February 2019

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 [...]

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 includes a triple lens rear camera and wireless charging

By | February 20th, 2019|Technology|

Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s annual shindig, is next week but Xiaomi can’t wait reveal its newest top-end phone. The Chinese company instead picked today to unveil the Mi 9. Once again Xiaomi’s design ethic closely resembles Apple’s iPhone with a minimal bezel and notch-like front-facing camera but Xiaomi has gone hard on photography [...]

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

By | February 20th, 2019|Technology|

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally [...]

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

By | February 20th, 2019|Technology|

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes [...]

Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

By | February 19th, 2019|Technology|

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet [...]

Qualcomm launches its next-gen 5G modem and mmWave antenna

By | February 19th, 2019|Technology|

There can be little doubt that 5G is going to take center stage at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After years of hype without any real products, this is finally going to be the year that 5G — and especially 5G phones — will become available. 5G phones obviously need 5G modems, so [...]

Nissan’s old Leaf batteries can power this smart pop-up camper for one week

By | February 19th, 2019|Technology|

Nissan has turned its old Leaf batteries into an off-grid camping companion. The automaker’s Nissan Energy subsidiary worked with camper manufacturer Opus to create the ultimate “smart” pop-up trailer that integrates cells recovered from its first-generation electric vehicles to provide off-grid power. Add in one to two recharges of the accompanying 400W solar panel accessory and [...]

What an American artificial intelligence initiative really needs

By | February 19th, 2019|Technology|

Rudina Seseri Contributor Rudina Seseri is founder and managing partner at Glasswing Ventures, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Harvard Business School and an Executive-In-Residence for Harvard University’s Innovation Lab. More posts by this contributor The problem with ‘explainable AI’ How do we change the dynamics of the VC industry? At a high level, the American AI Initiative [...]

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