PIXEL is a black and white printer for your smartphone

A simple idea for a small black and white printer that can be used with your smartphone. The Pixel was created by Ian Earle and Colin White classmates at Dalhousie University. The general idea is to make a portable printer than can print off your Smartphone pictures at a low cost. The Pixel only prints text and black and white photos for about half a cent for basic printout.

via The Chronicle Herald

CycleIO – Smarter way to send documents is here

CycleIO makes sending a document super easy. You do not have to download or save anything. You upload a document to CycleIO and the you will get a unique link to share the document. Once someone views the document CycleIO will provide stats of the document viewed.

The startup CycleIO helps sales pros shorten sales cycles by providing stats on presentations ad documents.

Official Site HERE

Rapper Nas invests in startup Koru

Seattle Base startup Koru just got a big boost in attention as rapper Nas invested at least $100,000 to the company. Koru is a startup that helps find jobs for recent grads.

Nas has already established a scholarship fund and picked two recent grads as recipients. In addition Nas will serve as coach to the student with his knowledge of business.

via Forbes

Tackk – Next Great startup for education

Tackk allows you to easily create a page with a few clicks of the mouse and share it online. You only have to sign up if you want to keep the page otherwise the page will expire after 7 days.

In education Tackk would be great for students and teachers to create and share pages on the web. Tackk is a great resource for teachers to post class announcement, students to show off their school projects, and so much more.

Website HERE

VCs stop funding startups that may require Internet Fast Lane

MIT Technology Review has posted an interested tidbit. Some venture capitalists are not funding startups that require fast internet connections for video, audio, and other servies. This is due to the talk about fast lanes that require payment to the ISPs.

The FCC has not yet ruled on new rules of Net Neutrality. Tom Wheeler, FCC’s chairman is asking if ISPs should be able to charge content providers for faster speeds like Netflix service. The rules are scheduled to take place in public comment May 15th.

Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures has stated that his firm will stay away from startups working on video and media businesses. This will in the end hurt innovation and startups whose backbone is video, audio, or media consumption.

via Technology Review

LeapBand Kids Fitness Tracker

The LeapFrog LeapBand fitness tracker for kids has challeges, games, quizzes, virtual pets and rewards. The LeapBand is geared towards kids and offer a more fun experience compared to adult fitness trackers.

The LeapBand costs a mere $40 and is for kids ages four to seven. The LeapBand will go on sale in August.

via Fastcoexist

GYMWATCH: Wearable Fitness Tracker

GYMWATCH is a new unique fitness tracker that can detect fitness exercises. It also can measure strength and motion metrics. The training data will measure every part of your fitness activity. The GYMWATCH is the next generation of fitness tracker.

GYMWATCH is currently getting funding through Indiegogo to launch in the near future.

More detail can be found HERE

Patent trolls hit startups hard

Startups will have issues with patent trolls as they don’t have the treasure chest of money to battle litigation. Case in point here is a story of Life360 founder being hit with a patent license agreement from a company he has never heard of AGIS. AGIS apparently owns the patents for any app that shows a location marker on a map.

Life360 believes they are getting hosed by patent owners who are trying to leach off their success. Patents have been a big issue of late with recent litigation from giants Apple vs Samsung. But with so many patents it is impossible to startup a company and not infringe on some kind of patent which hurts innovation.

read entire story at VentureBeat HERE