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February 2019

Briq, the next building block in tech’s reconstruction of the construction business, raises $3 million

By | February 23rd, 2019|Technology|

Bassem Hamdy has been in the construction business for a long time. He spent the last few years at the construction software business Procore, now a $3 billion company developing technology for the construction industry, and now Hamdy is ready to unveil his next act as chief executive and co-founder of Briq, a new software [...]

Verified Expert Lawyer: José Ancer

By | February 22nd, 2019|Technology|

José Ancer is first of all a startup lawyer, with a client portfolio of startups of various stages based around Texas and other similar ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. He’s also the CTO of Egan Nelson LLP, a boutique firm, where he actively is also building automation software to help the firm compete against larger [...]

Apple is offering interest-free financing to boost iPhone sales in China

By | February 22nd, 2019|Technology|

Apple is looking to get over its sales woes in China but offering prospective customers interest-free financing with a little help from Alibaba. Apple’s China website now offers financing packages for iPhones that include zero percent interest packages provided in association with several banks and Huabei, a consumer credit company operated by Alibaba’s Ant Financial [...]

Baidu’s video site iQiyi adds 37M subscribers in 2018 amid mounting losses

By | February 22nd, 2019|Technology|

China’s Baidu, which is often compared to Alphabet’s Google, is showing no signs of slowing down its pace of betting on video content as its core advertising unit feels the squeeze from rivals. The company’s latest financial results show its video streaming business iQiyi posted a net loss of 9.1 billion yuan or $1.3 billion in 2018, [...]

Sunsama’s $10/month task management calendar cleans up your online productivity

By | February 22nd, 2019|Technology|

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard friends lament how difficult it is to find a decent calendar app. The stock calendar apps are certainly serviceable, but there’s so much that they can’t handle in terms of managing and prioritizing tasks. Sunsama, launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is taking a [...]

HTC revamps standalone VR headset to keep pace with Oculus while it looks to big business

By | February 21st, 2019|Technology|

HTC has had a little bit of a rough ride these past few years. After betting the farm on VR, the company has had to make some substantial business strategy shifts to keep the division kicking in the face of a less-than-robust headset market and a behemoth margin-less competitor that’s alright losing a few billion [...]

Alibaba hits the gas on mobility as its bike sharing service adds carpooling

By | February 21st, 2019|Technology|

Carpooling is heralded to be environmentally friendly and money-saving, but in smog-stricken China, the transportation option became a source of public concerns after two female passengers got murdered during their lifts with Didi Chuxing drivers. The ride-hailing app has suspended its Hitch service to this date under government command, and its peers were also directed [...]

On-demand logistics startup Lalamove raises $300M for Asia growth and becomes a unicorn

By | February 21st, 2019|Technology|

Lalamove, a Hong Kong-based on-demand logistics startup, has closed a $300 million Series D round as it seeks expansion across Asia. In doing so, the company has officially entered the unicorn club. Founded in 2013 by Stanford graduate Shing Chow, Lalamove provides logistics and delivery services in a similar style to ride-hailing apps like Uber [...]

This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

By | February 21st, 2019|Technology|

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an [...]

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launches April 26, starting at $1,980

By | February 20th, 2019|Technology|

The last time we saw Samsung’s foldable on-stage, it was, quite literally, shrouded in darkness. The company debuted a prototype of the upcoming device at a developer conference, showing its folding method and little else. As promised, the Galaxy Fold (not to be confused with the Ford Galaxie, mind) got a lot more face time [...]