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Apple will reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Apple is said to be working on a way to allow developers to build apps that work with touchscreen input on iPhone and iPad, and with mouse and trackpad on Mac devices, to be implemented next year, according to Bloomberg. The system would unify development environments for both of Apple’s main computing platforms, iOS and --> READ MORE

Google’s mobile-first search index has rolled out to a handful of sites

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Just over a year ago, Google announced a major change to the way its search index will rank sites: it will go mobile-first. As the company explained at the time, Google’s algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a website’s content to rank its pages, to understand structured data, and to show snippets --> READ MORE

See you tonight at the Brooklyn micro meetup

By |December 20th, 2017|

 I’ve been holding a few micro meetups over the past few years and thought I’d start it up again in honor of token/ICO mania. I’d love to hear what you all are working on in the New York area so we’ll all meet at Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight at 7pm. The event is very --> READ MORE

Dyson’s Pure Hot+Cool Link is your household air’s best friend

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Dyson may be busy building cars these days, but it’s also still making its bread and butter, including vacuums and other home appliances. The connected Pure Hot + Cold Link fan, heater and air purifier combo is one of those, and it’s an awesome way to spend some of that holiday cash coming your way. --> READ MORE

Carbon is raising a $200 million Series D to scale 3D printing for manufacturing

By |December 20th, 2017|

 It’s hard to get a much better poster child for your 3D printing company than Futurecraft 4D. Adidas’s line of custom 3D sneakers are all you really need to know when it comes to 3D printing’s potential as a manufacturing powerhouse. Bay Area-based Carbon has been bringing that technology to life courtesy of its proprietary --> READ MORE

Pokémon GO gets a new and improved augmented reality mode (but only on iOS)

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Remember back in June, when Niantic took the stage at WWDC to show off a beta build of Pokémon GO? The one that used Apple’s new augmented reality framework, ARKit, to beef up the game’s AR abilities? That feature, now called AR+, will ship at last later this week (and a long absent Pokémon should --> READ MORE

Ooma acquires AI-powered video camera platform Butterfleye for its home security service

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Ooma, the company that’s probably still best known for its VoIP platform, today announced that it has acquired Butterfleye, an AI-powered video camera and security platform that produces a smart security camera for home and business use. Ooma plans to integrate Butterfleye’s camera into its Ooma Home security solution, but the company will also continue to --> READ MORE

Giving online retailers a physical returns location nets HappyReturns $8 million

By |December 20th, 2017|

 As online retailers continue to seek out ways to bridge the digital divide between themselves and their customers, Happy Returns, which provides physical locations for online shoppers to return and refund unwanted purchases, has raised $8 million to help. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company, raised its new money from U.S. Venture Partners along with previous investors Upfront --> READ MORE

Tandem’s acquisition of Harrods Bank, the banking arm of UK department store, is approved by regulators

By |December 20th, 2017|

 Back in August, ‘challenger’ bank Tandem said that it had signed an agreement to acquire Harrods Bank, the banking arm of the U.K.’s most famous luxury department store, subject to regulatory approval. Today, the startup bank is announcing that it has now received the go-ahead from the Prudential Regulation Authority, a division of the Bank --> READ MORE

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket sets up at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

By |December 20th, 2017|

 SpaceX won’t hit its 2017 target for a test flight of its new, huge Falcon Heavy rocket – but the massive launch craft is now in place at Cape Canaveral in Florida, where it will undergo testing including a full static test fire, as well as final assembly, before attempting its inaugural launch early next --> READ MORE