• MasterClass raises $35 million for celebrity taught classes

    MasterClass raises $35 million for celebrity taught classes

    If you want to learn something new, learn it from the master. That’s the thesis behind MasterClass, which offers tennis tips from Serena Williams, cooking advice from Gordon Ramsay and vocal training from Christina Aguilera. The startup offers online courses from leaders in their field, charging about $90 for the hours long sessions. Students also have access to the community and… Read More

  • Hyperloop One says it could replace all air freight among GCC countries

    Hyperloop One says it could replace all air freight among GCC countries

    Hyperloop One is putting a finer point on the business opportunity it believes it has in the Middle East, with a presentation made today during the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Abu Dhabi. The company thinks it can soak up around $12 billion of the total $35 billion annual cargo market in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, including all of the current $7 billion… Read More

  • AWS launches Amazon Connect, productizes Amazon’s in-house contact center software

    AWS launches Amazon Connect, productizes Amazon’s in-house contact center software

    AWS continues to add yet more software and services to build out its revenues and touchpoints with businesses that already use its cloud infrastructure for storage and to host and administer services and apps. The latest product, launching today, is Amazon Connect, a cloud-based contact center solution. AWS said it is based on the same tech that Amazon itself has built and uses in-house… Read More

  • Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

    Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

    Snapchat all the things! Facebook’s plan to copy everything that made Snapchat successful is finally reaching its final form with the launch of stories in the main Facebook app. You can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what your friends have been up to for the past 24 hours. At the top of the Facebook app, you’ll see rounded profile pictures representing stories… Read More

  • Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming’s new trailer, featuring cosplay among friends

    Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming’s new trailer, featuring cosplay among friends

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is arriving on July 7, but you don’t have to wait to see more from the movie in the latest trailer. The new look gives us a bit more insight into the motivation of Michael Keaton’s Vulture (he’s like the blue-collar Joe to Tony Stark’s one-percenters, maybe) and more insight into the film’s sense of humor. Basically, it does nothing to… Read More

  • IMAX and Warner Bros. to create VR experiences based on Justice League films

    IMAX and Warner Bros. to create VR experiences based on Justice League films

    The upcoming Justice League movie looks very bad, based on its new trailer – in fact, it could be mistaken for its own parody film. That’s not stopping Warner Bros. from exploring all possible media tie-ins to capitalize on what it hopes will be its success at the box office, including using virtual reality. The VR project Warner Bros. has planned for Justice League includes a… Read More

  • Razer’s acquisition of THX turned the new Blade Pro into a certified production machine

    Razer’s acquisition of THX turned the new Blade Pro into a certified production machine

    We first got the hint that Razer wanted to gain the favor of entertainment power users when it bought THX last year, which became a subsidiary company and part of the process of making a new entertainment and production certified laptop: the new Blade Pro. A few days ago, I spoke with PR reps from Razer and THX’s own senior vice president of technical operations, Peter Vasay, who said… Read More

  • Twitter introduces pre-roll ads to Periscope videos

    Twitter introduces pre-roll ads to Periscope videos

    Twitter is announcing a new ad unit — pre-roll ads on Periscope videos. In a blog post, Periscope Group Project Manager Mike Folgner says the ads will appear in a way that’s “organic to how people already consume that content on the platform.” Basically, publishers will have the option to run a short video ad that plays before you watch their Periscope… Read More

  • Tinder Online is a new web version of the dating app

    Tinder Online is a new web version of the dating app

    Tinder is today introducing a new way for users to access the platform with the launch of Tinder Online, a web-optimized version of the dating app so people can Tinder at their desktops. Tinder Online still requires that you sign on to your account through Facebook, and it doesn’t include any of Tinder’s revenue features like Tinder Boost or Super Like, for now. Head of Product… Read More

  • Chinese internet giant Tencent buys 5% of Tesla

    Chinese internet giant Tencent buys 5% of Tesla

    Tencent, Asia’s second highest valued tech firm, has bought a five percent share in Tesla. According to a filing, the Chinese firm scooped up 8,167,544 shares for around $1.7 billion to become one of Tesla’s largest shareholders. The news itself sent Tesla’s share price up three percent in pre-market trading. The purchase was arranged on March 17, and those… Read More

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