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WealthFront Series C Round Headed By Index Ventures Pumps In $35 Million


Palo Alto-based financing administration Wealthfront has raised a Series C round of $35 million headed by Index Ventures and Ribbit Capital with support from existing moguls The Social+capital Partnership, Greylock Partners, DAG Ventures, and various heavenly attendant gurus. Wealthfront gives online monetary arranging and venture administration at reasonable costs.

Propelled in 2011, Wealthfront is presently overseeing $800 million in stakes and will utilize the new supports to further customize its versatile administrations, include building and outline ability, and develop its existing client base.

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Gadget Shopping? Tech That May Put You at Risk


Connected device ownership is now ubiquitous in American culture; a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project found that the number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet devices grew to to 35% in 2013. With a new wave of mobile, wearable, and smart devices rolling off the assembly lines, how does the next generation of devices rate in terms of security?

Malware Goes After Mobile

With the prevalence of smartphones and tablets growing every day, it should come as no surprise that malware developers are targeting these devices. While many analysts have hailed the iPhone 5′s new fingerprint recognition software as a revolutionary development, the reality is that it opens new opportunities for criminals. An ill-intended app may require a fingerprint scan for password protection, which could potentially be transmitted to the app developer.

While this may seem paranoid at a glance, 24/7 Wall St reports that Apple’s recent iOS 6 and 7 update patched a massive potential security concern that may have allowed hackers to intercept ostensibly encrypted iPhone communications. In the past, Apple has been criticized for its patchwork approach to personal data security. iMore even showcased a video released by a German-based hacker club just one day after the release of the iPhone 5, showing the device’s fingerprint-recognition software being fooled by a fake fingerprint. With users storing personal information inside apps and mobile wallets, it is increasingly more important to employ ID theft protection services such as Lifelock, to safeguard personal data, regardless of the security offered by the device manufacturer.

Smart” Device Security

The “Internet of Things” and wearable technology is the next big trend in devices; A recent survey by Accenture found that 46% of consumers surveyed were interested in purchasing a smartwatch, and that 42% were interested in purchasing wearable digital glasses such as Google Glass. With so many devices currently on the marker running on different and unique operating systems, security issues concerning personal data monitored by wearable and smart devices are concerning. SC Magazine reports that security professionals have already demonstrated attacks on everything from smart televisions to baby monitors.

As smart devices and wearable technology penetrate everyday life, the security concern grows. Currently, many manufacturers of devices such as fitness trackers and wearable computing systems have little power to reach consumers and update their products should glaring security issues become apparent, placing the onus of security on the end-users themselves. As many of these devices utilize new technology and sensors, the potential for digital attacks are currently unknown. Security professionals are currently unsure about the potential for a virus capable of transmitting from connected device to connected device, However, they warn users to be aware that the sparkling world of new “smart” technology is still in its infancy, and that developers have yet to face a trial by fire concerning data theft or manipulation. Many security professionals urge users to take responsibility for their own security by insuring wearable and smart devices are always up to date and password protected as these devices proliferate in the near future.

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5 Reasons 2014 is the Year for Online Gaming


Online gaming has come a long way since Internet connected games first showed their faces in the 1990s. These days, online functionality is almost expected in most games. Research and Markets reports that 40 percent of people worldwide play games online, with at least one percent of growth each year through 2017. Social and mobile games are driving this video game market segment, with 20 percent growth overall. 2014 is another exciting year for online games, whether you prefer playing through next-gen consoles, PC, browsers, or mobile.

Titanfall

Titanfall has captured the attention of PC and Xbox gamers when it was announced. The primary focus of Titanfall is its online multiplayer gaming, revolving around large titans that allow gamers to enact massive robot battles. Each large, expansive map is set up for six on six battles, making team-based dynamics important to the success of each game. This is exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One for consoles, and will also see a PC release.

Browser Based Games

Other trends with online gaming are browser-based games utilizing improved HTML 5 technology to implement new features and more compatibility with a range of devices. This is particularly helpful for iOS devices, which have limited Flash support but do support HTML 5. Downloadable games from iWin and other online gaming hubs adapt well to HTML 5 technology, with smooth game play even on lower end systems and devices.

Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is one of the top selling video games of all time, prompting Bethseda to take the experience online. The Elder Scrolls Online is slated to launch in April, barring any development or beta testing delays, and it seeks to stay away from the free-to-play trends of most recent MMO releases. Instead, they have a subscription based service similar to World of Warcraft, where the gamers pay for the game along with a $15 monthly fee. Since most MMOs have moved away from that model at this point, the gaming world is keeping a close eye on The Elder Scrolls Online to see if it’s going to move the trend back to paid MMOs, or if it will switch over to the more recent free-to-play format.

Live Streaming

The Xbox One and Playstation 4 have integrated streaming and sharing features that take full advantage of their online features. Instead of setting up a video camera for capturing your game play, these systems allow you to capture, stream, and upload automatically. Youtube and Twitch.tv are the platforms of choice for Let’s Plays and live streaming game play, so this integration continues to evolve with online interaction between streamers, video creators, and their audience.

Digital Distribution

Steam has long been a mainstay in the PC world, but consoles are beginning to make the leap for online digital distribution of games as well, such as Nintendo’s Eshop and the services offered by Sony and Microsoft.

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JawBone Is A Personal Electronics PowerHouse, Google & Apple Should Keep Their Eye On


Much sooner than there were wearable apparatuses, there was Jawbone. The brainchild of organizer and CEO Hosain Rahman, the fittings and contraptions maker is presently a multi-billion-dollar organization that is turning into a particular gadgets powerhouse and brand.

There’s been more consideration on Jawbone recently as wearables increase traction around purchasers — the organization recently discharged its high-controlled wearable, the Jawbone Up24, a wristband and application that tracks how you rest, move and consume. Jawbone is likewise the producer of the remote, versatile speaker, the Jambox, and offers Bluetooth headsets. Anyway dissimilar to other unit makers, Rahman has had the ability to separate itself through configuration, applying the Apple playbook to more than simply machines and telephone.

Anyway recently, Rahman has been investigating approaches to stress the “connectedness” of his units and help take a percentage of the information amassed by apparatuses like the Up24, and make a superior experience for the customer. A year ago, Rahman carried on Monica Rogati, in the past a senior information researcher at Linkedin, to be the organization’s first VP of information. The organization likewise obtained nourishment organization Massive Health to add to its information mining exertion.

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Intel Picks Up On Basis Deal For A Reported One Hundred Million Dollars!


Intel has won the Basis closeout, we’re hearing, at a cost of around $100 million as per one source. A second source pegs the arrangement at closer to $150 million.

Groundwork makes wristwatch health trackers, catching 7 percent of the business sector versus contender Jawbone’s 21 percent. As Intel was about the wearables not long from now at CES, we’re expecting that this purchase is an endeavor to further its decent footing (wristhold?) in the space.

Intel made a considerable measure of clamor with its own particular reference plans at the gathering, including a Siri-like Bluetooth headset named Jarvis and a keen chip it named Edison, which has horde connected utilization including sharp child apparel and even shrewd mugs.

Intel likely doesn’t have goals to contend in the customer electronic commercial center; the organization needs to offer chipset stages. Yet by getting Basis, it gets access to a group that has constructed a standout amongst the most capable and exhaustive wearables to date, which it then can set upon its own particular plans.

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Don’t Waste Another One Of Your Workouts, Get Moov!


Welcome to the following era of wearable fitness following! The principal round of fitness trackers concentrated on acquainting the thought of information with your day by day action and workout, however another organization called Moov needs to go past essential “step” information to let you know how to enhance your structure and get the most out of your workout.

The band utilizes a combo of fittings (9-pivot sensors) and programming calculations to pinpoint your physique’s definite developments in space without the assistance of a Polaroid, letting the apparatus provide for you tips on the best way to run without putting strain on your knees, or how to lift weights with the correct structure.

It’s really shrewd. When you’re running, the Moov will give ongoing sound tips directly through your earphones about how to abbreviate or stretch your stride or accelerate. What’s more shockingly better, the application can run while your music plays, just hindering to hit you with a supportive tip.

The Moov band could be worn on diverse parts of your constitution, for instance your lower leg or wrist, contingent upon the data you’re gazing to receive in return.

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Zumper Has Been Paid Over Six Million Dollars In Series A Funding From Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


Land startup Zumper needs to be the device that intermediaries and condo supervisors use when they need to rundown their properties on the web. All the more significantly, however, it needs to be the application that flat seekers turn to when they’re searching for another spot to live. To do that, its recently brought $6.5 million up in a Series A round headed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Zumper, which was a finalist at Techcrunch Disrupt a couple of years back, gives instruments that permit dealers and property administrators to disentangle how they deal with their postings, with versatile and web applications to post and overhaul condo that are accessible for rent.

It permits them to make postings, take photographs, and round out parts on the scene from their versatile telephones, which diminishes the measure of time they use setting out over and over again to the workplace while additionally redesigning their postings.

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Android Surpasses IOS In Number Of Tablets Sold


After Apple discharged its original ipad in 2010, ios ruled incomparable as the top tablet working arrangement of decision. Yet, in the same way that Android cell phones have cut into iphone deals as far and wide as possible, Android tablets are discovering upward accomplishment in the worldwide business sector.

As per another report from Gartner, Android tablets saw a much bigger development in tablet deals a year ago than whatever available working framework, climbing from 53.3 million units in worldwide bargains in 2012 to 121 million in 2013.

It’s significant to note, then again, that as a solitary producer, Apple stays at the top. To place this in considerably more viewpoint, a later Chitika report refers to that Apple tablet web use in the U.s. what’s more Canada expanded respectably as of Q1 2014.

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The Chinese Government Unveils New Search Engine, ChinaSo


The Chinese government has started another pursuit site that is apparently run by the VP of Xinhua, the Communist Party of China’s authority mouthpiece. Called Chinaso, its logo’s shade plot nearly looks like (and that is putting it beneficently) Google’s.

As Tech In Asia notes, Chinaso is not the first endeavor by the Chinese government to make its web index. Chinaso is really a blend of Jike and Panguso, two state-run inquiry destinations that united a year ago.

It’s vague why the administration chose to take an alternate cut at starting its entryway. Jike and Panguso saw so minimal movement that they didn’t even make dissection firm CNZZ’s rundown of the main six web indexes in China, which implies that each one had under 0.2% piece of the overall industry. China’s hunt business sector is now overwhelmed by organizations like Baidu and Qihoo, which together hold an over 80% allotment.

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A Federal Appeals Court Wants Google To Remove Anti-Islamic Video From Youtube


Google Inc, saying an elected bids court request guiding it to uproot a hostile to Islamic film from its Youtube movie imparting site might have “wrecking impacts” if permitted to stand, asked the court to put it on hold.

Not long ago, a board of the ninth U.s. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to reject Google’s declaration that the evacuation of the film “Purity of Muslims,” which started challenges over the Muslim world, added up to an earlier limitation of discourse that damaged the U.s. Constitution.

In a court documenting on Thursday, Google contended that the movie may as well remain receptive to general society while it asks that a bigger, 11-judge ninth Circuit board audit the issue. Google called this week’s request “phenomenal” and “clearing.”

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