Shyp removes shipping addresses, adds tracking tags for recipients in refresh

Shyp has released two new product updates that are aimed at streamlining the delivery process. Starting today, customers can send items to people using only their name, not mailing address (sort of), and also now has a “track this item” capability available for package recipients. In conjunction with the introduction of these two features, Shyp… Continue reading Shyp removes shipping addresses, adds tracking tags for recipients in refresh

Amazon expands Prime Now 1-hour deliveries to San Francisco and San Antonio

Amazon’s continuing the rollout of its one-hour Prime Now delivery service today, with the news that it’s launching in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prime Now is available from 8am to midnight, seven days a week, to those who subscribe to Amazon’s annual $99 Prime membership, which also offers other perks such as a Netflix-style… Continue reading Amazon expands Prime Now 1-hour deliveries to San Francisco and San Antonio

Former Google exec raises $28M to start shipping his smart payment terminals

Last year, Osama Bedier introduced what he deemed the future of payment terminals: a developer friendly payment point of sale that accepts everything from Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, to chip based credit cards. In order to deliver on the promise of the new payment terminal, Poynt needs to ramp up manufacturing. Today, the company is announcing… Continue reading Former Google exec raises $28M to start shipping his smart payment terminals

6 ways startups can *think different* with customer service

SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced by Desk.com. Startups are known for creative thinking, trying new things, doing things differently. Yet they often fall prey to a fundamental mistake: forgetting to serve the customer. It’s not easy to launch a product, manage everything from IT to accounting, fend off the competition, and grow a customer… Continue reading 6 ways startups can *think different* with customer service

Chinese company’s CellRobot is the modular robot of your dreams

If you’re only going to buy one robot, then you might as well buy something that can be configured into 100 different robots. That’s the premise of CellRobot, a new modular robot designed and built by KEYi Technology of Beijing. The company has finished the product, and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the… Continue reading Chinese company’s CellRobot is the modular robot of your dreams

All the cool companies are doing big data

It’s study and survey season. I’ve talked about Gartner’s out-of-step Hadoop survey, atScale’s nicely biased but frankly better survey, and the Spark survey by Databricks that showed its customers believe its marketing. Now, Dell has released a survey that ties a lot of those messages into a neat little bow. (Except for the anti-Hadoop message… Continue reading All the cool companies are doing big data

EU court rules that Bitcoin exchanges don’t have to pay taxes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Exchanging traditional currency for the digital currency bitcoinonline should be exempt from consumption taxes just like other transactions of banknotes and coins, the European Court of Justice said on Thursday. Europe’s highest court ruled in response to a request by Swedish tax authorities, who had argued bitcoin transactions should not be covered… Continue reading EU court rules that Bitcoin exchanges don’t have to pay taxes