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Microgravity contest takes students and experiments on the vomit comet

May 05, 2:37AM

zerogaircraft FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space” show is teaming up with Arlington, Va.-based ZERO-G Corporation, which operates weightless flights from U.S. airports. The reason they’re collaborating: to create the ultimate consolation prize for college students who were just too young to apply to NASA’s latest astronaut class. The show, a part of FOX’s… Read More

Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays

May 05, 1:16AM

img_6868-1 Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. Previously, broadcasts disappeared after 24 hours. Periscope’s CEO Kayvon Beykpour took… Read More

No one organizes any crime on Slack, apparently

May 05, 1:12AM

slack-hq Slack released its second annual transparency report today, revealing that it has received a grand total of one government request for user data. Just one. The number is somewhat remarkable when compared with the rest of the industry. Facebook recently announced that it received 19,235 requests from U.S. agencies over a six-month period. Read More

How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries

May 05, 1:00AM

togetherclay There has been no shortage of thoughtful articles exploring a bubble in technology. I would argue that the world has already been transformed, and there is no bubble in the purest sense. Instead of massive flameouts that leave everyone burned, I think we are going to see a wave of beneficial consolidation and rationalization in industries that appropriately have seen exceptional venture… Read More

Free Code Camp survey reveals demographics of self-taught coders

May 04, 10:20PM

codecode If you’ve ever wondered who exactly is signing up for all these free learn-at-home coding classes and tutorial websites, Free Code Camp (which is one of them) has kindly surveyed 15,624 users with regard to various basic demographics and some more code-centric items. Read More

Oculus snags Fitbit exec Hans Hartmann as new COO

May 04, 10:17PM

Oculus Rift consumer edition headset with positional tracker and controller Oculus is bringing a new COO aboard as it perhaps looks to double down on tightening things up logistics-wise. Fitbit COO Hans Hartmann will be jumping ship and joining the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, according to a tweet from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Hartmann, who was with Fitbit since 2011, will be replacing founding COO Laird Malamed, who Iribe says will be “taking… Read More

Fitbit shares tank after reporting a weak outlook amid rising competition

May 04, 9:29PM

fitbitblaze Fitbit is not having a good day, with the stock crashing more than 11 percent after reporting its first-quarter results. Here’s the rub: its guidance for the second quarter came in light. Very light. Industry watchers were expecting the company to report earnings around 26 cents per share, while the company put its outlook at earnings between 8 cents per share and 11 cents per share. Read More

Why Zuck is funding the evolution beyond cookie-cutter education

May 04, 9:15PM

chan zuckerberg initiative The best teachers see how each student requires a unique inspiration and learning style. Yet with classroom sizes ballooning and teachers underpaid, there’s no way for students to get the dedicated attention they need. Luckily, technology could offer the adaptive education guidance pupils need to succeed. That’s why in December Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla… Read More

Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure

May 04, 9:14PM

shademan6HR It’s another victory for the machines: a robotic surgical system outperformed humans and robot-assisted human operators in a soft-tissue procedure, bringing us that much closer to automated medical care (and the robocalypse). Read More

Tesla hits the accelerator, aims to build 500,000 cars a year by 2018

May 04, 8:28PM

photo6 Tesla says it is expecting to hit its goal of producing 500,000 cars annually — including the Model S, Model X and Model 3 — two years earlier than expected, meeting that expectation by 2018. All this is coming ahead of a critical next year for Tesla with the expansion of its line of vehicles with the Model 3 and updates to its Model S. Tesla also said it is re-affirming its plan… Read More

NextVR gets ready to drop the bass with live VR concerts

May 04, 8:24PM

concerts shutterstock After dedicating tons of energy (and loads of bandwidth) to live streaming sporting events in stereoscopic VR, NextVR is moving to its next major market: live virtual reality concerts. NextVR has announced a major partnership with Live Nation to live stream “hundreds” of concerts and events to their virtual reality platform. This high-profile partnership continues to show just what… Read More

Winter brings oppurtunities for the wise and frugal

May 04, 8:00PM

grasshopperant One of my seed portfolio founders called for advice recently. He’d raised a Series A from a Tier 1 VC and was ahead of plan, but his investor suddenly wanted him to cut spending: on SEM, on PR, on whatever he could. He wanted to know why, and how to think about it. Read More

Farfetch grabs another $110 million for its fashion marketplace

May 04, 7:46PM

Jenny Griffiths (Snap Fashion), Filipa Neto (Chic by Choice) and Jose Neves (Farfetch) (9 of 9) Farfetch is growing like crazy as the company just secured $110 million. The London-based startup has become a dominant e-commerce player in the fashion space. Farfetch runs a marketplace that connects high end fashion retailers with customers. But the company doesn’t plan to stop there. Read More

EchoPixel's breakthrough VR tech lets doctors look inside your body

May 04, 7:28PM

EchoPixel Think of EchoPixel’s tech like InnerSpace but instead of actually minimizing scientists and shooting them into your body to find disease, the medical imaging startup lets doctors pinpoint problem areas from CT scans using 3D glasses and a special display. Most doctors view CT scans in 2D, meaning they can’t see in and around all the details of your body, so it’s harder to… Read More

Uber taps global leaders for new public policy advisory group

May 04, 7:02PM

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals. The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday, April 30, 2016, that Uber will also remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Uber announced today that it has assembled an advisory board from around the globe to help guide the company on public policy as it continues to expand into new markets. The board includes members from every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Read More

Teachable raises $2.5 million to help instructors teach outside the confines of course marketplace

May 04, 6:59PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03:  Actress Carrie-Anne Moss attends a For Your Consideration screening and Q&A for the Netflix Original Series' "Marvel's Jessica Jones" at Paramount Studios on May 3, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) New York-based Teachable has raised $2.5 million in a seed round of venture funding to help instructors of anything set up their own branded storefronts for selling courses and connecting with learners online. The company’s technology lets instructors teach courses online in any subject without having to commit their proprietary materials and personal brands to a single platform.… Read More

SpiroCall measures lung health over any phone — no app necessary

May 04, 6:55PM

Spirosmart-Bangladesh Sometimes you see an application of technology that’s so innovative and helpful you can’t believe it exists in this age of narcissistic and short-sighted startups. SpiroCall, a service that lets anyone in the world call a toll-free number and have their lung health evaluated over the phone, seems too good to be real — but it’s real, and it’s good. Read More

GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible

May 04, 6:36PM

screenshot from GoPro Today, GoPro released some pretty incredible footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5. The launch took place from Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, with a 20-foot tall SpaceLoft-10 sounding rocket from Colorado-based launch provider UP Aerospace. Read More

Instagram Business Profiles to feature 'Contact' buttons, directions and more

May 04, 6:22PM

instagram-iphone Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles – basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page. Now, we’re able to see what these profiles look like as they’ve been spotted in the wild. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small group of users, offer a variety of useful features for those who run a… Read More

Google launches Slides Q&A to help presenters connect with their audiences

May 04, 6:00PM

Slides Q_A - Audience Google is launching Slides Q&A today, a new feature for Slides, its PowerPoint competitor. With Slides Q&A, presenters can get questions and general feedback from their audience — and audience members can vote for their favorite questions. Slides Q&A is rolling out globally today. Presenters who want to use it will see a button in the Slides presenter view to kick off a… Read More

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