Hillel Fuld

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Parrot's $1,299 Fixed-Wing Disco Drone Is Ready to Fly

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Parrot's fixed-wing Disco drone caught our eye when we spotted it at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. In fact, …

Disco

Auto-Parts Makers Unite to Develop Self-Driving System

Top auto-parts suppliers Delphi Automotive PLC and Mobileye NV are joining forces to develop a fully autonomous driving system that car makers could begin placing in their vehicles beginning in 2019.<p>The two hope the development partnership will produce off-the-shelf systems for everything from …

Alphabet, Inc.

Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the …

Financial markets

How to Fly a Drone with a Game Boy Classic | Motherboard

Gather round, children, and hear a tale of gaming gone by.<p>It is spring in 1989—the Berlin Wall is still standing, the first Bush is in the White House, and all over Japan people are smashing buttons on a little device called a Game Boy. The handheld console that would come to define gaming for the …

Gaming

Drone startup Aptonomy introduces the self-flying security guard

Aptonomy Inc. has developed drone technology that could make prison breaks, robberies or malicious intrusions of any kind impossible for mere mortals.<p>Dubbing it a kind of “flying security guard,” the company has built its systems on top of a drone often used by movie-makers, the DJI S-1000+, a …

Unmanned Aircraft

Don't Throw Out Your Game Boy Classic; Use It To Pilot a Drone Instead

Photo credit: YouTube screenshotWhat do you do with your old Game Boy? Some of us try and boot it up for the first time in decades, while others look …

Drones

LeBron James is getting into the podcast game

LeBron James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter are moving into the podcast world.<p>On Wednesday, James and Carters' media company Uninterrupted announced that they had partnered with the Open Run podcast, a popular basketball podcast hosted by the Gray's Anatomy star Jessie Williams …

Podcasting

Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

“What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman.<p>The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching today. …

Facebook

CNN is launching a drone-based news collecting operation

CNN has been using drones to gather video for a some time now, having employed aerial vehicles to cover such recent key stories as the Flint water crisis and the floods that ravaged Louisiana. Unmanned aerial vehicles were also put to work during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions …

Water

Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

Searching for a new home in a different city is hard, especially if you want a sense of the neighborhood and a true picture of what prospective properties look like. Wouldn’t it be great to have a close-up view of that seemingly perfect house on the market from all angles, as well as a bird’s-eye …

Drones

Watch worlds best drone pilots take on unique course with smoking mustang, drifting Focus RS and a robot

• New Ford video shows some of the world’s best drone pilots tackling a unique and challenging course involving a drifting Focus RS, a smoking Ford …

Drones

Delivering drone inspections to the insurance industry

Understanding the full extent of damage to infrastructure after incident like a storm or fire is a hugely important — and valuable — service.<p>So how …

Drones

U.S.-Israeli mobile repair start-up CellSavers raises $15 million

U.S.-Israeli start-up CellSavers, whose technology matches consumers with broken mobile devices and technicians, said on Thursday it raised $15 million in financing led by Carmel Ventures, with participation of Sequoia Capital Israel.<p>This follows the company's $3 million seed funding led by Sequoia …

Mobile

Yik Yak trumpets local not anonymity with nearby and status features

Anonymity has proven a dangerous path for startups like Secret, so Yik Yak is push a soft pivot towards connection with people close by. You can still share anonymous quips on the sagging college app, but now it wants you to post status updates about what you’re doing that day, and let you browse …

Anonymity

Intel intros a ready-to-fly drone for software developers

Intel has introduced a quadcopter called Aero at its annual developers conference, and we'll bet you can guess its target audience based on the event. That's right, Aero was specifically designed not for hobbyists or for commercial purposes, but for developers who want to create and test apps for …

Drones

Fixed wing drones not quite taking off in commercial market, a new DroneDeploy study finds

DroneDeploy released a new study of the commercial and industrial drones market this week, revealing bad news for the makers of fixed wing drones– quadcopters are far outpacing this type of unmanned aerial vehicle in every industry.<p>Fixed wing drones, like the SenseFly eBee Ag, 3DR Aero-M and …

Drones

Israel in June 2016: Challenging Silicon Valley as tech funding climbs

Israel, as Eric Schmidt said last week in a fireside chat at Google Tel Aviv, is producing an unprecedented level of innovation, which makes it one of the hottest places on earth to find new and exciting technology.<p>Enough has been said about the Israeli tech ecosystem over the years, but while the …

Mobile ad tech firm Smaato acquired by China-based group for $148M

Mobile advertising company Smaato is set to become the latest technology startup to be acquired by Chinese investors, after the San Francisco firm announced that Beijing-based Spearhead Integrated Marketing Communication Group, an offline marketing organization, has agreed to buy it for $148 …

Asia

The drone race is on

It’s been a little more than a year since I wrote “Are Drones A Fad Or Here For Good?” And what a year it’s been. We’ve seen an increase in drone investments on a huge scale, many new entrants into the field and more mainstream companies getting into the marketplace.<p>So, no, drones are not a fad — …

Big Data

Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening

Steven P. Jobs put his talent as a master salesman to the test when, in 2005, he introduced new Apple software for downloading digital audio shows. The format was so incipient that he struggled to describe it.<p>“It’s sort of like TiVo, for radio, for your iPod,” he said. “It’s not just the ‘Wayne’s …

iPod

These are the best podcasts you should be listening to right now

Podcasts have become excellent sources for great storytelling, interviews, and journalism.<p>From a few minutes to more than an hour, podcasts give content creators a chance to speak directly to their listeners free of distractions, and give listeners a new way to expand their minds during their daily …

Another drone had a close call with an airplane

A civilian drone crossed paths with an airplane as it was descending into Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday, according to French media reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the AFP news agency reports that the pilot of the plane noticed a drone about 150 meters (492 feet) …

France

Oracle acquires Israeli big-data firm Crosswise for reported $50m

Company figures out which devices a user owns, helps advertisers target their pitches better

Oracle

DJI just released its most powerful drone yet

The film and television industry are gathered in Las Vegas this week for the National Association of Broadcasters' annual summit, and this evening DJI showed off two new products aimed at the big budget productions rolling out of Hollywood. Claudio Miranda, the Academy Award-winning director of …

Unmanned Aircraft

A VC who made $200 million when Skype was acquired explains why Israel has become the 'Startup Nation'

For a country with a population of just 8 million people, Israel certainly packs a punch when it comes to creating world-class technology companies - several of which have been acquired by Apple, Google, Facebook, and other US tech giants for hundreds of millions.<p>Mark Tluszcz, a man that claims to …

Karamba Security raises $2.5 million to keep hackers out of connected cars

GPS navigation. Entertainment systems that offer streaming music. Bluetooth door locks. As vehicles are increasingly connected to the internet, they also become vulnerable to hacker attacks.<p>Now, a Tel Aviv-based startup called Karamba Security has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to bring …

Automotive

AirMap raises $15M Series A round to develop its airspace management system for drones

AirMap, a startup that provides drone operators with airspace information to let them know when and where they can fly, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round. The round was led by General Catalyst Partners, with Lux Capital (which led the company’s $2.6 million …

Series A Rounds

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework.”<p>The Small UAV Coalition, which launched with participation from DJI, 3DR, Amazon Prime Air and others …

GoPro

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Twitter<p>Ran Makavy, a self-described “efficiency freak,” has a stacked resume. An engineer at heart, Makavy started in the Israeli Air Force where he developed and deployed communications systems for several years. He then spent a number of years jumping from company to company in various …

Mergers & Acquisitions

This guy found a hidden way to skip Apple's app-approval line — here's how he does it

Every app on Apple's iPhone App Store has been approved by a live human, which means it can take days or weeks before a developer's app actually goes on sale as Apple works through its list.<p>But Shai Wolkomir, CEO of the Tel Aviv-based mobile startup Elasticode, has been using a hidden way to skip …