• 19
    Feb

    BluBracket scores $6.5M seed to help secure code in distributed environments

    BluBracket, a new security startup from the folks who brought you Vera, came out of stealth today and announced a $6.5 million seed investment. Unusual Ventures led the round with participation by Point72 Ventures, SignalFire and Firebolt Ventures. The company was launched by Ajay Aurora and Prakash Linga, who until last year were CEO and CTO respectively at Auroa, a security ...
  • 19
    Feb

    Adobe celebrates Photoshop’s 30th anniversary with new desktop and mobile features

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    Adobe’s Photoshop celebrates its 30th birthday today. Over that time, the app has pretty much become synonymous with photo editing and there will surely be plenty of retrospectives. But to look ahead, Adobe also today announced a number of updates to both the desktop and mobile Photoshop experiences. The marquee feature here is probably the addition of the Object Selection tool ...
  • 12
    Feb

    UK names its pick for social media ‘harms’ watchdog

    The UK government has taken the next step in its grand policymaking challenge to tame the worst excesses of social media by regulating a broad range of online harms — naming the existing communications watchdog, Ofcom, as its preferred pick for enforcing rules around ‘harmful speech’ on platforms such as Facebook,  Snapchat and TikTok in future. Last April the previous Conservative-led government laid ...
  • 11
    Feb

    Middle East healthcare platform Vezeeta raises $40M Series D led by Gulf Capital

    Vezeeta, a healthcare platform operating in the Middle East and Africa, has raised a $40 Million Series D funding round led by UAE-based Gulf Capital, alongside further investment from existing Riyadh-based investor Saudi Technology Ventures (STV), which previously led Vezeeta’s Series C round in September 2018. Vezeeta’s other investors include BECO Capital, Silicon Badia, Vostok New Ventures, Crescent Enterprises’ CE-Ventures and Endeavour Catalyst. ...
  • 11
    Feb

    Aptiv’s self-driving cars have given 100,000 paid rides on the Lyft app

    What started out as a temporary pilot project to test a robotaxi service in Las Vegas has turned into a multi-year partnership between self-driving software company Aptiv  and Lyft  and a new milestone that suggests the operation is ramping up. The companies announced Tuesday that they’ve given 100,000 paid rides in Aptiv’s self-driving vehicles via the Lyft app. “To our knowledge this is the ...
  • 10
    Feb

    Samsung teases video calling on its next foldable during the Oscars

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    It was South Korea’s — rather than Netflix’s — night at the Oscars, thanks to Bong Joon-ho’s biting class satire Parasite, which won a well-deserved best picture gong.  But tech giant Samsung appears to have been hoping to steal a little of the national limelight: The Korean phone maker chose a prime Oscars ad slot to show off a 360-degree view of its next ...
  • 10
    Feb

    Sony latest phone maker to pull out of MWC over coronavirus outbreak

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    Japanese electronics firm Sony is the latest phone maker to announce it’s withdrawing from the Mobile World Congress  (MWC) tradeshow — citing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. “As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain,” ...
  • 10
    Feb

    As top exhibitors pull out of MWC, organizers implement stringent safeguards

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    A couple of weeks out, Mobile World Congress organizer, the GSMA, has issued some fairly sweeping safeguards over growing concerns around the coronavirus. After a number of high profile back outs, including ZTE, LG, NVIDIA and Ericsson, the company issued a new list, including a ban of visitors originating from the Hubei province, whose capital Wuhan is believed to be ...
  • 6
    Feb

    NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-setting stay in space

    Astronaut Christina Koch made the return trip from the International Space Station (ISS) early on Thursday, along with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. The three boarded a Soyuz capsule docked at the ISS at around 12:50 AM EST, and had a safe landing as planned at around 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM local time) in Kazakhstan. ...
  • 6
    Feb

    Apple unifies its app stores by extending the universal purchase option to Mac apps

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    Apple surprised its app developer community today with the official announcement that they’ll soon be able to sell their cross-platform apps as one universal purchase, including, for the time, apps that run on macOS. For consumers, a universal purchase option allows them to just pay once for an app that works across devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and/or Mac. Developers, meanwhile, ...