Tag: Business

Huawei’s Honor View20, with 48MP camera and in-screen selfie lens, launches globally

Huawei sub-brand Honor today officially launched its latest View20 flagship globally. The Chinese smartphone company presented the Honor View20 at a packed event in Paris, after first unveiling the device in early December ahead of its launch in China a couple of weeks later. The company confirmed today that the device will be available across Europe, […]

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Waymo to retrofit 200,000-square-foot autonomous vehicle factory in Michigan

Waymo will soon ramp up its assembly of self-driving cars in Detroit, Michigan, the company announced today. The Alphabet subsidiary said that it’ll invest $13.6 million to expand its operations in the Great Lakes state, following a vote by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to approve the plans. Waymo operates a roughly 20-person, 53,000-square-foot […]

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Are you protected from these secret cloud security weaknesses? (VB Live)

The cloud offers huge business benefits — and new security risks. To learn how to root them out by implementing truly effective role-based access control, automation and self-healing architecture, application-centric security, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. Right now CEOs are more worried about cybersecurity than a recession — because […]

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Quidnet Ventures ramps fund for New Zealand tech entrepreneurs

If Quidnet Ventures has its way, New Zealand will soon be known for more than kiwi and haka. The new fund’s founders recently came to San Francisco to make their pitch for New Zealand’s technology startups, including four recently started companies. The fund is a recognition that technology entrepreneurship has become a global business, even […]

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Keyfactor raises $77 million to simplify digital security management

Keyfactor, formerly Certified Security Solutions, was founded in 2001 with the mission of automating digital security management across automotive, financial, health care, and retail verticals. In the nearly 20 years since its incorporation, it has carved out a sizeable slice of the $22.68 billion global identity and access management market. The company says it has managed […]

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Apple Pay expands to Target and Taco Bell, now in 74 of top 100 U.S. merchants

Continuing its march towards ubiquity as a contactless payment solution, Apple Pay officially expanded today into two massive U.S. merchants — Target stores and Taco Bell restaurants — as well as smaller but still significant locations including Jack in the Box restaurants, Hy-Vee supermarkets, and Speedway convenience stores. The announcement marks Apple Pay’s place in 74 […]

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Hothead serves up a mobile game publishing division

Hothead Games has a slew of successful mobile games, such as Kill Shot, Hero Hunters, and the Big Win sports series. Now it’s going to share its know-how with smaller studios as it gets into third-party publishing. The Canadian company announced today that it has created a new publishing division, taking submissions from indie studio […]

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AI chip startup Hailo Technologies expands Series A to more than $20 million

Artificial intelligence (AI) chips — that is, microprocessors optimized for machine learning workloads — are poised to attract tens of billions of dollars in investment capital within the next decade. Allied Market Research forecasts that they’ll be a $37.8 billion industry by 2025, fueled by growing demand for faster, cheaper, and higher-efficiency AI model training […]

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Starship Technologies’ robots begin delivering food to college kids

Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics startup created in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, is already ferrying food from kitchens to customers through partnerships with Domino’s in Germany, London food-delivery firm Just Eat, and DoorDash in the U.S. But starting today, that group is expanding to include the 40,000 students, faculty, and […]

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Diamond Pro’s AI spots imperfection in gems

Would you ever consider purchasing diamond jewelry online? Lots of people have — according to Research and Markets, the jewelry ecommerce market accounts for roughly 5 percent of the $257 billion overall jewelry industry, a share that’s expected to triple by 2020. It’s growing especially quickly in Asia, where the compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2014 exceeded […]

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Safeguard your online privacy with NordVPN for under $3 per month

If you’re still browsing the Web without the protection of a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you’re exposing your most sensitive information to hackers and malware. With just a few lines of code, nefarious cyber thieves can steal everything from your browsing history to your banking information from across the globe, and they’re becoming more adept […]

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Chicago’s Clearcover, which uses AI to market auto insurance, raises $43 million

Clearcover, a Chicago-based auto insurance startup that uses artificial intelligence to more effectively market auto insurance, announced today that it has raised a $43 million round of funding led by Cox Enterprises. Other participating investors include American Family Ventures, IA Capital Group, Lightbank, and Hyde Park Angels. Former American Family Insurance employees Kyle Nakatsuji and Derek […]

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Airbus wants to reinvent aircraft design with quantum computing challenge

Aeronautics giant Airbus today announced that it is creating a global competition to encourage developers to find ways quantum computing can be applied to aircraft design. Quantum computing is one of many next-generation computing architectures being explored as engineers worry that traditional computing is reaching its physical limits. Computers today process information using bits, either […]

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Uber Eats is expanding Starbucks deliveries to 6 more U.S. cities and London

Uber and Starbucks are expanding their delivery partnership to an additional six U.S. cities, building on a pilot service that kicked off in Miami last September. Starting today, Uber’s online food and beverage ordering business, Uber Eats, will deliver Starbucks coffee to customers in San Francisco. Over the next month, this will be extended to […]

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Google will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of general elections

Google is joining Facebook in bringing greater transparency to its political advertising tools in India as the world’s largest democracy gears up for general elections in the coming months. The search giant today said it will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and make available a searchable Political Ads Library in the country in March of […]

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TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation

TomTom has announced that it is selling its telematics division to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910 million ($1,033 billion). Founded in 1991, TomTom is best known for its GPS-powered navigation services and devices, such as satellite navigation units for cars, while it is also one of the major global online mapping platforms, alongside the likes […]

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5 ways the government shutdown is impacting U.S. cybersecurity

Add cybersecurity to the already lengthy list of services and agencies impacted by the partial federal government shutdown. While many essential defense and law enforcement personnel have been required to work without pay, some agencies that handle cybersecurity duties, such as the Department of Homeland Security’s recently formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the […]

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