Cubic Telecom gets $46.5M to connect cars and other devices globally


As automakers ramp up their connected car initiatives, a company that has built a solution to link vehicles up to mobile networks globally has raised a significant round of funding from a group of investors that includes Audi and Qualcomm Cubic Telecom , a startup out of Dublin, Ireland, that has built a virtual networking solution that lets cars (and other devices) automatically connect to...

Samsung confirms its Bixby-powered smart speaker is on the way


Following the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 yesterday, the company’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, confirmed that a Bixby-powered smart speaker will be launched soon Koh told CNBC , “Maybe soon we will announce it I am already working on it As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it” It’ll be interesting to...

Google expands its public Wi-Fi program for emerging markets to Indonesia


Google is launching its public Wi-Fi program, which offers free connectivity at railway stations and other locations such as universities, in Indonesia, the company announced today The project is quite simple, it offers a free way to get online with a decent quality internet connection Google works with a range of partners that include ISPs, venue owners and system integrators on the project The...

Flytrex launches an autonomous on-demand drone delivery service in Iceland’s capital


While other companies, including Amazon, have tested drone deliveries, Flytrex says this is the first time a fully operational on-demand drone delivery service has launched in an urban area Drones will take orders from online marketplace AHA’s headquarters in Reykjavik to a destination two miles away during the project’s first phase Not only are deliveries faster, but they can also more cost...

Monument Valley II is headed to Android at last


The game is now listed on Google Play and you can pre-register to be notified when it launches (Ustwo hasn’t announced a release date yet) The original Monument Valley costs about $4 in the store, so expect to see a similar price (if not a bit higher) for the sequel when it’s out In case you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend Monument Valley for its beautiful art style and clever puzzles...

Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth is taking over the company’s consumer hardware efforts


Veteran Facebook exec Andrew “Boz” Bosworth is taking over consumer hardware efforts at the company, including projects under groups like Building 8 and Oculus The announcement was made internally by Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, Business Insider reports Bosworth, who joined Facebook in January of 2006, has been instrumental to a number of core product features, including perhaps most notably...

Susan Fowler’s lawyers just told the Supreme Court why tech cos should eliminate arbitration agreements


In a development first reported on by The Recorder , Fowler’s legal team at the San Francisco-based firm Baker Curtis & Schwartz has filed an amicus brief in three high court cases, asking the justices to consider that class and collective action bans in workplace arbitration agreements violate federal labor laws Uber instead forces employees into arbitration, a maneuver designed to move a...

NASA wants to spend $3B drilling into a volcano to save the United States


Having last erupted over 70,000 years ago, the Caldera, a bowl-shaped structure formed by previous evacuation of lava, could be a ticking time bomb We have no way of knowing when Yellowstone will erupt again, but scientists don’t believe it to be an imminent threat, at least not in our lifetimes That’s not stopping NASA from putting a plan together to ensure the threat posed by Yellowstone never...

After Magic Leap acquisition, Dacuda founder forms PXL Vision


Swiss startup Dacuda’s 3D scanning division was acquired by Magic Leap in February, but it seems the company’s founder, Michael Born, is just getting started with computer vision He and three others who didn’t go over to the much-hyped and intensely secretive AR company have formed a new one : PXL Vision AG, focused on real-time image classification and object tracking The company’s flagship...

Here’s how our favorite apps have aged over the years


Apps can change drastically in what seems like a very short span of time Just ten years ago, the word “apps” would probably not have conjured such an instant reaction in any of our brains Now, though, apps are a major part of how we communicate, entertain ourselves, and interact with the world Did our favorite apps really look so primitive at the time Originally, Facebook ran from a special...

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