Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

 Something happened to social media recently. I don’t know exactly when things changed, but almost overnight, randomly scrolling through feeds became a lot less enjoyable. Flame-wars, bad news, fake news, worse news and anxiety-fueling comment sections meant that social media is no longer the escapism it once was. Along comes Binky counter all of that, creating the ultimate anti-social… Read More

Kickstarter launches a ‘request for projects’ program

 You can’t be hanging around in the world of crowdfunding for as long as Kickstarter without spotting a few trends here and there. Taking a leaf out of Y Combinator’s Request for Startups, the crowdfunding site is highlighting what it thinks are opportunities in the coming year. It sends a signal to potential campaigns, hinting what Kickstarter will throw its not inconsiderable… Read More

PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

 PicoBrew has been making beer brewing easy for a while. The company’s current Kickstarter campaign has been running for a couple of weeks. Today, the company announced a surprise upgrade option to its campaign — a whole new appliance. The PicoStill is a small still to make hard liquor from the beer you made with the PicoBrew C. I’m not sure these types of surprises are a… Read More taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

 If you have a garage with a power socket, an electric car makes an awful lot of sense. If you park on the street, however, the infrastructural challenge of keeping your electron-powered vehicle topped up becomes complicated enough that perhaps sticking to driving on squished dinosaurs makes sense for a while longer. Until comes along, that is. Read More

Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

img_7839-jpg When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups. Read More

Media accelerator Matter is gunning for fake news

matter-problems-worth-solving It’s becoming harder and harder to read the news. We’ve gone around the bend from carefully balanced op/ed pieces from clearly identified special interest parties to a president whose grasp on the truth is tenuous at best. Media accelerator Matter has thrown down the gauntlet and is challenging startups to load up their slingshots of truth and go to town. Read More

New equity crowdfunding platform GrowthFountain launched today

growthfountain-splash There’s no shortage of equity crowdfunding sites out there, but GrowthFountain thinks it has the special sauce to cut through the mayhem by thinking close to home. Focusing on investors local (or at least regional) to the investment opportunities, the company in effect formalizes the kind of fundraising you’d do from friends, family and local investors. Read More

Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

img_3248 Smartphones are able to shoot astonishingly high quality video these days, but ultimately, the lenses and sensors built into your phone are too small to get a decent shallow depth of field effect. Beastgrip is about to launch a Depth of Field adapter that makes it possible to use high-end SLR lenses with your smartphone — with impressive results. Read More