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Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

Nov 23, 4:25PM

eavesdropping-danger Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

NHTSA spells out what your phone shouldn't be able to do while driving

Nov 23, 4:22PM

8680434590_b61f248003_k The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new voluntary proposed guidelines for software makers and device manufacturers, including smartphone makers like Apple and Google, which aim to cut down on driver distraction from mobile apps and hardware. These guileless, which are again voluntary, are based on research about what factors have led to road-related deaths stemming… Read More

Handy's Black Friday promo rewards contractors over customers

Nov 23, 4:17PM

Handy Handy, the on-demand service for cleaners, handymen, and more, has today announced the Give > Get promotion for Black Friday. This Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, customers pay the same amount as they’d usually pay, but the company will add a 50 percent bonus to the Handy Professional’s paycheck. The booking itself doesn’t need to be for Black Friday, but the booking… Read More

Lovely is finally shipping the Fitbit for sexy times

Nov 23, 3:49PM

g6xyzktt7or75ub0qmrg Do you and your partner often do sex? Do you want to know how much sex you’re doing? And do you want to know how good it is and how good it could be? What is sex? Does anyone know? Can Lovely help us find out? Hopefully, because I’m confused. Created by Jakub Konik and Tomasz Badyla Lovely is a thinger that goes on your other thinger and measures your position, speed, and attack… Read More

Alexa can now clean a floor with Neato's robot vacuum

Nov 23, 3:39PM

neato-botvac-d5-connected-lifestyle-wood-top-front-hi-1 Neato got on the smartphone connected robot vacuum train early on, so it’s really only fitting that the company become the first to embrace Amazon’s multi-talented home assistant. Starting this week, the company’s Botvac Connected vacuum gets Alexa integration, so users can control a clean by speaking. The functionality is pretty basic to start, with commands like… Read More

Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

Nov 23, 3:31PM

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-20-31-am Everyone knows the basics of how to improve their financial health: put money into savings, track your spending, reduce your debt, look for ways to save on your monthly bills, and make smart investments. Where people struggle is translating that knowledge into specific actions you can take today. That’s where an application called Albert steps into help. The startup, which has now closed… Read More

Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

Nov 23, 3:22PM

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-14-06-am Snapchat now has not one, but two Spectacle-selling Snapbots deployed at the same time. The second dropped Wednesday morning at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT) at a spot near Santa Monica at the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. The Brentwood Country Mart is a shopping and for spot in L.A.’s Brentwood district, which actually hosts a petting zoo, too. This is the third time a Snapbot has dropped… Read More

UK to put up £1BN for full fiber broadband and 5G, £400M extra for VC

Nov 23, 3:11PM

Various denominations of pound notes are seen in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Thursday, May 17, 2012. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to say today he won't swerve from his austerity plan, warning members of the European single currency that failure to resolve their problems carry "huge risks for everybody." Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images The UK government has confirmed it will be borrowing to try to encourage investment in high speed fiber broadband networks and 5G technology — with a plan to spend over £1BN by 2020-2021 to bolster the country’s digital infrastructure. Read More

MIT's new nylon muscles could lead to actual Westworld hosts

Nov 23, 2:50PM

nylon-muscle MIT has a new nylon-based artificial muscle-like filament created by researchers that could eventually provide the basis for robots with bulging biceps. The filaments themselves look eerily similar to the ones extruded by the 3D printers used in the opening sequence of HBO’s Westworld, which is why Gizmodo and others are seeing parallels between potential applications of the tech and… Read More

The OnePlus 3T makes one of Android's best bets even better

Nov 23, 2:43PM

img_9797 OnePlus has always been a people pleaser. It’s an impulse grown, in part, from the hardware startups close connection to a tight-knit fanbase. As other new entrants like Le Eco on the smartphone scene push to be the biggest and flashiest, the company has been producing excellent handsets from the very beginning, devices capable of taking on the top flagships at a fraction of the price.… Read More

Andy Rubin looks to raise $500 million in a new fund for Playground Ventures

Nov 23, 2:38PM

Andy-Rubin Andy Rubin is looking for another big round of funding for his hardware incubator, Playground Ventures. According to an SEC filing that popped up yesterday (via Dan Primack), the Android founder is looking to raise up to $500 million — Rubin’s name is listed alongside fellow Playground founders Peter Barrett, Matt Hershenson and Bruce Leak. This follows a $300 million funding… Read More

Singapore's Spacemob lands $5.5M to expand its co-working spaces across Asia Pacific

Nov 23, 2:38PM

spacemob Co-working spaces are becoming a serious business in Asia. WeWork entered the region via China earlier this year, but there are numerous others across the continent. Singapore-based Spacemob is one such contender, and today it announced a $5.5 million seed round to expand its reach across Asia Pacific. Read More

Watch McLaren's fully electric P1 go through some intense testing

Nov 23, 2:10PM

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-07-22-am McLaren makes supercars, and to make those cars requires a lot of technical expertise and rigorous engineering. The new McLaren P1 fully electric car is no different. This open-top vehicle hit the test track recently with a seasoned driver at the helm – and the resulting video (via Jalopnik) is pretty intense. McLaren’s outdone itself with the promo copy on this exciting new… Read More

SV Angel raises $53M for its latest seed investment fund

Nov 23, 1:27PM

topher-conway More money for more startup seed-stage investments: SV Angel, one of the more prominent early-stage investment firms in the Bay Area, has closed its latest fund at $53 million, according to an SEC filing (via Dan Primack). The firm had originally targeted $46 million for the fund, according to a previous filing in March of this year. Prior to that, the firm had said it would raise even… Read More

Digg CEO Gary Liu is leaving to head up Alibaba-owned newspaper SCMP

Nov 23, 10:01AM

gary liu Digg, the one-time internet sensation, is losing the CEO that has nursed it back to good health. Gary Liu is leaving the company to become CEO of South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Hong Kong-based newspaper and media firm that Alibaba acquired for $262 million earlier this year. Read More

The SaaS Co. closes €800K seed funding to develop AI-driven sales assistant

Nov 23, 9:00AM

LISA The SaaS Co., a startup that helps Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies with B2B sales, has raised €800,000 in seed funding, money it plans to use to further develop its AI-driven sales assistant. Backing the round are various unnamed angel investors, along with the European Union via a €300,000 grant. Read More

German online wealth management platform Cashboard scores €3M Series A

Nov 23, 7:45AM

Four men in jeans and jacket Cashboard, an online wealth management startup based in Berlin, has closed €3 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Digital Space Ventures, with participation from existing investors Redalpine Capital, Earlybird, and 500 Startups. Other previous backers include Makers, and ProSiebenSat.1. Read More

Secure messaging app Telegram now offers its own anonymous blogging platform

Nov 23, 7:06AM

Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov Telegram, the security-focused messaging app, has launched its own take on blogging platforms. Read More

Agricool harvests $4.3 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

Nov 23, 6:01AM

agricool French startup Agricool has raised $4.3 million (€4 million) from newly launched VC firm Daphni as well as Parrot founder Henri Seydoux and Captain Train (acquired by Trainline) co-founder Jean-Daniel Guyot. Agricool’s product is quite unusual as the company wants to grow strawberries and later other fruits and vegetables inside shipping containers. With many people moving to… Read More

Twitter mistakenly suspended its own CEO's Twitter account

Nov 23, 4:33AM

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 6: Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 6, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) November 2016: the month that Facebook ‘killed’ its CEO Mark Zuckerberg (and a bunch of other users) and Twitter suspended its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. Read More

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