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Carl Bass on his surprising Autodesk exit — and what's next

Feb 10, 8:47PM

img_1100 Carl Bass is sitting at his desk at Autodesk this morning, but he’s no longer CEO of the publicly traded design software company. He stepped down earlier this week in a move that some associated — wrongly, notes Bass — with an interview granted to the outlet Pando wherein he disparaged President Donald Trump. This morning, we talked with Bass about his resignation, his… Read More

Amazon's Rekognition learns to guess your age

Feb 10, 8:15PM

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-10-30-27-am You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter? Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products recommended to you. I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday… Read More

Uncorking innovation with Treasury Wine Estates in Napa

Feb 10, 7:30PM

Treasury Wine Estates vineyards. The ancient craft of wine making conjures romantic notions of hand-picked vines, and bare feet crushing grapes. However, wine production today is a thoroughly high-tech affair. Degree programs in viticulture and oenology, from Cornell University to UC Davis, reflect advances in the industry. Professors and courses there now focus on topics like “environmental control, and modified… Read More

As Xiaomi's home market share slips, the smartphone maker reportedly looks to build its own chips

Feb 10, 7:21PM

xiaomi Last year Xiaomi’s market share slid notably in its native China, as the smartphone maker moved from first to fifth place (and tellingly avoided publishing its own sales figures for the first time). 2017, meanwhile, has already has seen its own share of issues for the company, with head of international Hugo Barra jumping ship a few days before it announced that it didn’t… Read More

This Lucid Air electric car winter test video reminds us snow can be good

Feb 10, 7:10PM

lucid-air-winter-testing-1867x1050 Lucid’s Air is a 1,000 HP electric dream car, which is still in the early stages of real-world testing, but which already has more than a few EV fans excited. Now, the company is showing off its winter conditions testing, courtesy of a video shot in Minnesota that makes the state far more appealing than any tourism bureau marketing I’ve ever seen. The video includes footage shot… Read More

Time to stop acting like lemmings

Feb 10, 7:00PM

lemmings In a world defined by trends, we’ve been beset by a highly worrying one: There is an undeniable lack of IPOs. In 2015, 164 companies entered the public markets, which is just over half the 2014 number, when 261 took the plunge. In 2016 there were only 107. This is a big deal. Why? Because the public market is the single-most objective judge of company formation and success. Read More

Twitter to live stream the 6 nations rugby tournament in France

Feb 10, 6:33PM

rugby You know that Twitter is getting serious about live streaming when the company starts signing deals for rugby matches just for French users. The company announced that it would stream the next 4 matches involving the French team in the 6 nations tournament. And if you know absolutely nothing about rugby, the 6 nations tournament happens every year and is probably my favorite tournament to follow. Read More

Beats X bring Apple's wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor

Feb 10, 6:18PM

img_9833 It’s hard to say precisely what took Beats X so long to arrive. Unlike Apple’s own house-branded AirPods, the company didn’t really start from scratch. Sure, it’s a somewhat new form factor, but the wireless earbuds don’t stray all that far from the company’s existing lines. But nearly six months after being announced, the headphones arrive this week. As… Read More

Subaru is the latest to get a self-driving test licence in California

Feb 10, 6:15PM

subaru_viziv_7_suv_concept_1 The California DMV has added Subaru as the latest member of its list of companies clear to test autonomous driving technology on state roads, bringing the exclusive club to 22 members in total. Subaru is the car-making wing of Japanese transportation company Fuji Heavy Industries, and makes vehicles including the popular Forester and Outback lines. Subaru already offers advanced driver… Read More

Q&A site Quora clamps down on anonymity – will review content before publishing, restrict actions

Feb 10, 5:33PM

quora Quora, a crowdsourced Q&A site that’s generally smarter than Yahoo Answers, is making a big change to how anonymity works on its service. Most notably, it will begin cracking down on spam and harassment by reviewing all anonymous content before it’s distributed on its network, the company says. Anonymous users will also no longer be able to unduly influence other aspects of… Read More

Ex-Googler (and Cisco's newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups

Feb 10, 4:59PM

32774031696_97052ba729_k Wednesday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, venture capitalist Aileen Lee took the stage to interview Amy Chang, a former eBay product manager turned head of Google Analytics turned startup founder. It’s a transition that has introduced Chang to night sweats, she readily admitted. Chang’s three-year-old startup, Accompany,  received one of its first checks from… Read More

Facebook says it will open up for independent ad audit

Feb 10, 4:03PM

facebook-money Following multiple admissions last year that it had been misreporting some of its ad numbers, Facebook just announced that it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council “to verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners.” The mistakes that Facebook revealed last year seem relatively minor, but collectively, they probably have added momentum to… Read More

Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

Feb 10, 3:47PM

1i7bliuxffrkdzj77han6lw With the rise of algorithmic stock trading it’s gotten harder and harder for humans to actually trade strategically. However, now that Trump’s chaotic twitter feed can make or break a company with a single mention, you can easily trade against positive or negative sentiment and make a little money in the process! An app, called Trump2Cash, is partially tongue in cheek but quite… Read More

WhatsApp now supports two-step verification

Feb 10, 3:30PM

Logo of WhatsApp, the popular messaging service bought by Facebook for USD $19 billion, seen on a smartphone February 20, 2014 in New York.   Facebook's deal for the red-hot mobile messaging service WhatsApp is a savvy strategic move for the world's biggest social network, even if the price tag is staggeringly high, analysts say. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA        (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) WhatsApp has rolled out two-step verification to all of its user base, the company quietly announced through an updated FAQ on its website. The additional security measure allows you to protect your account with 6-digit passcode that must be entered in order to register your phone number with WhatsApp. The measure can protect your account from unauthorized access, as it provides an… Read More

VAVA's new dash cam lets you video while you voom

Feb 10, 3:19PM

vava-dash-product-2 I usually don’t like to post Kickstarters unless I’ve seen the product firsthand but I also love dash cams. What was I to do? Luckily VAVA was able to supply a demo unit so I can report that this $99 dash cam is real, works, and could let you make some clever Russian-style road videos or record conditions before an accident. Most of the dash cams I’ve seen so far have been… Read More

Instapaper goes down for over a day, says a full restore will take a week

Feb 10, 2:45PM

instapaper Read-it-later bookmarking service Instapaper, owned by Pinterest since last year’s acquisition, was hit by an extended outage this week. The service came back online yesterday, February 9, after being down since 12:30 PM PT the day prior. However, the company says the issue is not fully resolved – it will take a week for it to restore all its users’ saved articles. Though not… Read More

YC-backed Pilot is building a contractor platform geared for the future of work

Feb 10, 2:28PM

desktop What’s a six year old startup doing entering Y Combinator? Plotting a new growth trajectory after a pivot. Pilot may be a veteran in Silicon Valley startup terms but it reckons the freelance contractor marketplace model it switched to around a year and a half ago is ideally positioned to serve a future of work that’s increasingly fragmented and distributed. Read More

Nissan's X-Wing Rogue is the crossover SUV the galaxy needs right now

Feb 10, 2:14PM

The X-wing-inspired 2017 Nissan Rogue has thrusters, blasters, side mirror Rebel logo projectors and an astromech droid. The custom vehicle is not for sale. Nissan has a Star Wars-themed version of its Rogue SUV that capitalizes on its name’s relation to Star Wars, and Rogue One in particular. The full-size modified vehicle adds exterior ‘engines’ and a custom paint job to create a Rogue that looks like something out of my fever dreams (I own a Rogue and I love Star Wars). Here’s what I love about this: They cared enough to… Read More

Prince returns to Spotify and Napster this weekend

Feb 10, 2:08PM

Photo: REUTERS/Olivia Harris Those looking to mourn Prince’s passing with a music marathon last April came away disappointed if they happened to (as most no doubt do) subscribe to any music service but Tidal. Now, nearly a year after his unexpected passing at age 57, The artist’s catalog is returning to additional online music services for the first time since 2015, when he pulled his songs over royalty… Read More

Samsung's Chromebook Pro highlights the category's continued evolution

Feb 10, 2:00PM

img_7406 Chromebooks hit a key milestone last May, outselling Macs in the US for the first time ever, by IDC’s account. It was a pretty big win for a category oft maligned at launch for its relative lack of functionality. And while the devices are, perhaps, not fully mainstream, they’ve had an impressive rise over the last couple of years. If you haven’t had much experience with… Read More

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