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CNN gets a first-of-its-kind waiver to fly drones over crowds

CNN has won an interesting waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA - an exemption that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: Previous exemptions allowed flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes) Read More

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Adobe acquires KyleBrush.com, adds over 1,000 digital brushes to its lineup

Adobe today announced that it has acquired KyleBrush.com, a service that offers digital brushes for Adobe‘s Creative Cloud tools, and hired the service‘s creator, Kyle T. Webster. Webster‘s over 1,000 brushes will now be exclusively available for Creative Cloud subscribers, something not all of his users are happy about because they were previously able to use his tools Read More

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Toyota‘s ‘Fine-Comfort Ride‘ fuel cell concept aims for long-range flexibility

Toyota is debuting a new concept vehicle for the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and it‘s a fuel cell vehicle that‘s designed to get around 1,000 km (around 621 miles) on a single hydrogen pack that can be refuelled in about 3 minutes total. The concept looks like an aggressively future-styled minivan, though it‘s billed as a premium saloon, and it‘s got Read More

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EU uses Privacy Shield review to press for reform of U.S. foreign surveillance law

A one-year-old data transfer mechanism that‘s used by thousands of companies to authorize transfers of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. for processing has been given the thumbs up after its first annual review. Read More

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The Moto Z gets its very own Alexa smart speaker

It was just a matter of time, really. Motorola‘s been teasing Alexa integration since Mobile World Congress in February. Back then, the company previewed a sort of experimental Mod for the Moto Z sporting Amazon‘s insanely popular smart assistant. The add-on is finally really real and set to start shipping next month. The AI has already slowly made its way onto a Read More

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Fantastical maker cleverly redefines contact apps with CardHop

Flexibits, the company behind popular calendar app Fantastical, is releasing a new app for macOS today. CardHop is another take on a default productivity app. This time, the company is trying to improve the Contacts app. It is available on the Mac App Store for 19.99, with a 14.99 introductory sale. I‘ve been using CardHop for a few weeks, and it‘s been a breath of fresh air when Read More

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Nielsen will now measure TV audiences on Netflix

Nielsen is hoping to make the viewership numbers for the shows airing on streaming services a little less of a mystery. The company is today announcing a new service, Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings, to measure streaming services‘ programs in a way that‘s comparable to linear TV. That includes ratings, reaches, frequency and segmentation reporting, Read More

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Apple‘s Project Titan self-driving test car has a lot going on up top

When one self-driving technology entrepreneur highlights the efforts of another company working on autonomous vehicles, you pay attention: That‘s what happened with Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins, who tweeted a short video of the top of Apple‘s Project Titan‘ test Lexus SUV, outfitted with a suite of sensors and autonomous hardware. This isn‘t the first Read More

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London puts new hybrid electric black cabs on roads ahead of larger rollout

London is staring up a pilot test of its electric black cabs (via Engadget), otherwise known as the TX5, after first revealing the vehicles back in 2015. The cars have 70 miles of pure EV range on their built-in battery pack, but can also go up to 400 miles using the onboard gas engine to generate the power for the battery and motor. The vehicles meet the conditions for London‘s Read More

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Wattpad‘s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service

Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories - including a fairly popular chat fiction app Tap, a rival to Hooked - is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application. The option, called Wattpad Premium, will remove the ads from Wattpad‘s otherwise free app - a feature users have been requesting Read More

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Bespoke Post raises 8M to deliver a monthly ‘box of awesome‘ for men

Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you‘re not just limited to one type of products it ships its customer box of awesome that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely. Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu explained that the goal is to curate Read More

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Lego‘s official ‘Women of NASA‘ set goes on sale November 1

Lego has a new set that originated by a member of its Lego Ideas fan-sourced creation platform: The Women of NASA, a package that includes NASA pioneers Nancy Grace Roman, Margeret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jamison, as well as a space shuttle model, the Hubble telescope and display stands for all. The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas Read More

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Adobe expands its Creative Cloud services for enterprises

Adobe is using its annual MAX conference to launch a number of new features that are especially interesting to enterprises today. Usually, when we talk about enterprise software, we‘re talking about pretty boring line-of-business applications, but as many of the biggest companies are also bringing their creative agencies in-house, their need for collaborative tools that work across teams Read More

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Adobe launches Dimension CC, its 3D compositing tool formerly known as Project Felix

Almost exactly a year ago, Adobe launched Project Felix, its 3D compositing tool for designers who want to combine their 2D images with 3D assets. Today, this tools is coming out of its preview period and the company is launching it under a new moniker: Adobe Dimensions. With this, Project Felix/Adobe Dimension becomes a fully fledged member of the Creative Cloud family. The general idea Read More

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InVision takes on Adobe with the introduction of Studio

InVision, the collaborative prototyping tool used by more 3 million people, has been around since 2011. But today, InVision is taking on the full stack with the announcement of its own Photoshop competitor. Meet Studio. InVision‘s new Studio design tool goes toe-to-toe with Adobe Photoshop and Sketch, offering designers a way to both create and edit their work and then seamlessly send Read More

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Adobe brings visual search to its Typekit font service

Say you have a photo of a billboard or poster that you like and you want to find the font the designer used. Typically, that involves a lot of trial and error, but Adobe Typekit is launching a new feature that should make this process easier. With visual search in Typekit, you can now upload an image and the company‘s Sensei AI platform will try to match it to an existing font in its Read More

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Adobe‘s XD prototyping and wireframing tool is now out of beta

XD is Adobe‘s tool for helping user experience and user interface designers prototype and wireframe new mobile and web applications. The company started testing this application back in 2016; today, it‘s finally coming out of beta. XD (which was previously known as the Adobe Experience Design tool) has not hit its 1.0 release, as the company announced at its annual MAX Read More

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Adobe launches a cloud-centric redesign of Lightroom CC

While Photoshop is Adobe‘s flagship product for photographers, its photo management and editing toolLightroom is probably even more popular among photographers as it allows them to easily manipulate the color and other aspects of their photos. Today, Adobe is launching a completely new version of Lightroom CC that will come as a shock to current Lightroom users. Read More

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Now part of Cisco, AppDynamics update looks to deepen understanding of business performance

When Cisco acquired AppDynamics in January for 3.7 billion, it was a big surprise as the company was on the verge of going public. While it‘s probably too soon to say how intertwined it will become in the Cisco product family, it continues to march forward announcing an update to the products set at the AppD Summit today in New York City. Today‘s announcements build on the Read More

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Amid Brazil‘s persistent economic crisis fintech startup GuiaBolso raises 39 million

Despite a continuing economic crisis, Brazil‘s technology startups are continuing to attract cash and financing, with the mobile personal financial service GuiaBolso raising 39 million in fresh funding. Readers outside of Brazil can think of the company as a combination of U.S. services like Mint, CreditKarma, and Lending Club, all rolled into one. That GuiaBolso has emerged as a Read More

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Apple and GE announce deep partnership

While Apple has had its share of enterprise partners in recent years including IBM, Cisco and SAP, today‘s announcement that it will be working directly with GE feels a bit different with the two companies more closely intertwined than in previous deals. Apple and GE have committed to build a set of development tools and to develop apps together using Apple‘s design sensibility Read More

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Techstars launches an impact accelerator for companies focused on social and environmental impact

Techstars has launched a new accelerator in Austin focused on the increasingly popular category of impact technologies. Read More

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Duo Security raises 70 million at a valuation north of 1 billion

Duo Security is today announcing its Series D funding round that puts the company in unicorn status. The company raised 70 million led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital at a valuation of 1.17 billion. This funding round brings the company‘s total amount raised to 119 million. This roundincluded new investors, Index Ventures and Workday, that latter of which joins as Read More

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Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I‘m not traveling it‘s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer. Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It‘s a stacking case Read More

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