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MIT’s new drones switch between flying and driving for optimal urban transport

 MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new prototype drone that can both fly and drive, and will determine which method to use to optimize battery life, speed and efficiency. It’s a preview of how autonomous urban transit might one day work, with flying cars switching seamlessly between roads and airways to navigate dense urban environments in… Read More

A full 10 years later, the iPhone still dominates…for now

Steve Jobs would be proud of this one.

10 years after the iPhone debuted, on June 28 of 2007, the smartphone that started it all is still going strong. From the latest sales figures I’ve seen, the phone has sold well over 1 billion units worldwide. Statista claims there are 2.2 million apps in the app store.

My own fascination with the “Jesus phone” (as it was called) started on launch day. I was one of those people who happened to obtain one from Apple on the day of release, then wrote about it that same week. I remember what things were like back then. The Palm Pre was still around; Nokia still dominated. Most models by companies like Samsung and BlackBerry were still big and bulky, running a proprietary interface. (The T-Mobile G1 running Android didn’t come out until 2009.)

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A full 10 years later, the iPhone still dominates…for now

Steve Jobs would be proud of this one.

10 years after the iPhone debuted, on June 28 of 2007, the smartphone that started it all is still going strong. From the latest sales figures I’ve seen, the phone has sold well over 1 billion units worldwide. Statista claims there are 2.2 million apps in the app store.

My own fascination with the “Jesus phone” (as it was called) started on launch day. I was one of those people who happened to obtain one from Apple on the day of release, then wrote about it that same week. I remember what things were like back then. The Palm Pre was still around; Nokia still dominated. Most models by companies like Samsung and BlackBerry were still big and bulky, running a proprietary interface. (The T-Mobile G1 running Android didn’t come out until 2009.)

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Memo to IT: You do know that a mobile phone is still a phone, right?

Technologists have always been drawn to bright and shiny objects. That’s why mobile development has focused on geolocation, streaming video, biometrics and impressive app gymnastics. But the core of the mobile phone — at it’s heart, it is a telephone, capable of making voice calls — has generally been ignored. As Zappos has discovered, that can be very bad for business.

What the retailer figured out is that texts, emails and other customer communications are far less effective at closing sales than what Alexander Graham Bell thought up. This is one of those surprising conclusions that, if you think about, shouldn’t be surprising at all. Texting and email force the customer to type everything they are saying, instead of just talking about it.

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New video features Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, Greg Christie discussing early iPhone development

Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone continue, with former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie discussing the early iPhone development process in a new interview.

New video features Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, Greg Christie discussing early iPhone development

Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone continue, with former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie discussing the early iPhone development process in a new interview.

Google Home arrives in Canada

 Google Home is now available to buy in Canada, making it the first of the major virtual assistant speaker devices to land in the country. The expansion follows pre-orders kicking off at Google and other retailers earlier this month, and beats Amazon’s Echo to the punch in America’s northern neighbor. Home’s launch in Canada comes with some caveats: Unlike in the U.S., only… Read More

Google Home arrives in Canada

 Google Home is now available to buy in Canada, making it the first of the major virtual assistant speaker devices to land in the country. The expansion follows pre-orders kicking off at Google and other retailers earlier this month, and beats Amazon’s Echo to the punch in America’s northern neighbor. Home’s launch in Canada comes with some caveats: Unlike in the U.S., only… Read More

Tesco has a one-hour delivery service in London now, too

Tesco has today launched a new one-hour delivery option in London, after having been caught secretly testing the speedy service last month. Via the Tesco Now apps for iOS and Android, customers can order up to 20 products out of a 1000-strong …

OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” raises a seed round of $1.1M

 OMG Digital, the Ghana-based media startup dubbed the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. Its main site, OMG Voice, already has versions for Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the new capital will be used to expand into more countries. Read More

Sorting Lego sucks, so here’s an AI that does it for you

Neural networks are currently being tasked with everything from adding animations to video games to reproducing images taken from MRI scans. Training the AI, which needs to be fed vast amounts of data, can be a slog and even then it may not pr…

The Alien Rocks Dusting the Streets of Your Neighborhood

Jon Larsen proved that micrometeorites can be found in urban areas. And he also offers the world its first real glimpse of them.

First Run of ‘Assembled in India’ iPhone SE Models Appear in Bangalore

The first iPhone SE devices that have been made in India are beginning to circulate around Bangalore, according to a report today by The Indian Express. The site noted that it’s still hard to come by an iPhone SE with “Assembled in India” on its back, …

Outschool goes to Sesame Street and picks up $1.4 million for its K-12 online learning marketplace

 Now kids can potentially take a class to find out how to get to Sesame Street, thanks to a fresh $1.4 million in new funding for Outschool and its online learning marketplace from Sesame Street’s venture partnership with Collaborative Fund. Outschool, which graduated from the 2016 Winter batch of YCombinator, has pivoted a bit from its original pitch as a go-to shop for homeschooled kids… Read More

Samsung revamps Smart Switch website as it targets iPhone owners among others

Samsung has revamped the website for its Smart Switch app, designed to make it easy to transfer data and settings to Galaxy devices from competitor phones – including iPhones …

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Tesco launches one-hour grocery deliveries in London, powered by Quiqup

 The grocery delivery wars look set to get cooking… UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced the launch today of a one-hour delivery service in central London called Tesco Now — echoing Amazon’s Prime Now delivery branding. Read More

LinkedIn’s head of China is leaving the company

 LinkedIn’s head of China, a key figure in the launch of its business in the country in 2014, is leaving at the end of the month, the company has confirmed.
Derek Shen, LinkedIn President of China who led the company’s controversial entry into China, will leave at the end of this month, according to a spokesperson. There’s no immediate replacement but head of international… Read More

SpaceX launches and lands two rockets in a single weekend

SpaceX’s technical problems that caused an explosion last September seem well behind it, as it pulled off the rare feat of launching two rockets this weekend. On Friday, the Falcon 9 lofted a Bulgarian communications satellite into orbit from Florida…

Russia, upping pressure on Telegram app, says terrorists use it

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s FSB security service said on Monday that the Telegram messaging app had been used by terrorists to plot atrocities on Russian soil, increasing pressure on the service days after the authorities accused it of violating Russia…

What Is Steganography?

It’s basically hiding bad things in good things.

Fast, Precise Cancer Care Is Coming to a Hospital Near You

The FDA just approved at test that can tell you how different drugs will work for you, based on the genetic makeup of your tumor.

Bong Joon-ho, *Snowpiercer’*s Auteur, Returns With a Netflix Film About a Hippo-Pig

Bong Joon-ho is back to indulge his obsessions with ‘Okja,’ about a friendship between a young girl and a … manatee-hippo thingy.

First ‘Assembled in India’ iPhones rolling out without any fanfare or price reductions as yet

The first iPhones assembled in India started reaching retail stores the day after Apple confirmed that production had begun, and are now reportedly showing up in many Indian cities. However, hopes that local production would lead to lower prices have not yet been realized …

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Company builder Entrepreneur First hires ex-Yahoo and Googler as new London head

 EF is announcing a “strengthening and restructuring” of its leadership team as it focuses on scaling its programmes in London and Singapore. Read More

Startup veteran founder/investor Wendy Tan White joins BGF Ventures

 If there are some noticeable gaps in the European venture scene it’s these. The first is there is still a small number of European entrepreneurs who have built products and scaled and exited and then went on to become investors, relative to the size of the market. The second is the dearth of VCs genuinely obsessed with product over “the growth numbers” as they are in… Read More

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