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Sony’s wearable air conditioner makes more sense than ever

When Sony launched its first-generation personal air conditioner last summer, it seemed like an unnecessary gimmick that would do little to ease your suffering during the summer heat. There’s already AC in most places you’d br going — not that you could go anywhere with the coronavirus pandemic raging. But the device makes more sense…

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ManipulaTHOR training software from AI2 gives virtual robots a hand — and an arm

A video frame from ManipulaTHOR’s simulation shows a virtual robot at work. (AI2 via YouTube) You can lead a virtual robot to a refrigerator, but you can’t make it pull out a drink. This is the problem that Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI2, is addressing with a new breed of…

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One of the best new Apple TV features is coming to older models as well

Apple announced a brand new Apple TV 4K model this week at its Spring Loaded event. The upgraded model is the first to contain the A12 Bionic system-on-a-chip, bringing a boost in graphics performance, video encoding, and audio processing. Apple also revealed a new feature that allows Apple TV users to balance the colors of…

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Citi Bike rival JOCO brings shared, docked e-bikes to NYC

Move over Citi Bike, there’s a new docked, shared bike service in town — only this one is all electric. Next week, JOCO will be the first shared operator in New York City to launch a network of e-bike stations on private property for public use. The service, powered by shared mobility platform Vulog, will…

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Daily Crunch: First impressions of Apple’s AirTags

We test out Apple’s lost item finder, Google Fi gets a new unlimited plan and Facebook tests new video ad targeting features. This is your Daily Crunch for April 22, 2021. The big story: First impressions of Apple’s AirTags AirTags are Apple’s new Tile competitor designed to help owners locate lost objects. They use Bluetooth…

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Venture Out expands to help more people validate their startup ideas while still working at a day job

Venture Out leaders Sean Sternbach (left) and Ken Horenstein. (Venture Out Photo) Venture Out expands: The Seattle-based organization that aims to help tech workers leave companies and create their own startups has added a new program called Moonlighter Lab. What it does: The lab charges $1,499 for an 8-week program designed to validate startup ideas…

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Deepfake tech takes on satellite maps

While the concept of “deepfakes,” or AI-generated synthetic imagery, has been decried primarily in connection with involuntary depictions of people, the technology is dangerous (and interesting) in other ways as well. For instance, researchers have shown that it can be used to manipulate satellite imagery to produce real-looking — but totally fake — overhead maps…

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iOS 14.6 beta 1 and iPadOS 14.6 beta 1 available now on iPhone and iPad

Just over 24 hours after Apple confirmed that iOS 14.5 would be available to the general public next week, the first beta for iOS 14.6 has begun rolling out to developers. We’ll have to wait until we install the update to see what all has changed, but we don’t expect iOS 14.6 to be nearly…

Angular 12 piles on the improvements

Angular 12, a planned upgrade to Google’s popular TypeScript-based web framework, has moved to a release candidate stage, with the production version due in May. The upgrade brings enhancements related to performance, the compiler, DOM elements, and more. Published April 21, the Angular 12 release candidate, accessible from GitHub, features a performance improvement to the…

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To sell or not to sell: Lessons from a bootstrapped CEO

Glen Rabie Contributor Share on Twitter Glen Rabie is co-founder and CEO of Yellowfin, a global analytics and BI software vendor. The clock begins ticking on a startup the day the doors open. Regardless of a young company’s struggles or success, sooner or later the question of when, how or whether to sell the enterprise…

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Food tech startup SōRSE raises cash to further scale its science used in CBD-infused products

SoRSE VP of science Michael Flemmens, left, watches as scientist Emily Skrobecki works with a powder version of the company’s product in a container of water at the company’s offices in 2019. (GeekWire File Photo) New funding: Seattle-based SōRSE Technology has raised $2 million to further innovate and scale its water-soluble emulsion technology used to…

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If you downloaded these iPhone apps, delete them immediately

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “The reality is that the web in some areas has become a dark place.” That was a comment he made recently to The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, during an interview with her for her Sway podcast — an interview that also included Cook addressing the situation around Apple’s…

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Apple says AirTags aren’t designed for tracking your kids or your pets

Apple unveiled a brand new product on Tuesday during its “Spring Loaded” press event: AirTag trackers that leaked more than a year ago. The gadget is similar to what’s available from Tile and Chipolo, two companies that have their own smartphone-connected trackers. But the AirTag has two significant advantages over its rivals. It’s built with…

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Apple downplays complaints about App Store scams in antitrust hearing

Apple was questioned on its inability to rein in subscription scammers on its App Store during yesterday’s Senate antitrust hearing. The tech giant has argued that one of the reasons it requires developers to pay App Store commissions is to help Apple fight marketplace fraud and protect consumers. But developers claim Apple is doing very…

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Forerunner’s Eurie Kim will share why she invested in Oura on Extra Crunch Live

When it comes to building a successful startup, biotech and hardware happen to be two of the most difficult verticals in the tech industry. But Oura is doing it anyway. The health and fitness tracking ring has been used in a number of studies around COVID-19, and been worn by NBA and WNBA players to…

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Amazon reportedly bringing cashierless tech to its larger grocery store format

(Amazon Photo) Amazon is reportedly bringing its cashier-less technology to the company’s full-size grocery store format. Bloomberg uncovered planning documents for an Amazon Fresh store under construction in Connecticut that show entry and exit gates and ceiling-mounted racks, which are used in Amazon’s smaller Amazon Go and Go Grocery stores and eliminate the need for…

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At Basis Set Ventures merging venture capital and software development yields a $165 million new fund

When Xuezhao Lan first formed Basis Set Ventures, the goal was to leverage technology to give venture capital investing super powers. From the earliest days, when Lan hired former TechCrunch reporter John Mannes, and then built out the team with the data scientist, Rachel Wong, former Upfront Ventures partner, Chang Xu, and former vice president…

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5 emerging use cases for productivity infrastructure in 2021

Gleb Polyakov Contributor Gleb Polyakov is co-founder and CEO of Nylas, which provides productivity infrastructure solutions for modern software. Gleb studied Physics at Georgia Tech and enjoys chess, motorcycles and space. Previously, he worked in finance and founded an IoT coffee company. When the world flipped upside down last year, nearly every company in every…

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Social Media Video Metrics Ideas and Cheat Sheet

Videos are high potential content for social media networks and can get you serious money. As per a report by Wyzowl, 2020, on average social media users spend over 16 hours in a week watching video content on online platforms. As a viewer watching reels on Instagram for half an hour may not be a…

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Washington state capital gains tax marches on: Here’s what the new law will do, and who is affected

The Washington state Capitol in Olympia is pretty quiet these days as legislators work from home. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook) Washington state legislators this week approved a new tax on capital gains. While the bill, SB 5096, still must pass the full Washington Senate by Sunday and get the governor’s signature, it appears likely…

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