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June 2017

Amazon disputes claims that Echo Show’s Drop-In feature is a security risk

By | June 28th, 2017|Technology|

Drop-In is a strange and mostly ill-advised feature. It’s a way of offering instant communication between Echo devices — essentially a phone call that doesn’t require the receiver to pick up in order to initiate. Hence, “dropping in.” Amazon introduced it with the new Show and is rolling it out to older Echo devices as [...]

Samsung will reportedly revive the Galaxy Note 7 with a Korea-only ‘Fandom Edition’

By | June 28th, 2017|Technology|

Samsung is reportedly gearing to revive the Galaxy Note 7, its disastrous 2016 smartphone that was recalled after battery problems caused units to catch fire, with the limited release of a new model. The company hinted a few months ago that it planned to make such a move, but now we have more details. The [...]

Cannabis delivery startup Eaze confirms theft of some user data from service provider

By | June 28th, 2017|Technology|

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: An anonymous source tipped off Crunchbase News that Eaze, the Series B-stage cannabis delivery startup with over $24 million in venture funding, has experienced a security incident. Some of its user data may have been stolen by a former employee of Don [...]

Twitter has a new VP of inclusion and diversity

By | June 27th, 2017|Technology|

A few months after Jeffrey Siminoff left his position as VP of diversity and inclusion at Twitter, the company has brought on Candi Castleberry Singleton to lead Twitter’s diversity efforts. Excited to announce I’m joining @Twitter as the new VP of Inclusion & Diversity. Can’t wait to help build on the company’s great progress! — [...]

Justin Kan’s video Q&A app Whale gets Tinder-style swipes in major redesign

By | June 27th, 2017|Technology|

Whale, the Q&A app backed by Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, has got a major update and refreshed design that makes it easier to discover video content on the service. The iOS-only app launched in October 2016, pivoting from a music app after Kan was inspired by Chinese Q&A service Fenda. The goal was to enable users [...]

Volkswagen partners with Nvidia to expand its use of AI beyond autonomous vehicles

By | June 27th, 2017|Technology|

Volkswagen is working with Nvidia to expand its usage of its artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies beyond autonomous vehicles and into other areas of business, the two companies revealed today. VW set up its Munich-based data lab in 2014. Last year it pushed on with the hiring of Prof. Patrick van der Smagt to lead [...]

Apple acquires SMI eye-tracking company

By | June 27th, 2017|Technology|

In a move that is sure to stoke rumors about Apple’s future work in augmented and virtual reality technologies, Apple has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm, MacRumors reports. The German company, which was founded in 1991, has done significant work in eye-tracking research with proprietary eyeglass hardware while also working on consumer-focused applications [...]

Arms brings the punch to the Nintendo Switch

By | June 26th, 2017|Technology|

Arms, a flagship Nintendo Switch title from the same folks who brought us Splatoon, is a fighting game only Nintendo could release. The object of the game, as in many fighting games, is to knock down your opponent. How you do it, obviously, is the trick. In Arms your weapons are, well, your arms. There [...]

MIT’s new drones switch between flying and driving for optimal urban transport

By | June 26th, 2017|Technology|

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new prototype drone that can both fly and drive, and will determine which method to use to optimize battery life, speed and efficiency. It’s a preview of how autonomous urban transit might one day work, with flying cars switching seamlessly between roads and airways to [...]

2-4-1 Disrupt Berlin tickets released this Thursday

By | June 26th, 2017|Technology|

Alright European startup fans, we’ve got quite the deal for you — we’ll soon be releasing a batch of 50 Disrupt Berlin 2017 tickets at the deeply discounted rate of two for the price of one. Yes, you read that right. If you act now, you can score not one but two whole Disrupt tickets [...]