Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 7:00 pm

 Dropbox is requiring users that have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon. The action appears to be related to continue fallout over the massive hack on LinkedIn in 2012 where credentials for 117 million accounts were posted online. In recent months, treasure troves of user credentials and passwords — in addition to a large MySpace hack… Read More

SpaceNet satellite imagery repository launched by DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works and NVIDIA on AWS
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 6:22 pm

 A consortium of companies, including DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works and NVIDIA, today launched SpaceNet, an open-data initiative aimed at improving image analysis tools. The data are being hosted by Amazon Web Services as part of a partnership. With an increase in the number of CubeSats, high-resolution satellites and drones of every shape and size, we have accumulated petabytes of imagining… Read More

Finally, a Bluetooth speaker that matches my axe
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 6:16 pm

 There’s no shortage of portable Bluetooth speakers out there, but lord are a lot of them ugly. What I need is something that will not look amiss sitting on a stump next to me while I hew a yew in my red plaid flannel. Wait, what’s this one?! Read More

WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 5:59 pm

 WeVideo has rebuilt its browser-based video editor using HTML5 instead of Flash. For many of you, the whole debate about HTML5 versus Flash may seem like a weird flashback to 2010. But Flash is taking a while to die completely — Google Chrome, for example, continues to phase out Flash gradually. CEO Krishna Menon said that in the case of WeVideo’s new editor (which launched… Read More

The new collaboration economy
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Technology is creating a new generation of companies that increasingly choose to collaborate as a coordinated ecosystem, even if they have overlapping or competitive offerings. This transparent way of doing business is transforming the way services are delivered and products are developed. Read More

Facebook’s video editor is embarrassingly old, and Apple is creeping
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 4:54 pm

 You know you screwed up if Apple is about to one-up you on social. Facebook hasn’t upgraded its video editor in well over three years. Lagging far behind Snapchat, YouTube and even Instagram, it’s a stretch to even call the featureless artifact a video editor. Read More

Songkick raises new $15M round from Access Industries, expands US operations
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 4:50 pm

 Songkick, which allows you to track the gigs of your favorite music artists and buy tickets to concerts, has raised a further $15 million in funding from Access Industries. Songkick says it now plans to use the money to “enhance the connection between artists and fans,” increase ticket sales and prevent scalping. Songkick’s app and web platform scans a user’s music… Read More

Jabra’s Sport Pulse and Coach running headphones take big steps
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 4:26 pm

 The Bluetooth workout headphone field is as wide as it is colorful. It’s one that Danish wireless headset maker Jabra has been involved with for some time now, with its simply named Sport line. Read More

2017 Audi A4 driver assistance review
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 3:47 pm

 The 2017 Audi A4 has an all-new suite of advanced driver assistance systems, joining Volvo, Honda, Ford and others in making semi-autonomous safety features available in cars we can buy today. Activating the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping systems isn’t intuitive; there’s a second stalk under the turn signal stalk where the driver can control these features. But once… Read More

Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 3:24 pm

 AngelList, the online platform that matches startups with early-stage investors, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2010 founding — and so have its ambitions. In fact, the company, which already bills itself as both the biggest seed-stage firm in the world, and the world’s largest hiring platform for startups, also aims to become the biggest venture fund in the world.… Read More

AAA study sheds light on AEB systems
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 2:56 pm

 Automatic emergency braking systems, or AEB, will be installed in 99% of all new passenger vehicles by 2022. Toyota has promised to have it on all of its vehicles by 2017, and many vehicles already have the sensors and technology in place. But that doesn’t mean every system on every vehicle works exactly the same way. That’s why AAA put five 2016 vehicles to the AEB test in 70 trials. Read More

Exploits patched by Apple today hint at years of surreptitious government hacks
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 2:40 pm

 You’ll want to be updating your iOS devices to 9.3.5, the version released today by Apple — especially if you’re a prominent human rights activist. A recently thwarted attack on just such a person employed not one but three zero-day exploits. And that’s just the beginning of the story. Read More

Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 1:58 pm

 Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you could wear in the boardroom, bedroom, and gym. Oh, and it costs $1,499.99 for… Read More

Grabr, the international shopping and delivery platform, picks up $3.5 million
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 1:57 pm

 Grabr, the peer-to-peer marketplace that lets anyone become an international shopper, has today announced the close of a $3.5 million seed round led by Alexey Repik from RBV Capital. Konstantin Nikolaev of N-Trans Group also participated in the round, along with various angel investors. Grabr works like this: Shoppers who are having trouble finding a certain item (or affording to ship a… Read More

Navisens raises $2.6 million to power its crazy accurate inertial smartphone/AR tracking
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:53 pm

 Whether you’re clumsily attempting to find where your Uber is parked or trying to find your friend at a crowded venue, it’s clear that GPS has some major limitations that need to be fixed. Navisens wants to gather reliable mapping data from users’ smartphones without even touching GPS, instead relying on sensors like the gyroscope and accelerometer to track the… Read More

True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:18 pm

 The 11-year-old, early-stage firm True Ventures, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, has closed its fifth fund with $310 million, slightly more than the $290 million that the firm raised for its fourth fund, which closed in 2014. Presumably, it could have raised much more. True was the first investor in WordPress parent Automattic, a “unicorn” whose eventual public… Read More

Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:16 pm

 Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More

Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:12 pm

 Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

MedEye medicine verification tech gets $5.6M to target new markets
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:02 pm

 Dutch hardware startup Mint Solutions has closed a €5 million (~$5.6M) Series B funding round for its pill-scanning device, MedEye, which is designed to reduce bedside errors when patients are given their medication by medical staff. Read More

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is speaking at Disrupt SF 2016
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 11:57 am

 I’m incredibly honored to announce Ash Carter, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF 2016. After we chat for a few minutes he will take questions from the audience. The United States is sitting at a crossroads right now between fighting traditional battles with guns, tanks and warships and battles that will be fought online with… Read More

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