15M Travelers In 2013, Gogobot Goes After Kayak With New Hotel Metasearch Utility To Help You Find The Best Deals


Gogobot launched in 2010 in the early stage of a wave of new interest in the social travel space, as a glut of new startups promised to as a new generation of companies promised to transform stodgy old travel with the magic of the social graph. Some of those players built products on top of […]

WedPics, A Social Weddings Platform For Web & Mobile, Raises $1.5 Million Series A


Wedding startups are a plenty, but fewer reach the milestone of a Series A round. So Raleigh, N.C.-based WedPics has something to celebrate. The company, an online and mobile platform that allows couples, the wedding party, and guests to share photos before, during and after the big day, now has $1 .5 million in Series A financing, led […]

Inside Facebook’s Efforts To Fortify Security In A Post-Snowden World


At Facebook, the security team isn’t holed up in some basement wearing tinfoil hats. It’s embedded across the company so any department dealing with sensitive data or access has security researchers inside it. Hinting at protecting against government surveillance, Facebook’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan said today that he’s confident enough in the company’s technical […]

Garmin’s Vivofit Has Some Neat Features, But How Does It Compare To Other Wearables?


Garmin had the world by the tail. With their amazing in-car GPS devices and great sports watches, it looked like things could only go up. Until every phone on the market got a GPS chip and Google mapped the world. Now, Garmin has to play catch up and they’re coming after one of the most […]

Giftri Mines Friends’ Facebook Data To Provide Gift Recommendations On Amazon


Technology has the potential to throw the old adage “it’s the thought that counts” into disarray, if an algorithm does the thinking for you. Enter Spanish startup Giftri, another attempt to tap Facebook’s data hive to provide personalized gift recommendations for friends. Specifically, it analyses your ‘Social Graph’ (your friend-list) and the corresponding ‘Interest Graph’ […]

Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers


If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a video of […]

Facebook Says It Has 1B Monthly Active Users On Mobile, 200M Actives On Instagram


Following up the announcement that it’s acquiring Oculus VR for around $2 billion, Facebook also shared some numbers about its growth, because why not? On the acquisition conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that, as of last week, Facebook has 1 billion monthly active users on mobile. That’s up from 945 million as of the […]

Health Literacy By Bringing Mobile Healthcare To The Underserved


It’s no secret that the U.S. healthcare system is in desperate need of change, especially as costs have continued to rise, while the quality of care remains the same. While technology will play a critical role in reversing this trend, many assume that improving outcomes is simply a matter of putting smarter technology in the […]

Twitter Files For Lawsuits In Turkish Courts


Twitter has just announced that it has formally joined the cause of those defending use of its service in Turkey, by filing petitions for lawsuits in a number of Turkish courts after working with its Turkish attorney over the course of the past few days. The petitions ask that the ban be lifted formally, and […]

Apple Patents An iPhone Camera Remote With Built-In Display


Apple has been granted a patent (via AppleInsider) for a wireless iPhone camera remote control, which has a built-in display for previewing and reviewing photos, and shutter buttons for both still and movies, as well as a way to switch camera modes remotely and full media playback controls. The device would connect to an iPhone […]

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