Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Dishes On The Cloud, Gender Inequality In Tech And Piracy-As-Freemium

After recently managing to stuff two feet into his mouth at the same time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stopped by CNBC for a wide-ranging interview covering not only his recent comments on women in the workplace, but also his company’s bets on the cloud, and how Microsoft has long had an implicitly freemium business model. Read More

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Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate, which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process.… Read More

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Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

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Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage

Reducing our emissions of carbon dioxide quickly enough to minimize the effects of climate change may require more than just phasing out the use of fossil fuels. During the phase-out, we may need to keep the CO2 we’re emitting from reaching the atmosphere—a process called carbon capture and sequestration. The biggest obstacle preventing us from using CCS is the lack of economic motivation to do it. But that doesn’t mean it’s free from technological constraints and scientific unknowns.

One unknown relates to exactly what will happen to the CO2 we pump deep underground. As a free gas, CO2 would obviously be buoyant, fueling concerns about leakage. But CO2 dissolves into the briny water found in saline aquifers at these depths. Once the gas dissolves, the result is actually more dense than the brine, meaning it will settle downward. With time, much of that dissolved CO2 may precipitate as carbonate minerals.

But how quickly does any of this happen? Having answers will be key to understanding how well we really sequester the carbon.

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Dropbox Updated For iPhone 6 And 6 Plus, Gains Touch ID Support

A week after popular file-sharing site Dropbox confirmed user accounts were compromised but denied claims of its own servers being breached, the company has rolled out an update to its iOS application which introduces support for Apple’s Touch ID. With this change, iOS 8 users will now have the option to unlock and access their Dropbox accounts using their own fingerprints. Dropbox is… Read More

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AOL’s Tim Armstrong Says He Isn’t Thinking About Yahoo At All

While on-stage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Europe conference, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong dismissed the latest rumors that Yahoo and AOL might merge.
Specifically, Armstrong said AOL has a board meeting tonight (I guess he’s flying back to New York really soon), for which he’s prepared what he described as a 30- to 40-page presentation outlining his plans for 2015. Read More

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Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

Why does it still take two days in Europe for a card transaction to show up in your bank statement? Meet Number26, the Simple of Europe — a fintech startup that promises to fix all the oddities of the European bank system. In other words, Number26 is a bank that doesn’t suck. The startup is launching today in private beta on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. “We are… Read More

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AOL CEO Says A CrunchBase Spinout Is Possible

Tim Armstrong, CEO of TechCrunch’s owner AOL, today confirmed at TechCrunch Disrupt that AOL is in early discussions to spin off CrunchBase, the database of tech companies and people that became a part of AOL as part of its acquisition of TechCrunch in 2010. “I think CrunchBase could be a very big company on its own,” Armstrong said on stage today at the Disrupt conference… Read More

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Movile, Brazil’s Answer To Rocket Internet, Backs Mobile Ticketing Co. CinePapaya With $2M

Brazilian internet conglomerate Movile is pushing deeper into consumer investments in Latin America through a $2 million investment in mobile movie ticketing company, CinePapaya. The company says it will use the funds to enter new markets, hire new staff, and increase product innovation as part of the Movile network of companies. The Peruvian-based company has expanded to Chile, Colombia,… Read More

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The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

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Review: Amazon’s Kindle Voyage e-reader is the king of its niche

The Kindle Voyage is an excellent (but expensive) e-reader.
Andrew Cunningham

Most of the time I’m not sorry that all my dedicated, single-use devices are dead and gone. If you’re carrying a modern smartphone around, why would you miss your Discman, or your portable DVD player, or your dumbphone, or your tape recorder, or your point-and-shoot camera, or your PalmPilot? Not only can one device replace all of them, but that one device is usually better at all of that stuff than most dedicated devices ever were.

Yet there’s something pure about hardware that’s only designed to do one thing, at least when it’s designed well. A gadget that only wants to do a couple of things can tailor itself better to those specific uses while ignoring everything else. Maybe you could get better battery life out of your camera if it didn’t need to be a portable game console and full-featured computer all wrapped up into one.

Specs at a glance: Amazon Kindle Voyage
Screen 1448×1072 6″ (300 PPI) E-Ink Carta
OS Kindle OS 5.5.0
Storage 4GB (non-upgradeable)
Networking 802.11b/g/n, optional 3G
Ports Micro-USB
Size 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 x 115 x 7.6 mm)
Weight 6.3 oz (180 g) Wi-Fi, 6.6 oz (188 g) 3G
Battery Unknown capacity; Amazon claims 6 weeks of life if used for 30 minutes a day with wireless disabled and brightness set to 10
Starting price $199 with Special Offers, $219 without; $269 for 3G with Special Offers, $289 for 3G without
Price as reviewed $289

That’s the strongest argument there is for the Kindle line of e-readers, which continue to soldier on even though Amazon has branched out into full-on Android tablets, phones, and set-top boxes. The company’s e-reader lineup changes only occasionally and very gradually; the biggest change was probably back in 2011 when Amazon switched out the physical keyboard for a software keyboard with navigation buttons and rudimentary touchscreens. The Kindle Paperwhite’s front-lit screen is a close second.

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The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Rises

From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest. The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. Case just finished… Read More

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