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  • New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text

    21 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    The UNI tablet case uses gesture recognition technology to translate sign language into audible speech. The post New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text appeared first on WIRED.
  • Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles

    21 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn’t like it used to be. So, on Tuesday, Nielsen announced that it’s expanding its ratings system to all kinds of digital content to give both its creators and…
  • As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV

    20 October 2014, 10:00 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    More people are watching TV online than ever—a lot more. Viewers may not be cutting the cable cord altogether, but growth in the number who want to watch TV over a different set of pipes is surging, according to a new report from Adobe. If anyone was still…
  • Why Marissa Mayer Is Still the Right CEO for Yahoo

    20 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Jessi Hempel

    Everyone loves to hate on Marissa Mayer. She’s an easy target. A celebrity long before she arrived at Yahoo, she’s a first-time CEO who has chosen to pose for fashion magazines, but has rarely opened up about Yahoo’s strategy to the business…
  • How Justin Bieber Could Spoil Instagram’s Plan to Introduce Ads

    20 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    It finally happened: Snapchat will now have ads. Pinterest is also experimenting with advertising, as is Instagram. All three of these companies are in the enviable position of running wildly popular online platforms, but also in the less enviable position of…
  • Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way Starting This Weekend

    17 October 2014, 7:15 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    It's happened to Twitter. And Tumblr. And Instagram. And now, Snapchat's day has finally come. The post Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way Starting This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.
  • Apple Can’t Say What the iPad Is for, But That’s the Whole Point

    17 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    At first, a lot of people didn’t get the iPad. “It’s just a really big iPhone,” the voices said when the Apple tablet made its debut. Some even called it a really big iPod Touch. “The unanswered question is whether we really need a ‘third…
  • Going Global? The Growing Movement to Let Kids Learn Just by Tinkering

    17 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    What would happen if you took a stack of tablet computers to a tiny schoolhouse in a remote part of Ghana and asked a group of fifth graders - who have never used a computer or the internet before - to use the mysterious devices to figure out the answer to a…
  • 72 Percent of Airbnb’s NY Rentals Are Illegal, Report Says

    16 October 2014, 4:34 pm by: Davey Alba

    A whopping 72 percent of Airbnb’s listings in New York are illegal, according to a new state report, and together with city regulators, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is actively cracking down on the room-rental service. Covering…
  • The Great TV Unbundling Has Begun. But Be Careful What You Wish For

    16 October 2014, 12:16 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    The distant dream of a la carte television has never seemed closer to reality. The post The Great TV Unbundling Has Begun. But Be Careful What You Wish For appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook’s New Tool Tells Friends You’re Safe During Natural Disasters

    16 October 2014, 11:55 am by: Davey Alba

    In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011, a team of Japanese Facebook engineers went to work on tools that would help people connect and communicate with friends and family in the event of other natural disasters. These tools…
  • Equity Crowdfunding Takes Another (Small) Step Forward

    16 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Cade Metz

    Officially launched today, FlashFunders is joining a wide range of other online services that provide a form of equity crowdfunding. The post Equity Crowdfunding Takes Another (Small) Step Forward appeared first on WIRED.
  • The New iPads Don’t Really Matter. They’re Just Another Screen

    16 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The fact that Apple is unveiling new iPads today—not last month—tells you everything you need to know about the declining importance of tablets. In early September, the Apple hype machine spun itself into full frenzy over the new, bigger iPhone 6 line and…
  • Down With Cable! Why HBO Is Finally Launching a Standalone Streaming Service

    15 October 2014, 1:01 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    Rejoice, cord-cutters. HBO has announced it will launch its own online video streaming service next year, no cable TV subscription needed. Until now, HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, has required users to have an HBO subscription, but in an investor meeting…
  • New York’s Bitcoin Regulations May Not Kill Startups After All

    15 October 2014, 11:07 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    New York’s bitcoin regulations may not be as onerous as many have feared. In a speech at Cardozo Law School in New York on Tuesday night, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, said that the state will not require…
  • Apple and Facebook Pay for Female Employees to Freeze Eggs

    14 October 2014, 2:26 pm by: Davey Alba

    Silicon Valley is long way from solving its many gender issues. But at least in some ways, it’s helping to break new ground for women in the workforce. According to a report from NBC News, Apple will start paying for the costs of egg freezing for their…
  • Google Express Expands as the Search Giant Doubles Down on Shopping

    14 October 2014, 11:39 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Google is expanding same-day service to Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. under a new and simplified name: Google Express. The post Google Express Expands as the Search Giant Doubles Down on Shopping appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: The Space Race Will Breed a New Wave of Data Startups

    14 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    When it comes to opportunities for innovation in the space industry, the sky is not the limit. The limit is the universe. Billions of dollars are now being spent on the burgeoning commercial space industry. From SpaceX rockets to Virgin Galactic’s space…
  • The Google Doctor Is a Reminder of How Badly the Internet Does Real Medicine

    13 October 2014, 3:52 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Let’s be honest: Healthcare on the internet still doesn’t work. Two decades since the dawn of the web, you’d think the best tool ever invented for connecting people with information—and each other—would offer better ways to practice medicine.…
  • The Real Reason Investors Dump Stocks After Big Gadget Announcements

    13 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The big selloff of Tesla shares the day after CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new all-wheel-drive version of the company’s Model S electric car prompted some to argue that investors were underwhelmed by the vehicle. But this conclusion ignores a common pattern…
  • Carl Icahn Is Right: iPhone Users Will Never Drop Apple

    10 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    A billionaire tycoon with a taste for publicity hardly needs more support, but the inescapable truth is Carl Icahn is right about the iPhone. In a widely anticipated open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted Thursday, the so-called “activist investor”…
  • This Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers With a Single Blood Test

    10 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Early detection, we’re often told, is the surest way to beat cancer. It’s the reason why, year after year, men and women of a certain age dutifully visit their doctors and undergo uncomfortable tests to screen for things like prostate and breast cancer.…
  • Amazon Is Opening a Store in NYC, But It’s Not Really for Shopping

    9 October 2014, 3:58 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Ever since Amazon started selling more than books, the company has been trying to evolve itself in ways that extend beyond the online version of catalog retail. The post Amazon Is Opening a Store in NYC, But It’s Not Really for Shopping appeared first on…
  • Wall Street Kingpin Carl Icahn Says Apple Is Massively Undervalued

    9 October 2014, 11:36 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Apple's billionaire investor, Carl Icahn believes the Cupertino-based company is massively undervalued. And so, in a letter posted on his website Thursday, Icahn urged the company to do something about it by using its "excessive liquidity" to buy back shares…
  • Tech Has a Diversity Problem. This Facebook Exec Wants to Fix That

    9 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    According to Maxine Williams, Facebook's head of global diversity, if tech companies want to be more diverse, it's incumbent upon them to expand the size and scope of the applicant pool. The post Tech Has a Diversity Problem. This Facebook Exec Wants to Fix…

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