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Storage provider Tintri's IPO filing shows mounting losses

Jun 03, 12:55AM

 Blue Apron wasn’t the only venture-backed business to announce its IPO this week. Tintri, an enterprise cloud platform company, unveiled its filing.  The stock market is doing well and there’s been a strong appetite for tech offerings, so it’s a good time to go public.  But Tintri’s mounting losses could prove to be problematic. Tintri brought in $125.1 million… Read More

HoloKit is like Google Cardboard for augmented reality

Jun 02, 11:22PM

 The revelation behind Google Cardboard was that if you put your phone close enough to your eyes, it’s basically a VR headset — but it’s not quite that simple for mixed reality setups like Microsoft’s HoloLens. Or is it? HoloKit is an extremely clever DIY solution for a quick and dirty augmented reality experience with a bare minimum of equipment. Read More

Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit

Jun 02, 10:03PM

 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More

Storyzy is a quote verifier that wants to skewer fake news

Jun 02, 9:29PM

 On the internet no-one knows you’re a dog. And no-one knows whether that “fact” you’re reading — say, about President Putin’s pet dog — is bona fide truth or more nonsense FAKE NEWS doing the rounds on Facebook. Which is where Storyzy wants to help out, with a just launched quote verifier tool… Read More

Sequoia raised $4 billion across four funds, including $2 billion for its growth fund

Jun 02, 9:29PM

Sequoia Capital has raised $4 billion in funding for a variety of funds, according to SEC filings released yesterday. That includes $2 billion for its second growth fund, the size of which had previously not been announced. Read More

MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate

Jun 02, 9:23PM

 For such a simple tool, the white cane has been incredibly enduring. With all of the technological advances that have been made over the past century, we haven’t come up with much better than a stick with a metal tip for helping the visually impaired get around. Researchers at MIT have been working on a wearable solution designed to augment and, hopefully, one day replace the cane. Read More

With Microsoft's Face Swap, search with Bing for your next morphing muse

Jun 02, 9:02PM

 Face-swapping — taking your image and adjusting it to fit on to a different body, creature or object — has taken the photo app world by storm, as millions of people look for new and novel things to do with their selfies. Microsoft is the latest company to enter the fray. The company’s in-house app studio Microsoft Garage has quietly launched a new app — the aptly… Read More

Evaptainers decouples refrigeration from electricity to help rural farms and families

Jun 02, 8:11PM

Snowflakes Some 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity worldwide today, most in rural areas across Southeast Asia, China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. While others are focused on wiring up those places and developing new energy sources, a startup called Evaptainers has created a kind of refrigerator that requires no electricity, but instead runs on water. Read More

How to create the most value for the next technology wave

Jun 02, 7:34PM

 Major technology platforms shift every 10-15 years, with new platforms building on the ones they preceded. We’re due for the next major technology platform shift, and artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality are those next platforms. So how do you maximize value creation for the next wave? Read More

Weekly Roundup: Elon Musk leaves Trump's advisory councils, Blue Apron files for IPO

Jun 02, 6:27PM

 This week President Trump made the senseless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, prompting Elon Musk and Bob Iger to leave the White House advisory councils. Blue Apron filed for IPO, and Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report was released. These are some of the top events that happened in tech this week. Read More

Sherpa turns Instagram's best photos into a travel guide

Jun 02, 5:28PM

 There are many places to find travel inspiration. But a new application called Sherpa launching this week believes that some of the best travel ideas can be found on Instagram. The iOS application curates photos from top Instagram photographers and turns them into visual travel guides that are augmented with data from other services, like Foursquare and Wikipedia. Read More

Lorem raises $1.1M to connect small businesses and web developers for quick assistance

Jun 02, 5:04PM

Lorem founders When small and medium businesses want to build a website, they can take advantage of easy-to-use web tools like Squarespace — but who do they turn to when they need more technical help? New York City startup Lorem Technologies is trying to make this process easier. Read More

Launch Academy's startup visa program gives entrepreneurs permanent residency in Canada

Jun 02, 5:01PM

 As the U.S. seems to be hell-bent on making itself less attractive to immigrants and visitors, its neighbors to the north are sensing an opening and going the other way in an effort to attract the smartest tech entrepreneurs. Read More

Author Ryan Holiday will examine the legal battle between Gawker, Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel

Jun 02, 4:15PM

 Penguin’s business-focused imprint Portfolio plans to publish a book recounting the legal dispute between Gawker Media and wrestler Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bolea). The currently untitled book was acquired by Portfolio’s Niki Papadopoulos for what the publisher said is a “significant” sum. It’s scheduled for release this winter. Read More

AT&T makes DirecTV Now a $10 add-on to its Unlimited Choice plan

Jun 02, 3:59PM

DirecTV Now event Recent reports have indicated that AT&T’s new streaming service, DirecTV Now, may be seeing slowing growth. But don’t count it out just yet. This week, AT&T announced it’s expanding its distribution strategy for the service by bundling in with the wireless carrier’s Unlimited Choice plan for only $10 more per month. The move is largely meant to entice customers… Read More

ViaHero lets locals plan your trips abroad

Jun 02, 3:48PM

 Perhaps you’d like to visit an out of the way restaurant or smoke a unique cigar. Perhaps you’d like to take part in native dances or infiltrate a foreign government at a classy cocktail party. ViaHero, a new app that lets locals help plan your trips abroad, can help. The founders, Greg Buzulencia and Ben Preston, have raised $210,000 from investors and Pittsburgh’s… Read More

The state of the unicorn

Jun 02, 3:45PM

 So far, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for technology unicorns. Private investors are minting about one new unicorn a week this year, roughly the same pace as 2016. More existing unicorns are going public. And for those remaining private, capital continues to flow in while disclosed valuations are mostly holding up. Read More

Why pulling out of Paris Accord damages America's economic future

Jun 02, 2:30PM

 People can disagree about the scientific premise behind climate change, but it’s an inescapable fact that the world is driving ahead to replace carbon energy with clean energy anyway. That makes advanced energy technologies one of the biggest business opportunities of the next couple of decades. The companies and nations that take the lead will become the next economic superpowers. Read More

Rheo, a personalized video app from ex-Apple product vets, launches on iOS and the web

Jun 02, 2:29PM

 On YouTube, you have to either know what it is you watch to watch and seek it out, or you can click through the site’s suggestions of popular or trending content. A startup called Rheo, founded by ex-Apple product veterans, has a different take on video discovery. Instead of browsing by genre, publisher or chart position, viewers can browse by mood. That is, you can seek out videos to… Read More

Google Home now available for pre-order in Canada

Jun 02, 2:06PM

 Google Home is now available to pre-order for Canadians. Google had announced at I/O this year that it would be coming to the country this summer, but now the smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in is available on Google’s own online store, as well as at retail partners including Best Buy. In Canada, Google Home is selling for $179.00 CDN, which is actually pretty much in… Read More

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