Tag: app

Route raises $12 million to track packages with AI

It’s a busy time of year for ecommerce retailers — perhaps the busiest by the numbers. An estimated 165.8 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in 2018, and each purchased an average of 16 gifts during that time frame. Collectively, their haul came in billions of packages delivered through the mail system, over […]

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Google acquires CloudSimple to bolster cloud workload migration

In a bid to bolster its cloud workload migration tools, Google today announced that it’s acquired CloudSimple, a provider of dedicated environments to run jobs in the cloud. It uncoincidentally comes months after the Mountain View company teamed up with CloudSimple to extend Google Cloud Platform customers a fully integrated migration solution. Google says that […]

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Apple launches Research app with heart, menstrual, and hearing studies

Following the debut of iOS 13.2, which included under-the-hood support for a new optional medical study app called Research, Apple today released both the standalone app and its first three studies: the Apple Heart and Movement Study, the Apple Women’s Health Study, and the Apple Hearing Study. The free app works on a paired iPhone and […]

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Lyft will add Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its self-driving fleet, open new road test center

Lyft is doubling down on its self-driving car efforts with this week’s announcement that it will open a second road test site. The center will be in Palo Alto, California, near its self-driving HQ — the Level 5 Engineering Center. Lyft also took the wraps off a new car that will join its autonomous fleet: […]

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Google launches App Defense Alliance to fight the spread of malicious apps

Google today announced a new initiative intended to fight the spread of malicious apps on Android. It’s called the App Defense Alliance, and it’s a collaboration between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium aims to reduce the risk of app-based malware by identifying and remediating new threats. Google says that it’s integrating its Google Play Protect […]

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Facebook News launches for a subset of U.S. users

Facing accusations of disseminating untruthful ads and allowing misleading news to slip through its filters, Facebook today recommitted to curation with a product — Facebook News — intended to spotlight top-quality daily news. The company describes News, which launches this morning for a subset of Facebook users in the U.S., as a means of giving […]

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Hands-on: Roku’s Apple TV app helped me cut the cord — from Apple

Like virtually every Apple TV customer, I truly wanted Apple to succeed with its TV-tethered set top box — an enabling device for early cable TV “cord cutters.” I bought into the vision back in 2007 when it took the form of a stripped down $299 Mac computer, went along for the ride when it […]

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Lyft’s Jobs Access Program provides rides to low-income riders in over 35 markets

In March, hot on the heels of its initial public offering, Lyft announced City Works, a $50 million program seeking to strengthen the company’s civic engagement in the places its drivers live and work. Building on this and subsequent offshoot efforts, the ride-sharing startup this morning launched the Jobs Access Program, an initiative intended to […]

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Roku brings Apple TV app with Apple TV+ support to over 25 devices

Following the January announcements of deals between Apple and several TV makers to bring AirPlay 2 streaming support to multiple 2018 and 2019 smart TVs, Roku and Apple today announced the release of a dedicated Apple TV app for some Roku devices — only the second non-Apple platform to support streaming of Apple’s iTunes video […]

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As Apple sunsets iTunes for Macs, Windows users blast ‘terrible’ app

Today’s release of macOS Catalina may reduce complaints from Mac iTunes users regarding Apple’s famously bloated media management and playback app, but for Windows users, the misery appears set to go on indefinitely. Sixteen years after iTunes debuted on PCs — a gesture then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs likened to “giving a glass of ice water to […]

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Unqork raises $80 million for enterprise app development without code

Two-year-old New York-based software company Unqork, which is developing a no-code platform for enterprise insurance and financial services, today announced that it’s raised $80 million in series B financing led by CapitalG, the equity investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet. Funds and accounts under management by BlackRock participated, along with other undisclosed existing investors. […]

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Alexa Presentation Language is now generally available

Following a press event at its Seattle headquarters this morning, Amazon announced that Alexa Presentation Language (APL), the toolset designed to make it easier for developers to create “visually rich” skills for Alexa devices with screens such as Amazon’s Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and Echo Spot, is generally available. Its rollout comes after […]

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Eko raises $20 million for AI heart disease monitoring and detection solutions

Heart disease is a silent and often costly killer. About 610,000 people die of it in the U.S. each year, putting it at the top of the leading causes of death for women and men. And the total combined annual cost in the U.S. arising from heart disease is roughly $200 billion, owing to health […]

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Google rolls out Family Link per-app time limits and bonus time

Google first introduced Family Link, a parental control app for Android devices, in March 2017 ahead of domestic and international rollouts. It announced in May at Google I/O 2019 that it would build Family Link natively into Android 10, a promise on which it delivered earlier this month. Now, Google is introducing new Family Link […]

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IBM’s tennis AI measures player performance and selects highlights

Tennis and AI are like peas in a pod, if you ask IBM. The folks at the Armonk, New York-based company today detailed Coach Advisor, a cloud-hosted solution developed in collaboration with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) that taps AI to deliver insights to professional coaches. It introduces a metric that attempts to quantify a […]

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Fever raises $35 million to create and curate live experiences

Fever, a live event creation and discovery startup headquartered in London, today revealed that it’s raised $35 million in a funding round led by Tokyo-based ecommerce and internet firm Rakuten’s eponymous Rakuten Capital. The fresh funds, a portion of which were contributed by Atresmedia, Accel, and former chairman of U.S. investments for Alibaba Group Michael […]

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Hello Heart raises $12 million to treat those with heart disease

Heart disease is relentless. The American Heart Association reports that 116.4 million U.S. adults (46%) alone have hypertension, and it’s estimated that about 800,000 people die of cardiovascular disease complications each year. That makes it the leading cause of death for both men and women — not to mention one of most expensive to treat: […]

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Vymo raises $18 million for mobile-first sales tools

Vymo, a startup developing what it describes as a mobile-first personal sales assistant, today revealed that it recently closed an $18 million Series B round led by Emergence Capital, with participation from existing investor Sequoia India. CEO Yamini Bhat says the fresh funds, which bring Vymo’s total raised to over $20 million following a $5 […]

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Pandora’s voice assistant launches for everyone

Pandora’s tens of millions of monthly active users will soon be able to queue up tunes with their voices, the SiriusXM-owned company announced today. This morning marks the broad rollout of Voice Mode, Pandora’s bespoke voice assistant, to Pandora app users on all platforms following a January launch on roughly a million iOS and Android […]

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AquaSight taps computer vision to tell you if water is safe to drink

Sussing out water potability is sometimes nigh impossible in the field, depending on the remoteness of the region from where it was sourced. The United Nations estimates that every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water supply, and while a range of chemical kits test […]

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Pivot raises $17 million for AI-powered home workouts

There’s no shortage of fitness apps that promise to tone your muscles and boost your baseline heart rate in no time, but a new challenger on the block claims its approach is more holistic than most. San Francisco-based Pivot, which today emerged from stealth with $17 million in series A funding led by DCM with […]

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Prisma cofounders launch Capture, which uses AI to suggest chatroom topics

Three years ago, intrepid developers Alexey Moiseenkov, Oleg Poyaganov, Ilya Frolov, and Andrey Usoltsev quietly launched a photo-editing app, Prisma, that tapped AI to transform images with over a dozen artistic filters. In mere weeks, it managed to rack up 70 million downloads and attract millions of active monthly users, and to top mobile app […]

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