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iPhone 6 Bending? What To Do & How To Prevent Bendgate

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Yesterday, a video and photos surfaced showing what appears to be an iPhone 6 with its aluminum frame bent. The Internet quickly erupted with #BendGate tweets and photos. Some re-enforced the claims, while others lightened the situation. Insert your favorite dirty joke about pockets, bananas, and getting bent; but all joking aside, this is a major problem… Read more »


This is the World’s First Functioning, 3D Printed Car

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After some initial buzz in June, Local Motors has officially completed – or should I say printed – the world’s first 3D printed, drivable vehicle. The Strati, as it’s been named, was built by Local Motors alongside Cincinnati Incorporated, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The car was built in three… Read more »



Behind the Scenes of Samsung’s Acquisition of SmartThings

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On August 14, smart home startup SmartThings announced that they were acquired by Samsung, in a deal that some estimate to be around $200 million. On Tuesday, less than six weeks later, we sat down with chief consumer officer Maria Thomas to learn more details about SmartThings’ journey and the acquisition. Thomas said she didn’t… Read more »


Twitter Used to Have Hideous Business Cards

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On Tuesday, we were joined at Tech Cocktail’s DC Sessions by Martin Ringlein, the cofounder of nvite and former (and first) Twitter design manager. In addition to his insights about entrepreneurship, he shared a little tidbit from his time at Twitter that had the crowd laughing: “At Twitter I was running the design team, and… Read more »


Brazil’s Yelp, Apontador, Gets $15M Investment From Movile

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Apontador, Brazil’s leading maps route and local search website,  has raised US $15M from mobile commerce platform Movile. Much like Yelp, Apontador provides Latin Americans with review and information about local businesses and restaurants. The investment will help Apontador develop its mobile-first platform to connect people on the go to local businesses while nurturing local… Read more »


Novlr: Your Cloud Novel Writing Companion

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I recently caught up with Novlr creators Thomas Muirhead and Kimberley Pryor to discuss their new cloud writing software dubbed Novlr. Novlr was first conceived in November of last year after many ill-fated attempts at novel-writing using other mediums such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs. It is being developed by both Thomas and Kim… Read more »


Learn Spanish Anywhere, Anytime, and Completely for Free

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Over 6.5 million students take Spanish Language courses every year – that’s 70 percent of total foreign language enrollment in the US. Some might say that Spanish speaking skills are crucial to young Americans and that the US will become the largest Spanish-speaking nation by 2050. Fifteen years ago, SpanishDict.com pioneered the shift in Spanish… Read more »


5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup In Raleigh, NC

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Not many people know that Raleigh, North Carolina has a growing tech scene. Well, we’re about to let you in on a buzz-worthy hub of startup goodies. Tech Giants like IBM and Citrix have large operations, and the city has built an infrastructure for young companies to set up shop. Next Thursday, Oct. 2nd, we will be hosting a… Read more »



Miami-Dade Named 2015 Code for America Fellowship City

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Miami-Dade is about to become a more tech-friendly county. That’s because it was announced Tuesday that Miami-Dade County will work with three Code for America app developers to solve civic problems. The announcement was made during the annual Code for America Summit in San Francisco. The county was one of seven governments chosen from 40 applicants. Code… Read more »


Las Vegas Pitch Event Sponsored by Cox and Inc.com

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Cox Communications and Inc.com are co-sponsoring an incredible event, Get Started Vegas (#GetStartedLV) at Rain Nightclub. This is a one-time, pitch-based event for Las Vegas startups, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to share their current business plan. Expert judges will select a winner who will receive a Cox Business technology and media package worth $15,000. The judges are… Read more »