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August 27, 2015

This App Connects You To A Random Stranger For A Phone Conversation

In a world full of text messages, emails, and 140-character status updates, real human interaction is more important than ever.

SayMore is a new “talking network” that aims to provide more of that by connecting you to a total stranger for a phone conversation about something you’re both interested in.

It works like this: you browse through a set of potential conversation topics in the iOS app, choose a matching partner, initiate a VoIP call, and talk for as long as you like.

SayMore’s conversation starters include the following, among many others:

Technology: How will the world change in the next 20 years? What excites and/or scares [...]
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August 26, 2015

Amazon Is Secretly Testing A New Restaurant Delivery Service In Seattle

Amazon is currently planning a restaurant delivery service, GeekWire reports.

The company is testing the service with its own employees in Seattle, where Amazon is based. We don’t know which restaurants are participating in the test, but the service appears to be related to Amazon’s new Prime Now one-hour delivery service.

A move into restaurant delivery would put Amazon in direct competition with companies like GrubHub, which allows customers across the country to order lunch or dinner from a wide selection of restaurants and have it delivered.

With Amazon’s experience with logistics and distribution, it will likely enter the game with a number [...]

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August 25, 2015

Speak Is The Slack Of Audio/Video Communication

Speak is a cool new platform for instant team communication that provides frictionless audio, video, and screen sharing. Thanks to its extremely light interface, Speak integrates right into your desktop and stays out of the way until you need it.

Behind the San Francisco startup are two rather notable founders: Tom Moor, who also co-founded Buffer; and Eric Bieller, who previously worked at Tapjoy, helping to scale the platform to millions of users.

Bieller tells me Speak is a bit like the Slack of audio/video communication. What’s the point, though? Why do we need yet another team collaboration tool?

“Your meeting tool should be there when you need [...]

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August 23, 2015

Wearable Tech Startup Focused On Personal Safety Raises $100k On Kickstarter

Connecticut startup Wearsafe Labs has raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to develop advanced wearable personal safety products, starting with the Wearsafe Tag—a small wearable panic button.

The company initially set out to raise $75,000 and surpassed that goal in less than four weeks.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success of this campaign,” says co-founder Phill Giancarlo. “But even more important, we are so appreciative to those who backed this project, who believe in our mission to really make a difference in this world.”

Wearsafe’s first product, the Wearsafe Tag, is a low-energy Bluetooth wearable device that can [...]

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August 19, 2015

Chicago Startup AptAmigo Launches Apartment Search Tool Based On Real Resident Reviews

AptAmigo, the first free apartment search tool that uses real, comprehensive resident reviews to help potential renters choose their ideal apartment, launched today in Chicago. The website offers detailed descriptions of Chicago neighborhoods and already contains thousands of reviews written by current and former residents.

Each building has an overall rating based on a five-star system, as well as individual ratings for for the community, in-unit experience, building amenities, security, and management. You can also find detailed feedback on things like nearby restaurants and stores, building safety, Internet quality, and shower pressure.

“It can be overwhelming [...]

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August 12, 2015

Tagasauris Raises $900K On SeedInvest

Tagasauris, an intelligent data platform for visual media, has closed a $900,000 round with the help of equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest.

Founded in 2010, Tagasauris combines human-assisted computing with semantic Web technologies to tag, categorize, label, and organize media like videos and images. The company uses its proprietary technology to “teach” computers the content of a picture of video and how that content relates to the rest of the Web. The process quickly and effectively turns ordinary visual content into searchable media, and it’s already being used by an impressive clientele—including the likes of Disney, AOL, and ABC.

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July 30, 2015

Dining Discovery App Savoir Launches In Chicago

Last week, Savoir announced the launch of its free iOS app that helps foodies discover a curated selection of nearby restaurants. Now live with 600+ Chicagoland restaurants, the app offers each user a personalized set of recommendations, reviews, and promotions.

Savoir listings include Yelp ratings and up-to-date, complete menus. Beyond that, the service offers three exclusive perks to enhance users’ experience:

FitLens: food reviews from credentialed health and fitness professionals to help customers dine out while adhering to their diet and fitness goals. InnerCircle: reliable reviews from people you trust, like friends and family. Promos: special promotions from [...]
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July 30, 2015

Is The ‘Male Pill’ The Future Of Birth Control?

Over the last few years, researchers have made great strides in the way of male contraception. Some recent developments—including daily pills and an injection that can last for years—look quite promising, and they may just revolutionize your sex life.

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July 16, 2015

How To Create Your Own Custom URL Shortener For Free

In the age of social media, link shortening services have become ubiquitous. But many brands have grown tired of sharing the same old Bit.ly and TinyURL links, instead opting to use their own branded shortlinks.

Branded shortlinks not only take up less space—they also look neater and more professional.

Bit.ly and other platforms offer this as a service, but they typically charge a pretty penny to do so. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can start operating your own branded URL shortener absolutely free.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Get A Short Domain

The first step to setting up a custom URL shortener, of course, is to get your hands on a [...]

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July 16, 2015

eBay Sells Its Enterprise Division For $925 Million

eBay today confirmed that it has agreed to sell its Enterprise unit to a consortium led by private-equity firm Permira for $925 million.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the company has been looking to sell the Enterprise division since the beginning of the year.

eBay Enterprise took a blow last week when Toys ‘R’ Us announced that it plans to take its business elsewhere within a year.

This news comes just one day before eBay will officially split PayPal into a separate publicly-traded company. With eBay Enterprise and PayPal out of the way, eBay will soon be free to start fresh as a standalone company.

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