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Sept. 27, 2016

Amazon could be working on in-home package deliveries

The companies are August, which makes connected locks that you can control from your smartphone, and Garageio, a startup that builds connected garage door openers. Already, Amazon has been experimenting with delivery to the trunk of a car, which indicates it’s interested in how connected access can provided safe-drop locations for shipments. Amazon’s delivery prowess is impressive; just today, it announced free Prime same-day delivery for my home city of Toronto, and the speed and consistency with which they hit their deadlines is astounding. The news comes from a report at The Information, which highlights two companies working with retailers on technology that would allow delivery people temporary access when they’re making deliveries. Inside the front door or just inside the garage does seem like a logical next step.

Sept. 27, 2016

Viewics Chosen as Preferred Vendor by Illucient Purchasing Alliance

The Illucient Purchasing Alliance is a joint venture between Coastal Carolinas Healthcare Alliance (CCHA) and the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) that aggregates the purchasing volumes of its members to secure more competitive contract pricing. The Illucient Purchasing Alliance represents more than 40 hospitals and more than 25 hospital systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Illucient has chosen Viewics as its preferred healthcare analytics vendor to support its goal of enabling its members to pursue cost reduction opportunities while supporting quality. About Illucient Purchasing AllianceIllucient Purchasing Alliance’s mission is to provide a diverse portfolio of cost-saving opportunities through collaborative efforts and member engagement. Illucient will recommend that its members consider Viewics as their analytics solutions provider over other alternatives.

Sept. 25, 2016

Sept. 23, 2016

Home furnishings retailer Dot & Bo closes down

Online furniture retailer Dot & Bo has abruptly closed its doors today. Trinity Ventures and Oak Investment Partners are among its backers. Dot & Bo contacted customers via email to inform them of its closure, which is effective today, while its website now directs to the same notice. The three-year-old company said it grew business 16-fold over its lifetime, and served “millions” of customers during that period. Despite successful exits like to Walmart for $3 billion and Dollar Shave Club to Unilever for a reported $1 billion fee, there have been less successful e-commerce ventures shutting their doors of late.

Sept. 16, 2016

Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack?

As a result, the landscape has become very cloudy, and we are increasingly asking ourselves if drones are actually a “sector” or yet another layer in the Enterprise SaaS stack? They will continually strengthen their core position and outsource the commoditized aspects of drone technology (hardware) or business (drone connectivity). Indeed, each business has a viable place in both the drone “stack” and the targeted business vertical. Hardware and software startups have grabbed market share as the drone stack has emerged. To date, the majority of enterprise drone investment opportunities have been focused around a key solution provider.

Sept. 14, 2016

Windows Desktop apps are now in the Windows Store

Developers can now distribute their Windows desktop apps to people shopping through Windows 10's app store, with an update from Microsoft Wednesday. Evernote previously had a Windows Store app, but it didn't have all of the features of its Win32 desktop app. It's a move powered by Project Centennial, which lets developers take older Windows apps (known in Microsoft parlance as Win32 apps), port them to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and then sell them on the Windows Store. Several companies have Centennial-powered apps rolling out over the next few days, including Evernote, which ported its Windows desktop app to the store. "We’re excited to bring our full-featured Evernote app to the Windows Store," Seth Hitchings, Evernote's vice president of engineering, said in a press release.

Aug. 31, 2016

Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

You can also configure which apps will appear by going to the Google App’s Settings and toggling the various apps on or off. To bring that into the Google Search app, the app has to be able to dive into the mobile operating itself, which is why this feature is currently only available on Android. Or you could use the search feature to pull up your favorite song in a music streaming app, or a video from YouTube. Unlike Google searches, which take place on remote servers, this “In Apps” search takes place entirely on your phone, the company says. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called “In Apps,” which will allow you to search inside your mobile applications for things like contacts, messages, music, videos, tasks, notes and more.

Aug. 22, 2016

Microsoft's OneNote Tool Now Available For Mac

NEW YORK: Tech giant Microsoft has released its OneNote Importer for Mac users that would enable them to import data from digital note-taking apps -- from Evernote to OneNote. In order to use the OneNote Importer on Mac, users need to run the 10.11+ OS version. The OneNote Importer supports all OS platforms -- Windows, iOS and Android. According to a company statement, Microsoft has helped Windows users import 71 million Evernote pages to OneNote since March. In order to speed up the migration process, Microsoft recommends that a user must have Evernote for Mac installed.

Aug. 18, 2016

Microsoft's attempts to steal Evernote users moves to the Mac

Microsoft is now giving Mac users an easy path to get their notes out of Evernote and into its OneNote note-taking service. But Microsoft has an opportunity to steal users away after Evernote announced earlier this summer that it would be increasing the cost of its paid subscriptions. One of the major differences between OneNote and Evernote is that OneNote is grounded in the physical concept of a notebook. The company on Thursday announced a OneNote Importer beta, which lets users copy their notes over from one service to the other with a few clicks. It's not clear how many users that adds up to, or how many of those people have chosen to switch from Evernote to OneNote full-time.

Aug. 16, 2016

Best Free iPhone Apps: 11 paid iOS apps on sale for free, Aug 16

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Aug. 3, 2016

Most enterprises lag behind in mobile security

Not only are the number of mobile devices and applications being used within enterprises increasing, but the mobile security threat landscape is developing faster than ever. "IT must ensure mobile security controls are deployed and enforced on every device used to access corporate data and apps". According to the Mobile Security and Risk Review report for Q2 2016, less than five percent of enterprises are using mobile threat detection software and only eight percent have an enforced operating system update policy in place. Enterprises are still not doing enough to protect corporate data on their employee’s mobile apps and devices from cyber threats, according to a new report from MobileIron. "When an unmanaged app that can potentially access corporate data or bypass corporate security measures achieves broad consumer adoption, IT departments look to blacklist it because they can’t protect corporate data in an app they don’t manage", says Plouffe.

Aug. 3, 2016

CORRECTING and REPLACING Viewics Secures $10.5 Million in Additional Financing, Closes Funding to Bring Advanced Analytics to Healthcare

About Roche Venture FundThe Roche Venture Fund invests in innovative biotech and diagnostics companies to develop commercially successful life science companies. About ViewicsViewics provides unprecedented access to disparate healthcare data to surface actionable intelligence and empower data-driven decision-making. Viewics will use this financing to scale its business and continue to innovate in healthcare management solutions by driving data intelligence and collaboration across healthcare organizations. The funds will be used to further expand Viewics’ analytics platform and management solutions, as exemplified by the recent launch of the company’s management solution for chronic kidney disease. Through expertise and focus on healthcare analytics, Viewics delivers proprietary, best-in-class technology for data extraction, cleansing, and transformation to quickly unlock insights that deliver invaluable clinical and financial impact, while reducing burden on IT.

Aug. 2, 2016

Company That Delivers Blood And Medicine By Drone Expanding To Rural United States – Consumerist

Company That Delivers Blood And Medicine By Drone Expanding To Rural United States Image courtesy of ZiplineWhen we talk about deliveries by drone, usually the items traveling from one place to another are relatively frivolous, like flowers, takeout orders, beer, and the occasional appetizer. The company, Zipline, first set up shop in Rwanda, working with the government there to get necessary supplies delivered to remote areas. A company expanding into this country plans to deliver things that are even more life-saving than mozzarella sticks, though: it will use drones to bring blood for transfusion and medicine to remote areas. Drones will begin delivering blood and medicine in the US [The Verge] The company will apply to the FAA for a waiver to set up a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle business.

July 30, 2016

Rumours are flying that ClassPass' CEO is stepping down -- Here's what's really happening

I’m not going out there screaming, ‘I’m CEO, I’m CEO!’ That’s not the way to do it … I’m an artist in my heart. ClassPass Fritz Lanman, an early investor in ClassPass, with ClassPass founder and CEO Payal KadakiaIn December, Kadakia called up Lanman and asked for more of his help. Sarah Jacobs Payal Kadakia is CEO and founder of ClassPassClassPass says the CEO rumour, and the idea that ClassPass’ growth has slowed is — malarkey. Instagram ClassPass CEO and founder Payal Kadakia, on the left. ClassPass Executive Chairman and board member Fritz Lanman says Kadakia is “in it to win it” and has no plans to go anywhere.

July 28, 2016

Cronycle raises $2.6m for its ‘news-meets-collaboration’ platform

The startup has now raised $2.6 million in Series A funding from Andurance Ventures to create that enterprise platform many teams want. Teams can add articles, annotate, and highlight specific information within these articles on the boards without having to leave the platform. UK-based Cronycle is a startup which enables users to filter through articles on Twitter and RSS feeds to find the content that interests them most and curate it onto a single platform. Plenty of other startups have tried this and in the consumer space we have Flipboard, Feedly, Tweetdeck, Zyte, Evernote and in collaboration, plenty. Cronycle is attempting to bring back the days of mind mapping and brainstorming.

July 20, 2016

CargoX raises $10M Series B for trucker marketplace

It is estimated that there are 15.5 million trucks, more than 3.5 million truck drivers, and 1.2 million companies operating in the U.S. alone. The company had previously raised a $4 million Series A round led by Valor. Earlier this year, Cargomatic closed an $8 million Series A from Canaan Partners for a similar service. Though most people probably don't think about it, the trucking industry is still massive. The trucking industry, still vital to transporting goods across our globalized world, has attracted yet another tech startup to its doorstep.

July 20, 2016

ClassDojo Announces the Launch of Student Stories: A New Way for Students to Share Their Classwork

“The majority of our parents work multiple jobs and cannot always come to parent nights or conferences,” Smith says. So much of what a student creates never leaves the classroom; parents aren’t able to share in the discovery, the work or the success. “Teachers were already able to share things, but most of the stuff they were sharing was general class stuff,” he says. ClassDojo announced today it hopes to change all that by adding Student Stories to its app, a new way for students to upload photos and videos of classwork to their digital portfolio that parents can then view. “They enjoy the quick communication between parent, teacher and student, being able to see what we're doing in class and the behaviors we are striving to achieve.”

July 10, 2016

Why Hearsay Social's Clara Shih pushes companies to think digitally

The FaceForce app on Facebook and the success Shih generated from her first book, “The Facebook Era,” propelled Shih to launch Hearsay Social. Hoping to make those changes as painless as possible, Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih has a new book, “The Social Business Imperative,” that provides a hand-holding guide for companies looking to become more digitally friendly. With that in mind, “Social Business Imperative” helps incumbents navigate the noise and serves as a translation between the two cultures. “Social business is a concept of serving a constantly connected consumer,” Shih explained in an interview with VentureBeat. “Some of the ways you serve [that customer] are on social media, while others aren’t.

July 9, 2016

This startup with a 'very non-Silicon Valley thesis' is going viral among teachers

“Our first week in California we started reaching out to teachers,” Chaudhary told Business Insider. ClassDojo ClassDojo is used in two-thirds of schools in the US. In the behaviour tracking portion of the app, teachers give or take away points based on performance or conduct. Nice workPBIS “Keep it [email protected] Kristen Hare (@khare_dres) July 5, 2016“We had a very non-Silicon Valley thesis,” Chaudhary explained about creating ClassDojo. At its core, the app creates a shared classroom experience between parents, teachers, and students.

July 7, 2016

MobileBeat 2016 shows bots are hitting critical mass (full agenda)

Google’s search engine is where most people type in their travel plans, and travel companies have found few alternatives — until now. And this includes not only text-based bots on Facebook, but voice-based bots on platforms like Amazon and Siri. At next week’s MobileBeat 2016 event on July 12-13, we’ll showcase a critical mass of bot activity. For too long, travel companies have had to rely on Google for their leads. The list of new announcements at the event is too long to cover completely here, and we’re keeping many of them stealth until the event to respect companies’ launch plans.