Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

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Software developer Anand Sharma ate sushi and went on a 2.6-mile run in the middle of the day on Saturday. He was quietly coding at his home near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California yesterday afternoon.

No, we’re not Facebook friends. He volunteered this information on a web app called AprilZero that he built to help him track everything about himself last year. Now he wants to help you track everything about yourself so you can share it with the world, too, using a broader version called Gyroscope.

Gyroscope is basically AprilZero for the masses. It creates a personal profile for you based on various smartphone apps that track data such as weight, health, steps you’ve taken and locations you’ve been to. Foursquare helps to figure out where you’ve traveled, Instagram and Twitter track your activities, various fitness apps such as RunKeeper, Fitbit and Moves track runs, and Withings tracks…

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This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud

This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud

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Damn, this is more fun than I would’ve expected.

Do you ever type things into Google just to see what whacky stuff pops up in the autocomplete box?

GoogleFeud takes that concept and turns it into a Family Feud-style game. How well do you know the hivemind?

GoogleFeud provides the first half of a search query, and you fill in the rest. Your goal is to guess as many of the most popular queries as you can.

If it provides “Should I sell my ….”, for example, you might guess “house”, “car”, or “dog”. If your guesses line up with one of the most popular queries as searched for by Google visitors, you get a point; if it doesn’t, you get a strike. Three strikes, and the game is over. Want to see the answers to that board up above, for example? Here you go.

One downside I’ve noticed: the…

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ReadMe Creates Crisp Documentation For Developers Using Your APIs

ReadMe Creates Crisp Documentation For Developers Using Your APIs

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Y Combinator-backed ReadMe wants to make it easy for any company to provide quality documentation for developers who might be interested in using their APIs.

With the prevalence of APIs, it’s easier than ever to integrate features from your favorite apps and services into your own work.If you’re one of those companies looking to get yourAPIs in the hands of third-party developers, however, it means that you’ve got more competition for mindshare.

How do you get developers to integrate your maps or restaurant review database instead of someone else’s? The obvious answer is building out a stronger showing of features. Who wouldn’t go with the most powerful option?

But as Stripe’s rapid growth has shown, even in a market where the feature base is relatively stable, making it easier to deploy your technology can go a very long way. Stripe’s documentation makes it easy to use their APIs for…

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Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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Editor’s note: Kittu Kolluri is a general partner at NEA, focusing on IT and energy technology investments. His investments include Box, Aerohive Networks, Braintree, BloomReach, VeloCloud and Cohere Technologies, among others. 

You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that’s the Internet’s biggest problem today. For more than two decades, the very backbone of the Internet — the network — has subsisted in the shadows, pinned beneath the weight of a fast-growing Internet economy and a powerful cohort of incumbents with much to lose.

Since the early days of SaaS, the tech world has set an astonishing pace for innovation. If the cloud breaks everything (and it does), we are nothing if not resilient — toppling each obstacle in a race to deliver anything-as-a-service, big data and mobility. We have evolved into device-addicted, app-devouring gluttons for bandwidth — all the while coaxing and cajoling the underlying architecture to manage a far…

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ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

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In what is sure to be one of the videos that our future robot overlords bring up at the trial of Galacicus 5000 v. The Human Race as an example of cruelty against androids, a researcher kicks and pushes ATRIAS, a bipedal robot. The robot, built by researchers at Oregon State University, remains upright throughout the abuse by hopping from one leg to another, essentially repairing its balance on the fly.

The robot is being used to study running and walking in bipedal robots and it is different in that it uses lightweight materials to absorb shock and maintain a spring in its step. The robot can also take on low obstacles and hop on one leg.

ATRIAS’ unusual leg design is central to its agility and efficiency. The four-bar carbon-fiber leg mechanism is very lightweight, softening each footfall instead of sending large jolts to the body. The legs…

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Skype, Get Your Shit Together

Skype, Get Your Shit Together

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Skype is part of TechCrunch’s newsroom workflow. It’s the standard way that individual authors converse, share, collaborate and the like. We use other software to work as a team, but for one-on-one chats, Skype is our jam.

The downside is that it just doesn’t work very well. It’s become a running joke in the office: Skype’d it to you — So, you’ll get it tomorrow?

What is wrong with Skype? It can’t sync messages properly across devices, so god forbid if you use Skype on a Mac at work and a PC at home. File transfer remains ungodly slow. Messages often do not show up for some time on the machines of recipients, leading to confusion and, occasionally, bruised egos. And then there are Skype group chats that some of us can’t get into until the next day.

To quote my colleague Ryan Lawler, Skype “had one job!

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The Equil Smartmarker Records Everything You Write

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It’s been just over five months since we checked out the Equil Smartpen, a gadget that lets you record your notes and doodles to the cloud and even convert them to text. Today we’re checking out their new Smartmarker, which does the same thing but on any erasable surface.

Out of the box, the two most important gadgets are the plastic body that holds your marker and the base station that records your work. It can “see” what you’re working on for eight feet to the left and to the right, giving you plenty of space to work in knowing it’ll all be saved for later.

Writing with the Smartmarker feels like working with any other erasable marker because that’s exactly what you’re doing — instead of including a proprietary ink cartridge you have to swap out every few weeks, the Equil lets you drop in…

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