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Facebook’s new video app hits Samsung Smart TVsFacebook%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20video%20app%20hits%20Samsung%20Smart%26nbsp%3BTVsvd-first-look-sketch-qled_main_3sarahintampa

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:11 +0000

(image)  Facebook’s new video app is now available on Samsung Smart TVs – which makes Samsung the first platform to feature the social network’s latest application. Facebook had announced earlier this month that it was soon releasing a video app aimed at connected TVs and other media players, like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, but didn’t unveil a specific launch date for any… Read More(image)


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Ambitious Alibaba takes aim at the kings of cloud computingAmbitious%20Alibaba%20takes%20aim%20at%20the%20kings%20of%20cloud%26nbsp%3BcomputingThe Launching Ceremony Of 2015 Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival In HangzhouJonGiant balloons promoting AliCloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., stand on display at the 2015 Computing Conference in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Alibaba's bet on data technology is driving greater investment in areas including ways to protect user privacy as it battles Amazon.com Inc. for customers globally. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Imagesalibaba-cloud-in-hong-kongAlibaba NYSE Flags 3HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) An inside view of Alibaba Headquarters on September 19, 2014 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China. Alibaba is to be officially listed in New York Stock Exchange today with financing scale of 25 billion USD, the largest IPO ever. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:55:40 +0000

(image)  When you think of the biggest cloud players in the world, one company you might not consider is Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that held a record $25 billion U.S. IPO in 2014. Alibaba entered the cloud computing business in 2009, just three years after Amazon launched its cloud division, AWS — and Alibaba’s cloud computing efforts are among the ambitious projects that… Read More(image)


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Google at MWC: Daydream trees, cherry blossom, and nougat smoothiesGoogle%20at%20MWC%3A%20Daydream%20trees%2C%20cherry%20blossom%2C%20and%20nougat%26nbsp%3Bsmoothiesdsc07215fredericlardinois

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:49:33 +0000

(image)  Every year, Google mixes up its presence at MWC a bit. After a few years of handing out smoothies and Android pins inside one of the halls here in Barcelona, Google made the move outside in recent years. That works great when it’s warm, but on a chilly day, it doesn’t exactly make for a pleasant experience. Here is what Google had to offer this year. Read More(image)


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Here’s what the head of Uber’s self-driving program wasn’t asked on stage todayHere%26%238217%3Bs%20what%20the%20head%20of%20Uber%26%238217%3Bs%20self-driving%20program%20wasn%26%238217%3Bt%20asked%20on%20stage%26nbsp%3BtodayAnthony Levandowskinelomas

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:46:16 +0000

(image)  Uber-owned Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski must be mightily relieved after an onstage Q&A here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow passed by with zero awkward moments. For example, there was no mention of the fact his former employer is suing his current employer over allegations of IP theft… Read More(image)


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Workfit raises $5.5 million seed round to be your AI meeting assistantWorkfit%20raises%20%245.5%20million%20seed%20round%20to%20be%20your%20AI%20meeting%26nbsp%3BassistantBusinessman leaning on conference room table and talking to co-workers at business meetingjmannes16The Workfit platform Workfit team left to right: Geish, David, Ahmad and Omar

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:20:03 +0000

(image)  Conversational AI is pushing deeper into enterprise with Workfit, a new startup promising to make conference call follow-ups and mid-meeting CRM updates as easy as playing a song or checking the weather on Google Home or Amazon Echo. Battery Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Salesforce Ventures and a number of angels joined together to finance a $5.5 million seed investment in the… Read More(image)


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The back of Alcatel’s ridiculous new phone lights up to display notificationsThe%20back%20of%20Alcatel%E2%80%99s%20ridiculous%20new%20phone%20lights%20up%20to%20display%26nbsp%3Bnotificationsalcatelbheateralcatelalcatel

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:14:09 +0000

(image)  You know what people like? Lights. Brightly colored, flashing lights. Lights for notifications and lights for fun. Lights for all occasion. So, so many shiny lights. Lights like the lights on the back of Alcatel’s A5 LED, a fun feature on what is an otherwise middling handset. In a mobile show that saw the debut of BlackBerry’s KeyOne, the A5 has the fairly indistinct distinction… Read More(image)


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Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race carRoborace%20unveils%20its%20fantastic%20driverless%20race%26nbsp%3Bcarroborace-2-of-2mjburnsyroborace-3-of-2

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:06:04 +0000

(image)  This is the race car of the future. It’s an autonomous vehicle, built to be raced by just computers and was designed specifically with that in mind. Rather than retrofitting an existing race car chassis for use with driverless systems, the company gave its designers and engineers a blank slate and told them to build the ultimate autonomous vehicle. This is what they came up… Read More(image)


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For IBM’s CTO for Watson, not a lot of value in replicating the human mind in a computerFor%20IBM%26%238217%3Bs%20CTO%20for%20Watson%2C%20not%20a%20lot%20of%20value%20in%20replicating%20the%20human%20mind%20in%20a%26nbsp%3Bcomputeribm-watson-serversfredericlardinoisrob-high

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:35:40 +0000

(image)  “Everybody and their mother is out to create their own specialized voice-activated devices,” IBM fellow and CTO for its Watson project Rob High told me during an interview at MWC. IBM, of course, doesn’t offer a direct competitor to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, but the company hopes that developers will choose Watson, in all its various guises, to power their AI apps,… Read More(image)


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Oppo shows off impressive new zoom technology, but forgets to put it on a real phoneOppo%20shows%20off%20impressive%20new%20zoom%20technology%2C%20but%20forgets%20to%20put%20it%20on%20a%20real%26nbsp%3Bphoneimg_1066bheateroppo-camera-lens

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:14:03 +0000

(image)  Oppo’s big Mobile World Congress announcement wasn’t an actual phone. Sure it arrived in a prototype roughly the size and shape of a phone, but it wasn’t really. It was proof of concept, the company showing off the imagine technology it’s spent the last year working on. That’s not to say it wasn’t impressive. The company has apparently cracked the code on… Read More(image)


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YouTube is coming to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxYouTube%20is%20coming%20to%20Comcast%26%238217%3Bs%20Xfinity%20X1%20set-top%26nbsp%3Bboxxfinity-youtube-apps-x1sarahintampaxfinity-youtube-search-results-final

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:53:41 +0000

(image)  Google and Comcast announced a new deal this morning that will see the YouTube application installed on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes nationwide later this year. The integration will allow X1 users to launch the app by saying “YouTube” into the X1 voice remote, as well as browse featured content on YouTube, search the entire library, including by voice, and sign into… Read More(image)


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IT services manager Cherwell Software joins private equity giant KKR’s growing tech portfolioIT%20services%20manager%20Cherwell%20Software%20joins%20private%20equity%20giant%20KKR%26%238217%3Bs%20growing%20tech%26nbsp%3BportfolioIT guys in server roomshieberj

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:52:35 +0000

(image)  With a new $50 million investment from private equity giant KKR, IT service management company Cherwell Software becomes the latest business in the firm’s growing tech portfolio. The investment, from KKR’s $711 million Next Generation Technology Fund, is the firm’s fifth deal since closing the fund last December. Cherwell Software, a Colorado Springs-based company, makes… Read More(image)


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Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagshipsWhy%20Nokia%E2%80%99s%20feature%20phone%20nostalgia%20stole%20the%20thunder%20from%20this%20year%E2%80%99s%26nbsp%3Bflagshipsnokia-3310-3-of-2bheater

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:14 +0000

(image)  Mobile World Congress kicked off over the weekend with press conferences from Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola. But all anyone seems to care about is a 17-year-old device. A reboot. A candy bar feature phone whose main selling point is its ability to play Snake, eclipsing BlackBerry’s own nostalgia-themed KeyOne smartphone. That feels like as bold an indictment of the mobile industry… Read More(image)


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Twitch will sell video games on its site starting this springTwitch%20will%20sell%20video%20games%20on%20its%20site%20starting%20this%26nbsp%3Bspringtwitch-logosarahintampatwitch-games

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:21:56 +0000

(image)  Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch announced this morning that it will now sell games directly on its platform – a not entirely surprising expansion for the service where developers are already taking advantage of the site’s social community to get the word out about their games, and engage fans. Games will go on sale this spring, says Twitch, but did not give an… Read More(image)


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Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creatorKinetise%20now%20lets%20you%20download%20the%20code%20you%20make%20in%20their%20drag%20and%20drop%20app%26nbsp%3Bcreatorc5734cdd-06dc-4bd4-9190-6abf044180a2-1johne1216a20-9a5e-4d9b-b76b-e3c3f6d7d4af-1

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:21:21 +0000

(image)  The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor and get locked into one platform forever. But now app development house Kinetise is offering the best of both worlds. Kinetise, who I’ve talked about for years as an interesting alternative to coding your own Android and iOS apps, came… Read More(image)


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LeoLabs raises $4M to build out its space debris collision avoidance networkLeoLabs%20raises%20%244M%20to%20build%20out%20its%20space%20debris%20collision%20avoidance%26nbsp%3BnetworkSpace satellite orbiting the earth. Elements of this image furnietherinLeoLabs' new Midland ground radar monitoring facility.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:13 +0000

(image)  Low-Earth orbit is a prime candidate for explosive commercial growth, but it’s also a space where the risk of actual explosions resulting from debris impact is a legitimate concern for businesses focused on the opportunity. That’s the problem LeoLabs aims to address, a startup spun out of SRI International to detect, map and help avoid collisions with debris and objects floating… Read More(image)


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Cordial raises $6 million for its customized, automated email marketing serviceCordial%20raises%20%246%20million%20for%20its%20customized%2C%20automated%20email%20marketing%26nbsp%3Bservicemarketingshieberj

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:15:01 +0000

(image)  Developing a software that tracks user behavior across apps and websites, and generates targeted marketing emails for those users has garnered the San Diego-based technology company Cordial $6 million in new funding. The San Diego-based company is founded by a team of longtime email marketing professionals and was backed by Upfront Ventures in this Series A round. The company is also a… Read More(image)


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Facebook digs into mobile infrastructure in Uganda as TIP commits $170M to startupsFacebook%20digs%20into%20mobile%20infrastructure%20in%20Uganda%20as%20TIP%20commits%20%24170M%20to%26nbsp%3BstartupsMobile users in Ugandaingridlundenvoyagerinvestors_teachparikh

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:33:54 +0000

(image)  While Google is using MWC to show off some of its advances in native apps on mobile devices — specifically in chat apps — the world’s biggest chat app company is doing something completely different. Today, Facebook announced that it is building a 770-kilometer (500-mile) fiber backhaul network in Uganda, in partnership with India’s Airtel and wholesale provider BCS… Read More(image)


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This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8This%20is%20probably%20the%20Samsung%20Galaxy%26nbsp%3BS8s8mjburnsy

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:13:15 +0000

(image)  Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S8 smartphone in late March, but the two videos and a couple of images embedded here appear to show working units. The videos show the phone’s refined design. The curved screen of the S7 remains as does the 3.5mm headphone port. The phone looks very similar to its predecessor though it’s missing the physical and capacitive buttons found on… Read More(image)


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