Lumo Run’s new jogging sensor launches today – here’s how it stacks up


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FullSizeRender (12) TechCrunch first caught wind of Lumo’s smart pants with the running sensor last October. It was a breakout product from its posture trainer Lumo Lift and a first step into both connected garments and the running industry. You can check out our video review with Lumo co-founder Monisha Perkash here. Lumo’s pants needed the sensor to go in a special pocket to work when we last caught… Read More

In Kenya, Safaricom’s Little Cab app goes head to head with Uber


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LITTLE.CAB.LAUNCH.SAFARICOM.BOB.COLLYMORE Even as a deal is imminent and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition continues to intensify around the globe. Africa is one region where entrants continue to pile in. In Kenya’s tech transit market, which already includes Uber and several other startups, Safaricom, the country’s largest telecom and fintech firm, has recently launched its… Read More

Philips intros a smart health product ecosystem


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Philips Connected Health Philips is no stranger to health. In fact, Philips Healthcare (nee Philips Medical Systems) comprises a bit chunk of the multinational corporation, providing some serious industrial equipment for hospitals, from CT scanners to defibrillators. It’s no surprise, then, that the company’s been angling to make progress in the booming consumer wearable space – or that… Read More

A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing


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Adam Jacobs, founder and CEO of Chef (formerly Opscode) Pundits are painting a picture of doom and gloom for startups, saying it will be harder to raise money. What do you think? I think the next several months and possibly years will be challenging for raising capital. There has definitely been a reset. The market was over extended in an unhealthy way and we are seeing the impact across the board. The catalyst for this reset has been the collapse… Read More

Talking the future of education with Convergent Media founder Rob Anderson


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Online education This week on Technotopia I talk to Rob Anderson, founder of Convergent Media Group and a former founding team member at MTV Russia. Anderson has some interesting ideas on education and the necessity for a true way to assess and hire based on personality types and skills. Anderson is constantly hiring for his media company and he’s looking forward to a future when we will all be working a… Read More

It’s a new era for female Israeli entrepreneurs


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Seaside Homes The Israeli startup scene has dramatically changed within a couple of years because of the significant increase in investment prospects, events, meet-ups, competitions, lectures, academic programs and more. Especially interesting are the recent alterations in the diversity of the entrepreneurs, with more and more women entering the previously male-dominated startup habitat. Read More

Virtual reality will not replay the 3D debacle


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Photo #: 259232
Date Taken:  11-26-1952
Description: 3-D Movie Viewers. Formally-attired audience sporting 3-D glasses during opening night screening of film "Bwana Devil," the 1st full-length
color 3-D (aka "Natural Vision") motion picture, at Paramount Theater.
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: CA
Country: US
Photographer: J. R. EYERMAN/TimePix In the mid-2000s, everyone was talking about 3D, the “next big thing” in video. It required people to buy expensive new gadgets and wear goofy eyewear, but we were told consumers would flock to this new 3D world. Unless you’re James Cameron, you likely missed the entire 3D revolution. So perhaps we should look at the new “next big thing” in video, virtual… Read More

Calm, cruel and connected: July’s best and worst of IoT


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It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.

Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:

Smart Handbags

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While I’m not really the target market that lusts after luxury bags, I do know that if I was to purchase one, I would want proof that I was buying the real deal and not a cheap knock-off.

Electronics and smart systems company Thinfilm recently announced a partnership with Maria&Donato, a craftsman leather-goods manufacturer and provider of premium handbags. The two companies

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BlackBerry’s security-focused Android identity crisis


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BlackBerry DTEK50 Consider BlackBerry. Think about the company, its products, its most iconic features. What comes to mind? Business apps? A QWERTY keyboard? BBM? The once-mighty Canadian smartphone maker is banking on one word standing above all the rest: security. You see, BBM is no longer solely the realm of BlackBerry devices, and the keyboard hasn’t been ubiquitous since the company belatedly… Read More

What are the major barriers to UK smart cities?


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A recent report commissioned by streetlight design and manufacturing company Lucy Zodion has found significant barriers to smart city development in the UK.

The report contains research into the opinions on smart cities of senior contacts from councils across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The in-depth interviews conducted in May and June 2016 gauged the appetite for smart cities among UK councils and opinions on a range of topics, from the biggest obstacles to smart cities to the most pressing priorities for councils.

It was revealed that the task of achieving smarter, more connected cities in the UK lies with local councils. With the National government’s drive for devolution, they are placing the responsibility on the individual council to take the initiative when it comes to improving their city.

Yet growing strains on public services and budgets could negatively affect the ability of all councils to dedicate the resources required to

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Gillmor Gang: Not Insane


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Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 29, 2016. In 1972, the Firesign Theatre documented the National Surrealist Light Peoples Party convention for president. George Papoon’s campaign rallying cry, Not Insane, has never been more appropriate. Plus, G3 w/ Kristie Wells, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway,… Read More

Here’s what your boring app would look like as a conversation


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speech bubble vector background In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation. Read More

The Scientific Reason Some Couples Always Post Sugary-Sweet Status Updates


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We’ve all seen couples who flood our timelines with photos of themselves on vacation, out to dinner, walking around, at home, doing nothing….you get the drift. A few aren’t an issue, but when it gets obsessive, there may be a psychological reason at play, and this Science of Us video explains why.

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