Pandora launches Google Glass app for streaming internet radio

Pandora today released its official app for Google Glass, letting owners access their personalized radio stations on the go. The service supports listening in three ways: built-in speaker and bone conduction (no headphones required), single earbud included in the Explorer kit, and the
Double earbud accessory (micro-USB).

You can control the app with the touchpad (thumb-up and thumb-down tracks, and standard controls like pause, skip, stop) or via voice commands (just two: select an existing station and create a new one).

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If you own the Glass headset, you can install Pandora by following these steps:

  1. Go to google.com/myglass on your computer or device.
  2. Go to the Glassware page and find Pandora.
  3. On the detail page, turn ON Pandora and sign in.
  4. Give permission to access basic information.
  5. Pandora will be added automatically over the air.

The app was first birthed this past spring at Pandora’s semi-annual 72-hour hackathon. “It was such a hit that we decided to show it to Google,” Pandora said, and the two worked to get it out as official glassware.

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Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015.

According to Ripley MacDonald, Director of Student Programs at Amazon, the scholarship is designed to “reward students who demonstrate extraordinary ability in leadership and innovative thinking.”

Students who apply will be judged on their GPA, community involvement, leadership experience, and will need to complete an essay in order to advance to the final round – pretty standard college scholarship stuff. Winners will be notified by April 2015, with the scholarship awarded in July 2015.

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The announcement is not a purely philanthropic endeavor on Amazon’s part. It’s choosing a selection of the brightest, most engaged and active students in the U.S., and helping them become Amazon brand ambassadors of sorts.

The scholarship’s larger goal is to spread the news and increase sign-ups for Amazon Student, the company’s program designed for college students which is something of a discounted version of Amazon Prime. The program is half the price ($49/year), while still offering free two-day shipping and other Prime benefits like Prime Instant Video, Prime Music, access to the Kindle Lending Library, along with other promotions aimed at students.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, potential candidates have to be Amazon Student members. That’s how they getcha, so to speak.

Students, who must also be enrolled in a two- or four-year school in the U.S., can apply now through November 20.

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Flowdock team communication platform overhauled with new UI, notifications list and more

Flowdock, a tool that helps teams communicate and keep track of conversations about different projects, has announced that it has fully overhauled key elements of the UI and added new features in a bid to make the platform easier to use.

Among the changes is a revamped sidebar that shows your conversations and ‘flows’, along with activity indicators. Previously, individual flows and conversations were each shown in their own tab, which had potential to get confusing. Alternatively, if you don’t want to see this sidebar, you can just collapse it.

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Flowdock said the chat and team inbox features have switched sides now too and that there’s a simplified text entry box for taking part in conversations. There’s also an option to toggle the team inbox on or off according to individual flows.

There’s also now a notifications list, to allow you to view all your mentions in one place, and a new message indicator that allows you to quickly jump back to the last message at the point when you last had a particular flow open.

Flowdock’s founder Mikael Roos told us that the updates were silently made available in beta form to users as an opt-in update about a month ago, and now that they’re ready to lose the beta tag and make the new features available to all. The platform’s accompanying mobile apps (iOS and Android) have also been updated quietly before today, he added.

It’s a crowded space, for sure, but Roos says that Flowdock brings team workflow together in a way that rivals like Slack or HipChat cannot.

A lot of the time we’re fighting the status quo of too many e-mails, meetings and other broken ways of communicating status within the team… Flowdock promotes transparent conversations, supports threaded group chat and integrates to all your team’s tools so you can communicate simply by doing work.

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Kobo’s Aura H20 Makes The High-Res E-Reader Waterproof – Your Move, Amazon

Kobo has a new e-reader out that actually could shake up the market, since it offers waterproofing as a standard factory feature on a $179.99 e-reader, with a high-res, 265 DPI 6.8-inch e-ink display. The Kobo Aura H20 basically takes the already-impressive Aura HD, makes the design thinner and lighter, and adds IP67 environmental resistance, which is a tough package to beat.

The e-reader also sports a 1GHz processor for faster page turning, and 4GB of onboard storage built-in (the Kindle Paperwhite now has that much, too, after a quiet mid-cycle upgrade). The Aura H20 has expandable storage via microSD, too, supporting cards with up to 32GB of space, in case you ever wanted to carry around more books on your device than any human being could ever possibly hope to read in their lifetime, even if all they were doing was reading continuously without pausing for sleep, food or basic human interaction.

Kobo Aura H2O Home ScreenKobo’s e-reader has the same water/dust resistance rating as Samsung’s Galaxy S5, meaning it’s also submersible in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, provided the USB port cover is closed. The protection used on the Aura H20 is designed to help if you accidentally spill or drop it into shallow water, not for prolonged undercover use. Which means it still isn’t quite as cool as the Waterfi-treated Kindle Paperwhite, though the fact that it’s a first-party feature that doesn’t cost over $200 means it’s still pretty badass. Plus, you’re seldom (read: never) going to want to actually read underwater, vs. just around or near it anyway.

Amazon is rumored to be preparing a follow-up Kindle Paperwhite of its own for release in early fall. The Aura H20 is available for pre-order tomorrow from select retailers, and through Kobo.com starting September 1, with a ship date of October 1. Whether it has to go toe-to-toe with a thinner, higher-res Kindle e-reader from Amazon remains to be seen, but thus far, we’ve heard nothing about water resistance as a standard feature on Amazon’s next device.

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Nutanix Lands $140M On $2B+ Valuation, IPO Could Be Next

Nutanix, a five-year old converged infrastructure provider, announced $140M in Series E funding today, based on a whopping $2B+ valuation. The funding comes from the two biggest Boston public market investors, which chose to remain nameless (but Boston isn’t that big so we’re probably talking Wellington Management and Fidelity).

The company most recently scored $101M in January, bringing their total money raised to date to over $312M. Chief financial officer, Duston Williams says this is a way to build relationships with investment firms as a precursor to eventually going public. He couldn’t and wouldn’t say when that would be, but he hinted an IPO would seem to be the next logical step for the company.

Nutanix is part of a growing converged infrastructure market that combines storage and compute power in a single box greatly reducing the space, power and cooling required to run it -and the overall cost of buying these items separately.  How much? They claim they can take 10 ru boxes and compress them into just two, saving 20 to 50 percent, depending on the workloads and how much compute power they were purchasing before. Since companies tend to over-estimate what they need, they tend to over provision. The overall savings depend on just how much they have over-estimated their requirements.

CEO Dheeraj Pandey explained to TechCrunch in January during their last funding announcement, “Traditional storage appliances are merely a black box, dual-controller devices that communicate with servers 3 or 4 hops away. Nutanix bring storage intelligence into the server and combines it with compute power to create an app centric infrastructure. By leveraging the two, a company can push out apps without having to integrate across multiple boxes,” he told TechCrunch at the time.

As company spokesperson, Scott Beaver explained, it’s useful to think of it in terms of a smartphone. We used to carry around a device for talking on the phone, another for taking pictures and a third for getting email and keeping our calendar. Today we have a converged single device. And this is what’s happening in the data center as well.

“Speed and agility comes from the simplicity of the solution. The data center has a lot of specialized devices for storage and networking,” he explained and Nutanix reduces that number in the same way the smartphone reduced the number of devices individuals have to carry.

Howard Ting, senior vp of marketing says the hardware is only part of the equation though. It’s the software they’ve developed that stitches the layers together.

Williams says the company, which has been running for five years and selling product for just three, has around 650 employees, and hopes to use the funds to continue to expand its markets. It already boasts 800 customers in 43 countries. He said last year, 40 percent of bookings came internationally, which is fairly remarkable for such a young company.

As with any company with such a quick influx of cash, a total of $241M this year alone, Williams says it gives them flexibility to open new offices, put more money into personnel and expand their product offerings, but he says they don’t necessarily plan to spend all of it.

He says what the money provides is flexibility to determine the best next steps for the company. Williams views such a large cash influx as a kind of mini-IPO. “In some ways it is like an iPO in terms of the investors and size. We view it as like that in many ways, but in a way that allows us to grow the business [while remaining private],” he explained.

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