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Why ad tech gets no respect (and why it deserves some)

While recently reading a post on the lack of good storytelling in the ad tech world, I found myself nodding in agreement. Gartner director Martin Kihn’s point is that ad tech companies should step up to the plate and have storytellers on board who can make “a cold and bewildering business” …

A peek at Fairphone's amazing new modular smartphone

Fairphone, the Dutch startup that’s working to build a fairer smartphone, has today released a first look at the next version of its device.<p>Simply named ‘Fairphone 2,’ the new device that’s due out later this year marks the first time the company has designed an entire smartphone itself.<p>The …

Manufacturing

These are the best places to raise a family

When it comes to picking the best place to raise your family, good schools and a safe environment often top the list.<p>And while the best of those …

Ad Tech Is Dead, Long Live Marketing Tech

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Bourdon is a co-owner and partner at</i> <i>Bateman Group</i><i>, a PR and content marketing agency serving technology brands.</i><p>VCs and public market investors cringe when they hear the words “ad tech.” It’s no wonder why. The segment has been soured by an over-saturation of ad networks and …

Marketing

NASA's 10-Engine Electric Plane Takes Off and Lands Like a Helicopter

NASA researchers took a rather unique prototype aircraft for a spin last week: Greased Lightning, a 10-engine electric plane with rotating wings that allow it to take off and land like a helicopter. Vertical take-off and landing aircraft, or VTOL, are not a new idea, but this particular …

Thailand’s Omise Lands $2.6M To Expand Its Payment Gateway Across Asia

Omise, a Thailand-based payment enabler, is in the money today after it raised a $2.6 million Series A round to develop its payment gateway system and expand across Asia.<p>Two-year-old Omise’s funding was led by Indonesian VC SMDV, with participation from existing investor East Ventures. 500 Tuktuks …

Startups

Nervana open-sources its deep-learning software, says it outperforms Facebook, Nvidia tools

Nervana Systems, one of a handful startups focusing on a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, today is announcing that it has released its Neon deep learning software under an Apache open-source license, allowing anyone to try it out for free.<p>The startup is pointing to benchmarks a …

$100,000 for a website domain name? Rand Paul pays up

A tip for people thinking of running for president: Get the rights to your name on the Internet early; failure to do so just cost Sen. Rand Paul $100,000.<p>Paul, the Republican from Kentucky who is vying for his party's presidential nomination, shelled out the sum earlier this spring, paying a …

Government

Enter "THE VOID": The World's First Virtual Reality Theme Park

It's like laser tag meets The Matrix inside this cutting-edge "virtual entertainment center."<p>"Virtual reality theme park" might summon images of Oculus Rift-enabled roller coasters, digital carousels, and imaginary funnel cake, but THE VOID wants it to be more like a fusion of the best video games …

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Lamborghini Huracán Supercar

The Huracán was introduced this March at the Geneva Motor Show.<p>Powered by a 5.2 liter V10 engine that generates over 600 horsepower, it does 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 201 mph.<p>Here's everything you need and want to know about the latest and maybe greatest Lamborghini …