• ‘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

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