Technology

Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service

TechCrunch - 2 hours 18 min ago
 Skytap is a service that aims to help dev and test teams in the enterprise work more efficiently (and test their code more often). The company today announced that it has raised a $35 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from all of the company’s previous investors, including OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group,… Read More

Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Slashdot - 2 hours 32 min ago
SternisheFan passes on this excerpt from an Ars Technica article: On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) seems poised to adopt more permissive rules, with respect to commercial interests in particular. Earlier this year, the FAA formally granted six Hollywood companies exemptions to drone ban rules. A couple of months later, the FAA granted similar exemptions for construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The article explains that Vallone's bill is less restrictive, and rather than propose an outright ban "lists 10 instances where operating a UAV would be illegal, including at night, out of the operator's eyesight, or above 400 ft high. Outside of those conditions, hobbyists and commercial interests would be free to fly drones."

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Comcast's Ultra HD app launches today -- but only on Samsung TVs

Engadget - 2 hours 33 min ago
It's almost time for CES to come around again, but Samsung and Comcast are just getting around to fulfilling the promise of 4K streaming they made at the last show earlier this year (DirecTV launched last month). The Xfinity in UHD app arrives today ...

Amazon Brings One-Hour Delivery To NYC With Prime Now

TechCrunch - 3 hours 4 min ago
 Amazon has just launched Prime Now, a one-hour delivery option for Amazon Prime members in NYC. The service will debut in Manhattan beginning today, and should roll out to additional cities through 2015. It covers tens of thousands of what Amazon calls “essential” products, including things like paper towels, batteries, toys and books. The local one-hour delivery is a service… Read More

Airbnb To Start Collecting Tourist Tax In Amsterdam

TechCrunch - 3 hours 6 min ago
 While Uber battles regulatory crack downs in Europe, likely exacerbated by its brash operational style, Airbnb’s more emollient modus operandi has secured its first sharing economy agreement in Europe: a partnership with the City of Amsterdam that the pair say is aimed at promoting responsible home sharing. The meat of the agreement with the city’s housing and finance… Read More

Hacking your iCloud files just got easier, even with two-step enabled

Engadget - 3 hours 11 min ago
An update to Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker software now makes it easier for bad guys to bypass Apple's vaunted new two-factor authentication to steal your iCloud stuff. As before, the hackers would need some information to start with -- either your Apple...

US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Slashdot - 3 hours 14 min ago
schwit1 writes Speaking off the record, senior intelligence officials have told the New York Times, CNN, and other news agencies that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit, though it is known that the NSA has in the past penetrated North Korean computer systems. Previous analysis of the malware that brought down Sony Pictures' network showed that there were marked similarities to the tools used in last year's cyber-attack on South Korean media companies and the 2012 "Shamoon" attack on Saudi Aramco. While there was speculation that the "DarkSeoul" attack in South Korea was somehow connected to the North Korean regime, a firm link was never published.

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Expect Labs Raises $13M To Give Apps Better Voice Controls

TechCrunch - 3 hours 48 min ago
 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield alum Expect Labs has raised a $13 million in a Series A round led by IDG Ventures, USAA that also included Samsung, Intel, Telefonica, and others. Read More

Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

TechCrunch - 3 hours 48 min ago
 Open Garden, the company behind the popular FireChat messaging app, today announced its $10.8 million Series A funding round led by August Capital. Other investors include  Firebolt Ventures, Future Perfect Ventures, Kima Ventures, Tseung Kwan Ventures and Sherpalo. Including this round, Open Garden has now raised $12.8 million. The company recently found its footing with the launch of… Read More

Double amputee controls two robotic arms with his mind

Engadget - 4 hours 6 min ago
Here's one other DARPA-funded robotic limb controlled by thoughts alone -- actually make that two, because Colorado man Les Baugh had two bionic arms attached from shoulder level. Baugh got them this summer, 40 years after losing both arms, as part o...

First Opinion Raises $6 Million In Series A From Polaris Partners To Help You Text Your Doctor

TechCrunch - 4 hours 18 min ago
 Mobile doctor visits startup First Opinion has gained $6 million in Series A funding, led by early stage health investors Polaris Partners. Previous investors contributing to this round include True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital. A seed round of $2.6 million brings the total investment amount to date to $8.6 million. The app works by letting patients… Read More

BBC launches dedicated iPlayer Radio apps for iPad and Android tablets

Engadget - 4 hours 31 min ago
Provided you're somewhere with a stable internet connection, it's now perfectly possible to replace your old-fashioned radio set with a tablet. Most stations have a dedicated app these days and it's easy enough to connect a pair of headphones or a ch...

BTXDeals Is An Online Marketplace For Blowing Bitcoin

TechCrunch - 4 hours 59 min ago
 Got some Bitcoin burning a hole in your virtual wallet? There’s an online marketplace for that… U.K.-based BTXDeals.com has just launched an e-tail website where sellers are offering goods and services to buy with Bitcoin. Read More

MTV adds a live feed to its Android and iOS apps

Engadget - 5 hours 7 min ago
You've been able to catch up with episodes of Jersey Shore through MTV's iOS and Android apps for around a year. But, if you wanted to gasp along with the action as it was broadcast, you'd have to make an appointment to take over the family TV. Thank...

Amazon offers one-hour deliveries with Prime Now

Engadget - 5 hours 18 min ago
Amazon has just launched a new service called Prime Now, which will let Prime members order "tens of thousands" of "daily essentials" for immediate delivery. Once you download the new app (on Android or iOS), you'll get the option of picking a one- o...

SparkLabs Global Ventures Invests in the UK’s Code Kingdoms and Seoul’s MangoPlate

TechCrunch - 5 hours 18 min ago
 SparkLabs Global Ventures, which makes seed-stage investments in startups around the world, announced today that it has provided funding for two startups, Code Kingdoms and MangoPlate. Read More

Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

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Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

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Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.