Just before the public get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple this Friday, the reviews of Tim Cook’s new hardware are coming in. What does the Internet think of the new super-sized iPhones?
Netflix is coming under pressure to prevent non-US citizens from accessing its service via VPN, even if they pay
Hampton Creek, the San Francisco-based startup that’s creating a plant-based alternative to eggs, is in the middle of raising $50 million at a more than $300 million valuation, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing sources.
Earlier this year, the company raised $23 million in a series B round. In all, the company has raised around $30 million.
Hampton Creek makes mayo and cookie dough that are egg-free, and sells them directly to grocery stores, such as Whole Foods. The company says that its product is 48% cheaper than using chicken eggs.
The company also announced that its most-recent big hire, Ali Partovi — who’s also an investor — will be leaving the company.
Sources told Re/code that Vy Capital is leading the latest round, but other investors are involved as well.
Previous investors include Horizon Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Founders Fund.
Automated ad buying and selling tools are increasingly driving digital ad sales in the U.S. That means less human-mediated, manual sales, and more opportunities for ad tech specialists to gain a share of ad spend.
A new report from BI Intelligence finds that real-time bidding (RTB), a key piece of the programmatic ecosystem, will account for over 33% of U.S. digital ad sales, or $18.2 billion in 2018, up from just $3.1 billion in 2013.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
A number of companies are already cashing in on the growing programmatic market. Top programmatic ad companies include Criteo, Rocket Fuel, the Rubicon Project, and AOL. These four companies pulled in more than $1.5 billion in combined global ad revenue in 2013, accounting for more than one-tenth of global programmatic ad dollars.
I gave it back. I could have afforded it, but only just barely and it would have hurt. So after a little less than a month with a PlayStation 4 I returned it to its chemical-scented packaging and got my money back. Sony’s newest console is one of the fastest selling game machines in the history of the industry, and its combined sales with the Xbox One is more than 70% higher than that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 over the same timeframe. There is an undeniable desire for these new machines, a hunger for change without knowing what exactly that change should entail. Nearly a year later, it remains unclear what’s really different.
Apple is readying supplies to sell 50 million Apple Watches in 2015, according to DigiTimes.
DigiTimes cites sources at LG Display, which makes displays for the Apple Watch.
There’s plenty to suggest that 50 million units would be a heavy lift, even for a tech giant like Apple. As you can see here, Business Insider Intelligence projections for smartwatch sales next year are hover around 30 million units:
Cost is another factor that might impede Apple’s smartwach sales. The Apple Watch starts at $349 and the most expensive model could cost $5,000.
The Apple Watch is expected to hit stores early next year.
All cloud vendors are not created equal – neither is their security design and protection from internal and outside threats. What security considerations should be on the top of your priority list when working with a cloud provider?
Apple just released its new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 8.
There’s a lot of big new features like app extensions and third-party keyboards, but there’s plenty of hidden features that you probably haven’t heard about.
Luckily, MacRumors reporter Bill Savage has created a nifty video showcasing a few of the lesser-known iOS 8 nuggets, and we’ve included them below.
1. Credit card scanning from within Safari:
When you’re buying something online in Safari, iOS 8 will let you hold your credit card in front of the iPhone’s camera. It will then lift the numbers and paste them into the correct field, making checkouts a breeze.
2. Quickly access your favorite Contacts by double-tapping the home button.
3. In the Weather app, swipe all the way to the bottom for a 9-day weather forcast, sunrise, sunset, and UV index.
4. To hide a photo, just hold down and tap “Hide”: The photo will be hidden from Moments, Collections, and Years, but it’ll still be visible in a “Hidden” folder in Albums.
5. Turn your iPhone screen from color to black and white: Just got to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle on “Grayscale.”
6. Visualize what Apple’s dictation hears: In iOS 7, you used to have to wait until you were done speaking to see what dictation had picked up. Now, you can see what it hears as you speak.
Looking to download iOS 8 for yourself? You can learn more about downloading the software here, or you can watch MacRumors’ entire video below.
The rent in San Francisco is high, and it keeps getting higher.
According to a new report from online real estate marketplace Zumper, San Francisco is officially the most expensive place to rent a one-bedroom apartment, passing notoriously pricey New York City for the first time.
Zumper analyzed more than 500,000 active listings in cities across the U.S., calculating the median rental price for various apartment types during the month of August 2014.
They found that San Francisco has the most expensive one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with a median rent of $3,100 and $4,050, respectively. New York came in second, with median rents of $2,995 for a one-bedroom and $3,495 for a two-bedroom.
Still, the two cities are still in close contention, as the price per bedroom (ranging from studios to homes with more than four bedrooms) is still slightly higher in New York.
The chart below shows the data that Zumper compiled for 25 cities in the U.S.
Zumper CEO Anthemos Georgiades told the San Francisco Business Times that the results are to be expected.
"It’s an enormous testament to the demand — the Bay Area is buzzing," he said. “But it’s also a humbling reminder of the structural supply-side factors that continue to drive upward pressure on prices: limited new construction on the way; rent control regulation that has led to very low vacancy rates; short term leasing which has spiked rents and taken long-term leases off the market.”
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When it comes to raising some cash for a startup, most people try to get backing from a venture firm. Others try to get some help from friends and family.
Or if you’re these guys, you do it the old-fashioned way.
Good luck out there, Closetclicks!
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By Catalina Girald, Founder and CEO, Naja
Alibaba’s looming offering looks likely to beat out Visa and Facebook as the biggest IPO in U.S. history
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Yahoo are going to have big paydays when the Chinese online retailing giant finally goes public.
A surprise announcement at this year’s Photokina exhibition in Germany came in the form of Pansonic’s Lumix DMC-CM1 – essentially an Android smartphone into which Panasonic has fitted a bright Leica-branded lens and surprisingly huge 1-inch 20 megapixel imaging sensor. Could this be the World’s best Camera Phone?