• IBM releases DataWorks to give enterprise data a home and a brain

    IBM releases DataWorks to give enterprise data a home and a brain

    While the gears of research are turning fast developing new methods of machine intelligence, another, perhaps more impactful, trend is brewing in the field. Open source frameworks like Apache Spark are hitting their stride at the ideal time to put data analytics in the hands of the business development analyst without forgetting about the needs of the data scientist. IBM’s new… Read More

  • Honeywell’s new HomeKit and Alexa compatible smart thermostat runs $149

    Honeywell’s new HomeKit and Alexa compatible smart thermostat runs $149

    Honeywell’s been doing its thing for well over a century now, with its thermostatic roots stretching back even further to the 19th century days of coal heating. The company’s connected thermostat history, meanwhile dates roughly back to 2013, with the simply named WiFi Smart Thermostat, released following a bit of a patent dustup with Nest. Announced today, Honeywell’s… Read More

  • Airbnb revamps its app with new tools for hosts, improved messaging

    Airbnb revamps its app with new tools for hosts, improved messaging

    Airbnb may not be ready to unveil its new travel services app, Airbnb Trips, just yet, but in the meantime the company is giving its flagship application a big makeover. The upcoming version of the main Airbnb app will introduce a number of new features for hosts, including things like message templates for quicker replies and a calendar that lets them easily see who’s staying when… Read More

  • SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    Solar company Cogenra is suing Elon Musk’s SolarCity over the use of shingling technology the company alleges SolarCity took from Cogenra and used to create a world-record breaking solar panel. Cogenra says it shared its “most precious and confidential trade secrets, manufacturing processes, and other intellectual property with Silevo and SolarCity” between 2010 and… Read More

  • Avoid the startup graveyard Crunch Network

    Avoid the startup graveyard

    The startup world moves at breakneck speed — what’s hot one minute is old news the next, and it can feel like the rules of the game change every day. For successful startups, rapid growth often attracts the attention of incubators and accelerators. However, there are other options. Namely, partnering with tech “titans” — bigger tech companies that used to be… Read More

  • Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company plans to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook At Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information (paywall) first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch. Facebook believes it can keep individual employees engaged with the product, so… Read More

  • SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX has released a new video showing a CG concept of its Interplanetary Transport System, the rocket and spacecraft combo it plans to use to colonize Mars. The video depicts a reusable rocket that can get the interplanetary spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, and a craft that uses solar sails to coast on its way to a Mars entry. The booster returns to Earth after separating from the… Read More

  • Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

    Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

    Facebook has been ordered to stop harvesting the data of WhatsApp users in Germany. The move follows the latter’s shock announcement last month that it would start sharing user data from its messaging platform with parent company, Facebook, including users’ phone numbers and last seen time in the app. Read More

  • Nissan’s autonomous chair is your line waiting buddy

    Nissan’s autonomous chair is your line waiting buddy

    Nissan’s ProPILOT tech might mostly be used to help provide its cars with autonomous driving features, but a new project puts it into a chair. Yes, a chair. The chair propels itself, detecting the chair ahead of it and keeping a fixed distance between itself and its neighbor, as it moves along a predefined path. It’s less flexible than the chairs in Wall-E (kudos to Megan for… Read More

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