• Bill Nye is getting a talk show on Netflix

    Bill Nye is getting a talk show on Netflix

    Bill Nye is getting a new TV show, thanks to Netflix. The streaming video service announced that it will be launching a talk show with Nye next year, called Bill Nye Saves The World. Nye, of course, helped introduced many ’90s kids (including me) to scientific thinking and concepts through the five seasons of his public television show Bill Nye The Science Guy (currently available on… Read More

  • Underwhelmed by your CEO? Good luck with that

    Underwhelmed by your CEO? Good luck with that

    Every day, some tech startups are surpassing their numbers while others are struggling to keep going. Washio, an on-demand laundry service that abruptly shut down yesterday, is just the latest startup to lose its momentum. There’s no shortage of ways things go wrong. Markets change. Companies underestimate the cost of doing business. Sometimes, too, the CEO isn’t getting the job done. Read More

  • Samsung shows off its latest smartwatch, the Gear S3

    Last year’s Gear S2 was, without question, one of the best looking smartwatches around. After a few generations of unwieldy wearables, the company took it down a few notches with a device that was smaller and decidedly more minimalist. Where other companies have looked to bling it up, the electronics giant stayed subtle. Announced this week at IFA, the S3 isn’t that. The… Read More

  • Sequoia backs artifical intelligence startup Mad Street Den

    Sequoia backs artifical intelligence startup Mad Street Den

    Mad Street Den, an India-U.S. startup focused on artificial intelligence that was founded by ex-Silicon Valley veterans, has pulled in an undisclosed Series A round of funding from Sequoia. Read More

  • Google helps Faroe Islanders spin their Sheep View yarn

    Google helps Faroe Islanders spin their Sheep View yarn

    Back in July, a group of Faroe Islanders launched their own version of Street View, cheekily called “Sheep View 360,” by outfitting sheep on the island with 360-degree camera and using that to fuel its own mapping project. The Faroe Island crew was acting alone, in an effort to shore up its absence of Google street-level coverage using the independent Danish territory’s… Read More

  • Instagram now lets you zoom in on videos and photos on iOS

    Instagram now lets you zoom in on videos and photos on iOS

    It’s possibly one of the few remaining near-universal experiences for mobile users: the frustration of trying to zoom in on an Instragram image and remembering that you can’t. That’s now changing, since Instagram is rolling out pinch-to-zoom support in its iOS app starting today. The new feature will let users zoom in on both photos and videos in the main feed, on profile… Read More

  • Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

    Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

    Coursera, the education tech platform that offers online courses from prestigious colleges and universities, is branching into corporate learning and development  and has officially launched Coursera for Business today. Coursera CEO Rick Levin, formerly the president of Yale University, told TechCrunch that the move was a natural one for the startup. “We have 21 million registered… Read More

  • HTC makes $5 million investment in VR gaming startup Steel Wool Studios

    HTC makes $5 million investment in VR gaming startup Steel Wool Studios

    HTC is continuing to invest heavily in building up the virtual reality ecosystem that it hopes to one day dominate. Steel Wool Studios, an Oakland-based gaming studio made up of Pixar veterans with a few decades of animation experience under their belts, announced today that it has closed a $5 million round of Series A funding coming entirely from HTC, the manufacturer of the Vive… Read More

  • You can now actually rent Erlich’s Aviato car from HBO’s Silicon Valley

    You can now actually rent Erlich’s Aviato car from HBO’s Silicon Valley

    Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley faces a serious challenge in that it has to keep outdoing itself to properly satirize the real Silicon Valley, where crazy pants crap happens all the time. So it’s not surprising to see stuff from the show bleed into the world of real Valley startups, as with the new promotion from Airbnb-for-cars startup Turo that kicks off today. For goofs, Turo is… Read More

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