Rocketspace and Alchemist accelerator partner up to go international
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:35 pm

 The accelerator and seed-stage fund for business to business startups, Alchemist Accelerator, and the curated co-working community called Rocketspace, have partnered up in a way that should help both expand their influence beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Alchemist managing partner Ravi Belani, startups admitted to the next cohort of the accelerator will work together in… Read More

Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:24 pm

 Front has been around for three years, but the startup is only releasing a mobile app now. If you’re a Front user, it brings all the features from the desktop version to your phone so that you can manage emails and other communication protocols in multiplayer mode. Front’s basic premise is quite simple. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those pesky… Read More

The UN plans to go to space in 2021
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:22 pm

 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has been kicking around in one form or another since the late 50s, becoming fully official in 1962, when it was established under the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs as the wonderfully named Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. But, as anyone who’s ever hung out in a planetarium will happily tell you,… Read More

Apple launches Enhanced Editions of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooks
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Apple today announced the launch of “Enhanced Editions” for George R. R. Martin’s series, “A Game of Thrones,” beginning with the author’s first title, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the novel’s release.  Books Two through Five will follow in the months ahead, says Apple. These Enhanced Editions… Read More

The Sense bedside sleep tracker maker hires a CMO from DoorDash
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Hello, the makers of the Sense sleep tracker, has hired Angela Chang, a former marketing lead for Nest and who was most-recently head of marketing at DoorDash, as its chief marketing officer. Her hire comes at a time when the company is making an aggressive push to get into larger retailers — most recently Best Buy and Target — and get the device and brand in front of as many… Read More

Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly device
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 11:30 am

 On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a list you can restrict to family members, for example. Of course, because of the way it needs to interact with your phone’s… Read More

Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 11:29 am

 Back in the old days hardware manufacturers felt safe in the knowledge that no mere hardware hacker could attempt to recreate their inventions. From Sony to Philips to LG to Samsung, the consumer electronics industry was locked up and no one could crack the case. Until those meddling Arduino kids came along… Now anyone can make cool hardware and, thanks to Arduino, it is easier than ever… Read More

Drizly transforms its on-demand booze delivery service into a marketplace
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 11:00 am

 Drizly, the service that lets you order alcohol online, has today announced a major transition of the company with the launch of its marketplace. The Drizly marketplace will let any retailer integrate with the Drizly software to generate extra sales. And for the user, the marketplace will allow more pricing transparency and flexibility. The old Drizly, by comparison, would use a set of criteria… Read More

AOL’s new Alto mail client lets you take action from your inbox
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 11:00 am

 The AOL Alto team is today delivering a new version of the product that may make some of your biggest email woes disappear. Enter the Alto Dashboard. With the latest version of AOL Alto, users can choose between a regular inbox view and a dashboard view of their communications. Dashboard view surfaces contextually relevant information right to the top of the page and offers the ability to… Read More

CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:55 am

 A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark’s games were developed for kids 4 to 9 years old, and with a goal of not just teaching them STEM concepts, but engaging boys and girls equally well. The games feature characters who are… Read More

Grow launches its app for socially responsible investing
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:32 am

 Amid an increasing number robo-investors like Betterment, Stash, and Robinhood, a new San Francisco-based fintech startup called Grow is entering the fray to compete based on investment type, not only financial returns. While the app operates much like its rivals in terms of making it easier for novice investors quickly build their portfolios, its biggest differentiator is that it focuses… Read More

Hotel Tonight launches HT Perks, their version of a hotel loyalty program
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:18 am

 The one downside to using Hotel Tonight is that you have to forgo the loyalty points you’d normally earn from a hotel stay. That’s because almost all major hotel brands now won’t give you points if you book through a third-party platform like Hotel Tonight. So Hotel Tonight is launching their own program called HT Perks. Here’s how it works: It’s not… Read More

Messaging platform Line ups its chatbot game
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:17 am

 Line is ramping up incentives for third party developers to make chatbots, and thereby expand the utility of its platform, as the great scramble of messaging giants applying AI to keep users engaged continues. Read More

Free stock trade app Robinhood monetizes with $10/month to buy on credit
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:02 am

 Robinhood says it will never charge commissions to trade stocks, but the $66 million-funded startup is finally ramping up monetization with the launch of “Robinhood Gold” premium features. For $10 per month, users can skip the three-day waiting period with instant deposits and reinvesting, trade 30 minutes before and 2 hours after the market is open, and borrow up to double the… Read More

Here’s how Civilization VI brings new life to the epic game series
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 10:00 am

 Civilization is a game I’ve been playing for more or less 15 years, across multiple iterations of the series, and yet each new version always seems to feel fresh. After spending nearly 20 hours with a special preview version of Civilization VI, I can safely say that the same is true of this upcoming game, which manages to deliver all the familiarity you’d want as a Civ fan, with… Read More

Microsoft forms new AI Research Group led by Harry Shum
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 9:39 am

 Artificial intelligence is quickly shaping up to be one of the key defining technology areas of our time. A day after announcing a new artificial intelligence partnership with IBM, Google, Facebook and Amazon, Microsoft is upping the ante within its own walls. The tech giant announced that it is creating a new AI business unit, the Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will be led by… Read More

Mercedes-Benz looks to the future with Generation EQ EV concept
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 9:37 am

 Mercedes-Benz is trying to play with your emotions with its new electric vehicle concept, debuted at the Paris Motor Show today. The “Generation EQ” it unveiled is a sporty SUV design, which is reminiscent of the Tesla Model X in its lines and overall look. It has a dual electric motor drive train, and a theoretical max range of around 310 miles, thanks to a scalable battery… Read More

Best Buy is opening a bunch of stores at midnight for the PlayStation VR launch
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 9:35 am

 It probably won’t be the last time most PlayStation VR purchasers ever pull themselves away from their console long enough to leave the house, but just in case, Best Buy is turning the headset’s launch into a social event of sorts. The big box retailer announced this morning that it will be opening extra early on October 13 to offer up the gaming peripheral as early as humanly… Read More

Simple rolls out shared bank accounts that work for anyone, including roommates
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 9:02 am

 Online banking service Simple is today rolling out a new product: shared accounts. However, unlike joint checking accounts typically shared by spouses, Simple’s shared accounts work differently. They allow customers to maintain their own accounts, but quickly fund then switch over to shared accounts to collaborate with each other on financial planning by tracking shared expenses,… Read More

Lystable adds Max Levchin to the list of investors backing its gig economy SaaS
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 Helping businesses better manage gig economy workers is turning out to be a pitch with serious pulling power for Lystable, the UK startup which closed an $11 million Series A this summer, led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures — following fast from its $3.5M seed round last year, which Thiel’s fund also participated in. Read More

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