Popular photo-sharing site Flickr is stepping up its mobile efforts with new Android and iOS features.
stories by Regina Sinsky
You’ve heard of planking. You might have heard about owling or hockern (aka extreme sitting). Now get ready for the next weird internet photography craze: leisure diving.
This just might be the first social gifting service that doesn’t suck. In fact, it’s downright cool. Wrapp is turning Facebook into a frictionless gift giving environment. The company and concept will be put to the test as it prepares to launch in the United States.
Imagine turning the page of the latest best-selling novel and receiving a notification that, right at that very moment, President Barack Obama is reading the same book and is on the very same page. You have the option of talking about the book with him. What would you say?
More than 90 percent of hiring managers and recruiters use social network sites to screen candidates, according to a survey released today by Reppler, a Palo Alto-based social network monitoring company.
CareCloud, a Miami-based company that provides cloud-based practice management tools for healthcare providers, just raised $20.1 million from Silicon Valley-based Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners.
WellnessFX, an online concierge service for improving personal health, launched out of stealth today. Behind the startup is Jim Kean, founder of Sapient Health Network, which became the foundation of WebMD‘s consumer health business in 1995.
It’s fair to raise an eyebrow when a social network for healthcare comes along, but this network just might make you raise both eyebrows in surprise: HealthTap has created a healthcare social network with more than 5,000 real-live doctors to answer patient questions. Not peers, not “experts” and not brands. Health questions aren’t posted for the world to see or comment on. This is a private network between a patient and thousands of doctors.
Fire extinguisher inspector David Kneer bought an iPad so he could generate paperless inspections in the field. Then he hit a snag: The PDF inspection reports were unnecessarily lengthy and Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, prevented him from deleting individual PDF pages on his iPad. Kneer decided to make an app to solve his problem, which he did with help from a freelancer named Maverick26.
Editor's Pick You may not have heard of it, but this year a company called Wayfair surpassed Crate & Barrel to become the No. 2 online retailer of home furnishings and housewares in the U.S., based on annual sales. Wayfair carries more than 4.5 million items from 5,000 brands, and it’s still growing.
While attending the 2011 Fall Demo conference in Santa Clara, I was startled by the sight of a young man helping himself to coffee in between interviews with startup founders and venture capitalists in the conference Green Room. It’s my job to drink coffee and do interviews. What’s more, he was way better dressed than me. Feeling threatened, I went to tower over him in my four inch heels.
TV Guide Digital has a message for online entertainment guides calling themselves the next TV Guide:
What do you do after the company you founded sells for almost $7 billion?
Startup incubator TechStars announced today it has raised a new $24 million fund, providing an additional $100,000 for each of the companies under its wing.
The last time we checked in with Card.io there was a major hole in the company’s software-based credit card payment solution for smartphones: There wasn’t an SDK for Android.
American Express (Amex) announced today it has acquired virtual currency company Sometrics, for $30 million, according to Tech Crunch.
Identified launched a search engine for professionals today, in a move that makes the founders either a) crazy b) smart or c) both. The startup will be competing with giant social network LinkedIn for the attention, and participation, of people busy at work or busy looking for work.
Media Predict is a marketplace where people get paid to place bets on which media will fly and which will flop.
The Emmys are tonight on Fox (8ET/ 5PT). Jane Lynch of Fox’s Glee and, more importantly, mocumentary Best in Show, is hosting. Unfortunately you can’t legally watch the awards ceremony live online. LAME.
AT&T is officially launching its 4G LTE network in five cities today, according to the carrier. That means if you’re an AT&T subscriber living in San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas, Houston or Atlanta your mobile Internet access should be faster today. The rest of the country will have to wait jealously until AT&T expands the service to 10 more cities (70 million United States residents total) by the end of the year.
Google continues to arm itself against potential smartphone patent lawsuits. The search giant just bought 1,023 patents from IBM, according to Bloomberg.
Daily deals are now popping up on the screensavers of the Kindle and Kindle 3G. Amazon.com announced today that, when they aren’t reading, Special Offers customers will receive deals directly on their Kindle screens from AmazonLocal.
One of the fastest-growing markets for tech products is the 78 million baby boomers living in the United States. Yet tech products are too often designed without older consumers in mind.
How’s your back feeling right now? About 80 percent of Americans experience significant back pain sometime in their lives and that pain costs more than $50 billion per year. It’s a leading cause of missed work days, disability claims, and visits to the doctor, outnumbered by only the common cold. LUMOback from zero2one is hoping to do something about that.
Thirteen startups presented in the Social and Media Technologies category at this week’s Demo Fall 2011 conference in Silicon Valley. Common themes were getting advice from strangers and trying out items for purchase virtually before buying. Here’s a look at three of those startups we haven’t covered yet in our Demo reporting:
Sixteen startups intend to break out big with consumers in the Consumer Technologies category at theDemo Fall 2011 conference in Silicon Valley. Here are two companies that presented today.
At DEMO Fall 2011, student innovators get a chance to show off their companies with AlphaPitch. They each get 90 seconds to “sell” their ideas to the general session crowd. Here are the first three of the ten AlphaPitches that will be presented today.
Fitting Reality is working to bring new standards and practices to virtual fitting rooms, and today it is launching Virtual Interactive Podium (VIPodium), a new augmented reality fitting room.
Ten million Americans take more than five medications daily, and startup OMyMeds wants to help them use technology, instead of sticky notes or reminders from family, to manage their medication times.
EmmaActive is helping brands make money from images. The technology uses crowd sourcing to tag products in images on participating websites and then get more information on the products from retailers’ websites. The goal is to get consumers buying the things they see on friends’ blogs, social networks, TV and movie websites and other sites you wouldn’t typically associate with shopping.
Just in time for the Fall television lineup, today Fav.Tv launched an interactive television guide that lets people discuss, follow and get notified about their favorite shows.
Startup Posterous is doing a bit of a start-over today. Founded in 2008 as a simple blogging via email service, Posterous is restructuring itself based on a new private sharing mobile application called Posterous Spaces, according to Forbes.
Aw, shucks. They’re all grown-up! Today, Payvment, a Facebook ecommerce platform, announced some improvements to its free social discovery-based shopping application, but the bigger news is that it has a strategy to make money.
AT&T has announced its new smartphone, the Impulse 4G, will be available on September 18th, 2011. With a contract, the Impulse 4G is just $29.99.
By adding five new languages, location-based social network Foursquare has opened the door to 1.5 billion more users. The company launched translations of its app in Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Thai, it said today on its blog,
Online car pricing platform TrueCar has raised $200 million in funding and is immediately acquiring CarPerks, the company announced today.
The trademark face-off between the world’s largest social network Facebook and Lamebook, the website that mocks funny things people accidentally post on Facebook, has come to an end. In a quietly-settled agreement, Lamebook may continue operating under its current name but it must add a disclaimer to its website. Lamebook is also not allowed to seek trademark protection for its name.