• 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

  • Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

    Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

    If you’ve ever had to have a logo designed, you probably know that a lot of love, care, taste, years of training, tons of experience and buckets of knowledge goes into the process. Logojoy pulls the plug on all of that and goes barreling down a different alleyway, unlocking the power of AI and machine learning to help you throw together logo concepts. The result is astonishingly good. Read More

  • Amazon Glue solves sticky data prep problem in cloud

    Amazon Glue solves sticky data prep problem in cloud

    Amazon announced Amazon Glue today at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. The tool has been designed to help developers process data, whether the source is in the cloud or on prem. This is sometimes known as extract, transform, load (ETL) of data, and it’s generally considered one of the toughest parts of analytics. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels explained today on stage at the… Read More

  • AWS lets developers execute Lambda functions on edge locations with Lambda@Edge

    AWS lets developers execute Lambda functions on edge locations with Lambda@Edge

    Today, Amazon said it was rolling out a tool called Lambda@Edge, that allows developers to execute Lambda functions at edge locations on a content delivery network, cutting down the time needed to make a process. With Lambda@Edge, developers can do processing at the edge locations without having to go back to the original source. These functions are able to inspect HTTP requests and take… Read More

  • Spatial helps users navigate like a native

    Spatial helps users navigate like a native

    Lyden Foust was an ethnographer traveling the world on behalf of corporations, living in a city for months at a time to learn what he could, and reporting back to the people who hired him. “I realized people were telling their social media more than they would ever tell me as a researcher,” Foust said. And so he partnered with his friend Will Kiessling, a jet engine software… Read More

  • AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    Amazon’s new AWS Batch allows engineers to execute a series of jobs automatically, in the cloud. The tool lets you run apps and container images on whatever EC2 instances are required to accomplish a given task. Amazon recognized that many of its customers were bootstrapping their own batch computing systems. Users were stringing together EC2 instances, containers, notifications… Read More

  • YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay is focusing on an interesting yet underserved niche — collecting payments from your customers. The startup is launching the second version of its platform today and now focuses on big companies with accounts receivable teams. The company first launched on stage at Disrupt London exactly one year ago. At the time, the company wanted to help small and medium companies get paid on time. Read More

  • Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state

    Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state

    Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has ordered insurance startup Zenefits to stop providing free use of its software in the state. The Commissioner issued a release detailing the order on Thursday, and explaining that the block on a completely free product is a result of Zenefits violating the state’s inducement laws, which prevent any one provider from acts that… Read More

  • Amazon Pinpoint helps developers keep users coming back to their apps

    Amazon Pinpoint helps developers keep users coming back to their apps

    As developers build apps, the hard part becomes not only attracting sufficient audience to justify the exercise, but also finding ways to keep that audience engaged and coming back to your app. Today, Amazon announced a new tool called Amazon Pinpoint designed to let developers send highly targeted push notifications, that can help them stay connected to the audience. Amazon CTO Werner… Read More

  • 14 gifts that keep on giving

    Hit songs of the season ask: why can’t we make everyday a holiday? The answer is that we can. By giving loved ones a subscription-based gift that has new parcels, experiences or digital content arriving every season, we can spread the cheer across the year. Read More

  • A new brain health app from Neurotrack warns users of memory decline

    A new brain health app from Neurotrack warns users of memory decline

    A Redwood City, Calif. startup called Neurotrack Technologies Inc. has created a brain health app that is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of memory, and work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Its simple browser-based app screens users for signs of cognitive decline based on their eye movement as they watch a few images presented on their screens. These tests used to take about… Read More

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