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These Are The VR Startups In Asia Everyone Should Be Watching Right Now

Just a few weeks ago, I made my way to San Francisco for the first time to attend the 2017 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Expo as an invited speaker. Comprising of both conferences and exhibition floor space, the SVVR expo showcases not just established VR companies, but also those up and …

Personalized travel planner Google Trips gets better at handling your reservations

Google last fall introduced its own travel planning application, Google Trips, a competitor to TripIt and others, which combines tools to manage your air and hotel reservations with suggestions of places to visit and things to do at your destination. Today, Google Trips is getting its first big …

Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem

Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will join the company’s office in New York where they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service. Prior to its …

Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook

Money.<p>That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook’s F8 conference — an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that’s the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent …

UiPath raises $30M to build ‘software robots’ for internal business tasks

The world is awash with bots these days — applications the run either partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other artificial intelligence technologies to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done. In the …

Cloudflare debuts a security solution for IoT

Cloudflare, the content delivery network that promises speed and security for websites, announced today that it’s moving into the internet-of-things industry with a security product called Orbit. Now, instead of just securing websites, Cloudflare wants to secure IoT devices too.<p>Orbit has been …

SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M

SiriusXM has acquired Automatic, the maker of the Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car OBD-II port accessories. The deal is acknowledged by SiriusXM CFO David Frear to be worth a little north of $100 million, and SiriusXM and Automatic both note in releases announcing the news that the …

Google launches a virtual reality artwork gallery on the web

Google’s virtual reality sketching/painting/modeling Tilt Brush program has amassed a following amongst novice VR users as well as artists looking to explore virtual reality as a new medium.<p>Starting today, you’ll be able to peer into the 3D virtual reality canvases of other Tilt Brush users on the …

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.<p>This means …

Smartwatches need to distinguish themselves with software as well as hardware

If I had to give companies looking to enter the smartwatch space in 2017 one piece of advice, it would be, simply: don’t. Failing point one, due to investor pressure or the spirit of a long dead financial partner’s ghost visiting you in the night, seriously consider building your own operating …

Google brings ‘Hamilton’ experiences to students in the theater and virtual reality

Yesterday, Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, gave 5,000 high school students across the country a chance to see the smash hit <i>Hamilton: An American Musical</i>. All of this was possible thanks to an $800,000 grant from the company, which worked in collaboration with The Gilder Lehrman Institute to …

Duo is an AI-powered, 27-inch multitouch smart mirror that will definitely, totally exist some day

AI assistants aren’t going away any time soon, but their implementation is constantly shifting and evolving. Alexa is invading every gadget in our …

Monzo is now a proper digital bank

UK banking startup Monzo has been given the green light by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to operate, well, like an actual bank. Until now, the company has been working with a restricted banking licence, which meant you had to have a connected, external bank …

Soon, Your Car May Be Able to Read Your Expressions

When you shop for cat food online, Amazon knows who you are. When you look for the best airfares for summer vacation, Google knows who you are. Soon, when you get behind the wheel, your car may recognize you, too.<p>Using cameras with facial recognition software and other biometric indicators, …

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No doctor required: 23andMe cleared by FDA for at-home DNA tests

A new era for direct-to-consumer DNA testing services<p>The genetic testing company 23andMe can now tell its customers if they have genes linked to 10 diseases or medical conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and celiac disease — without a doctor’s involvement. The …

Identity management software provider Okta seeks to raise $187M with IPO pricing

Okta is setting an increasingly ambitious target for its IPO, now officially pricing it at $17 per share set for its debut tomorrow — and looking to raise as much as $187 million in the hopes that it can capitalize on the newly open IPO window.<p>There’s been a wave of companies going public in the …

TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

French startup Molotov is trying to define the future of TV. It’s a promising start as there are now one million registered users on the platform — the service is only available in France.<p>On average, users spend 80 minutes per day on the platform. It is available on smartphones, tablets, computers …

Amazon wants social media influencers to sell you products

Amazon's always kicked a few cents the way of its unpaid salespeople if they convince family and friends to purchase something. Now, however, the company is making a big play for people and companies with large social media followings. The retailer has launched an "influencer program" that enables …

Iyzico, a Turkish online payments company and potential Stripe competitor, closes $15M Series C

Iyzico, the Turkish fintech startup to let e-commerce sites and other apps easily accept online payments, has closed $15 million in a Series C round, $13 million of which was announced earlier this year.<p>Joining the round is London-based VC Amadeus Capital Partners, investing $2 million, while the …

AI is one step closer to mastering StarCraft

Tech titans around the world are racing to claim this prize<p>Last year, Alphabet’s DeepMind division captured the world’s attention by besting humanity’s top player in the game of Go. The achievement, which many experts predicted was still a decade off, showed the rapid progress being made in the …

Artificial Intelligence

These iPhone-connected hearing aids let doctors make adjustments remotely

Connected hearing aids are nothing new, but today a company called ReSound introduced the iPhone-compatible LiNX 3D, which can be adjusted remotely. This means doctors can access their patients’ hearing aids and make minor adjustments without the person having to revisit their office. The hearing …

Product Hunt now lets you ask its community to recommend apps and tools

Product Hunt has long been one of the best places to discover new apps, services, gadgets and tech-focused content. Now, in addition to its its categorized feeds for surfacing stuff you might like, it now lets you ask the community to help you find products for your specific needs.<p>Visit the new Ask …

Amazon considers opening augmented reality furniture stores

Amazon's retail plans could extend well beyond books and groceries. <i>New York Times</i> sources hear that the internet giant is "exploring" the possibility of appliance and furniture stores with a technological angle. You'd use augmented or virtual reality to see how items would look in your own home, …

Augmented Reality

New augmented reality visualization app Dotty has launched in the app store

As augmented reality continues its march into the workplace, new tools are emerging to integrate collaboration and visualization tools into virtual and augmented reality.<p>One application, which recently launched on both iOS and Android, is DOTTY, which provides three-dimensional visualization tools …

Italy’s MotorK, a company that offers digital services to the automotive industry, raises $10M Series A

MotorK, an Italian company that offers a number of digital products to the automotive industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by 83North, with participation from Zobito, a Swedish private equity and VC firm.<p>Founded in 2010 and launched at Mike Butcher’s GeeknRolla …

Nomadic wants to bring VR you can feel to your local movie theater

On the outskirts of the Bay Area, my Lyft driver jokingly asked me if I wanted to leave him my number in case I didn’t return from where I was headed. I would soon be descending a set of stairs into the basement of a newly built, largely empty office complex where I was going to try an …

Tour and activities marketplace Zozi lays off staff

Zozi, a startup that describes itself as an OpenTable for tours and activities, and which raised $30 million from Richard Branson and others back in 2015, has laid off 30 percent of staff, Zozi tells TechCrunch. The company says the restructuring will allow Zozi to focus on its core B2B software …

Startups

SoftBank’s self-driving bus project pulls in $4.6M to push for 2020 commercialization

SoftBank is doubling down on its self-driving bus project in Japan. SB Drive, an entity created last year to develop autonomous vehicle technology for public transport, just got a cash windfall after Yahoo Japan led a 510 million JPY ($4.6 million) investment.<p>Yahoo Japan, the Yahoo affiliate which …

Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science …