YC-Backed VizeraLabs Projects New Materials Onto Any Surface

14 Авг

Идея и реализация прекрасны.

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Let’s say you’re at a furniture store and see a couch you like. It has the number of seats you need for your living room and the cushions are comfortable. But the model in the store is cotton, and that just won’t do — you wanted leather. How are you supposed to know if you like how it looks in person?

At stores with Y Combinator-backed VizeraLabs’s projector installed, you can instantly see what every fabric looks like on a display model. The company wants to replace the books full of different fabrics you can look through at furniture retailers with a projector paired with Microsoft’s Kinect hardware and pretty much any device that can connect to its growing database of materials and patterns in the cloud:

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At least, that’s the idea. It’s not quite the same experience as being able to feel the material, and while it looks good from…

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Apple’s Next iPad Could Sport Anti-Reflective Coating For Easier Daylight Use

12 Авг

Следующий Apple iPad cможет похвастаться антибликовым покрытием для более легкого просмотра при дневном свете.

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Apple has a new iPad that has just gone into production, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The next Apple tablet will reportedly will reportedly come in both 9.7-inch (iPad Air) and 7.9-inch (iPad mini) flavors, per the news network’s sources, and will be equipped with a new anti-reflective coating that should make it easier to read in bright light situations.

The new iPads could be revealed as soon as the end of this quarter, or early next, which would be in keeping with the October reveal of new iOS tablets last year. The 9.7-inch model is said to be in production already, while the 7.9-inch model should also ship by the end of this year. The report also says that use of the new coating might restrict output of the bigger tablet, but that’s not surprising – Apple almost always has supply constraints on new model hardware…

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Study: Mobile Antivirus Apps Fail the Spyware Test

19 Июл

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In a study published today on Techlicious, antivirus solutions from 12 major security vendors were shown to perform poorly against widely available spyware threats. Against nine apps that offer spyware-like features, no vendor detected more than six of the nine, with the lowest-ranking only detecting a third of the threats.

At the top of the list were Avast Mobile Security, Norton Mobile Security, Trend Micro Mobile Security, and TrustGo Security, while ESET Mobile Security and NQ Mobile took the bottom rung. The detailed scores for all 12 vendors are available on Techlicious.

A significant and growing threat

These results are particularly disturbing in light of the frequency of spyware infections among U.S. smartphone owners, the highly intrusive nature of the threat and the impact spyware can have on its victims.

According to security company Lookout, .24% of Android phones they scanned in the U.S…

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Gov’t officials & security experts attempt to crack Apple’s new iOS 7 ‘Activation Lock’ feature

19 Июл

Google Misses Estimates In Q2 With $14.1B In Revenue, Net Income Of $3.2B, And EPS Of $9.56

19 Июл

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It’s that time again — Google’s fiscal second quarter earnings have just crossed the wires and they’re definitely not what most people expected. For Q2 2013, the company reported consolidated revenue of $14.1 billion (that’s up 19 percent from the year-ago quarter), net income of $3.23 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $9.56.

In the days leading up the release, analysts expected the web giant to post some strong numbers — the consensus estimates according to Yahoo Finance pegged the company as posting non-GAAP earnings of $10.78 per share and $14.42 billion in revenue, both figures that Google couldn’t quite live up to this time around. If there’s anything close to a silver lining there, it’s that analysts were hoping to see Google’s revenue jump at least 20 percent year-over-year, and the company only missed that by about 1 percent.

Google’s stock hit an all time high earlier this…

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Microsoft’s Q4 Earnings Miss With $19.9B In Revenue, EPS Of $0.59, Takes $900M Charge Against Surface RT Inventory Adjustments

19 Июл

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Microsoft just posted its earnings for its fourth financial quarter of 2013. The company reported revenue of $19.9 billion and earnings per share of $0.59. The Wall Street consensus was that Microsoft would report $20.74 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.75.

The surprise in this release is that Microsoft says it’s taking a $900 million charge «related to Surface RT inventory adjustments.» That’s quite a blow for Microsoft, which put a lot of resources into this project, which launched to middling reviews and failed to catch on with customers.

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In the year-ago quarter, Microsoft reported $18.06 billion in revenue and a loss per share of $0.06 — the first quarterly loss per share in the company’s history — because of a massive writedown after its failed aQuantive acquisition.

“While our fourth quarter results were impacted by the decline in the PC market, we continue to see…

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Yelp To Acquire Online Reservation Service SeatMe For Up To $12.7M

19 Июл

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Yelp has just announced that they’ve agreed to acquire SeatMe, the startup that set out to battle OpenTable in the restaurant reservation space.

No word yet on the acquisition price, though we’re digging.Update: Looks like they acquired them for $2.2 million in cash and 263,000 shares of common stock, pinning the acquisition price at a total up to $12.7 million.

SeatMe’s main offering is part web service, part iPad app. The web app lets restaurant owners easily add an online reservation system to their own site or Facebook page, while the iPad app lets the restaurant’s host/hostess manage their tables on the fly. It also has a few other neat tricks, like texting customers when their table is ready, or flagging a return customer’s known allergens and seating preferences.

Competitor OpenTable has been powering Yelp’s integrated reservation since around June of 2010 — this acquisition presumably means that that…

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