US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Netflix is testing a new feature that lets you instantly replay scenes (for some reason)

Netflix loves to test new ideas, and its latest experiment is an odd new feature that lets viewers watch a scene again. A selection of Netflix subscribers noticed the new addition, which serves a pop-up asking if they want to “watch this scene again” after certain ‘highlight’ scenes in a show.

A former Ofo exec is launching his own scooter startup

With €20 million in VC backing, Dott plans to release a fleet of multi-colored e-scooters in Paris in early-2019.

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the demo day,

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. Starting next week, the desktop robot will be able to tap into Amazon Alexa’s deep base of answers.

IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles.

They scaled YouTube — now they’ll shard everyone with PlanetScale

When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup, you know there’s something special going on under the hood. Jiten Vaidya and Sugu Sougoumarane saved YouTube from a scalability nightmare by inventing and open-sourcing Vitess,

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is on a mission to create what it calls “the world’s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children”, tech it plans to offer to third-party hardware and app developers. These span educational apps that support reading and language development,

Hulu announces April release date for The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu on Friday released the first images of the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale, announcing that the next season will be released in April. Unfortunately, they weren’t any more specific than that.

CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they’re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they’re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However, actual marginalized people are, rightfully so,

HTC将推3款可穿戴设备,其中1款将在下周展示

彭博社的消息来源称,在下周巴塞罗那举行的全球移动大会(Mobile World Congress)上,HTC将会展示1款可穿戴设备原型,这是HTC即将推出的3款可穿戴设备之一。

未来主机大战更精彩:索尼被曝为PS4研发虚拟现实头盔

援引TechRadar从匿名消息源获取的消息称3月中旬在旧金山召开的2014游戏开发者大会上索尼将会为最新主机PlayStation 4推出一个虚拟现实的头盔设备,以便于在和微软Xbox One的主机大战中赢得先机。

How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

concertina226 (2447056) writes "The real reason behind the downfall of the Roman Empire might not have been lead contaminating in the water, which is the most popular theory, but the use of concrete as a building material. Dr Penelope Davies,

As Popular As It Is, We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office

This spring we witnessed the big three OS manufacturers — Microsoft, Apple and Google — continue to unbundle their versions of Microsoft Office apps for mobile, including versions of PowerPoint, Excel and Word for iPad.

Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the company quietly (well,

谷歌投资建设60TB/s光缆 横跨美洲亚洲

谷歌不久前宣布,公司将开始支持建设跨太平洋高速互联网光缆系统“FASTER”,项目将在 2016 年第二季度前完成建设并投入运营。  据了解,谷歌将针对这个项目投入 3 亿美元。

Mercedes 两年内推出 10 款油电混合车

在不久的将来,大家将会有更多高档的油电混合动力车可选择噜,因为 Mercedes-Benz 的母公司 Daimler 近日宣布将会由现在至 2017 年间,推出共 10 款的油电混合动力车。

Several Windows Phone messaging apps get reviewed by the Lumia team

Over the years, there have been several forms of communication on our mobile devices; email, text and voice calling being the main ones. In our increasingly fast paced, connected world, instant messaging apps have risen above the rest.

HTC 圣诞发布的新手机终于减掉了双下巴,能讨个好彩头吗?

平安夜里,HTC 在微博上宣布了一款 One 系列新品——HTC One X9,没有发布会,没有大规模的宣传,即便满是科技媒体同行的朋友圈里,也几乎没人在意,和前两天传得火热的 Vive VR 设备简直是冰火两重天。

Microsoft Australia aims to educate parents and children on cyber safety with ThinkUKnow

Microsoft Australia has teamed up with the ThinkUKnow program in an attempt to help educate teachers, children, and parents on how to be safe online and when using the latest technology. In addition to...

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