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IBM's big bet on Watson is paying off with more apps and DNA analysis

IBM's cognitive computer Watson is on a roll. After spinning it out as a $1 billion division last year, IBM went on to give Watson a flashy new home in Manhattan, made it a more tool for doctors with Watson Health Cloud, and it even proved its culinary chops with a new cookbook. Today IBM showed …

Nevada clears self-driving 18-wheeler for testing on public roads

Drone trucks could soon be plying US highways after Nevada authorities on Wednesday granted a license to test self-driving trucks on public roads.<p>While companies such as Google and luxury brands like Lexus have dominated the headlines with advances in driverless cars, Daimler board member Wolfgang …

Roads

Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can.<p>Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to …

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And Just Like Magic, GoButler Is A Virtual Assistant Founded By Ex-Rocket Internet Execs

“Text us to get whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are – it’s really simple and cool,” says GoButler co-founder CEO Navid Hadzaad.<p>He could of course be describing Magic, the Silicon Valley startup (and Y Combinator alum) that offers an SMS-based virtual assistant and promises to get …

Startups

Adding Greater Realism to Virtual Worlds - MIT Technology Review

What new possibilities might open up in video game design—and beyond—when an unlimited number of people can inhabit a truly realistic virtual world …

Caltech wants to equip phones with built-in 3D scanners

Wouldn't it be great if we can use phones to 3D scan every day objects for printing? A research team from Caltech has designed a cheap and tiny camera chip that could make that happen. Even better, the team claims it can take 3D scans so precise, it could lead to "replica[s] accurate to within …

Nixie wearable brings a personal drone to your wrist

Earlier this year, Intel kicked off its Make it Wearable challenge, a mission to take wearable technology and do things with it that haven’t yet been …

Arkami myIDKey

<b>Pros</b><p>Nothing stored in the cloud. Creates encrypted backup. Connects over Wi-Fi, USB. Stores passwords and files securely. Lock device with biometrics …

MakeSpace, The Dropbox For Physical Storage, Packs Up $8 Million Led By Upfront Ventures

NY-based MakeSpace, the Dropbox for physical objects, has today closed an $8 million Series A funding round led by Upfront Ventures, with participation from Founders Fund, OATV, and follow-ons from existing investors Lowercase Capital, High Peaks Venture Partners and Collaborative Fund.<p>This round …

Mobile Deep Linking Startup URX Raises $12 Million, Launches Universal Link Service Called Omnilinks

Mobile deep linking – a technology construct which allows mobile apps to be interconnected in a way that’s similar to how the web itself operates via clickable links – took another step forward today. One of the top competitors in the deep linking space, URX, has announced an additional $12 million …

Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit-Style Services In UK

On-demand services marketplace Bizzby has raised $10 million, and claims to have reached 40,000 users its first three months of operation this year with a smartphone app resembling TaskRabbit-style services, but aimed specifically at professional tradespeople. The investors was undisclosed but …

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious collects $40 million from tech elites

It has been a big year for artificial intelligence. Google bought DeepMind in January for $400 million and, now, a group of tech elites and venture …

This startup rents Legos by the month and just scored $6.75M

If you’re like me and your kids are a little past the Lego stage, you might have five or six boxes of bricks hanging around the attic or basement or stuffed under a bed somewhere. But if you’re just starting out with Junior, you might be facing a $500-$600 bill to get all of the original …

Zero-Commission Stock Trading App RobinHood Kicks Off Private Beta

RobinHood is about to let anyone buy and sell stocks for free instead of having to pay E*Trade or Scottrade $7 per transaction. Today RobinHood begins inviting the 160,000 people who’ve signed up to download its glossy new app where you can efficiently track and trade stocks. “It’s by far the most …

Inside the murky world of knockoff smartphone apps and the ads that fuel them

There are two things any app developers can do to improve their chances of scoring a hit: Make a mobile game. And give it away free. But building an original game is a lot of work and the app store is cluttered with games. So there is a third thing the developer can do—”flip” an existing app. Buy …

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This 17-Year-Old Dropped Out Of High School For Peter Thiel And Built A Game-Changing New Kind Of Computer

He's showing it off at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit happening this week in San Francisco.<p>OCP is the Facebook-led project that is changing the data center hardware industry. It's where big Internet companies like Facebook design their own hardware to be faster and cheaper than traditional …

Candy Crush Saga Has Trademarked Candy And Apple's App Store Is Helping Enforce It

Candy Crush Saga is the most pervasive casual game phenomena since Angry Birds and it seems intent on crushing any potential competitors—at least those that use the word “candy” in their titles. King.com Limited registered claim with the US trademark office almost a year ago, to the word ‘candy’ as …

Silver nanowire sensors could be the flexible foundation for new wearables

A clear, bandage-like sensor could eventually make everything from fabrics to our fingers smart. Dr. Yong Zhu and a team of North Carolina State University researchers created an ultra-thin, flexible sensor that could be used in clothing, on the body, any in other ordinary objects to track things …

“Selfie Police” Site Tells You To Pay $1 Per Selfie

Looking to control your selfie habit? An initiative called Selfie Police could help tame your narcissism, but it’s going to cost you: For every selfie you snap and post to the web, you’ll be fined a dollar that goes to charity. Now put that duck face away.<p>Created by Brigham Young University …

One-Man Juggernaut Viral Nova Is Up For Sale

In an email obtained by Business Insider, Viral Nova is essentially cold-pitching itself to online media companies. Viral Nova is run by one editor, Scott DeLong, and two freelancers. The company is bootstrapped and doesn't have any outside investors.<p>DeLong, 31, confirmed in an email to Business …

Andreessen Horowitz Invests $20M In Custom Apparel Platform Teespring

Providence, R.I.-based Teespring, a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows anyone to outsource the production and distribution costs involved with selling their own custom T-shirts, has raised $20 million in new funding in a round entirely led by Andreessen Horowitz. The funding, which closed …

One of Uber's core crew said to launch on-demand doctors

With the US government's botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, it appears some techie types are thinking about how to startup-ify doctor visits for the country's upper class.<p>Oscar Salazar, one of Uber's core crew who helped build the early prototype, is reportedly creating a new company that will send …

Hate Parking Tickets? Fixed Fights Them In Court For You

Up to 50 percent of parking tickets are dismissed when fought in court, but it takes knowledge and time to do it. New app Fixed will do it for you. Take a photo of your ticket, Fixed contests it, and if it’s dismissed, you pay Fixed 25 percent of the ticket price. If Fixed loses, you pay it …

Matt Rogers (Nest) Quitting Apple To Start Nest

Amazon trials Kindle vending machines

Retail giant Amazon is exploring a new sales channel – self-service vending machines<p>Amazon is reportedly trialling automatic “Kindle Kiosk” vending machines at various locations in the United States, offering a selection of Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and accessories.<p>One of the vending …

21-year-old coder gets $500K to improve access to health care in Asia (exclusive)

The Singapore government has invested $500,000 in funding in a new health care startup called Ring.MD.<p>VentureBeat exclusively learned that the startup raised its funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, which offers financing to brilliant young scientists and researchers.<p>Ring.MD was …

The FLIR ONE Case Gives Your iPhone Thermal Vision

The FLIR ONE iPhone case significantly ups the imaging powers of your iPhone 5 or 5s, making it into a thermal imaging camera that lets you see heat signatures from either live people and animals from up to 100 meters away, or from environmental sources including heating ducts, wall gaps and …