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Microsoft Aiming for October 2012 Release of Windows 8, Tablets and PCs on Deck — Engadget

20 Mar

Microsoft aiming for October 2012 release of Windows 8, tablets and PCs on deck — Engadget.

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We knew good and well that Microsoft was aiming for a 2012 launch of its latest and greatest operating system, and if sources reporting to Bloomberg are accurate, it looks like we’ll have a date with Mrs. October. Purportedly, work will wrap on Win8 this summer, with PCs and tablets (!) to ship in October carrying the newfangled OS. We’re told that the initial rollout will include devices running Intel and ARM processors, and not surprisingly, this positions Microsoft to make a serious play for holiday dollars. Still wondering if it’s for you? Give the Consumer Preview a run, won’tcha?

PayPal Here Trumps Square’s Tech By Taking Camera Scans of Paper Checks and Cards

15 Mar

This is incredible. Hopefully with cheaper rates, PayPal will give some stiff competition to high-priced Square:

“Besides the card reader, vendors will be able to accept payments by using their phone’s camera to scan cards or checks. PayPal will also allow you to pay for purchases even if you don’t have a card or a check on you. If you’ve got a PayPal account, and the PayPal app on your phone, you can pay anyone with a PayPal Here account using your phone—given the huge number of people with PayPal accounts, this last feature might be the most useful of all.”

 

From a Gizmodo commenter:

the only other redeeming factor is if you use your PayPal debit card [provided for free] you get 1% back on purchases…. so they are saying thats like taking the 2.7% cut that they take down to a low low 1.7%

via PayPal Here Trumps Squares Tech By Taking Paper Checks.

TOSBack | The Terms-Of-Service Tracker

5 Mar

TOSBack | The Terms-Of-Service Tracker.

TOSBack is a brilliant service that allows you to track any changes to over 50 services’ terms of conditions. Terms and conditions you agree to are long and change all the time.

Track them with TOSBack.

Future MacBook Pros to Have MacBook Air-like Bodies in March 2012. Standard SSD, Ivy Bridge (20% Faster), Insane Battery Life, and Touchpad Expanded to Entire Palmrest

14 Feb

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012.

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012

Updates will include (standard):

  • MacBook Air-like body for all MacBook Pros (including the 15-in, but possible excluding the 17-in)
  • SSD Drives
  • Intel Ivy Bridge (20% Faster)
  • Insane Battery Life (since there’s no Hard Drive, Ethernet, or Firewire)
  • And a Touchpad Expanded to the Entire Palmrest (transition to the iPad/tablets everywhere)

Unbelievable New Camera Technology Erases People in the Background of Your Pictures

14 Feb

Unbelievable New Camera Technology Erases People in the Background of Your Pictures.

We’ve all been there. You’re setting up a shot that perfectly frames your friend against the background but as you snap your picture the people in the background start moving around and mess it all up. The picture is ruined, your friend looks like a bobbing ocean buoy amongst a sea of people and you hate everyone.

Well, Scalado fixes this with a new camera technology that can fix that all too common situation, it’s called Remove.

If We All Avoid Purchasing These “S” Apple Products Like The iPad 2S, We Can Make Apple Release a Much Better Product (The iPad 3, The Actual Product We All Really Want) #teechy

14 Feb

By staying out of Apple’s spin zone (which creates hype and empties wallets in just its pre-order stages for a minutely-upgraded product like the iPhone 4S), we can all force Apple to release a much more advanced and better version of the iPad and/or iPhone if we don’t buy in to these small “S” upgrades that Apple pushes out every few months. Why? Because Apple launches these small upgrades solely because we all buy this stuff and fall into the Apple hype! (Don’t get me wrong, Apple has great products, but Apple could release even BETTER products if we had some patience and didn’t buy into the small, insignificant upgrades (like Siri) that Apple pushes.) Since we all empty our wallets for Apple’s small upgrades, they have no incentive to let their more significant innovations out into the marketplace until purchases of these “S” (small upgrades) upgrades start slowing down.

Main point? Don’t buy an “S” or updated Apple product with insignificant hardware or software updates. Apple can do much better than that. They know they can, but they won’t do it unless we voice this concern and avoid succumbing into Apple’s new products that are just small, overhyped upgrades to their already existing products (why we got the iPhone 4S instead of getting the iPhone 5 that everyone wanted w/ Retina Display and SD Card expansion slots for more memory).

I’m Already Bored With The iPad 3 | TechCrunch.

The iPad 3 is coming next month. Or so says the endless rumors. These rumors also state the next iPad will have higher resolution screen and high-speed data connection. But I couldn’t care less. The iPad 3, if that’s really its name, sounds like a stop-gap upgrade to me.

You see, I’m perfectly happy with my iPad 2. Save the addition of an SD card slot, there isn’t a single feature I can imagine that will make me trade up to Apple’s new hotness. I guess the iPad 3 sounds great, but it also sounds boring. That’s not saying Apple won’t sell a zillion iPad 3s. It will. But it’s going to take more than a spec bump for me (and likely many others) to upgrade from the iPad 2.

Prior to most Apple events, rumors swirl, promising a revolutionary device that will change life on planet Earth forever. But then the iPhone 4S launches. A fine piece of hardware, sure, but far from spectacular. But there hasn’t been any wide-eyed iPad 3 rumors but rather just predictable leaks stating there will be a slight hardware bump.

Part of my dystopian outlook is that I’m pretty damn happy with the iPad 2. I passed on the original iPadannoyed over the lack of external storage and USB support. I instead waited for the Android tablets but quickly discovered Honeycomb’s main fault involves trying to replicate a desktop environment rather than creating a mobile one. I have a dozen notebooks for traditional mobile computing. So I got a 16GB Verizon iPad last summer. I’ve never been so happy with a device. I’ve had it since July 2011 and still use it hours a day. Apps make up 95% of my usage — the majority of which are not available on Android. I fire up Safari just to check TechCrunch and Techmeme.

A prettier screen is not going to change or increase my usage unless Apple backsteps and includes a SD card slot — which it won’t. When the original iPad launched, I dreamed of using it as a on-location photo viewer. I imagined using the tablet in conjunction with a cloud service for iPhoto. But instead Apple released a lame Dock Connect adapter which falls short of my expectation. The current screen looks great. Have you played Infinity Blade 2 or Rage? Awesome.

It’s important to remember that Apple doesn’t need to reinvent the iPad. The company makes piles of cash by outing successful products and keeping them on the market as long as possible. The iPad 3 will likely be just a spec bump to stay competitive for 2012 and 2013. It will match (and outsell) future Android tablets, causing companies like Samsung, Asus and Motorola to quickly redesign and release an even more “powerful” tablet just to get a bit of an edge.

Apple didn’t need to release the iPhone 5 in 2011 because the iPhone 4 was still outselling most other phones. Instead, Apple released the iPhone 4S, which while packing some new innards, is mostly a stop-gap solution allowing the company to milk additional revenue from supply contracts on aging components. It worked. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones in the last part of 2011 on its way to be the most valuable company. The iPhone 4S gives Apple even more time to refine the iPhone 5 while negating more favorable manufacturing and supply deals.

The same thing could happen to the iPad 2. Apple could release the iPad 2S. It would be faster, packing LTE data and a quad-core A6 CPU along with featuring a higher-res screen. Of course there would probably be a new camera and new software to take advantage of the quad-core CPU — the software would likely be exclusive to just the new model, though.

The WSJ reports that Apple is playing with an 8-inch iPad. But once again, Apple doesn’t need to release an 8-incher right now. Sure, the Kindle Fire is scooping up plenty of marketshare but the tablet scene is far from saturated and the Fire helps bring attention to the product type. If Apple releases a stop-gap iPad in the coming weeks, I fully expect the company to completely reinvent its mobile line before the holiday season including a smaller, cheaper iPad.

I’m sitting the next iPad out. My iPad 2 works just fine and none of the rumored iPad 3 features justify upgrading to me. Apple will likely hype a meaningless feature during the keynote, deeming it a game changer. But I’ve learned my lesson. Heads will stop spinning shortly after the event and reality will set in. Avoid the Apple spin zone. It has a tendency of sucking credit cards towards pre-order buttons.

Rahul Vohra, does this beat being in GQ? LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive for ~$15M. “Englishmen Save U.S. Economic Woes.” #teechy

8 Feb

So yes, LinkedIn has bought contact management startup Rapportive, according to multiple sources we’ve contacted, as was first reported by Liz Gannes at AllThingsD.

The startup — which aggregates and displays the social networking accounts of the people you contact through Gmail — was backed for $1 million by seed investors Charles River Ventures, Paul Buchheit, Scott Banister, Jason Calacanis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dharmesh Shah, Shervin Pishevar, Roy Rodenstein, Kima VenturesZelkova Ventures, 500 Startups, Michael ZirngiblAshish Soni and David Cancel.

And at  $3 million pre-money valuation, many of those investors are happy with the modest ~$15 million in cash exit we’re hearing.

LinkedIn seems to have gotten choosier with regards to its acquisition targets as of late, picking up data plays Cardmunch, ConnnectedHQ and now Rapportive in order to bulk up on what would seem to be some mystery contact management product. Or maybe it considers itself that product?

He who controls the spice …

LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive For Around $15 Million | TechCrunch.

Wahooly.com (Partnered w/ Klout) – Market a startup on social media and get equity in that startup!

1 Feb

Imagine if you had just a fraction of a percent of LinkedIn when it went public? Or, what if you had a piece of any company that got purchased by Google?

Now, what if you could have invested in these companies without actually… well, paying?

Welcome to Wahooly.com, a group of socially-connected individuals that together, help launch startups. As a member of Wahooly, you’ll be presented with up to 200 startups throughout 2012. If you like what they do and if you think that they have the potential to be the next big thing, you become a user.

Your compensation: A piece of the action.

By signing up as a user to one of the startups that Wahooly presents to you, you become a part of that start-ups growth. If you join all 200 startups that Wahooly presents to you, you’ll be a part of 200 startups.

HERE’s an example

Let’s say that a new socially-driven photo sharing service is in need of traction. They would contact Wahooly, we would ask them a series of questions, determine their potential in the marketplace and negotiate a percentage of equity for the services provided.

Once the details have been ironed out, we send the opportunity for you to check out. If you like it, you signup. If you don’t like it, you do nothing and wait for the next one.

For the sake of the example, let’s say you liked it.

Now, this new startup is looking to secure 5,000 users. That means that you, along with 4,999 other users all share equally in the opportunity. Not too shabby for simply signing up.

What if that wasn’t good enough, and you wanted more?

Fair question. You hold the key to how much money you can make. These startups are looking for active users, but more importantly, users that are willing to become advocates for their brand. So, based on three variables, we track how big of a brand advocate you are. This is tracking that you can monitor at any time by accessing your personal dashboard on Wahooly.com.

Your dashboard will provide you with the latest information on all of the startups in your eco-system, along with your ranking amongst the group (Tracking it will be your new addiction.)

So, how do you become a Wahooly member? ?Becoming a Wahooly member is as easy as signing up (with just a hint of mild hazing, but we’ll talk about that later). As a Wahooly member, joining start-ups is entirely up to you.

With a growing list of over 28,000 current members, we’re looking to expand with a solid team of socially-literate individuals. I mean, you don’t need to be Justin Bieber, but we do want to know that you’re capable of spreading a word.

Social capital is the future, Wahooly is making it a reality.

via Wahooly – Rewarding Influence.

Wordio: From the Internet to Your Ears

19 Jan

From the Internet to your ears: Student entrepreneurs are hearing success with ‘Wordio’ smartphone app / Featured Stories – FSU.com.

If you haven’t heard of Wordio yet, give it a few months.

That’s the hope of a group of nine Florida State University students who created a new smartphone application that will transform written content on the Web into audio form, allowing users to listen to their favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing.

The students, whose areas of study range from information technology to entrepreneurship, were the recipients of a grand prize worth around $20,000 from the inaugural “Start-Up Tally” entrepreneurship contest for their innovative business plan.

Wordio, according to the group’s sleek website, “aims to bring every text article on the Web to your ears.”

Wordio’s team members meet with FSU’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier regularly to discuss ideas.

Troy Sultan, CEO of Wordio, began using audio books and found that he consumed much more content using the technology than with traditional reading. The added bonus of being able to complete small tasks while gaining knowledge by listening to a book got Sultan thinking: How can we do this for the Web?

For Sultan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Florida State and is now pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in computer science, entrepreneurship runs in his blood. The son of two entrepreneurs, the ambitious student wanted to find his own way to improve the way the world is doing something, and voilà — Wordio was born.

“We all want to make the space we live in more efficient, and in (Wordio’s) case, we want to make a content consumption process more efficient,” Sultan said.

Video: FSU students start up careers as entrepreneurs

A group of Florida State University student-entrepreneurs make their business idea a reality. Wordio is an application for mobile devices capable of turning any online text into voice, and it goes live in just a few short weeks. (Dec 7, 2011)

Wordio has impressed one expert in the entrepreneurial field, Florida State’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier.

“I’ve already noticed that the students working on Wordio are very high energy,” Frazier said. “They are all taking a full course load while managing a business, and quite frankly, I can’t figure out how they do it.”

Using the College of Business’ Student Business Incubatorspace, the group meets regularly to continue to develop the Wordio application.

Pascal Wagner, a third-year senior double-majoring in information technology and management information systems, said using the incubator space couldn’t be more beneficial.

“Although learning information in class is great, it’s really cool to actually make business decisions based on personal experiences,” he said.

Wordio will next compete in the Intel Innovators competition, which, if the team is victorious, will add $100,000 to its budget. To help Wordio win this competition, visit the business’ Facebook page to learn more.

In addition, Wordio is actively seeking volunteers to test its beta model. To sign up to be one of the first to experience this cutting-edge software, visit Wordio’s website.

Tallahassee, Fl–1/19/2012

It seems the response for any problem these days is, “Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.” Well two FSU students found something there wasn’t an app for, and developed it themselves.

In a world where multi-tasking rules, Troy Sultan is king. Out of an office on Florida State’s campus, he’s developed an innovative app called Wordio. Essentially it turns the web and any other text into an audio book.

“Wordio transforms written content on the web to audio instantly allowing you to listen to your favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing,” said Sultan.

It’s a moment many people are familiar with. You’re running late to that meeting or exam and you just needed a few more minutes to look over your notes but you can’t read and walk at the same time. Well, Wordio’s got you covered.

“This is the age of multi-tasking. Not to mention the web is exponentially becoming saturated with more and more content than people could possibly consume. So our goal is to allow people to consume more content than they would have if we didn’t exist,” said Sultan.

So say you wanted the content on this page read to you. Done. Plus, the Wordio technology will filter out any “noise” like ads or pop-ups.

And if you ever dreamed of having your Sunday paper read to you? Well now you can say…”There’s an app for that.”

The app is still in the development phase. Currently the minds behind Wordio are leading in a Facebook contest hosted by Intel. If they win, they’ll be awarded 100 grand. That money will help get the app to you sooner. So if you want this technology, check out Wordio on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/wordio

DAMNIT, I WANTED TO DO THIS! Google’s creating wearable, computerized glasses for digital, augmented display of everything in your sight. Yes, like Terminator-style.

20 Dec

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?.

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?

Recently there have been reports that Google is working on wearable computing. But the latest rumor suggests that it’s actually planning to gives us all our own heads-up displays.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that, in the secret Google X labs, the company is working on forms of wearable technology — in the form of something like a watch.

But now 9to5Google claims that Google is aiming much higher than that. In fact, it suggests that Google is developing a full heads-up display built into a pair of normal-looking, thick-rimmed eyeglasses. They suggest that, though there would likely be few buttons on the arms of the glasses, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.

The idea isn’t that the glasses would be just an Android peripheral — rather, they would communicate with Google services directly in order to provide an augmented display for the user. Yes, like Terminator.

It’s the logical next step from Google Goggles. Especially when you consider that the latest update to Goggles means that it can now constantly scan for objects and text instead of requiring the user to snap a photo. Google Goggles already takes account of location information too, a feature that these glasses would surely require.

9to5Google say that the Google X lab is already working at the “late prototype stages” of development for the glasses. But, as this is all currently still rumor, there’s no word on estimated cost or due date. [9to5Google; Image: Mr. T in DC]

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