The BeatBuddy Pedal Lets You Build Beats With Your Feet

Posted December 23, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 12.21.49 PMThis is something I never knew I wanted: it’s called BeatBuddy and it’s basically a crowdfunded guitar stomp box that allows you to cue up and play drumbeats through your amplifier. That means you can run this in line with your guitar effects and add some undistorted, funky fresh breakbeatery, making yourself into a formidable and frightening Voltron-like all-electronic band. And who doesn’t want that? Continue reading

Facebook Eyeing Up A $10-$15M Acquisition Of India’s Little Eye Labs

Posted December 21, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News, Startups.

Little Eye LabsWe now have more details on Facebook’s plans to acquire Bangalore-based Little Eye Labs, an Indian startup whose primary product is a software tool for analyzing Android apps’ performance. Multiple sources have told us that the two companies exchanged the term sheets few weeks ago, and that a final announcement could be made by mid-January. The deal size is expected to be in the range of $10-15 million. Overall, the Little Eye Labs acquisition fits right into in Facebook’s mobile ambitions, an area where it has lagged rivals like Twitter, despite having some 874 million of its 1.19 billion-strong (September figures) user base logged on via mobile devices. And Facebook has been on the lookout for startups that could potentially help it gain a greater foothold on mobile devices. As part of its aggressive mobile strategy, Facebook acquired Parse, a mobile-backend-as-a-service startup in April of this year. A Facebook acquisition of Little Eye Labs would mean a lot for an Indian startup that’s less than one-and-a-half years old, and it would mean much more for the Indian startup ecosystem as a whole, where acquisitions of this profile have been tough to come by. While exploring potential acquirers, Little Eye Labs also pitched to Twitter, but Facebook seemed to offer a better deal, another source added. One of the sources who shared some details about this proposed acquisition said that if the deal closes, most of the Little Eye Labs’ founding team will move to Facebook’s U.S. headquarters, and work there as part of the mobile engineering team. Little Eye Labs caught the attention of potential acquirer(s) in Seedcamp, London, where the startup was refining its product along with 20 other companies. Gaurav Lochan, who joined Little Eye labs from India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart, earlier this year, had this to say about using the startup’s tool for fixing a bug in Google’s official I/Q app at the event. Flipkart, was also the first customer for Little Eye Labs. Kumar Rangarajan, co-founder of Little Eye labs, had even acknowledged that the company was in discussions with Facebook earlier this month, after reports of the acquisition first surfaced. However, Rangarajan could not be reached at the time of publication. A Facebook spokesperson, who had earlier declined to offer any comments, has also not responded. The Little Eye founders — Kumar Rangarajan, Satyam Kandula, Lakshman Kakkirala and Giridhar Murthy, all worked together previously at IBM. Continue reading

Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto G

Posted December 20, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds, Video.

It always seems like the flagship phones get the most attention, but what about a device that doesn’t even bother trying to claim that title? Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has been saying for months and months that one of the company’s priorities was to improve the experience of using a low-cost smartphone, and the end result of drive was the cheapo Moto G. Continue reading

This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: What To Get The Android Lover Who Has Everything

Posted December 19, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

droidcast18-bannerAfter a whirlwind trip in Toronto, my co-host Darrell Etherington and I are back in our respective countries and ready to talk about what’s new with Android. But first, a heartrending disclaimer — we were not wearing festive sweaters while recording the show like the image would indicate, but we did get a little festive talking about Google’s new Play Edition devices, what’s new in the world of Google Glass, and our picks for last minute Android-centric gifts. That’s got to count for something right? Continue reading

Crowdfunding: Figure Out What Success Looks Like And Plan Backwards From There

Posted & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

blueshft-lifestyle_project-bodyThis is what happened during my first crowdfunding project, which is currently sitting at 97% of its goal with two days left on the clock. Our campaign’s goal was to cover the launch cost of our first product, a supercapacitor-powered portable speaker which would cost about $8000 in compliance & overhead costs. The next time I do something like this, I’m going to make a giant poster of that baseline number – $8000 or whatever it is – and hang it right in front of my face. The biggest mistake I made during this campaign was forgetting that number. Continue reading

South America Can Now Crowdfund With Bitcoins

Posted December 18, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

BitcoinWhile the rest of us are messing around with our PayPals and Amazon Payments, some folks in Argentina have created the first crowd funding platform in America to take Bitcoin.

The platform, called Idea.me focuses primarily on artistic, musical, and retail projects although, as evidenced by the project photos, many campaigns have a philanthropic bent. The platform was “born in Argentina” wrote Pia Giudice and is now in seven countries in Latin America. It is the area’s only regional crowdfunding platform. The platform has seen $750,000 in funding and should be raising $2.4 million in March 2014 in a Series A. Continue reading

Crowdfunded Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run

Posted December 17, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

helmet2Speaking as someone who’s considered spending nearly $1,000 on a full Stormtrooper costume multiple times, I’m very interested in a new crowdfunding project designed to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The Iron Man Mark III project from Iron Man Factory, which must violate at least 80 licensing agreements, also just looks so damn cool that I’m going to hope beyond hope it somehow gets made. Continue reading

My Long Road To Self-Publishing

Posted December 16, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

Image (1) ababooks.jpg for post 120150After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I’ve decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I’d like to talk about my own experiences in publishing and why I think crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models. Be warned: this is a little introspective and I’m writing it from the perspective of a crowdfunding – but not a publishing – newbie. Continue reading

How Oculus Plans To Be Riding High When The Virtual Reality Wave Breaks

Posted December 14, 2013 & filed under Funding, Gadgets, Games News, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

oculus-largeA company that was conceived less just over a year ago announced its Series B round of funding late last night, with a massive raise of $75 million to add to its existing $16 million Series A and $2.4 million in Kickstarter crowdfunding dollars. That company is Oculus Rift: A virtual reality headset dreamt up by Gaikai veteran Brendan Iribe and a team of other startup vets. With nearly $100 million invested, expectations are huge, but the company is ready to meet those expectations, Iribe tells TechCrunch, and exceed them with a vision of the future that blurs the line between the virtual and the real. Continue reading