• Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

    Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

    Have you tried Photomath yet? It’s brilliant. It’s a camera app that solves math equations. Just point and solve. The company launched the app earlier this week at Disrupt London, and yesterday, unseated Facebook Message to become the top free on the App Store. The app works in real time and displays the answer to an equation in an augmented reality layer. Click a button to have… Read More

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth Review – Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

    Civilization: Beyond Earth Review – Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

    The Civilization series has repeatedly roped me in for disappearances that span hours and even days, and the newest instalment, Civilization: Beyond Earth continues that storied tradition. The civilization building and management simulation keeps a lot of what has worked about the series, and adds substantial new gameplay elements – this is no warmed-over expansion with some sci-fi… Read More

  • Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fund

    Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fund

    The Vancouver-based early stage investment fund Version One Ventures, led by founder and current Andreessen Horowitz board partner Boris Wertz, has closed its second fund of $35 million today. The venture firm, which also has offices in Palo Alto, secured the funding from Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a recently created Canadian ‘fund-of-funds,’ and BDC Capital, as well as… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

    Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

    Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face. Read More

  • German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

    German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

    A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so. Read More

  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

    Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

    Telegram, the privacy-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android app today has introduced the option to register as username, although all users must still register their account using their phone number. Read More

  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for… Read More

  • Chicago And Big Data

    Chicago And Big Data

    As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More

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