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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Jago Restaurant East London: Ashkenazi heritage meets Middle Eastern flair at Louis Solley’s new restaurant at the Second Home tech incubator

Jago Restaurant East London

by Ananda Pellerin

Anyone who attended a progressive primary school in the 1970s will feel nostalgic walking into Second Home’s optimistic interior. The multipurpose workspace, housed in a former carpet factory off of London’s Brick Lane, is a low……

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Verizon has shuttered Sugarstring, its bizarre tech news experiment

In case you’d been wondering what happened to Sugarstring, Verizon’s recent foray into the world of tech journalism, wonder no more: it’s dead. Verizon has decided to shutter it after just over a month of its existence. Going to Sugarstring.com or any of its published stories will lead you nowhere. In a statement to DSL Reports, Verizon referred to the project as a test, and did not go into detail about what led to its demise. “As you know, we’ve always said this was a pilot project; and as with any pilot project, we evaluate, take our learnings, improve our execution and move forward,” a spokesperson said. “That’s what we’ve decided to do here.”

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Redefining Wearable Tech at Decoded Fashion NYC: Exploring new relationships with technology as it becomes part of the daily lexicon for identity and self-expression

Redefining Wearable Tech at Decoded Fashion NYC

The NYC Decoded Fashion summit proved to be an especially good-looking tech conference. Not to say that the average tech conference is unattractive, but this crowd obviously cares as much about aesthetics and presentation as they do about software……

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FTC says two bogus tech support operations scammed $120 million from customers

The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily closed two operations alleged to have tricked customers out of $ 120 million by providing bogus technical support. The commission has brought two cases against the groups, both of whom reportedly offered specious advice and fake security software to computer users, before charging money to “activate” the useless programs.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said that both operations “prey on consumers’ lack of technical knowledge with deceptive pitches and high-pressure tactics to sell useless software and services to the tune of millions of dollars.” One of the FTC’s cases named a group that offered a piece of software known as “PC Cleaner” to consumers, a…

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.klatz Smartwatch and Handset: A stylish wrist accessory rethinking the form and functions of wearable tech

.klatz Smartwatch and Handset


While fashion often takes a backseat to function, or vice versa, in wearable tech, Ukraine’s .klatz is hoping to change that with their smartwatch and handset. They’ve revisited the bracelet form, but unlike Nike’s FuelBand,…

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What’s your favourite social tech project?

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The Nominet Trust invests in enterprises that use digital technology for social change, and every year compiles a list of the most exciting ones. The nomination process ends on Friday, so this week is your last chance to support your favourite projects. Here are a few of the most interesting webby projects:




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Animation shows what happens when tech fights back

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vimeo: 105264011 We rely on electrical appliance s– from coffee machines to computers to gaming consoles – but they can sometimes feel a little taken for granted. Well, that’s what designer and animator Michael Marczewski thinks, anyway.




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20 Tech Knockoffs That Will Leave You Dumbfounded

Think of all the popular hardware brands in technology right now. The Apples and Sonys that have the distinct honor of being considered a luxury brand. Everyone wants one and anyone who’s anyone would buy and flaunt them to their peers, creating an appeal. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford them and that’s where knockoffs come to the rescue.

These knockoffs were made as a copy of the original, sometimes using the logo and design of the original. Sometimes they get it right and many might not notice. Often at times, they get it wrong. Very wrong, in fact, to the point of hilarity. Here are 20 of the most amusing knockoffs of popular tech brands that you may have seen. Spoiler alert: Apple gets ripped off a lot.

PolyStation. This Sony Playstation knockoff is actually a Famiclone, a hardware clone of the Nintendo Entertainment System. If you open the CD tray, you’ll actually get a cartridge slot.

PolyStation
(Image Source: Wikipedia)

Blueberry. Obviously this Blueberry is neither blue nor a berry.

Blueberry
(Image Source: College Humor)

PX 3600. A mad experiment to hybridize a PS3 and XBox 360, and it came out so very wrong. The controllers won’t vibrate. The disc tray won’t open, which doesn’t matter since there’s no disc drive in the thing. And worst of all it can only play pre-installed games. And not very good ones, I might add.

PX-3600

(Image Source: Buzzfeed)

Wiwi. If saying "I like playing with my Wii" makes you uncomfortable, how about the Wiwi for extra social awkwardness? Like many knockoff game consoles, it too still relies on cartridges.

Wiwi
(Image Source: Tom’s Hardware Italy)

Action Pad. If your iPad isn’t cutting it anymore, perhaps it’s time to look into the Action Pad. Don’t be fooled though as it runs on Android. And honestly, if the Taiwanese Steve Jobs with angel wings and halo can’t sell you this, I don’t think anyone can.

CECT m188. The eventual endgame for Apple and their fetish for miniaturization is to create a phone so small it might as well be called the iPhone Invisa. The Chinese, however, are beating them to it.

CECT m188
(Image Source: Dvice)

Teso Blackbook Air. As far as knockoffs go, this one is drop dead gorgeous and could even be mistaken for the real thing. If it weren’t black or made of plastic, that is.

Teso Blackbook Air

(Image Source: CIO)

Fake Apple Store. If you think China’s copycat machine weren’t blatant enough, here’s a fake Apple store that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Spotted by a Westerner in Kunming, the whole store has everything down; from the layout, wood furniture to even the employee uniform. It’s not licensed by Apple but for most residents, if it looks and quacks like an overpriced computer, it is an overpriced computer.

(Image Source: Birdabroadblog)

Blockberry. It took a lot to convince President Obama to give up his Blackberry. Now he’s addicted to another type of berry, the Blockberry, as seen in this advertisement where his photo is used to promote the phone.

Blockberry

(Image Source: phoneArena)

PCP Station. This thing barely qualifies as a game console, with the ‘games’ being swappable LCD cartridges you add to the handheld.

PCP Station

(Image Source: Arcade Sushi)

Red Star OS. A software knockoff this time around. This North Korean Linux distro was made to look almost exactly like the Mac GUI. Kim Jong Un is obviously a Mac fan. You can even find pictures of him using a Mac online. Because Best Korea only copies from the best.

Red Star OS
(Image Source: Wikipedia)

Sciphone A5. Looking like a hybrid of Apple’s Mighty Mouse and iPhone, it is neither mighty nor a mouse. It’s probably not even a very good phone, running some no-named OS.

Sciphone A5

(Image Source: Complex)

CoolK07. Remember the Palm Pre? I still haven’t forgiven HP for what they did to them but there’s no denying that they were never very popular compared to iOS and Android. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t get any love from the Chinese copy machine, as evident by the CoolK07, which copies the design of the Pre.

CoolK07

(Image Source: ChannelPartner)

MiniPolyStation3. Want to have a handheld console with the power of a PS3? Sorry to break it to you but that’s not going to happen. But you can settle for the next best thing with the MiniPolyStation3, a small, portable knockoff console that looks like a PS3, complete with LCD screen. And it only requires 3 AA batteries to operate.

MiniPolyStation3

(Image Source: Destructoid)

i-dong. The less we talk about the i-dong, the better. All joking aside, it’s actually a competent game console similar to the Wii, using infrared lights to detect the controller. You can even connect it to your PC. It does, however, look eerily similar to the Microsoft Kinect.

i-dong
(Image Source: Nikkei Technology)

iPhoho6. Can’t wait for the latest iPhone to come out? Why not get the iPhoho6? It even has an Apple logo shaped home button for twice the Apple logo goodness.

iPhoho6

(Image Source: TechCrunch)

HP Spectre One. Proving that the Americans are just as good at copying stuff, the HP Spectre One looks incredibly similar to the design language of a certain fruit company.

HP Spectre One
(Image Source: Apple Insider)

Chuwi PadMini. Like the look of the iPad Mini but detest Apple and iOS to the point that you won’t even look at an actual Apple product? Then the PadMini is for you! Except for a few differences, mainly a missing home button and extra ports, the PadMini looks incredibly similar to an iPad Mini, except for the fact it runs Android. And if you think this isn’t amusing enough, check out their website, which is a mishmash of Apple’s website design and hilariously broken English.

Chuwi PadMini
(Image Source: Chuwi)

Samsung. Samsung creates knockoff Apple products. Regardless of what the Android fanboys may lead you to believe, this is very obvious, with Samsung copying the user interface, advertising designs and hardware of Apple’s products. I can already hear the Samsung fanboys screaming at the top of their lungs at me, so here’s some proof to the claim.

iPhone Samsung Copy
(Image Source: Nicklazilla)

Xiaomi. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and that’s no more true than with Xiaomi. In fact, they’re more blatant than Samsung when copying Apple, even copying the presentation style, down to the black turtleneck and ‘one more thing’. Take a look at this TechCrunch article to see how hilariously similar the products are. And this Mi Pad commercial that looks like something Apple would make.





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10 Influential Tech Entrepreneurs And Their Contributions

Entrepreneurs build many of the things you use and love today. Think about it. Someone had to come up with an idea and then make the effort to build it up. Someone had to believe in that idea and fork over the money to make it reality. And when you finally unveil your creation, you have to hope that it will be successful to justify the effort put into it. Entrepreneurship is a really laborious and time consuming effort.

Then again, there are those who enjoy the challenges and the rewards that it could bring when it does succeed. These people have founded many different companies and invest in ideas that they were sure was the next big thing. In this post, we will show you 10 serial tech entrepreneurs and the companies they helped create.

Elon Musk

The South African entrepreneur is known for Tesla Motors, famous for the first fully electric sports car. He is also famous for being a co-founder of PayPal. His company, X.com merged with Confininty Inc. to eventually become the PayPal we know today. Even before PayPal, he already had an Internet based company with Zip2, a business directory for newspapers, which he sold to Compaq in 1999.

Today, along with Tesla Motors, he is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, a civilian space transport company known as the first privately funded company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft and send one to the International Space Station. He also provided the concept for SolarCity, a solar energy company, and is promoting his idea for Hyperloop, a high speed transportation system.

Elon Musk

Kevin Rose

If you ever were a fan of TechTV, you may remember watching Kevin Rose on The Screen Savers, a show all about computers and new technology. If you haven’t heard of it, more likely you are familiar with his most famous creation, Digg, the social news site that allows users to share and discuss news and related topics. He also started Revision3, an Internet television network that creates online shows, focusing on niche interests.

Rose also established a micro-blogging site called Pownce, which didn’t pan out, and Milk, a mobile development lab, which was acquired by Google. As a venture capitalist, he has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, just to name few. He is currently a venture partner at Google Venture.

Kevin Rose

Jay Adelson

Jay Adelson was one of Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People In The World in 2008 and as a finalist for the 2009 list for being the CEO of Digg, one of the biggest websites at the time. Before Digg, Adelson co-founded Equinix, a company that provides data centers and Internet exchanges. Along with Kevin Rose, he went on to start up Digg and Revision3, where Adelson sits as Chairman of the Board.

Adelson went on to co-found SimpleGeo in 2010, a company that provides infrastructure for apps to add in geolocation features. He remained as CEO until it was bought by Urban Airship, where Adelson remain as an advisor. Today, he sits on several boards and performs as an advisor for many different companies. His recent venture, Opsmatic, aims to assist other companies in their operations.

Jay Adelson

Evan Williams

A one of the founders of Twitter, he already had number of companies under his belt. His first successful venture was Pyra Labs, which he help start. Their crowning achievement was Blogger, that was later sold to Google. He later went on to establish Odeo, a podcasting company, which was later sold off to Sonic Mountain.

His biggest accomplishment to date has to be Twitter, born out of the incubator Obvious Corp, which he co-founded with Biz Stone and former Odeo employees. Since Twitter, Williams created Medium, a publishing platform, with fellow Twitter co-founder and Blogger developer, Biz Stone. Today, Williams and Stone are winding down Obvious Corp. to focus on individual startups.

Even Williams

Sean Parker

He was caught at the age of 16 by the F.B.I. for hacking into the network of a Fortune 500 company. Parker then went on to co-found Napster, which was formerly one of the biggest file sharing sites on the Internet and a name that is synonymous with music piracy. So how exactly do you top that? His first venture after Napster was an online address book and social networking service called Plaxo, where he was eventually ousted by the company’s financiers.

He was instrumental in the development of Facebook, eventually becoming their first president. As Mark Zuckerberg noted, “Sean was pivotal in helping Facebook transform from a college project into a real company”, helping with investors and giving advice. He also helped fund Spotify and founded Airtime.com, a real time video chat site with fellow Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning, along with Causes.com, an online campaigning platform.

Sean Parker

Max Levchin

He is known as one of the co-creators of PayPal. There he served as CTO and contributed to their anti-fraud efforts. Since PayPal, Levchin went on to several ventures, his first being Slide, which started out as a photo sharing software for social networks but later on became of the largest third party app developer for Facebook.

A more well known venture is Yelp, a business ratings and review site. He has also started HFV to fund companies that focus on data analysis, Affirm to build the next generation credit network and Glow to help parents conceive.

Max Levchin

Reid Hoffman

More of a serial investor than an entrepreneur but without him, a lot of the companies you know today would probably have a difficult time coping. His first company, SocialNet, was initiated in 1997, an online matching site for both dating and interest based pursuits; a precursor to today’s social networks. He later became a member of PayPal’s board of directors (do you see the trend here?).

He went on to co-found LinkedIn, a business oriented social network. He is known as one of the the most successful angel investors of Silicon Valley, becoming one of the first investors in Facebook and Zynga, as well as investing in Digg, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, just to name a few.

Reid Hoffman

Nolan Bushnell

Have you played Atari today? Children of the 80′s would probably remember that jingle, along with the many games that were on the Atari consoles. The company was built by Nolan Bushnell, considered one of the founding fathers of the video game industry.

Newsweek Magazine named him as one the “50 Men Who Changed America” and has gone on to establish more than 20 companies, the most famous being Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s, a family entertainment center. His latest company is BrainRush, which aims to add gamefication into education.

Nolan Bushnell

Niklas Zennström

The Swedish entrepreneur is mostly known for the development of Skype and co-founding Kazaa, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, both of which he did with his partner, Janus Friis. Again with Friis, he went on to set up Joost, an Internet television service that used peer-to-peer technology to deliver content to the user.

His latest venture is Atomico, a technology investment firm that invest in fast-growing, disruptive technology companies. The firm has made investments in several companies, famous among them are Rovio and Supercell. So yes, you can blame him for Angry Birds and Clash Of Clans.

Marc Andreessen And Ben Horowitz

The title technically says “10 serial tech entrepreneurs” but the team of Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have invested a lot through their venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, that it only seems fair to include the two together. Andreessen is known as the co-author of Mosaic, the first popular web browser, one of the founders of Netscape Communications Corporation and together with Horowitz started Opsware, an IT management software provider.

Before setting up their investment firm, the two were already active investors in the tech field, well known for their early investment in Twitter. With their firm, they had investments in many companies that would become the ones we know of today, such as Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Zynga, and the list goes on. In fact, try finding a modern tech firm that wasn’t involved with Andreessen Horowitz. Safe to say, the two help build the current tech industry.

Marc Andreessen And Ben Horowitz





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