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Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:14
 The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie. However, the time people spend using their apps is starting to stagnate, another report has found. In Flurry’s “State of Mobile 2017” annual wrap-up, the firm reported that overall app session activity only grew… Read More

Uber announces “safety” cap on UK driver hours

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:08
 Uber has confirmed it will cap the amount of hours drivers on its platform in the UK can be logged in to accept trips. After ten hours the new policy will require drivers take an uninterrupted six hour break before they can log back into the app again. Read More

Elon Musk says Model 3 owners will “be able to do pretty much anything” via voice

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:03
 The Tesla Model 3 might be off to a slower production start than the company would’ve liked, but there are big improvements coming for the vehicle once Tesla gets on top of its assembly backlog. Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a customer question on Twitter (via Business Insider) regarding additional voice control options with an affirmation that indeed, plenty more voice-enabled… Read More

DigitalOcean gives you more RAM and storage for the same price

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:01
 Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean is launching some new price offerings today. In particular, the company is also upgrading its basic $5 droplet instances with better specs for the first time in years. Five years ago, DigitalOcean offered something quite revolutionary. Before today, you could pay $5 per month and get a server with 20GB of SSD storage, 512MB of RAM and 1 CPU core. But… Read More

Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei’s continued U.S. carrier woes

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:00
 The latest entry in Huawei’s ongoing struggles to come to the U.S. proved to be one of the more unexpected and engaging CES storylines last week. But there are still plenty of layers of this onion left to peel back. This morning, Reuters is confirming speculation that AT&T’s last-minute decision to pull out of a deal with the Chinese phone maker comes as U.S. lawmakers… Read More

The self-contained Fusion electric guitar lets you truly rock out

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:35
 As a hard-core rocker and roller I find that my gear has to be ready to rock and/or roll at a moment’s notice. There is no telling when I’ll have to lay out a face-melter during jury duty or blast out some Stairway while giving plasma at the local blood bank, and I often note to friends that I enjoy rocking and rolling all night and part of every day. Are you in the same rocking boat? Read More

Forest raises $3.7 million for its administration interface to rule them all

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:29
 French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio. I already wrote about the startup back in May. The vision hasn’t changed at all. Forest still… Read More

Delivery logistics platform Bringg raises $12M from strategic investors, including Salesforce Ventures

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:27
 Delivery logistics platform Bringg announced today it has raised another $12 million in Series B funding, bringing the total round to $22 million. The round, which follows the initial Series B from last spring includes new, strategic investment from automotive leader Dr. Shmuel Harlap, shipping and real estate magnate Eyal Ofer, and Salesforce Ventures. Previously, Bringg had raised $10… Read More

Google Cloud infrastructure expansion to continue with three new undersea cables

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:17
 Diane Greene, who heads up Google’s cloud unit, often marvels at how much her company invests in Google Cloud infrastructure. It’s with good reason. Over the past three years since Greene came on board, the company has spent a whopping $30 billion beefing up the infrastructure. Today it announced three new undersea cables scheduled to go online next year. In a blog post penned by… Read More

Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:04
 “The app became too cluttered” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and more, Facebook had to build artificial intelligence “M… Read More

Ripple turns investor as execs lead $25M round for storage and rental startup Omni

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:27
 Earlier this month, I wrote that crypto companies are going to become investors in 2018. I didn’t quite imagine that happening as quickly as mid-January, but here we are. Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token that’s worth over $50 billion, has its first investment after it backed U.S.-based storage startup Omni via a $25 million round. Omni was founded… Read More

Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:01
 Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata’s product, unlike Instacart’s, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to order products, complete with coupons,… Read More

Comcast partners with AWS as it struggles to fight cord-cutting disruption

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:00
 Cloud providers love to brag about their customer wins and Amazon got a big one today when it announced that Comcast had chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider. What does that mean exactly? Presumably Comcast is going to put the majority of its cloud workloads on AWS. In a time when Comcast is fighting the cable cutting trend, being able to produce cloud services and apps that differentiate… Read More

Social Bicycles raises $10 million Series A round, rebrands as Jump Bikes

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:00
 Social Bicycles, now officially known as Jump Bikes, has just closed a $10 million Series A round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from Sinewave Ventures, Esther Dyson and others. “At Menlo Ventures, our investment team supports entrepreneurs who are on a mission to change the world—including, how consumers move through it,” Menlo Ventures Managing Director Shawn… Read More

Lyft says nearly 250K of its passengers ditched a personal car in 2017

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:00
 Lyft has a new report out detailing its ‘economic impact’ for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year. The ride-hailing provider claims 375.5 million rides for the year, which is 130 percent growth measured year-over-year. It served 23 million different passengers, itself a 92 percent YoY increase, and had 1.4 million drivers on the… Read More

Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:56
 After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO, CFO, CMO and CPO (along with some 40 others) — the online education startup is today launching a new IT course with Google to underscore its message that the ship is still sailing as it passes 30 million users and 2,500 courses. Today, the… Read More

Serial SWATter arrested, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:55
 Wichita police have arrested a 25-year-old online troll who calls himself SWAuTistic, charging him with involuntary manslaughter after sending police to a Kansas address. When police arrived at the address they opened fire on the resident, a father of two named Andrew Finch. SWAuTistic, real name Tyler Raj Barriss, could face 11 years in prison. SWATting is the process of calling in a fake… Read More

BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:39
 BMW has acquired Parkmobile, an app that provides guidance and services for those looking for parking in North America, including on-street and garage parking payments and spot reservation. BMW Group had already held a minority investment in the company, and owned its Parkmobile Group Europe affiliate, but today it increased its holdings to reach majority ownership of Parkmobile, LLC, which… Read More

Nyansa lands $15 million led by Intel Capital to grow user performance management

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:00
 Companies like New Relic and AppDynamics have been offering applications performance management solutions to help operations teams track external performance issues for years. Nyansa (pronounced ‘knee-ans-sah’) is bringing that kind of performance management to internal networks. Today, the company announced a $15 million Series B investment. The round was led by Intel Capital… Read More

WhatsApp reportedly testing anti-chain letter spam warning

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:11
 WhatsApp appears to be testing a new feature aimed at trying to limit the spread of chain letter style spam messages on its platform. Read More

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