• 24
    Oct

    Amazon acquires Health Navigator for Amazon Care, its pilot employee healthcare program

    Amazon  has acquired Health Navigator, a startup that develops APIs for online health services. According to CNBC, which first reported the deal, Health Navigator will become part of Amazon Care, its pilot healthcare service program for employees. This is the second health startup acquired by Amazon. The first was online pharmacy PillPack, purchased by the company in 2018 for slightly less than $1 billion. ...
  • 23
    Oct

    Axon adds license plate recognition to police dash cams, but heeds ethics board’s concerns

    Law enforcement tech outfitter Axon  has announced that it will include automated license plate recognition in its next generation of dash cams. But its independent ethics board has simultaneously released a report warning of the dire consequences should this technology be deployed irresponsibly. Axon makes body and dash cams for law enforcement, the platform on which that footage is stored (Evidence.com), and ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020

    A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic  Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It’s a stark way to dive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also a key demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology, ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules

    Twitter  said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said the move will help its users stay informed about ...
  • 10
    Oct

    Okta wants to make every user a security ally

    End users tend to get a bad rap in the security business because they are often the weakest security link. They fall for phishing schemes, use weak passwords and often unknowingly are the conduit for malicious actors getting into your company’s systems. Okta wants to change that by giving end users information about suspicious activity involving their login, while letting them share ...
  • 10
    Oct

    The first spacecraft that can service satellites to extend their life launched today

    Up until now, commercial satellites have essentially been disposable. Even the massive, multi-ton ones that can have service lives spanning a decade or more eventually just become so much space trash once they’re out of fuel, or they experience some kind fo terminal mechanical failure. A new spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman  and launched aboard a Russian Soyuz today (via Space.com) could change ...
  • 8
    Oct

    Berlin’s Tier Mobility scoops up $60M as its scooter-based transportation service passes 10M rides

    On the heels of Bird closing a $275 million round to help put itself in pole position in the electric scooter market, a smaller European rival has also raised some money to grow its own business. Tier Mobility, a Berlin-based startup that operates a fleet of 20,000 scooters across 40 cities in 12 countries, has raised $60 million, funding that Tier’s co-founder and CEO ...
  • 8
    Oct

    Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars

    On its latest trek through the Gale Crater on Mars,  the Curiosity Rover has discovered evidence that’s leading . scientists to believe that there was an oasis at the base of that 150-kilometer-wide crater. Curiosity scientists described the scene in an article in “Nature Geoscience” published earlier this week. Researchers analyzing data from the Rover are extrapolating from the data that rocks ...
  • 4
    Oct

    Greyparrot uses computer vision to improve waste management

    Meet Greyparrot, a London-based startup that wants to improve waste management. The company uses computer vision to make sorting more efficient at different stages of the waste chain. And Greyparrot has been selected as a wildcard for the Startup Battlefield. The company has been using machine learning with images of different types of waste to train a model that detects glass, ...
  • 2
    Oct

    NASA awards $43.2M to Blue Origin, SpaceX and others for tech to take us to ...

    NASA has announced the total funding it will distribute to the 14 companies it’s chosen to work with on developing key, innovative technologies that will be instrumental in helping get the agency to the Moon through the Artemis program, and potentially to Mars and beyond later on. The U.S. space agency is awarding $43.2 million to the companies, in varying ...