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Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a U.S. startup focused on computer vision

Apr 13, 10:49PM

 Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a US startup specialized in computer vision, according to Reuters. Details are sparse, but we know the startup has its own module for object recognition and depth perception that can be deployed on robots and drones. The Chinese tech giant has been active in machine intelligence M&A this year. Back in February it acquired Raven Tech, a Chinese startup… Read More

The CIA is really, really mad at Wikileaks

Apr 13, 10:10PM

 Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went off on Wikileaks. Pompeo is pretty mad about that whole Vault 7 hacking tools data dump, it looks like. “Wikileaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” he declared Thursday. I think he means that it’s a hostile… Read More

SpotHero acquires Parking Panda

Apr 13, 9:32PM

SpotHero SpotHero is an app that allows you, a driver in search of a space, to reserve and prepay for a spot in a parking garage before you even leave the house. Parking Panda came at the problem from the other direction by focusing on B2B services and event parking. Now, SpotHero has acquired Parking Panda to expand the parking spaces that can be reserved to nearly 5,000 in North America. Parking… Read More

Purple, a Utah mattress startup you've probably never heard of, is on track to unicorndom

Apr 13, 9:32PM

 Nearly a thousand miles away from Silicon Valley and just west of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, in practically the middle of nowhere, is the tranquil cow town of Grantsville, population 9,617. It is there, in a warehouse the size of a combined eight Walmarts, you’ll find Purple, a direct-to-consumer mattress startup, hard at work prepping hundreds of thousands of pillows, powerbases and… Read More

Neural networks made easy

Apr 13, 9:00PM

 If you’ve dug into any articles on artificial intelligence, you’ve almost certainly run into the term “neural network.” Modeled loosely on the human brain, artificial neural networks enable computers to learn from being fed data. This guide to neural networks aims to give you a conversational level of understanding of deep learning. Read More

How computing will change amid challenges to Moore's Law

Apr 13, 8:36PM

 We are in the midst of a true inflection point in computing and the very way we interface with technology daily is changing. The rapid inclusion of embedded sensors and internet connectivity is turning most of the appliances we use into “smart devices” that can respond to our voice commands, while generating masses of data that is in turn analyzed in edge-of-network hub computers… Read More

Yext finishes the day up 21% as IPO window remains wide open

Apr 13, 8:25PM

 Yext, the company which helps businesses power their location data, went public on the New York Stock Exchange today. After pricing shares above the expected range at $11, the price rose 21% to $13.29 by the end of the first day of trading. With a client list that includes Best Buy, McDonald’s and Marriott, Yext is responsible for the location results that appear on search engines… Read More

DJI's new Phantom 4 Advanced makes their lineup even more confusing

Apr 13, 8:08PM

 DJI has announced a new drone in the Phantom 4 lineup. The Phantom 4 Advanced will take the place of the regular old Phantom 4, which will be discontinued on April 30th when the new version launches. The new drone will cost $1,349 – $50 less than the original Phantom 4’s starting price. The Phantom 4 Advanced will borrow a bunch of features from the Phantom 4 Pro, which remains… Read More

Farewell, NES Classic Edition

Apr 13, 7:20PM

 Nintendo had a bonafide – and apparent surprise – hit on its hands with the NES Classic Edition. But like all good things, its time is done. This afternoon, the company confirmed with TechCrunch that, “Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year.” It’s not… Read More

Tesla will reveal the final production Model 3 in July

Apr 13, 7:17PM

 Tesla is going to show Tesla 3 buyers what their call will officially look like in July, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter on Thursday. The Model 3’s first unveiling took place in April of 2016, where it said cameras weren’t allowed (unless they were built into your phone). Because smartphones are as good as they are, we got a fairly decent look at what the Model 3 looked like at the… Read More

Facebook's F8 plans include Camera Effects Platform, offline Instagram

Apr 13, 7:05PM

 What will Facebook launch next week at its F8 conference? The schedule reveals plans to give Instagram offline features that are already in testing, opening its Camera Effects Platform to developers so they can create more powerful photo and video overlays for people to use and a Places Graph for developers to do more with Facebook’s location database beyond the existing APIs. Read More

Google Areo is a new app for ordering food or home services in India

Apr 13, 6:59PM

 Google is getting into the restaurant delivery and home services businesses – nope, not in the U.S., but rather in parts of India. The company has quietly launched a new app called Areo which currently only works in Bangalore and Mumbai, India, allowing users to order meals from nearby restaurants or schedule appointments with local service professionals, including electricians,… Read More

NASA finds evidence of life-supporting conditions on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Apr 13, 6:46PM

 NASA held a press conference on Thursday to reveal some exciting new discoveries about ocean worlds within our solar system: It has found evidence that suggest a type of chemical energy that can support life exists on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s 62 confirmed moons. The new evidence comes from the Cassini spacecraft, which has been probing Saturn and its natural satellites since 2004… Read More

SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

Apr 13, 6:42PM

 When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line. I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for… Read More

Tesla to reveal a pickup truck within two years, and final Model 3 design in July

Apr 13, 6:09PM

 Tesla plans to show off an electric pickup truck sometime within the next two years, the company’s CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter today. The pickup was teased originally when Musk revealed the second part of his “master plan” for Tesla, which began with selling expensive vehicles like the Roadster and Model S, and eventually leads to producing a wide range of more… Read More

Magic Leap just had some of its secrets spilled by Andre Iguodala

Apr 13, 6:07PM

 In an interview about his thoughts on the next big things in tech, Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala gushed on augmented reality and undoubtedly skated the lines of violating his Magic Leap NDA as he described his demo with the product, which he called a “disruption of life.” Read More

Microsoft publishes first National Security Letter in transparency report

Apr 13, 6:06PM

 Microsoft’s biannual transparency report was just released and, like many other major tech companies that have been putting out their reports recently, the company has revealed its first National Security Letter. Read More

Tesla will reveal its electric semi truck in September

Apr 13, 5:59PM

 Elon Musk just let us know when we’ll get a look at the electric semi truck that he’s teased in the past: The Tesla transport vehicle will be revealed in September, the CEO said on Twitter on Thursday, noting that the team has “done an amazing job” and that the vehicle is “seriously next level.” Plans at Tesla for an electric semi truck have been in the… Read More

Pandora becomes the latest tech company to turn to private equity

Apr 13, 5:59PM

 If you haven’t being paying attention, private equity firms love them some technology companies. According to new Pitchbook data, one-fifth of all U.S. private equity deals in the first quarter of this year centered on companies in the IT sector. The streaming music service Pandora is reportedly talking with private equity firms to expand its business, too. Read More

Only 2 days left to save $1,000 on Disrupt tickets

Apr 13, 5:58PM

 All right, startup guys and gals. Time is almost up. Disrupt NY 2017 is literally right around the corner. Soon, thousands of tech enthusiasts, investors and entrepreneurs will descend on Manhattan’s Pier 36 for the best startup show in the Big Apple. Will you be among them? If so, you’re definitely going to want to act fast. Tomorrow is the last day to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY… Read More

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