• Facebook shows commitment to video with new 360 video stabilization

    Facebook shows commitment to video with new 360 video stabilization

    With new 360 video cameras hitting the shelves — alongside matching headsets — in time for the holiday season, millions of new users will be looking to consume VR content. Facebook recognizes that one of the biggest impediments to the enjoyment of 360 video is excess motion. The company released a demo today of its new 360 video stabilization technology. The new technology… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to… Read More

  • 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

  • Bylined crowdsources product photos for brands

    Bylined crowdsources product photos for brands

    A startup from Columbus called BYLINED is aiming to make it a bit easier for brands and people to come together in a win/win situation resulting in more unique photography. Through their free app and photo ecosystem, BYLINED enables brands, agencies or publishers to issue a request for a certain type of photo—an assignment or commission so to speak—that people with smartphones… Read More

  • Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    The popular, Bluetooth-connected lost item finder Tile is today introducing a new product dubbed “Tile Slim” that’s designed to be kept in your wallet, so you can find it if it ever goes missing. The device – which the company claims is the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker – finally makes it possible to use Tile with not only your wallet without the bulk… Read More

  • The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    Apple is about to announce the next iPhone on September 7, and the plot thickens. A new leak spotted by Nowhere Else shows the hypothetic packaging of the iPhone 7 Plus. This cardboard leak shows that Apple could sell the iPhone 7 with Lightning EarPods, replacing the good old EarPods with a headphone jack. More surprisingly, it also says that the iPhone 7 might come bundled with a… Read More

  • How the startup economy is replacing the traditional resume Crunch Network

    How the startup economy is replacing the traditional resume

    A group of five engineers and product people get together, raise some angel funding, build a startup, make little to no money and sell for $10 million. What just happened? Common narratives assert that it’s the tech bubble; it’s a naive acqui-hire; it’s collective irrationality. Maybe it’s something else altogether: a fundamental shift in how we compensate the extreme… Read More

  • DxO One iPhone camera gets Wi-Fi control, a waterproof case and more

    DxO One iPhone camera gets Wi-Fi control, a waterproof case and more

    For all the advances in smartphone photography, you still don’t really have a DSLR-quality camera in your pocket when you’re carrying one (not yet anyway). DxO’s One, a tiny little box with a lens, a relatively large image sensor for its compact size and a Lightning connector changed all that last year, and now it’s getting a suite of accessories to bump up the… Read More

  • Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    More of the content we’re looking for is saved in mobile applications, which is why Google has been working to bring that information to the surface by indexing apps in search. Now, it will do the same thing on your phone, too. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called “In Apps,” which will allow you to search inside your mobile applications for… Read More

  • After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    Amazon’s growing shipping operation is profiled at length in a new Bloomberg feature, and the article paints a picture of the e-commerce giant putting together the pieces to build one of the largest and most effective global shipping operations in the world, from centralized distribution hubs, to bulk air transport, to last-mile front door delivery. While on the surface, Amazon is still… Read More

  • ASUS shows off a portable 15-inch display for laptop owners

    ASUS shows off a portable 15-inch display for laptop owners

    The ZenScreen is a strange, but intriguing duck. It’s not a tablet or a convertible notebook, it’s a 15.6-inch portable screen. That mean it’s not a standalone device so much as it is an extra display designed to offer laptop users additional real estate on the go, connect to a primary device via USB-A or C. ASUS is really pushing the portability factor here, and with a… Read More

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