A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

Slashdot - 4 hours 7 min ago
This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva started in Pune (near Bangalore) and ended up moving to Silicon Valley. We hear plenty about American software companies moving to India, but not a lot about Indian software companies moving here. Druva had good reasons for the move, the chief one being a financing deal with Sequoia Capital. Aside from that, though, Jaspreet says the talent pool -- not just developers but software marketing people and other important staffers -- is more concentrated in Silicon Valley than almost anywhere else in the world. 'It's like Hollywood for geeks,' Jaspreet says. This doesn't mean business is necessarily easy in the USA: Jaspreet ended up laying off his entire staff. Twice. And he made other mistakes as a young, new CEO bringing a company to life in a crowded field. Those mistakes, which Jaspreet shares freely with us, are like a business school 'Start-Up Pitfalls' class. You may never want to do your own startup, but if you're a developer or otherwise involved with the software industry, there's a good chance that you'll have a chance to work for one at some point. And if you have that chance, you'll be glad you watched this video (or read the transcript) before you take the startup plunge.

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Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

TED Blog - 4 hours 16 min ago
There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Working at TED, as you might guess, many of us have strong opinions about this. Beyond the podcasts we all love: This American Life, Radiolab, The […]
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Zendrive Uses Mobile Phones as Sensors To Reinvent The Accuracy of Auto Insurance In Partnership With Guild

TechCrunch - 4 hours 36 min ago
 If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and accurate according to individual risk. Zendrive, a company backed by First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures and Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners is partnering with Guild to create a new kind… Read More

Microsoft tests cloud-based clipboard app that syncs across platforms

Engadget - 4 hours 50 min ago
This turned out to be quite the week for unannounced Microsoft apps. News of a "light-weight" email solution broke cover a few days ago, and today another pair of productivity apps were tipped. Thanks to @h0x0d on Twitter -- the source of the Flow em...

Jim Gaffigan, Comedian And POTI, Talks About His New Show

TechCrunch - 5 hours 6 min ago
 Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Gaffigan knows the Internet or at least hires people that do. He… Read More

Disney’s Research Lab Figures Out How To Put Words In Your Mouth

TechCrunch - 5 hours 8 min ago
 Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops out of seemingly impossible shapes. Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say. Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those… Read More

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Slashdot - 5 hours 8 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't need or want a smartphone, what would be the best dumb phone around? Do you have a preference over flip or candy bar ones? What about ones that have FM radio? Do any of you still use dumb phones in this smart phone era? Related question: What smart phones out now are (or can be reasonably outfitted to be) closest to a dumb phone, considering reliability, simplicity, and battery life? I don't especially want to give up a swiping keyboard, a decent camera, or podcast playback, but I do miss being able to go 5 or more days on a single charge.

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Hot Pockets imagines its greasy place in the VR gaming future

Engadget - 5 hours 15 min ago
Hot Pockets are the official food of those who have declared: "I've given up caring about my health and I just want radiated bread, cheese and 'meat.'" But you can't deny how easy it is to pop one in the microwave when you're just the right amount of...

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Pebble, Stratos, And New Apple iMacs

TechCrunch - 5 hours 36 min ago
 One important note about this podcast: Matt can’t seem to get his microphones to work. Ever. So if you’re wondering why we all sound like professional radio hosts (two of us are, actually) and Matt sounds like hot garbage, it’s because he is incompetent with microphones. Moving on! Pebble is against the ropes, according to a new story from John Biggs, with the Apple Watch… Read More

Mapping project catalogs Instagram sunrises from around the world

Engadget - 5 hours 39 min ago
Have you noticed the wealth of sunrise and sunset photos on Instagram? Michelle Chandra certainly has, and her project offers a look at the sun's activity around the world in real time. "All Our Suns" gathers snapshots upload with either the #sunrise...

Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Slashdot - 5 hours 51 min ago
Nerval's Lobster writes: Want more people to program? Encourage them to play more video games, at least according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In an online Q&A, Zuckerberg suggested that a lifetime spent playing video games could prep kids and young adults for careers as programmers. "I actually think giving people the opportunity to play around with different stuff is one of the best things you can do," he told the audience. "I definitely would not have gotten into programming if I hadn't played games as a kid." A handful of games, most notably Minecraft, already have a reputation for encouraging kids to not only think analytically, but also modify the gaming environment — the first steps toward actually wrestling with code. Those of you who have done programming work in your career: did video games influence your path?

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Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

TechCrunch - 6 hours 6 min ago
 Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum… Read More

Cooking with Watson: Scandinavian salmon quiche

Engadget - 6 hours 7 min ago
Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an ongoing series, we'll be preparing one recipe from the book until we've made all of them. Wish us l...

This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

TechCrunch - 6 hours 17 min ago
 Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an oldschool calculator watch. I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 bucks. But where’s the meta/hipster/ironic/kinda-obnoxious humor in that? They… Read More

Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

TechCrunch - 6 hours 24 min ago
 Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

Chrome For Android Is Now Almost Entirely Open Source

Slashdot - 6 hours 33 min ago
jones_supa writes: After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open source, a Google engineer announced in Reddit. Over 100,000 lines of code, including the Chrome's entire user interface layer, has been made public, allowing anyone with the inclination to do so to look at, modify, and build the browser from source. Licensing restrictions prevent certain media codecs, plugins and Google service features form being included, hence the "almost." This is on par with the open source Chromium browser that is available on the desktop.

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Navy AR goggles turn a golf course into a battleground

Engadget - 6 hours 35 min ago
Marines on a sunny golf course in Quantico, Virginia, this week demonstrated a pair of augmented reality glasses that simulate combat scenarios. The Office of Naval Research recently completed development of the goggles and this week hooked them up t...

Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

TechCrunch - 6 hours 49 min ago
 Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at, to be the editor in chief of Read More

Silk Road Survival: In conversation with 'Deep Web' director Alex Winter

Engadget - 7 hours 3 min ago
An unassuming, Mormon family man. A brilliant physics and engineering student with a goofy smile. Five years ago, neither of these men knew each other, let alone suspected that they'd be drawn into a web suffused with libertarian dogma, hard drugs an...

Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Hubs And Batteries For Your New MacBook

TechCrunch - 7 hours 11 min ago
 Anker, the company that makes affordable, good-quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. Read More