Matthew Lynley

I’ve covered various segments of the tech industry, ranging from enterprise technology to social networking companies like Facebook and Twitter. I’m also dabbling in a little bit of Web (Python) and Android development. I studied mathematics at UNC-Chapel Hill, with an applied mathematics skew toward fluid mechanics, modeling and behavior of special functions.

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  • Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

    Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

    While running Yardsale, a previous Y Combinator startup based around essentially making it easy to sell your old stuff, Ryan Mickle had the benefit of talking to alumni and colleagues to figure out what to use to build it. But one of the basic services he used to run it ended up costing more in the long run as the app ran into critical problems when it came to some transactions —… Read More

  • Netflix’s international growth is exploding as its looks beyond the U.S.

    Netflix’s international growth is exploding as its looks beyond the U.S.

    Holy cow, we have quite the beat for Netflix. Netflix added nearly 2 million new subscribers domestically and around 5 million subscribers internationally in the fourth quarter this year, the company said today. Wall Streets expectations for the fourth quarter fell far below that, coming in at 1.38 million and 3.78 million respectively. We’ll address the financial parts of the… Read More

  • Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the side

    Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the side

    Slack has spent most of its life as a dead-simple workplace communications tool, with small changes happening here or there. But to keep things dead simple means that you have to be very careful when you decide to make any big changes — even if it’s something users have wanted for a long time. Today, Slack is finally starting to roll out one of those major changes in threaded… Read More

  • Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat’s chairman

    Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat’s chairman

    Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, will be stepping down from the company in order to serve as chairman of Snap (the makers of Snapchat), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lynton’s name may sound familiar with respect to Snap. During his time at Sony Entertainment, he oversaw the company suffer a massive breach — which also included a trove of leaked emails… Read More

  • Pandora is laying off 7% of its US workforce

    Pandora is laying off 7% of its US workforce

    Pandora said it would lay off around 7 percent of its U.S. workforce, excluding Ticketfly, by the end of the first quarter this year in an announcement that it would beat the guidance it set for the fourth quarter in 2016. Pandora now has more than 4.3 million paid subscribers, which at the end of the year is a flash of good news for a company desperately in need of some. Pandora has had… Read More

  • Hello Egg puts a friendly voice-powered cooking assistant in your kitchen

    Alexa is going to at least own the living room, and there’s a good bet that it’s going to own the whole home. But that’s not stopping RnD64, a small company building a small little black voice-powered black egg, from trying to get in the kitchen first. Hello Egg works as a cooking assistant, with a few extra flourishes — like a friendly little eye to keep you company on… Read More

  • Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Hugh Behroozy is obsessed with symmetry — so much so that they wanted his company’s name is even symmetric. And that’s why the Aivia, a combo subwoofer/speaker, is slanted — so it will fit seamlessly against a wall and not jut out because of a charging cable. The speaker also has a screen built into it, which may seem like an odd decision to make for a startup. But… Read More

  • Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Checking your blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer while out with some friends might just be a party trick — but if you really wanted to know it to figure out whether or not you should have another drink, it might be awkward to pull one out. So that’s why Evan Strenk started Milo Sensors, a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based… Read More

  • Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

    Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

    Instead of tracking your health with a little band that’s on your wrist, Ran Ma thinks that the future is keeping track of your health — or at least parts of it — with technology that’s woven into the fabric of your clothes. That’s the target of Siren Care, a wearable company that looks to weave electronic sensors into its clothing in order to track changes in… Read More

  • Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    What do you do when you rapidly become one of the most important chip manufacturers in the world and your stock price more than triples in a single year? For Nvidia, it means you throw a massive keynote stuffed with announcements that are setting the stage for a suite of products built around your core technology — building GPUs — that will make you the center of the… Read More

  • GoPro wants the moments you capture on the internet instantly

    GoPro is facing a bit of an existential crisis as it starts to contend with other wearables — like the Snapchat Spectacles — cropping up to capture moments in peoples’ lives that they can share with their friends. So GoPro needs to basically find ways to get the footage it captures on its cameras on the internet as fast as Snapchat can, without having to do any major editing. Read More

  • The recalled GoPro Karma drone can be fixed with a piece of tape

    The recalled GoPro Karma drone can be fixed with a piece of tape

    GoPro recalled its Karma drone around 16 days after it launched in November last year for an issue with the battery. According to CEO Nick Woodman, that can even be fixed with a piece of tape. The problem with the drone stems from the battery basically popping out a few millimeters and causing a power failure in the drone, Woodman said at TechCrunch’s stage at CES this year. So, if a… Read More

  • August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

    August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

    August Home — which makes an internet-connected smart lock — already works for most door locks you’d typically find in the U.S. But it hasn’t had a product yet for a different style of lock called the Mortise lock just yet. That lock represents a smaller amount of the overall market in the U.S., but more importantly, it’s a lock that’s very common abroad. Read More

  • Nvidia builds a co-pilot into its autonomous drive computer

    Nvidia builds a co-pilot into its autonomous drive computer

    Nvidia teased out a powerful system that would serve as an AI supercomputer earlier this year, giving cars the ability to drive themselves. But while there’s been a ton of progress in building safer autonomous driving, we might not quite be at the point where we can fully trust the car to do everything. Enter Co-Pilot. Nvidia is baking in new technology in its Xavier drive computers… Read More

  • Nvidia makes it easier for gamers to stream live to Facebook

    Nvidia makes it easier for gamers to stream live to Facebook

    Nvidia is giving gamers using the GeForce Experience will now be able to broadcast directly to Facebook Live, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced at CES today. Huang basically breezed past the announcement heading into a trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda streamed live, but it does represent a rather huge development in live streaming. While Twitch has largely become the go-to place to watch… Read More

  • Live from Nvidia’s 2017 CES keynote

    Live from Nvidia’s 2017 CES keynote

    Nvidia will be delivering the official 2017 CES keynote address, and it’s probably going to cover a broad range of topics. The company is basically doing a ton of interesting things in verticals ranging from self-driving cars to AI to media and more, and it’s really proving that being a GPU leader can pay huge dividends in a world where parallel processing is one of the most… Read More

  • GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro recalled its first drone, the Karma, about 16 days after launch in November last year. Now GoPro says it will be re-launching the drone this year, though it doesn’t have a specific date to share yet. For GoPro, the launch can’t come soon enough. The company said it would cut 15 percent of its workforce in a restructuring in November last year, and its third-quarter… Read More

  • Toyota’s Research Institute head says full autonomous driving is “not even close”

    Toyota’s Research Institute head says full autonomous driving is “not even close”

    While the rest of the world is fixated on a future of full autonomous driving, Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt is urging everyone that it’s more complicated than that and to take things slowly. Pratt said that “we’re nowhere near close” a level of full autonomous driving, labeled as “Level 5” by the SAE. Pratt, over and over, couched that the… Read More

  • Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

    Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

    Okay, try not to get too excited: LG today unveiled a smart fridge at a big event ahead of CES in Las Vegas. It has a big touch screen and lets you control a whole host of things — which is fine. However, the most interesting part here is that the fridge is integrated, along with a whole host of other devices this year, with Alexa. With that, users can tap into Alexa to order food… Read More

  • Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund

    Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund

    As Slack’s rapid growth begins to slow a little bit, the company is looking to become a wider productivity platform — and that includes getting as many developers as it can building applications that can figure out new and unique use cases for it. That’s part of the reason it established the Slack Fund, which makes investments in startups that are building tools on top of Slack. Read More

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