If people feel comfortable renting out their houses, and cars, to strangers, why not bikes?
That’s the question that the Lock8 founders asked themselves, inevitably leading to one of the first true smart locks for bikes. Plus, Lock8 uses its smart lock, paired with a mobile app, to facilitate a peer-to-peer marketplace.
Today, Lock8 surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter, with six days to spare.
Lock8 also happened to be the winner at our first-ever TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Battlefield.
The company launched the Kickstarter campaign on our stage last month, and has now received more than $80,000 with a few days left to spare.
Lock8 works similarly to smart locks in homes; keyless unlock via pairing with a smartphone app. The Lock8 is installed onto the bike and is packed with sensors, which can alert the owner if someone is trying to steal the bike.
If the thief manages to get the bike unlocked, the owner’s phone can track the bike and even set off a remote alarm.
The idea is that, eventually, bike robbers will recognize the Lock8 and beware, paving the way for more trusting cyclists. Then, bikers can rent out their bikes to their friends or others registered on the service to make a little cash on the side.
The Lock8 usually costs around $200, but will be available for $149 for the next six days, during the campaign.
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A newly-surfaced photo of the original batch of Apple’s first computers is offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at the company’s humble origins, according to the Daily Mail. The image, which is believed to have been taken by Steve Jobs in his bedroom, emerged as part of an auction for a mint-condition Apple 1.
The owner of the computer decided to put the lot up for sale after another working Apple 1 sold for a record $671,000 earlier this year.
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Go here to see the original: This rare photo shows the first batch of Apple 1 computers in 1976
Vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS lock screens have become a fixture of new iOS releases over the past few years, and iOS 7 is not exempt. A new method for bypassing the passcode on a lock screen has been discovered by idle hands and reported by Forbes’ Andy Greenberg. Update below.
The lock screen bypass method involves sliding up Control Center, tapping on the timer button and holding down the power button until the cancel option comes up. You then tap on the cancel button then double-tap the home button. This gives you access to the multitasking UI. While most apps are locked out, the Camera option is accessible.
This allows you to access the camera interface, but with the ability to scroll through all of the owner’s photos, not just the ones shot in the time since the phone was last locked — in the manner that the camera has worked for some time now.
Not only can you scroll through the photos, but you can also tap on the share button to send photos out via email or social channels like Twitter or Facebook. So once you’re in you can post photos to Flickr or send them via email. Though Greenberg characterizes this as ‘hijacking’ those accounts, that seems a bit dramatic. Still, there is potential for embarrassment or harm if sensitive (ahem) photos get stolen or shared out through your social accounts.
The bypass method has been verified by us to work properly and to not be overly difficult to execute. It took me about three tries to get it right on an iPhone 5 running iOS 7. As Greenberg notes, it’s hard to tell whether this works on an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s as of yet. Of note: once you’re on the share sheet, you can choose a contact to send the item to, technically gaining access to the contact list (but not their details) of the device’s owner.
Note that this vulnerability is incredibly easy to prevent for now. Just visit Settings>Control Center and toggle off ‘Access on Lock Screen’ to patch it up.
The discovery was made by Jose Rodriguez, a soldier in Spain’s Canary Islands, who has a history of discovering these tricky bypass methods. His secret? Plenty of time waiting in cars in his former job as a driver for government officials.
With past vulnerabilities, a software fix has come in a ‘point’ release of iOS 7. iOS 7.0.1 is already floating out there and contains a fix for Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner. So any fix for this would likely come in iOS 7.0.2 or later.
Apple has added a variety of security features to iOS 7, including Activation Lock, which renders stolen phones unusable, even if they’re wiped. But it looks like it needs another lock screen audit just to be sure.
Update: Apple Spokesperson Trudy Muller told TechCrunch that “Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”
So, yes, the fix for this little bug will come in a future point release of iOS 7.
NOKIA is a Finnish multinational communications corporation. It is primarily engaged in the manufacturing of mobile devices and in converging Internet and communications industries. They make a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Nokia is the owner of Symbian operation system and partially owns MeeGo operating system.
Today Nokia promised owners of its Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices that its “Amber” update will reach all phones by the end of September. The Amber upgrade is a mix of feature improvements that will improve Nokia’s handsets, further setting them apart from devices built by other smartphone OEMs.
Amber contains a photo-editing tool, improved image processing, the ability to snag motion in sequence with “Action Shot,” the acceptance of double-tap input to wake the phone, and improved internal storage reporting.
However, the most important new piece delivered by Amber is “Glance Screen,” a tool that makes your phone’s inactive state more interesting. When your handset is inactive, it will display a clock and battery information. So, you can more quickly interact with your phone without having to do anything at all. You can turn off Glance, of course, or have it switch off after a set amount of time.
In past years, we would now discuss how Amber puts Nokia ahead of Samsung, HTC, and other Windows Phone OEMs (remember Dell?). We don’t have to do that anymore, as Nokia controls essentially the entire Windows Phone market. Thus, the changes are not as much changes to Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets as they are adaptations to the Windows Phone platform itself. Given that Nokia sells nearly 90 percent of Windows Phone devices, any changes that it makes become de facto official changes.
This is a problem for Microsoft, as it initially ceded flexibility to make changes to Nokia in partial exchange for it adopting the platform. This saved Microsoft’s mobile life, but in the process cost it control: If Nokia can essentially skin Windows Phone to its own contentment, Microsoft is in a material way not in charge of the Windows Phone user experience and design.
I doubt that sits well in Redmond. Thus, Microsoft either builds a phone itself (there have been rumors), or it bolsters HTC (the only remaining OEM partner with more than a scrape of market share that isn’t Nokia) to get a better grip on its platform.
Whatever the case, if you are a Nokia handset owner, the Amber update will be rolling out depending on your handset and country and likely carrier over the next month. Get ready.
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Over the past several years, Los Angeles-based startup ZEFR has made a name for itself by working with content creators to make money off their videos on YouTube. Founded as Movieclips.com, the startup began by licensing short movie clips, distributing them, and monetizing them on its own site. It wasn’t until it was able to put them on YouTube, though, that it started to really hit it big.
The team also had an epiphany when it found a clip from Dirty Dancing uploaded by a fan on the video site. Usually, those videos would have been taken down by the content owner, but the guys at Movieclips had a better idea — what if it could claim fan-uploaded videos for its movie studio partners and help to monetize them?
The shift to identifying content helped open up whole new doors for the company, as it began partnering with content creators outside of the Hollywood studio realm — for instance, music labels and sports programmers. It was then able to help them find videos that fans have uploaded from their content. With that change in focus, the company also decided to rebrand as ZEFR.
In the last couple of years, it’s expanded from about 30 employees to 230, which meant leasing space in a huge former art studio next to its Venice, Calif. office. And now it is expanding its services to also include tools to help brands and advertisers identify videos being uploaded by their fans, and to connect with them.
For every brand-produced video that is uploaded to YouTube, there are hundreds put up by regular users. Using the same technology that it developed for content owners, ZEFR is also able to find user-generated videos and analyze how different brands stack up.
Check out the video above to get a better idea of ZEFR’s technology and how it helps content owners and brands. And come back on Monday and Wednesday next week for the final two parts of our series on new digital media companies in L.A. Be sure also to check out the whole series of videos below:
ZEFR is a premiere network on YouTube and the solution for content owners in movies, television, music and sports. ZEFR’s unique technology identifies and claims licensed content on behalf of the owner so that it can be monetized, allowing advertisers to buy against the most premium content online. (Previously name “Movieclips”)
YouTube provides a platform for you to create, connect and discover the world’s videos. The company recently redesigned the site around its hundreds of millions of channels. Partners from major movie studios, record labels, web original creators, viral stars, and millions more all have channels on YouTube. YouTube is predominantly an ad-supported platform, but also offers rental options for a growing number of movie titles. YouTube was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who…
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A website can be a simple thing to set up, but picking a name for your page or for your business can be tricky if you’re doing it based on web addresses that haven’t been claimed already.
It’s no surprise then that all of the best, usually single word, domains are already taken – but how much do people pay for them?
Now, I know what you might be thinking, and no Sex.com isn’t the most expensive sale in this list, although it does feature pretty high up. What is? Read on to find out.
We’ve tried to keep the sale values accurate, and as such, haven’t included the sale of domains like Yellowpages.com (which went for over $100 million) and Insure.com (at $16 million) but also included other assets.
Interesting other additions that nearly made the list included Israel.com, which had been rumored to have been sold for $5.88 million in June 2008, but the sale apparently fell through. One of the conditions of the sale was that the new owner would be pro-Israel.
Korea.com is the most expensive national domain on the list, and was purchased in January 2000 for $5m. SEO.com on the other hand was purchased for the same amount by the venture capitalist firm WashingtonVC in 2007.
Fb.com was snapped up by the ever-growing social networking monster that is Facebook in 2010 for $8.5 million. Well, you do have to protect the most obvious contraction of your businesses name, don’t you? You can guess where it points now, but it’s also used as the domain for Facebook employee email addresses as “@facebook.com” addresses are available to the public.
You can probably take a good guess at what you might find on Porn.com, and that fact alone is precisely why it fetched a whopping $9.5 million when it sold in 2007.
Perhaps less familiar than some of the others on this list, Fund.com is reportedly a site for a (surprise, surprise) financial services company. However, at the time of writing, there’s nothing at the Fund.com address, which makes it $9.99 million well-spent in 2008.
Hotels.com was bought for “around” $11 million in 2001; it seems the new owner couldn’t recall the exact price he had paid for it in an interview with the BBC. Easily done, though, eh. A million here, a million there.
Quite unsurprisingly, Sex.com is well-known for being one of the most expensive domain name purchases of all time, and given how much traffic searches around the term drives, it’s little surprise.
Most recently sold in 2010, Sex.com reached a cool $13 million according to data supplied by the domain name marketplace Sedo.
PrivateJet.com came close to being the most expensive sale of all time, but was pipped at the post by a cool $5m or so. How expensive exactly was PrivateJet.com when it was sold in 2012? Very, at $30.18m.
The most expensive sale, however, actually wasn’t for a gambling or porn site. Instead, it was the purchase of VacationRentals.com in 2007 for a cool $35m. Even more incredible than the price was the admission from new owner Brian Sharples, founder of HomeAway, that he had bought the domain to stop Expedia from getting it.
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Yes, you read that right. The Washington Post Company just announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its newspaper publishing business to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million.
“I, along with Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post (after a transaction that would be in the best interest of our shareholders),” said Post Chairman and CEO Donald Graham in a press release. (The Graham family has owned a controlling stake in the Post since the 1930s.) “Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”
In the same release, Bezos promises that “the Post’s values will not change.” He has supposedly asked Post CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth, President and General Manager Stephen P. Hills, Executive Editor Martin Baron, and Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt to remain in their roles.
In addition to acquiring the Washington Post itself, Bezos is also buying the Express newspaper, The Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing. Slate magazine, TheRoot.com, Foreign Policy, Kaplan, Post–Newsweek Stations, Cable ONE, and other parts of the business will be remaining with the Washington Post company. Since it has sold off its namesake newspaper, the company will be changing its name to a yet-to-be-announced title..
Other recent media sales, such as the $70 million acquisition of the Boston Globe by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, were less surprising since the owners had publicly declared their interest in selling. (The Post’s editorial staff was taken by surprise, too.)
Just to be clear, this is a purchase by Bezos as an individual, not Amazon. Earlier this year, he also invested in the Business Insider news site.
In a letter to the Post staff, Bezos wrote:
I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I love. Besides that, The Post already has an excellent leadership team that knows much more about the news business than I do, and I’m extremely grateful to them for agreeing to stay on.
There will of course be change at The Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports – and working backwards from there. I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.
Jeffrey Preston Bezos, originally of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the board of Amazon.com. Bezos graduated from Princeton University Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to founding Amazon in 1994, he worked as a Financial Analyst for D. E. Shaw & Co. Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year in 1999.
The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) is an American education and media company, best known for owning the newspaper it is named after, The Washington Post.
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Got a car you don’t ever really drive? Wanna not pay for parking or worry about shuffling it around on the street every couple of days? Have an interest in actually making some money from that car that you’re not actually using while it’s sitting around on the street?
Well, car rental startup FlightCar might be able to help you out with the launch of a new program in which it keeps users’ cars for a month at a time and rent them out to travelers. The program, called FlightCar Monthly, is designed to appeal to a group of users who own a car in or near the city of San Francisco and find it kind of a hassle and want to profit off of that asset.
It works like this: car owners submit their cars to be rented from the airport, and someone from FlightCar comes and picks the car up and keeps it in the startup’s secure parking lot near the airport. Travelers are then able to rent that car during the month that FlightCar has it.
Depending on what type of automobile you have and how new it is, FlightCar is offering between $150 and $400 in guaranteed payments to rent the car out for the month. That is a slight deviation from the startup’s usual peer-to-peer plan, where travelers drop their cars off when flying out of town for blocks of time, and get free parking and a small bit of money if the car is rented out while they’re gone.
But let’s say the owner wants to get away for a weekend? What happens then? Well, car owners can use their car for free for up to four days per month, if it’s available during that time. If not, the company will offer users a car in the same class for use.
Anyway, for FlightCar, this is a way for it to boost the number of cars it has to rent, while also ensuring more regular inventory. In fact, according to CEO Rujul Zaparde, it’s the supply side of the equation that FlightCar has had the most trouble with — the marketplace has been mostly sold out since launch.
The new program was launched just about a week after car-sharing marketplace RelayRides started moving in on FlightCar turf with an airport program of its own. At least for now, however, RelayRides isn’t paying car owners leaving their cars with its airport service — just giving them free parking.
FlightCar has raised $6.1 million from investors that include General Catalyst, Softbank Capital, First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Brian Chesky, Ryan Seacrest’s Seacrest Global Group, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Harj Taggar, Emmett Shear, and Erik Blachford.
FlightCar is the first company to establish a marketplace that allows vehicle owners parking at the airport to rent out their cars to other travelers. Owners get free airport parking, and renters choose from a wider selection of vehicles at lower prices than those offered by the major car rental chains. A similar peer-to-peer car sharing model successfully exists at a local level, where owners rent out their vehicles to neighbors. FlightCar is the first to bring this model…
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