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Virtual science lab startup Labster bags $10M to accelerate its ed tech play

Ed tech startup Labster whose software platform enables virtual simulations of laboratories for teaching life science to students, has closed a $10 million Series A round of funding led by early stage European VC firm Balderton Capital. Stockholm-based Northzone is also joining the round, as is …

Virtual Reality

5 Ways to Create Virtual Learning Experiences in Your Classroom

The reason that many teachers strive for a more virtual experience instead of the traditional talking points is that the interaction makes the lesson …

Education Technology

Uber plots global roadmap scan to help drivers

<b>Uber is embarking on a global mapping project that it hopes will offer its drivers more useful data on pick-up locations and traffic patterns.</b><p>Currently the taxi-booking app relies on Google's mapping technology to display local maps and mark pick-up locations.<p>But a senior Uber executive says that …

3D Hubs, an online marketplace for local 3D printing, scores $7M Series B

3D Hubs, an online marketplace for 3D printing services, is tapping into two recent trends enabled by industrial 3D printing: the rapid prototyping of new products, and the move to personalised and bespoke production.<p>The Amsterdam-headquartered startup connects those requiring 3D printing with …

3D Printing

TruRating pulls in $12.6M to grow its point-of-sale customer feedback platform

UK startup truRating, which is aiming to offer restaurants and retailers an alternative feedback platform to the likes of Tripadvisor and Yelp by offering bricks-and-mortar outlets the ability to obtain feedback from customers at the point of paying, via the same POS device, has closed a £9.5 …

Customers

MikMak mobile video shopping platform raises $3.2M seed led by VaynerMedia

MikMak, the service that creates and distributes short-form “mini-mercials” so users can shop via video, has today announced the close of a $3.2 million seed round, led by VaynerMedia, with participation from SLOW Ventures, UTA Ventures, BRaVe Ventures and MX Investments.<p>As part of the round, Gary …

eCommerce

This Bluetooth Diaphragm Can Sense When A Woman Will Give Birth

The device senses changes in the cervix and can give a warning about preterm births–before contractions start.<p>Given that 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and that preterm births are a major source of health complications in kids under five, you might expect modern medicine to have …

Medium nabs Embedly to add to its list of publisher tools

Medium announced today that it has acquired Embed.ly to support publishers with backend APIs for embedding content.<p>Embed.ly supports writers by providing analytics on content and customized recommendations and promotions. Their APIs are currently used by an all-star list of publishers, including …

Infographics

When Design Becomes A Black Box

Tom felt lost. After four years of tremendous growth, his company was no longer the scrappy startup he'd originally joined. In those early years, Tom simply rolled his chair over to a colleague's desk when he needed feedback on a design. The work was collaborative, feedback was immediate, his work …

The future of motorsport: from carbon-fibre supercars to vehicles driven by algorithms

Fifty years ago, if you wanted to catch a glimpse of the future of motorsports, you'd have to head down to a workshop. Now, you might find yourself …

Carbon Fiber

The AR/VR platform wars have begun

Windows' Holographic and Google's Daydream represent early attempts to establish their platforms as key places for developers and content producers to create new AR/VR apps and media.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight</i> …

Augmented Reality

This Swedish startup will deliver packages directly to your Volvo

Basically everyone thinks that delivering your packages straight to your car is the future: Audi is trying it, Amazon is trying it, Volkswagen even made a special compartment for it in the bumper of the Budd-e concept. Volvo tried it, too, and now it's trying again in Stockholm in collaboration …

Spotify Acquires Photo Startup CrowdAlbum

In an effort to make Spotify much more than just a place to listen to music, the company has acquired photo aggregator CrowdAlbum. This is just the latest acquisition for Spotify, which is currently having a very busy 2016. <br>CrowdAlbum is small and not very well-known yet, but what it actually does …

Google has a little-known feature that will analyse what's in your food for you

Ask Google how many calories, or fat, or salt, is in a given foodstuff, and it'll automatically calculate it for you.<p>Queries can be asked in natural English, and you can ask about pretty much any nutrient: "How much protein is there in 89g of chicken?" for example will yield you the answer — 24g — …

A Sneak Peek Into Snapchat's Advertising Revolution

When it comes to social media marketing and advertising, the top channels have long been Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Before this trifecta became cemented as the foundational pillars of social media marketing, the field was barely a thought for most companies. Now, new major players are …

Social Media

Adobe’s New Experience Design CC Looks to Simplify App, Web Design and Prototyping

- Mar 15, 2016<p>Adobe on Monday released a preview version of its new Experience Design CC (XD) app. First demonstrated as Project Comet at Adobe MAX …

The pro's guide to UI design

When I started my career, I was a web designer. I worked in web design for four years, starting with small business sites and eventually moving on to …

Craft 2.0 preview: Live prototyping in Sketch

Since launching Craft, we’ve been working hard to build prototyping directly into Sketch itself—and create a truly seamless desktop-to-web …

How To Promote Your Brand With YouTube Cards

If you’ve been following this blog, then you will have probably noticed over the past few weeks that we’re on a bit of a YouTube kick at the moment. …

Tesla's Model 3 could be how self-driving cars hit the mainstream

Tesla has confirmed that its upcoming Model 3 launch – widely thought to be the first electric car from Elon Musk’s company aimed at regular, price-sensitive consumers – will go ahead on March 31 in California.<p>Invites to the event have now been sent out, though little specific detail has been …

Facebook now lets you choose from hundreds of profile picture frames

Last year Facebook added the ability to set temporary profile photos in support of a cause and later made it possible to add other types of frames by visiting pages, like those of sport teams, that supported it.<p>Today, Mark Zuckerberg shared that there’s a new way to browse all the available causes, …

Uber debuts Family Profiles to let you pay for others’ rides

On-demand car service Uber announced this morning a new feature designed to make it easier for its customers to pay for rides for their friends and family: Family Profiles. The option was one of Uber’s most frequently requested features, the company notes, and will initially go live in a handful of …

Mobile Devices

Instagram says it will show posts in order of 'relevance'

Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most.<p>If that sounds familiar, it's because that's how Facebook …

A man who's building the hyperloop claims it's going to be cheaper to ride than the subway

The hyperloop is envisioned to be a system of low pressure tubes that allow "capsules" of people to travel at high speeds across long distances, similar to a way a bank uses pneumatic tubes in drive-thru lanes. The long five-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, for example, could be …

A new startup wants to offer college degrees for $1,000

Even more ink <b>has</b> <b>been</b> <b>spilled</b> to lament the loss of state funding at state schools and the exponential growth of nonacademic expenditures, including <b>ridiculously paid administrators</b> and <b>ridiculous amenities</b>. <i>Someone</i> has to do <i>something</i>, says everyone.<p>Now, someone is. Last week, a <b>Kickstarter</b> video for a …

Banks online are trying to sound more like your best friend and less like a banker

There is no reason for online banking to be difficult, considering there are only a handful of things people need to do there—pay a bill, transfer funds, view a statement—and after decades in the customer service business, banks should have a pretty good handle on the information people most want. …

Banking

Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials

Back in 2013, Amazon acquired (and continued to operate) online math instruction company TenMarks to gain a foothold in the online education space. Now it looks like Amazon is taking those learnings to the next level. The e-commerce giant plans to launch a free platform for schools and other …

Education Technology

Starbucks Loyalty Changes Could Make You Less Loyal

Starbucks is changing the way customers earn rewards in its loyalty program. The move is intended to speed the ordering and checkout process, but it also means some customers would have to spend more for the same benefits.<p>Until now, Starbucks customers earned one star per order—if the customer had …

Google just showed me the future of indoor navigation

When I visit museums I usually use a mapping app to get there, and then I’m immediately lost once I’m inside. That changed tonight, thanks to Google. At Mobile World Congress, Google and Lenovo are demonstrating a useful feature of Project Tango: indoor navigation. Google has been experimenting …

FreshBooks launches $29 card reader for small-business owners to accept payments on mobile devices

Accountancy software company FreshBooks has launched its new credit card reader that lets U.S. merchants accept credit card payments through a smartphone. The full public launch follows a short invite-only period.<p>First announced back in December, the $29 pocket-sized contraption puts FreshBooks up …