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Watch Boston Dynamics' founder and his robot SpotMini join us on stage to discuss the company's future

Dec 05, 5:19PM

marc-raibert-boston-dynamics-5-of-9 What is Boston Dynamics? The easy answer for that: a company that makes crazy advanced robots that can walk — be it on two feet or four — better than just about any other robot in the world. We’ve seen this in countless YouTube videos of the company’s robots stomping its way across countrysides, opening doors, and traversing up and down stairways. But what is the… Read More

Ex-GV CEO Bill Maris said to be launching health care investment fund, Section 32

Dec 05, 5:19PM

bill-maris12 Section 32, the new healthcare-focused venture fund reportedly being launched by Bill Maris, was apparently named in homage to Section 31, an intelligence agency from the Star Trek universe. If that’s not a bit of pre-emptive nerd cred, I don’t know what is. According to a report from Recode, the GV (nee Google Ventures) founder/former-CEO is raising $230 million for the project… Read More

With Station F, Paris will have the world's biggest startup campus

Dec 05, 5:13PM

roxanne-varza3 Station F (formerly known as la Halle Freyssinet) is quite an ambitious project and is bound to change the face of the tech ecosystem in Paris. Financed by Xavier Niel and directed by Roxanne Varza, Station F is going be the world’s biggest startup campus with companies like Facebook and TechShop opening offices there. “We’re talking about a startup campus because… Read More

StrongDM raises $3M to keep database info from leaking out

Dec 05, 5:00PM

strongdm-screenshot-in-laptop When companies are looking to secure the information they have in their databases, it’s a pretty big challenge no matter how you slice it. Unless you have a large security budget that can manage permissions and figure out who is doing what, you are probably cobbling together whatever technology you can from open source locations, strongDM CEO Elizabeth Zalman says. So there needs to be a… Read More

The Last Guardian is a classic solo game with charm and challenges

Dec 05, 4:52PM

tlg_screens_review_01 If you’ve played games designed by Fumito Ueda before, then you’ll feel right at home in The Last Guardian, the new release published by Sony for PS4, and developed by genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio. The world feels like a natural extension of the worlds created for both 2001’s Ico and 2005’s Shadow of the Colossus, and the most interesting question it brings up is… Read More

Meet Aiden, your new AI coworker

Dec 05, 4:43PM

img_9322-1 Let’s say you want to know where one of your digital marketing campaigns is getting the most traction: Twitter or Facebook. You might need to check several dashboards across your social accounts and Google analytics to compile the data — and even if you conclude that one platform is outperforming the other, that might change next week as users shift their attention to… Read More

Infltr lets you filter your photos directly in the iMessage app

Dec 05, 4:35PM

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-11-23-09-am Photo-editing app Infltr is best known for giving Instagram a run for its money with an app that lets you choose from an infinite number of photo filters – well, technically, it’s just over 7 million. The idea is that you can use color combinations to give your photo a unique look, instead of relying on built-in filter presets. Now, Infltr is bringing its photo editor to the… Read More

Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK Beta

Dec 05, 3:10PM

amy-chang-accompany-3-of-5 Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago. The app had been in the works for a while, and now that it’s finally out the door, it’s time to step on the gas — so it’s launching in the U.K. in a beta. Chang’s bet is that there’s a slot for an app that… Read More

Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

Dec 05, 3:01PM

tiny-hearts E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next Keyboard, InstaMatch, and Wake Alarm. Prior to the deal, the team had also worked with… Read More

Review: Oculus Touch VR motion controllers

Dec 05, 3:00PM

img_3301 While this year undeniably saw the entrance of quite a few major hardware initiatives from the major players (Google, Oculus, HTC, Samsung and Sony to name a few), 2016 still had quite a tough time grappling with some of the virtual reality industry’s most burning questions. Making VR cheaper and making sure it works on a device you already own have been a couple of those issues. Read More

MIT's DIY design system lets you make the right drone for the job

Dec 05, 3:00PM

phd-student-tao-du-watching-the-bunnycopter-take-off-credit-jason-dorfman-mit-csail Drones are fairly off-the-shelf affairs for most people; there’s a wide range of companies making them for both commercial and consumer uses, but ultimately these are all remarkably similar. They tend to favor a quadcopter structure, and are often configured with photography in mind as a primary use. But MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab has come up with a… Read More

Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

Dec 05, 2:58PM

bottle-grab-desktop-_v523327232_ The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.” Customers use the Go app to enter the store, and once inside, some combination… Read More

Seeds helps developers make more money through in-app social good purchases

Dec 05, 2:57PM

seeds Seeds unveiled its drag-and-drop SDK for developers to integrate social good contributions directly into their apps today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016. Seeds also announced a partnership with Amazon app store, in which Amazon markets Seeds directly to its roughly 600,000 app developers. The idea is that people are incentivized to spend money inside an app if they know it’s going to… Read More

Iris is an AI to help science R&D

Dec 05, 2:42PM

iris-ai Most startups have a pitch. The team behind Iris AI has two: right now they’ve created an AI-powered science assistant that functions like a search tool, helping researchers track down relevant journal papers without having to know the right keywords for their search. But in future their big vision is their artificially intelligent baby grows up to become a scientist in her own right… Read More

Are smartwatches winding down?

Dec 05, 2:41PM

wearables-business With the coming destruction of Pebble and the announcement by Motorola that it doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” you would be excused for thinking the smartwatch world is contracting. This is correct, but this is not the end of for wearables. Apple sold 1.1 million Apple Watches in 2016, 73% less than it sold in 2015. The… Read More

Seenit turns your company's community into a film crew

Dec 05, 2:38PM

seenit1 Let’s say you’re hosting an event. Maybe it’s a marathon or a fundraiser or a concert. You want a video recapping the event, be it for promotional reasons or just for the memories. Tradition would have you hire a film crew, but film crews — or at least, film crews alone — might not always be the best answer. They tend to be pricey — and unless you get crazy… Read More

LiftIgniter wants to rid the web of garbage link recommendations

Dec 05, 2:33PM

liftigniter2 LiftIgniter is a startup that wants to banish content recommendation engines like Outbrain and Taboola, which serve up low-grade, garbage links on websites to keep users engaged, from the internet. Read More

Uber acquires Geometric Intelligence to create an AI lab

Dec 05, 2:07PM

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-5-33-24-am Ride-hailing requires a lot of machine smarts to maintain a competitive edge, so it’s not surprising to see Uber make a strategic acquisition in the artificial intelligence space. The company has acquired Geometric Intelligence, a startup co-founded by academic researchers with AI experience, and its team will provide the core for a new central AI lab being established at Uber’s… Read More

Plume's plug-in WiFi pods are now available

Dec 05, 2:00PM

Plume WiFi The home WiFi network extender space sure got real crowded, real fast. Startups Eero and Luma have been battling it out for some time before Google elbowed its way in, earlier this fall. All of the devices offer different somewhat different solutions to the problem of spotty home wireless networks. Like those offerings, Plume takes a similar approach of arriving solo on in a bundle, so users… Read More

Fears and questions over Brexit's impact on talent

Dec 05, 1:27PM

stopping-the-brexit-brain-drain-with-matt-hancock-uk-digital-director-axelle-lemaire-french-government-and-james-wise-balderton-capital2 While UK tech founders continue to try to second guess what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually means for the future of immigration and access to talent, the UK’s digital minister, Matt Hancock, has confirmed it will not mean a clone of the Australian points-based immigration system – despite politicians frequently citing this system as a possible model for the UK to… Read More

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