What can you do about it besides march, shout, and protest?
stories by John Koetsier
Non-Muslims may never enter the city of Mecca or see the mysterious Kaabah, Islam’s most sacred building. But Google’s now giving you a sneak peek with a livestream of festivities at Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
If indeed Apple does bring that feature to iOS, even if only to new iPhones, it will be playing catch-up to Samsung, which has already released the capability in the Galaxy S4 with pretty spectacular capabilities.
Essentially, it’s an iCloud for everything: Android, iOS, web, desktop apps, smart TV apps … you name it.
Western Virginia University became the first college in the U.S. to use empty TV broadcast channels for something better than ye olde boob tube: Internet.
“It’s so thin and barely readable, it looks like a scratch in the glass. This is not progress. This is art school masturbation.”
NASA astronauts are current outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk, and NASA is streaming the action live.
Editor’s Pick Every startup wants to absolutely “crush it” Gary Vaynerchuk-style right out of the gate. Sometimes, that’s a really, really bad idea.
While there are only a few thousand Glassholes in the world to date, more of them are soon going to be walking around uttering seemingly random shouts of joy and groans of defeat. BrickSimple has just released a version of Battleship for Google Glass: GlassBattle.
There’s something eerily mysterious about a rocket that lands itself just the same way it takes off.
In further proof the U.S. market is unlike any other in the smartphone industry, Apple’s iPhone grew market share in the last three months while Android held steady. But the most interesting numbers are elsewhere.
In the biggest domain name sale so far this year, MakerBot VP of Marketing Chuck Pettis sold Brand.com to Reputation Changer, which has now changed its name — and its brand — to Brand.com.
This $390 gadget takes social proof of your Facebook fans off the Internet and right into your physical store.
Startups on a plane, startups on a train. Startups having fun, startups in the sun?
“With Glass I went closer to the action than I probably should have, and saw a couple fights going on. I think I got the first arrest with Google Glass … kinda cool!”
Reddit, the self-styled “front page of the internet” that has can send floods of traffic to unsuspecting sites and has luminaries like President Obama visiting to answer questions directly from the great unwashed, is only visited by six percent of online American adults, according to the Pew Research Center.
Guest Post If I got a nickel every time someone said they wanted to be a food, gadget or arts blogger, I would be richer than almost all bloggers.
“Stop the surveillance! Restore the Fourth Amendment!”
The United States Patent Office published an Apple filing for a patent on real-time user ratings and alerts on routes, traffic, and locations. Yes, it sounds pretty much like Waze — which Apple rival Google just bought for over a billion dollars.
But the patent goes far beyond traffic conditions.
NASA scientists released footage of comet ISON speeding towards the sun at 48,000 miles per hour, just in time for the fourth of July.
Editor’s Pick “It can essentially take over the normal functioning of the phone and control any function,” Bluebox CTO Jeff Forristal posted.
Yahoo has acquired email inbox sanity provider Xobni for $30 to $40 million. Xobni announced the acquisition on its blog today — as well as the fact that no premium product purchases will be accepted going forward.
Boston University is seeking a ban on all iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air sales based on a patent dating back 22 years ago that runs out in two years.
If you’ve visited a flower shop online lately, you might start seeing ads for flowers on Twitter.
Just a day after Korean consumers said that iPhone has better quality than Samsung’s Galaxy lines of phones, Apple’s iPad reached the top spot in customer satisfaction according to Korea’s 2013 National Customer Satisfaction Index.
That’s an interesting prediction, more for who it doesn’t include than who it does include.
I’m not accustomed to seeing the words “Android continues to shrink” in a report.
Secretive Google division Niantic Labs usually works on apps that meld our real and virtual worlds, including the massive global game Ingress. Now it’s using another of its signature apps to get you out of your smartphone and into some of the nation’s most-visited attractions.
According to a consumer survey of 44,168 people, iPhone is the best smartphone. While that’s likely controversial with Android users, it might not be surprising to iPhone fans.
Except that the survey was in Korea, bitter Apple rival Samsung’s hometown.
Former Groupon CEO Andew Mason’s album debuted on iTunes yesterday. Predictably, it sucks.
It’s the strongest confirmation yet that iWatch is real, and perhaps that it is imminent.
“Larry Ellison has done a lot of hand-waving about the cloud,” CEO Dave Kellogg told me this morning. “But I haven’t seen any traction for Oracle moving any existing products into the cloud. They’re trying, but their customers are getting there faster than Oracle is.”
Google announced the finalists for its 2013 Science Fair today: 15 teens from eight countries including Canada, Russia, Singapore, India, Greece, Australia, and Turkey.
And, of course, the USA.
Google Reader dies this weekend, but it’s just the latest in a long list of Google products that have met their ignominious end on Google CEO Larry Page’s chopping block.
“A year ago we were having the discussion that Facebook doesn’t work, and GM is pulling its ads,” AdRoll president Adam Berke told me this morning. “Now we’re having the conversation on whether this rivals Google!”
Adobe, Digg, everyone’s developing RSS readers in anticipation of Google Reader dying next week. But HootSuite’s looks like it could actually be useful, especially for social media managers.
There were at least 14 startups funded today, so this is going to be a lightning quick Funding Daily. Hold your breath.