Outside.in's total capital raised to $5.4 million, comes from existing investors Union Square Ventures, Milestone Venture Partners, Betaworks, and a number of angel investors led by George Crowley. A new investor, the New York City Investment Fund, also joined the round. Outside.in said it plans to use the cash infusion to focus on … Read more
Depending on who you talk to, electric cars pack the disruptive force of either Dell PCs or the Apple iPhone.
Regardless of your choice of analogy, the auto industry is facing the kind of technology-based competition it hasn't seen in years.
And in this game, start-ups claim to have the upper hand on the incumbents.
"This is probably something that has not been seen since we moved from the horse to the engine," said Henrik Fisker, the CEO of Fisker Automotive, which is designing a luxury hybrid electric car, the Karma.
"We suddenly have an open … Read more
Putting together a quality multifunction printer is no easy task, and we've seen a fair share of them that drop the ball, but HP's newest challenger, the Officejet J6480, restored our faith in All-in-One printers.
The HP Officejet J6480 spoils users with many features that aren't normally found altogether in one unit: a very reasonable $200 lands you a wireless photo printer with autoduplexing, scanner with optical character recognition technology, a fax
machine, and even a built in autodocument feeder for printing on various types of paper.
We often are asked the question, "what's the … Read more
All-in-one (AIO) printers touting three to four features such as copying, scanning, and faxing are aplenty. But when we received news of a 9-in-1 model, it nearly blew us away.
Brother's MFC-885CW has to be one of the most feature-packed printers we've seen this year. This color inkbox can not only print, scan, copy, and fax, but it is also capable of direct photo printing from a flash card or USB drive and PC fax. That's six features already. Then the Wi-Fi-enabled printer goes to the next level, incorporating a cordless phone, built-in speakerphone, and, to sweeten … Read more
Mobile Internet aggregator iPass it teaming up with in-flight broadband provider Aircell to give its customers access to broadband on planes.
On Tuesday, iPass announced that it would offer Wi-Fi roaming with Aircell Gogo, an in-flight broadband service expected to launch soon in the United States. Aircell's service is expected later this year on American Airlines and Virgin America.
iPass provides mobile Internet access for a monthly fee. Users can connect via Wi-Fi, dial-up or Ethernet using a single user password. Monthly services include all three connectivity options and cost between $29.95 per month for unlimited Wi-Fi in … Read more
Correction 6:18 p.m. PT: I misinterpreted the announcement; Inquisitor founder David Watanabe isn't joining Yahoo.
Yahoo has acquired Inquisitor in a move to improve how search results appear on Apple computers.
The Safari browser plug-in offers autocompletion of search queries and shows a pane with search results as users type queries. The plug-in, now in version 3, is a free download.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Inquisitor founder and developer David Watanabe will continue to work with Yahoo on the software.
"I look forward to assisting Yahoo in refining and extending the Inquisitor … Read more
The name might be LogMeIn, but the motto should be SignMeUp.
The fact that it's free to use for multiple remote PCs, with reasonable monthly plans if you need more--five computers for $20 per month or $200 per year--makes this remote-access program instantly appealing. The program differs from its competitors in that the application runs in your Web browser. If you're running Firefox, it asks to install a plug-in, then opens an emulator of the remote PC in a new window.
The control window gives you some standard options such as Ctrl-Alt-Del (which kills the connection) and changing … Read more
The United States can slash its use of petroleum dramatically by 2035 by adding a heavy dose of hybrids to the market, according to a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
To return U.S. fuel use to pre-2000 levels, however, carmakers would have to improve efficiency and consumers would have to learn to love hybrids, trading features like increased speed and size for higher fuel efficiency.
"There's all this fascination with vehicle technology--more hybrids, more diesels, and so on," said study author Anup Bandivadekar, an analyst at the International Council on Clean Transportation, in a … Read more
TechCrunch reports that investment bank Allen & Co. is hoping to help LinkedIn pull in that funding at a $1 billion valuation.