Harj Taggar is a partner at Y Combinator , which is, at the moment, Silicon Valley's most important early stage startup investor. Y Combinator is more than just another venture capital firm, it is something of a Professor X's school for mutant entrepreneurs. The place teaches young people how to create companies, and boy do they.
We took a good look at the AcerCloud service early this year and its companion Android handset, the award-winning CloudMobile phone. Now, Acer has launched a beta service in Europe, so buyers of the company's new laptops and desktop machines over there will be able to try it out for themselves.
A new report by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy examines the risk factors for injuries to U.S. military personnel from crashes involving highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), more commonly known as Humvees. According to the study, involvement in combat and serving as the vehicle’s operator or gunner posed the greatest risk for injury.
Researchers have learned how to mass produce tiny mechanical devices that could help cell phone users avoid the nuisance of dropped calls and slow downloads. The devices are designed to ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices. This image from a scanning electron microscope shows a tiny mechanical device, an electrostatically actuated nanoresonator, that might ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices.
The $99 Koubachi Wi-Fi plant monitor pokes into the soil and uploads environmental data to the company, which then sends plant-care alerts customized for each species. If you're the kind of person who worries about Frank the Fern and Gertrude the Geranium while you're on vacation, a $99 cloud-connected plant monitor could be just the thing for you.
There might be a shortage of iPhone 5s when they hit the market. Juro Osawa at the Wall Street Journal reports Sharp "hasn't started mass producing screens" for the next iPhone. It was supposed to have been shipping screens to Apple by the end of August. Sharp isn't Apple's only supplier.
Samsung's going all out with its Galaxy Camera accessory lineup. In addition to the cases and Flip Covers we saw at Unpacked earlier this week, the company had some external flashes and professional-looking holsters on hand at its IFA booth, including a grip-mounted adjustable strobe, a ring light set and a sophisticated carrying rig, complete with hinged barn doors to block out unwanted glare.
When Huawei revealed its new MediaPad 7 Lite slate, it wasn't generous with the details, but now we've got a few more to share with you. The final specifications are out, so we now know for sure that the ICS tab will arrive packing a 7-inch IPS display (1,024 x 600) supporting 1080p, a 1.
Sifteo Cubes, an interactive game system that appeals to both kids and adults, has just gotten a big upgrade — making it perfect for your next family game night. The tiny cubes have 1.5-inch LCD screens with built-in accelerometers. They respond to movement like shaking, flipping and tilting to display their content.
If you’re an avid European biker with an Android smartphone, you’re in luck. Google Maps announced Wednesday it’s adding mobile biking directions and navigation for 10 European countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
With mere weeks until the rumored release of the iPhone 5, Apple fanboys and girls may be clamoring to rid themselves of the old to make room for the new. Looking to offset the cost of upgrading? If you own an iPhone 4S, then you’re in luck. Through its Reuse and Recycling program, Apple will offer $345 on an Apple gift card in exchange for the old device, depending on its condition, The Next Web reports .
This summer a mom I know told me her 12 year-old bookworm daughter regretfully handed back her Kindle Fire, saying she couldn’t handle the temptation to play games rather than read. Her mom was stunned. She assumed that all of those hours on the Kindle were being spent pouring over the school summer reading list.
A Symposium for Engineers and Product Developers is a conference highlighting the latest advancements in thermal technology for product design, system development and process management. It will be held September 18-19, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. This event will feature presentations on the latest advancements in thermal management and thermal technology for electronics packaging and cooling, temperature sensing and control, thermal materials, systems design and management for optimizing thermal properties.
Sony wants to capture every second of your next big sky-diving, mountain climbing or surfing adventure. The company unveiled on Wednesday during the 2012 IFA conference in Berlin a rugged new action video camera that can be tacked on to anything from a helmet to a surf board. The lightweight, ultra-compact HDR-AS15 Action Cam shoots HD video in almost any condition — rain, snow and even at depths down 60 meters.
With the growing use of smartphones , tablets and other gadgets, the Federal Aviation Administration is reassessing its rules around the use of portable electronics during flights. The FAA , a U.S. agency that governs aviation safety, announced Monday that it is forming a “government-industry group” to study current policies and procedures surrounding portable electronics, and whether they can be used safely during flights.
Name: Sherpaa Quick Pitch: The startup offers members 24/7 access to Sherpaa ‘s network of doctors by phone or email, for no additional cost. Genius Idea: Sherpaa helps startups procure optimal health insurance plans. Meet the health company that tech startups are choosing to cover their employees: Sherpaa.
Dairyland Power Uses FreeWave Technologies Wireless Data Radios For Distribution Automation ApplicationsAugust 29, 2012 4:48 am | News | Comments
FreeWave Technologies announced that it has deployed wireless radios for La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Dairyland Power Cooperative (http://www.dairynet.com/), one of the area’s largest wholesale electric suppliers. Dairyland uses FreeWave’s FGR-115 serial radios for a variety of distribution automation applications.
An EMC Practical Applications Seminar and Workshop Tues. Oct. 23 – Thurs. Oct 25, 2012 Hilton Hotel, Northbrook, IL www.dlsemc.com/emcseminar Learning how to design your product so that it complies with EMC regulations can save you from having a finished product that fails during its regulatory compliance testing.
After online shopping for some astronomically priced gadgetry, we learned a lot about how the geeky 1% lives. First, there’s nothing electronic that can’t be encrusted with diamonds or plated in gold. Second, traffic need never be a problem when you have an amphibious truck or hovercraft. And finally, a heavy supply of robots is essential when preparing for the apocalypse.
Altair Semiconductor announced that its FourGee-3100/6200 chipset has been certified to run over Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. “Completing this certification process with Verizon Wireless is a strategic milestone for Altair," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Altair Semiconductor.
Popular Web comic The Oatmeal has given a significant boost to a non-profit's campaign to restore the laboratory once used by scientist Nikola Tesla. Cartoonist Matthew Inman appealed to fans of The Oatmeal to help the Tesla Science Centre at Wardenclyffe (also known as the Friends of Science East non-profit) buy back Tesla's old laboratory and convert it into a museum and science education centre.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is demonstrating the next phase of an augmented-reality project Aug. 23 in Princeton, N.J., that will change the way warfighters view operational environments—literally. ONR has completed the first year of a multi-year augmented-reality effort, developing a system that allow trainees to view simulated images superimposed on real-world landscapes.
The same type of microwave oven technology that most people use to heat up leftover food has found an important application in the solar energy industry, providing a new way to make thin-film photovoltaic products with less energy, expense and environmental concerns. Engineers at Oregon State University have for the first time developed a way to use microwave heating in the synthesis of copper zinc tin sulfide, a promising solar cell compound that is less costly and toxic than some solar energy alternatives.
A multi-institutional research team has developed a method for embedding networks of biocompatible nanoscale wires within engineered tissues. These networks—which mark the first time that electronics and tissue have been truly merged in 3D—allow direct tissue sensing and potentially stimulation, a potential boon for development of engineered tissues that incorporate capabilities for monitoring and stimulation, and of devices for screening new drugs.