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Drone Startup Airware Raises $30 Million, Adds Cisco's John Chambers To Board

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration projected in a report that 7 million drones will be sold annually in the U.S. within four years. Some 4.3 million, the FAA forecasted, will be bought and flown by consumer hobbyists, while 2.7 million flying robots will be purchase for commercial …

Unmanned Aircraft

To Keep Bees Alive, The Beehive Gets Smart And Connected

The software can work out whether the hive is getting overcrowded, whether the queen is laying, and even whether the hive has been stolen.<p>The ApiS is an Internet-connected beehive. No, not so your bees can Instagram their queen selfies, but so the beekeeper can monitor one or more hives from afar. …

Insects

A Product Roadmap For Up-And-Coming VCs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Indy Guha is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures who invests in early- and growth-stage cloud application/SaaS companies.</i><p>Earlier this year, I had the good fortune of becoming the youngest partner at Bain Capital Ventures. (BCV). There’s a lot of work ahead to make sure I make the most …

SMB Business Management Startup Booker Books $35 Million In New Funding

As more business moves online, service industry professionals are leveraging new tools to improve how they connect with their customers. To serve those customers, Booker has raised $35 million in new funding to help small- and medium-sized businesses providing services in the offline world to …

How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Robert Fan is the co-founder and CTO of Sharethrough.</i><p>Nearly three hours a day. That’s the average amount of time you and I spent on our phones every day in 2014. Our dependency on mobile devices for information has forced the design of the web to change. Netizens have come to expect …

What Tinder Did For Dating, Tableau Wants To Do For Spreadsheets

One of Pixar’s founding employees and the ex-CTO of Lucasfilm have a new mission: Reinventing data analysis for the masses.<p>You may not have heard of Tableau, the Seattle-based software firm that helps Fortune 500 companies make sense of their massive spreadsheets. You may not even care about …

Glip Launches Update To Make Its Work Chat More Productive

Glip, a messaging tool that was launched in 2014, has today released a big update to its service that overhauls the interface and improves the service’s first-party productivity tools.<p>The company’s overhaul comes at a time when other messaging companies like Slack are really starting to gain steam. …

Apps

Leaked FAA Document Provides Glimpse Into Drone Regulations

The FAA appears poised to release regulations that will impose a minimal burden on businesses, paving the way for integration of drones into the national airspace. Information about the forthcoming regulations is contained in an inadvertently published document that appears to be an FAA economic …

Unmanned Aircraft

FAA Drone Test Site In North Dakota Will Soon Cover Two-Thirds Of The State

Two-thirds of North Dakota will soon be open for drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it has greatly expanded the existing drone test site in the state and, thanks to a second expansion that’s already in the works, the test site will eventually cover …

Crash-proof 'drone in a cage' flies away with $1 million prize

<b>(CNN) —</b> For most drones, a tendency to crash into stationary objects would be seen as a design flaw -- for "Gimball," it's the secret of its success.<p>Its creators -- Swiss company Flyability -- are traveling home from Dubai $1 million richer after winning the "Drones for Good" international …

Drones

How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jahangir Mohammed is founder and CEO of</i> <i></i><i>Jasper</i><i>, the cloud-based software platform that powers the Internet of Things.</i><p>Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of …

A cloud for every industry — real estate, health care, & beyond

Jonathan Bush and Todd Park didn’t mean to start a software revolution. They just wanted to get paid.<p>In 1997, the duo founded a birthing clinic in San Diego, with plans to franchise the model. Before long, things started to go wrong. Their company lacked a system to keep track of insurance claims. …

Forget hybrid cars, hybrid airplanes are the next big thing

Researchers from Cambridge University have teamed up with Boeing to build and successfully test the world's first hybrid airplane engine.<p>Engineers around the world are seeking to address our reliance on fossil fuels before they become too scarce or carbon emissions have an irreparable effect on the …