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Microsoft finally embraces the squirt gun emoji

It was just a matter of time. Microsoft confirmed this week that it‘s following the industry‘s lead, transforming its gun emoji into the water squirting variety. The company unveiled its design for a new, benign firearm that looks like cross between a martian ray gun and Super Soaker. In a tweet revealing the new emoji, []

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One week left for Disrupt SF ‘18 super early-bird prices

Your chance to get the best price on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 - September 5-7 at Moscone Center West - is disappearing faster than affordable housing in the Bay Area. Right now, you can save up to 1,800 on Super Early-Bird pricing, but that sweet deal ends one week from today on May []

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Twitch solidifies its lead with viewership up 21% in Q1, while YouTube Gaming drops

Twitch further solidified its lead in the game streaming market in the first quarter of the year, with gains in both average concurrent viewership and peak concurrent viewership, while the number two streaming site, YouTube Gaming, saw losses on both fronts. According to a new report from Streamlabs, which has visibility into the market thanks []

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Mammoth Biosciences launches a CRISPR-powered search engine for disease detection

Most people tend to think of CRISPR as a groundbreaking gene-editing technology that can hunt down and snip away bits of DNA, like the cut and paste function on a keyboard. While many research projects tend to emphasize the potential of that process in replacing target bits of genetic material, for Mammoth Biosciences, the search []

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Dropbox rolls out a templates tool for its Paper online document service

As Dropbox looks to woo larger and larger businesses with its strategy of building simpler collaboration tools than what‘s on the market, it‘s making some moves in its online document tool Paper to further reduce that friction today. Dropbox said it was rolling out a new tool for Dropbox Paper that allows users to get []

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Samsung tempers record earnings with pessimistic smartphone outlook

Samsung‘s latest earnings report is a succinct lesson in hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. The actual news here is pretty positive, as the company reports a record operating profit, courtesy of high demand for its components and flagship handsets. But a statement tied to the news mentions ‘slow demand‘ no fewer []

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Tile and Comcast team up to help you find lost items with your TV‘s voice remote

Lost device finder Tile today is making good on its previously announced partnership with Comcast by introducing a way for Comcast Xfinity customers to locate their Tiles using Comcast‘s TV remote, the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote. This is also the first video and voice partnership with Tile, which has been steadily expanding its integrations with []

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The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro lets you tickle the ivories with ease

While the ONE Smart Keyboard Pro doesn‘t have a sweet demo tune nor can it play barking dog Jingle Bells without some help, it can teach you or your kids how to play piano. The elegant keyboard has 88 weighted keys that simulate a true mechanical piano and connects to your phone so you can []

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Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills

Alexa will soon be able to recall information you‘ve directed her to remember, as well as have more natural conversations that don‘t require every command to begin with Alexa. She‘ll also be able to launch skills in response to questions you ask, without explicit instructions to do so. The features are the first of what []

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Meet 11 new startups launching out of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Today, 11 new companies launch out of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator based in NYC. This is the 14th cohort of startups to launch our of ERA, and each company has received 100,000 in seed funding from the accelerator. These startups span a wide variety of industries, from hospitality to new retail to healthcare. So without []

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This is a real life Transformer

The J-deite RIDE transformers from a vehicle to a robot just like the Megazord from Voltron. Specific information about the creation is a bit sketchy but the YouTube channel states it‘s an electric vehicle and show the driver and passenger staying in their seat as it changes forms. It can even walk. The whole process []

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Leaked iPhone pics show glass back and headphone jack

The headphone jack could still have a future in an iPhone. These leaked pics show an iPhone SE 2 with a glass back and headphone jack. Like the current iPhone SE, the design seems to be a take on the classic iPhone 5. I dig it. The leak also states the upcoming device sports wireless []

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Waze signs data-sharing deal with AI-based traffic management startup Waycare

Waze has struck a data-sharing agreement with Waycare, an artificial intelligence-based traffic management startup, the two companies announced today. The deal will allow them to combine anonymized navigation information crowdsourced from the 100 million drivers who use Waze with Waycare‘s proprietary traffic analytics. The collaboration is now active in Nevada, Florida, California and Nevada, with []

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Snapchat launches Spectacles V2, camera glasses you‘ll actually wear

Photos, not just video. No yellow ring alerting people to the camera. Underwater-capable. Classier colors with lighter lenses. Prescription options. Faster syncing. And a much smaller charging case. Snapchat fixed the biggest pain points of its Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, which launch today for 150. The company only sold 220,000 pairs of V1, with []

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Cashback app Dosh raises 44M on a 240M valuation from PayPal and more

In an era where we can buy whatever we want from wherever we want nearly in the blink of an eye, loyalty, rewards and membership programs have become a major lever in capturing repeat consumer spend Amazon Prime perhaps being one of the most successful examples. Now, a company that has built up shopping []

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IFTTT raises 24M led by Salesforce to expand its platform to ‘connect everything‘

IFTTT, a startup that was an early mover in API integrations by creating a platform for people to write easy scripts to connect different apps to each other (the name stands for if this, then that), is announcing another 24 million in funding to take its business deeper into areas like enterprise and IoT services. []

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Report: Chinese smartphone shipments drop 21% to reach lowest level since 2013

Analysts have long-warned of a growth crunch in China‘s smartphone space, and it‘s looking like that‘s very much the case right now. China‘s smartphone growth has been the feel-good story for domestic OEMs who have clocked impressive figures as the billion-plus population has rushed online via mobile devices. However, the market reached saturation point in []

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BMW is working with LiDAR company Innoviz to make self-driving cars

BMW has already made clear its intent to launch self-driving cars by 2021. Now, the automaker has decided on solid-state LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and computer vision tech from startup Innoviz to enable its Level 3 - 5 autonomous vehicles to see their surroundings. For clarity, level 3 involves highly-automated driving, level four []

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Nintendo‘s annual profit rockets by 500% after selling 15M Switch consoles

Nintendo has announced impressive financial results thanks to strong sales its Switch console, and a new CEO for its business. Operating profit rose by a huge 505 percent to reach178 billion yen (1.6 billion) over the last financial year. Revenue was also up by an impressive 116 percent to hit1.06 trillion yen (9.7 billion) over []

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IBM introduces a blockchain to verify the jewelry supply chain

Every time I talk to someone about the viability of blockchain, I get challenged to show a real project beyond the obvious bitcoin use case. IBM has been working to build large enterprise projects blockchainand today they offered an irrefutable example that they have dubbed TrustChain, a blockchain that proves the provenance of jewelry by []

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The genomics-focused Illumina Accelerator backs five new companies

Illumina Accelerator, the genomics-focused startup accelerator backed by the publicly traded genetic sequencing pioneer Illumina Corp., has picked five startups for its seventh accelerator class, the company announced. Wth technology addressing skin microbial therapeutics, fertility science, chronic disease alleviation, post traumatic stress disorder treatments, and services for the biopharmaceutical and clinical research industries; the startups

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Asia-based recruitment app GetLinks nabs investment led by Alibaba‘s Hong Kong fund

GetLinks, a Thailand-based startup that offers a job finder app in six countries Southeast Asia and neighboring regions, has closed new funding led by Australia‘s Seek group and Alibaba‘s Hong Kong Entrepreneur fund. The size of the investment was not disclosed. GetLinks previously raised 500,000 in 2016, and it later added 150,000 more to that []

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Sign up today: 2 for 1 Innovator Passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018

You can‘t think of the European startup scene without Berlin coming top-of-mind. It‘s the urban center for all that‘s tech in Europe and it‘s why, like swallows to Capistrano, we‘re returning to host Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. It‘s our sixth time in this vibrant, international hub, and we want you to join us []

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Snap to change how Snap Map operates in Europe ahead of GDPR

Snapchat is making changes to the information it collects about under-16s in Europe as it works to comply with an update to the EU‘s data protection rules. The changes could see its location tracking Snap Map being disabled for younger teen users in the region. The messaging app, which is most popular with teens, has []

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