Tag: Business

Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

After Facebook announced in August that it was working on activity trackers so that users could see how much time they’re spending on the Instagram and Facebook apps, the company confirmed that the feature is starting to roll out. Called “Your Time on Facebook,” it is starting to roll out now […]

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You can now sign into your Microsoft account without a password

Passwords aren’t as effective a means as preventing account break-ins as they might seem. Three out of four people use duplicate passwords, and 21 percent of people use codes that are over 10 years old. (In 2014, among the five most popular passwords were “password,” “123456,” and “qwerty.”) Two-factor SMS authentication adds […]

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Dispatch plans to build a faster blockchain network with zero-cost transactions

Data-focused blockchain startup Dispatch has raised a new round of funding from China’s Fenbushi Digital to build speedy decentralized applications with zero transaction costs. The company had raised $12 million previously, and it is now adding another $6 million to the round. Dispatch is the creator of the Dispatch Protocol, which […]

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Agora raises $70 million to grow its voice, video, and broadcasting SDKs globally

Agora, a platform that makes it easier for developers to add voice and video features to their applications, has raised $70 million in a series C round of funding led by hedge fund Coatue Management, with participation from SIG, Morningside, and Shunwei Capital. The news comes just five months after Agora […]

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Volvo’s first commercial self-driving trucks will be used in mining

Volvo has announced a commercial first for its autonomous trucking endeavors. The Swedish automotive company has signed a deal with Norwegian mine Brønnøy Kalk to transport limestone along five kilometers of roads and tunnels from the mine to a nearby port using self-driving trucks. Volvo has engaged in a number of […]

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Break the chains of legacy virtualization (VB Live)

IT leaders know technology is a business differentiator, and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can be the foundation of a modern, cloud-like datacenter. But you don’t have to stop there. Learn how going beyond HCI costs less, increases IT agility, and supports multi-cloud goals when you join this VB Live event! Register […]

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eGym raises $20 million to grow its connected fitness platform in the U.S.

Germany-based fitness equipment and software startup eGym has raised $20 million in a series D round of funding led by Nokia-funded venture capital firm NGP Capital, with participation from Highland Europe and HPE Growth Capital. Founded out of Munich in 2011, eGym’s platform constitutes both hardware and software. The company builds fully connected […]

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Google Chromecast can now sync music with Home speakers

Google Home speakers and Chromecasts can now be included in a Home audio group for music, podcasts, or audiobooks, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. That means you can play a song on Spotify, iHeartRadio, or other streaming music services both through your television and through Home speakers […]

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Major AI conference is moving to Africa in 2020 due to visa issues

The International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), a major gathering of the community of researchers contributing to the advancement of the field, will be held in Africa in 2020. The conference, which focuses on things like unsupervised and supervised representation learning, will be one of the first major AI conferences […]

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Enlight and Facetune creator Lightricks raises $60 million

The mobile app market is on the upswing, according to research firms like App Annie. Global downloads grew an estimated 15 percent and consumer spend 20 percent year-over-year in Q2 2018, and smartphone users spent more money on apps — $18.5 billion — than in any quarter in history. One of the most popular […]

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Former Remedy CEO Matias Myllyrinne starts Redhill Games

Matias Myllyrinne, former CEO of Alan Wake creator Remedy Entertainment and a developer exec at Wargaming, has assembled a grew of video game veterans to start Redhill Games. The Helsinki, Finland-based studio will focus on creating high-quality titles targeting underserved markets in the game industry. The company is already working […]

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