Poverty used to be a good excuse to put off opening an investment account. After all, if you want to buy just one share of Apple (AAPL) stock, it will set you back about $109.50 -- $102.50 for the share and $7 to trade. And most mutual funds require minimum initial deposits of $500 or more. No longer. A Newport Beach-based company called Acorns has developed an automated investment system that turns micro-deposits into real savings. If you have an iPhone and a credit or debit card, you can invest in a smart and widely diversified portfolio with nothing more than pocket change
As a freshman in college, my one (moderately) responsible financial decision was setting up a checking account that rounded up every purchase I made to the next dollar and shuttled the extra change into a mini savings account. When a friend from the business school suggested I’d be better off investing that money, I ignored him completely. None of the seemingly complex investing options he proposed made any sense to my 19-year-old mind. I was happy to let my money accrue nickel by dime by penny in what amounted to a glorified piggy bank.
There’s a lot of Alt + Tab (or if you’re on a Mac: Command + Tab) going on when we work, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. Kato.im, a team chat service, launched Kato Teams today, a free chat platform for businesses. Kato Teams has similar features to other team chat services such as Hipchat or Slack, but what makes it unique is that it lets you see all your conversations side-by-side at the same time.
Email is a funny thing. While many knowledge workers consider an overflowing email inbox as the bane of their existence, multiple attempts to find alternative solutions have proven unsuccessful. Email might be fundamentally broken, but it is still the place where everyone spends most of their time. Hence moving people to an alternative, even a better one, is hard. And it’s not for want of pretenders to the email crown that we’re still living in Outlook (or Gmail) – Google’s ill-fated Wave initiative, solutions trying to unify social and email inboxes into one and enterprise social networks have all tried to “disrupt” email – as yet nothing has stuck.
Today marks the launch of Kato Teams, a business-focused chat service. It’s worth noting all the functions you can get out of Kato Teams for free. Companies can sign up as many users as they want, search messages without limits, share screens, get support, and do security audits — all without charge. However, the premium version of the service gets you single-sign on with integration into Active Directory and Google Apps, as well as management of multiple organizations in on place. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that free version is robust.
Investing for the future can be hard for a twenty-something. With restrictions like minimum account balances and commission fees that make it uneconomical to invest a few hundred bucks at a time, investing can almost feel impossible. Until today. Acorns is officially launching on the App Store to help anyone invest right from their smartphone.
The tail of the whale is dragging on the convention center floor, and everyone is looking. It is attached to a full-body costume made of blue felt that was carefully measured and velcroed to fit its owner, a 12-year-old boy named Theo Chevis. Theo is hoping to get years of use out of the whale costume, so he ordered it to be a little big. He doesn’t mind the way it drags; he has a tournament to think about.
ExtraHop is a monitoring solution. They don’t call themselves that, preferring the somewhat obtuse term of “real-time wire data analytics” but essentially what they do is provide enterprise IT with cross tier visibility over their entire IT environment. In the modern IT environment, where applications are far more complex and distributed than ever before, the double promise of real time and broad coverage is attractive. ExtraHop delivers visualizations, alerts and programmable metrics.
Listing, selling or buying a used car online can be a drawn-out process. Car Lister wants to make the process dead simple by allowing you to list a car using only the vehicle identification number (VIN) and smartphone in under a minute. DreamWare, a company that is attempting to automate the listing process for a wide variety of industries, is launching Car Lister tomorrow, but you can sign up and begin listing cars with this access code: techcrunch.
Atari says it's working on an iOS and Android game that's effectively a parade-building sim designed to appeal to the LGBT community. A social sim game designed to appeal to the LGBT community is coming to an iOS or Android tablet near you, Atari says. Dubbed Pridefest, players will be able to “launch their very own personalized pride parade in a city of their choosing.”