Apps & Software

The cloud services market continues to grow at an impressive rate. Companies all over the world are realizing how beneficial it is to move some operations to the cloud, creating a need for the services that cloud providers offer. Research from the Everest Group shows that the cloud services market is worth $40 billion, with growth expected annually at a rate of 27 percent.

Santa Monica-based Tapiture has grown in traffic by 300%, monetized from year one and raised $2.25 million in seed funding since its founding in 2012. If Pinterest is catnip for girls, Tapiture was founded to go after the men, but quickly evolved into a more sophisticated artistic social media community. The curated design and photography-driven entertainment site is where GIFs and memes intermingle with stunning photography, video and the ability to purchase in app.

Nearly three years after the showing of the prototype, Facebook-owned Oculus finally unveiled the much-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset this week. While news sources and fans are eagerly awaiting more details about the long-enigmatic device, a news conference in San Francisco revealed some, but not all, specifications. Here’s what we know so far:

Playing with Avengers and Star Wars toys is about to reach a whole new level of cool! Disney just announced their new line of wearable toys which will combine hardware, sensors with cloud and Bluetooth to create embedded play experiences. Picture laser tag, on steroids!

Finding the right musicians to perform with at clubs, special events, festivals, and concerts has never been easy for bandleaders, or even skilled industry pros, since there are so many variables such as location, experience and skill level, and knowledge of musical repertoire. Gigmor intends to reinvent the ways in which musicians and bands are connected with paid gigging opportunities and the way industry talent buyers discover new talent through its social network for musicians, bands and industry talent buyers

If you keep a smartphone or tablet long enough, it loses resale value to the point that it may eventually end up sitting in a drawer somewhere, gathering dust (try selling an iPhone 3 on Craigslist these days…). Technology advances so quickly that within a couple years, many of these devices are pretty much useless for their original purpose.

The growth of the Internet of Things has been a rapid one, to say the least Fast Company describes the wild west of this new frontier as something akin to the wide-eyed optimism and endless possibilities offered by the first push in the Internet’s popularity during the 1990s. The playing field is wide open and one area seeing a lot of attention is the integration of the IoT into transportation.

Incentive, the Venice-based enterprise social collaboration tool, takes the pain out of information sharing by consolidating and standardizing existing content, apps and tools into a central location, to declutter workflows. The startup is gaining momentum with $3.5 million in seed round funding – and big name clients like NATO. All content – whether a wiki,…continue reading.

I am always looking for ways to speed up our design and development process and to include as many people and teams working on the project. These teams are usually: business, design, frontend, development, and quality assurance. This can be a real challenge since a lot of the tools that are used by the different teams can take a lot of time to learn and/or setup. Not everyone on all the teams is necessarily a designer or a developer, but I am going to mention free (free features vary by tool), with paid versions, of online tools that I have found to cut down the department silos and work together to get the best possible projects.

Prominent tech bloggers, hackers, crackers and even government officials are warning that the warfare of the 21st century won’t take place on the battlefield, but on the servers and mainframes of corporations, banks and governments around the world. The expenditures reported by the Pentagon have seen continual increases in budgets to protect against cyber warfare attacks. In 2013, the Pentagon had a budget of $3.9 billion. In 2014, the budget grew to $4.7 billion. Now finally, in 2015, the budget is estimated at $5.1 billion.