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Bag Week 2018: The Nomadic NF-02 keeps everything in its right place

Nomadic, a Japanese brand sold by JetPens in the US, makes some of my favorite bags and backpacks . The Wise Walker Toto was an amazing little bag and I‘ve always enjoyed the size, materials, and design. The 89 Nomadic NF-02 is no different. The best thing about this 157 inch backpack is the compact []

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Bag Week 2018: WP Standard‘s Rucksack goes the distance

WP Standard - formerly called Whipping Post Leather - makes rugged leather bags, totes, and briefcases and their Rucksack is one of my favorites. Designed to look like something a Pony Express rider would slip on for a visit to town, this 275 is sturdy, handsome, and ages surprisingly well. There are some trade-offs, however. []

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Google Assistant‘s ‘Continued Conversation‘ feature is now live

Google I/O was awash with Assistant news, but Duplex mystery aside, Continued Conversation was easily one of the most compelling announcements of the bunch. The feature is an attempt to bring more naturalized conversation to the AI - a kind of holy grail with these sorts of smart assistants. Continued Conversation is rolling out to []

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Facebook expands fact-checking program, adopts new technology for fighting fake news

Facebook this morning announced an expansion of its fact-checking program and other actions it‘s taking to combat the scourge of fake news on its social network. The company, which was found to be compromised by Russian trolls whose disinformation campaigns around the November 2016 presidential election reached 150 million Americans, has been increasing its efforts []

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China‘s VIPKID, which links English speakers with online learners, raises 500M at 3B+ valuation

The online language school market is continuing to heat up, and a startup that connects native English speakers with an audience of students spanning China and 35 other countries for live language tutorials, is helping fan those flames. VIPKID, based out of Beijing, today announced that it has raised 500 million in funding a []

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Inside Atari‘s rise and fall

Jamie Lendino Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Lendino is the editor-in-chief of Extreme Tech By the first few months of 1982, it had become more common to see electronics stores, toy stores, and discount variety stops selling 2600 games. This was before Electronics Boutique, Software Etc., and later, GameStop . Mostly you bought games at []

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Urban Airship raises another 25M

Urban Airship has raised 25 million in Series F funding. The company started out as a platform supporting push notifications, but has since expanded to include other marketing channels like email, SMS, mobile wallets and voice assistants. The goal is to be the platform managing messaging and unifying customer data across all these channels. Altogether, []

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AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service, WatchTV

ATT this morning announced the launch of a second TV streaming service, called WatchTV, days after its merger with Time Warner. The lower-cost alternative to ATT‘s DirecTV Now will offer anyone - including non-ATT subscribers - the ability to join WatchTV for only 15 per month. This undercuts newcomer Philo, which in November had introduced []

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Taste test: Burger robot startup Creator opens first restaurant

Creator‘s transparent burger robot doesn‘t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That‘s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world‘s freshest cheesebuger for just 6. On June 27th, after 8 years in development, Creator opens its first robot restaurant. We []

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Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte

Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte,which describes itself as trust and safety as a service. Founded in 2014 by former Google and Instagram engineers, Smyte offers tools to stop online abuse, harassment, and spam, and protect user accounts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this []

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Uber drivers made more than 600 million in tips in one year

Since finally launching in-app tipping for drivers last year, Uber has facilitated more than 600 million worth of payments in tips to its drivers. In August, Uber hit 50 million in tips. Since introducing mid-trip ratings and tips in May, there has been a 30 percent increase in tipping, Uber product manager Dhruv Tyagi wrote []

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Intel‘s CEO resigns as information about a ‘past consensual relationship‘ surfaces

In a press release touting ‘another record year,‘ Intel dropped a a bombshell, announcing that CEO Brian Krzanich is resigning, amid revelations of a ‘past consensual relationship‘ with an employee. ‘Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee,‘ the company notes in the release. ‘An ongoing investigation []

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Lydia now supports Samsung Pay

While French banks are just catching up to Apple Pay, French startup Lydia is adding support for Samsung Pay. If you have a recent Samsung phone, you can now add a virtual card to Samsung Pay and pay using your phone in your favorite stores. Lydia started as a peer-to-peer payment app. It works more []

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China‘s VIPKID, which links native English speakers with online learners, raises another 500M, reportedly at 3B+ valuation

The online language school market is continuing to heat up, and a startup that connects native English speakers with an audience of students spanning China and 35 other countries for live language tutorials, is helping fan those flames. VIPKID, based out of Beijing, today announced that it has raised 500 million in funding a []

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CivTech Scotland wants to procure what no one knows exists

Here‘s a tale of two organizations. When it comes to banking, I can walk up to an ATM anywhere in the world, slide in a card, hit a couple of buttons, and walk away with cash, often in less than 20-30 seconds. It‘s magical, but so quotidian that we easily forget the vast technical infrastructure []

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Silexica, which optimises how disparate applications work together on autonomous cars, raises 18M

As we inch closer to building increasingly autonomous cars, the complexities that these vehicles will present as programmable hardware are increasing, with some 250 applications ranging from cameras to navigation controls to weather sensors running on a typical high performance system today. Now, a startup that is building a system to help optimise that and []

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Indian food delivery startup Swiggy raises 210M at a 1.3B valuation

India‘s food delivery race is hotting up after Swiggy, one of the startups vying forpole position, landed 210 million in new capital for expansion and joined the billion-dollar startup unicorn club. The investment is led by existing backer Naspers, the media conglomerate famous for an early bet on Tencent in China, and new investor DST []

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Singapore-based game studio Mighty Bear raises 2.5M ahead of debut release

Mighty Bear, a game studio startup that grew out of King.com‘s former office in Singapore, has landed new funding as it readies its debut title for smartphones. The startup was founded by four former King.com staffers Simon Davis, Fadzuli Said, Benjamin Chevalier and Saurabh Shukul afterthe gaming giant closedits Singapore office inherited []

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Drip Capital helps exporters access working capital

Drip Capital is raising a 20 million funding round from Accel, Wing VC and Sequoia India. The company is helping small exporters in emerging markets access working capital in order to finance big orders. The startup also participated in Y Combinator back in 2015. Many small companies in emerging markets have to turn down orders []

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Official near-earth object plan will look into nuking asteroids and other ‘planetary defense missions‘

Space is a big place, and mostly empty - but there‘s no shortage of objects which, should they float our direction, could end life as we know it. A new national plan for detecting and handling such objects was proposed today, and it includes the possibility of nuclear strikes on the incoming asteroids and other "planetary defense missions."

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Lyft makes it easier to track business travel expenses

Lyft announced today that taking a business trip andthen actually turning in your travel receipts just got a whole lot easier. A new feature for business profiles will allow employers to create a direct connection between employee trips and travel managers in charge of their reimbursement. While this integrated functionality is not new for the []

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Truepic raises 8M to expose Deepfakes, verify photos for Reddit

How can you be sure an image wasn‘t Photoshopped? Make sure it was shot with Truepic. This startup makes a camera feature that shoots photos and adds a watermark URL leading to a copy of the image it saves, so viewers can compare them to ensure the version they‘re seeing hasn‘t been altered. Now Truepic‘s []

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Bag Week 2018: Waxed canvas bags from Filson, Ona, Croots and more

If you‘re looking for a good jacket or bag, you have your choice of materials: leather, heavy nylon, waterproof synthetic weaves like Gore-Tex but for my money (and not a little of it either) the king of them all is waxed canvas. Pliant yet protective, wind and waterresistant but breathable, handsome to start but grows []

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StreetCred is building a blockchain-based marketplace for location data

While applications like Google Maps and Yelp seem to provide an inexhaustible source of information about local restaurants, stores and other points of interest, they can also come up short - moments when you arrive somewhere only to discover that the hours you had were wrong, or the store is closed for a holiday, or []

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