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  • Waggle raises $2.3 million because the internet doesn?t have enough funny animal videos
    Pablo of Coco & Pablo, rising stars on Waggle.TV. A startup called Waggle raised $2.3 million in seed funding to become the go-to destination for animal lovers and pet parents online, and for sharing all the cute pups and madcap kitteh adventures they have to offer. The New York City-based startup was incubated at Broadway Video Ventures, the venture arm of the production company behind premium comedy shows like 30 Rock, Portlandia… Read More


  • Here?s the first live gameplay demonstration of the Nintendo Switch
    screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-32-43-am Tonight Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé (who we interviewed earlier today) went on Jimmy Fallon to show off some gameplay from Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first iOS game that launches next week. And after playing Super Mario Run Fils-Aimé, surprised everyone and opened a gold cube containing the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new next-generation console. The console… Read More


  • ?Super Mario Run? and the shape of Nintendo to come ? an interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé
    img_0586 Mario’s accomplished a lot in the three and a half decades he’s spent in the public spotlight. He’s been a plumber, a soldier, a doctor, refereed basketball and tennis, played baseball and raced cars, made toys and worked at a brewery. He’s lived through every Nintendo console and watched generations of competitors rise and fall. But in spite of one of the most… Read More


  • Coverage from Disrupt London 2016
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  • Microsoft outlines future mixed reality and cellular PCs with Intel and Qualcomm partnerships
    sp82_900 If you weren’t anywhere near Shenzhen today, you likely missed some of the stories coming out of Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC). The company used the opportunity to highlight a number of partnerships and plans designed to hasten the next step in Windows evolution. At the top of the list is Project Evo, a collaboration with Intel designed at… Read More


  • Light?s multi-lens L16 camera gets wider aperture but longer delay
    lens_light_xray We’re all curious to see whether Light’s crazy 16-lens camera can live up to its own hype, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the already-delayed gadget. On the bright side, so to speak, the camera is getting a significant improvement to its many lenses’ apertures. Read More


  • Starbucks adds a virtual barrista, sous vide eggs and a Tencent partnership to its menu
    Starbucks is partnering with Tencent to enable "social gifting" and wechat pay in its mainland China cafes. At the Starbucks Biennial Investor Conference today, the coffee and retail giant revealed some plans for 2017, including new foods comings to its cafes, and features heading to its incredibly popular mobile app. Notably absent among its announcements were any media and entertainment-related plans. In terms of its tech, Starbucks announced artificial intelligence-enabled features will soon… Read More


  • This ?artificial iris? is like a pair of programmable shades in contact lens form
    artificial-iris Smart contact lenses have been the stuff of science fiction for a long time, but as with jetpacks and faster-than-light travel, we’re still waiting on them. Research is ongoing, though, and a project at the University of Ghent shows promise not just in advancing the technology but providing some therapeutic value, as well. Read More


  • Airbnb?s plan to compromise with cities as regulatory challenges pile up
    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Airbnb logo is displayed on a computer screen on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts. After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the state of New York, Airbnb is rallying behind an age-old political tool — the compromise. Read More


  • Heavy-hitting KKR just raised a $711 million tech growth fund
    money cash KKR, the global investment firm, is announcing a $711 million close this morning on its KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund, which it plans to use to back growth-stage companies in the technology, media and telco industries in North America, Europe and Israel. It’s a new product for the firm, though you might have seen its name crop up in a good many deals this past year… Read More


  • Alto?s next mobile gaming adventure is an Odyssey
    altos-odyssey Alto’s Adventure is still one of my favorite games to pick up and play on the commute, on the airplane or basically anywhere I have both my iPhone and a few minutes to spare. The endless snowboarding adventure is one part mobile game and one part “in the zone” chill-out experience. But now there’s going to be a follow-up, and it’ll be more than an adventure… Read More


  • Pebble?s story, from Kickstarter sensation to Fitbit acquisition
    peb_feat Pebble has had a long, one might say rocky road. As one of the earliest and biggest crowdfunding successes, it showed the potential and perils of hardware startups that were increasingly having to scale from back-of-napkin idea to a global operation almost overnight. Read More


  • What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump
    battle-drones The commercial drone industry in the U.S. hasn’t heard much from the President-elect about his plans for rulemaking that will impact their business and global competitiveness. Last month, Associated Press broke the story that Trump is interested in privatizing air traffic control, wresting that responsibility from the Federal Aviation Administration and handing it to a nonprofit… Read More


  • Tread connects car nuts via plate numbers
    Tread It is not uncommon in the automotive enthusiast community to admire another’s ride. The best most people could do was give a thumbs-up as they passed or leave a note on a parked car’s windshield. But no more; this is 2016. Today Tread launches, an app that connects enthusiasts using their license plate numbers. There are many questions a person might have about the wisdom of an… Read More


  • Facebook just secured an e-money license in Ireland, paving the way for Messenger payments in Europe
    e-money facebook Paving the way for friend-to-friend payments to come to Facebook Messenger in Europe (and after the functionality debuted in the U.S. all the way back in March last year), Facebook has quietly secured an e-money license from the Central Bank of Ireland. Read More



 
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