• London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

    London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

    London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. Read More

  • It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    If you’re familiar with the watch company Romain Jerome you’d know that they do the best kind of pandering. The brand, which was once known for its odd watches made of moon rocks and metal from the Titanic, his created a series of nostalgic video game watches that are wildly overpriced but also wildly desirable. Their latest? A Donkey Kong watch that features the monkey and the… Read More

  • Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Earlier this month, The Wall St. Journal reported how Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies for an expanded Apple Music service. Now, Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has offered additional insight about Apple’s plans in this space, as well as how it hopes to differentiate itself from existing streaming competitors… Read More

  • Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    French startup Qonto has some ambitious goals and wants to become the best bank account you can get when you start a company in France. Just like N26 wants to be a more modern bank for everyone, Qonto wants to do the same thing, but for business accounts. The company recently raised $1.7 million (€1.6 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. Valar Ventures is also… Read More

  • PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    The way children watch TV is changing – shifting away from the big screen in the living room to tablets and other mobile devices. In order to better cater to the needs of this more digital audience, PBS has now launched a new 24/7 TV channel, PBS KIDS, which is available on television through PBS member stations, but also as a streaming service via the web and the PBS KIDS… Read More

  • Google smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain

    Google smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain

    As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions. Today, Nest — the smart home business that Google acquired for $3.2 billion a few years ago — announced at DLD in Munich that it would be expanding sales of its thermostat, camera and smoke alarm products in four… Read More

  • Autopilot for Tesla HW2 vehicles rolling out now to all compatible cars

    Autopilot for Tesla HW2 vehicles rolling out now to all compatible cars

    Tesla has begun deploying the Autopilot update for HW2 vehicles (those with updated sensor and computing hardware designed to eventually provide full self-driving capabilities). All Tesla cars with the HW2 kit, including Model S and Model X vehicles, are now receiving the over-the-air software update that includes the updated Autopilot features, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk notes that it’ll… Read More

  • Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

    Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

    Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an… Read More

  • Facebook takes its fake news fight to Germany

    Facebook takes its fake news fight to Germany

    Facebook is expanding its trial of measures to combat fake news beyond the U.S. for the first time — and will shortly be rolling out the updates in Germany. In a blog post yesterday the company said it will be introducing the updates to the market “in the coming weeks”. Read More

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