Airbnb, the online service for people to rent out lodging from private rooms to private islands, is reportedly in advanced talks to raise around $450 million from the group of investors led by private-equity firm TPG. This round will value the company around $10 billion… #airbnb #social #tech #startup #success #apartment #rent http://ift.tt/1hYt1Y4
Did you know that you can save all of your Instagram photos to Dropbox via IFTTT (if-this-then-that)?
You can also save any photos you share, like, or even #tag by creating the right “recipe” and it is just a small amount of what you can do with IFTTT considering how many other cool services connected to it…
#ifttt #instagram #dropbox #tech #startup #smart #web #api #app #robot #task http://ift.tt/1q6N3P6
Android Wear: Information that moves with you
Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you:
- Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
- Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm.
- The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.
- Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build.
Start developing your stock portfolio, and don’t pay for commission to do it!
Robinhood is a new spiffy app that allows for anyone to trade stocks without paying the usual fees for commission. No catch. A registered broker dealer with FINRA and SIPC, Robinhood completely revolutionizes the concept of trading, democratizing the process by eliminating the requirement of minimum deposit to sign up, and no flat rate for commission to buy or sell. Robinhood’s features besides zero-dollar commissions include easy monitoring of stocks, notifications of movement in your portfolio, and fast trade execution.
Check out Robinhood on their website and sign up for early access. There’s a long waitlist!
Spritz: Revolutionizing Text Reading
Spritzing? Sounds like a combination of sprinting and… buzzing? But spritzing is a Boston startup’s verb for a new way of reading. With Spritz, the reader processes one text word at a time through a special visual frame called a “redicle”. Spritz claims that this method of reading is easier, more comfortable, and can even lead to longer retention of words. Spritz technology is already available on a variety of platforms including email, SMS, and e-readers, and they’re continuing development to bring Spritz to social media, digital books, and smart watches.
You can demo Spritz directly on their website, where you can learn more about them as well!