1. HTC announces One Max with 5.9-inch display and fingerprint scanner
On Monday, HTC revealed its HTC One Max, the giant phone-tablet hybrid we’ve seen extensively over the past couple of months. The handset is a larger version of the HTC One smartphone, which BGR recently dubbed as the best Android smartphone in the world. The One Max featured a 5.9 inch full HD display, 16/32 GB of internal storage, 2 GB f RAM, and more. It is also includes an integrated fingerprint scanner, which is positioned next to the camera lens on the back of the phone. HTC says that the One Max will begin rolling out later this month.
2. Foursquare opens up its self-serve ad platform
If you look at your Foursquare very carefully, you may notice more local mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on the side where Denny’s ads used to be. Foursquare started testing a new software this summer where anyone can buy an ad on a cost-per-action basis. The only minimum is that the restaurant must spend at least $50 a month. In further Foursquare news, CEO Dennis Crowley is very excited about the new features that lets users leave Foursquare tips without opening the app up.
3. Advertisers could track your smartphone through its accelerometer, researchers find
According to SFGate security researcher Hristo Bojinov, there is a way to distinguish individual devices simply by looking at the data that their accelerometers provide to webpages. Through this, it is theoretically possible to track a device around the web. A website would only need to implement a small piece of code. Bojinov said he was uncertain on whether or not people had already implemented this code; however, he’d be surprised if there wasn’t an advertiser already explaining this opportunity. This is far from the only tool advertisers have. They can already distinguish between people by looking at the information their browsers always hands over.
4. Festival of open houses taps San Francisco’s tech startup allure
New York based-entrepreneur Caleb Gandara came to San Francisco, and spent the day roaming the offices of startups such as Dropbox, chatting up executives. Gandara was one of the 3,700 people who signed up for “OpenCo,” a festival of open houses at San Francisco startups, non-profits, and corporations. This included companies like Google, startups like Cloudera, and chocolatiers like TCHO. OpenCo is billed as a novel twist on business conferences. Companies that open their doors get a chance to meet potential talent and make new connections. “You don’t have to be anybody special and in that spirit, OpenCo is just letting a community of people who are interested explore what is normally preserved for employees, professionals and business deals,” Gandara said.
5. Twitter reportedly planning targeted ad network for apps and websites
Now that Twitter is about to become a publicly traded company, it is hard pressed to find meaningful and stable sources of revenue. The options include advertising outside of users’ social streams, says a new report from the Financial Times. This report claims that Twitter is developing an ad networking for apps and websites that would then target visitors based on who they follow and what they tweet. It wouldn’t resemble Facebook’s login advertising, as most Twitter data is public. This is expected to launch after Twitter completes its recent acquisition of MoPub, a mobile ad exchange.
6. Facebook acquires data-saving service Onavo to speed up its mobile apps
Onavo, which has been around for more than three years now, has made its name helping users reduce their internet costs through data-shrinking. Facebook knows that data-shrinking is the key to their new plan to bring Internet to the world, which is why they have purchased the Israeli startup. Under Facebook’s guidance, Onavo will work with the Internet.org coalition to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of web access. The company will continue to operate under its own brand while doing this.
7. 5 Things to Know Before Investing in Business Startups
- Beware of the opportunity. Think about why the opportunity is even being offered to you.
- Understand the structure of the business.
- Realize that you may not see return for years.
- Have an exit strategy planned.
- Do all your homework – business plan, SWOT analysis, etc.