• Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    AppFormix, a cloud operations management and optimization startup, today announced that it has been acquired by publicly traded networking company Juniper Networks. AppFormix was founded in 2013 by Sumeet Singh, who previously worked at Microsoft and Cisco. At Microsoft, he started the Windows Azure Networking team. AppFormix works with any OpenStack or Kubernetes distribution and helps… Read More

  • The Moto Mods ecosystem expands with a car dock and Mophie battery backup

    The Moto Mods ecosystem expands with a car dock and Mophie battery backup

    At launch, the Moto Z was compatible with three different modular backings (four if you count the shell projector): a Motorola pico projector, a speaker from JBL and an Incipio battery pack. Shortly after launch, the company brought a little camera brand legitimacy to the ecosystem with a Hasselblad back featuring 10x optical zoom. Not a huge number, sure, but it was certainly a more… Read More

  • You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    If Snap’s Spectacles are really about sharing your life with the world, we need a solution for capturing the majority of our lives that occur boxed inside buildings. This solution could come in the form of replacement lenses or in the form of an entirely new device. Niche lens manufacturer Rochester Optical gave us the first one today with replacement lenses for Spectacles that… Read More

  • Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus is gearing up for a major hardware launch next week with its $199 Touch motion controllers. That’s nice and all but as we’ve learned, VR hardware is really only as good as the software that exists to shows off its strengths. Oculus seems to be getting this and it’s ensuring that a swath of titles exist that make good use of the new input type. Today, Oculus… Read More

  • Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Back in February, seismologists at UC Berkeley released MyShake, an app that passively monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway. In the months since its introduction, the app has outperformed its creators’ expectations, detecting over 200 earthquakes in more than ten countries. Read More

  • ‘Come for the tool, stay for the network’ is wrong Crunch Network

    ‘Come for the tool, stay for the network’ is wrong

    For the past few years, “Come for the tool, stay for the network” has been in vogue as a theory of consumer startup product development. Chris Dixon’s January 2015 post popularized the idea*, and it’s frequently cited in industry discussions and by investors. Why does this idea have so much appeal? There are several reasons: It’s much easier to build a good… Read More

  • That one time I was tucked in by a startup

    That one time I was tucked in by a startup

    There I was on a comfy gray couch, surrounded by pillows and being handed an eye mask in a reserved office space in downtown San Francisco when, next thing I knew, Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm was tucking me in and spraying a relaxing mist over my body. “Sweet dreams,” said his comms person as the two shut the door. That’s when Tamara began to speak… Tamara… Read More

  • JustEat is now delivering takeout with self-driving robots in the UK

    JustEat is now delivering takeout with self-driving robots in the UK

    The robots will serve you now: Greenwich, London residents have officially begun receiving deliveries from autonomous, six-wheeled rolling cooler bots, which are handling the “last mile” of food delivery from nearby takeout restaurants. Engadget notes that the robots are now in “active service,” after they completed a previous testing phase which began earlier this… Read More

  • Researchers taught Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot to walk gingerly over rubble

    Researchers taught Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot to walk gingerly over rubble

    There’s something strangely comforting in watching Boston Dynamics’ 330-pound bipedal humanoid robot cautiously attempt to navigate a field of uneven surfaces. Something…humanizing, if that’s the right world, as the faceless ‘bot gingerly tests its footholds, slowly and with an abundance of caution, before shifting its full weight to the next block. The IHMC… Read More

  • AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    With its EC2 Container Service (ECS), Amazon has long offered support for software containers on its AWS cloud computing platform. Today, at its re:Invent developer conference, the company announced a number of updates to how it supports containers, which are quickly becoming the go-to way to operate distributed applications. Soon, for example, the EC2 container service will become far… Read More

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