Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC
 As the TV show ‘Silicon Valley‘ has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next ‘product’ to be born into this satirical ‘vertical’ is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. The Maybe Capital Board Game launched this week on Kickstarter, and its launch… Read More ...
Terpon is making VR webcams just for live streaming porn
 A Swiss startup, Terpon SA, is making virtual reality webcams specifically for the adult entertainment industry. The cameras aren’t available for purchase, but customers can rent them for about $30 a month, a price that includes around the clock technical support. Terpon Chief Executive Jean Claude Artonne said he wants to empower adult performers around the world to create immersive… Read More ...
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 will add support for Android Things later this year
 When it launched Android Things back in December, Google announced a handful of hardware partners for its Android-based internet of things operating system, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico and the Raspberry Pi 3. Qualcomm, naturally, wanted in on the action, releasing its own straightforward, if vague, response to the announcement, titled, “Qualcomm Intends to Collaborate with Google… Read More ...
Alienware’s 13 R3 is testament to small and powerful VR-capable laptops
 Alienware’s latest offering is a sort of fresh start for the company. The 13 R3 is extremely compact for a VR-compatible system, but portability comes at a premium. Even so, the laptop has a lot to offer for gamers outside of virtual reality. Read More ...
Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130
 Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the US at Spectacles.com. Previously it only dispensed them from Snapbot vending machines in surprise locations and its NYC pop-up store for the last three months.… Read More ...
Hey Alexa, does this look infected?
 Once you’re done ordering pizza and locking and unlocking your front door, what’s left to do with your Echo? Starting today, HealthTap users will be able to use Amazon’s connected home assistant for medical advice, if they so choose. The online healthcare startup is announcing Alexa integration this week, letting users tap into their voice controlled health services with… Read More ...
Digital services provider Lucideus starts Cyber Whiz Kids; a cyber security awareness course for youth
In a bid to bring awareness among the youth regarding the growing cyberattacks and cyber bullying, Delhi-based IT risk assessment and digital security services provider Lucideus on Monday launched a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity course. Titled Cyber Whiz Kids, the course will delve into topics like basics of computers, hardware and software, basics of networking and how computers communicate with each other, smartphones, basics of programming and the security of each one of them. Students from...
Oppo teases new mobile camera technology ahead of MWC
 We’ve entered crunch time for getting all of those last minute teasers out before the kick of Mobile World Congress, the year’s biggest smart phone show. Some have been cagey around their big news ahead of the event in Barcelona, while others, like LG haven’t left much all that to the imagination. Oppo, the rising-est star in a Chinese market full of them, is playing its… Read More ...
Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds
 When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More ...
Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself
 Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D animated hologram that can serve up the weather, on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More ...
Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself
 Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D animated hologram that can serve up the weather, on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More ...
OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired
 One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make easier the lives of the visually impaired. Read More ...
Oxsight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired
 One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind.[/tc_dropcap] That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make the lives of the visually impaired easier. Read More ...
Huawei said to be building its own voice assistant
 Last year, Huawei leapfrogged a couple of fellow Chinese hardware companies to secure its spot as the third largest smartphone maker worldwide. As the company takes aim at the number two spot, it’s apparently working to differentiate itself even more from the competition by developing more proprietary tech, adding to a list of components that already includes its own in-house… Read More ...
Brexit bumps up the UK price of Microsoft’s Surface Book
 Another Brexit bump: Microsoft has increased the cost of its Surface Book laptops for UK consumers. Read More ...
Samsung Galaxy S8 release date nears as “photos” quell fears
A set of photo-quality renders (not actual photos) appeared this week of the Galaxy S8 to further axe fears of a cut headphone jack. Apple tossed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 along with a few Android devices before and since – it would seem that Samsung won’t follow suit. Instead, with the assistance of the images published this … Continue reading...
Dyson opens new Singapore tech center with focus on R&D in AI and software
 Dyson is expanding its footprint in Singapore, with a new Technology Centre opened today by the maker of vacuums and other smart home electronics. The UK company will be investing $561 million as part of its commitment to the new facility, which hosts working labs where research and development teams can pool their cumulative hardware and software know-how to help advance the… Read More ...
Uncorking innovation with Treasury Wine Estates in Napa
 The ancient craft of wine making conjures romantic notions of hand picked vines, and bare feet crushing grapes. However, wine production today is a thoroughly high-tech affair. Degree programs in viticulture and oenology, from Cornell University to UC Davis, reflect advances in the industry. Professors and courses there now focus on topics like “environmental control, and modified… Read More ...
Galaxy S8 details leak: Samsung’s secret weapon may be mAh
The release date for the Galaxy S8 is nearly hear and rumors are swirling around the final form of the device – especially its innards. Two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are likely to appear, these replacing the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (the larger of the two). Inside these devices will be a 3,000mAh battery and a … Continue reading...
A Nike HyperAdapt teardown might hint at what’s to come for the self-lacing shoes
 Surely everyone who picked up a pair of Nike’s limited-edition HyperAdapt self-lacing shoes had at least some small desire to rip them open to find out how they worked. But at $700 a pop, it’s an easy enough urge to suppress. The nice thing about the internet, however, is that we often can count on someone else to do our dirty work for us. Bay Area-based engineering company… Read More ...