Research heralds better and bidirectional brain-computer interfaces
 A pair of studies, one from Stanford and another from the University of Geneva, exemplify the speed with which brain-computer interfaces are advancing; and while you won’t be using one instead of a mouse and keyboard any time soon, even in its nascent form the tech may prove transformative for the disabled. Read More ...
Heal plans nationwide expansion for doctor house calls on demand
 Already a hit in the limited California regions that it serves, doctor-on-demand startup Heal is planning to take its house call service to more cities across the country. Today, the company announced that it would be expanding into cities in Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania by the end of the year. It has been only two years since Heal’s first doctor made the first house call… Read More ...
Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M
 Amobee just announced that it has agreed to acquire adtech company Turn for $310 million. Amobee used to be a mobile ad startup itself, before a 2012 acquisition by Singtel, where it remains a subsidiary. Since then, Singtel and Amobee have continued to make make more acquisitions on the digital ad side, including Gradient X, Adconion and Kontera. Turn, meanwhile, operates both a data… Read More ...
New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies
 A new report by the Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto’s secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster. While some broad strokes are known about Palantir’s relationship with spy agencies, the finer points seldom see daylight. That guarantee of secrecy that no doubt aids the… Read More ...
SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media
 SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifies most brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. They’re either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if they’re communicating individually, it’s usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint. With the just-launched SocialRank Realtime, Taub and his team are trying to enable something different.… Read More ...
Square beats the street thanks to growth of new products
 While Twitter continues to struggle as a public company, Jack Dorsey’s other business seems to be doing pretty well. Today payments company Square announced earnings, beating the street with a narrower loss than expected — $0.04 per share — on revenues of $452 million for the fourth quarter 2016. Read More ...
EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted
 Half of the web’s traffic is now encrypted, according to a new report from the EFF released this week. The rights organization noted the milestone was attributable to a number of efforts, including recent moves from major tech companies to implement HTTPS on their own properties. Over the years, these efforts have included pushes from Facebook and Twitter, back in 2013 and 2012… Read More ...
Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space
 Knotel announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Founded in 2015, the company offers what co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva described as “headquarters as a service” — a flexible office space that can be customized for each tenant while also growing or shrinking as needed. This might sound like it’s addressing the same need as WeWork and other… Read More ...
GameStop will sell you a Nintendo Switch on launch day (if you’re lucky)
The Nintendo Switch launches in just over a week, but there are going to be quite a few people on launch day who will have to go without. Pre-orders for the Switch were snatched up quickly, with many retailers selling out of their allotments during the first day they were available. Since then, it’s been nearly impossible to find a … Continue reading...
NASA found 7 “Earthlike” planets just under 40 light years away
 NASA has discovered seven planets with Earth-like qualities orbiting a nearby star making them among the strongest candidates in the continued search for extraterrestrial life among  known exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our own solar system. These new planets all inhabit another solar system which includes seven planets that have a relatively warm climate, as well as rocky… Read More ...
AMD’s new Ryzen processors will take on Intel starting next week
 AMD is launching three new Ryzen 7 processors on March 2 the will attempt to take the crown for fastest PC processors in the world from rival Intel. AMD’s new processors are all 8-core affairs, which the company says will best similarly specced rivals from Intel’s Core I line at similar price points ($330, $400 and $500 respectively). The new Ryzen processors will help bring… Read More ...
Turn anything into a nightmare cat with this machine learning tool
 Machine learning has the potential to solve many of our regular human problems, like for instance having too few nightmarish, oddly cat-filled crude images to gaze upon. Luckily, Christopher Hesse created the edges2cats web-based tool to address exactly that issue. The machine learning software uses Google’s Tensorflow to translate one image to another, using training data provided by… Read More ...
Nintendo serves up an appetizer for Switch console with unboxing video
Nintendo has released the official Switch unboxing video featuring Nintendo Minute's Kit and Krysta, and it's making the wait to get our hands on the console even more unbearable than it already was. The post Nintendo serves up an appetizer for Switch console with unboxing video appeared first on Digital Trends.
Clinc raises a $6.3M Series A to advance its AI for banking platform
 Clinc hopes its AI personal assistant Finie will one day reduce the complexity and barriers many consumers face when attempting to understand their finances. The company claims the voice-controlled platform serves up financial data in impactful ways with minimal effort. And now, with an infusion of cash from mostly Midwest venture funds, the company has a bit more runway to advance its cause.… Read More ...
Ford CTO Raj Nair and WayUp CEO Liz Wessel will join us at Disrupt NY 2017
 Disrupt NY is but a few short weeks away, and the agenda is shaping up to be pretty awesome. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we will be joined by Ford CTO Raj Nair and WayUp CEO Liz Wessel for firesides chats who join the trio of amazing speakers announced yesterday. Tickets are currently available for Disrupt NY at a super early bird discount rate and applications are about to… Read More ...
About.com launches The Spruce, a standalone site for Home Decor and Food
 In its continued effort to divide and conquer, About.com is launching yet another standalone media brand in the form of The Spruce, a site dedicated to home improvement and food. The new site brings over more than 50,000 pieces of content covering home decor/design, food and recipes, gardening, family life, crafts and hobbies, and pets. The idea here is to combine About’s… Read More ...
SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with ISS, will try again Thursday
 A GPS error prevented SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship from mating with the ISS early this morning. The craft was less than a mile away from the space station when the docking had to be aborted. NASA stated the Dragon craft and the ISS crew are safe. Another rendezvous will be attempted on Thursday. This is the first time SpaceX had to abort an ISS delivery mission as the company… Read More ...
Toymail adds an app store for its cuddly mobiles for kids
 Internet of Things startup Toymail, which sells connected plush toys to parents of younger kids who want them to have a playful alternative to a mobile phone, has now launched an app store. Read More ...
Toymail adds an app store for its cuddly mobiles for kids
 Internet of Things startup Toymail, which sells connected plush toys to parents of younger kids who want them to have a playful alternative to a mobile phone, has now launched an app store. Read More ...
Disney has quietly acquired tech and assets of MakieLab, a startup that 3D printed dolls
 MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLab’s tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ever since. Until now, that is. Read More ...