Tag: top-stories

Indian tech startups raised a record $10.5 billion in 2018, but concerns remain

India’s tech startups closed 2018 on a record high note, securing several major deals to further cement the nation’s position on the world map. But despite an influx of money from international investors, the local ecosystem’s overall health has some concerned. The year saw a high-profile acquisition, the emergence of new […]

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New Evernote CEO vows to spend 2019 fixing note-taking app’s long list of problems

Rather than serving up platitudes about innovation, the man charged with saving former unicorn Evernote says his priority this year is addressing the long list of user complaints. CEO Ian Small took the captain’s chair in October, replacing Chris O’Neill, who had taken over in 2015 with promises to fix […]

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AI predictions for 2019 from Yann LeCun, Hilary Mason, Andrew Ng, and Rumman Chowdhury

Artificial intelligence is cast all at once as the technology that will save the world and end it. To cut through the noise and hype, VentureBeat spoke with luminaries whose views on the right way to do AI have been informed by years of working with some of the biggest […]

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Currant’s Smart Wall Outlet taps AI to reduce energy waste

Home appliances waste more energy than you might think. Incandescent light bulbs consume 20 percent to 80 percent more electricity than energy-efficient alternatives, like compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). A single dishwasher, meanwhile, can draw over 1,800 watts per cycle. That’s why Hasty Granbery, former director of software engineering […]

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RIP: 15 tech companies and products that bit the dust in 2018

The year 2018 may be remembered for its many launches, from well-funded augmented reality (AR) startups to future-gazing big data platforms. But for every new entrant to the technology industry, there was probably at least one company or product that went in the opposite direction. As we approach the end of […]

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3 tech companies whose terrible 2018 you missed: Snap, Yelp, and IBM

So much went so spectacularly wrong in so many ways for tech companies in 2018 that it was hard to keep track of all the horror shows. Some fails were so epic — like those of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Tesla — that they deserve their own postmortem. But these […]

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How electric scooters infiltrated society in 2018

If 2017 was the year of dockless bike-sharing, then 2018 was the year that ushered in an entirely new era for tech-infused personal mobility startups. Throughout last year, dueling Chinese bike-sharing companies Ofo and Mobike scrambled to corner a burgeoning market by raising crazy sums of cash to deposit bright-colored […]

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RydeMyPony founder delivers last startup pitch you‘ll ever need: ‘Why 2018 was a product fail’

Berlin-based Christoph Sollich is known as “The Pitch Doctor” for his work helping entrepreneurs tell their company’s story. But part of his method involves delivering his own pitches that satirize the format of the startup pitch. I got a chance to see him this year at the Bits & Pretzels Conference […]

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Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Kit review: The art of programming without code

Conventional wisdom holds that it’s easier to learn something when you’re young, be that tennis, a new language, or, indeed, software development. It’s against this backdrop that London-based Kano has been selling a range of DIY computing kits designed to teach coding fundamentals and the building blocks of PCs. A […]

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Andrew Ng launches AI playbook for businesses

Google Brain cofounder and former Baidu AI chief scientist Andrew Ng today announced the launch of the AI Transformation Playbook, a prescriptive guide for business leaders looking to create AI-first companies. The playbook is the latest initiative from Ng, who has been advising startups, developers, and legacy businesses on how […]

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Airbnb says it has paid $1 billion in local taxes on behalf of hosts since 2014

Peer-to-peer lodging marketplace Airbnb announced that is has now collected $1 billion in taxes on behalf of guests over the past four and a half years. After initially putting up a lengthy fight against local authorities’ attempts to get Airbnb to serve as tax collector for hosts, the San Francisco-based […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo unveils its first commercial driverless taxi service: Waymo One

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo today took a huge step toward launching its first public self-driving taxi service. Waymo has been testing a driverless car service in Phoenix for a while already, but today the company officially lifted the lid on its first commercial service that riders can actually pay […]

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Google doubles Hangouts Meet limit to 100 participants

Google is doubling the number of participants that can chat simultaneously through the G Suite communications platform Hangouts Meet. Hangouts Meet emerged last year after Google announced it was splitting the Hangouts platform into two core services: Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like platform for teams, and Hangouts Meet, a Skype-like videoconferencing application. Updates Google […]

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Uber Freight taps machine learning to give shippers rates 2 weeks in advance

Uber Freight, the cargo-hauling trucking platform Uber built on its on-demand transport infrastructure, has unveiled a new feature that gives shippers — companies and distributors who dispatch cargo en masse —  access to real-time market rates for specific routes up to two weeks in advance. The feature, called Lane Explorer, […]

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Google Assistant gets photo-sharing with voice, to-do lists, and new kids’ stories

Google Assistant and its Home speakers are getting smarter ahead of the holiday season with the launch of new features like the ability to create and manage to-do lists, teach kids manners, and share photos with your voice. The ability to create to-do lists will only be available for Assistant […]

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Amazon calls Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday the ‘Turkey 5 weekend’, giving you another reason to hate capitalism

Amazon dribbled out its annual list of useless statistics to trumpet the fact that the more people are buying more stuff via the ecommerce behemoth than they ever have in the history of forever. But this year’s release contains a particularly heinous bit of marketing blather that has us weeping […]

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AI Weekly: What to expect at NeurIPS 2018, the biggest AI conference of the year

In just over a week, NeurIPS — the biggest AI summit of the year — will kick off Montreal. In 2016, the event had 5,000 registered participants. Last year, the number was 8,000. This year, the first batch of 2,000 tickets sold out in 12 minutes. The annual conference on Neural Information […]

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KeepSolid rolls out freemium VPN Lite app for Android and iOS

KeepSolid, makers of the popular VPN app VPN Unlimited, has quietly rolled out a new freemium VPN app that allows users to use the service without registering. VPN Lite, as the new app is called, is available on Android and iOS only, which is the first obvious differentiator between it and […]

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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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Microsoft opens Surface Go with LTE preorders, starting at $679

Microsoft has finally revealed details of the previously announced LTE-enabled Surface Go hybrid laptop-tablet. The company said it’s opening preorders today, starting at $679 for the consumer version and $729 for the business-focused incarnation. Microsoft said the Surface Go with LTE Advanced is expected to officially go on sale in the […]

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The notch giveth, and the notch taketh away

Sometimes an action intended to create a positive outcome is simultaneously intertwined with negative consequences. For every yin, there is a yang; for every good, a bad; for every … you get the picture. Having spent the past few weeks with the latest Huawei flagship, the Mate 20 Pro, that is […]

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Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before U.K. and Canada-led committee

Facebook has declined a request to send CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before an “international grand committee” on the topic of fake news and disinformation — though the committee continues to grow. U.K. MP Damian Collins — one of the organizers of the committee, along with Canadian MP Bob Zimmer […]

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