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  • These 5 investors are betting on helping you live longer and better
    by Anna Heim on August 18, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    "Longevity tech is only getting started now and will infiltrate all aspects of our life in the next five to 10 years." […]

  • 5 investors explain why longevity tech is a long-term play
    by Anna Heim on August 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    It’s becoming clear that longevity as a theme has resonated with investors, though it appears it will be some time before more generalist investors take interest. […]

  • The three true robotic startup outcomes
    by Brian Heater on August 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Allow me to borrow a phrase from baseball for a moment. If you follow the sport, you’re likely aware of the concept of the “three true outcomes.” They are, specifically, a home run, a strikeout, and a walk. The throughline between the three is that, in most instances, they’re not determined by the defense. There’s […]

  • Pixelmator Photo is coming to Mac with a new subscription-based model
    by Andrew Mendez on August 18, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    The long-time iOS and iPadOS image editing application Pixelmator Photo, a companion to the popular Pixelmator Pro, is embracing subscriptions as it heads to the Mac. Previously the app was available for an upfront charge of $7.99 but will now offer either monthly or annual pricing.  Going forward, the app will now cost users $4.99 […]

  • Streaming viewership surpassed cable TV for the first time, says Nielsen
    by Lauren Forristal on August 18, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Streaming viewership reached new highs last month, exceeding cable usage for the first time, according to Nielsen. The measurement firm today released its total TV and streaming report for July, stating that streaming represented a 34.8% share of total TV viewing in the U.S. — an increase of 22.6% compared to July 2021. Cable consumption […]

  • Sports partnerships are more than just a deal for major crypto companies
    by Jacquelyn Melinek on August 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Are alliances between crypto companies and sports teams paying off in a meaningful way? […]

  • Why do startup valuations go down when interest rates go up?
    by Ram Iyer on August 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Despite the focus on interest rates, it is the second aspect — inflation and the consequent government response — that will have the most significant consequences for founders and the public. […]

  • Looks like time is up for Snap’s Pixy drone
    by Brian Heater on August 18, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Snap may have flown a bit too close to the sun in its development of the palm-sized selfie drone, Pixy. Following a late-April announcement, the social media firm has already begun pumping the brakes on the project, per a Wall Street Journal report. CEO Evan Spiegel has apparently relayed the message that the hardware is […]

  • Quora is shutting down the English version of its Partner Program
    by Aisha Malik on August 18, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Quora is shutting down the English version of its Partner Program on September 1, the company announced on its website. The Partner Program will remain active in other languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Hindi, Swedish, Dutch, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Indonesian, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian. The Partner Program, which launched four years ago, […]

  • Sofy raises cash to grow its no-code mobile app testing platform
    by Kyle Wiggers on August 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Sofy, a startup developing a testing platform for mobile app devs it claims is used by Microsoft, today closed a $7.75 million seed round that brings its total capital raised to $9.5 million. Voyager Capital led the tranche with participation from PSL Ventures, GTMFund and Revolution, providing cash that CEO Syed Hamid says will be […]

  • NYC’s speed limiter trial leaves the EU in the dust
    by Cate Lawrence on August 18, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Late last week, the City of New York announced a revolutionary way to curb the problem of speeding using speed limiters. It’s not only a first for the city, but a massive upgrade on efforts rolled out this year in Europe.  As part of a new six-month pilot program, 50 city fleet vehicles are fitted with active intelligent speed assistance (ISA), which restricts a vehicle’s maximum speed, preventing it from exceeding local speed limits. If successful, the City of New York will extend the initiative across the City’s entire 30,000 vehicle fleet, which includes fire engines, police cars, sanitation trucks,…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • DeepMind feuds with Russian scientists over quantum AI research
    by Tristan Greene on August 16, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    There’s nothing quite so dramatic and inspirational as a scientific breakthrough. But what happens when different groups of scientists can’t seem to agree on the science? DeepMind, an Alphabet research company based in London, published a fascinating research paper last year wherein it claimed to have solved the huge challenge of “simulating matter on the quantum scale with AI.” Now, nearly eight months later, a group of academic researchers from Russia and South Korea may have uncovered a problem with the original research that places the paper’s entire conclusion in doubt. The implications for this cutting-edge research could be huge,…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • These companies are building the future of the drone delivery industry
    by Cate Lawrence on August 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Drone deliveries are hot right now. In the US, companies like Walmart and Amazon taking the lead. As well as the industry rollout, there’s a slew of innovation in technology and hardware solutions that augment and enhance the delivery experience.  Let’s take a look. Dronedek drone docking stations  I’ve raised the challenge of what I call “the last steps” to get the package to the customer. This especially becomes a challenge when they don’t have a backyard for easy drop-off.  US company Dronedek might just have the solution.  Meet the Dronedek delivery platform that can also charge drone batteries The company…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • 5 tips to get the most out of your ‘workation’
    by Pippa Hardy on August 16, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, international travel pretty much came to a halt. As countries around the globe closed their borders and put extra security measures in place, people were forced to holiday a little bit closer to home. Staycations were all the rage and for a while, they seemed to fill a void. But now, we’ve moved on. 2022 is officially the year of revenge travel. Already, according to MarketWatch, 1.5 billion more passengers are flying internationally compared to 2021. It seems like the whole world is trying to make up for lost time with many households scheduling more than…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • A pie from the sky: The future of drone deliveries is suburban
    by Cate Lawrence on August 16, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Picture it. Using an app, you order a new mobile phone on Amazon or a burger from your favorite restaurant. A mere 20 minutes later, you get an alert on your phone and head out to the backyard to see a drone descending from the sky holding your package. Your package gently drops to the ground, and the drone flies off. And it’s being led by retail behemoths Amazon, Walmart, and a slew of food delivery companies. I spoke to industry insiders to get the state of play and see an industry evolving from nascent to the mainstream, but for…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Want to spot a deepfake video caller? Ask the suspect to turn sideways
    by Thomas Macaulay on August 11, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to detect deepfake video calls: ask the suspect to turn sideways. The trick was shared this week by Metaphysic.ai, a London-based startup behind the viral  Tom Cruise deepfakes. The company used DeepFaceLive, a popular app for video deepfakes, to transform a volunteer into various celebrities. Most of the recreations were impressive when they looked straight-ahead. But once the faces rotated a full 90-degrees, the images became distorted and the spell was broken. The fakes fell apart at a sharp 90° profile. Credit: Metaphysic.ai The team believes the defects emerge because the software uses fewer…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • You can buy this flying car, but should you?
    by Cate Lawrence on August 11, 2022 at 11:58 am

    The idea of a car that turns into a plane in three minutes sounds like a dream. Imagine you’re driving along during peak hour. You get an alert of incoming traffic and shapeshift into an aircraft that takes to the skies, overtaking commuter delays, toll bridges, and construction delays — suck it, gridlock! But the reality of the flying car (aka air car) is a lot less spontaneous and a lot less flexible.  And I’m here to burst your bubble following the news of Samson Sky’s successful FAA inspection.  This week, after 14 years of design, R&D, and fundraising, Samson…This story continues at The Next Web […]

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