May 2017

Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

By | May 24th, 2017|Technology|

 Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read [...]

Uber loses its general counsel for EMEA

By | May 23rd, 2017|Technology|

 Another high-up person at Uber has left the company. Jim Callaghan, Uber’s general counsel of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, recently stepped down, Recode reports. His departure, which an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch is due to personal reasons, is the latest in a series of departures at Uber this year. In the last few months, Uber [...]

Desktop CNC machine maker Other Machine Co. changes hands

By | May 23rd, 2017|Technology|

 Desktop milling machines aren’t nearly as popular was FDM 3D printers but, it must be noted, they are far more versatile. The pieces that come out of a CNC – essentially a plotter that drags a fast-moving spindle over a material to cut out flat and raised shapes – are nearly finished and ready to [...]

Amazon expands Amazon Channels to UK, Germany, taking aim at pay-TV users

By | May 23rd, 2017|Technology|

 The race to control the TV is on, and today comes some news out of Europe underscoring Amazon’s ambitions in that department. The e-commerce giant announced the launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany — its two biggest markets in the region — which will see Amazon, for the first time, offer close to 50 live and on-demand [...]

TransferWise launches ‘Borderless’ banking account for businesses, sole traders and freelancers

By | May 23rd, 2017|Technology|

 Having already taken a significant chunk of the international money transfer market away from the major banks, London-headquartered TransferWise has its sights set on the bank account itself. Read More

Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

By | May 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better [...]

Judah Vs. The Machines

By | May 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 And now we present to the world: Judah Vs. The Machines, an eight-episode web series that follows comedian Judah Friedlander as he takes on the world’s most sophisticated artificial intelligence systems to see who truly reigns supreme. The series was produced by The Onion, in collaboration with TechCrunch, and is an excellent combination of informative [...]

Facebook’s content moderation rules dubbed “alarming” by child safety charity

By | May 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 The Guardian has published details of Facebook’s content moderation guidelines covering controversial issues such as violence, hate speech and self-harm culled from more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that the newspaper has seen. Read More

In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

By | May 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to its Mountain View campus. While Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Google I/O — and especially its various, [...]