• 12
    Jan

    Sony unveils AirPeak, its camera-carrying video drone

    When Sony  teased the AirPeak late last year, it didn’t give us much to go one. We knew the consumer electronics giant was finally getting in the drone business — but beyond that, not much else. Just a dark image or two from some piece of the UAV. At CES this week, the company’s finally prepared to show off a bit more. ...
  • 12
    Jan

    PopSockets announces its MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 accessories

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    In October, broke the news that PopSockets was developing its own line of MagSafe-compatible products that will support the new wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone 12 devices. Today, at the (virtual) 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, the company formally introduced its upcoming products for the first time. The new line will include three MagSafe-compatible PopGrips, a wallet with an integrated grip and two ...
  • 5
    Jan

    Google, Alphabet employees unionize

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    A group of more than 200 Google and Alphabet workers has announced the formation of the Alphabet  Workers Union, The New York Times first reported. With the help of Communication Workers of America Union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA), the union will be open to both employees and contractors. Of the roughly 227 workers who have so far signed on to support the union, ...
  • 29
    Dec

    AI chipmaker Graphcore raises $222M at a $2.77B valuation and puts an IPO in its ...

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    Applications based on artificial intelligence — whether they are systems running autonomous services, platforms being used in drug development or to predict the spread of a virus, traffic management for 5G networks, or something else altogether — require an unprecedented amount of computing power to run. And today, one of the big names in the world of designing and building ...
  • 29
    Dec

    New FAA rule requires Remote ID for drones

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    The FAA today announced that it will be issuing two new rules for drone pilots in the U.S. The first is the implementation of a long-awaited Remote ID. The system effectively works as a kind of digital license plate for unmanned aircraft, broadcasting identifying details, including the location of the craft. The full text of the finalized new rule can be found here. ...
  • 24
    Dec

    Nuro can now operate and charge for autonomous delivery services in California

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    Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is allowed to launch commercial driverless services on public roads in California — the first company to clear this hurdle — after receiving a permit from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Nuro, which was founded in June 2016 by Google alums Dave Ferguson  and Jiajun Zhu, plans to start commercial delivery operations early next year. The so-called Autonomous Vehicle ...
  • 22
    Dec

    Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case

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    A coalition of companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a legal case brought by WhatsApp against Israeli intelligence firm NSO Group, accusing the company of using an undisclosed vulnerability in the messaging app to hack into at least 1,400 devices, some of which were owned by journalists and human rights activists. NSO develops and sells governments access to its Pegasus spyware, ...
  • 17
    Dec

    HBO Max will finally land on Roku devices tomorrow

    It took an unusually long time, but HBO  Max is set to launch on Roku devices tomorrow. Roku users make up a massive chunk of the cord-cutting market, so the absence of an HBO Max app for Roku nearly seven months after the service launched was pretty glaring. We’d been wondering where the Max app was for months, its launch seemingly tied up over the matter ...
  • 17
    Dec

    PhotoRoom launches background-removal app on Android

    French startup PhotoRoom is launching its app on Android today. The company has been working on a utility photography app that lets you remove the background from a photo, swaps it for another background and tweaks your photo. And it’s been working well on iOS already as the company attended Y Combinator, doubled its annual recurring revenue to $2 million and raised ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Why Alibaba rival Pinduoduo is investing in agritech

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    Back in 2018, Pinduoduo sent shock waves through the investor community when it raised $1.6 billion from a Nasdaq listing as a three-year-old company. Online shoppers in China were excited to see its rise as an alternative to long-time market dominators Alibaba and JD.com. But the startup founded by former Google engineer Colin Huang has ambitions well beyond e-commerce. It’s answering the Chinese government’s call ...