The word, “Hacker” automatically instills a sense of fear and mistrust in most people. You might imagine some dark, shadowy nefarious character in a black hat, trenchcoat and possibly donning a Guy Fawkes mask. Whatever your perception may be, an estimated 15,000 attendees showed up for this year’s DefCon 22, an annual event with talks, contests, vendor-booths, charities, workshop training areas and more.

There are a multitude of wearable devices on the market. Health trackers, location devices, smartwatches, etc., etc. However, many of these devices are made for individuals and nothing stands out as a family device. Sync Smartband wants to add another device to the wearable market, but with an emphasis on family, safety, and health.

At the announcement of the new service, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen — an investor in Lyft — went on a Twitter firestorm extolling the virtues of the service. Never one to hold back, Andreessen called Lyft Line “an archetypal example of how Silicon Valley is going straight at the hard problems.”

The constant fear of being alone in certain situations can create some problems. Even the thought of one of your loved ones alone can strike uneasiness at times. Thanks to the ever-growing landscape of technology, the ability to have a personal warning/emergency caller is available for anyone in need. Silent Beacon is creating a device by changing the infrastructure of personal alarm systems without the user shelling out tons of cash to own one.

In just one day the Skully AR-1 was able to nab funding of over $900,000 and counting on Indiegogo and they still have a month left! Absolutely crushing their goal of $250,000. For those who may not be familiar with the Skully AR-1, its a motorcycle helmet with heads up display, review camera and GPS navigation

Technology used to be about sending people to the moon. Now it’s about figuring out how many eggs are in your fridge when you’re at the store. The democratization of tech impacts our daily lives in many more ways than that trip to the moon ever will. Today, we all walk around with super computers in our pockets. Technology is literally in the hands of the masses.

Two Tap for consumers is more like Google Wallet, but much simpler than that. Which is nice for buying anything from a Two Tap affiliated store. However, Google Wallet has more features than Two Tap can manage. But again, Two Tap is looking to simplify things, not complicate things.

So your company’s in its very early stages. We’re talking a skeleton crew of staff, minimal sales, and even less cash. While your focus is understandably on immediate survival and how you can hit your first big hurdles, what else should you be thinking of, especially where your finances are concerned?

Unlike other typical earphones, the Founder of FreeWavz is an ear specialist and has designed a headphone to stay in the ear, no matter what activity you’re doing. The earphones are also sweat and water resistant. FreeWavz wants to be part of (almost) any activity you wish to tackle. The battery keeps the device going for 6-8 hours and recharges in an hour or so.

This month, Siemer and Associates hosted its 4th Annual invitation-only Silicon Beach Summit at Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California. The event attracted over 500 distinguished attendees from around the world in the digital media and technology industry including advertising, media, data, eCommerce, software, social and gaming.