While several companies are jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, it's not clear who exactly is buying these wearable picture-taking, texting, time-telling machines. Or, for that matter, if this wearable fad is here to stay.
A study released Thursday by consumer analytics firm On Device Research and telecoms analyst firm CCS Insight shows that many people have heard of smartwatches and other wearable technology, but ownership is still fairly low. The study's data is based on a survey of more than 1,500 smartphone owners in the US and UK.
"We are surprised by how many people are … Read more
Belkin announced a new WeMo product last week that's similar to the existing WeMo Switch but with a pretty big twist. It's called the WeMo Insight Switch and it will set you back $10 more than Belkin's current WeMo Switch.
So what does the Insight Switch give you for your extra $10? The existing $49 WeMo Switch allows you to turn your electronics on and off and program them remotely via the WeMo app. For the most part, the WeMo Insight Switch does the same thing. You can turn your gadgets on and off and set schedules … Read more
With well-designed graphics and a number of useful features and formats with which to work, WaveInsight Video Converter Lite for Mac offers a great solution for those looking for a versatile conversion program. Many of its operations are automatic, making it a suitable program for those with little experience with file converting software, as well.
The program starts up with a medium-size window. The left side is clearly labeled as an area where users can click and drag files into the application. These can also be added manually with a clickable button. After selecting a video file, a thumbnail is … Read more
If Kickstarter is anything to judge by, people really want to train their brains and use them to control stuff by thought alone.
In only a few days, Emotiv has raised nearly half a million dollars, far more than its campaign goal of $100,000, to develop a "neuroheadset" called the Insight.
The Insight is a wireless 5-channel headset that records brainwaves so users can allegedly improve brain performance and turn data into commands to interact with computers, operating everything from apps to wheelchairs. … Read more
Hootsuite, a 4-year-old social media dashboard for businesses, has closed a $165 million round of funding at an undisclosed valuation. The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, a seasoned New York-based firm that pumped late-stage money into Tumblr and still holds a substantial stake in Twitter.
Hootsuite plans to use its excessive cash hoard to hire, expand internationally, and make acquisitions in the social ads and analytics space, CEO Ryan Homes told CNET. In addition, the exorbitant raise includes a secondary component of an undisclosed amount, meaning that a portion of the funds will go directly to company insiders … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Google Think Insights on Dumb Ways to Die.
- Robert Scoble: My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price.
- Oh, you like cats? Follow Caroline on Instagram to see more.
Have you ever thought how pop-up ads really work on you?
I'm not looking for a rational answer. I am, as usual, trying to explore your feelings.
You see, things can affect us in insidious ways, so much so that we don't realize what we are becoming, until we have irrevocably become it.
Analytics company (1-1 consumer lifestyle predictive analytics company, to be precise) InsightsOne decided they had to know how ads were affecting Americans. In a deeper sense, you understand. So it commissioned Harris Interactive to probe, delve, and elicit.
The results are not an advertisement for … Read more
Corporate venture-capital funding was on the rise during the second quarter of 2012.
Research firm CB Insights, which provides quarterly data on VC investments, revealed today that a total of $2.1 billion was offered up to startups during the second quarter in just 118 deals. The total invested capital nearly doubled the first quarter's $1.09 billion in investments. During the second quarter of 2011, funding hit $1.81 billion.
Venture capitalists are ready and willing to spend cash, a new study from research firm CB Insights has found.
During the second quarter, $8.1 billion in cash was doled out to 812 companies, according to CB Insights. The figure is the "highest funding and deal totals since the dot-com days," according to CB Insights. The $8.1 billion represents a 37 percent gain on the first quarter, when VCs handed out $5.9 billion in cash, and a 5 percent gain on the second quarter of 2011's $7.7 billion in spending.