Archive for April, 2013

A Classy, Hardcover Scoreboook for a Classic, Hardscrabble Game

If there’s one thing I learned about baseball from my pitcher grandpa, it’s that you’re not really watching unless you’re keeping a scorecard.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 30th

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Feed Wrangler: A Great iOS Reader Replacement for a Price

While yes, the grieving process takes time, if you're still too busy bemoaning the imminent death of your beloved Google Reader, you're going to find yourself in a bind when it finally gets put out of its misery later this summer. Replacements abound, and there's no question that $19 price tag is going to be a turn-off for some. But for those willing to buy their peace of RSS mind, you may have found a winner.

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Ashley Feinberg

April 30th

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear in opening-night interview at AllThingsD’s D11 conference

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be interviewed on opening-night of AllThingsD‘s D11 conference in May. Cook’s interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg will be his second as the Apple CEO spoke at the conference last year as well. The conference runs in California from May 28th until May 30th. (Image via ATD).


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Mark Gurman

April 30th

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Reclaim Your Kitchen Counters With Philips’ New HomeCooker

If you haven't seen your kitchen counters in years because they're covered in a slew of tiny appliances all designed to cook one thing, Jamie Oliver wants to help. Well, technically he wants to make money, but he's also teamed up with Philips to create the HomeCooker which can stir, sauté, simmer, melt, steam, stew, boil, and fry all in one machine without any supervision.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 30th

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KISI Launches Its Keyless Home Access Management Platform On Indiegogo

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Munich-based startup and TechCrunch Disrupt NY Battlefield contestant KISI Systems is launching its Indiegogo campaign today. KISI and KISIBox together comprise a keyless entry solution that lets users provide timed, revokable access to their own apartments on an as-needed basis. It’s the perfect complement to collaborative consumption services like Airbnb and TaskRabbit and in general a very useful addition to any household.

KISI takes its cues from enterprise-grade tools that allow businesses to control who can and can’t gain access to a facility – co-founder Bernhard Mehl explained that he and his co-founders decided it was an idea that would make perfect sense when applied to a consumer setting, too.

The KISI system is a combination of hardware and software, with a set price of $479 up front when it hits retail. Initially, backers can get it for $249 for the first Indiegogo supporters, and the best part is that the service is included with the hardware purchase, so this isn’t something that you end up necessarily paying for on a continual basis. There is a SaaS model planned as well, for people who’d like access to premium features, but Mehl says that in general, they aren’t interested in making homeowners feel like they’re renting the locks on their doors.

“We stripped an enterprise product down to a consumer-friendly version, and provide very easy-to-use key-management tools, so we have a web app and you can manage or see who accessed your apartment, or who currently has access on their smartphones,” Mehl says. “It’s a more decentralized or democratized access, so that it’s not the house owner who controls all the keys, but the resident themselves.”

KISI is designed for apartment tenants primarily, and can be made to integrated with your intercom system to provide complete building access from a web-based dashboard. Mehl says that where in the past this has been accomplished through sharing of hardware keys, that’s a dramatically outdated prospect, since it involves granting a type of access you can’t easily revoke, at least not without changing your locks. The platform is why KISI isn’t just another Lockitron, providing things like integration with an intercom system, and a record of when keyholders have accessed your apartment, and for how long.

The big opportunity for KISI is to take advantage of the rise of services like Airbnb, Exec and TaskRabbit, and collaborate with those companies to help provide temporary access to service pros who might only need it for a few minutes, a week or an afternoon.

“All the hardware parts are installed in your apartment, and you can open even the front door of the house with your smartphone, and yet nothing changes for anyone else who has physical key access” he said. “Up to now, you had to change the whole system to get automated access, but the cool thing is that we’ve managed to accomplish that without requiring a complete overhaul.”

KISI has already impressed enough to win an entrepreneurial startup grant from the German government, and they’ve won various prizes, including from the NYCEDC, which provided them with $25,000 for the “Next Idea” award.

KISI will launch in New York City and Munich first, and will then expand to other markets after that. It doesn’t replace existing standards like Z-Wave, but works with them, and can also be used in combination with existing devices like Lockitron, so there’s opportunity for it to grow into existing home automation systems.


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Darrell Etherington

April 30th

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Which Tech Companies Protect Your Data From the Government?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation just released its annual "Who Has Your Back" report card, detailing the privacy policies of tech companies. Here's the rundown of who fights for your privacy in the face of government requests for your data—and who doesn't even bother.

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Mario Aguilar

April 30th

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Meat Shredders: Great for Stress, Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The idea behind meat shredders is a great one—you can prepare your brisket Edward Scissorhands style, while getting out all your pent up rage.

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Leslie Horn

April 30th

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Good news: Digg is tweaking its reader with integration for read it later services, email, and socia

Good news: Digg is tweaking its reader with integration for read it later services, email, and social media, and planning on dropping it in June, before Google Reader goes bye-bye. Bad news: You might have to pay for it.

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Robert Schoon

April 30th

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Google Glass 101: How Glass Currently Works

It's one thing to see what others are doing while wearing Glass but we've yet to see what the interface actually looks and behaves like. That is until now.

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Peter Ha

April 30th

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Peep These Beautiful Sculptures of Electronics Encased in Resin

Amy Brener describes her sculptures as “totemic structures that resemble artifacts of an imagined future.”

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 30th

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