Rise of the Drones
An App for That
Do you ever feel frustrated that you can’t keep tabs on your significant other at all times? Nervous that everyone is hanging out without you? Curious about what the heck your neighbors are doing over there?
Thankfully, there’s a Pocket Drone currently being funded on Kickstarter that will solve these problems and more. It only takes 20 seconds to unpack and launch. Then, you can load it up with any video camera you own, as long as the payload is less than half a pound. Hit record and you’re off, creating surveillance footage of everyone you know.
Get ready to be wowed by the power of modern technology to solve very minor pain points: TechCrunch reports that a company called Cover has just raised a $1.7 million seed investment from First Round Capital. Designed explicitly for Android by former Googlers, it’s an app that customizes your lock screen with the apps you’re most likely to want at any given time and place.
The app is like a Google Now for your mobile OS, serving up Google Maps when you’re in the car but Netflix when you’re hungover in bed. TechCrunch breathlessly reports that, “Cover’s ‘Peek’ feature is the fastest way to open apps I’ve ever seen. Start pulling an app icon to the right and the lockscreen slides away to reveal the app’s innards as if it was open all along.”
Hat tricks The newly launched Hatmatic site does for hats what Converse did for me in ninth grade – it lets users meticulously design every part of their own hats. But it’s also a crowdfunding platform so people can “tip their hat” (a.k.a. vote) for their favorite designs to get a limited run. If a design manages to get 36 hat tips within 72 hours, it’ll go into production. And since they’re partnered with New Era, you know you’re getting some sweet headgear. But that also means that, right now, Hatmatic is limited to the MLB logos they’ve licensed. Hope you like baseball teams in technicolor.
With all that head nodding and inexplicable talking to an inanimate object, controlling Google Glass can conjure up some suspicious looks from people around you. Now there’s an app for Android-powered phones that covertly controls Glass for you so you don’t look like a total cyborg.
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Brooklyn Tech Triangle welcomes new startups As New York gears up to overtake Silicon Valley in the quest for total tech domination, NYU-Poly and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have announced plans to develop a 10,000 square foot tech incubator for startups. Nestled within the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center will support 20 innovative startups “focused on solving urban challenges of sustainability, energy and resilience,” according to a statement. It’s set to open this fall on the 19th floor of 15 MetroTech.
Finally, a reason to maybe date an Android user! According to data from Experian Marketing Services, iPhone users spend 26 more minutes on their phones per day than Android owners, clocking in at an hour and 15 minutes of phone use compared to Android users’ 49 minutes.
Despite the devices’ touch-and-go keyboards, a big chunk of that extra time is spent texting: Android users spend just under eight minutes a day texting, while iPhone users spend twice that at 17 minutes. iPhone users must make for absolutely riveting dinner company, then.
App for That
Apple is ramping up signing labels for the upcoming launch of its iRadio streaming music service. [TechCrunch]
By October, Android is set to takeover Apple in becoming the world’s most popular app platform. [The Telegraph]
Mozilla and Foxconn are partnering to produce no more than fewer than five devices because that’s what we need. [TNW]
A New Zealand court ruled that Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom should get back some of his seized property because the police were overzealous in confiscating things before deciding if they were relevant to the case. [Naked Security]
Townsquare Media Group is relaunching three defunct Aol Music blogs if you missed reading whatever “The Boot” was. [AllThingsD]
Don’t you just hate it when you’re at a party and start making out with a cute guy or girl, only to later discover at a family picnic that they’re actually your cousin? As it turns out, accidentally hooking up with a relative happens so frequently in Iceland that there is an official database, called Íslendingabók or “The Book of Icelanders,” that traces the family lineage of 720,000 Icelandic citizens.
Leave it to the NYPD to make an Android phone useful for more than countless Snapchats. More than 400 smartphones have been distributed to officers since last summer as part of a pilot program to make it easier for them to access police data on-the-go, reports the New York Times.
Twitter now has a broadly worded patent on its own service, but the company pinkie swears it won’t go patent trolling. [The Verge]
Yahoo’s reportedly in negotiations to buy a big stake in the video site Dailymotion. Does someone have a little GOOG envy, hmm? [Wall Street Journal]
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, who was thought to be in the running for Adobe CEO, was named Apple’s VP of technology. Given the animosity between the two companies, we’re going to guess he won’t be invited back for employee happy hours. [AllThingsD]
But is he any good? Or is he a “bozo”? [Daring Fireball]
Google is expanding Fiber to the suburb of Olathe, Kansas. And here we thought cities owned the 21st Century. [Kansas City Star]
“Android has outgrown Andy and honestly, I don’t think he knows where to take it next.” [The Verge]