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There’s no way the government is building its own 5G network

By |January 30th, 2018|

 A report this weekend by Axios cited documents from within the National Security Council describing the possibility — nay, inevitability — of a 5G network built and operated by the U.S. government. Officials have since poured cold water on this idea, and really, it was never feasible. Read More Source: News

Inside Amazon’s Spheres

By |January 30th, 2018|

 Like most adventurous designs the Spheres are divisive: some call them an eyesore or attention-seeking behavior by Amazon, but others will admire the originality and intelligent use of space. Seattle is no stranger to odd architecture, and the Spheres seem to meld the mind-bending MoPop (formerly the EMP) with the multifaceted complexity of the Central --> READ MORE

Facebook nabs Google’s AR product director

By |January 29th, 2018|

 Facebook has stolen away Google’s director of Product for AR Nikhil Chandhok, who will be joining FB to lead product management of the Camera team working on augmented reality. Chandhok worked on Google’s ARCore smartphone augmented reality platform as well as its Daydream VR platform in his position there. Previously, Chandhok had co-founded AI startup --> READ MORE

GV leads $25M investment in Hover, a computer vision startup that digitizes your home

By |January 29th, 2018|

 As more and more startups aim to 3D-scan the world, the question of what consumers will actually care about enough to bring into the digital world is a tough one to answer. For most people, a home will be the biggest investment they make in their lives, so SF-based Hover is theorizing that’s the place --> READ MORE

The Grammys gave CBS All Access its second-biggest day for signups yet

By |January 29th, 2018|

 Sunday night’s airing of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards turned out to be a big boost for CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, which offered a live stream of the event on its service. According to the network, its subscription video on demand and live streaming service hit new records in terms of subscriber sign-ups --> READ MORE

DJI Mavic Air review

By |January 29th, 2018|

 The metal joysticks are safely nestled inside the flip-out arms of the controller, the landing gear safely nestled in the propeller arms. Not a millimeter is wasted, not even in the packaging. It’s the culmination of a dozen years of drone making experience — but really, it’s built directly on top of the company’s recent --> READ MORE

Facebook will start prioritizing local news in user feeds

By |January 29th, 2018|

 Facebook’s latest step in its on-going effort to fix its embattled news delivery offering involves prioritizing local sources. The social media giant announced today in a blog post that, along with efforts to elevate content from friends and outlets designated as “high quality,” the site will be working to push local news offerings to the --> READ MORE

Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

By |January 29th, 2018|

 In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services. The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group. Read More Source: News

SuperPhone is building a Salesforce for texting

By |January 29th, 2018|

 The address book is the last, worst default app you rely on. It’s time it got as smart as the rest of our phones. That’s the idea behind SuperPhone. Email isn’t how you build relationships anymore. Yet most business software sanctifies the spammy inbox when it’s the immediacy of text messaging that keeps people in touch --> READ MORE

US military reviewing tech use after Strava privacy snafu

By |January 29th, 2018|

 The U.S. military has responded to privacy concerns over a heatmap feature in the Strava app which displays users’ fitness activity — and has been shown exposing the location of military facilities around the world — by saying it’s reviewing the rules around usage of wireless devices and apps by its personnel.  Read More Source: News