With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

Gnip was once a neutral provider of social data, but now that neutrality is gone, and it’s in the hands of Twitter. Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform […]

Atlassian’s Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

f you’re not a developer, you’re not going to understand Atlassian’s success. Atlassian employs no salespeople, yet it’s doing over $200 million in annual sales, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. While enterprise software companies struggle to make their wares more consumer-friendly, Atlassian builds software that only a developer could love: […]

How Microsoft’s Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

Cortana doesn’t want you to know where Master Chief is hiding. But for just about everything else, Microsoft’s new voice-controlled personal assistant is ready and available to do your bidding. Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple’s Siri and […]

The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It’s The Law

ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation. Here’s something gruesome to consider: More than 200 people are killed every year when cars are reversing—most of these deaths are children. Back-up accidents also injure more than 15,000 people each year. These factoids get more tragic when you consider that it’s usually a parent behind […]

How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home

ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes. The connected home, the ultimate ideal in technology-driven luxury, promises easy living by passing along our drudgery to computers. But it’s not perfect. Even if you’re willing to shell out for expensive devices for your house, are you willing to trust them? There’s always the […]

“The Goal Isn’t to Be Frugal Forever”

Being frugal is good. Saving money is such an obvious benefit to our lives that it drives our whole economy. As finance blog The College Investor points out, though, we aren’t meant to stay frugal forever. The whole point of saving money is so that you have some to spend later. Maybe that’s in the […]

How to Contact Executive Customer Service and Get Your Problem Solved

S We’ve all been there: You call customer service, get bounced around, transferred, and dropped. Or worse, your issue never gets resolved even after you talk to someone. You probably know you can escalate to a manager, or even higher, to “executive” support. But at that level, there’s an art to getting what you want. […]

Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Beautiful Wristable Gone to Waste

S Samsung’s Gear Fit had every chance to be by far the best activity tracker you could own. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. And there’s nothing sadder than unrealized potential. What Is It? It’s a stunning fitness tracker slash smartwatch wristable. It counts steps, tracks sleep, displays notifications from your phone, and even […]

Make Dishes You Eat in a Bowl Better with a Dash of Sour Flavors

Peanut butter and jelly. Strawberries and chocolate. Bacon and anything. Some food combinations are just meant to be. Esteemed chef Thomas Keller offers six tips for food synergy, including adding sourness to “bowl foods.” Since food that’s made in a big pot and served in bowls (such as stews and soups) tends to be rich, […]

Avoid Memory Card Corruption with Proper Formatting and Camera Usage

It’s every photo-taker’s nightmare: After taking loads of precious pictures, your memory card is completely toasted. Digital Photography School offers several tips for reducing the likelihood of memory card corruption. Formatting your new card before you use it is one of the most important ones. Even if the card says it’s pre-formatted or ready for […]

Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI

There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it’s the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it’s one of a select few that’s actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. The […]

ShopLocket And PCH Launch Blueprint, A Media And Resource Site For Hardware Startups

When ShopLocket was undergoing its transformation from an ecommerce provider to a platform designed to support hardware startups from concept to consumer launch, it had a lot of learning to do. Key to making that transition was gathering resources and talking to industry experts to find out best practices and find examples of hardware startups […]

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