• 27
    Feb

    Spin is launching electric scooters in Germany this spring

    Spin, the electric scooter company owned by Ford, is gearing up to launch its vehicles for the first time outside of the U.S. This spring, the plan is to launch in Cologne, Germany, followed by other German cities. Spin also plans to apply for the e-scooter permit in France next month, as well as explore opportunities in the U.K. for ...
  • 27
    Feb

    Roblox raises $150M Series G, led by Andreessen Horowitz, now valued at $4B

    Online gaming platform Roblox,  now home to 115 million largely Gen Z players per month, announced today it has raised $150 million in Series G funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz’s late-stage venture fund. The company will also open a tender offer for up to $350 million of common and preferred shares, it says. The company has previously offered stakeholders and employees liquidity through periodic ...
  • 26
    Feb

    Tier Mobility acquires Coup’s electric moped scooters

    Tier Mobility operates a scooter service, the kick-scooter-with-a-motor kind. And it has acquired assets from Coup, a now defunct scooter service, the moped kind. Coup  shut down late last year, and Tier Mobility plans to take over and start its own shared moped service. To be clear, Coup is over but its mopeds will stick around. As part of the deal, Tier Mobility now ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Huawei’s ill-fated foldable returns with a more robust upgrade

    MWC may have been canceled on account of rising coronavirus concerns, but the party still went on for Huawei (albeit to what appears to have been a mostly empty room). A year after wowing crowds with the Mate X, the company is introducing the Mate Xs. Rather than a proper successor, the device appears to be the result of Huawei’s decision to go ...
  • 24
    Feb

    Sony announces its first 5G flagship, the triple lens Xperia 1 II

    Sony  has announced its first 5G smartphone: The Xperia 1 II — which, for the curious and/or confused, is pronounced ‘Xperia One, Mark Two’. Which isn’t at all confusing, er. “No one understands the entertainment experience better than Sony,” said president of mobile communications, Mitsuya Kishida, claiming the company is “uniquely positioned” in the era of 5G cellular technology to offer its target ...
  • 24
    Feb

    Karius raises $165 million for its liquid biopsy technology identifying diseases in a drop of ...

    “What Karius is good at is identifying those novel microbes before they become an outbreak like coronavirus,” says Mickey Kertesz, a chief executive whose life sciences startup just hauled in $165 million in new funding. While the new money may have been raised under the looming threat of Covid 19, the company’s technology is already being used to test for ...
  • 21
    Feb

    Tier Mobility, the European e-scooter rentals startup, adds another ~$40M to its Series B

    Tier, the European e-scooter rentals startup that operates in 55 cities across 11 countries, has topped up its funding for the second time in four months. The Berlin-based company has extended its Series B round to over $100 million, up from $60 million disclosed in October. The additional capital is a mix of equity and debt financing provided by Moscow’s ...
  • 20
    Feb

    Google gobbling Fitbit is a major privacy risk, warns EU data protection advisor

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    The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google’s  plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users — at a time when the company is under intense scrutiny over how extensively it tracks people online and for antitrust concerns. Google confirmed its plan to acquire Fitbit  last November, saying it would pay $7.35 per share for the wearable ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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, ...
  • 6
    Feb

    Twitter reports $1.01B in Q4 revenues with 152M monetizable daily active users

    As Twitter continues to try to find the right balance between making its platform easier to use while also less prone to toxicity and abuse, the social media platform reported mixed earnings for Q4. Twitter posted $1.01 billion in sales — notable because it is the first time its revenues have broken past the billion-dollar mark — due to a strong quarter in advertising sales. However, ...
  • 5
    Feb

    Tier Mobility, the European e-scooter rentals startup, adds new COO and CCO to executive team

    Following Tier Mobility’s $60 million Series B late last year, the e-scooter rentals startup has been busy bolstering its C-suite. The Berlin-based company is announcing that Moritz Werner has joined as chief commercial officer (CCO), and Roger Hassan has joined as chief operational officer (COO). Werner will be responsible for revenue related activities across all markets, while Hassan will be responsible ...
  • 30
    Jan

    Avast shuts down marketing analytics subsidiary Jumpshot amid controversy over selling user data

    Avast has made a huge business out of selling antivirus protection for computers and mobile devices, but more recently it was revealed that the Czech-based cybersecurity specialist was also cultivating another, more controversial, revenue stream: harvesting and selling on user data, some of which it amassed by way of those security tools. But as of today, the latter of those businesses is no longer. Avast  announced that it ...
  • 30
    Jan

    Tesla temporarily closes Shanghai factory over coronavirus concerns

    Tesla  has shut down its Shanghai factory as part of a broader order by the Chinese government to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the region, a closure that will delay Model 3 production and ultimately put slight downward pressure on profits in the first quarter, the automaker’s finance chief Zach Kirkhorn said during an earnings call Wednesday. Prior to the ...
  • 29
    Jan

    Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg is stepping down

    Match  Group, home to Tinder, Match, OkCupid, PoF and a host of other online dating apps, announced today that CEO Mandy Ginsberg would be stepping down from her position after 14 years with the company. She’s served in the CEO role since her appointment in 2017. Related to this, Ginsberg will also resign from Match’s board of directors. Assuming her position is Shar Dubey, currently ...
  • 29
    Jan

    Toothless: Facebook proposes a weak Oversight Board

    Facebook’s  internal “Supreme Court” can’t set precedents, can’t make decisions about Facebook Dating or Marketplace, and can’t oversee WhatsApp, Oculus, or any messaging feature, according to the bylaws Facebook proposed today for its Oversight Board. It’s designed to provide an independent appeals process for content moderation rulings. But it will only be able to challenge content taken down, not left up, until at ...
  • 24
    Jan

    Playing traffic cop for drones in cities and towns nets Airspace Link $4 million

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    As the number of drones proliferates in cities and towns across America, government agencies are scrambling to find ways to manage the oncoming traffic that’s expected to clog up their airspace. Companies like Airmap and KittyHawk have raised tens of millions to develop technologies that can help cities manage congestion in the friendly skies, and now they have a new competitor in the Detroit-based ...
  • 24
    Jan

    Uber’s self-driving unit starts mapping Washington, D.C. ahead of testing

    Uber  Advanced Technologies Group will start mapping Washington, D.C., ahead of plans to begin testing its self-driving vehicles in the city this year. Initially, there will be three Uber vehicles mapping the area, a company spokesperson said. These vehicles, which will be manually driven and have two trained employees inside, will collect sensor data using a top-mounted sensor wing equipped with ...
  • 22
    Jan

    Tencent to grow gaming empire with $148M acquisition of Conan publisher Funcom in Norway

    Tencent, one of the world’s biggest video and online gaming companies by revenue, today made another move to help cement that position. The Chinese firm has made an offer to fully acquire Funcom, the games developer behind Conan Exiles (and others in the Conan franchise), Dune and some 28 other titles. The deal, when approved, would value the Oslo-based company at ...
  • 21
    Jan

    Uber sells food delivery business in India to Zomato

    Uber said on Tuesday it has sold its food delivery business, Uber Eats, in India to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant races to shed lossmaking operations to become profitable by next year. As part of the deal, Uber would own 9.99% of Zomato and its Eats users would become part of the Indian company, the two loss-making firms said. ...
  • 10
    Jan

    DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

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    Google  has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to users of Android  smartphones in the European Union as they set up a device, asking them to choose a search engine from a list of four which always ...
  • 9
    Jan

    Paytm targets merchants to fight back Google and Walmart in India’s crowded payments field

    Paytm  today announced two new features for businesses as the financial services firm looks to expand its reach in the nation that has quickly become one of the world’s most crowded and competitive payments markets. The Noida-headquartered firm, which raised $1 billion in late November, said its app for businesses now features an “all-in-one” QR code system to accept payments from multiple ...
  • 8
    Jan

    Here’s everything Google announced at CES 2020

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    Another year, another blast of Google  Assistant news on the first official day of CES. Google slimmed things down a touch for CES this year, though they’ve still got a big presence here. While they didn’t build a whole damn amusement park ride this time around, they’ve still got a massive two-story booth (complete with slides?) parked right outside the front doors of the ...
  • 7
    Jan

    Facebook data misuse and voter manipulation back in the frame with latest Cambridge Analytica leaks

    More details are emerging about the scale and scope of disgraced data company Cambridge Analytica’s  activities in elections around the world — via a cache of internal documents that’s being released by former employee and self-styled whistleblower, Brittany Kaiser. The now shut down data modelling company, which infamously used stolen Facebook data to target voters for President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 U.S. ...
  • 7
    Jan

    TiVo announces a $49.99 device that combines streaming and live TV

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    TiVo  is announcing a new device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the TiVo Stream 4K, which CEO Dave Shull described as launching the company “full on into the streaming wars.” Shull said the device is a “tiny little HDMI puck” that’s designed to reach a much broader group than the existing TiVo customer base, providing both streaming and live TV ...
  • 7
    Jan

    Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media

    Facebook  wants to be the arbiter of truth after all. At least when it comes to intentionally misleading deepfakes and heavily manipulated and/or synthesized media content, such as AI-generated photorealistic human faces that look like real people but aren’t. In a policy update announced late yesterday, the social network’s VP of global policy management, Monika Bickert, writes that it will take a stricter ...
  • 6
    Jan

    Fire TV Edition expands to more soundbars, plus cars, cable boxes and more

    Amazon’s  Fire TV Edition, the version of Fire TV that now powers over 150 Fire TV Edition smart TVs as a competitor to Roku TV, is expanding to more devices besides just the television. Today, Amazon announced a new Fire TV Edition that’s capable of powering soundbars and being integrated into autos, plus versions designed for operators and certified solution providers. ...
  • 6
    Jan

    Amazon drives deeper into cars with new Alexa partners, Echo Auto expansion

    Amazon is no longer content trying to dominate the home. The ecommerce giant made several announcements Monday ahead of CES 2020 that target the car, including partnerships with Lamborghini and Rivian, new auto-specific skills for its Alexa voice assistant, a market expansion for its Echo Auto device and a plan to bring its latest Fire TV edition into future BMW ...
  • 3
    Jan

    This new wireless charger from Zens nearly fulfills the promise of Apple’s AirPower

    Apple’s  cancellation of its AirPower wireless charging mat was one of the company’s few big public flubs, but the concept behind the cancelled product remains attractive: A wireless charging pad that supports multiple devices, and that isn’t picky about how you set down your device in order to make a connection. Wireless charging accessory maker Zens has actually created such a ...
  • 3
    Jan

    Made in China: Tesla Model 3 deliveries to Chinese customers to begin January 7

    The first deliveries of Tesla Model 3 sedans made in China will begin January 7, one year after the U.S. automaker began construction on its first factory outside the United States. The deliveries to customers — which Reuters was first to report based on confirmation from a Tesla representative — is a milestone for Tesla as it tries to carve out market ...
  • 1
    Jan

    Can a $30 pair of wireless earbuds actually be any good?

    2019 was the year wireless earbuds went mainstream. The category has been around much longer, of course, and Apple really broke the whole thing open a full three years ago with the release of the first AirPods, but sales exploded in 2019. The category experienced a 183% YOY increase in shipments last quarter, according to a new study. The space continues ...
  • 1
    Jan

    India’s richest man is ready to take on Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart

    As Amazon  and Walmart-owned Flipkart spend billions to make a dent in India’s retail market and reel from recent regulatory hurdles, the two companies have stumbled upon a new challenge: Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man. Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio, two subsidiaries of Ambani’s Reliance Industries, said they have soft-launched JioMart, their e-commerce venture that works closely with neighborhood stores, in parts of the ...
  • 1
    Jan

    Huawei’s revenue hits record $122B this year despite US sanctions, forecasts ‘difficult’ 2020

    Huawei on Tuesday reported resilient revenue for 2019 as the embattled Chinese technology group continues to grow despite a prolonged American campaign against its business, but cautioned that growth next year could prove more challenging. Eric Xu,  Huawei’s rotating chairman, wrote in a New Year’s message to employees that the company’s revenue topped 850 billion Chinese yuan ($122 billion) this year, ...
  • 19
    Dec

    Goldman Sachs leads $15M investment in Indian fintech startup ZestMoney

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    One of America’s largest banks has just poured some money to help millions of Indians without a credit score secure loans and make purchases online for the first time in their lives. Bangalore-based ZestMoney announced today that it has raised $15 million from Goldman Sachs and existing investors Naspers Fintech, Quona Capital, and Omidyar Network. Lizzie Chapman, co-founder and chief executive of ZestMoney,  told TechNewsApi ...
  • 19
    Dec

    Xilis believes cultivating micro-tumors may hold the key to more effective cancer treatments

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    Despite near-miraculous advances in the treatment of cancer in the U.S. and around the world, the disease remains the second leading cause of death in America. The problem is that every manifestation of the disease is unique to the patient that is afflicted by it, because everyone’s body is actually different. Most cancer treatments are determined by their ability to ...
  • 19
    Dec

    Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

    Airbnb  will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown estate agent. The ruling may make it harder for the ‘home sharing’ platform to be forced to comply with local property regulations — at least under current regional ...
  • 18
    Dec

    How 2020 can be a tipping point for women in STEM

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    As we welcome 2020 with ambitions set high for greater diversity and inclusion in the workforce, it provides us with an opportunity to reset our goals for the year ahead. Girls in Tech is committed to leveling the playing field for women in STEM, helping tens of thousands of individuals every year achieve their greatest professional potential. I founded the organization ...
  • 18
    Dec

    Indian education startup Byju’s turns profitable

    One of India’s biggest tech startups is no longer losing money. Education tech startup Byju’s on Tuesday posted a net profit of $2.8 million on revenue of $188.8 million in the financial year that ended in March this year. During the same period, Byju’s revenue increased to $208 million, from $73.2 million a year ago. The eight-year-old Bangalore-headquartered startup, which ...
  • 17
    Dec

    Google has fired another worker-activist

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    Google  has fired another worker-activist, Kathryn Spiers. Spiers, who worked on the platform security team, was generally tasked with writing code for browser notifications to automatically notify employees or guidelines and company policies while surfing the web. According to Spiers, Google fired her because she created a browser notification to educate her colleagues about their labor rights. What prompted Spiers to ...
  • 17
    Dec

    1-800 Contacts buys the at-home eye exam provider 6over6 Vision

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    New developments in sensor technologies, computer vision and machine learning technologies are combining to drive medical diagnostics further into the home and the latest company to make a move to push services deeper into the home is the online contact lens retailer, 1-800 Contacts. The Utah-based company has acquired 6over6 Vision for an undisclosed amount. Based in Israel, 6over6 Vision, previously raised $15 ...
  • 17
    Dec

    Automated web app testing startup ProdPerfect raises $13M Series A led by Anthos Capital

    This morning ProdPerfect, a technology startup focused on web application testing, announced a $13 million Series A led by Anthos Capital. Anthos is perhaps best known for investing in Honey, a startup which recently sold to PayPal for several billion dollars. ProdPerfect,  a remote-focused company, closed a $2.6 million Seed round earlier in 2019. Fika Ventures and Eniac Ventures took part in the Series A after also putting capital into the company ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Uber all set to sell UberEats’ India business to Zomato

    Uber  is in advanced stages of talks to sell its food delivery service UberEats’ India business to local rival Zomato  as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its global spending, three people familiar with the matter. The deal currently values UberEats’ India business at around $400 million, one of the sources said. As part of the deal, Uber may invest between $150 ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11

    We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over a month later, comes MWC. ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Rocket Lab adds new $7.5 million “Mission Success” coin to its online store

    Rocket Lab’s merch store has pretty much what you’d expect from a space-themed gift shop – baby onesies, t-shirts, caps and mission patches. But the commercial rocket launch company just added its latest product, and it’s a bit different from their standard fare: For just $7.5 million, you can own a “Gold Mission Success coin” for a “dedicated mission,” in either LC-1 ...
  • 13
    Dec

    Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe

    Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starfigher, called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus, obviously doesn’t exist in full-scale flyable form, but it is being built out as a 5-foot long highly-detailed sub-scale model, which will be unveiled ...
  • 13
    Dec

    Amazon launches Audible Suno free app featuring short-stories in India

    Amazon  is having another go at expanding its reach to listeners in India. The company, which launched pay-to-use Audible in the country last year, today introduced a new service called Audible Suno that offers free access to “hundreds of hours of audio entertainment, enlightenment and learning.” And it’s banking on major Indian celebrities to draw the listeners. Audible  Suno, which is exclusively available to ...
  • 13
    Dec

    Google makes moving data to its cloud easier

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    Google  Cloud today announced Transfer Service, a new service for enterprises that want to move their data from on-premise systems to the cloud. This new managed service is meant for large-scale transfers on the scale of billions of files and petabytes of data. It complements similar services from Google that allow you to ship data to its data centers via a hardware appliance and FedEx or ...
  • 12
    Dec

    Many smart home device makers still won’t say if they give your data to the ...

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    Ayear ago, we asked some of the most prominent smart home device makers if they have given customer data to governments. The results were mixed. The big three smart home device makers — Amazon, Facebook and Google (which includes Nest) — all disclosed in their transparency reports if and when governments demand customer data. Apple said it didn’t need a report, as the data ...
  • 12
    Dec

    Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

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    Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman  has signed a costumer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a target of spring 2021 for its first ever flight. OmegA will unlock additional payload capacity vs. the launch systems that Northrop Grumman has developed and flown previously, with the primary goal of ...
  • 12
    Dec

    Atom Finance’s free Bloomberg Terminal rival raises $12M

    If you want to win on Wall Street, Yahoo Finance is insufficient but Bloomberg Terminal costs a whopping $24,000 per year. That’s why Atom Finance built a free tool designed to democratize access to professional investor research. If Robinhood  made it cost $0 to trade stocks, Atom Finance makes it cost $0 to know which to buy. Today Atom launches its mobile ...
  • 11
    Dec

    Audi experiments with a ride share service in Southern Germany using an EV and gasoline ...

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    Audi Business Innovation is testing out a ride sharing service in Southern Germany called BITS that uses both gasoline and electric vehicles in its fleet. To manage the service, Audi has turned to Fleetonomy, a fleet management service that offers white labeled ride hailing app services and fleet management technology. The company develops technology to handle fleet utilization and improve efficiency by bringing visibility ...
  • 11
    Dec

    Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on web

    Twitter is changing the way it processes uploaded images, and the new way of doing things will be much-appreciated by any photographers sharing their work on the platform. Twitter engineer Nolan O’Brien shared that the platform will now preserve JPEG encoding when they’re uploaded via Twitter on the web, instead of transcoding them, which results in a degradation in quality ...
  • 11
    Dec

    Electric vehicle startup Nio lays off 141 employees at its North American headquarters

    Electric vehicle startup Nio is laying off 141 people at its North American headquarters. According to a filing from Employment Development Department of California, the employees at its San Jose office received notice on December 6. Nio, whose global headquarters are in Shanghai, announced last month that it is partnering with Intel’s Mobileye to develop autonomous vehicles for consumers. Under the agreement, Nio will engineer ...
  • 10
    Dec

    North ending production of current Focals smart glasses to focus on Focals 2.0

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    Smart glasses maker North  announced today that it will be ending production of its first-generation Focals glasses, which it brought to market for consumers last year. The company says it will instead shift its focus to Focals 2.0, a next-generation version of the product, which it says will ship starting in 2020. Focals are North’s first product since rebranding the company from ...
  • 9
    Dec

    Near Space Labs provides unmatched high-resolution imaging using stratospheric satellites

    Imaging is one of the key markets in the emerging space tech industry, and for good reason – there’s a proven and robust demand for imaging and Earth observation data among government, private and other clients. Orbital satellites satisfy some of this demand, and companies like Planet have grown sizeable businesses on building satellites that can provide this kind of ...
  • 9
    Dec

    Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos

    Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Snapchat Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation in Snapchat messages. Some French users received a test ...
  • 5
    Dec

    Instagram finally launches 13+ age checkups

    Instagram  is done playing dumb about users’ ages. After nine years, Instagram is finally embracing more responsibility to protect underage kids from the problems with social media. It will now ask new users to input their birth date and bar users younger than 13 from joining. However, it won’t be asking existing users their age, so Instagram will turn a blind eye to ...
  • 5
    Dec

    Flipkart leads $60M investment in logistics startup Shadowfax

    Walmart’s  Flipkart  has backed Indian startup Shadowfax in a new $60 million financing round as the retail giant works to strengthen its logistics network in the nation. Flipkart  led the Series D financing round for the four-year-old Bangalore-based startup, Shadowfax co-founder and chief executive Abhishek Bansal told TechCrunch in an interview. Existing investors Eight Roads Ventures,  Nokia Growth Partners, Qualcomm Ventures,  Mirae Asset Naver Fund and World Bank-backed IFC ...
  • 5
    Dec

    Huawei sues FCC over “unconstitutional” ban on the use of federal subsidies to buy its ...

    Huawei said today it is suing the Federal Communications Commission, asking to overturn a ban on carriers from using money from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The $8.5 billion USF supports the purchase of equipment to build communications infrastructure, especially in rural communities. Huawei is asking the United States Court of Appeals for the ...
  • 4
    Dec

    In a first, Amazon launches a battery-powered portable Echo speaker in India

    After launching nearly a dozen Echo speaker models in India in two years, Amazon said on Wednesday it is adding a new variant to the mix that addresses one of the most requested features from customers in the nation: Portability. The e-commerce giant today unveiled the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition, a new variant in the lineup that includes a built-in ...
  • 4
    Dec

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of Alphabet

    Google  founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin just announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be replacing Page as the CEO of parent company Alphabet. In addition, Brin is stepping down from his role as Alphabet’s  president. Alphabet first came into existence in 2015 as “a collection of companies” that separates Google from “other bets” that aren’t part of its core businesses, such as Waymo (self-driving cars), ...
  • 3
    Dec

    Xiaomi launches app to offer credit to millennials in India

    Xiaomi,  the top smartphone vendor in India, today joined a growing wave of fintech startups in the nation that are offering credit to aspirational young professionals and millennials. The Chinese electronics giant said today it is launching Mi Credit, its curated marketplace for digital lending, that offers users credit between Rs 5,000 ($70) and Rs 100,000 ($1,400) at “low” interest rate. ...
  • 2
    Dec

    Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

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    If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or plan to buy one for Cyber Monday tomorrow, the FBI wants you to know a few things. Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter’s dream. ...
  • 2
    Dec

    Facebook launches a photo portability tool, starting in Ireland

    It’s not friend portability, but Facebook has announced the launch today of a photo transfer tool to enable users of its social network to port their photos directly to Google’s photo storage service, via encrypted transfer. The photo portability feature is initially being offered to Facebook  users in Ireland, where the company’s international HQ is based. Facebook says it is still testing and tweaking the ...
  • 2
    Dec

    Millions of SMS messages exposed in database security lapse

    A massive database storing tens of millions of SMS  text messages, most of which were sent by businesses to potential customers, has been found online. The database is run by TrueDialog, a business SMS provider for businesses and higher education providers, which lets companies, colleges, and universities send bulk text messages to their customers and students. The Austin, Texas-based company says one of ...
  • 29
    Nov

    Foodvisor raises $4.5 million to track what you eat using AI

    French startup Foodvisor has raised a $4.5 million funding round after generating 2 million app downloads. Agrinnovation is leading the round and various business angels are also participating. I covered Foodvisor  last month, so I’m not going to describe the app once again. In a few words, the startup uses deep learning to enable image recognition to detect what you’re about to eat. It ...
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    Nov

    2019 Thanksgiving e-commerce sales show 14% rise on 2018, $470M spent so far

    With popular social networks seeing some downtime, most shops closed, and many people off work today for Thanksgiving, bargain hunters are flocking online to start their holiday shopping. Adobe says that as of 5pm Pacific time, $2.1 billion had been spent online for the day, up 20.2% on the same period a year ago. About 46.4% of all online purchases been ...
  • 28
    Nov

    Apple and Google Maps accommodate Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    Global politics are difficult to navigate ordinarily, but in times of conflict companies that aim to provide an unbiased service, such as a map or search function, may have to come down on one side or another. Apple  just came down at least partly on the side of Russia in its controversial annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and Google has accommodated Russian ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Indian scooter rental startup Bounce raises $150M

    Big bucks are pouring to get you through the chaotic traffic on Indian roads. Bounce,  a Bangalore-based startup that operates over 17,000 electric and gasoline scooters in three dozen cities in India, has raised about $150 million as part of an ongoing financing round led by existing investors Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and Accel Partners India, two sources familiar with the matter told ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

    A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum. A quick reminder: Vote Leave was the official leave campaign in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. While Cambridge ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Lego’s take on the Tesla ‘Cybertruck’ comes with innovative roof racks

    Lego seems to have been inspired by recent events to bring its own vision fo the truck of the future to the world – behold this bold design statement in all its glory. Clearly, Lego is having a go at Elon Musk  and the Tesla  Cybertruck that he unveiled last week – which was… divisive in its reception, to say the least. The Lego ...
  • 26
    Nov

    India’s electric bike rental startup Yulu inks strategic partnership with Bajaj Auto, raises $8M

    Yulu, a Bangalore-based electric bike sharing platform that maintains a partnership with Uber, said today it has won the backing of one of the country’s largest automakers. The two-year-old startup said it has entered into a strategic partnership with Bajaj Auto, which has also funded Yulu’s $8 million Series A financing round. As part of the partnership, Bajaj will co-design and ...
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    Nov

    Here’s why the Tesla Cybertruck has its crazy look

    Elon Musk revealed the Cybertruck last night, saying it looks like nothing else on the market. That’s true, but the Cybertruck shares several key features with an unlikely pickup — the first-generation Honda Ridgeline. Both the Cybertruck and Honda Ridgeline are built differently from standard pickups. They employ a unibody design, much like what’s used in most passenger vehicles. Instead of a ...
  • 21
    Nov

    Apple expands and updates its ‘Everyone Can Code’ program

    Apple  announced today an expansion of its program designed to get more students coding. The company says it has redesigned the “Everyone Can Code” curriculum with a focus on introducing more elementary and middle school students to coding, while also adding more resources for teachers, a new student guide, and refreshed Swift Coding Club materials. It’s also adding thousands of free coding ...
  • 21
    Nov

    Google limits political ad targeting and all ‘demonstrably false claims’

    Google  has joined Twitter in revising its political ad rules ahead of what promises to be a brutal election season. But while the latter chose to ban political advertising altogether, Google is mainly limiting the ability to target political demographics, and promises to take action against “demonstrably false claims.” In a blog post Wednesday afternoon, the search giant explained the new rules ...
  • 20
    Nov

    Karma’s new electric hinge-winged hypercar concept goes 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds

    Karma Automotive  took the wraps off Tuesday of a new electric concept car called the SC2 that produces a heart-thumping 1,100 horsepower and can travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. The concept is a showpiece and an integral part of the Chinese-backed California-based startup’s new strategy to become a technology and design incubator that supplies other ...
  • 20
    Nov

    Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million as it gears up to launch

    Superpedestrian,  the startup working with a handful of scooter operators to deploy vehicles that can perform self-diagnostics, just raised a $20 million round from Spark Capital, General Catalyst, Hanaco Ventures and Empire Angels. This brings Superpedestrian’s total funding to $64 million. Superpedestrian has yet to announce its operating partners, but is on track to launch in multiple markets in January. Superpedestrian ...
  • 20
    Nov

    Volkswagen’s new all-electric concept wagon could be coming to the U.S. by 2022

    Volkswagen revealed Tuesday evening a new concept vehicle called the ID Space Vizzion, and despite the crazy Frank Zappaesque name, this one might actually make it into production in Europe and North America. The ID Space Vizzion is the seventh concept that VW has introduced since 2016 that uses its MEB platform, a flexible modular system — really a matrix of common ...
  • 20
    Nov

    Google makes converting VMs to containers easier with the GA of Migrate for Anthos

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    At its Cloud Next event in London, Google today announced a number of product updates around its managed Anthos platform, as well as Apigee and its Cloud Code tools for building modern applications that can then be deployed to Google  Cloud or any Kubernetes cluster. Anthos is one of the most important recent launches for Google, as it expands the company’s reach outside of ...
  • 19
    Nov

    SocialRank sells biz to Trufan, pivots to a mobile LinkedIn

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    What do you do when your startup idea doesn’t prove big enough? Run it as a scrawny but profitable lifestyle business? Or sell it to a competitor and take another swing at the fences. Social audience analytics and ad targeting startup SocialRank chose the latter is going for glory. Today, SocialRank announced it’s sold its business, brand, assets, and customers to influencer marketing campaign ...
  • 19
    Nov

    Xiaomi integrates earthquake alert system into MIUI OS, unveils Xiao AI 3.0 digital assistant

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    Xiaomi  today unveiled a new iteration of its virtual assistant Xiao Ai and shared a new feature of Android -based MIUI  operating system as the publicly listed Chinese technology group pushes to expand its internet services ecosystem. The company also said that it will be launching ten 5G devices next year. At its annual Mi Developer conference in Beijing, the company said it is integrating an earthquake ...
  • 19
    Nov

    Cybersecurity startup CyCognito raises $23M in Series A funding

    CyCognito, a cybersecurity platform that aims to give visibility into a company’s security weak spots, has raised $23 million in its Series A round of funding. Lightspeed Partners led the fundraise, putting in $18 million, which included a personal investment from Lightspeed venture partner and former Microsoft chairperson John Thompson, and additional participation from Sorenson Ventures. Another $5 million was ...
  • 18
    Nov

    Bolt Bikes launches e-bike subscription platform for gig delivery workers in U.S., UK

    Bolt Bikes, the Sydney, Australia-based startup founded in 2017, is taking its electric bike platform designed for gig economy delivery workers to the U.S. and UK. The company is expanding on the heels of a $2.5 million seed round led by Maniv Mobility, European e-mobility firm Contrarian Ventures, individual investors and former executives of Uber  and Deliveroo . The company was founded by Mina ...
  • 18
    Nov

    Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe

    Chalk up another win for European data protection: Microsoft  has announced changes to commercial cloud contracts following privacy concerns raised by European Union data protection authorities. The changes to contactual terms will apply globally and to all its commercial customers — whether public or private sector entity, or large or small business, it said today. The new contractual provisions will be offered to all ...
  • 15
    Nov

    Virgin Galactic begins ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ for first paying customers

    Virgin Galactic has begun its ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ this week, which is being run out of Under Armour Global HQ to start. Under Armour is Virgin Galactic’s partner on its official astronaut uniforms, which its first paying space tourists will don on the company’s initial trips beyond Earth. The Astronaut Readiness Program is a preparatory course that all of Virgin ...
  • 15
    Nov

    Microsoft announces its xCloud streaming service and a truckload of new games are coming in ...

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    Microsoft  has announced a vague intention to launch its xCloud  game streaming service sometime in 2020, and dropped a double handful of new titles that will arrive on it and the existing Game Pass subscription. It seems that next year will indeed be the opening battle in the streaming wars to come. The announcements came at XO19, the company’s Xbox-focused event, which is taking ...
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    Nov

    Apple Music introduces Replay, a playlist of your top songs of the year

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    Apple Music is taking on Spotify with the launch of a new feature, Apple Music Replay, that will allow subscribers to take a look back at their favorite music from 2019. The feature is similar in some ways to Spotify’s popular year-end review, known as Wrapped, but Apple’s version is more than just an annual summary — it’s an ongoing experience. With ...
  • 14
    Nov

    Motorola throws back to the future with a foldable Razr reboot

    The rebirth of the Razr has been rumored for several months now. And honestly, such a product is a bit of a no-brainer. The Lenovo-owned company is embracing the burgeoning (if sputtering) world of foldables with the return of one of its most iconic models. While it’s true that Motorola’s  kept the Razr name alive in some form or another well into the ...
  • 13
    Nov

    Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

    Google  is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year. Google is calling the projected “Cache,” and it’ll partner with banks and credit unions to offer the checking accounts, with ...
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    Nov

    Apple’s Mac Pro ships in December with maximum 8TB of storage

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    Apple  is making its Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display available in December, it announced today. The machine was announced earlier this year but no availability window had been set. In addition to the previously announced specs, Apple also noted that it would be able to be ordered with up to an 8TB SSD. Apple’s Pro Workflow Team continues to take feedback about ...
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    Nov

    Google Chrome to identify and label slow websites

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    Is it the web page that’s slow or is it your network connection? In the future, Google’s Chrome web browser may have an answer for you. Google announced today a plan to identify and label websites that typically load slowly by way of clear badging. The company says it may later choose to identify sites that are likely to be slow based ...
  • 12
    Nov

    Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots

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    Are those red notification dots on your Facebook  home screen driving you crazy? Sick of Facebook Marketplace wasting your screen space? Now you can control what appears in the Facebook app’s navigation bar thanks to a new option called Shortcut Bar Settings. Over the weekend TechCrunch spotted the option to remove certain tabs like Marketplace, Watch, Groups, Events, Profile, Friend Requests, News, ...
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    Nov

    Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm

    As Xiaomi  widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday. While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of the local smartphone market share, still dominates the market, the ...
  • 12
    Nov

    Snapchat Spectacles 3 review: Pretty, pricey

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    No one’s going to pay $380 for decent point-of-view video glasses and some trippy filters. But that’s kind of the point of Snapchat Spectacles 3. They’re merely a stepping stone towards true augmented reality eyewear — a public hardware beta for the Snap Lab R&D team that Apple and Facebook aren’t getting as they tinker in their bunkers. Still, I hoped ...
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    Nov

    Watch MIT’s ‘mini cheetah’ robots frolic, fall, flip – and play soccer together

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    MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics department took a whole herd of its new ‘mini cheetah’ robots out for a group demonstration on campus recently – and the result is an adorable, impressive display of the current state of robotic technology in action. The school’s students are seen coordinating the actions of 9 of the dog-sized robots running through a range of activities, ...
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    Nov

    Voi raises another $85M for its European e-scooter service

    Voi Technology, the “micro-mobility” startup that operates an e-scooter service in a 38 cities across 10 European countries, has raised an $85 million in Series B funding. Backing the round is a mixture of existing and new investors. They include Balderton Capital, Creandum, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global, and Black Ice Capital. The new funding ...
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    Nov

    Google Pay comes to Curve, the banking platform that consolidates all your cards into one

    Hot on the heels of adding support for Samsung Pay, Curve, the London-based “over-the-top” banking platform that lets you consolidate all of your bank cards into a single card, has added support for Google Pay. The new integration — which we reported earlier this week was imminent, means that Android users can pay with Curve via their Android-powered phone or smart watch anywhere Google ...
  • 7
    Nov

    Saudi Arabia reportedly recruited Twitter employees to steal personal data of activists

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    Saudi Arabian officials allegedly paid at least two employees of Twitter  to access personal information on users the government there was interested in, according to recently unsealed court documents. Those users were warned of the attempt in 2015, but the full picture is only now emerging. According to an AP report citing the federal complaint, Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah were both approached ...
  • 7
    Nov

    Salesforce announces new content management system

    Salesforce has its fingers in a lot of parts of the customer experience, so why not content management? Today, the company announced a brand new tool called Salesforce  Content Management System, which it says is designed from the ground up to deliver a quality customer experience across multiple channels. The idea is to provide a way for customers to create, manage and deliver ...
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    Nov

    Shopify expands into email marketing

    Shopify continues to expand beyond its core e-commerce platform with a new product called Shopify  Email. Shopify’s chief product officer Craig Miller and director of product for marketing technology Michael Perry gave me a quick demo of the product yesterday; Miller argued that they’ve created “the first email product designed for e-commerce.” That means it’s integrated with a merchant’s store on Shopify, allowing ...
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    Nov

    Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting

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    Chinese tech giant Huawei has asked some of the world’s best phone hackers to a secret meeting in Munich later this month as the company tries to curry favor with global governments, TechCrunch has learned. Sources with knowledge of the November 16 meeting said Huawei will privately present its new bug bounty program, which would allow researchers to get financial ...
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    Nov

    Goldman Sachs leads $50M round for credit card platform Deserve

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    Deserve, a credit card startup helping young people establish themselves, as well as a cloud-based credit card platform for businesses, has raised $50 million in a new round of Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs, the company announced today. Others participating in the round include existing investors Sallie Mae, Accel, Aspect Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners and Mission Holdings. The ...
  • 5
    Nov

    Xiaomi launches Mi Watch, its $185 Apple Watch clone

    Xiaomi,  which competes with Apple for the top position in the wearable market, today made the competition a little more interesting. The Chinese electronics giant has launched its first smartwatch called the Mi Watch that looks strikingly similar to the Apple Watch in its home market. The Mi Watch, like the Apple Watch, has a square body with a crown and a button. It ...
  • 5
    Nov

    UK drone register takes off

    A UK drone registration scheme has opened ahead of the deadline for owners to register their devices coming into force at the end of this month. The UK government announced its intention to introduce a drone registration scheme two years ago. The rules apply to drones or model aircraft weighting between 250g and 20kg. Owners of drones wanting to fly the device themselves ...
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    Oct

    Virgin Galactic becomes the first public space tourism company on Monday

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    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wil find out what the public markets think of its ambitious plan to make commercial space tourism a reality on Monday. The company’s shareholders have approved a merger announced earlier this year with Chamath Palihapitiya’s special Social Capital Hedosophia holding company, and that will take effect Friday with adequate on the NYSE for the newly merged ...
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    Oct

    Real estate broker HelloOffice expands to Los Angeles after closing on $6.5 million

    HelloOffice, a new real estate brokerage business out of San Francisco, has nabbed $6.5 million in new financing and is absconding down to Los Angeles to open its first regional office. The company provides software to expedite the often painful (especially in San Francisco) task of finding office space (not the Mike Judge movie, which is available to stream on ...
  • 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. ...
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    Oct

    Bird-owned Scoot deploys new electric mopeds

    Scoot,  owned by Bird,  has just unveiled what it’s calling the Scoot Moped. At first glance, it appears to be Bird’s two-seater vehicle. In June, Bird unveiled the Cruiser, which can seat up to two people and be pedal-assist or just have a peg, depending on the market. While the Scoot Moped is meant for one person, the design and engineering of the Scoot ...
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    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 ...
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    Oct

    Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will form new industry team to return to the Moon

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    At the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. today, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced a new “national team” that will join forces in order to help return humans to the Moon via NASA’s Artemis program. They’ll focus on developing the Human Landing System that will be used to achieve this goal. Blue Origin  will serve as lead contractor for this ...
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    Oct

    New Nvidia Shield Android TV streaming device leaks via Amazon listing

    The fact that Nvidia is updating its Shield TV hardware has already been telegraphed via an FCC filing, but a leak earlier today paints much more of a detailed picture. An Amazon listing for a new Nvidia Shield Pro set-top streaming device went live briefly before being taken down, showing a familiar hardware design and a new remote control and listing ...
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    Oct

    Volvo creates a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport

    Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects including at a few quarries and mines, and in ...
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    Oct

    Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh

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    Amazon seemingly didn’t realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million smart speakers were shipped in Q2 2019. That’s a hefty 55.4% growth from the year ...
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    Oct

    Zoho launches Catalyst, a new developer platform with a focus on microservices

    Zoho  may be one of the most underrated tech companies. The 23-year-old company, which at this point offers more than 45 products, has never taken outside funding and has no ambition to go public, yet it’s highly profitable and runs its own data centers around the world. And today, it’s launching Catalyst, a cloud-based developer platform with a focus on microservices ...
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    Oct

    Google Nest Mini hands-on

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    Two years after the release of the Home Mini, Google’s back with the sequel. Well, “sequel” might be a bit strong. The Nest Mini is more like one of those 1.5 movies they release on home video with a little extra footage than the theatrical release. That’s not a compliant, exactly. The truth is there are some improvements here, but ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Here’s everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event

    Google  held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bullet points of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia launch Stadia, Google’s cloud video game streaming service, will launch ...
  • 15
    Oct

    Walmart’s Flipkart confirms it is entering the food retail business in India

    India’s Flipkart  is entering the food retail business as the e-commerce giant looks to expand its reach in the nation, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Flipkart, which sold majority stake in the company to Walmart for $16 billion last year, has registered an entity called ‘Flipkart Farmermart Pvt Ltd’ — in compliance with local laws — that will focus on food retail, ...
  • 15
    Oct

    Wheels raises $50 million for pedal-less e-bike share

    Wheels, the startup founded by Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, just announced a $50 million round led by DBL Partners. This round brings Wheels’ total funding to $87 million. Wheels  currently operates in sixmarkets, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Scottsdale, Ariz., Salt Lake City and Cleveland. The plan is to use the funding to deploy in additional markets ...
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    Oct

    Porsche has a new, cheaper version of the all-electric Taycan

    Porsche introduced Monday the Taycan 4S, a third version of its all-electric vehicle. The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September. And indeed, inside all of the Taycans, including the 4S, are the same chassis and suspension, permanent magnet synchronous motors and other bits. But this version is a little lighter, ...
  • 14
    Oct

    Samsung’s Galaxy Fold concierge service is live in the US for those who need it

    Part of Samsung’s reboot of the Galaxy Fold was the announcement of a Premiere Service. Along with a reinforced version of the phone and a lot more warning labels, the company announced that it would also be a 24/7 care service…just in case something happened with the device. I had some issues with my in just over a day, after not running ...
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    Oct

    Toyota’s LQ concept car will make friends with you via its onboard AI

    Toyota is doubling down on its prediction that the key to building a compelling car of the future will be creating a true connection between car and driver (or passenger, depending on whether or now you’re using autonomous mode). The car maker’s new LQ concept is an evolution fo the Concept-i vehicle it unveiled at CES in 2017, complete with ...
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    Oct

    NASA Administrator ‘very confident’ SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020

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    NASA  Administrator Jim Bridenstine was at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, Calif. on Thursday, delivering an address alongside NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who will launch aboard SpaceX’s  commercial Crew Dragon capsule, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Bridenstine kicked off with some brief remarks about the importance and priority of the crew launch mission, which he said both he and Musk are ...
  • 10
    Oct

    NASCAR could debut hybrids as early as 2022

    NASCAR could introduce hybrid powered cars as early as 2022, NASCAR’s SVP for Racing Development John Probst told TechCrunch. The auto-racing series — which is America’s most popular motorsport — opened up on the development of competition vehicles powered by gas and electricity. “We travel the world visiting other sanctioning bodies and are not ignorant to the fact that the world’s going towards more hybrid ...
  • 10
    Oct

    European risk report flags 5G security challenges

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    European Union Member States have published a joint risk assessment report into 5G technology which highlights increased security risks that will require a new approach to securing telecoms infrastructure. The EU has so far resisted pressure from the U.S. to boycott Chinese tech giant Huawei as a 5G supplier on national security grounds, with individual Member States such as the UK also taking ...
  • 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 ...
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    Oct

    Toyota, GM, Nvidia, Bosch and others form new autonomous driving tech consortium

    We’re still very much in the collaboration phase of autonomous driving, since it’s looking still quite a ways off from being anything consumers can use on the regular. That means there’s plenty of opportunity for things like the new “Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium” (AVCC) announced today to form. This industry group includes Arm, Bosch, Continental, GM, Toyota, Nvidia, NXP, and ...
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    Oct

    Amazon introduces a Kindle for kids

    While it’s true that many parents are doing their best to reduce screen time as much as possible, there’s something to be said for the Kindle Kids Edition. The best and worst things about the device are its limitations. It’s purpose-built for reading, and that’s about it. For that reason, the Kindle line makes a lot of sense to get the ...
  • 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 ...
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    Oct

    Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion ...

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    Here we go again. Western governments are once again dialing up their attack on end-to-end encryption — calling for either no e2e encryption or backdoored e2e encryption so platforms can be commanded to serve state agents with messaging data in “a readable and usable format.” U.S. Attorney General William Barr, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, U.K. Home Secretary Priti ...
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    Oct

    NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing

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    NASA  will fly a crewed X-plane, one of the experimental aircraft it creates to test various technologies, for the first time in two decades in the near future. This X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell to be exact, is significant for another reason, too: It’s the first fully electric experimental plane that NASA will fly. The delivery of the X-57 Maxwell to NASA’s Armstrong ...
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    Oct

    Harness launches Continuous Insights to measure software team performance

    Jyoti Bansal,  CEO and co-founder at Harness,  has always been frustrated by the lack of tools to measure software development team performance. Harness is a tool that provides Continuous Delivery as a Service, and its latest offering, Continuous Insights, lets managers know exactly how their teams are performing. Bansal says a traditional management maxim says that if you can’t measure a process, you ...
  • 3
    Oct

    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon arrive at Cape Canaveral ahead of key test ...

    SpaceX’s  facility at Cape Canaveral just received a crucial new delivery: A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule that it will be using for an upcoming in-flight abort test. This test, which will demonstrate the spacecraft and launch system’s ability to abort the launch mid-flight in case of any emergencies, is an important and necessary step before SpaceX can fly ...
  • 3
    Oct

    Instagram launches Threads, a Close Friends chat app with auto-status

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    What if Instagram could automatically tell you’re Close Friends you’re (home), (working), (on the move), or (chilling and might want to hang out)? That’s the idea behind Instagram’s new companion app Threads, a Close Friends-only messaging experience that opens to the camera with shortcuts for instantly sending specific people photos and videos. Threads offers two brand new features called Status and Auto-Status that allow ...
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    Oct

    Facetune maker Lightricks expands with a trio of apps for small businesses

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    Fresh of its recent raise of $135 million, Lightricks, the maker of popular selfie editor Facetune and several other top consumer-focused photo editing applications, is branching out. The company this morning announced the launch of a suite of new mobile apps aimed at small businesses that want professional content creation tools to help them with their social media marketing campaigns. Together, the ...
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    Tesla acquires computer vision startup DeepScale in push toward robotaxis

    Tesla  has acquired DeepScale, a Silicon Valley startup that uses low-wattage processors to power more accurate computer vision, in a bid to improve its Autopilot driver assistance system and deliver on CEO Elon Musk’s vision to turn its electric vehicles into robotaxis. CNBC was the first to report the acquisition. TechCrunch independently confirmed the deal with two unnamed sources, although neither one would ...
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    Oct

    WhatsApp is testing a self-destructing messages feature

    WhatsApp  users may soon get the ability to have their messages self-destruct after a set period of time. That’s according to a highly-reliable tipster who spotted the feature combing through the code of a beta version of the app. Twitter user WABetaInfo said on Tuesday that the recently released public beta of WhatsApp for Android — dubbed v2.19.275 — includes an optional feature ...
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    Oct

    Twitter launches its anti-abuse filter for Direct Messages

    Twitter  is rolling out its spam and abuse filter for Direct Messages, a month and a half after the company announced it had started testing the feature. The filter will be available on Twitter’s iOS, Android and Web apps. The filter adds a new view to the Additional Messages inbox, where DMs from people you don’t follow go. If you click on it, ...
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    Oct

    PayPal to enter China through GoPay acquisition

    The People’s Bank of China has approved PayPal’s  acquisition of a 70% equity state in GoPay (Guofubao Information Technology Co. [GoPay], Ltd.), which will make PayPal the first foreign payment platform to provide online payment services in China. GoPay has licenses for online and mobile transactions, and mainly provides payment products for industries including e-commerce, cross-border commerce, aviation tourism and others. According ...
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    Logitech acquires popular game streaming tool Streamlabs for around $89M

    If you’re into live-streaming video games, you’ve probably heard of Streamlabs. They make a popular, free software tool for overlaying content on top of whatever game you’re playing, allowing streamers to pop everything from sponsorship logos to donation alerts on top of their video. Logitech  has acquired the company for roughly $89 million, plus $29 million in bonus payments if the team ...
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    Facebook’s plan for our post-web future

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    Let us connect some dots. Five years ago, Facebook acquired VR pioneers Oculus for $2 billion. This week, it snapped up neural-interface pioneers CTRL-Labs for somewhere north of $500 million, and announced that its own massively multiplayer VR shared universe Horizon will launch early next year. Oculus became (somewhat creepily named) Facebook Reality Labs, headed by Andrew Bosworth, one of the company’s first 15 engineers, who also headed ...
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    Sep

    Amboss, the knowledge platform for medical professionals, scores €30M Series B

    Amboss, the Berlin-based ‘medtech’ startup that originally offered a learning app for students but has since pivoted to a knowledge platform for medical professionals, has raised €30 million in Series B funding. The round is led by Partech’s growth fund, with Target Global acting as a co-investor. Existing investors, Cherry Ventures, Wellington Partners and Holtzbrinck Digital, also participated. Launched in ...
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    Sep

    Tesla V10.0 car software update adds Smart Summon, Netflix/YouTube, Spotify, karaoke and more

    Tesla is rolling out a new software update that adds a slew of new features to its cars. These include the new “Smart Summon” feature, which will allow cars equipped with the optional $5,000 full-self driving package to automatically drive themselves from a parking spot to collect you in a parking lot. This is one of the most advanced semi-self-driving features that ...
  • 27
    Sep

    Last year’s Gatwick drone attack involved at least two drones, say police

    A major drone incident at the UK’s second business airport last year continues to baffle police. Last December a series of drone sightings near Gatwick Airport  caused chaos as scores of flights were grounded and thousands of travellers had their holiday plans disrupted. The incident, which took place during a peak travel period ahead of Christmas, led to the airport being closed for 30 ...
  • 27
    Sep

    YouTube Music will be preinstalled on Android 10 and new Android 9 devices

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    Here’s one way to play catch up in the competitive streaming music market: preinstall your app on millions of Android handsets. That’s what Google will now be doing with YouTube Music. The company announced today the app will come preinstalled on all new devices launching with Android 10 as well as Android 9, including its own Pixel series of smartphones. The move ...
  • 27
    Sep

    The Galaxy Fold is now available for purchase in the US

    This is, surely, the moment some loyal fans have waited for. And understandably so. The Galaxy Fold is, by all measures, an exciting phone. It’s the sort of bold brashness that has helped Samsung set itself apart from the competition. Many of us laughed at the Galaxy Note, too, and yet here we are, with larger phones across the board. ...
  • 26
    Sep

    Hands-on with Oculus Link: Rift who?

    Four months after its release, the Rift S is looking pretty irrelevant. My colleague Josh and I went hands-on with an early demo of Oculus  Link, a feature launching in beta in November that lets Quest users connect their headset to a PC and play games that require a bit more horsepower than the Quest’s onboard compute can handle. The differences between ...
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    Sep

    Indonesia’s ride-hailing giant Gojek launches video streaming service GoPlay

    On-demand video streaming giant Netflix,  which is increasingly expanding its footprint in developing markets, now has a new competitor in Indonesia: Gojek. The Indonesian ride-hailing giant on Thursday launched a video streaming service called GoPlay that features exclusive access to “hundreds of movies and TV shows” as well as snackable short clips. The streaming service is currently available only in Indonesia. The service, ...
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    Sep

    With a new $20 million in funding, electronic stethoscope startup Eko wants to research your ...

    It’s hard to compete against the Apple Watch or even an app on your phone when it comes to personal heart rate monitors these days. However, Eko, a startup best known for creating an electronic stethoscope to monitor your heart rhythm, hopes further research and development will help give its more clinically promoted device a leg up as a leader in the ...
  • 25
    Sep

    Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual and in-person healthcare offering for employees

    Amazon  has gone live with Amazon Care, a new pilot healthcare service offering that is initially available to its employees in and around the Seattle area. The Amazon Care offering includes both virtual and in-person care, with telemedicine via app, chat and remote video, as well as follow-up visits and prescription drug delivery in person directly at an employee’s home or office. ...
  • 20
    Sep

    Inside Apple’s reimagined Fifth Ave. store

    After two years of work, the wrapper comes off the giant glass cube this week, as Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship opens to the public this Friday. The big reveal coincides with the company’s latest releases, including new iPhones and an Apple Watch — an appropriately grandiose homecoming for new gear. This morning, the company offered a sneak preview to select media, ourselves ...
  • 20
    Sep

    iOS 13 is now available to download

    Apple  has just released the final version of iOS 13. This update brings many much needed quality-of-life improvements — and there are also a bunch of new features. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. Many people try to download these major updates ...
  • 19
    Sep

    Google is bringing Assistant to people without internet access

    Google Assistant, the digital assistant from the global search giant, is available to users through their smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers. Earlier this year, the company partnered with KaiOS to bring Assistant to some feature phones with internet access. Now Google is going a step further: Bringing its virtual assistant to people who have the most basic cellphone with no internet ...
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    Sep

    Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box

    Facebook wants to take over your television with a clip-on camera for video calling, AR gaming, and content co-watching. If you can get past the creepiness, the new Portal TV lets you hang out with friends on your home’s biggest screen. It’s a fresh product category that could give the social network a unique foothold in the living room where unlike ...
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    Sep

    Google will unveil the Pixel 4 and other new hardware on October 15

    Google  will reveal the next Pixel in greater detail at an event happening October 15 in New York, the company confirmed via invites sent to media today. We already know the Pixel 4 will be revealed at this event, because Google has already dropped some official images and feature details for the new Android smartphone, but we’ll probably see more besides, ...
  • 16
    Sep

    Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 combines creative flexibility with great design

    The Android tablet market isn’t exactly a hotbed of excitement and activity, which makes it all the more impressive that Samsung continues to iterate its own tablet lineup in smart, meaningful ways that push the technology forward and deliver a stellar experience. Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S6 (starting at $649.99) is no exception, and this latest offering expands the definition of what a ...
  • 13
    Sep

    Google Photos adds a time-traveling version of Stories, plus more sharing and printing options

    Google  Photos is getting its own version of Stories. But instead of focusing on what you’re doing now, as Stories  on other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat offer, Google Photos is adopting the format to help you take a trip down memory lane. The feature is one of several updates coming to the photo-sharing service that focuses on helping you reconnect with your ...
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    Sep

    Why does the new iPhone 11 Pro have 3 cameras?

    On the back of the iPhone 11 Pro can be found three cameras. Why? Because the more light you collect, the better your picture can be. And we pretty much reached the limit of what one camera can do a little while back. Two, three, even a dozen cameras can be put to work creating a single photo — the ...
  • 12
    Sep

    Apple TV+ will cost $5.99 in Canada, £4.99 in the UK and INR 99 in ...

    At its big press event yesterday, Apple announced that its TV+ streaming service would cost $4.99 per month and a launch date on November 1. But it’s supposed to be available in more than 100 countries, so what does that pricing look like outside the United States? The Streamable has rounded up TV+ pricing in different countries — and you can verify the ...
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    Sep

    Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security

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    Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions. Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s Security and Privacy Questionnaire for web feature developers. The questionnaire ...
  • 11
    Sep

    Google Express to close in a few weeks, will become part of Google Shopping

    Google’s failed online shopping service Google Express is closing in a few weeks, as its features will be merged into a revamped version of Google Shopping, Google says in an email sent to its customers this week. The company had already announced its plans to shutter the Google Express brand, as part of a wider redesign of how it approached online ...
  • 10
    Sep

    Live from Apple’s iPhone 11 event

    The moment is finally here, Apple  fans. This morning at 10AM PT/1PM ET, the company will unveil the latest version of the iPhone. You can read up on all of the latest rumors here (or watch this handy video). You can also watch the live stream in youtube. The iPhone could well present a shift in the way the company positions its products amid slowing sales. The ...
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    Sep

    Volocopter raises $55M led by Volvo owner Geely, sets 3-year timeline for its flying taxi ...

    The promise of flying cars has become an idea more synonymous with the tech world’s shortcomings than its exciting potential, but today one of the startups that has been focused on actually trying to make small, airborne vehicles a reality is announcing a fundraise and says it’s on track for a commercial launch in two to three years. Volocopter, which has been building drone-like autonomous electric ...
  • 9
    Sep

    Google Nest Hub Max review

    There were two standout features I really appreciated off the bat about the original Nest (nee Google Home) Hub: its compact size and its lack of camera. The new Nest Max has decidedly neither of those things. After releasing a model that offered an interesting alternative to the Echo Show, Google’s  taking Amazon’s flagship smart screen head-on with the Max. It’s a device that leverages ...
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    Sep

    Xiaomi has shipped 100 million smartphones in India

    Xiaomi  said on Friday it has shipped over 100 million smartphones in India, its most important market, since beginning operations in the nation five years ago. The company cited figures from research firm IDC in its claim. The Chinese giant, which has held the top smartphone vendor position in India for eight straight quarters, said budget smartphone series Redmi and Redmi Note ...
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    Samsung’s Galaxy Fold arrives in Korea September 6, US in ‘coming weeks’

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    Five months after its planned launch, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally here. Well, almost. After offering a broad September time frame a few months back, the electronics giant just announced that the foldable foldable phone will be arriving in its native South Korea on September 6. Customers in the U.S. will have to wait a bit longer, with device arriving ...
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    Sep

    Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims

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    A number of malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were targeting Uyghur Muslims, TechCrunch has learned. Sources familiar with the matter said the websites were part of a state-backed attack — likely China — designed to target the Uyghur community in the country’s Xinjiang state. It’s part of the latest effort by the Chinese government to crack ...
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    Aug

    Volocopter’s 2X eVTOL records a first with flight at Helsinki International Airport

    The Volocopter 2X air taxi vehicle is now the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) craft to fly at an international airport, fully integrated into the same airspace as other commercial passenger craft. It performed this key milestone flight at Helsinki International Airport, in a demonstration mission that showed it successfully integrated with both traditional air traffic management, and ...
  • 30
    Aug

    Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

    Security researchers at Google say they’ve found a number of malicious websites which, when visited, could quietly hack into a victim’s iPhone by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software flaws. Google’s Project Zero said in a deep-dive blog post published late on Thursday that the websites were visited thousands of times per week by unsuspecting victims, in what they described as ...
  • 29
    Aug

    NASA completes inflight testing of supersonic plane X-59’s virtual cockpit window

    The X-59 supersonic research airplane developed by NASA, which aims to pioneer quiet supersonic flight for eventual use in commercial aviation, is one step closer to reality thanks to testing of a system it will use to provide the aircraft’s pilot with a fully virtual view of the skies. The eXternal Visibility System (or XVS because NASA loves ‘X’ in ...
  • 29
    Aug

    ZTE tries for a US return with an affordable flagship

    ZTE’s U.S. government dealings have never been as high-profile as fellow Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, but it has had its fair share of scuffles. Last summer, the company got smacked with a $1 billion fine over sanction violations. All in all, 2018 was not a great year for ZTE here in the States. It all amounted to a big blow for a ...
  • 28
    Aug

    Peloton files publicly for IPO

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    Peloton, the well-funded maker of internet-connected stationary bikes and treadmills, has finally revealed documents for its upcoming initial public offering. The business previously submitted a confidential draft submission of its S-1 statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in June. The New York-based company, which plans to raise $500 million in its Nasdaq offering, will trade under the ticker symbol PTON. Peloton reported ...
  • 26
    Aug

    Experimental US Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight

    The Boeing-built X-37B space plane commissioned and operated by the U.S. Air Force has now broken its own record for time spent in space. Its latest mission has lasted 719 days as of today, which is one day longer than its last mission which ended in 2017, as noted by Space.com. It’s not an overall record, since geocommunications satellites typically have ...
  • 26
    Aug

    Web host Hostinger says data breach may affect 14 million customers

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    Hostinger said it has reset user passwords as a “precautionary measure” after it detected unauthorized access to a database containing information on millions of its customers. The breach is said to have happened on Thursday. The company said in a blog post it received an alert that one of its servers was improperly accessed. Using an access token found on the server, ...
  • 23
    Aug

    Inside the Porsche Taycan’s minimalist, 911-inspired interior

    Porsche has taken the wraps off the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released several images of the interior on Thursday. Earlier this week, TechCrunch was among numerous media outlets that got an up-close ...
  • 23
    Aug

    VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion

    VMware  today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion. In addition, VMware also confirmed the acquisition of Pivotal, which will have a value of about $2.7 billion. VMware’s revenue for the last quarter was $2.44 billion. That’s a big day for VMware. “Building ...
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    N26 launches Shared Spaces and is now fully available in the U.S.

    Challenger bank N26 is announcing two things this week. First, the company lets you share sub-accounts with other N26  users in just a few taps. Second, after a limited beta test, the company is officially launching in the U.S. with open registration. Shared Spaces could be seen as an alternative to joint accounts. The feature could be particularly useful for groups with more than 2 ...
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    Apple reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and ...

    Apple is getting ready for its usual fall iPhone launch event, which is rumored to be happening September 10, though the event hasn’t been officially confirmed this year. A new report from Bloomberg offers a preview of the lineup of hardware products it’s looking to debut this year. There are new iPhones, of course, including a new iPhone Pro model that replaces ...
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    Xiaomi launches Mi A3 Android One smartphone with 48MP rear camera in India for $181

    Google has found a committed Android One partner in Xiaomi. The Chinese electronics giant today launched the Mi A3, its third Android One smartphone in recent years, in India as the company looks to expand its handset offering in its most important market. The Mi A3 features mid to high-end hardware modules and follows Xiaomi’s tradition of punching above its price ...
  • 20
    Aug

    Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season

    Waymo  is taking some of its autonomous vehicles to Florida just in time for hurricane season to begin testing in heavy rain. The move to Florida will focus on testing how its myriad of sensors hold up during the region’s rainy season as well as to collect data. All of the vehicles will be manually driven by trained drivers. Waymo  will bring ...
  • 20
    Aug

    Segway-Ninebot’s new scooter drives to its docking station for a recharge

    At an event in Beijing last week, Chinese scooter company Segway-Ninebot Group unveiled a trio of new products. The most compelling of the bunch was no doubt the KickScooter T60, which harnesses AI to drive itself back to the charging station. The company says it will start piloting the products next quarter, with a timeline for commercialization realized some time early next ...
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    Aug

    This hand-tracking algorithm could lead to sign language recognition

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    Millions of people communicate using sign language, but so far projects to capture its complex gestures and translate them to verbal speech have had limited success. A new advance in real-time hand tracking from Google’s AI labs, however, could be the breakthrough some have been waiting for. The new technique uses a few clever shortcuts and of course the increasing general efficiency of machine ...
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    Aug

    Didi Chuxing and oil giant BP team up to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in ...

    Ride-sharing and transportation platform Didi Chuxing announced today that it has formed a joint venture with BP, the British gas, oil and energy supermajor. to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in China. The charging stations will be available to Didi and non-Didi drivers. The news of Didi and BP’s  joint venture comes one week after Didi announced that it had received funding totaling $600 million ...
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    Smartphone sales expected to drop 2.5% globally this year

    Smartphone sales have continued their global decline. New numbers from Gartner forecast a drop of 2.5 percent down to 1.5 billion. The biggest hits to the industry are Japan, Western Europe and North America, which saw drops of 6.5, 5.3 and 4.4 percent, respectively. It’s all part of a continued trend we’ve highlighted several times before. Slowed upgrade cycles, pricier phones a ...
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    Amazon-backed food delivery startup Deliveroo acquires Edinburgh software studio Cultivate

    As two of the largest players in online-food ordering and delivery in Europe work on a $10 billion merger to expand their footprint and economies of scale, one of its biggest rivals has made an acquisition to expand its own tech muscle. Deliveroo, the London-based food delivery startup backed by Amazon that is itself valued in the billions, has acquired a small Scottish ...
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    Jamf acquires Digita Security to gain native Mac security

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    Jamf has been widely known as an enterprise Mac deployment and management tool company, but it has been looking for ways to expand beyond those core capabilities. One thing it heard from customers was that there was a dearth of native Mac security tools. It checked that box today, announcing it has acquired Digita Security, a startup with a native Mac security ...
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    Jul

    China’s Vivo is eyeing smartphone users in Africa and Middle East

    Africa’s mobile phone industry has in recent times been dominated by Transsion, a Shenzhen-based company that is little known outside the African continent and is gearing up for an initial public offering in China. Now, its Chinese peer Vivo is following its shadow to this burgeoning part of the world with low-cost offerings. Vivo,  the world’s fifth-largest smartphone maker, announced this week that it’s bringing its budget-friendly Y ...
  • 29
    Jul

    Report claims all three new iPhones planned for 2020 will support 5G

    Apple  analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — sometimes described as “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world” — has written a new note to investors saying that the three iPhones expected to launch in 2020 will feature support for 5G. In previous Kuo reports, it’s said the 2020 iPhones could be available in new sizes: a 5.4 and 6.7-inch high-end iPhones with ...
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    Huawei’s first 5G phone goes on sale in China next month

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    Huawei on Friday announced the upcoming release of its first 5G handset in its home market. Following on the heels of its UK debut, the Mate 20 X is currently up for pre-order, with an expected China arrival of August 16. The handset beats the foldable Mate X to market, in spite of that handset having made its debut way back ...
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    AWS revenue growth slips a bit, but remains Amazon’s golden goose

    Like Azure last week, AWS reported some slippage in its cloud earnings growth numbers today, dropping from 49% growth last year at this time to 37% this year. Total revenue increased from Q2 last year, from $6.105 billion to $8.381 billion this year. Today’s report puts the company on an astonishing run rate of more than $33 billion — just for ...
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    Samsung readies Galaxy Fold for September release

    When it was unveiled on stage, the Galaxy Fold was heralded as the next big thing. Samsung seeded units to reviews and prepared for launch. And then a funny thing happened on the way to a smartphone paradigm shift: it started breaking. Multiple review units were sent back to Samsung with busted screens. It was a small sample size, to ...
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    Jul

    Facebook ignored staff warnings about “sketchy” Cambridge Analytica in September 2015

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    Facebook  employees tried to alert the company about the activity of Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, per the SEC’s complaintagainst the company which was published yesterday. This chimes with a court filing that emerged earlier this year — which also suggested Facebook knew of concerns about the controversial data company earlier than it had publicly said, including in repeat testimony to a ...
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    Facebook ends friend data access for Microsoft and Sony, the last 2 of its legacy ...

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    One more consequence of the FTC’s investigation of Facebook, which culminated in a record $5 billion settlement announced today: it’s finally tightening another string in its privacy policy by cutting off access to friend data for Microsoft and Sony, the company announced today. It described having allowed them access up to now as “our mistake.” Little by little, Facebook has been trickling ...
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    Apple’s latest Tesla hire specializes in car interiors

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    Another high-level Tesla engineering executive has hopped over to Apple. Steve MacManus, who was vice president of engineering at Tesla, is now a senior director at Apple,  according to an update on his LinkedIn profile. Bloomberg was the first to report MacManus had taken the position at Apple. MacManus, whose was in charge of interior and exterior engineering, is the third Tesla executive to leave and ...
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    Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise

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    Facebook’s messaging app for under 13s, Messenger  Kids — which launched two years ago pledging a “private” chat space for kids to talk with contacts specifically approved by their parents — has run into an embarrassing safety issue. The Verge obtained messages sent by Facebook to an unknown number of parents of users of the app informing them the company had found what it couches as ...
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    With Chandrayaan-2 launch, India’s ISRO shoots for the Moon on a shoe-string budget

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    India took a giant leap in its space program on Monday after its space agency launched a spacecraft that is scheduled to touch down on the Moon in September. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which is India’s equivalent of NASA, confirmed the successful launch of the spacecraft as the nation inches closer to become only the fourth country — ...
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    Huawei 5G indecision is hitting UK’s relations abroad, warns committee

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    The UK’s next prime minister must prioritize a decision on whether or not to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to be a 5G supplier, a parliamentary committee has urged — warning that the country’s international relations are being “seriously damaged” by ongoing delay. In a statement on 5G suppliers, the Intelligence and Security committee (ISC) writes that the government must take a ...
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    Tesla’s new V3 Supercharger can charge up to 1,500 electric vehicles a day

    Tesla  has opened a massive next-generation electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas that combines the company’s core products into one sustainable energy ecosystem, fulfilling a vision CEO Elon Musk  laid out nearly three years ago The new V3 Supercharger, which supports a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts, is designed to dramatically cut charging times for its electric vehicles. Tesla unveiled ...
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    Boeing set to take $4.9 billion Q2 charge on 737 Max grounding

    Boeing’s 737 Max fiasco has cast a dark shadow over the company’s reputation and is impacting the company’s financials in a major way, as well. The Seattle aviation company announced that it will be taking a hefty $4.9 billion post-tax hit in its second-quarter due to the continued grounding of the 737 Max fleet. Boeing says the charge is “in connection with ...
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    Altitude Angel launches an API for safer drone flights

    Altitude Angel, a U.K. startup that provides safety, data and traffic management systems for drones, is launching a de-confliction service for drone flights — available via its developer API platform. “The dynamic system will continuously monitor the airspace around an aircraft for the ‘unexpected’ such as other aerial vehicles or changes to airspace (such as a Temporary Flight Restriction/Dynamic Geofence ...
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    FaceApp gets federal attention as Sen. Schumer raises alarm on data use

    It’s been hard to get away from FaceApp  over the last few days, whether it’s your friends posting weird selfies using the app’s aging and other filters, or the brief furore over its apparent (but not actual) circumvention of permissions on iPhones. Now even the Senate is getting in on the fun: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FBI and the FTC to ...
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    Elon Musk’s Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting ...

    Neuralink,  the Elon Musk-led startup that the multi-entrepreneur founded in 2017, is working on technology that’s based around ‘threads’ which it says can be implanted in human brains with much less potential impact to the surrounding brain tissue vs. what’s currently used for today’s brain-computer interfaces. “Most people don’t realize, we can solve that with a chip,” Musk said to kick ...
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    Sutro’s smart pool monitoring device arrives next month

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    Sutro’s device has changed a lot since the company appeared as a contestant in our Hardware Battlefield way back in 2015. But who hasn’t, really? The startup happened to be in town as TechCrunch paid a visit to SSV’s Shenzhen headquarters. Turns out it’s a good place to be six weeks ahead of your product’s commercial launch. There are always plenty of kinks ...
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    The Dreamlight Zen uses lights and music to help wearers relax

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    Every time I’m back in Asia, it seems like I’m meeting with another sleep mask company. And every time, I wonder aloud about how the technology might ease the soul grinding 16 hour flight home. Last year, Brinc-backed Silentmode lent me a unit for the long flight along with a final night in Hong Kong’s notorious Chung King Mansions hostel ...
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    Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

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    Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, according to the sources cited in the report, and will be somewhat wider than the existing Echo models (perhaps more akin to ...
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    Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot on wheels

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    Bloomberg reported last April that Amazon was working on a home robot codenamed ‘Vesta’ (after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home) last year, and now the publication says that development on the project continues. Plus, the report includes new details about the specifics of the robot, including that it will indeed support Alexa and have wheels to help it move ...
  • 11
    Jul

    Signavio raises $177M at a $400M valuation for its business process automation solutions

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    Robotic Process Automation has been the name of the game in enterprise software lately — with organizations using advances in machine learning algorithms and other kinds of AI, alongside big-data analytics to speed up everything from performing mundane tasks to more complex business decisions. To underscore the opportunity and growth in the market, today a startup in the wider segment ...
  • 11
    Jul

    N26 launches its challenger bank in the U.S.

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    European fintech startup N26 is now accepting customers in the U.S. The company is launching a bank account with a debit card that should provide a better experience compared to traditional retail banks. If you’re familiar with N26, the product that is going live today won’t surprise you much. Customers in the U.S. can download a mobile app and create a bank ...
  • 11
    Jul

    Amazon invests $700 million to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce by 2025

    Amazon announced this morning a plan to invest over $700 million to retrain workers across the U.S. to allow them to move into skilled technical and non-technical roles across its corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network. The company’s goal is to “upskill” 100,000 of its U.S. employees for more in-demand jobs by 2025 — or, one in ...
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    Jul

    BMW unveils the first all-electric Mini with the Cooper SE

    The all-electric Mini Cooper was once just a demonstration car and a dream for EV fans, but now it’s a car people will actually be able to buy, with truly competitive range and a ground-up purely electric drivetrain. The new Mini Cooper SE is the brand’s first purely electric small car, with a range of between 235 and 270 kilometres ...
  • 9
    Jul

    BMW is making it easier to charge electric vehicles near America’s national parks

    BMW has finished a nearly two-year project to bring 100 electric vehicle charging stations to America’s national parks. The automaker partnered in 2017 with several U.S. agencies, including the National Park Foundation, National Park Service,  and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. More than 90 of the charging ...
  • 9
    Jul

    Apple stops selling the 12-inch MacBook, a computer you either loved or were confused by

    Apple  officially stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook today, a computer that hasn’t had an update since June 2017 and that is also maybe one of the most contentious Macs in Apple’s lineup. The 12-inch MacBook at one time seemed like Apple’s path forward (plenty of Apple fans and analysts saw it as a sign of things to come when it launched ...
  • 9
    Jul

    The News Project’s publishing platform goes live with its first customer, CALmatters

    CEO Merrill Brown says he founded The News Project to address one of the big problems in the journalism business: “It costs too much to launch and operate news sites.” It’s an issue that Brown knows well — he’s a former journalist, journalism executive and educator who served as the founding editor in chief of MNSBC.com. He announced earlier this year that The ...
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    Jul

    UK’s ICO fines British Airways a record £183M over GDPR breach that leaked data from ...

    The UK’s Information Commissioner is starting off the week with a GDPR bang: this morning, it announced that it has fined British Airways and its parent International Airlines Group (IAG) £183.39 million ($230 million) in connection with a data breach that took place last year that affected a whopping 500,000 customers browsing and booking tickets online. In an investigation, the ICO said that it found “that ...
  • 8
    Jul

    Uber rival Bolt has closed another tranche of funding at a $1B+ valuation

    Uber and Lyft going public may have put closer public scrutiny on the economics of ridesharing, but it hasn’t had a chilling effect on the level of competition in the space. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Bolt, the Estonian ride-sharing, scooter and food delivery company that operates across Europe — most recently opening for business in London — ...
  • 8
    Jul

    Google debuts ‘Code with Google’ coding education resource for teachers

    Google is offering a new coding resource for educators via ‘Code with Google,’which collects Google’s own free course curriculum on teaching computer science, and a variety of programs to help students learn to code or build on their existing skills, with stuff for people at all levels of ability. The ‘Code with Google’ resources extend beyond just learning, however, and include ...
  • 5
    Jul

    Waresix hauls in $14.5M to advance its push to digitize logistics in Indonesia

    Waresix, one of a handful of startups aiming to modernize logistics in Indonesia — the world’s fourth most populous country — has pulled in $14.5 million to grow its 18-month-old business. This new investment, Waresix’s Series A, is led by EV Growth — the growth-stage fund co-run by East Ventures — with participation from SMDV — the investment arm of ...
  • 5
    Jul

    Smart scooter company Gogoro launches GoShare, an end-to-end vehicle sharing platform

    Founded in 2011, Gogoro now makes the best-selling electric scooters in Taiwan, where it is headquartered. The startup has always seen itself as an end-to-end platform developer, however, and today it marked a major milestone with the announcement of a new vehicle sharing system. Called GoShare, the program will start operating with a pilot fleet of about 1,000 Gogoro  smart scooters next month in ...
  • 5
    Jul

    Clever Cloud launches GPU-based instances

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    French startup Clever Cloud is a cloud hosting company that operates a Platform as a Service (or PaaS). The company just launched GPU-based instances for machine learning purposes under a new brand, Clever Grid. Behind the scene, the company uses Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. You get billed by the minute and the most basic instance costs €0.42 per hour, or €10 per day, ...
  • 5
    Jul

    Sony’s new wireless earbuds pack great noise-canceling and battery life

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    I’ve got a 16 hour flight coming up in about a week, so I’m hoping our review units come through before then. For now, my time with the WF-1000XM3 has been limited to a few minutes in a conference room, but so far I like what I’ve heard. The sound on Sony’s new fully wireless earbuds is quite sharp and ...
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    Jul

    BMW and Daimler partner on autonomous driving, first results of team-up in market by 2024

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    Global automakers BMW and Daimler will join forces in a new long-term partnership to co-develop automated driving technologies, including levels of automation all the way up to SAE Level 4, which is defined as full self-driving, no human intervention required, but only under exactly defined conditions or domains – steering wheel and brakes not necessarily even present I the car. This BMW/Daimler ...
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    Jul

    Europe moves closer to making VTOL air taxis a reality

    The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA), the regulatory body that provides the rules of the skies needed for commercial airlines and other air travel providers to operate, has released new certification guidelines that set the stage for commercial operation of both hybrid and electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft. This is a key step towards actually making it ...
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    Jul

    Facebook News Feed changes downrank misleading health info and dangerous ‘cures’

    No, drinking bleach is not a miracle cure for diseases and other conditions — but that’s the sort of bogus health claim that’s floating around the web these days, getting blocked by sites like Amazon and YouTube. Now you can add Facebook to that list of sites taking action — well, kind of! The social network today announced it will minimize the spread of health content ...
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    Jul

    Only 2% of genomic material available for research comes from Africa, 54gene wants to change ...

    New advances in genetic mapping and manipulation hold the promise of reshaping medical treatments in the 21st century, but thanks to a lack of sufficient infrastructure and apparent scientific disregard, an entire continent is at risk of being left out. Only 2% of genetic material used for pharmaceutical research comes from the African continent, while genetic data on caucasians makes ...
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    Analysts think global 5G smartphone shipments will overtake 4G in 2023

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    After years of buildup, 5G is finally here — albeit more as a trickle than a deluge. These things take time, of course. Carriers are adding coverage, city by city, promising dozens by years end. And as for hardware, early adopters have somewhere between one and three handsets to chose from, carrier dependent. 5G is pretty universally regarded as the next ...
  • 29
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    TCL Alto 7+ Review

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    It’s never been easier — or more affordable — to ditch your crappy TV speakers for something better. Over the past several years, we’ve seen major manufacturers turn their attention (and hefty development dollars) toward soundbars, aiming to provide an elevated listening experience that’s convenient, compact, and affordable for those who don’t have a ton of money left over after their ...
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    The Honor 20 is a great phone, but it lives in the shadow of its ...

    The Honor 20 is a great little phone. It’s lightweight, has a decent camera, comes in a shiny color, and isn’t all that expensive. Despite this, not only is it difficult to recommend, but I also question why it needs to exist at all. I have no doubt there are many justifiable business reasons behind it, but when the Honor ...
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    Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know

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    Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Libra online or at local exchange points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third-party wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet that will be built into ...
  • 27
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    A look at Made Renovation, which just raised $9 million in seed funding to zero ...

    Made Renovation, a new, San Francisco-based company, thinks it has found a profitable way to help homeowners get done something that busy general contractors in the Bay Area won’t otherwise make time for, which is bathroom remodels. Why they typically pass on these: they have too many entire homes, or, at least, entire floors, to build for affluent regional homeowners ...
  • 27
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    Amazon all set to enter India’s food delivery market

    Weeks after Uber  exited India’s food delivery market, conceding defeat to local giants Swiggy and Zomato, a new player is gearing up to challenge the heavily-backed duopoly: Amazon. The e-commerce giant plans to enter the Indian food delivery market in the coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The launch of the service, which would be offered as part ...
  • 26
    Feb

    B-Social, the UK fintech building a ‘social bank’, raises additional £7.8M ahead of rebrand

    B-Social, the London-based fintech building what it calls a “social bank,” is announcing that it has raised a further £7.8 million in seed funding. Once again the injection of capital comes from “high-net-worth” individuals. They include Rudy Karsan from Karlani Capital, although most of the investors remain undisclosed. It brings the total capital raised by B-Social  to £13.25 million, as the company ...
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    Feb

    Chinese firms rush to bring 5G smartphones to India

    India is unlikely to have any substantial coverage of 5G until at least the end of next year, with telecom operators in the country yet to participate in spectrum auction. But that hasn’t stopped Chinese vendors Oppo,  Vivo,  and Xiaomi  from bringing 5G-enabled smartphones to the world’s second largest handset market. Xiaomi, Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo, and Oppo’s sub-brand Realme have all moved in tandem to ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Firefox to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default to US users

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    Mozilla  will bring its new DNS-over-HTTPS security feature to all Firefox users in the U.S. by default in the coming weeks, the browser maker has confirmed. It follows a year-long effort to test the new security feature, which aims to make browsing the web more secure and private. Whenever you visit a website — even if it’s HTTPS enabled — the ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Grab raises up to $856M to boost payments business as rumors swirl of a merger ...

    Southeast Asian on-demand transport startup Gojek denies that it is involved in talks to merge with Grab but today Grab  announced a piece of news that — at the very least — will divert attention from that story, or more likely stoke the fires of speculation that it is indeed gearing up for a deal: Grab said that it has raised $856 million more in funding, ...