Aviary Launches Its Photo Editing SDK For Windows 8 Thanks To An Investment From AMD Ventures
Aviary, the company that provides a fully customizable SDKs for applications that want to include photo editing, has announced the launch of its Windows 8 SDK in collaboration with AMD and Microsoft. This means that apps for Windows 8 PCs and tablets that run AMD processors can start including photo editing immediately. The company has already gotten serious traction by being included within Flickr, Twitter, Photobucket and thousands of other apps, so Windows 8 was a logical move for them. The collaboration is actually backed by an investment from AMD Ventures, which would clearly love to see popular photo apps crop up on the Windows platform. Since social photo editing is such a popular behavior on the web these days, not having a platform to easily deploy the feature within apps left a massive hole in the Windows app store. To pump up the partnership, Manju Hegde, an AMD VP, referred to Aviary as “the standard in mobile and online photo editing,” something we’ve said about the company ...
The Brain Trust Behind FarmVille Launches Red Hot Labs With $1.5M From All-Star Investors
Back in late 2009, Zynga quietly acquired a startup called MyMiniLife, a maker of virtual worlds that allowed players to outfit their characters and homes with virtual lamps, furniture and so on. You couldn’t see it at the time, but the MyMiniLife acquisition was a company-making deal. It spawned FarmVille, the monster hit that put social gaming and Zynga on the map. At the same time, MyMiniLife was starting to run out of money. Ultimately, it turned out to be a win-win. “While Zynga had some success with Mafia Wars and Poker, they weren’t necessarily in a dominant position,” said Amitt Mahajan, who was one of FarmVille’s co-creators. “They were not yet known for building these isometric worlds. Playfish was catching up, but the reusable game engine behind FarmVille gave them a leg up.” Now Mahajan and another MyMiniLife co-founder, Joel Poloney, are back with a new company called Red Hot Labs. Looking to have the same impact on mobile gaming, they’ve raised seed funding ...
Kleiner Perkins Launches Design Fellows Program To Match Talented Designers With Portfolio Companies
Now more than ever, design has become a key part of product development and user experience. And this focus on design extends to all types of technologies, including both consumer and enterprise companies. But talented designers are hard to come by--some say there is a shortage. Venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is announcing a new initiative today in the design world, aimed to foster talent in the design community and help startups find rockstar designers.
U.S. Filmmakers Eager to Feed China’s Appetite for 3-D
American technologies, including 3-D and large format films, are delivering content to Chinese moviegoers who are increasingly focused on authenticity and a high-quality experience that cannot be pirated.
Is China's Space Race An Opportunity For the US?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Lieutenant General Frank Klotz (ret.), the former vice commander of Air Force Space Command, writes that it's worth considering whether aspects of the U.S.-Russian experience with space cooperation can be pursued with China to serve long-term American interests. "China has in many respects already reached the top tier of spacefaring nations — with profound implications for America's own interests in space," writes Klotz. While initially starting well behind the two original space powers, China has slowly but steadily added accomplishments to its space portfolio,conducting nineteen space launches in 2011 — twelve less than Russia but one more than the United States. It's worth recalling that even in the darkest days of the Cold War, the United States and its archrival at the time--the Soviet Union--embarked upon cooperative efforts in space, most famously with the joint Apollo-Soyuz docking mission in 1975 and today the first stage of one of the rockets that ...
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