April 2018

The EU launches investigation into Apple/Shazam deal

By | April 23rd, 2018|Technology|

The European Union has been eyeing Apple’s plans to buy Shazam for a while now. Back in February, it noted that the deal raised some preliminary competitive concerns. Today, the EU announced that it’s all in, launching an “in-depth” investigation into the deal. In a press release issued earlier today, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager notes, “The [...]

Omnidrive's Online Storage Actually Works

By | April 23rd, 2018|Technology|

I’ve been talking to Nik Cubrilovic, the founder of Sydney, Australia based Omnidrive, since I posted about the need for a good online storage service in November (see no. 1 in that post). I’ve had the chance to test it over the last few days. It’s pre-beta but will be launching soon. They’ve solved a [...]

Empathy technologies like VR, AR, and social media can transform education

By | April 22nd, 2018|Technology|

Jennifer Carolan Contributor More posts by this contributor Why VR matters, especially in rural schools In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker makes the case for reading as a “technology for perspective-taking” that has the capacity to not only evoke people’s empathy but also expand it. “The power of literacy,” as [...]

Original Content podcast: Netflix successfully reinvents ‘Lost in Space’

By | April 22nd, 2018|Technology|

Lost in Space started out as a ’60s TV series, got rebooted in the 1990s as a feature film and has now been brought up-to-date by Netflix . On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we review the first season of the new show, which finds the Robinson family once again sent into [...]

BigID lands in the right place at the right time with GDPR

By | April 22nd, 2018|Technology|

Every startup needs a little skill and a little luck. BigID, a NYC-based data governance solution has been blessed with both. The company, which helps customers identify sensitive data in big data stores, launched at just about the same time that the EU announced the GDPR data privacy regulations. Today, the company is having trouble [...]

NS1 brings domain name services to the enterprise

By | April 22nd, 2018|Technology|

When you think about critical infrastructure, DNS or domain naming services might not pop into your head, but what is more important than making sure your website opens quickly and efficiently for your users. NS1 is a New York City startup trying to bring software smarts and automation to the DNS space. “We’re a DNS [...]

Pivotal CEO talks IPO and balancing life in Dell family of companies

By | April 21st, 2018|Technology|

Pivotal has kind of a strange role for a company. On one hand its part of the EMC federation companies that Dell acquired in 2016 for a cool $67 billion, but it’s also an independently operated entity within that broader Dell family of companies — and that has to be a fine line to walk. [...]

In the NYC enterprise startup scene, security is job one

By | April 21st, 2018|Technology|

While most people probably would not think of New York as a hotbed for enterprise startups of any kind, it is actually quite active. When you stop to consider that the world’s biggest banks and financial services companies are located there, it would certainly make sense for security startups to concentrate on such a huge [...]

Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You’re welcome.

By | April 21st, 2018|Technology|

Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu. Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife [...]