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Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 17:00
 Microsoft today announced that it will consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product once it launches Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). Read More

Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 17:00
 A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 17:00
 We often hear that America is a nation of immigrants, but some members of Congress have forgotten the simple truth – immigration is our country’s single greatest competitive advantage in a growing global economy. The primary driver of the U.S.’s position as the worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is due to tireless, talented, hardworking immigrants coming to… Read More

Postmates Will Deliver Bastian Lehmann Via Bike To The Disrupt New York Stage

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:37
 Okay, the bike thing probably isn’t true but Postmates co-founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann will join us on stage at TC Disrupt New York in May. Almost four years ago, Lehmann stepped onto the TechCrunch Disrupt stage and launched a company called Postmates, with a plan to totally disrupt the courier industry. Read More

Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:03
 Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family,… Read More

Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:01
 Data analysis often involves looking at a large set of pretty uniform, well-structured data. But as companies continue to gather more electronic documents in all kinds of forms (and formats), those traditional techniques don’t work anymore. Companies like Palantir and IBM (with Watson) are now making it easier for data scientists and technical users to query unstructured textual… Read More

ESPN Launches A Big Redesign For Its Web Versions

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:00
 Tomorrow, ESPN is launching a major redesign to an experience that has basically gone unchanged since its previous redesign in 2009. The company has rebuilt its web experience: instead of having two different completely units — a mobile version and a desktop version — it’s now a single responsive unit that scales to the size of the device, using the same underlying… Read More

Twitter Publicly Launches Curator, Its Real-Time Search And Filtering Tool For Media Outlets

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:00
 Twitter this morning is publicly launching Curator, its new product that lets media organizations, publishers, and broadcasters identify, filter and display tweets and Vine videos on any screen in real-time. The free service, which is something of a competitor to Storify, is designed to help those in the media industry and soon, others too, make better sense of the barrage of data on… Read More

Google Drive For Work, Education Get New Data Security Features

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 16:00
 Google is launching an update to Drive for Work and Drive for Education today that introduces a number of new tools. This update introduces a number of new tools for businesses that need to have greater control over how their data is shared both internally and with external customers. Over the next few weeks, both Google Drive for Work and Google for Education users will get access to these… Read More

Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:38
 Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More

Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:17
 Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let you stick it where it’s most convenient. The Dash Button is a natural extension… Read More Is Cloud-Based Collaboration For Everything

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:11
 Given the world’s shift toward video, both in terms of consumption and creation, it’s almost surprising how tedious and painstaking the process of post-production collaboration can be. Lots of services focus on pieces of the problem, like accelerated file sharing or review in-progress collaboration, but there isn’t really a service that covers everything, end-to-end.… Read More

Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:00
 Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options for Android app developers designed to increase the number of app installations. The most notable change rolling out today is that developers can now more easily advertise their applications on the Google Display Network, including via video app promo ads. The Google Display Network today reaches 2 million publisher websites,… Read More

Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:00
 The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 15:00
 French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:36
 The New York Times will offer single-sentence stories on the Apple Watch, here’s what that might look like. Read More

Social Media Management Company Sprinklr Raises $46M, Now Valued At More Than $1B

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:36
 Sprinklr just announced that it has raised $46 million in new funding, at what it says is a valuation of more than $1 billion. The round was led by existing investors Battery Ventures, Intel Capital, and Iconiq Capital and brings the company’s total funding to $123.5 million. (Sprinklr’s last funding of $40 million was announced just under a year ago.) Read More

Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:11
 Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site that’s dedicated to selling STEM toys and games. The shop will feature a variety of items for children of all ages, the retailer says, which are focused on encouraging kids to develop science, technology, engineering and/or math-related skills. Some of the toys include those from Snap Circuits and LEGO. And some are… Read More

Former Quidsi Execs Launch Primary, A New Site For Kids’ Clothing Essentials

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:00
 A pair of former Quidsi execs, Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell, longtime employees who stayed with the company through its acquisition by, are today launching a new e-commerce site today called Primary which focuses on the kids’ clothing market. The two, who are both parents themselves as well as savvy marketers, believe there’s still an untapped opportunity… Read More

Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:00
 Own an Almond router? It’s about to get a dose of home automation thanks to new firmware from Securifi. The company behind the clever (and attractive) routers just announced a new set of features that will better position its product in the marketplace. These home automation features are a natural fit for Almond routers since Securifi designed the router to be showcased in a home rather… Read More