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Progressive Web Apps will soon act more like native applications

Chrome has offered the ability to add shortcuts to web pages on the home screen for a while now. When Chrome 51 was released in 2015, Google took it …

Chromebook

How a bot could automate 80% of startup investment screening

I have a 100-step checklist that I use to screen new investments. I’ve backed about 70 companies, but I’ve evaluated 40x that many — a dizzying amount of research. The fact is, a bot could do 80 percent of that work for me. After all, I have a series of questions, and I need to fill in answers. …

Automation

AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers

Deep learning-based system could be further developed for smartphones, increasing access to screening and aiding early detection of cancers<p>Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health.<p>The …

Cancer

Facebook is planning to open a startup incubator in Paris

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced on Tuesday that Facebook is planning to open its first startup incubator in Paris.<p>The incubator — known as Startup Garage — will be run out of a new €250 million (£219 million) startup campus called Station F, which is due to be the largest in the world when …

Facebook

Stanford will hand out 1,000 Apple Watches for new health program

Stanford University has launched a new program, offering faculty members and instructors up to 1,000 Apple Watches and $10,000 in funding to investigate how Apple’s wearable device can be used in healthcare.<p>“This seed grant program is designed to stimulate and support creative uses of the Apple …

13 great tools for pitching to clients

Giving the perfect pitch is never easy. You have to know your subject inside-out. You have to grab people’s attention and know the answer to all …

Web Design

London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. The intended user is anyone not on the London property ladder, and thus at the mercy of landlords, tenancy …

14 Useful WordPress Themes for Your 2017 Projects

Looking for a WordPress theme?<p>The options seem endless; and it can be a bit overwhelming. Any old theme won’t do. You want one that enables you to …

WordPress

Tech world aims to tackle the mental health issue next

Several months ago, CCS Insight surveyed 2,000 people in the US and UK about what they would most like to have tracked about themselves, and a large portion of them answered with, “stress levels.” It looks as though their requests are being answered. Mental health is a big focus in the tech …

The UK's National Health Service is testing out a medical chatbot as a non-emergency helpline

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is trialling a medical chatbot as an alternative to its non-emergency helpline. The app, made by UK startup Babylon, asks people questions about their illnesses in a chat window before giving them advice — whether they should go to a doctor, or if the problem …

Health Care

Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.<p>For what …

The 27 best startups that launched this year

Great businesses can be launched anytime, even when there's a downturn in funding.<p>While 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, life-saving drones, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke …

Startups

Italian incubator H-Farm prepares for a new crop with a campus slated to open in 2018

There’s a farm outside of Venice, Italy, that cultivates tech talent the way that other farms grow crops.<p>Called the H-Farm, the compound nestled in the Venetian countryside will open Italy’s most advanced technology education campus, providing all levels of education — from primary school to …

One Drop is revolutionizing diabetes care through an app

The tech revolution in healthcare has so far focused on people who are already pretty healthy. FitBits, Apple Watches and the like are useful if you're trying to stay fit, but not if you're looking for tools to help manage a chronic condition.<p>One company is bridging the gap between chronic illness …

Diabetes

Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is raising a new $230 million fund to focus on health care

Maris left earlier this year.<p>Bill Maris, who founded Google Ventures and left as its CEO earlier this year, is raising a new fund of just over $230 million that will focus on health care investments, according to those who have seen its fundraising deck.<p>Maris declined to comment about the effort, …

With Station F, Paris will have the world’s biggest startup campus

Station F (formerly known as la Halle Freyssinet) is quite an ambitious project and is bound to change the face of the tech ecosystem in Paris. Financed by Xavier Niel and directed by Roxanne Varza, Station F is going be the world’s biggest startup campus with companies like Facebook and TechShop …

The New Workplace Is Agile, and Nonstop. Can You Keep Up?

Whether you like it or not, your boss may want you to start acting more like a programmer.<p>In offices ranging from a museum in Sydney, Australia, to a car dealership in Maine, to the tech department at the insurance giant Allstate, the work force is adopting a tech industry concept called agile …

Innovation

Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics.<p>Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when …

Wearable Tech

HOK and Hawkins\Brown Move Forward with Cardiff University Innovation Campus

Cardiff City Council has just approved the third and latest phase of Cardiff University's £300 million Innovation Campus. Hawkins\Brown and HOK each …

Innovation

“Designed by Apple in California” Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design

Google Publishes Best Practices To Build Easily Indexed Progressive Web Apps

Building progressive Web apps isn't easy, especially ones that are easily indexed in Google search results. So Google has published its first set of …

Can A Building Engineer Innovation?

With the newly minted Pennovation Center, the University of Pennsylvania and architecture firm HWKN certainly think so.<p>Innovation is a buzzy thing in architecture today. It's nearly impossible to avoid projects that claim to be purpose-built to spark the invention of new ideas, from individual …

Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables

Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it.<p>The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a …

A legendary Silicon Valley designer is taking on WeWork, the coworking startup worth $16 billion

Yves Béhar is a design maverick.<p>He's the brains behind some of the most iconic industrial designs of our time, from the Jambox wireless speaker to the XO Laptop, a super cheap personal computer that has "made such an impact on the developing world that it's featured on Rwandan money."<p>Now the …

Silicon Valley

App helps save Seattle cardiac patient

SEATTLE (AP) — If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it.<p>And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better.<p>That's what happened in Seattle last week when Stephen DeMont collapsed at a bus stop …

University of Washington

Samsung crams LTE into a tiny smartwatch chip

A lot more wearables could soon have calling and data.<p>Samsung's mobile division is in crisis mode right now, so of course the company is happy to talk about one division that <i>is</i> doing well: chips. It just unveiled the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, which is not only the first 14-nanometer wearable processor, …

Chinese search giant Baidu has launched a medical chatbot

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Baidu unveiled on Monday a medical chatbot that aims to simplify the process of collecting and sharing information between patient and doctor, VentureBeat …

Chatbots

Duke neurosurgeons test Hololens as an AR assist on tricky procedures

One of the several things that makes brain surgery so difficult is that the brain isn’t transparent. So if you want to get at something deep inside, you either have to peel off a few layers or make an educated guess based on other imagery. But augmented reality may offer a third way.<p>A pair of …