• Tencent increases its focus on artificial intelligence

    Tencent increases its focus on artificial intelligence

    When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and Chinese tech companies, thoughts often begin and end with Baidu. But Tencent, Asia’s second highest-valued tech company behind Alibaba, has reminded the world that it too is investing in the field. Search giant Baidu was one of the first to make a major commitment to deep learning. It spent over $2.9 billion on R&D over a 2.5… Read More

  • Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast Asia

    Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast Asia

    Snapcart, a startup helping to bring transparency to the world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. We first wrote about the company when it launched in September 2015 with the aim of providing data on the largely uncharted world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, a region of over 600 million consumers and a growing middle class. Read More

  • Trump to create White House office for ‘American Innovation’ to be headed by Kushner

    Trump to create White House office for ‘American Innovation’ to be headed by Kushner

    Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump is going to unveil a new White House agency called the “Office of American Innovation”, which will hold extensive powers to overhaul federal procedures and potentially privatize certain government responsibilities, by culling ideas from the business community, according to a report in the Washington Post. Read More

  • NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

    NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

    NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More

  • Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

    Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

    The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte, the German manufactory that produces exquisite timepieces with house made movements in… Read More

  • A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

    A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

    Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili. The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6… Read More

  • Sex and Gor and open source

    Sex and Gor and open source

    A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this? He refuses to say. A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional… Read More

  • Lyft to let passengers round up their fare and donate the difference to charity

    Lyft to let passengers round up their fare and donate the difference to charity

    Lyft is looking at one of its biggest potential opportunities to make up some ground on its rival Uber, given the latter company’s ongoing and worsening PR crisis. So it makes sense that Lyft would go even further in the opposite direction, with a new program that lets riders top off their fare to the nearest dollar, and donate the difference to one of a group of selected charities. The… Read More

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