March 28, 2015

Chinas first 3D-printed car hits the road capable of reaching 40km/h

Hot off the heels of 3D-printed buildings, clothing and food, a Chinese company has crossed a national printing milestone.

Tech firm Sanya Si Hai 3D unveiled China's debut 3D-printed car on Tuesday, a radiant gold sedan dubbed Shuya.

The electric-powered two-seater, which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 km/hr, went for a drive on the streets of Hainan province, southern China.

Read more...  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3012248/Chinas-3D-printed-car-hits-road-capable-reaching-40km-h.html

March 16, 2015

Venture investor Bill Gurley predicts startup failure

A crash would affect more than just startups.

Bill Gurley, the prominent investor behind Uber and Snapchat, has been sounding the tech bubble alarm for months now. He's preached about the dangerous appetite for risk in the market, the alarmingly high burn rates and the excess of capital sloshing around in Silicon Valley.

Read more....  http://fortune.com/2015/03/15/bill-gurley-predicts-dead-unicorns-in-startup-land-this-year/

Swatch reveals plan to compete with smartwatch rivals

The Swiss company's chief executive said the first of the tech-enhanced timepieces would go on sale in May.
But he said he had no plans to sell the kinds of fully featured smartwatches being offered by Apple, Motorola, Pebble and others.

Swatch accounts for 18% of all watch sales, according to industry data.

The company, which makes devices under the Omega, Breguet, Calvin Klein, Rado and other brands, as well as its own, has consistently increased its market share over the past five years.

Read more...  http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31857418

March 14, 2015

The Apple Watch event likely caused a spike in Pebble Kickstarter backers

Pebble Time quickly asserted itself as a monster earlier this month when it became the most successful Kickstarter project ever. Now it looks like even after that record was broken, Pebble's funding continued to soar — and that's partly due to the March 9th Apple event.

TechCrunch points out that Pebble's funding rate per hour increased drastically on the day of and the day after Apple's MacBook and Apple Watch announcement. On the Sunday before the event, the Pebble Time Kickstarter was raking in around $6,000 per hour. The day of, that number rose to $10,000 per hour, and finally, it capped out at $16,000 per hour on March 10th.

Read more...  http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/14/8215611/pebble-kickstarter-apple-watch-event

March 13, 2015

Uber struck a deal with a Chinese automaker to test a fleet of electric cars

(Reuters) - Uber Inc said on Friday it struck a deal with Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd to test a fleet of electric cars for its drivers.

The test program, which kicked off a few weeks ago in Chicago and could eventually expand to other cities, is the Silicon Valley startup's first attempt to focus on an electric vehicle, said Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin.

Read more...  http://www.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-uber-in-deal-with-chinas-byd-to-test-electric-cars-2015-3

Seven-year-old gets 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic from Ironman Robert Downey Jr.

Everyone knows that some superheroes are made, not born. You don't need to be from another planet or get bitten by anything radioactive to become one — you just need the right gear. In this video from non-profit prosthetic maker Limbitless Solutions, Robert Downey Jr. (aka Iron Man) steps in to demonstrate this first hand. Downey delivers a 3D-printed prosthetic arm modeled after his character's super-powered gauntlets to Alex, a 7-year-old born with a partially developed right arm. There's no Arc Reactor in sight, mind you, but even heroic kids needs to take it slowly when dealing with Iron Man's gear.

Read more...  http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/13/8207133/3d-printed-iron-man-prosthetic-limbitless-solutions

March 12, 2015

USB Killer drive is a trap waiting to electrocute your laptop - SlashGear

Everyone is about to get a little bit more careful about what they stick inside their computer after reading this. Hopefully, you already know not to insert a random USB that you find on the ground into your laptop. Random USB drives could be used for phishing or viruses, and now they could be used as a bomb. Meet the USB Killer. It is designed to look like an innocuous flash drive, but inside it packs quite a punch. This little guy is designed to completely fry your laptop from the inside out.

Read more...  http://www.slashgear.com/usb-killer-drive-is-a-trap-waiting-to-electrocute-your-laptop-12373556/

Mortal Kombat X preview

Nearly two decades after the series debuted, 2011's Mortal Kombat turned out the best entry to date, with a return to the amazingly brutal, over-the-top aesthetic that lost its edge in previous games. More importantly, the game finally included richer fighting gameplay, adding nuance and depth beyond the familiar shock value.
Read more at http://www.stuff.tv/game-reviews/mortal-kombat-x/review#M8tsihL6ui7GVr6s.99

Read more...  http://www.stuff.tv/game-reviews/mortal-kombat-x/review

March 11, 2015

Cord cutting is changing everything, and the head of CBS knows it

As more homes rely solely on broadcast TV and streaming video, networks are starting to admit that giant cable TV bundles aren't going to last.

A new study by Nielsen shows big gains in the number of homes that don't subscribe to traditional pay TV services. The number of Internet-only homes more than doubled year-over-year in the fourth quarter, from 1.3 million to nearly 3 million. The number of homes using only an antenna for broadcast TV also increased by more than 1 million, to 12.3 million households.

Read more...  http://www.techhive.com/article/2895401/cord-cutting-is-changing-everything-and-the-head-of-cbs-knows-it.html#tk.rss_all

March 5, 2015

Google Prepares to Launch Mortgage Comparison Tool

It's beginning to look like Google (GOOG) launching a mortgage payment calculator was the first step in a much larger plan to expand the online giant's footprint in the mortgage market.

According to a report from Gigaom, Google is preparing to launch a mortgage comparison tool via its Compare service. Currently, the U.S version of Google's Compare service only allows users to compare different credit cards.

Read more...  http://nationalmortgageprofessional.com/news-ticker/%5Bmm%5D/%5Byy%5D/google-prepares-launch-mortgage-comparison-tool

March 4, 2015

Developing an App? You're Doing it All Wrong | Inc.com

One of the single most important app metrics today is retention. With over 1.2 million apps in the App Store, keeping users is extremely difficult.

Retention is directly tied to the success or failure of your startup/app and a measure of that success is in building a sustainable business model whereby you acquire customers for less than the revenue they generate. In other words, you're not a business until your customer acquisition costs (CAC) are lower than the lifetime value of the customer (LTV).

Read more...  http://www.inc.com/mark-mcdonald/simple-solutions-to-increase-app-engagement-and-retention.html

Visa Wants To Track Your Smartphone to Prevent Credit Card Fraud

If you are a traveler and loves to travel then you must be annoyed of those calls you sometimes get from your bank when buying things far from home, and the most annoyed part is when the company won't approve the transaction as it fears your card was stolen.

The payment processing and credit card giant Visa has came forward to put an end to this problem by letting cardholders the chance to buy things wherever they are. The company plans to release a new location-based feature that will help cardholders to update their location via smartphone.

Read more...  http://thehackernews.com/2015/02/visa-credit-card-fraud.html?m=1

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