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  • Festo’s latest biomimetic robots are a flying feathered bird and ball-bottomed helper arm
    by Devin Coldewey on July 2, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    You could be excused for thinking that German robotics company Festo does nothing but put together fabulous prototype robots built to resemble kangaroos, jellyfish, and other living things. They do in fact actually make real industrial robots, but it’s hard not to marvel at their biomimetic experiments; Case in point, the feathered BionicSwift and absurd […]

  • Sprint 5G is no more, as T-Mobile focuses on its own network
    by Brian Heater on July 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. The move is one in a long list of issues that need sorting out in the wake of April’s $26.5 billion merger. And like a number of other moves, it’s […]

  • Uber’s adds another director to its board: Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi
    by Connie Loizos on July 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Uber has a new, independent board member, shows a new SEC filing: CEO Revathi Advaithi of 51-year-old Flex, which is among the world’s largest electronic manufacturers and competes against Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology. Advaithi, a mechanical engineer who grew up in India with four sisters, was appointed to the top job in February of last year […]

  • ‘Westworld’ creators are developing a ‘Fallout’ TV series for Amazon
    by Anthony Ha on July 2, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    “Fallout,” the post-apocalyptic video game franchise published by Bethesda Softworks, is being turned into a TV series by Kilter Films, the production company of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series, which began in 1997, takes place in an alternate future with a retro tone, after a nuclear war has turned most of the world […]

  • Police roll up crime networks in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app
    by Devin Coldewey on July 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system reportedly used by thousands to discuss illegal operations. The total failure of this ostensibly secure method of communication will likely have a chilling effect on the shadowy industry of crime-focused tech. “Operation Venetic” was […]

  • Velodyne becomes latest tech company to go public using a SPAC, eschewing the traditional IPO path
    by Kirsten Korosec on July 2, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Velodyne Lidar, the leading supplier of a sensor widely considered critical to the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, said Thursday it has struck a deal to merge with special-purpose acquisition company Graf Industrial Corp., with a market value of $1.8 billion. The company said it was able to raise $150 million in private investment in […]

  • Project M acquires punk rock satire site The Hard Times
    by Anthony Ha on July 2, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Matt Saincome knows that compared to many of the startup acquisitions that we write about on TechCrunch, selling a website for a little over $1 million (mostly cash, with a little stock) isn’t a huge deal. “But in the world of punk comedy media? Whoo boy!” he said. Saincome is happy to poke fun at […]

  • Extra Crunch Live: Join Jason Green of Emergence Capital for a live Q&A on July 9 at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT
    by Ingrid Lunden on July 2, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    2020 may feel so far like the year of living dangerously, but for many of us it has also been the year of working remotely. Led by the stick of COVID-19 rather than the carrot of the benefits of more flexible work life, a lot of organizations, and the people who power them, have only […]

  • Let’s stop COVID-19 from undoing diversity gains
    by Walter Thompson on July 2, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    As COVID-19 turned up the pressure for businesses around the world, that progress came under threat, with D&I initiatives taking a back seat […]

  • India’s richest man takes on Zoom
    by Manish Singh on July 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    India’s Reliance Jio Platforms, which recently concluded a $15.2 billion fundraise run, is ready to enter a new business: Video conferencing. On Thursday evening, the firm — backed by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man — formally launched JioMeet, its video-conference service that looks uncannily like Zoom. Like Zoom and Google Meet, JioMeet offers unlimited number […]

  • Facebook’s first TikTok clone failed, so it tries for another
    by Rachel Kaser on July 2, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Facebook this week revealed it’s shutting down two of its experimental apps, one of which is its first ever TikTok clone. But don’t worry, Facebook‘s not giving up its usual tricks — it has another TikTok clone waiting in the wings. Specifically, the two apps Facebook’s closing down are Lasso, the aforementioned TikTok clone, and Hobbi, a Pinterest lookalike. Both were developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team and released within the last few years. Both were immediately called out for their similarities to other apps — even the positive reviews for Lasso compare it to TikTok. I guess I… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook […]

  • Study: No, bikes aren’t really slowing cars down
    by Napier Lopez on July 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    One of the most common complaints cyclists hear from drivers is that bikes slow them down on city streets. It’s common to have drivers dangerously overtake you on crowded roads due to MGIF (Must-Get-In-Front) syndrome. Bikes can’t go as fast as a car, so obviously they’re slowing down the other motorists on the road, right? Not so fast. A study published in the Transportation Research Record journal last month suggests that on average, cyclists have a negligible impact on traffic speeds — generally no more than 1 mph (via Forbes). The study was conducted in Portland and, to be clear, it… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Facebook and Instagram will remind you to wear a mask atop your feed
    by Napier Lopez on July 2, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Back in May, it seemed the number of new coronavirus cases was beginning to go down. Then, as states began to reopen (often against the advice of health officials), the number of new cases shot up dramatically — now at record daily levels that can’t be explained away by increased testing. One of the primary culprits is the most obvious one: many Americans still aren’t wearing masks. Facebook now wants to try and convince more people to wear a mask by prominently displaying an alert atop people’s news feeds on Instagram and Facebook. You’ll see the alert along with links to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Instagram […]

  • You can now use (some) Olympus cameras as webcams
    by Napier Lopez on July 2, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Olympus‘s cameras are facing an uncertain future after the company announced it would be selling its camera brand to Japan Industrial Partners, an investment company that had previously bought VAIO from Sony. But now we know the cameras will be good for at least one thing a few years from now: being very fancy webcams. As several other camera manufacturers have done over the past few months in the wake of coronavirus and everyone being stuck at home, Olympus today announced it had brought webcam functionality to several models. These include the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Amazon is making a Fallout TV show with Westworld’s creators
    by Rachel Kaser on July 2, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Amazon today revealed it has a series in the works based on Fallout, Bethesda‘s open-world post-apocalyptic survival series. It’ll be helmed by the same people behind Westworld, so we can only hope it’ll be a fun adaptation. Broadcast received: https://t.co/ouvgWduf3u — Fallout (@Fallout) July 2, 2020 According to the announcement from Bethesda, this is the culmination of a years-long effort to get Fallout adapted into a series. Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios (and my eternal nemesis) said “Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen,” and that Bethesda “couldn’t be more excited” to work… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon […]

  • The Whoop fitness band transformed me from sleepy boy to fit boy in two months
    by Matthew Beedham on July 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. With all the cycling tech on the market — like power meters, heart rate monitors, Zwift, smart trainers — it’s easy to think that you just need to ride more and ride harder to get fitter. But that’s not necessarily the best approach. With all this tech we should actually be training, and recovering, smarter.  I say recovering, because that’s specifically what the latest tech I’ve been using for the past few months… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • How does your driving speed affect your car’s emissions?
    by The Conversation on July 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Every car has an optimal speed range that results in minimum fuel consumption, but this range differs between vehicle types, design and age. Typically it looks like this graph below: fuel consumption rises from about 80km/h, partly because air resistance increases. But speed is only one factor. No matter what car you are driving, you can reduce fuel consumption (and therefore emissions) by driving more smoothly. This includes anticipating corners and avoiding sudden braking, taking the foot off the accelerator just before reaching the peak of a hill and cruising over it, and removing roof racks or bull bars and… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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