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Malaysians hit back at racism – in pictures

Daniel Adams’s series Why Is Your English So Good? exposes the casual racism encountered by Malaysians, with each image focusing on their experiences while studying or working in the UK or Ireland

Etsy proposes 3 ways to improve the gig economy in new report

Etsy has been thinking hard about the gig economy.<p>The online marketplace for handmade goods knows its sellers aren't traditional gig economy workers. …

These portable antennas let you send texts with friends, even when you don't have service

Daniela Perdomo, CEO and co-founder of the communications startup goTenna, actually despises it.<p>"When you go to Coachella, your text messages should not go to a tower," Perdomo tells Business Insider.<p>That's why goTenna launched its first product last year, a portable antenna that uses VHF radio …

Bottom Up

b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round

b8ta, the retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets, recently raised a $7 million Series A round led by TriplePoint Capital with participation from Khosla Ventures, Fifth Wall Ventures, Macerich and Eniac Ventures. b8ta also received $8 million in debt funding and previously raised a $4.5 million …

Nvidia’s new Xavier SoC is an AI supercomputer for cars

Nvidia’s work in reinventing itself as a leader in automated-car technology continues with the launch of a new system-on-a-chip, called Xavier and launched today at the GPU Technology Conference Europe. The Xavier SoC manages 20 trillion operations per second, while only using 20 watts of …

Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort of Venmo for France.<p>While Lydia …

Google Doodle celebrates ballpoint pen pioneer Ladislao José Biro

The humble ballpoint pen has become a staple in every office and home around the world. Such a seemingly simple idea, few realise the level of …

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Smart Homes

Grow launches its app for socially responsible investing

Amid an increasing number robo-investors like Betterment, Stash, and Robinhood, a new San Francisco-based fintech startup called Grow is entering the fray to compete based on investment type, not only financial returns. While the app operates much like its rivals in terms of making it easier for …

Facebook briefly suspended accounts of Palestinian journalists

Last week, seven Palestinian editors from two different publications reported that they had been locked out of their personal Facebook accounts without notice or reason. The social giant told <i>The Electronic Intifada</i> that it was accidental and restored access to six of them by Saturday, though one …

Petition calls for Gandhi statue to be removed from Ghana University

Professors say late civil rights leader was racist and considered Indians to be ‘infinitely superior’ to black Africans<p>Ghanaian professors are calling for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to be removed from their campus because they claim he was racist and considered Indians to be “infinitely superior” …

Robo Wunderkind raises $500k and releases new apps for its robot that anyone can build

When we last saw Robo Wunderkind, the company was on stage as part of the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2015. This week it is announcing that it has closed $500,000 in new funding. The round was led by Arkley VC, with participation from angel investor Juergen Habichler and the …

Comma.ai says it'll make your car semi-autonomous for $24 a month

Better put that subscription on auto-renew<p>Comma.ai, the self-driving car startup helmed by iPhone hacker George Hotz, has unveiled new details about its first commercial product, the newly named Comma One. According to a report from <i>TechCrunch</i>, the company claims this $999 after-market kit will …

Logo Pizza is delivering piping hot logos, but not for long

A logo can make or break your company. We went through our own logo change not very long ago, and I’m sure it has had a positive impact on our brand in the end.<p>But what do you do if you don’t have a great designer on your team and don’t know your way around Illustrator?<p>Logo Pizza is here to save …

Design

Need Some AI? Yeah, There’s a Marketplace for That

Diego Oppenheimer is worried that the Googles and the Facebooks will dominate the world of artificial intelligence.<p>It's a legitimate worry. Elon Musk …

Boston-Based Startup Simplifies Music Production

The music industry is a notoriously tough one to crack. With scores of musicians vying for recording contracts at labels such as Sony Music, the environment is intensely competitive. While it may seem like anyone equipped with a smartphone, a voice and a social media presence can become a star, the …

Riot wants to be like Slack, but with the flexibility of an underlying open source platform

In the ‘old days’ there were plenty of messaging apps and aggregators, but they survived in an open source world. Today, business models dictate that platforms like Slack must keep their messages to themselves.<p>It would be nice if open-source alternatives could bring back the days of flexibility, …

Facebook just bought a small hardware startup called Nascent Objects

The company will join Facebook’s new top-secret hardware lab, Building 8.<p>Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a small Bay Area startup that offers what the company calls a “modular electronics platform” — essentially a software program to help expedite the process for building physical gadgets, …

Menlo Park

Betterspot VPN Router Supports All Platforms And Devices (video)

Betternet this week unveiled a new VPN router which is being created that will support all platforms and any device you may like to connect. Check …

PayPal brushes-off request from Palestinian tech firms to access the platform

Some people might be wondering why a hashtag to do with Paypal has been blowing up on twitter in the last two days. The #PayPal4Palestine hashtag has been making waves on social media after 43 companies and organizations in Palestine published an open letter to Paypal asking for the payment …

28 Tools to Help You Launch Your Startup

It’s the catch-22 of the startup world: you want to launch something cool, but you need money to do it, but you won’t have money until you launch …

CVS introduces ‘CVS Pay’ barcode-based payment platform as it continues to resist Apple Pay

CVS today joined Walmart in continuing to resist Apple Pay, instead launching its own mobile payments solution. In a press release, CVS officially announced CVS Pay, a barcode-based solution to paying for goods and prescriptions in the company’s retail locations.<p>CVS Pay is very similar to Walmart …

CVS Pharmacy

MIT researchers develop a low-cost device to monitor home power consumption

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a device designed to give home owners a better picture of how much power their individual appliances are eating up. The gadget, which was outlined in a paper published in a recent edition of the <i>IEEE Sensors Journal</i>, offers a simple installation process …

Chromecast competitor Airtame overhauls its firmware

Airtame, a Chromecast-like HDMI dongle aimed at the enterprise space, has completely overhauled its firmware.<p>The new ‘Airtame 2.0’ is “a complete overhaul of the Airtame code,” and adds a lot of functionality businesses will enjoy. Without losing any functionality, Airtame added cross-platform …

Streaming

Expanding in Africa, eBay partners with MallForAfrica.com

American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets. This comes via a new partnership between the U.S. e-commerce giant and online shopping startup MallforAfrica.com, set to go live July 2016.<p>The arrangement will launch a new “eBay Powered by MallforAfrica dedicated …

Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

Google today announced Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform that allows developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids (5+) learn to code.<p>While Google worked together with design firm IDEO to build a reference kit, the idea here is to provide …

Android Auto will soon run on your smartphone

As per the announcement made at Google I/O 2016, users no longer need a compatible car or third party program to use Android Auto.<p>Google confirmed …

Automate Your Images with Cloudinary (Sponsored)

If you work with images on the web, you’ve spent more than a few hours doing some of the following:• Cropping and sizing an image <i>just</i> right to fit a …

Web Development

Tesla's Reasons For Buying SolarCity Seem Tenuous

Tesla announced after the market closed an offer to buy SolarCity. Tesla buying SolarCity should create some cost savings but this aspect doesn’t seem to be a driver and probably wouldn’t have a large financial impact. On the company’s blog it posted five reasons for buying SolarCity, which I’ve …

Tesla

Quantum computing: To boldly go where Einstein feared to tread

To build a quantum computer — and to understand what it's good for — scientists will have to stretch their minds farther than Einstein could stretch his.<p>It was the scientific equivalent of a heavyweight title fight, but less conclusive. During the 1920s and ’30s, two of the century’s greatest …

Quantum Mechanics