Author Archives: Estrella Stott

Customer Support Startup Intercom Raises $6 Million

Intercom, a startup that focuses on customer support and communications tools for businesses, announced that it had raised a $6 million Series A round of financing on Wednesday. The round was led by The Social+Capital Partnership, with participation from Freestyle Capital, as well as Yammer CEO and founder David Sacks. ...

Samsung Just Killed Nokia’s ‘True PureView’ Windows Phone And It’s Not Even Unboxed Yet

Poor Nokia. Samsung doesn’t stop. It’s just announced a new iteration of its flagship Galaxy S4 handset which has a digital camera embedded in its rump. The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 10X optical zoom lens on the back, giving it two clear aspects: from the front it looks exactly ...

Mission: Translating Amazon “cloud speak” for CIO, CEOs and other mere mortals

Summary: If you’re a devops pro you probably speak AWS. If you’re a CIO, CEO, line-of-business manager, probably not. Cloudyn says it’ll make your lives easier. photo: Flickr/Will Merydith The beauty of Amazon Web Services is the rich variety of features offered. The downside of all that is it’s hard for non-techies to ...

Cheetah-Cub Is A Cat-Like Quadruped That’s The Fastest Bot Of Its Size

We’re still a ways away from electric sheep roaming the fields pretending to bleat but robotics researchers continue to look to nature for four-legged inspiration. Meet Cheetah-Cub, a European Commission-funded research project, out of Swiss University the École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne‘s biorobotics lab, that’s about the size of a house ...

Sony May Take Another Stab At A Smartwatch And Show It Off Next Week

Neither of Sony’s two previous smartwatches were runaway hits, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped the Japanese electronics giant from taking another crack at the concept. A slew of tweets hash-tagged #itstime started appearing on the official SonyXperia account the other day, and they hinted heavily that the company ...

Kaspersky identifies the most sophisticated Android trojan todate

A new trojan recently identified as “Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a” is being described by Kaspersky as the most sophisticated Android trojan to date. The nasty bit of code utilizes several undocumented security holes to wreak havoc in a number of different ways. Once the trojan successfully infects a device, its first goal is to ...

OUYA Gets Its Official Retail Release, But The $99 Game Console Still Hasn’t Reached Every Early Backer

The Android-powered OUYA gaming console is celebrating its official first day of general retail availability today, a major milestone to be sure for the Kickstarter-funded piece of hardware. Many thought it would never make it this far, and that it would be vaporware before anyone actually got a chance to ...