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The DaVinci IQ is a cyberpunk vaporizer with a nice draw

Jan 30, 8:07PM

img_5997 The sky above the port may be the color of television, tuned to a dead channel, but in most hacker dens it’s usually all psychedelics and healthy snacks. And what better way to partake in your favorite psychoactive substances than with a true cyberpunk’s vape? The DaVinci IQ is a black slab designed to heat herbs to temperatures between 230 and 430 degrees Fahrenheit. A grid of… Read More

Is a master algorithm the solution to our machine learning problems?

Jan 30, 8:00PM

machinelearning Machine learning is not new. We have witnessed it since the 1990s, when Amazon introduced a new “recommended for you” section for its users to display more personalized results. When we search for something on Google, machine learning is behind those search results. The “Friends” recommendations or the suggested pages on Facebook or a product recommendation depend on… Read More

Amazon and Expedia to support Washington state lawsuit on Trump immigration order

Jan 30, 7:53PM

Amazon corporate office building in Sunnyvale, California (Photo: Lisa Werner/Moment Mobile/Getty Images) Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that he’s filing suit in federal court against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and select senior Trump administration officials, seeking a declaration that key portions of Trump’s Executive Order on immigration be declared unconstitutional.  Alongside the lawsuit, Washington-based tech companies Amazon and… Read More

Google partners with Cloudflare and TripleLift to improve AMP ads

Jan 30, 7:30PM

Mobile devices can make people vulnerable to online piracy through privacy settings, Bydgoszcz, Poland, on August 7, 2016. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Google is making a number of ad partner announcements around its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) format today. The idea behind AMP is to speed up the mobile web experience for users and it’s no secret that ads play a major role in making regular mobile (and desktop) pages load slowly. With AMP ads, Google and its partners aim to make ads load fast again. The new partners Google is… Read More

Apple revenue could grow again thanks to the iPhone 7

Jan 30, 7:28PM

shutterstock_152974484-apple-aapl Apple will report its holiday quarter earnings tomorrow. Once again, all eyes will be on the iPhone. The device now represents the vast majority of the company’s revenue. So anything that can affect iPhone sales is a big deal. And if you’ve been paying attention to Apple’s past earnings, you know that Apple has had a complicated year. In short, revenue has been down for… Read More

Leslie Miley leaves Slack to fuel growth in startup communities outside of Silicon Valley

Jan 30, 6:40PM

leslie-miley-slack13 Leslie Miley, the former engineering manager at Twitter and now-former director of engineering at Slack, has just announced his latest move. Miley left Slack at the beginning of this year and is now working with Venture for America for the next 12 months to launch a new program called Executive in Residence in San Francisco, he told me via email. “Silicon Valley is the center for… Read More

Dropbox claims $1B revenue run rate

Jan 30, 6:29PM

panzarino drew houston dropbox 4 Today at an event in San Francisco in which it announced updates to its Paper app and its Smart Sync feature, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston talked up the company’s revenue growth and self-serve business model. Houston claimed that Dropbox was on pace for a $1 billion revenue run rate and that the company was free-cash flow positive, which could bolster the company’s plans for a… Read More

Upload brings on IGN co-founder as the VR tastemaker continues to grow

Jan 30, 6:11PM

fepxyqt5 Sure, building a startup is hard, but building a real community for a virtual industry may be the toughest challenge in tech. Upload was founded in the aftermath of Facebook’s Oculus VR acquisition as a meetup for VR founders and fanboys/fangirls to chat about their hopes for the space and their plans to make them happen. In the past couple years, Upload has managed to vastly… Read More

Dropbox's note-taking app Paper launches globally in 21 languages

Jan 30, 6:00PM

paperdoc Dropbox said today that it is rolling out Paper — its note-taking app that it’s emphasizing is a tool that’s built for managing workflow as well — globally. In addition to the regular launch of Paper, the company said that users will also be able to automatically generate presentations in Keynote and other applications through the app. Radhakrishnan said that users… Read More

Lyft now grabs destinations from your calendar, custom shortcuts to follow soon

Jan 30, 6:00PM

lyft-calendar Ride hailing app Lyft can now poll your calendar for suggested destinations right within the app itself, thanks to a new integration option being rolled out starting today. And coming soon, it’s going to let you specify your own shortcut destination options, in addition to “Home” and “Work,” letting you easily enter frequently visited spots so you don’t have… Read More

Dropbox's Smart Sync lets users open a file stored only in the cloud like any normal file

Jan 30, 6:00PM

dropbox smart sync Dropbox today released Smart Sync, its tool that allows users to access files stored online in Dropbox accounts automatically on a desktop without having the file stored locally. Previously dubbed Dropbox Infinite, Smart Sync gives businesses a way to share and access files without needing to have massive ones stored on their desktop. The idea is that businesses regularly deal with piles… Read More

Facebook challenges email for control of your online identity

Jan 30, 5:50PM

cyber-security-data-phone Getting locked out of your account sucks. Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of forgetting a password, losing the phone on which they receive two-factor authentication codes, or jumbling the answer to a security question. But as exasperating as it is to lose access to your account, none of the widely-available measures for account recovery are very secure. Major breaches like… Read More

New York's tech community pens letter condemning Trump's immigration ban

Jan 30, 5:40PM

Photo: Amanda Hall / robertharding / Getty Images Non-profit technology policy organization Tech:NYC has joined a rising chorus of companies responding to Friday’s sweeping immigration ban, penning a letter condemning President Trump’s actions. The note pulls together a wide range of top executives from tech companies, investment firms and the like, including Indiegogo, Greylock Partners, Casper, Birchbox, Foursquare, Warby… Read More

Apple's new 'Shot on iPhone' billboard ads were all shot during the same night

Jan 30, 5:28PM

one-night-iphone-low-light-1 Apple is introducing a new billboard campaign today. The various “Shot on iPhone” ads have been quite effective. Somehow, seeing a giant photo on a billboard and thinking that it was shot with the phone you could have in your pocket works quite well. Of course, Apple works with professional photographers who know what they’re doing — my photos look nowhere as good. With… Read More

Lyft surges to the top 10 on Apple's App Store following the #DeleteUber campaign

Jan 30, 5:11PM

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-11-57-05-am Lyft’s app has surged in the App Store thanks to the “Delete Uber” campaign which took place via social media over the weekend. People were angry that Uber appeared to be taking advantage of a taxi strike at JFK in order to promote its car-hailing service. The company had tweeted that surge pricing at JFK had been switched off, shortly after the NY Taxi Workers Alliance… Read More

Snap to list on New York Stock Exchange

Jan 30, 5:03PM

snapchat-ads Snap, the parent of Snapchat, will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange, TechCrunch has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This means that you can expect to see a big Snapchat banner on Wall Street and that executives will probably be ringing the opening bell when the company debuts, likely in March. The move sends the message that Snap wants its IPO… Read More

Ford CEO and Chairman say the automaker does not support Trump's immigration order

Jan 30, 4:49PM

US President Donald Trump greets Ford President and CEO Mark Fields (C) prior to a meeting with automobile industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 24, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Ford CEO Mark Fields and Executive Chairman Bill Ford have released a statement on Donald Trump’s immigration order, making them the first major U.S. automaker to offer an official comment or position. The statement reads as follows, and was shared internally with Ford employees as well as made available to the press: Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we… Read More

Square encourages Apple Pay payments with processing credit

Jan 30, 4:01PM

square-apple-pay Square partnered with Apple for a promotion when customers use Apple Pay. Starting today, Square merchants won’t pay any processing fee for the first $12,000 in Apple Pay transactions — that represents around $350 in fees. In addition to this promotion, sellers can also get a free marketing kit (with Apple Pay stickers probably) and training materials to tell employees how Apple… Read More

GM and Honda partner to mass produce hydrogen fuel cells in Michigan

Jan 30, 4:00PM

cq5dam-web-1280-1280-4 Automakers GM and Honda are teaming up on a new venture to jointly manufacture hydrogen fuel cells at scale, with plans to start mass production by 2020 and a combined investment of $85 million split evenly between the two companies dedicated to the effort. Both GM and Honda intend to use the resulting hydrogen fuel cell system in future products, according to the companies. The joint… Read More

Update: Trump's White House website restores judiciary page explainer

Jan 30, 3:43PM

Trump White House website holding page for judicial branch Another eyebrow-raising change to the White House website under President Trump: it does not list nor provide details of the judiciary’s role in government the U.S. — naming only the Executive and Legislative branches, both of which are controlled by Republicans. Read More

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