The march of the enterprise software IPOs continues, with not one but two companies debuting on New York stock exchanges today. Business intelligence provider Tableau Software, trading as “DATA”, is one of the more highly anticipated tech IPOs of the year, and so far it has not disappointed. It priced its IPO at $ 31 per share, and it has popped 58% to nearly $ 49/share in early trading on the NYSE. Marketo, a cloud-based marketing services company, priced its IPO at about half that, $ 13 per share. It will be trading as MKTO, but has yet to trade this morning.
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Big Data Visualization Goes Public: Tableau Software Raises $254M As Shares Pop 58%; Fellow Enterprise IPO Hopeful Marketo Raises $85M
This week the developer teams working for Windows Phone camera and photos have announced that users will soon be able to instantly save full-resolution photos and video to the cloud no matter where they are on our planet. Previously this feature had only been available to select users in limited areas, and a full roll-out
Tests suggest that a CIA-backed quantum computing technology can be very powerful for some kinds of problems.
When I visited D-Wave last year I saw some spectacular hardware and heard of significant backing for the company (see “The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet On Quantum Computing”). But no one was able to show me results from pitting one of D-Wave’s unusual computers directly against a conventional one to prove how much faster they could be.
You know, it’s been a pretty good few days for the (still mostly undercover) dudes behind Bang With Friends, the app that aims to help you do exactly what its name implies.
Just days after word trickled out that the service was approaching its millionth user and that the team is purportedly in the middle of raising a million bucks, Bang With Friends has just launched its iPhone and Android apps.
Media companies have been in a constant battle with piracy for several years now with no end in site. However, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos thinks that the best way to fight piracy isn’t through legislation or trying to catch people and throw them in jail, but rather to offer legal services that are
An experimental unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force went hypersonic during a recent test off the Southern California coast, flying at more than five times the speed of sound.
In an effort to return cash to investors, Apple is reaching out to the debt market and offering US$ 17 billion in bonds, the biggest non-bank bond offering in history, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
If you’re an Iron Man fan, you already know about Jarvis, Tony Stark’s personal assistant (who’s either a human or a virtual AI, depending on how long you’ve been following the comic). Jarvis is the glue that keeps Stark’s business, personal and super hero lives running smoothly.
6Wunderkinder let us know last week that it was entering the big leagues of task management with Wunderlist Pro, and today it’s possible for us to follow along. The company’s first premium service is now available for those running the iOS, Mac and web apps, albeit with a slightly higher than anticipated $ 50 yearly subscription price alongside the $ 5 monthly option. What Pro users get for their money currently remains the same: they can assign tasks to others, add an unlimited number of subtasks and choose from eight more backgrounds. File attachments and sharing are coming soon, 6Wunderkinder says. Android and Windows users will have to sit tight while their versions of Wunderlist Pro finish baking, but everyone else can start collaborating today.
Over at the Bunnie Studios blog, a $ 12 cell phone purchased from the Mingtong Digital Mall was given a complete (and relatively simple) teardown to see what exactly goes into making such an inexpensive cell phone. Unlike the ultra-cheap handsets that are available through various carriers, such as prepaid’s Net10 and Tracfone staples, the $ 12
Want to be sure that you don’t miss the arrival date of the Galaxy S 4 on Verizon? Naturally, you could keep a keen eye on Engadget’s homepage, but Big Red now has a solution of its own that could be worth a whirl. The company has just posted a signup page for Samsung’s Next Big Thing, and so long as you’re comfortable forking over your email address, you’ll receive a notification delivered to your inbox when more details are available. By now, it’s no secret that the Galaxy S 4 will arrive on Verizon in May, but if you’re looking to circle a definitive date on your calendar — and stay in the loop about any pre-order opportunities — then by all means, click on through and hit the red ‘Sign Up’ button. We’re pretty sure Verizon’s third-party marketing partners won’t complain.
Via: Droid Life
Source: Verizon Wireless
Between word that Explorer Editions are being produced, a reveal of spec details and documentation for the Mirror API being published, it’s been a busy night for Google Glass announcements. Mountain View has just pushed up the Android companion app for the spectacles, dubbed MyGlass, to Google Play. Sure, you can download it on any device toting Android 4.0.3 or higher, but Page and Co. say, “If you don’t have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time.” In addition to the application, the search behemoth has published a webpage four those setting up their eyewear for the first time. Hit the source links below for the app and for a look at the hardware’s setup experience.
Via: Android Police
Fancy a phone that’s been styled after Molly Ringwald’s prom dress? HTC has decided to celebrate mother’s day by releasing a Butterfly in a lovely shade of #DDA4B4 — but only for the Ducky Dales of Taiwan. The re-tinted handset is said to drop on April 30th, carrying the same 5-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core APQ8064 CPU and 8-megapixel camera we’ve seen on the other regional variants. At least we know what Sergey’s getting for his mom.
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In the battle for Sprint’s heart, Dish Network always seemed to be stuck in the “friend zone”. That’s not the case anymore, however, now that Dish has quietly lobbed an informal $ 25.5 billion offer to purchase the carrier. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that after Dish was knocked-back in its attempts to buy Clearwire, the satellite TV company scrounged together the cash to beat Softbank’s multi billion dollar deal. If the bid is made formal, then Sprint’s board will have to decide if Softbank’s massive size and buckets of cash can be trumped by Dish’s spectrum reserves, pay-TV business and ability to skip commercials in a breeze.
ASUS’ distinctive Transformer AiO has been a long time in coming, having first reached our paws last June. For Americans, it’s at last more than just a fantastical idea: Amazon, J&R, Rakuten and other US-friendly online retailers now list the oddest of odd PCs as on sale, and usually in stock. For a typical $ 1,299, more adventurous buyers get a Windows 8 base desktop with a 3.1GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD drive and a GeForce GT 730M. The real fun, of course, rests in its display. Remove that 18.4-inch LCD from its dock and it suddenly becomes a gigantic Tegra 3-based Android tablet running Jelly Bean. We’re not sure if we’ll ever completely wrap our heads around the concept, but those who understand ASUS’ expanded definition of an all-in-one can shop at the source links.
Via: Android Police
Facebook Home, which doesnt replace the Android OS but sits on top of it, includes a family of Facebook-focused apps and also works with the apps a user already has on her phone.
It’s nearly time for Twitter to launch their own music service – with today’s updates letting us know that not only is this rumored project real, it’s right around the corner. If you head to https://music.twitter.com/ right this minute, you’ll even be able to connect the service to your own Twitter account – as odd
With the new iPad app by the name of Da Vinci’s Demons: Citizens of Florence, you’ll be not just watching the show on Starz, you’ll be interacting with it as well. This app allows you to jump in with content that’s both absolutely free and next-level engaging: panoramic shots of on-set locations, information on 80+
Ars Technica takes a close look at the crowd-funded Pebble smartwatch. The reviewer had to put up with repeated delays in production as a Kickstarter backer, but seems happy with the watch and optimistic about the future of third-party apps; an SDK is due later this month. “It currently ships with three default watch faces, as well as 12 others that you can load onto the watch with the companion app (free on iOS and Android). By far my favorite custom watch face is ‘Fuzzy Time,’ which rounds the current time to the nearest 5-minute interval and translates that number to what you might say if your friend asked you the time. While seemingly trivial, I love this rough approximation of time. Rarely do I need to know that it’s 5:13:23pm, but seeing that it’s ‘quarter after five’ is awesome.”
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girlmad writes “Rackspace has come out fighting against one of the U.S.’s most notorious patent trolls, Parallel Iron. The cloud services firm said it’s totally fed up with trolls of all kinds, which have caused a 500 percent rise in its legal bills. Rackspace was last week named among 12 firms accused of infringing Parallel Iron’s Hadoop Distributed File System patents. Rackspace is now counter-suing the troll, as the firm said it has a deal in place with Parallel Iron after signing a previous patent settlement with them.”
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As the OUYA Android gaming console hits the first tier partners and Kickstarter funders, the team behind production has made it clear that starting next week, they’ll be building and shipping market-ready units 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the standard OUYA unit, you’ll be seeing a grey console and grey controller
Less than a year after calling mobile one of its biggest risks, Facebook has made another big move to attack the mobile market with Facebook Home for Android devices.
Could a Roman gold ring linked to a curse have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to create The One Ring?
Fosbury Goes Beyond Apple Passbook Pass Creation, Making It Easy To Manage, Distribute & Track Campaigns, Too
Fosbury, a new startup helping companies design iOS Passbook campaigns, is launching its online DIY design and distribution platform today, which is being made available on a pay-as-you go basis. Although quite a few services in this niche have sprung up since the announcement of Apple Passbook’s mobile ticketing and couponing app last June, Fosbury’s angle is that it offers not just Passbook design tools, but rather an end-to-end platform for creating, managing, distributing and analyzing Passbook campaigns.
While Addappt has been teasing painless contact syncing between iOS-using friends and colleagues since its December launch, its invitation-only nature has kept most of us on the sidelines. It may be time to try Addappt now that an update opens the doors to the public. On top of widening the app’s audience for its update once, share everywhere approach, the 1.3 release brings group management that easily lets us lump coworkers or social circles together. Messaging is appropriately easier as well — it’s possible to quickly text or email everyone in a given group, including the option to share more photos at once than the five that iOS usually allows. A port to Android isn’t yet on the cards, but iPhone and iPod touch owners tired of missing phone number changes can give Addappt a whirl today.
Via: The Next Web
Source: App Store
BlackBerry began a fight to regain share in the key U.S. market on Friday with the debut of the first phone running its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
We knew that Redbox Instant would be coming to Xbox 360, it was specifically betrayed by a leak way back in November and the company has been pretty up front about the planned support. Now the app is available through Xbox Live, delivering its streaming library to millions of Microsoft gamers. The $ 8 a month service just became available to the public during the last week. If you’re curious, but not quite ready to add another subscription to your life, Xbox Live Gold customers can enjoy a free trial of 4,600 unlimited streaming titles (though the 4,000-plus movies available for purchase or rent will still set you back a few more bucks). To try it out yourself hit up the Xbox Live Marketplace, where you’ll also find the newly launched GameTrailers app.
3D printers might one day be as common as inkjets, letting you conjure up plastic visions of whatever pops into your head. At least, that’s the vision of its promoters and there’s now a wide variety of models and form factors in the market ranging from sub-$ 1,000 price tags up to $ 3-4k for more sophisticated systems. But despite the obvious utility for designers, prototypers and the like, will less demanding users warm to the tech? Join moderator Brian Heater for a discussion of 3D printing’s future with Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University; Max Lobovsky, Co-Founder, FormLabs; and Avi Reichental, President & CEO, 3D Systems.
Lomography’s Smartphone Film Scanner has reached that moment that every crowdfunding project strives for, but often seems elusive: everyday sales. The peripheral is now sitting in stock at an ordinary, post-Kickstarter $ 59 price. As you’d expect, the functionality remains what we were promised earlier in the year. Slot in an iPhone, or certain Android smartphones, and scanning 35mm film or a slide is just a matter of lining things up and snapping a photo with the phone’s camera. Anyone who’s sitting on a treasure trove of old photos — or is just holding on to that film SLR for dear life — can shop for the scanner at the source link.
Via: Gizmodo Australia
As much as we like extending our music universe through apps within the likes of Deezer and Spotify, that wider experience hasn’t usually carried over to mobile. Deezer, at least, thinks it can put those apps inside our pockets. App Studio now supports building add-ons for both Android and iOS devices, giving travelers music and social components beyond what Deezer can provide on its own. The company isn’t relying just on phones and tablets to pad its customer base, though. It’s also improving the behind-the-scenes framework to bolster gaming through its API, and an affiliate program will pay social app creators every time one of their users subscribes to Deezer. Us listeners will just have to wait for developers to implement App Studio and the API changes before we reap any potential rewards.
Source: Deezer for Developers
Angry Birds on an 84-inch 4K tablet? Not quite, but if your iPad or Nexus 10 simply isn’t big enough or high-res enough, MyMultitouch has an 84-inch beast to offer instead. The Germany company is showing off its biggest multitouch table/display to-date at CeBIT, a vast 3.840 x 2,160 Ultra HD screen called the Alvaro
Adafruit’s just outed a new Internet of Things Printer kit that’s traded in its ethernet connection for WiFi. Instead of using an Arduino Uno like its wired sibling, the new DIY hardware is built with a Raspberry Pi Model B running Raspbian Linux. Programmed in Python, the software on the box wields the Python Imaging Library, which gives folks flexibility when it comes to typography and graphics, and can leverage the language’s raft of libraries. If you’re not in the mood for coding, however, the contraption brings a few sample applications that’ll print out daily weather reports, sudoku puzzles, tweets and images on 2.25-inch wide receipt paper. The project rings up at $ 189 — $ 100 above its predecessor — but it isn’t up for sale quite yet.
Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist and former Apple chief evangelist, announced this week that he has taken on advisory work for Motorola Mobility – which is owned by rival Google.
Still nervous about trading in your gas guzzler for an electric carriage? The European Commission wants you to cast your eyes on the Volar-e, a high performance EV prototype designed specifically to garner attention. Designed and built by Applus IDIADA, the Volar-e boasts 1,000 horses driven by four independently controlled electric motors, a regenerative breaking system and the ability to juice up in under twenty minutes. The prototype — which was built in only four months — saw its first public outing this week at Circuit de Catalunya, in Spain, giving onlookers at peek at what its four driving modes can do.
The company didn’t specify what differentiates the vehicles Eco, Dynamic, Racing and Wet modes, but did go out of its way to highlight the Volar-e’s acceleration and top speed: 62mph in 3.4 seconds and 186 mph. The European Commission says the vehicle is built to promote electric vehicles to European markets, standing as a reference point to category’s potential. Cool? Sure, but with performance like that, we can’t imagine the Volar-e will do much to calm our range anxiety. Check out the prototype racer in action after the break.
Via: Motor Authority
We’ve long known that the Large Hadron Collider would need to take a break, but that doesn’t take the edge off of the moment itself: as of Valentine’s Day, the particle accelerator has conducted its last test for the next two years. The giant research ring will undergo sweeping repairs and upgrades that should should give it the superconducting connectors needed to hit the originally planned 14TeV of combined collision energy, versus the 8TeV it’s been limited to almost since the beginning. CERN’s machine arguably earned the downtime. After a rough start, it went on to produce rafts of collision data and healthy evidence of the elusive Higgs boson. If you’re still down, think of the hiatus as doing us a favor — it postpones any world-ending disasters until around 2015.
Via: Ars Technica
Meteor Video Footage Goes Large On YouTube, Thanks To Bad Russian Drivers, Corruption And The Use Of Dash Cams
Today’s incident involving a falling meteor in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia has resulted in an estimated 500 injuries, and while people are scrambling to figure out exactly what has happened in this remote area of the country, 900 miles from Moscow and near the Ural mountains, some of the more remarkable footage so far has been video shot by ordinary people, specifically with dashboard cameras.