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EquipmentShare, the Airbnb of construction, raises $26 million

It hasn’t even been a year since EquipmentShare raised a Series A round of funding, but the “Airbnb of construction rentals,” has closed a $26 million Series B round. The Columbia, Missouri-based startup helps contractors rent out their under-utilized equipment, or rent safety tested equipment that …

Google is using machine learning to reduce the data needed for high-resolution images

The company says its techniques reduce data costs up to 75 percent per image<p>Last November, Google unveiled a prototype technology called RAISR that uses machine learning to make low-resolution images appear more detailed. Now, the company has begun the process of integrating RAISR with its online …

Machine Learning

40 of the best Android apps of 2016

This year saw a great crop of new and updated apps to make your Android device more useful, productive and entertaining.<p>We’ve rounded up 40 of the best ones we tested all through 2016 – flip through our list, find your favorites and be sure to let us know which ones you’re rocking on your own …

Apps

5 Technologies That Might Cost You Money In 2017

Last time I looked at the technology clusters that could <i>make</i> you money in 2017. I discussed intelligent systems technology, interaction technology, small software technology, sensor analytics technology and cyber security technology – all pretty good bets.<p>I identified these five as technology areas …

Big Data

A 'mystery device' is letting thieves break into cars and drive off with them, insurance group says

Insurance crime investigators are raising alarms over a device that not only lets thieves break into cars that use keyless entry systems but also helps start and steal them.<p>Investigators from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a not-for-profit organization, said in an interview they obtained what …

Security

App integration software company SnapLogic raises $40 million

Cloud-based integration software company SnapLogic today announced a funding round of $40 million.<p>The San Mateo, Calif.-based company helps integrate and transfer data between different cloud applications.<p>“A lot of the software as a service (SaaS) buyers don’t want to get into hiring dozens of Java …

Venture Capital

An app update turns this smart pen into a 3D scanner

A smartpen that could already digitally measure pretty much anything will soon also be able to scan objects in 3D. Developed by Instrumments, a company made up of former Misfit creators, the impressive 01 pen will be getting a new app, adding the 3D functionality next Spring. This Pro App will …

Phones

Chrome 55 for Android allows downloads for offline use and more

According to a post on the official <i>Chrome Releases</i> blog that tracks release updates from the Chrome team, Chrome 55 for Android has been released and will be available on Google Play over the next few days. The latest version v55.0.2883.84 contains several performance, memory, and stability fixes, …

Apps

Wynd grabs $31.7 million for its point-of-sale solution

French startup Wynd has raised a $31.7 million Series B round (€30 million) from Sodexo Ventures and Orange Digital Ventures, with Bpifrance also participating. Orange Digital Ventures had already invested in the Series A round with Alven Capital. Wynd is working on a software-as-a-service solution …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Apps

Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures back Apptopia’s next-gen app intelligence platform

Apptopia, a startup that began its life as a marketplace for reselling apps before morphing into the app intelligence provider that’s now used by Google, Facebook, Pinterest, NBCU, and others, has closed on a second seed round of $2.7 million. The round, which was led by Ashton Kutcher and Guy …