Taking Sphero’s BB-8 Force Band for a spin


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sphero’s BB-8 was arguably the compelling bit of merchandizing, which is, naturally, saying a lot. The latest Star Wars film was, as anticipated, a merch juggernaut, but there was no better bit of serendipity than a startup smartphone-controlled toy maker and the movie’s scene stealing droid. How does one go about improving up such a glorious bit of cross over marketing? Use the… Read More

Nvidia and Baidu partner on a ‘top-to-bottom’ platform for self-driving cars


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Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 11.39.26 PM Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huan revealed a new partnership on stage at Baidu’s annual Baidu World conference today. This partnership with Baidu will see Nvidia and the Chinese tech giant work together on building a comprehensive autonomous driving platform. “We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities, our expertise in AI, and the skills of two… Read More

Baidu gets approval to test self-driving cars in California


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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 5.20.14 PM Baidu received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California DMV, the company revealed today. This paves the way for Baidu USA to begin testing its self-driving car technologies on public roads in California, which it says it will do soon. The Baidu autonomous driving research team in the U.S. was announced earlier this year, saying it was targeting reaching a 100-person research… Read More

Kim Dotcom’s extradition appeal has started and is being live-streamed


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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 01:  Kim Dotcom speaks to the media following hs bail hearing at Auckland District Court on December 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Dotcom has avoided going back to jail after Judge Nevin Dawson imposed tighter bail conditions including reporting to police twice a week for is forbidden from private air or sea travel. Dotcom was raided in 2012 after the U.S. claimed his MegaUpload service had cost copyright owners $500 million by facilitating internet piracy. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images) More than four years later, Kim Dotcom’s legal battles (at least in New Zealand) may be close to an end. His final appeal to avoid extradition to face charges in the U.S started yesterday in Auckland’s High Court, and is expected to last six weeks.  And, in a first for any case in New Zealand (and in typical Kim Dotcom fashion), the appeal is being live-streamed. All of the… Read More

Applying analytics to clinical data


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shutterstock_292036448 Advanced technologies and the rapid adoption of electronic health records are enabling the physical world to merge with the digital, leading to explosive growth in the volume and quality of clinical data. Cognified care is the application of analytics to transform this newly available digitized clinical data into knowledge that can revolutionize healthcare. Read More

Seattle angel investor John Staenberg on the state of startup investing


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fundraising Q: Gil Penchina (the top ranked angel on AngelList) said one of the things he has learned about investing is how little control he has on the outcome. Do you feel the same way?
Absolutely. Most investors like to pretend they add a ton of value and expertise but they don’t. I am clear about it. The value I add is in having a good enough relationship with the founder so that when things… Read More

Instacart’s app has changed grocery stores for good


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instacart-thumb Instacart, the grocery-ordering app, is getting creative about picking, packing and delivering food on-demand. TechCrunch got an aisle-side view of how the company’s people and technology come together on location at Costco in San Francisco. And one thing’s clear: The San Francisco startup has changed grocery stores for good. According to the company’s Chief of Operations… Read More

Luxury vehicle drivers are the most interested in self-driving


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Owners of luxury vehicles, from Mercedes-Benz and Nissan’s Infiniti, are more likely to be interested in self-driving, according to a MaritzCX survey that polled a variety of car owners.

On the opposite end, owners of RAM and Jeep cars, two of the popular off-road brands, were least likely to be interested in self-driving. Less than 10 percent of RAM and Jeep owners said they were “very interested”, compared to 27 percent for Mercedes and Infiniti.

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Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda, and Ford car owners were all in the middle of the pack, at 20 to 18 percent.

“Luxury-vehicle owners are more willing to accept this technology because they believe safety would be much better in these types of vehicles,” said Shawn St. Clair, the survey author and global syndication director at MaritzCX, to Bloomberg. “If you’re interested in off-roading in a Jeep Continue reading “Luxury vehicle drivers are the most interested in self-driving”

NFX Guild’s James Currier’s journey from baiting hooks to baiting big deals


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21516409845_a9559c9cc3_k James Currier focuses on building businesses with network effects, and he builds those businesses by choosing the right people first. Currier started as a schoolboy entrepreneur, selling worms to fishermen at six and later selling boxer shorts in college. After starting his career in venture capital, Currier founded a series of companies and incubators that took advantage of network effects… Read More

India’s mass of small family firms could miss the IIoT revolution


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MUMBAI, INDIA - 12 JANUARY 2015: Indian workers sew in clothing factory in Dharavi slum. Post-processed with grain, texture and colour effect.

Few of India’s myriad family businesses have adopted any advanced manufacturing technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And worse, most don’t plan to in the future.

An article by Live Mint discusses the results of a recent survey by Tata Strategic Management Group and industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The study, which surveyed executives at more than 50 leading Indian engineering companies, focused on the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as IIoT, advanced robotics and additive manufacturing. The survey highlighted these three areas of advanced manufacturing because of their anticipated role as major drivers for future manufacturing growth globally.

The researchers found that only 10% of family run businesses have currently adopted any form of advanced manufacturing. However, future prospects for manufacturing are a bit better for family businesses, though these companies still will lag other types of businesses.

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The dream of the Courier lives on, but it’s still a dream


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courier1 Oh yes, young feller, that there Yoga Book sure is something. But why don’t you just set a while an’ listen to the stories of an old blogger. ‘Twas back in the old days — before the Millennials took over. That’d be 2009 or so. Longer than most remember these days. Let me ask ye something, m’boy. Ever hear tell of a Courier? Read More

Relive Samsung’s incredibly awkward Gear S3 press conference


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P8310081 Samsung knows how to through a party. A really, really weird party. The electronics giant has put on some of the more bizarre events over the past decade, including, memorably, one at IFA 2012 that featured a real-life magician hired by the company to demonstrate just how magical the company’s new phablet really was. This year’s event, focused solely on its new wearable, the Gear… Read More

10 haiku inspired by Facebook’s terrible new trending news algorithm


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facebook haiku Last week, Facebook fired all the humans who used to run its trending news, and replaced them with an algorithm meant to capture the most popular stories the web had to offer—in one to two words that often don’t make any sense out of context. How is that going? Well, so far, trending news has viral-ized a fake story about Megyn Kelly quitting Fox News and endorsing Hillary Clinton,… Read More