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Apple’s Mac Turns 30

Apple's Mac Turns 30!

Today, the Macintosh computer turns 30 years old, having debuted at a keynote event on January 24, 1984. Apple’s website has been taken over by the Mac in celebration of the 30th anniversary. <Click to Tweet Apple’s Mac Happy 30!> As posted on the Apple website: “Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put… Read more »



10 Things To Do When Gmail Goes Down

Gmail Is Down

I was hitting send on an important email when much to my dismay I was served a page that Gmail has a temporary server error. YES, Google’s Gmail is down! While some may see this as a sign of a coming apocalypse, I am going to error on the side of caution and share a… Read more »



Zirtual Launches Their Virtual Assistant Service

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VegasTechFund portfolio company Zirtual officially launched their virtual assistant service this week to the general public. With plans ranging from $199 to $1199, you can get your own dedicated US-based “Zirtual Assistant” you can use to help offload tasks in order to make your life easier. They also offer a $99/month for non-dedicated support of fifteen, 15-minute tasks each… Read more »



Hyperlocal Social Site EveryBlock Re-launches in Chicago

Everyblock

Last February, neighborhood discussion site EveryBlock shut down, leaving Chicagoans without their source of daily hyperlocal news. But yesterday, Comcast re-launched the site, returning the reigns of information gathering and dissemination back to the Chicago neighborhoods that can tell their stories best. The resurrection came exactly six years after Everyblock’s original launch, back when the hyperlocal… Read more »


Chromation Provides a Lower-Cost Alternative to Spectrometers

chromation

The human eyeball has three measurement channels. Chromation’s high-quality spectral sensors are capable of sensing UV-VIS-NIR ranges and have approximately 60 measurement channels. The scientific community would say that the human eye is coarse in comparison. Dr. Nadia Pervez, the VP of Operations at Chromation, has made it her goal to build these sensors at… Read more »


Create a Mini 3D Selfie with Shapify.me

shapify.me

I’ve never been one of those geeks who collects action figures, but I wouldn’t mind owning a 3D figurine of myself. Well, Shapify.me gives us the ability to scan and print a three-dimensional mini-selfie of your very own, from the comfort of your home. Shapify.me utilizes the Microsoft Kinect sensor in order to make this possible –… Read more »


Can This Teddy Bear Help Keep Your Kids Healthy?

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At first glance, Teddy the Guardian looks like another teddy bear – it’s adorable and all you want to do is cuddle with it in bed. Looks can be deceiving, though. Teddy is essentially a real-life version of a Care Bear – one that will help monitor the health of your child. On the outside, Teddy the Guardian… Read more »


Trove Pivots Successfully, Launches New App

trove

When the Washington Post was sold to Jeff Bezos, Wa Po Labs stayed behind. The once research and development arm of The Washington Post now operates under the banner of The Graham Holdings Company, and today they released their reinvented product Trove. This iPad and iPhone app launched alongside a redesigned website is the immediate… Read more »


24 Projects Receive a Knight Prototype Fund Grant; Deadline for New Applicants is Jan. 31

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The Knight Foundation today announced 24 new projects as part of its Prototype Fund, through which innovators receive $35,000 each to explore new ideas. Of the 24 projects, nine were discovered through the Foundation’s News Challenge: Health, and the group of winners also includes projects working on new tools for collecting and disseminating news and… Read more »





With a Fresh $1M, Can Venga Help Restaurants Give Patrons a Personalized Experience?

venga

Venga recently closed a $1 Million Series A round from VCs and Restaurateurs led by Militello Capital and including Think Food Group (Jose Andre’s restaurant group) and Big Red Ventures (Cornell University’s venture fund), among others. Venga offers the only complete customer management system for resaurants. Their patent-pending technology links restaurants’ point-of-sale systems with reservation… Read more »