Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

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 Apple CEO Tim Cook made an uncharacteristic admission today in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV — that iPhones are too expensive. He immediately qualified it, and the context really is important, but it’s just one of those things you don’t hear very often. Read More Read more »

Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

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 Ridesharing platform Lyft heard the people and the people wanted to schedule rides ahead of time. Starting today, Lyft is adding a new feature to let you schedule in advance that ride to the airport or crucial business meeting for which you need to be on time. Gett, a ridesharing service in New York, has offered this feature for more than a year and we’ve heard rumors Uber has toyed… Read More Read more »

Wickr Foundation invests in Whistler, an app dedicated to helping activists and citizen reporters

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 Earlier today at the Oslo Freedom Forum, the Wickr Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to private communication and uncensored information, announced its first investment in a new secure communications and education app for human rights activists and citizen reporters called Whistler. Around the world, thousands of citizen activists have turned to the Internet and social media as… Read More Read more »

Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

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 On Wednesday, Xiaomi is going to unveil a new product. While details are still thin, it looks like the electronics company is about to announce a drone. Xiaomi is a well-known phone manufacturer. But the company now also manufactures all sorts of devices, from Android TV set-top boxes to smart rice cookers. And then, there’s Read More Read more »

How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class?

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 A friend who recently started his own business couldn’t obtain a mortgage from three banks. I suggested he try marketplace lending platforms like SoFi to take advantage of the ongoing innovation in fintech. However, SoFi turned him down, as well, because it abides by the same underwriting rules as traditional banks. Like the banks, SoFi sells their mortgage loans to Fannie Mae. Read More Read more »

How storage is changing in the age of big data

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 Have you ever tracked all the ways you use data in a single day? How many of your calories, activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records and more are saved and accessed through data storage every day? I bet you won’t be able to stop once you start counting. Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight. Read More Read more »

Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

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 As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value. It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes… Read More Read more »

Siri can unlock your front door with August’s HomeKit-ready smart lock

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“Siri, unlock my door.” That phrase is something I have enjoyed muttering into my iPhone or Apple Watch far too much as of late. You see, I installed August’s newest Smart Lock , Keypad, and Connect just over a week ago. At this point, I could ditch my house key altogether, opting to let Siri play the role of gatekeeper to my humble abode. Then again, I’d be a single dead battery or lost iPhone away from being locked out. SEE ALSO: 4 smart appliances for a more harmonious home Using a smartphone to unlock the door to your house isn’t new. In fact, August has had a product capable of such a feat for a few years now. But as the company launches its second-generation lock, things are getting a bit more complex for the smart home industry. Read more.. Read more »

New Lonely Island video has it all: sex, VR and Osama Bin Laden

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How soon is too soon? The Lonely Island considers that very question in its new video for "Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)," which equates a night of monumental sex with Osama bin Laden. Specifically, the U.S. military's metaphorical boning (and actual assassination) of the former Al-Qaeda leader. A heavily  bleeped clean version  of the video premiered during the Season 41 finale of Saturday Night Live . Read more »

The rise of APIs

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 It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More Read more »