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Apple's AI Team Publishes First Research Paper Focused on Advanced Image Recognition

Earlier in December, Apple announced that it would begin allowing its artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers to publish and share their work in papers, slightly pulling back the curtain on the company's famously secretive creation processes. Now, just a few weeks later, the first …

Machine Learning

This laptop bag’s a lifesaver — it stops bullets

We plan for when our batteries run low, packing our shoulder bags with laptop cords and external batteries for our smartphones. But should we also plan for an active shooter?<p>Believing it is better to be safe than sorry, the Force Training Institute has created a bulletproof laptop bag that …

Guns

Vine creators announce new ‘Hype’ live streaming app, available now for iOS

Last week, Twitter announced that it was shutting down the short video sharing service Vine amid its growing struggle to monetize. Now, the original creators of Vine have announced their next initiative, a live streaming video service called Hype.<p>It’s no secret that the app industry has recently …

The Next Great Innovation in Photography is Here

Every so often, something happens in the photography industry that completely changes the way photographers work or present their images. Think of …

Britain's high streets under strain as 15 shops close every day

Traditional retailers replaced by cafes and discount stores, with fashion shops badly hit and experts predicting worse to come<p>Tobacconists, estate agents and jewellers are taking over high streets across Britain as the number of shops in the country falls at its fastest rate for four years.<p>There …

This Telescoping Macro Lens Looks Completely Insane

A good photographer will do anything for a photo—and now that can even mean wielding a super long lens that looks like a teeny telescope. As …

Cameras

The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon? <br>The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more.<p>This tiny board is Arduino-compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and get …

11 promising opportunities for startups that want to make a big impact

Partnering with another prominent company is a great way to fast-track your growth and can lead to opportunities you couldn’t achieve on your own. From creating content for high-tech wearables to disrupting otherwise “boring” businesses — laundry, anyone? — opportunities for strategic partnerships …

Mobile order-ahead apps are finding success in the US

Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) apps, such as Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, dominated the food service app category for downloads in the US during the first half of 2016, according to App Annie.<p>On average, app downloads in this category grew at an average annualized rate of 35% between the first half …

Snapchat introduces new Geostickers feature as another way to customize images and messages

Hot on the heels of a new Snapchat-esque Stories feature coming to Instagram, Snapchat today has announced Geostickers, which is a new feature that gives users yet another way to decorate their snaps. Geostickers are location-based overlays that can be applied to images before they are sent, as …

San Francisco

Video distribution startup Zype raises $2M

Zype has raised another $2 million as it helps publishers deliver (and make money from) video across devices.<p>Added to the $1.6 million that Zype announced last year, this brings the New York City startup’s seed round to $3.6 million. The round was led by Revel Partners, with participation from …

Freight Booking Startups Drawing Rich New Funding

Transfix, Trucker Path and others are generating growing valuations in new funding rounds from venture capital firms<p>By<p>Robbie Whelan<p>Robbie Whelan<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@RWhelanWSJ<p>robbie.whelan@wsj.com<p>A pack of technology startups seeking to upend the business of booking freight shipments …

Trucking

Throwable camera ball gives police safe 360-degree view in dangerous situations

An MIT-backed startup has invented a spherical camera ball that can be thrown into potentially dangerous, hidden areas to give police and emergency …

Groupon's growing pains persist

The discount voucher giant is producing results after failing to live up to early expectations but will it ever satisfy investors?<p>When Groupon opened its offices in Korea, it hired 300 people in a week. That is no mean feat in a brand-new market, but the company simply pulled people in off the …

Splash, The Party Scientists Stealing Big Business From Eventbrite

People don’t want ads, they want memories. To shift from spammy marketing to providing experiences, companies like Anheuser-Busch, Spotify, NPR, and Wired promoted 80,000 events in 2013 with a little startup called Splash. In co-founder Ben Hindman’s first in-depth interview, he tells me how …

Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector looks brilliant, even when turned off - Pocket-lint

Sony has announced a new 4K projector at CES which aims to look stylish in your home while taking up very little room. The idea is that the projector …

Aufeminin Acquires Subscription Service And City Guide ‘My Little Paris’ For $90 Million

From little Parisian website to subscription service juggernaut, My Little Paris has come a long way. Earlier this week, Aufeminin acquired the company. We’ve learned from multiple sources that Aufeminin agreed to pay around $90 million (€66.7 million) for the acquisition. Part of Axel Springer, …

Researchers achieve speedy internet with LED lightbulbs

I just installed Wi-Fi in a new apartment. After paying for a costly modem, router and installation fee, I’m still stuck with a high monthly bill for …