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StrongDM raises $3M to keep database info from leaking outStrongDM%20raises%20%243M%20to%20keep%20database%20info%20from%20leaking%26nbsp%3Boutstrongdm-screenshot-in-laptopmatthewlynley

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:55 +0000

(image)  When companies are looking to secure the information they have in their databases, it’s a pretty big challenge no matter how you slice it. Unless you have a large security budget that can manage permissions and figure out who is doing what, you are probably cobbling together whatever technology you can from open source locations, strongDM CEO Elizabeth Zalman says. So there needs to be a… Read More(image)

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:52:30 +0000

(image)  If you’ve played games designed by Fumito Ueda before, then you’ll feel right at home in The Last Guardian, the new release published by Sony for PS4, and developed by genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio. The world feels like a natural extension of the worlds created for both 2001’s Ico and 2005’s Shadow of the Colossus, and the most interesting question it brings up is… Read More(image)

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Meet Aiden, your new AI coworkerMeet%20Aiden%2C%20your%20new%20AI%26nbsp%3Bcoworkerimg_9322-1katecongeraiden

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:43:00 +0000

(image)  Let’s say you want to know where one of your digital marketing campaigns is getting the most traction: Twitter or Facebook. You might need to check several dashboards across your social accounts and Google analytics to compile the data — and even if you conclude that one platform is outperforming the other, that might change next week as users shift their attention to… Read More(image)

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Infltr lets you filter your photos directly in the iMessage appInfltr%20lets%20you%20filter%20your%20photos%20directly%20in%20the%20iMessage%26nbsp%3Bappscreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-11-23-09-amsarahintampascreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-11-22-17-am

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:35:12 +0000

(image)  Photo-editing app Infltr is best known for giving Instagram a run for its money with an app that lets you choose from an infinite number of photo filters – well, technically, it’s just over 7 million. The idea is that you can use color combinations to give your photo a unique look, instead of relying on built-in filter presets. Now, Infltr is bringing its photo editor to the… Read More(image)

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Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK BetaDigital%20chief-of-staff%20app%20Accompany%20raises%20%2420M%20and%20launches%20a%20UK%26nbsp%3BBetaamy-chang-accompany-3-of-5matthewlynleyaccompany app better

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000

(image)  Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago. The app had been in the works for a while, and now that it’s finally out the door, it’s time to step on the gas — so it’s launching in the U.K. in a beta. Chang’s bet is that there’s a slot for an app that… Read More(image)

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Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & moreShopify%20acquires%20digital%20studio%20Tiny%20Hearts%2C%20makers%20of%20Wake%20Alarm%2C%20Next%20Keyboard%20%26amp%3B%26nbsp%3Bmoretiny-heartssarahintampafrenzy-kith

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:01:13 +0000

(image)  E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next Keyboard, InstaMatch, and Wake Alarm. Prior to the deal, the team had also worked with… Read More(image)

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Review: Oculus Touch VR motion controllersReview%3A%20Oculus%20Touch%20VR%20motion%26nbsp%3Bcontrollersimg_3301lucasmatney2015touch-packaging_1

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:31 +0000

(image)  While this year undeniably saw the entrance of quite a few major hardware initiatives from the major players (Google, Oculus, HTC, Samsung and Sony to name a few), 2016 still had quite a tough time grappling with some of the virtual reality industry’s most burning questions. Making VR cheaper and making sure it works on a device you already own have been a couple of those issues. Read More(image)

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MIT’s DIY design system lets you make the right drone for the jobMIT%26%238217%3Bs%20DIY%20design%20system%20lets%20you%20make%20the%20right%20drone%20for%20the%26nbsp%3Bjobphd-student-tao-du-watching-the-bunnycopter-take-off-credit-jason-dorfman-mit-csailetherin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:07 +0000

(image)  Drones are fairly off-the-shelf affairs for most people; there’s a wide range of companies making them for both commercial and consumer uses, but ultimately these are all remarkably similar. They tend to favor a quadcopter structure, and are often configured with photography in mind as a primary use. But MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab has come up with a… Read More(image)

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Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experienceAmazon%20launches%20a%20beta%20of%20Go%2C%20a%20cashier-free%2C%20app-based%20food%20shopping%26nbsp%3Bexperiencebottle-grab-desktop-_v523327232_bheaterchef-kitchen-desktop-_v523327237_

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:58:16 +0000

(image)  The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.” Customers use the Go app to enter the store, and once inside, some combination… Read More(image)

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Seeds helps developers make more money through in-app social good purchasesSeeds%20helps%20developers%20make%20more%20money%20through%20in-app%20social%20good%26nbsp%3Bpurchasesseedsmdickeyseeds1seeds2seeds3seedsseedsseeds

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:57:21 +0000

(image)  Seeds unveiled its drag-and-drop SDK for developers to integrate social good contributions directly into their apps today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016. Seeds also announced a partnership with Amazon app store, in which Amazon markets Seeds directly to its roughly 600,000 app developers. The idea is that people are incentivized to spend money inside an app if they know it’s going to… Read More(image)

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Iris is an AI to help science R&DIris%20is%20an%20AI%20to%20help%20science%26nbsp%3BR%26amp%3BDiris-ainelomasIris AIIris AIiris-ai4iris-ai3iris-ai2iris-ai1

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:42:11 +0000

(image)  Most startups have a pitch. The team behind Iris AI has two: right now they’ve created an AI-powered science assistant that functions like a search tool, helping researchers track down relevant journal papers without having to know the right keywords for their search. But in future their big vision is their artificially intelligent baby grows up to become a scientist in her own right… Read More(image)

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Are smartwatches winding down?Are%20smartwatches%20winding%26nbsp%3Bdown%3Fwearables-businessjohn

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:41:14 +0000

(image)  With the coming destruction of Pebble and the announcement by Motorola that it doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” you would be excused for thinking the smartwatch world is contracting. This is correct, but this is not the end of for wearables. Apple sold 1.1 million Apple Watches in 2016, 73% less than it sold in 2015. The… Read More(image)

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Seenit turns your company’s community into a film crewseenit1gregkumparakseenit1seenit_demo

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:38:25 +0000

(image)  Let’s say you’re hosting an event. Maybe it’s a marathon or a fundraiser or a concert. You want a video recapping the event, be it for promotional reasons or just for the memories. Tradition would have you hire a film crew, but film crews — or at least, film crews alone — might not always be the best answer. They tend to be pricey — and unless you get crazy… Read More(image)

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LiftIgniter wants to rid the web of garbage link recommendationsLiftIgniter%20wants%20to%20rid%20the%20web%20of%20garbage%20link%26nbsp%3Brecommendationsliftigniter2Jonliftigniterliftigniterliftigniter1liftigniter2liftigniter3liftigniter4

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:33:07 +0000

(image)  LiftIgniter is a startup that wants to banish content recommendation engines like Outbrain and Taboola, which serve up low-grade, garbage links on websites to keep users engaged, from the internet. Read More(image)

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Uber acquires Geometric Intelligence to create an AI labUber%20acquires%20Geometric%20Intelligence%20to%20create%20an%20AI%26nbsp%3Blabscreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-5-33-24-ametherin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:07:15 +0000

(image)  Ride-hailing requires a lot of machine smarts to maintain a competitive edge, so it’s not surprising to see Uber make a strategic acquisition in the artificial intelligence space. The company has acquired Geometric Intelligence, a startup co-founded by academic researchers with AI experience, and its team will provide the core for a new central AI lab being established at Uber’s… Read More(image)

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Plume’s plug-in WiFi pods are now availablePlume%E2%80%99s%20plug-in%20WiFi%20pods%20are%20now%26nbsp%3BavailablePlume WiFibheater

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:26 +0000

(image)  The home WiFi network extender space sure got real crowded, real fast. Startups Eero and Luma have been battling it out for some time before Google elbowed its way in, earlier this fall. All of the devices offer different somewhat different solutions to the problem of spotty home wireless networks. Like those offerings, Plume takes a similar approach of arriving solo on in a bundle, so users… Read More(image)

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Fears and questions over Brexit’s impact on talentFears%20and%20questions%20over%20Brexit%26%238217%3Bs%20impact%20on%26nbsp%3Btalentstopping-the-brexit-brain-drain-with-matt-hancock-uk-digital-director-axelle-lemaire-french-government-and-james-wise-balderton-capital2nelomas

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:27:00 +0000

(image)  While UK tech founders continue to try to second guess what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually means for the future of immigration and access to talent, the UK’s digital minister, Matt Hancock, has confirmed it will not mean a clone of the Australian points-based immigration system – despite politicians frequently citing this system as a possible model for the UK to… Read More(image)

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:13:57 +0000

(image)  When you are watching the live video stream of a football game or any major event online, chances are that the stream usually isn’t really as “live” as you’d like it to be. Instead, it’s often a minute or more behind what’s happening in the real world because all of the tech that’s needed to transmit the signal to thousands (and sometimes millions)… Read More(image)

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Foodstantly is transforming how people shop for food in NigeriaFoodstantly%20is%20transforming%20how%20people%20shop%20for%20food%20in%26nbsp%3BNigeriafoodstantly35shieberjPhoto courtesy of Flickr/Andrew Moore

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:10:05 +0000

(image)  Operating a service delivering food to both consumers and hotel chains and restaurants, Foodstantly is hoping to make the process of shopping for food more transparent and safer for all Nigerians (and ultimately across Africa). Read More(image)

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Blink’s home security camera gets an outdoor versionBlink%E2%80%99s%20home%20security%20camera%20gets%20an%20outdoor%26nbsp%3Bversionblink_outdoorv2_front-hero_logo_36in_jpgbheater

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:47 +0000

(image)  CES is still a full month away , but consumer security startup Blink is getting a jump on things with the announcement of a new outdoor camera designed to slot into the company’s home surveillance ecosystem. The Blink XT will be making its in-person debut at CES in January and will start shipping the following month, but company’s offering up pretty much all you need to know about… Read More(image)

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