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Basis Science adds $11.75M in funding for health-monitoring wristwatch

Basis Science adds $11.75M in funding for health-monitoring wristwatch

October 8, 2013 7:30 am by | 0 Comments

Basis Science has raised some additional money for its Basis health tracker, a novel wristwatch that keeps track of everything from your heart rate to your sleep time. The San…


How IBM’s STEM uses big data to help fight infectious diseases

How IBM’s STEM uses big data to help fight infectious diseases

September 30, 2013 12:01 am by | 0 Comments

IBM has teamed up with university researchers to use big data and analytics to predict the outbreak of deadly diseases such as Dengue fever and Malaria.



Wearable device maker Recon gets boost from Intel Capital

Wearable device maker Recon gets boost from Intel Capital

September 27, 2013 11:00 am by | 0 Comments

Intel Capital is investing in Recon Instruments, a maker of a cool wearable heads-up display for sports fans. Recon is making the Recon Jet, which will ship in February. The…


Intel joins the race for wearable device chips with Quark

Intel joins the race for wearable device chips with Quark

September 12, 2013 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Chip makers are chasing each other into the market for chips for wearable devices and the “internet of things.” Intel’s Brian Krzanich, chief executive of the world’s biggest chip maker,…


Imagination and Ineda team up to create chips for wearable tech

Imagination and Ineda team up to create chips for wearable tech

August 29, 2013 12:15 pm by | 0 Comments

Imagination Technologies announced today that it has teamed up with Ineda Systems to create chips for wearable computing gadgets, from smart watches to health and fitness monitors. Under the deal,…



Senate immigration reform bill would create a national biometric database for adults

Senate immigration reform bill would create a national biometric database for adults

May 11, 2013 2:21 pm by | 0 Comments

Identity Thief, the movie The immigration reform measure that the Senate began debating this week would also create a national biometric database of American adults, according to Wired. Immigration reform…



Quantance raises $12M to boost 4G data rates for mobile devices

Quantance raises $12M to boost 4G data rates for mobile devices

April 11, 2013 7:30 am by | 0 Comments

Quantance has raised $12 million in a fourth round of funding to supply tiny qBoost power amplifiers that boost the efficiency of mobile data transfers via smartphones and tablets. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has raised the money to jumpstart production for its chips, which could double the speed of 4G data rates in mobile devices. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners, and DoCoMo Capital. The company has raised about $42 million to date.


Glasses.com’s mobile app scans your face in 3D, lets you try on sunglasses virtually

Glasses.com’s mobile app scans your face in 3D, lets you try on sunglasses virtually

April 9, 2013 10:55 am by | 0 Comments

Glasses.com has introduced a cool new way to try on sunglasses without having actually having to try on sunglasses. The company has created a 3D-Virtual Try-On technology that captures your face in 3D graphics and then overlays glasses on your virtual face. It’s realistic enough that you can try on a huge collection of sunglasses without ever stepping into a store. The technology is an application of augmented reality, but with a realistic style that makes the shopping experience much easier, as you can quickly check out hundreds of sunglasses and find a match for your face. The app will even recommend glasses to you, and you can share the images with your friends so they can help you decide. The app will be available in May.


Get a peek of the follow-up to Windows 8 (aka. Windows Blue)

Get a peek of the follow-up to Windows 8 (aka. Windows Blue)

March 24, 2013 2:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Screenshots and early builds of Windows Blue, the successor to Windows 8, have leaked online. And they pretty much look like Windows 8. Winforum has posted screenshots of how the…


Breathometer unveils the first smartphone breathalyzer

Breathometer unveils the first smartphone breathalyzer

March 13, 2013 3:37 am by | 0 Comments

Before you get in a car to drive, it’s probably a good idea to know whether you’re drunk. Breathometer makes that possible with what it calls the world’s first smartphone breathalyzer. The device plugs into your smartphone and can measure your blood alcohol concentration after you breathe into it. The device is about the size of a car key and you can plug it into a smartphone’s headphone jack. Then you can open a mobile app that will measure your breath. It will be available this summer for $20. You can begin pre-ordering it today.


No other region even close to Silicon Valley in tech acquisitions

No other region even close to Silicon Valley in tech acquisitions

February 25, 2013 10:56 pm by | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley topped the list for the top 10 U.S. cities in terms of tech acquisitions in 2012. PrivCo, a New York company that track private investments, said that Silicon Valley (combining San Francisco and the region around it) led the way in terms of the value of acquisitions of companies. It was followed by New York City(100 deals), Boston(62), Los Angeles (55), and Seattle (43).


VC investments slide in Q4 and decline for all of 2012

VC investments slide in Q4 and decline for all of 2012

January 18, 2013 1:16 am by | 0 Comments

Venture capital deals declined in both the fourth quarter and for all of 2012, according to the new MoneyTree report from the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2012, VCs invested $26.5 billion in startups, down 10 per…


New four-way radio chip may slash the costs of near field communication

New four-way radio chip may slash the costs of near field communication

December 11, 2012 3:30 pm by | 0 Comments

More than 1 million Android mobile devices are shipping each week with a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which allows you to tap your phone to another a device and transfer data instantly.
But that’s not fast enough for chip maker …


HBS’ Sahlman: Life science venture capital has ‘disappeared,’ the U.S. needs more risk

HBS’ Sahlman: Life science venture capital has ‘disappeared,’ the U.S. needs more risk

November 22, 2012 8:00 pm by | 4 Comments

It’s no secret that the U.S. economy is in a tough state, with mile-high deficits and slow growth in jobs. Other countries are pulling ahead, but some cling to the hope that startups and the spirit of entrepreneurship embodied in Silicon Valley coul…