Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More
Vice Media has agreed to sell a 10 percent stake to A&E Networks. The $250 million investment values the company at $2.5 billion.
The news was first reported in the Financial Times (warning: paywall), and a Vice spokerson confirmed both the deal and the valuation. Read More
If you like BuzzFeed’s quizzes and interactive projects like its Game Of Thrones name generator, congratulations, you’re probably going to be seeing more of them. If you think they’re all annoying gimmicks, well, uh, you’re going to be seeing more of them anyway. That’s because the site is building up a games team of its own. Vice President of Product Chris… Read More
When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More
A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory… Read More
Zimperium, a mobile security company, provides a way to test if a public network has any vulnerabilities. Now, the company has updated its Mobile Threat Defense Suite to 2.0, bringing a new app to iOS devices — zIPS. Read More
Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm Pacific.
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LIVE FriendFeed chat during show here Read More
Over the past several decades, enterprise technology has consistently followed a trail blazed by top consumer tech brands. This has certainly been true of delivery models – first there were software CDs, then the cloud, and now all kinds of mobile apps. In tandem with this shift, the way we build applications has changed and we’re increasingly learning the benefits of taking a… Read More
Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make it in investing for our back to school series. TC: You’re pretty young (comparatively). How did you start? Gurvits: I co-founded… Read More
First released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS has been re-released both as the bigger 3DS XL and as the the cheaper, kid-friendly 2DS. In today’s “Nintendo Direct” video update, Nintendo announced the “New Nintendo 3DS,” an update to the platform that’s somewhere between a minor update and a full-fledged follow-up. Read More