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Microsoft internal email describes Andromeda as “pocketable” Surface PC

“It will blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing.”<p>That’s just one line of an email sent within Microsoft and obtained by <i>The Verge</i> that …

Original Stitch’s new Bodygram will measure your body

After years of teasing, Original Stitch has officially launched their Bodygram service and will be rolling it out this summer. The system can scan your body based on front and side photos and will create custom shirts with your precise measurements.<p>“Bodygram gives you full body measurements as …

Everyone in India’s startup capital has one question: “What’s going on with Flipkart?”

During an interview with a Bengaluru-based startup last week, Dipti (name changed) found herself facing three interviewers who abruptly launched into an informal chit-chat about Flipkart. “It went on for about 20 minutes and almost came to a point where I wanted to ask them what this had to do with …

Startups

Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy

Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet …

How SpaceX plans to bring speedy broadband to the whole world

After a third delay, Thursday is now the day SpaceX plans to launch two small prototype satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, the beginning of what Elon Musk and his company hope will be a new way of connecting humanity.<p>The launch was initially planned for Saturday, but was delayed twice to allow …

WhatsApp: the new business card, storefront, and cash register in India

Nearly half of the 430 million internet users in India use WhatsApp and businesses want their hands in that pie.<p>From the country’s leading online ticketing portal BookMyShow to travel booking website Goibibo and even offline luxury watch retailer Ethos, several companies are taking to the …

Seven apps and tools to organize your life

Restore order to your days.<p>Between work, activities, appointments, and ever-growing to-do lists, many of us constantly feel rushed and anxious. And all too often, the distractions of our smartphones only make this busy pace more hectic. But phones can also simplify your life—it all depends on how …

Tech’s Backyard: The Most Well-Funded Bay Area Tech Startups By City In One Map

Collectively, the startups on our map have raised approximately $17B in disclosed equity funding to date.<p>The Bay Area, a collection of cities …

Indian apps seek way too many "dangerous permissions" on your phone

Indian apps may be a lot more dicier than you think.<p>A report by data privacy consultancy Arrka estimates that, on an average, apps from India seek 7.9 “dangerous permissions” from users, significantly higher than those from the US, for instance.<p>Dangerous permissions include those to access and …

Apps

Flipkart still India’s top start-up, shows analysis

<b>Bengaluru:</b> For all its well-documented troubles, Flipkart Ltd remains India’s outstanding Internet company.<p>A <i>Mint</i> analysis of the financial statements …

India’s Supr Daily raises $1.5M to expand its milk and grocery delivery service

Milk deliveries may not sound like an industry in need of disruption, but that’s exactly what one startup in India is working to do. Supr Daily — the company in question — graduated the Y Combinator accelerator program this year and now it has raised $1.5 million from a range of investors to expand …

Star Wars ‘Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the biggest movie ever to create such a dramatic divide between critics & audience. Which other films made reviewers say …

Infographic: How India has evolved since independence

Yesterday was India's independence day, marking 70 years since the country shed the shackles of colonialism. A lot has changed since India left the …

Infographic: India & China Accounted For 82% Of H-1B Visas In 2016

During a tour of a tool factory in Kenosha, Wisconin, President Trump signed an executive order reviewing the H-1B visa program. The initiative …

Infographic: The Cost of Making the iPhone X

Starting at $999 in the United States, the iPhone X isn't exactly a bargain. In fact, it is the most expensive iPhone Apple has ever made and …

Infographic: Chinese Singles' Day Eats Cyber Monday for Breakfast

As online retailers in the United States prepare for Cyber Monday, i.e. the biggest online shopping day of the year, China’s largest e-commerce …

The best and worst countries in the world when it comes to air pollution and electricity use

Air pollution has become so bad in Beijing, for example, that Chinese officials aim to slash its local coal consumption by 30% in 2017.<p>Meanwhile, the US — which currently ranks eighth on the list of countries with the <i>lowest</i> air pollution — could be headed in the opposite direction.<p>President Donald …

Pollution

Facebook is quickly closing in on 2 billion users

Soon, there won’t be any internet users left to join Mark Zuckerberg’s club.<p>Facebook announced another set of strong earnings today, and updated its metrics on how many people use the world’s largest social network. Over 1.86 billion people now check Facebook at least once a month. That’s a greater …

Mark Zuckerberg

This app is like Shazam for fonts

WhatTheFont is a Shazam for fonts — a designer’s dream.<p>The app is a mobile version of the website previously developed by MyFonts, and recognizes any font you point at with your camera, including a variation of similar fonts to go with it. It also lets you buy the fonts you find directly through …

This $200 ring is the first activity tracker I actually want to wear all day, every day

When I got back, I checked my phone to find out my distance, calories burned, minutes active, and heart rate.<p>"You ran 23 active minutes," my phone displayed across the screen. "Only 20 active minutes left today."<p>This was possible thanks to the Motiv ring, a small metal band that fits on the third …

Wearable Tech

Drone-Delivery ‘Hive’ Coming to Amazon?

Amazon has made the next leap toward a future reality in which drones drop recently-ordered goodies off in your yard, filing a patent for a …

The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst

Enjoy on-demand services while you can.<p>Whether it’s getting a lift whenever you want or ordering pad thai from the comfort of your couch, the rise of the on-demand economy has made a lot of people’s lives more convenient. But many of the services we know and love might not be around in a few years. …

Ridesharing

Once again, Alphabet made a lot of money on Google advertising and this time Wall Street is thrilled

Alphabet, and Google before it, has made a habit of making the impressive look mundane.<p>Alphabet reported its 2017 first quarter earnings today, and unsurprisingly, the numbers were stunning. The company reported revenue of $24.7 billion—its second largest quarter ever—a 22% increase over last …

Wall Street

For programmers, the ultimate office perk is avoiding the office entirely

Slack, Skype, Google Hangouts, Basecamp, BlueJeans. Over the past decade, designers and engineers have invented dozens of new tools to keep us connected to the office without actually going there. Unsurprisingly, those same engineers have been among the first to start using them in large numbers. …

The Workplace

India is adding billionaires at an astonishing rate

Since 2010, India has added a billionaire every 33 days.<p>The share of Indians in the global billionaires club has grown from 1% to 5% over the last twenty years, according to a recent analysis of Forbes global billionaires lists (pdf) over that time by management consultancy Ahmadoff & Company. As …

India

Why India’s solar sector has turned into a $100 billion investment magnet

Earlier this month, the Narendra Modi government officially approved an incredibly ambitious plan for India’s fledgling solar sector.<p>From the current solar power generation capacity of 4 GW (gigawatt), it wants to produce as much as 100 GW by 2022—with a target of attracting a staggering $100 …

Apple’s first-quarter earnings were massive, and everyone loves the iPhone 7

The dongles must not have been much of an issue.<p>Apple had an absolutely massive holiday quarter, fueled mostly by strong sales of the iPhone 7. It was a striking turnaround from the prior quarter, when the company reported its first drop in revenue and profit in 15 years.<p>Analysts had been expecting …

IPhone 7

Woolet is the smart wallet you’ll never lose [Review]

If you’ve ever lost a wallet, you’ll know it’s one of the most frustrating experiences. You have to cancel your cards, order a new driver’s license, and sometimes you’ll lose precious memories — like photos that can’t be replaced. But you’ll never have to go through that again with Woolet.<p>Woolet is …

Uber Really Seriously Promises Flying Cars by 2020

Uber is more than fly-curious about taking ridesharing to the air. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to roll out a network of flying cars …

Ford built a baby bed that feels like it’s driving around the neighborhood

Some babies won’t sleep unless they get a nighttime cruise around the neighborhood, as many parents (my own included) can attest. That’s why Ford’s latest creation isn’t a car at all – it’s a small cot for babies called Max Motor Dreams (via CNET) that simulates a drive using sound and motion, …