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Octi raises $7.5M to create augmented reality that understands human movement

The team at Octi says it’s building a crucial piece of the augmented reality puzzle — the ability to understand the human body and its movement.<p>Co-founder and CEO Justin Fuisz told me that most existing AR technologies (including Apple’s AR Kit) tend to be “plane-based” — in other words, while they …

Augmented Reality

Who needs Paris? 10 smaller cities with just as much culture and style

Forget Paris, Rome and Vienna; these smaller cities are just as big on culture and style.<p>1. Vintage Seville<p>Andalucia’s lively capital may lack size, but it offers an atmospheric old town, 12th-century architecture, the Moorish Alcázar palace and the grand square of Plaza de España, combined with …

European Travel

Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet has a 10-inch screen and starts at $399

The smaller Surface has returned<p>Microsoft is getting back into the cheaper tablet game today with the new Surface Go, a smaller, less powerful take on the popular Surface Pro device. The Go features a 10-inch screen, integrated kickstand, Windows 10, and a similar design to the Surface Pro, and …

Gear & Gadgets

WhatsApp groups can now be restricted so only admins can send messages

WhatsApp today announced a new control for group administrators to limit activity so that they are the only member of the group who can send messages. WhatsApp groups can include up to 256 participants.<p>The approach could greatly alter what it’s like to be a part of a WhatsApp group, changing them …

Apps

Should e-bike owners be forced to buy insurance?

Individual registration and insurance of e-bikes is the proverbial hammer to crack a nut.<p>The bike hire shop owner in Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux in France, was rueful as he lent me his new e-bike last summer. “You are going to love it,” he said. “They are so much fun but it won’t last. They will …

Cycling

Here’s Mary Meeker’s essential 2018 Internet Trends report

Want to understand all the most important tech stats and trends? Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker has just released the 2018 version of her famous Internet Trends report. It covers everything from mobile to commerce to the competition between tech giants. Check out the full report below, …

Mary Meeker

Innovating an Industry Isn’t as Complicated as You Think

“Innovation” bubbled up a few years ago to join “synergy” and “thought leadership” as business buzzwords. Business leaders talked so much about innovating their companies that they eventually had to put their money where their mouth was: 74 percent established processes to spur innovation, and more …

Shelby unveils 1967 GT500 Super Snake continuation — and a new roadster

One-of-one monster is reborn — plus clean-sheet 800-hp roadster revealed<p>Shelby American is reviving the legendary 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, planning an exclusive run of just 10 examples of the fastback and culminating what it calls the "unfinished business" of the muscle car's parents, …

New cryptocurrency is backed by global financial giant Goldman Sachs

While the number of cryptocurrencies has exploded in the last few years, so too has skepticism about many of them. Companies like Microsoft, Google, …

Etsy opens machine learning center in Toronto

Ecommerce company Etsy announced today that it will open a new artificial intelligence research and development center in Toronto, Canada. The company broke the news yesterday during a meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in New York City.<p>Etsy’s third Machine Learning Center of …

For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education

Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might mean for accessibility. After sitting in the audience covering the event, the big takeaway I had was Apple could “make serious inroads in furthering <i>special</i> education as well.” As I wrote, …

Standard Chartered opens innovation lab in Hong Kong

Standard Chartered opened its innovation lab, the eXellerator, in Hong Kong last month. As the bank’s second lab in Asia, the Hong Kong lab provides …

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42 Percent of Startups Fail for This 1 Simple Reason (It's Not What You Think)

Close to half of the over 100 startups analyzed made this mistake -- and never recovered.<p>CBI Insights recently analyzed 101 startup post-mortems (reports they wrote after they failed). The researchers extracted the top reasons startups fail, including things like a pivot going wrong; legal …

Startups

How artificial intelligence is cutting costs, building loyalty, and enhancing security across financial services

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most commonly referenced terms by financial institutions (FIs) and …

Artificial Intelligence

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Instead of stealing instruments, musicians turn to Splice

“The percentage of Top 40 music made with our platform blows my mind,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci. He tells me about some bedroom music producers who were “working at Olive Garden until they put sounds on Splice .” Soon they quit their jobs because they were earning enough from artists …

Big Changes Are Coming for Marriott Customers This Year — Here’s What You Can Expect

Marriott International is now offering a slew of new perks for members of its rewards program to make it easier to take advantage of benefits that …

Nitschke's 'suicide machine' draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral fair

Euthanasia advocate displays ‘Sarco’, a pod that fills with nitrogen, which he hopes will one day be available as a 3D-printable device<p>A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at the press of a button went on display at an Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.<p>Related: …

Euthanasia

Texas girl’s parents drenched her in hot oil for refusing arranged marriage: cops

Parents of a Texas high school student who was reported missing in late January had abused their daughter after she refused an arranged marriage, …

Crime

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

IBM

Startup wants to upload your brain to the cloud, but has to kill you to do it

A US startup is promising to upload customers’ brains to the cloud using a pioneering technique it has trialled on rabbits.<p>The only catch, according to the company’s cofounder? The process is “100% fatal”.<p>Nectome, founded in 2016 by a pair of MIT AI researchers, hopes to offer a commercial …

Rabbits

Kitty Hawk will bring autonomous flying taxis to New Zealand

You might not think of New Zealand as being on the cutting edge of aviation innovations, but with a new self-flying taxi aiming to achieve regulatory approval, perhaps it's time to rethink that assessment.<p>After operating in the Kiwi shadows, Kitty Hawk has finally made its existence public. The …

Flying Car

Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

<b>A brief history of Stephen Hawking</b><p>Stephen Hawking spent his scientific life exploring some of the deepest questions a human caught in the Einsteinian opera of space and time could ask.<p>Although Einstein himself never really accepted it, his general theory of relativity predicted that if enough mass …

What an economist Iearned by driving for Uber

Over the past few years, Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Paul Oyer has explored the growing gig economy from many perspectives. He’s analyzed hourly and annual income differences between freelancers and full-time employees. He’s researched (and consulted for) Upwork, the world’s …

Employment

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

Machine Learning

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