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Stories by Matt Weinberger

Urban Engines: Using data to power a better commute

Urban commuting pretty much sucks, no matter where you go: No matter the promise of high-speed trains, light rail and efficient bus routes, public transit always ends up feeling like the crammed-in people-mover tubes from Futurama.

Written by Matt Weinberger13 Feb. 15 01:45

Box adds enterprise key management to overcome last hurdle to the cloud

Hoping to leapfrog what it sees as the last hurdle to enterprise cloud adoption, cloud storage company Box has announced Box Enterprise Key Management (EKM), which is designed to allow customers to keep control over their encryption keys (and thus, the data stored in the public cloud) without sacrificing easy user experience.

Written by Matt Weinberger11 Feb. 15 05:46

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the rebirth of satellite Internet

<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/19/google-spacex-internet-plans/?ncid=rss_truncated">SpaceX</a>, Facebook, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2871304/security0/virgin-galactic-wants-to-launch-2-400-comm-satellites-to-offer-ubiquitous-broadband.html">Virgin Galactic</a> and Google have all announced major initiatives that would help connect the world -- especially developing nations -- to the Internet. But the next thing in worldwide connectivity isn't going to be in underground cables, so much as it will be over your head. It starts with satellites, but it gets a lot weirder. 

Written by Matt Weinberger06 Feb. 15 04:21

At UCSF Medical Center, robot-aided healthcare is here

When the brand-new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco opened on Sunday, patients werebe greeted by staffers that more strongly resemble R2-D2 than the cast of Scrubs.

Written by Matt Weinberger31 Jan. 15 01:57

'Parks And Recreation,' Facebook and The New Privacy

If you tuned into <a href="http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/parks-and-recreation-gryzzlboxsave-jjs-214445">Parks And Recreation Tuesday night</a>, you were treated to an episode where social media startup Gryzzl attempts to win over the hearts and minds of its  new neighbors in the fictional town of Pawnee with boxes full of gifts, delivered via Amazon-esque drones.

Written by Matt Weinberger29 Jan. 15 09:04

Slack acquires Screenhero to add screensharing, voice, and video chat

Slack, the IRC-for-enterprise company that's become one of those storied few to achieve a $1 billion valuation in its first year, has bought screen-sharing collaboration startup Screenhero with an eye toward adding valuable new communications capabilities to its software.

Written by Matt Weinberger29 Jan. 15 05:30

Dropbox buys Pixelapse to add version control for visual designers

Cloud sync-and-share company Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has snapped up startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for "tens of thousands" of visual designers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Written by Matt Weinberger28 Jan. 15 01:27

Microsoft touts $7-per-user monthly pricing for Windows subscription packages

Ask any IT administrator about Microsoft's licensing setup and they'll hurl up a string of four-letter words that would incur an FCC fine if delivered on television. In a world where everyone wants to use everything -- especially Microsoft Office -- on tablets, phones, and oh yeah, computers, Microsoft's customary one-license-per-device model means death by a thousand cuts for most enterprises. 

Written by Matt Weinberger23 Jan. 15 23:13

Dropbox acquires CloudOn to strengthen mobile collaboration

Dropbox continues to build its business away from sync-and-share cloud storage with the overnight acquisition of CloudOn, an Israeli startup that offers a "simple and beautiful" mobile document creation and editing tool, to quote Dropbox's marketing spin.

Written by Matt Weinberger22 Jan. 15 07:14

Google brings Project Ara modular phone pilot to Puerto Rico

If you want to try out Google's Project Ara modular smartphone, start booking your flights to Puerto Rico: The island protectorate will be the location of the Project Ara "Market Pilot," where Google plans to sell an early version of the hardware from converted food trucks during the third quarter of this year.

Written by Matt Weinberger15 Jan. 15 05:17