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Andrew James

  1. Wedding Republic Handles Your Cash Registry Woes

    The first thing you need to know about Wed-Tech is that it’s totally different from Wedtech – a scandal in the late '80s involving baby carriages and military contracts. The non-scandal topic is a massive emerging space that’s growing by the day and tugging at my cash-loving heartstrings to get married. One of the most interesting new entrants is Wedding Republic. (Sounds communist, right? It’s Canadian). Wedding Republic is a cash registry for couples planning their weddings.

    By Andrew James

    From the News desk

  2. Vidyoo Unveils Your Online Video Dating Future

    Vidyoo wants to change the way you find dates online, attempting to be a respectable ChatRoulette aimed at the online dating crowd. “[It's] an application for meeting and dating new people that enables you to immediately, or very fast, get to a face-to-face meeting with people you find interesting and want to meet,” says co-founder and CEO, Assaf Mendelsen.

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    From the News desk

  3. Two-Step Verification Dances Around the Issue

    Last June, millions of LinkedIn passwords were stolen. In July, 400,000 Yahoo accounts were hacked. On Friday, one tech writer, Mat Honan, had his Apple and Amazon accounts hacked through cracks in their customer service, bringing down the rest of his digital identity, as well as wiping years' worth of personal information.

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    From the News desk

  4. Affectiva Raises $12M, Tells You How You Feel

    Affectiva plays with your emotions. Their platform, which monitors and measures emotions and emotional responses, works through measuring arousal and valence of facial expressions. Arousal is a measure of physical excitation, ranging from calm to excited, and valence measures the positivity or negativity of a reaction to stimuli.

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  5. Telerik's Kendo Schools You in Dojo

    Telerik’s Kendo UI offers up a complex set of design tools for building Web, mobile, and data visualizations that translate languages for cross platform use. The problem with Kendo, like most development environment, is that they’re very complex to get started in.

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    From the News desk

  6. Scott Jochim Sees a Practical Future for Augmented Reality

    I often toss Augmented Reality in the same filthy bucket as QR Codes, an awkward marketing upsell tactic to fool non-technical clients into spending money on unproven initiatives. Case in point for QR Codes: Canada’s CBC overlays them on their TV shows linking to their site. Question: How is opening a QR code reader, lining it up on a TV screen (before the square fades out), taking a photo, then waiting for the site to load, easier than opening a browser and entering cbc.ca? I’m sorry QR codes, I don’t see your relevance in this world. And frankly, you annoy me.

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  7. Mendeley Seeks to Speed Up Academic Impact Factor

    Research site Mendeley has launched a new dashboard that allows academics to monitor and track journal data on the site in real-time. Effectively, it gives users a way to see what journals or research is being read and cited. And while this may not seem that significant to the average non-academic user, it has the potential to increase the speed of research trends by up to three to five years, without stepping on the toes of academic journals, something that other digital properties are also trying to tackle.

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  8. TuneIn Raises $16M, Hits 40M Monthly Users with Streaming Radio

    TuneIn has avoided publicity for the better part of two years, choosing rather to focus on growth. But now the streaming radio service is back with its third check-in since June. Last we heard, the streaming radio service had reached 70K channels with 267 percent year-on-year listener growth and penned deals with three major content providers. Now, they’ve closed a $16M funding round led by General Catalyst Partners with Jafco Ventures, Google Ventures, and Sequoia Capital taking part. This is in addition to the six million they quietly raised in 2010 from Sequoia. Oh, they also hit 40 million monthly users last Tuesday – that's about two times Spotify’s count.

    By Andrew James

    From the News desk

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