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  1. Google: World domination starts today

    Right off the bat in Google's conference call to discuss earnings Thursday, CEO Larry Page had this to say: “People tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short-term, yet underestimate the scale of change longer term.” Substitute “Google” for “technology” in that sentence – which may in fact be the subtext Page was going for – and it still rings true.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Aviate is a context-aware homescreen replacement meant to bring Android into the future

    The old Web was built on the assumption that people wanted to quickly and easily find information. Companies fought to build the best search engines, changed their websites to get a better ranking on whichever engine won, and purchased ads just in case their efforts didn't work as well as intended. Finding something on the Internet was like hunting for a suicidal animal praying for its hide to be punctured by as many arrows as possible.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  3. AppMesh gets $3M from CRM veterans to play David to Salesforce's Goliath

    It’s easy to look at the CRM market and conclude that Salesforce has won, so why bother competing. But two former employees of the SaaS giant, Leo Tenenblat and Tom Tobin, say nothing could be further from the truth. The pair founded AppMesh in early 2012 and launched a mobile-first CRM system that aims to put the needs of end users before those of enterprise managers and CIOs.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. You are your daybook: Tempo AI raises $10 million to build a smarter calendar

    Calendar apps are treasure troves of personal information. They know that your birthday is on Monday, your dentist's appointment is on Tuesday, and your bi-annual lunch with your mother-in-law is on Wednesday. And, if you're patient enough to deal with cludgy interfaces and disparate services that don't communicate well with each other, you might be able to access some of that information yourself. Maybe.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Any.do announces Cal, a proudly not-so-smart calendar app

    In an age of “smart” everything – phone, TV, scale, watch, fridge – here’s an idea that’s refreshingly contrarian: build an app that’s not so smart. Not dumb. Just one that doesn’t try to be smart enough to do everything for a user.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Weotta can deliver your ultimate local recommendations, if you'll let it

    It can be creepy to realize how well machines can know us and predicts our wants and needs. But at the same time, it's part of the magical future that we were all promised. As we share more and more data about ourselves and machine learning and predictive analytics continue to improve this omnipotent guardian angel effect will only increase.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  7. The race to a "smart" television is over. Xbox won

    Microsoft's vision for television's future looks a lot like the future of personal computers. The company today revealed the Xbox One, a combination Windows device, videogame console, and set-top box meant to inject Xbox -- and Microsoft -- into everything you might use a television for, whether it's watching a football game, video-conferencing with family, playing games, or browsing the Web.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Don't confuse Google's ubiquity for openness

    No one has embraced "open" and cross-platform technologies the way Google has -- or at least that's what the company would like for you to think. The company develops some of its best products for iOS, despite competing with Apple's operating system with Android. It develops new services, like the Google Play game services or Hangouts, and makes them immediately available outside of it's own ecosystem. And, of course, it is able to maintain its "open" image despite becoming increasingly "closed."

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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