• 2017 Audi A4 driver assistance review

    The 2017 Audi A4 has an all-new suite of advanced driver assistance systems, joining Volvo, Honda, Ford and others in making semi-autonomous safety features available in cars we can buy today. Activating the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping systems isn’t intuitive; there’s a second stalk under the turn signal stalk where the driver can control these features. But once… Read More

  • Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami

    Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami

    AngelList, the online platform that matches startups with early-stage investors, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2010 founding — and so have its ambitions. In fact, the company, which already bills itself as both the biggest seed-stage firm in the world, and the world’s largest hiring platform for startups, also aims to become the biggest venture fund in the… Read More

  • AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    Automatic emergency braking systems, or AEB, will be installed in 99% of all new passenger vehicles by 2022. Toyota has promised to have it on all of its vehicles by 2017, and many vehicles already have the sensors and technology in place. But that doesn’t mean every system on every vehicle works exactly the same way. That’s why AAA put five 2016 vehicles to the AEB test in 70 trials. Read More

  • Exploits patched by Apple today hint at years of surreptitious government hacks

    Exploits patched by Apple today hint at years of surreptitious government hacks

    You’ll want to be updating your iOS devices to 9.3.5, the version released today by Apple — especially if you’re a prominent human rights activist. A recently thwarted attack on just such a person employed not one but three zero-day exploits. And that’s just the beginning of the story. Read More

  • Grabr, the international shopping and delivery platform, picks up $3.5 million

    Grabr, the international shopping and delivery platform, picks up $3.5 million

    Grabr, the peer-to-peer marketplace that lets anyone become an international shopper, has today announced the close of a $3.5 million seed round led by Alexey Repik from RBV Capital. Konstantin Nikolaev of N-Trans Group also participated in the round, along with various angel investors. Grabr works like this: Shoppers who are having trouble finding a certain item (or affording to ship a… Read More

  • Navisens raises $2.6 million to power its crazy accurate inertial smartphone/AR tracking

    Navisens raises $2.6 million to power its crazy accurate inertial smartphone/AR tracking

    Whether you’re clumsily attempting to find where your Uber is parked or trying to find your friend at a crowded venue, it’s clear that GPS has some major limitations that need to be fixed. Navisens wants to gather reliable mapping data from users’ smartphones without even touching GPS, instead relying on sensors like the gyroscope and accelerometer to track the… Read More

  • True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    The 11-year-old, early-stage firm True Ventures, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, has closed its fifth fund with $310 million, slightly more than the $290 million that the firm raised for its fourth fund, which closed in 2014. Presumably, it could have raised much more. True was the first investor in WordPress parent Automattic, a “unicorn” whose eventual public… Read More

  • Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

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