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Yelp lays off 175 in sales and marketing as it retrenches internationally

Nov 03, 3:40PM

Yelp_6 Yesterday, when local ratings and reviews site Yelp posted strong quarterly earnings with a surprise profit of $2.1 million, it also slipped in the news that it plans to lay off 175 people, or four percent of its workforce, mainly in its international operations in sales and marketing roles, after failing to grow its business outside of North America. We now have more details about what… Read More

How Yo inspired the Jonas Brothers to create apps

Nov 03, 3:31PM

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02:  (L-R) Fast Company writer Nicole LaPorte, Joe Jonas, CEO of Philymack Phil McIntyre and Kevin Jonas speak on stage Fast Company Innovation Festival 2016 - Phil McIntyre, Joe Jonas, And Kevin Jonas at Skirball Center, NYU on November 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Fast Company) Remember that silly app, Yo, where you could ping someone with just a tap? Well, Kevin Jonas does. At the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, the Jonas brothers talked about why they are creating apps. After seeing the Yo app raise over $1 million in funding, Kevin said it made launching startups look easy. “If they could do that, look what I can do,” said Kevin, about… Read More

Kohl's will now sell the Apple Watch in select stores

Nov 03, 3:07PM

apple_watch_2 In a bid to juice declining sales, department store Kohl’s will begin selling the Apple Watch in 400 of its 1,100 stores starting on November 15th, according to a new report from Fortune. Unlike Macy’s, which also recently added the device to its in-store Apple boutiques, Koh’s says it’s not launching Apple Watch as an electronics partner. Rather, it will sell the… Read More

ObEN nabs $7.7M Series A as it looks to build a more human VR avatar

Nov 03, 3:02PM

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-6-55-51-am When you’re in virtual reality and start associating your limb and head movements with your onscreen avatar, that digital recreation really becomes an extension of who you are. ObEN is a startup launching out of HTC’s new Vive X accelerator that is hoping to craft a more complete digital version of its users so that they can be drawn deeper into VR immersive experiences. The… Read More

Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Mio fitness bands criticized for privacy failings

Nov 03, 2:49PM

vivosmart Several of the most popular fitness wearable makers have been criticized for having obscure and asymmetrical terms and conditions that impinge on Europeans’ consumer and privacy rights. Read More

Motorola partners with Indiegogo to try to jumpstart Moto Mod development

Nov 03, 2:31PM

Moto Z The Moto Z is an ambitious and impressive device in and of itself, but its success will, in no small part, ultimately be dependent on accessories. In much the same way a gaming console’s hardware prowess doesn’t mean a heck of lot with a great ecosystem of games, a modular handset isn’t much to speak of without the right set of mods. The Z offered a decent array at launch… Read More

Nyko's already got a wireless controller for the NES Classic

Nov 03, 2:11PM

miniboss_and_dongle_set_1024x1024 The NES Classic Edition is still a work or so away from release, but, like clockwork, Nyko’s already got a pair of peripherals for the eagerly awaited piece of nostalgia overload, both addressing one of the primary concerns with the retro gaming console. The Miniboss is a wireless controller with design language just different enough to keep Nintendo from breathing down its neck.… Read More

Huawei goes over-the-top with a Porsche Design version of its Mate 9

Nov 03, 1:56PM

unspecified-3 As touched on in this morning’s hands-on, the Mate 9 is a big phone in just about every way imaginable. But just in case, Huawei’s taking things a step further. The company that brought you a pair of watches called the Jewel and Elegant has teamed with Porsche Design to give the world a really expensive version of its new flagship. The limited edition device harkens back to a… Read More

Fitbit shares tank 29 percent as holiday sales look bleak

Nov 03, 1:32PM

Fitbit Flex 2 Fitbit is going to have a rough holiday season as the company shared a disappointing outlook for the next quarter on yesterday’s earnings call. As a result, Fitbit shares (NYSE:FIT) opened at $9.03, down 29.5 percent compared to yesterday’s closing price of $12.81. So what happened exactly? Fitbit’s earning report yesterday wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad either. Read More

U.S. aims to create 48 national EV charging corridors, across 25K miles of highway

Nov 03, 1:31PM

EV Charging Station The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it will create 48 national charging corridors for electric vehicles, covering off 25,000 miles of U.S. highways running through 35 states. The initiative will include a partnership between 28 states, local utilities, EV charging companies and car makers GM, BMW and Nissan. Reuters reports that the combination of stakeholders is designed to… Read More

Huawei's Mate 9 has a 5.9-inch display, a giant battery and is coming to the States, eventually

Nov 03, 1:30PM

img_2292 The Mate 9 is big in more respects that one, including a massive display that that dwarfs the Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus and even the dearly departed Galaxy Note 7. It’s a massive 5.9 inches, which finds the hands firmly encroaching on tablet territory – though, at 1080 x 1920 pixels, it offers the same resolution as Apple’s 5.5-inch model, working out to 373 pixels per inch. At… Read More

Huawei's Fit is a no-frills activity tracker

Nov 03, 1:30PM

unspecified-2 The Huawei Fit isn’t fancy. The company’s leaving the luxury/weirdness for its smartwatch line, all bedazzled with over-the-top names Elegant and Jewel. Sure, the new fitness wearable is shaped like a watch, but its functionality is designed for those looking for a no-frills approach to tracking. It’s got a 1.04-inch monochrome touchscreen and a design the company describes… Read More

Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

Nov 03, 1:16PM

Mic app With its latest app, millennial-focused publisher Mic said it’s hoping to give you a full newsreading experience from your iPhone lockscreen. The app is an updated version of the MicCheck app, now simply called Mic. Anthony Sessa, the company’s vice president of product and engineering, told me that one of the big goals was to take advantage of the new rich notifications in iOS… Read More

Ford 'last mile' concepts include a rolling cargo pad and a folding e-trike

Nov 03, 1:03PM

ford-carr-e-compressor Ford held an internal contest for employees to come up with innovative solutions for covering the last mile, that instance between car and store, for instance, or wherever a driver has to get out of their car and typically continue on foot because cars are no longer allowed. The finalists of the contest include a flat, rolling platform designed to live in a car’s trunk and deploy… Read More

HTC set to bring VR to 'thousands' of arcades in Asia by end of 2017

Nov 03, 1:01PM

viveland-frontdefense Arcades haven’t really been popular in the States since the 90s. As gaming consoles have gotten cheaper, it just became a lot easier for people to have advanced gaming experiences without leaving their living room. With virtual reality, systems are still quite costly and there’s an opportunity to charge consumers to check out content in a pay-per-use manner. HTC wants to bring… Read More

Google Home brings Google's smarts to your living room

Nov 03, 1:00PM

google_home_demo-2 Google Home is an interesting product to review. In a way, it’s just an internet-connected microphone and speaker array that draws all of its smarts from the cloud. On the other hand, it’s maybe the purest reflection of Google’s ambitions in both the artificial intelligence and home automation space. Once you get your home, setup is easy. I barely remember doing it. The… Read More

DJI now says early Mavic Pro orders should be processed in "seven to eight weeks"

Nov 03, 12:51PM

DJI Mavic Pro DJI today issued a statement apologizing and detailing shipping details for the Mavic Pro. The company now says it “will do our best” to clear Mavic Pro orders received before November 3, 2016 within the next seven to eight weeks. Initially, DJI said the Mavic Pro would start shipping on October 15 and hit stores November 2nd. But what about the cash customers handed over when… Read More

Learn to code startup pi-top pulls in $4.3M to fund a global edtech push

Nov 03, 10:05AM

pi-top-team London-based computing and learn-to-code startup pi-top has closed a £3.5million ($4.3M) Series A round of funding, led by Hambro Perks and with Committed Capital also participating. Read More

Hollar snags another $30 million for its fast-growing dollar store app

Nov 03, 10:00AM

hollar Hollar, a startup offering dollar store-like finds in the form of a mobile app, has raised another $30 million to continue to grow its business. The new Series B round of funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and included participation by Comcast Ventures and Greycroft Partners, as well existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Forerunner Ventures,… Read More

Relay Ventures has a fresh $150 million to invest

Nov 03, 10:00AM

john-albright-and-kevin-talbot_relay-ventures Relay Ventures, a 10-year-old, Toronto- and Menlo Park, Ca.-based early-stage venture firm, has closed its third fund with $150 million in commitments. It had closed its previous fund with the same amount in 2012. You might remember that as of 4.5 years ago, Relay was known as ATP Capital and oversaw three other brands: JLA Ventures, Clairmont Capital, and BlackBerry Partners Fund.… Read More

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