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Tuesday - July 29, 2014
It appears Apple is close to acquiring talk radio app Swell for $30 million. Much of Swell's development team reportedly will be joining Apple, and the app is expected to be shut down sometime this week. Although Swell managed to raise $7.2 million from the likes of DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners, it hasn't been able to get much traction in the crowded iTunes App Store, despite garnering a user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. If the Swell purchase should pan out, it would be Apple's third acquisition deal in as many months. [More...]

Tuesday - July 29, 2014
A new way to extend battery life would allow smartphones to last three to four times longer on a single charge, Stanford University researchers have found. A team led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, has developed pure metal anode prototypes, which differ from the lithium-ion batteries seen in most devices. The team's anode is close to a commercially viable product, but we are still some time away from seeing these battery designs in our smartphones, Cui said. [More...]

Monday - July 28, 2014
If the Linux world has anything akin to royalty, Linus Torvalds surely must be its monarch. So what could be more natural than for the Linux-loving masses to want to see where he works and lives? Fortunately for FOSS fans, none other than the Linux Foundation has stepped up with an answer to that desire in the form of a video showcasing Torvalds' home office. Think it's tidy? Think again. You'll laugh, you'll cry. At the very least, you'll come away feeling better about the state of your own work setup. [More...]

Monday - July 28, 2014
Tellwise, a two-and-a-half year old startup, has introduced a new collaboration platform for sales reps to target prospects. Called "Smart Messages," the multichannel platform comes equipped with such tools as intelligent notifications, behavioral analytics and mobile functionality. Smart Messages is the culmination of the vision of Tellwise's cofounders, all of whom are former Microsoft engineers, said Conrad Bayer, cofounder and CEO. "We were very interested in the issue of cross-company collaboration and why it was so difficult," he said. [More...]

 

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