Planview has updated the interface of its flagship project portfolio management (PPM) software to make it easier to navigate and appealing to a wider range of potential users.
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Planview has updated the interface of its flagship project portfolio management (PPM) software to make it easier to navigate and appealing to a wider range of potential users.
Arglebarf writes “A family member is recovering from a serious illness and, unfortunately, the medication that saved her life will probably cost her hands and feet. She is an artist by trade, so this is a pretty big deal. Replacement prostheses might restore a degree of independence, as well as enabling her to continue with her creative passions. Do any Slashdotters have experience with replacement hands? What features do you look for? Do any models allow you tweak the software for fine tuning? Beyond the day-to-day uses, she will want something that can hold small objects precisely (e.g. a paintbrush).”
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In this week’s Ask A VC episode, we sat down with Index Ventures partner Mike Volpi.
Volpi, who makes investments in both enterprise software and consumer internet companies, serves on a number of boards, including Path, Sonos, Lookout, Hortonworks, Soundcloud, Big Switch Networks, Zuora, Foodily, and Storsimple. We asked Volpi what his biggest challenge is as the board member of a startup, and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in a board member.
When was the last time you talked about Acer? Never? Me too. The company, which is the fourth largest PC maker in the world by the way, announced the Acer Aspire R7 this morning. It’s a mighty morphing Windows 8 portable. Like the Lenovo Yoga, it features versatile hinges that allow the computer to take different forms.
The Aspire R7 is not the next big thing. No one is going to buy this thing. But that’s probably just fine.
A hurricane is an impressive display of the power of nature, an unfortunate reality that sometimes causes more than its fair share of damage and grief. While we’re all familiar with what a hurricane on our own planet looks like, hurricanes on other planets have been something of a mystery. That changed this month when
As consumer tech companies bring neural interfaces ever closer to the mainstream, human-friendly legalese could become a crucial part of the user experience.
The New York Times recently claimed that brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are headed for the mainstream market sooner rather than later. Whether these kinds of “think it and the computer does it” UIs will be practical and useful enough to achieve adoption outside the “glasshole” set is up for debate. But one thing’s for sure: consumer products mean legalese–a lot of it. Few of us read the Terms of Service (TOS) agreements associated with the bevy of networked technology we blindly rely on. We only tend to notice or care about TOS when something breaks or freaks us out after the fact (as Instagram found out last year). But when a consumer product claims to jack itself right into your mind? That might just make people want to actually read these contracts up front.
Google felt it appropriate to highlight some of Glass’ specs earlier this week, but there’s much more to the company’s wearable display than just the 5 megapixel camera and its 16GB of internal storage. In case you were hankering for a taste of what else makes Google Glass tick, Android developer (and Glass Explorer) Jay Lee spent some time tinkering with his preview unit and managed to figure out what kind of hardware it has under the proverbial hood.
Pinterest Tweaks Its New Look, Improves Search And Brings Features Like Pinned From And Mentions Back
While Pinterest is still rolling out its brand new look to users, it decided to listen to some feedback along the way and make some tweaks. Since the site relies heavily, or completely, on its users pinning things to boards like crazy, some features that were dropped from the new design were re-added due to popular demand. One of the features that caused the community to clammer the most was “Pinned By,” which let people see who originally pinned an item. This was a way to discover new people to follow and Pinterest has brought it back: Additionally, the mentioning friends feature using an @ symbol has returned, yet another way to discover new people to follow. Notice a trend here? It seems like the new design was limiting users on how they could find new friends and boards to interact with. The company says that finding friends from Twitter and Facebook that are on Pinterest is back, too. Other than the features that were reintroduced, Pinterest has improved its search functionality by adding auto-suggest, something that helps people out when looking for things. This has been a popular feature on Google’s search product, making the experience way less aggravating than looking at an empty white box for minutes: Along with search, Pinterest has moved your recent activity notifications, including older ones, to the top right corner, another move that could increase engagement. Things that the company are thinking on and might roll out soon are rearranging pins and creating a board within a board. Let’s call that feature “Boardception.” Still, it’s clear that remaining true to the original experience tops all new bells and whistles. Other social sites like Twitter and Facebook tend to roll out features slowly, getting instant feedback from people along the way before things are released to the masses. By letting users opt-in to trying out the new look, Pinterest gets beta testers who are ready, willing and able to voice their complaints, since that’s what people end up voicing anyways. If you’re still rocking the old design on Pinterest, just click “Get it now” after you log in:
Getting hacked on Twitter is fast becoming a rite of passage for big corporations, but Tuesday's attack on the Associated Press could be a tipping point and shows that social networks must do more to keep their users safe, security experts said.
Sure, watching YouTube videos in HD is great when you want clarity, but maybe you’ve been yearning for that grainy, tape-recorded look. Marking what’s apparently the 57th anniversary of cassette-based video recording, the YouTube team has snuck a VHS tape-shaped button on select videos. Clicking it will the throw a filter over the content, providing a highly distorted and nostalgic feast for the eyes. There’s no official list of compatible content, but the option seems to be available on most of the videos on YouTube’s native channel. We have a feeling at least one VCR enthusiast will be quite pleased.
Source: YouTube (Google+)
Facebook Home’s making its official debut on the HTC First and a handful of big-hitting Android handsets this Friday, but MoDaCo has come across a trio of APKs which offer an early taste. The leaked APKs have been stripped from a pre-release HTC First ROM, with MoDaCo noting it’s “rather buggy” and not fully functional — Chat Heads doesn’t work, for example. You’ll need a handset with a max screen res of 1,280 x 768 and must be able to remove the current Android Facebook app, as the newer APKs won’t install otherwise. MoDaCo also lists a work-around for phones with Facebook baked into the ROM, but it’ll still need to be rooted. Hit up the source link if you’ve got the side-loading skills and feel like giving Facebook Home a preliminary poking.
Astronaut photos of Earth from space are undeniably amazing, but snapshots of inner space — particularly human cells — can be spectacular, too.
An electronics and a recycling trade group are looking for ways to reuse recycled cathode ray tube (CRT) glass from computer monitors and television sets, with a US$ 10,000 prize for the best proposal.
Apple hasn’t been all that popular in China as of late. The Cupertino-based company is under fire in the country for what customers are reporting to be unfair warranty and repair policies on Apple’s products. However, in what is his second public apology, company CEO Tim Cook apologized for the recent burdens, and announced plans
Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX’s next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it’s definitely going to attract stares. The second version of Dragon will be designed to land on the ground rather than in the water like its predecessor. Because of all of the design changes, Musk states that the next SpaceX
Subtlety can’t always avert controversy. That leaked build of Windows Blue is a case in point: it suggests a relatively incremental update to Windows 8, yet some of its revelations are already causing quite a stir. Neowin now reports that Internet Explorer 11, as contained within the leaked build, identifies itself to host websites as “Mozilla… like Gecko.” Confusing, right? Perhaps, but it’s not really as underhand as it sounds, as you can see from the full line of code in the picture above.
The program still identifies itself (in brackets) as IE 11, but it forgoes Microsoft’s older identifier (“MSIE”) and simply describes itself as being a browser that renders HTML in a similar way to Firefox’s Gecko layout engine. Neowin speculates that the reason for this could be to start afresh: by confusing host websites with a new identifier, IE 11 might avoid having legacy CSS code thrown at it, dating back to the bad old days when web designers had to give Internet Explorer special treatment. It’s also been suggested that this could cause problems for business apps that genuinely rely on legacy CSS code — although it’s worth remembering that we’re not looking at a final release here, and none of us (ahem) are even meant to be using it.
In January of last year, Gil Ben-Artzy and Shuly Galili launched a startup accelerator with the intent to expose Silicon Valley to the next generation of hot Israeli tech companies — and vice versa. While Israel has long been a hotbed for innovation and is home to the R&D labs of many of the world’s biggest tech companies, the founders saw an opportunity to create a more fluid connection between Israeli startups and the Valley.
This weekend at Expand in San Francisco, a handful of emerging startups will compete for $ 25,000 and the proper Engadget review treatment. In the latest installment of our e-publication, we have a peek at the finalists of the first-ever Insert Coin: New Challengers crowdfunded battle royal. In addition to those gadget hopefuls, we but both the TiVo Mini and HTC One through their respective paces while we relive the week that was SXSW Interactive in a collection of snapshots. All of the usual features and columns are here as well, filled to the brim with goodness that awaits via your favorite weekly download link.
Earlier at SXSW, Google showed off Glass, giving a demonstration of the device in use and providing developers with their first glimpse of the Mirror API. The demonstration showed the device being used to perform searches, take a photo, view the weather, share with Google+, and more. You can check out a video of the
Editor’s note: Jacob Mullins is a VC at Shasta Ventures.
With the recent talk about the growing “billion dollar club” in startups, I’ve been wondering what characteristics a $ 1 billion consumer tech company has. As a Series A investor who primarily focuses on consumer web and mobile companies, I examined the pool of consumer companies that have had exits over $ 100 million within the current era of consumer tech, which I consider to be post-recession 2008. I wanted to see what I could learn and ideally reverse-engineer common characteristics that would help me identify the next big winners when I see them today or in the future.
The social network sent press invitations to a March 7 event at the company’s offices in Menlo Park, Calif. “Come see a new look for News Feed,” the invite reads.
Some Republican lawmakers on Wednesday accused two U.S. agencies of wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in broadband stimulus money on failed projects, but supporters of the broadband spending questioned the Republican numbers.
There’s been some debate over the state of the PlayStation 4′s hardware when Sony declined to display the console itself at its PlayStation Meeting. As we’re quickly learning, the company had good reason to keep the box under wraps: it’s not quite done yet. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kawano has revealed to 4Gamer that even he hasn’t seen the finished system, and he only saw the DualShock 4 the day before it went on stage. We wouldn’t worry about the design’s progress just yet, but the news hints that Sony’s timing on pulling it all together is much tighter than it was for the PS3 — although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Whatever the PS4 looks like in the end, we know it won’t support the DualShock 3. Perpetual font of wisdom (and Worldwide Studios President) Shuhei Yoshida has warned that the PlayStation Move is the only controller making the leap to the next generation. That’s not entirely surprising given the changes in button layout and the addition of some Move technology — Sony likely wants to set some expectations, and our existing game library won’t play on the PS4 as-is. The cutoff may still be disappointing for anyone who invested in a full set of gamepads for LittleBigPlanet sessions and has to once more start from scratch.
A patent application filed by Google last year provides a detailed look at some of the metrics the company considers when ranking news stories and deciding how prominently to display them on its Google News page.
New submitter jyujin writes “Ever wonder how long your SSD will last? It’s funny how bad people are at estimating just how long ’100,000 writes’ are going to take when spread over a device that spans several thousand of those blocks over several gigabytes of memory. It obviously gets far worse with newer flash memory that is able to withstand a whopping million writes per cell. So yeah, let’s crunch some numbers and fix that misconception. Spoiler: even at the maximum SATA 3.0 link speeds, you’d still find yourself waiting several months or even years for that SSD to start dying on you.”
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Pebble smartwatches have been hitting doorsteps for a little while now, but my colleague Darrell Etherington and I have only just been able to join the party. The reasons for the extra wait differed for the two of us — I was a late backer, and his got stuck in Canadian customs — but the timing seemed right, so here’s our tag-team review of the device that helped kick start a new era of smartwatch hype.
Sequoia Capital and the student-run Princeton publication Business Today held their first Start @ A Startup conference this weekend, where more than 100 students (largely, but not entirely, from Ivy League schools) were recruited to the join the startup world.
At least, that’s the broad outline that Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier and Dropbox vice president Sujay Jaswa (Jaswa is the one speaking in the photo above) gave me when I interviewed them before the conference. The event itself (I was around for the first of the two days) turned out to be more varied — yes, it was partly a recruiting drive, but it was also an opportunity for startup founders to tell their stories, and for students to ask pretty much anything they wanted.
Lonely? Wish you had someone to geek out with about the weird stuff you’re into? Sodisco wants to find you a play date. It’s the soon-to-launch startup from Christian Taylor, ex-CEO of Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment that just got bought by Intuit. Taylor called me up to reveal what Sodisco’s all about: analyzing your interests and introducing you to your nearest clones.
Countries pushing for international regulation of the Internet through the U.N. International Telecommunication Union will not quit after a partial victory at an ITU meeting in December, some Internet government experts told U.S. lawmakers.
Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.
The good news for TechCrunch readers: Every major study conducted to date has placed angel investors’ internal rate of return (IRR) between 18 and 38 percent, as summarized by my Partner John Frankel and Professor Robert Wiltbank in previous TechCrunch articles. The bad news: The data on angel returns has historically been difficult to obtain, analyze, verify and, therefore, rely upon.
I’ve had high hopes for Silvercar to provide an alternative to the typical horrible experience of airport car rental. It sounds like a great idea. But it’s difficult to judge the quality of a service without actually trying it out, right? So I took a trip down to DFW for the day and demoed the Silvercar experience for myself.
The color of the eyes and hair of ancestors dead for hundreds of years can now be revealed from their DNA alone, researchers say.
Disney’s John Blackburn Says ‘Infinity’ Game Mash-Up Could ‘Change The Way That People Look At Disney’
Disney isn’t mincing words when it comes to describing the importance of Infinity, the cross-property, cross-platform gaming initiative that it announced this morning. The company’s fact sheet describes it as “Disney’s most ambitious game initiative ever,” while Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants compared it on-stage to the first time he watched TV’s Wonderful World of Disney, which introduced him to Disney’s many characters and titles: “Now it’s our time, it’s Disney Interactive’s time to meet and even push the bar of innovation, creativity, and technology.”
When I met with John Blackburn, who leads Avalanche Software (the Disney-owned studio that developed Infinity), I asked him whether he was on-board with Pleasants’ grand vision.
The median size of angel deals rose to $ 640,000 in the third quarter of last year — a five-quarter high — as startups looked for more runway amid a bottleneck for Series A rounds. Silicon Valley Bank partnered with data company CB Insights and the Angel Resource Institute to survey different angel groups about activity in the fall of last year. The report didn’t provide any data on the overall volume on angel investments, but it did have information on average round sizes and valuations. Early-stage valuations remained stable with the average at around a $ 2.6 million pre-money valuation (or before investors put in capital). There are a couple reasons that angel round sizes got bumped up late last year, said Carrie Merritt, who heads public relations for Silicon Valley Bank. One is that there are more health care and enterprise deals, which are more capital intensive. Another reason is that founders and angels are realizing that they need more financial runway if there is a bottleneck at the Series A level. (An earlier report based on CB Insights data showed that while the number of seed and angel deals has exploded, the number of Series A deals has remained consistent.) If early-stage companies get a bit more breathing room, they can also hit certain distribution and sales milestones (on top of product ones), which could make Series A terms more favorable to the founders and early backers. At the same time, Merritt said that super angel or seed venture funds are “encroaching” on traditional angel territory. Another trend Silicon Valley Bank pointed out was that syndications declined in the third quarter. They don’t really know why this is happening, however. Unsurprisingly, investments in mobile-related startups jumped up. They also said that 10 percent of angel group deals are structured with convertible debt. One reason founders and early angels might favor convertible debt is that it puts off actually pricing a round until later when a more experienced VC firm might come in. Since Silicon Valley Bank hasn’t tracked this trend longer-term; they don’t quite know how it’s developing over the long-term.
As the economy improves and at least some of the concerns about the so-called U.S. "fiscal cliff" are resolved, desire for new mobile, analytics and storage technology will drive IT spending this year, according to market researchers and economists.
astroengine writes “Using elevation data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, software engineer Kevin Gill was inspired to create a virtual version of the red planet with a difference. “I had been doing similar models of Earth and have seen attempts by others of showing life on Mars, so I figured I’d give it a go,” Gill told Discovery News. “It was a good way to learn about the planet, be creative and improve the software I was rendering it in.” He included oceans, lakes, clouds and a biosphere — a view of a hypothetical ancient Mars that looks wonderfully homely.”
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It’s hard to imagine what Mars might’ve looked like when its valleys were filled with water and its thick atmosphere sported white fluffy clouds. Now try to imagine what ancient Mars might look like with its ownbiosphere.
As 2012 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2013.What celestial events might we look forward to seeing?
Huawei has already confirmed that we’re going to see its extra-large Ascend D2 at CES, but that doesn’t mean a sneak peek is unwelcome. ITHome is more than willing to sate our curiosity with a set of photos that purportedly show a fully functional version of the 5-inch smartphone. In a sense, we know what to expect from the software: the D2 appears to be using the same customized Android layer as the even larger Ascend Mate, just without that fifth column of icons. The shots do, however, suggest that Huawei is going for a design as premium-looking on the outside as it is high-powered on the inside. Not much else is known, but we’ll likely understand Huawei’s fuller ambitions in Las Vegas next month.
Via: Android Central
Source: ITHome (translated)
In 2012, hardware and software brought us usability advances, faster chips, and gesture control.
One of the most interesting threads of innovation in computing over the past 12 months can be traced back to the preceding year. In 2011, Apple’s virtual assistant Siri showed how software and computers could be more than just tools—something closer to collaborators. In 2012, Apple’s competitors extended that notion in ways that could shape all kinds of technology for years to come.
With New Profiles, ‘Following,’ Search & HD Photos, 360 Is Starting To Look Like The Panoramic Instagram
As great as the allure of its filters may be, Facebook didn’t spend $ 1 billion on Instagram for its digital photo effects. No, it was because Instagram was mobile-first, growing like a weed, had just launched on Android, and because it had created (with a small team) the first good-looking, mobile-centric social network for photos — location-tagged photos to boot. Launching a major redesign of its panoramic photo-sharing Android app, 360, today, Silicon Valley-based TeliportMe wants to do for the panoramic view what Instagram did for your regular old mobile photos.
[Note: This is a weekly series. If your company is doing something amazing to help a charitable cause or doing some good in your community, please reach out.] Before we start with this week’s edition of “The Weekly Good”, I want to let everyone know that our thoughts are with those who are affected by the horrific events in Connecticut today. We are all human, and doing damage like this to one another must stop. There are good things going on in the world, and it’s important to highlight those things. When tech companies deploy their efforts and resources for good, it hits me, for reasons. Twitter is doing something really awesome, called #Tweet4Good. For every tweet using the #Tweet4Good hashtag, Twitter will give $ 1 to in ads on the platform to the Red Cross. Up to $ 20,000. You have until 12/31 to get your tweets in. We spoke to Claire Diaz-Ortiz, who leads social innovation at Twitter, and she told us all about the initiative: ——— TechCrunch: How did you come up with the idea for #tweet4good? Claire Diaz-Ortiz: The #Tweet4Good initiative was the brainchild of our Sales Marketing Team as a way to bring our advertisers and users together to engage around a critical non-profit and to support them with a donation in Twitter Ads for Good, our pro-bono ad program. In Dec 2011 we renamed our pro-bono advertising program as Twitter Ads for Good. To help promote the program, we ran a holiday campaign for our advertisers that invited them to choose from five different charities for a donation in Twitter Ads for Good that Twitter would make on their behalf. This year we wanted to evolve that idea and bring it to Twitter to invite our advertisers to participate and engage with the program on our platform. The goal is to involve people in the campaign to help us reach our $ 20,000 goal as way to generate more awareness for the @RedCross by Tweeting with the hashtag #Tweet4Good. TechCrunch: How do you usually work with nonprofits for good using ad units? Claire Diaz-Ortiz: The Twitter for Nonprofits program gives benefits to any non-profit who applies. The Twitter Ads for Good program, which has been in existence since the day we first launched our very first ad product back in April of 2010, now gives nearly a million dollars in pro-bono ads to non-profit organizations each year.