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Split raises $17M for its product experimentation platform

Split announced this morning that it’s raised $17 million in Series B funding.<p>The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and new investor Harmony Partners. Split has now raised a total of $26.8 million.<p>The startup allows companies to test out new …

Venture Capital

ClearBrain uses AI to help advertisers target the right users

The team at ClearBrain has a big goal: “Our mission is to democratize AI for marketers.”<p>That’s how CEO Bilal Mahmood put it, though Mahmood (a former product manager at Optimizely) and his co-founder Eric Pollmann (a former engineer on Google’s ad team) aren’t trying to do all that democratizing at …

Artificial Intelligence

Shoe Tech: Adidas' Latest UltraBOOST Trainers Promise The 'Ultimate Running Experience'

Adidas has unveiled its latest UltraBOOST and UltraBOOST X running shoes, which the sports giant claims “push the boundaries” of running technology to provide the “ultimate running experience”.<p>Engineered for better movement, precision and fit, the fresh trainers’ design is based on previous models, …

Shoes

Slab raises $2.2M to build tools for an internal employee information nexus

When Jason Chen first ended up at Salesforce through the acquisition of his last company Stypi, he had the tough task of integrating within Salesforce’s complex infrastructure — and not a lot of documentation to go on.<p>Fortunately, Chen’s company had just been acquired and he was able to get the …

Startups

Slite looks to build a new smarter notes tool for internal teams

If you’ve ever tried to collaborate on a document (or any kind of note, really) with coworkers or anyone else, you’re probably using something along the lines of Dropbox Paper or Google Docs — but they don’t quite have the same team-focused simplicity as, say, Slack, if you ask Christophe …

Productivity

TimeFlip is a time-tracking gadget simple enough that I might actually use it

If you’re like me, and I’m going to assume you are for the purposes of this post, you like the idea of time tracking, but generally it’s a bit too fiddly or complicated. TimeFlip is a super-simple gadget that lets you easily track how much time you spend on different activities just by flipping it …

Sitting

Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content

The makers of Index are hoping they’ve created the only app you’ll need to access all your files, notes and links.<p>“We’re giving people a full control panel for the digital world,” founder Brian Cox told me.<p>Cox said he actually developed Index for his own personal use five years ago. And while he …

Apps

This job site wants to match developers and employers based on culture and values

Tech recruitment is a big business, and there are no shortages of job sites. Companies spend huge amounts of money trying to find the brightest and best candidates, while engineers dedicate hours poring over Indeed and Craigslist in search of well-paying, yet fulfilling work.<p>Key Values is a job …

Fujifilm X-T20 review: love, rekindled

The junior member of Fujifilm’s high-end camera lineup might be the best<p>Strolling through La Rambla in the heart of Barcelona this month, I saw and heard the full kaleidoscope of human cultures around me, but something wasn’t quite right. There was an anomaly about the tourists surrounding me. Not …

Mobile Technology

Let R2-D2 help you navigate mornings with this Star Wars coffee press

On our groggiest mornings, even the most noble among us slink towards the dark side and chug caffeine. This Star Wars coffee press has you covered …

This bedding startup's pillows are some of the best I've used, and they're worth every penny

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Brooklinen<p>Pillows are among the things just about all people own and use every day but don't replace (or wash) as often as they should. …

Shopping

An ex-Tesla engineer created an FDA-compliant cure for hangovers

But what started out as a fun side project to find a cure for hangovers has grown so big, he felt he had to quit his job this week and launch a company.<p>On July 5, his startup Morning Recovery, will be open for business, where it will sell an FDA-compliant hangover cure.<p>The whole thing started about …

Alcohol

Samsung’s Classy New TV Moonlights as a Work of Art

Look around your home and count the screens: The television on your wall. The tablet on your coffee table. The computer monitor on your desk. …

Propel raises $4M to make the social safety net more tech savvy and user friendly

Some big names are making an investment in food stamps — specifically in Propel, a startup that helps food stamp recipients manage their benefits.<p>Propel is announcing that it has raised $4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant’s The Durant Company and Max …

Trump Administration

Here's when you should — and shouldn't — hire a financial planner

But there are good financial planners out there if you know where to look, and in the right situations a financial planner can make your life easier, save you a lot of money, and help you reach your biggest personal goals sooner.<p>After all, no matter how much information is available online, your …

Personal Finance

Makeblock's Lego-like 'Neuron' teaches kids robotics and code

Makeblocks, a company known for kid-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, is launching a new gadget-building platform called Neuron. It's like Lego meets Littlebits -- you get over 30 blocks with different functions that kids can snap together and then program to create science experiments …

The 13 best places to eat ramen in New York City

That's why we teamed up with Foursquare City Guide to round up the 13 best places to eat ramen in New York, based on which locations had the highest ratings from Foursquare users.<p>From popular stops like Momofuku Noodle Bar to Takashi, which serves an unforgettable all-beef version, here are the top …

Four Square

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

War

Hands-on: Wireless CarPlay arrives in Alpine’s iLX-107 aftermarket receiver [Video]

Alpine is launching the first aftermarket receiver with wireless CarPlay in February, and <i>9to5Mac</i> got a quick hands-on demo with the feature in action at CES 2017. See Alpine’s iLX-107 with wireless CarPlay in action below.<p>Wireless CarPlay has officially been supported on iPhones since iOS 9, but …

Millennials aren't going gaga for baby tech

The second Baby Tech Awards will be announced at CES as companies making technology for infants look to grow out of the teething phase.<p>In a few years, you'll wear a smartwatch measuring your heart rate, a belt buckle tracking your eating habits and glasses displaying the news while recording what …

Wearable Tech

Damn, We Wish We’d Written These 11 Stories

Every year, Bloomberg News publishes a “Jealousy List” — the stories Bloomberg staffers wish they had published. It’s a delightful and endearing …

Journalism

How to use Chrome Remote Desktop to help friends and family with new devices

If you’re anything like me, you spend basically all of your time on “holiday” not with family enjoying a nice cup of cocoa, but rather fixing and setting up all their devices. This can be annoying itself, but when you go back home, it can be even more of a pain helping out remotely without being …

Old Dog Haven rescues homeless senior dogs — and covers their vet bills for life

<i>Many animal lovers want to help older shelter pets — but they worry about taking on big veterinary bills. For more than a decade, a Seattle-area organization called Old Dog Haven has been finding ways to solve for that.</i><p><i>Old Dog Haven pulls senior dogs from shelters and takes care of any urgent</i> …

Pets

10 Travel Apps You Need Now

We want you to have the best travel experience from start to finish. These applications will put you at ease so you can focus on enjoying your trip.<p>Apps can help travelers with everything from letting them know the best time to book a flight to translating a foreign menu with their camera. With two …

Apps

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get leaner and work out less (all without a trainer).<p>It sounds like a bad infomercial: Get ripped in less time! We're conditioned to believe that jaw-dropping, …

Workouts

NASA’s List Of The Best Air-Filtering Houseplants

Back in the late ‘80s, NASA was looking for ways to detoxify the air in its space stations. So it conducted a study to determine the most effective …

Houseplants

The 7 Best Glamping Spots for Fall

Fancy camping is the way to go—no bugs, no backaches, but the same spectacular views. So pack your luggage and leave your sleeping bags at home. These seven glamping go-tos merge indoor luxury with the great outdoors.

Hiking

How To Make Homemade Bread You Don't Have To Knead

Enjoy the taste of homemade bread without sacrificing an entire afternoon.<p>I love good bread—fragrant, chewy, fresh bread. My mom made white bread or …

Food

Fake QR code app gets this hacker into airport lounges free

If you’ve ever had to wait hours for a delayed flight you’re fully aware of the difference between slumming it with hundreds of other frustrated travelers, or grabbing a nap, shower or just a nice drink from a first class lounge. Even if you’ve never experienced the latter, the difference should be …