technology

  • Uber will now tell you if your driver is a military veteran

    Uber will now tell you if your driver is a military veteran

    Uber has long been a supporter of the United States Military, dating back to when they launched UberMILITARY two years ago with the goal of signing up 50,000 military veterans to be drivers. Today, on Veteran’s Day, the company is launching a new feature aimed at honoring service members. When a rider is matched up with a driver who has signed up with UberMILITARY, they will get… Read More

  • This is what it’s like to buy Spectacles from Snapchat’s vending machine

    This is what it’s like to buy Spectacles from Snapchat’s vending machine

    It’s Spectacle day. Snapchat surprised everyone this morning by deploying a vending machine that sells Spectacles right along the beach in Venice. The machine will only be there for 24 hours, and there are already crazy lines. We got some hands on video from Jameson Detweiler, who actually got to use the machine to buy a pair of spectacles.   Some hands-on footage of actually… Read More

  • Crunch Report | China’s New Cybersecurity Laws

    China has some new cybersecurity laws, starting in January 2017, Tesla will charge owners of new Teslas for Supercharger use if they drive more than 1,000 miles a year, Samsung leaks its AI plans for the Galaxy S8, Gmail for iOS gets an update and, on Election Day, Google will be refreshing election results every 20 seconds. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Oryx nano antennas allow autonomous cars to see farther, better

    Oryx nano antennas allow autonomous cars to see farther, better

    Oryx Vision has created a “coherent optical radar system,” according to CEO Rani Wellingstein, that improves the depth perception of autonomous vehicles. The Israel-based company has emerged from stealth after Series A fundraising and is positioning itself as a competitor to lidar systems. Wellingstein pointed out that traditional lidar detects light with photoelectric sensors… Read More

  • PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

    PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

    Today, PlushCare, a telehealth service, is announcing an $8 million Series A led by GGV Capital with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Exponent. Telehealth is anything but new, Teladoc, now public, was founded in the early 2000s to provide remote care over video conference, but PlushCare aims to accomplish what others have thus far been unable to do — actually get… Read More

  • Carrobot joins the aftermarket HUD fray

    Carrobot joins the aftermarket HUD fray

    If you want to add a head-up display (HUD) to your car, you’ve certainly got choices. In addition to Navdy and its Chinese clone Roav, Carrobot launched in October to bring its eye-level interface to cars that don’t have the tech built in. Carrobot distinguishes itself from its competitors, most notably Navdy and Exploride, by having full voice control for all functions as well as… Read More

  • Silvair raises $12 million Series A to light up your (retail) life

    Silvair raises $12 million Series A to light up your (retail) life

    When we last left Polish smart lighting company Silvair they were working on a way to create a Bluetooth mesh network between you, your kettle, your lightbulbs, and countless other devices in the home. After two years of work the company has perfected their systems and are now offering occupancy sensing, beacons, customer tracking and lighting to enterprise customers using a unique set of… Read More