Tag: top-stories

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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On the eve of a 6-month pilot, Drive.ai details its self-driving car plans

It’s been almost a year since Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google parent Alphabet, became the first company to operate autonomous cars on public roads without drivers behind the wheel. Now Drive.ai intends to follow suit. This month, the Silicon Valley startup will set loose a fleet of self-driving Nissan NV200 vans in Frisco, Texas. […]

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Twitter loses 1 million monthly users in Q2 2018, revenue grows to $711 million

Twitter saw a slight dip in monthly active users during the second quarter of 2018, but exceeded revenue expectations. The number of monthly active users on Twitter dropped from 336 million in Q1 2018 to 335 million in Q2 2018. The decline in MAUs came from the U.S., while the number of international MAUs remained […]

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Miso Robotics’ Flippy robot will fry chicken and tater tots at Dodgers Stadium this summer

Humans aren’t the only ones flipping burgers anymore  — and that goes for the short-order cooks at sports stadiums, too. Miso Robotics today announced that Flippy, a restaurant robot designed to prep food alongside human workers, will work the frying stations behind a food stand in Dodgers Stadium, the Los Angeles home of the Dodgers […]

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eBay taps Square Capital to offer sellers loans of up to $100,000

Ebay has announced a new lending program that will provide between $500 and $100,000 to eligible U.S. sellers interested in growing their businesses. It will be offered in partnership with Square Capital, a small business lending initiative launched by payments company Square back in 2014. The announcement was made today in Las Vegas at eBay Open, […]

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Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator introduces its second startup class

Amazon and Techstars today announced startups chosen to participate in the Alexa Accelerator, a 12-week program held in Seattle that is now in its second year. In all, nine companies will participate in the accelerator, which grants them access to Amazon employees and more than 100 mentors from the Seattle conversational AI community. Graduates of […]

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Descartes Labs’ Wildfire Watchsystem uses satellite imagery to track active fires on Twitter

Wildfires are one of nature’s most destructive forces, exacerbated by the effects of climate change and land development. The recent fires in Sonoma County killed 22 people and destroyed thousands of homes, and the Ventura and Santa Barbara County wildfires burned for more than 281,800 acres before the flames were finally extinguished. Early warnings are […]

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Haven Life uses AI to underwrite life insurance for noncitizens and people with chronic illnesses

Haven Life, an insurance subsidiary of MassMutual, today announced that it’s expanding its medically underwritten Haven Term policy to non-U.S. citizens and individuals with chronic illnesses. The unique application process employs artificial intelligence to match applicants with plan options. “This expansion in eligibility illustrates our core values — to be inclusive and give as many […]

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Facebook: ‘Turning a blind eye to bad content is not in our commercial interests’

Facebook has responded to allegations that emerged over the weekend claiming the company turns a blind eye to controversial Pages if they have a lot of followers — because such Pages generate a lot of revenue. The latest scandal comes just a few months after Facebook published its internal guidelines for how it enforces content takedowns. […]

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KPMG: Tech CEOs fear ‘return to territorialism’ as risk for growth

The majority of technology CEOs surveyed globally (54 percent) believe that a “return to territorialism” is the greatest risk to their growth, according to a new report by KPMG, the audit, tax, and advisory services organization. The survey was based on interviews with 104 tech CEOs. And while it didn’t spell it out specifically, that is […]

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AdHive launches AI-powered platform to promote ICOs

Regardless of the buzz around ICOs and other blockchain token generation events, one thing remains true. If you want people to invest in your project and hit your targets, you need to attract a large community. AI-controlled influencer marketing platform AdHive today announced an ICO-focused marketing solution designed specifically for this purpose. The product itself is […]

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Digital Surgery’s AI platform guides surgical teams through complex procedures

Digital Surgery, a health tech startup based in London, today launched what it’s calling the world’s first dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed for the operating room. The reference tool helps guide surgeons through complex medical procedures — cofounder and former plastic surgeon Jean Nehme described it as a “Google Maps” for surgery. “What we’ve done […]

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Alexa alternatives have a secret weapon: Privacy

Earlier this week we learned that worldwide smart speaker sales are expected to increase sixfold within the next couple of years. This mirrors multiple studies that say the majority of U.S. households will have a smart speaker by 2022, powered by current leading intelligent assistants Google Assistant and Alexa. At the same time, tech giants […]

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Alphabet’s X graduates its Loon and Wing moonshots into standalone companies

Alphabet has added a couple more companies to its portfolio of subsidiaries, now that two of its moonshot projects have graduated to become full-fledged independent businesses. Google’s parent company has publicly operated Project Wing and Project Loon since 2014 and 2013 respectively, though both projects actually predate their official announcements. Project Wing is basically a […]

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Tinder’s looping profile videos launch globally

Tinder is today rolling out a new feature that enables users to add a two-second looping video to their profiles. The dating app first announced the feature back in April, though it was initially limited to Canada and Sweden for testing, and it quietly launched in Japan last month. From today, looping videos will be […]

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Tonara launches an AI-powered tutoring service for budding musicians

AI has an important role to play in the education industry, which also happens to be a lucrative and still–growing space. The global private tutoring market alone will be worth more than $102 billion by the end of this year, and public education offers an equally fruitful opportunity. AI-powered music tutoring app Tonara today announced the launch […]

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How Facebook and Twitter’s new ad transparency tools fall short

Users can now see more information than ever before about how advertisers are using some of the largest social media platforms, thanks to ad transparency tools released earlier this week by Facebook and Twitter. But just because users have more information doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to parse. As a refresher, the release of […]

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Small tech companies will be the next victims of brick and mortar’s collapse

I’ve never used a OnePlus phone, but I’ve seen articles, photos, and plenty of positive testimonials over the years. OnePlus customers are said to be happy and loyal — but by tech industry standards, there apparently aren’t very many of them. Two weeks ago, OnePlus said that its latest phone sold a million units worldwide […]

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Oculus details its Varifocal half-dome VR prototype

Last month, we reported on a talk by Douglas Lanman of Oculus Research (now Facebook’s Reality Labs) from the 2018 SID Display Week event. The fascinating 40-minute session showcased some of the team’s latest work in VR hardware. Now you can watch that talk for yourself. Below is a direct feed video of Lanman’s talk, released this […]

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Macquarie Capital and R/GA team up to invest in disruptive tech startups

Financial investment giant Macquarie Capital has teamed up with digital advertising and brand agency R/GA to invest in a wide range of startups that have potential to disrupt both traditional and digital markets. The companies have set up a unique partnership — the Macquarie Capital Venture Studio (MCVS) with R/GA — where the investment arm of […]

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