AngelList India head Utsav Somani launches micro VC fund to back 30 early-stage startups

As investors get cautious about writing new checks to early stage startups in India amid the coronavirus outbreak, AngelList’s head in India is betting that this is the right time to back young firms. On Wednesday, Utsav Somani announced iSeed, a micro VC fund to back up at least 30 startups over the course of two years. iSeed, which is not affiliated with AngelList, is Somani’s maiden venture fund. In an interview with TechCrunch, Somani said he would write checks of $150,000 each to up to 35 e...
Tags: Energy, Asia, Money, India, Tech, United States, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Jupiter, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, DST Global, Ryan Hoover, Angellist, Tracxn, Naval Ravikant

The best guitar apps for beginners on Android and iOS

Hone your guitar licks and chops with these eight guitar apps for beginners for Android and iOS smartphones.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Guitar, Buying Guides, Best Apps, App Of The Week

Mail Merge Programs: What You Need to Know

With the rise of social media marketing, thousands of companies around the world are ditching other publicity and advertising means in order to invest in Facebook ads and other common forms of social media promotional material. In fact, during the last quarter of 2018, Facebook reported advertising revenue at $16.6 billion, which has only continued to rise in recent years. While social media marketing, including the rising industry of influencer advertising, certainly has its advantages, it also...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Smith, Blog & Grow, Mail Merge, GMASS

People Who Know More About Self-Driving Technology Trust It More

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Robotaxis have a real public image problem, according to new survey data collected by an industry group. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education surveyed 1,200 Americans earlier this year and found that 48 percent of Americans say they would "never get in a taxi or ride-share vehicle that was being driven autonomously." And slightly more Americans -- 20 percent versus 18 percent -- think autonomous vehicles will never be safe compared to th...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Ars Technica, Arizona, AEB, FCW, BSM, Elaine Herzberg, Robotaxis, Partners for Automated Vehicle Education

NASA's Human Spaceflight Chief Resigns Days Before Critical SpaceX Launch Over Unspecified 'Mistake'

NASA’s associate administrator for the human exploration and operations mission directorate, Doug Loverro, has abruptly and unexpectedly resigned—after just seven months in that role and just over a week before the first manned test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Nasa, Moon, Donald Trump, Spaceflight, Artemis, Moon Landing, Crew Dragon, Space Launch System, SLS, Jim Bridenstine, Lunar Landing, Doug Loverro

India’s Khatabook raises $60 million to help merchants digitize bookkeeping and accept payments online

Khatabook, a startup that is helping small businesses in India record financial transactions digitally and accept payments online with an app, has raised $60 million in a new financing round as it looks to gain more ground in the world’s second most populous nation. The new financing round, Series B, was led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital. A range of other new and existing investors, including Sequoia India, Partners of DST Global, Tencent, GGV Capital, RTP Global, ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Uber, Apps, Asia, Money, India, Tech, Walmart, Credit Suisse, Payments, Sequoia Capital, New Delhi, SnapDeal, DST Global, Eduardo Saverin

Microsoft Debuts Windows Package Manager For Your Dev Environment

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: It's finally happening. Microsoft is giving developers a command line interface to install their favorite tools. That's right -- at Build 2020 today, Microsoft announced Windows Package Manager in preview. This is not simply about helping developers build for Windows. It's about helping developers and businesses embrace Windows. Microsoft is on a mission to get developers to love using Windows over macOS and Linux. Part of that mission involv...
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China's Lenovo posts 64% slump in quarterly profit, but tops estimates

China's Lenovo Group , the world's biggest maker of personal computers (PCs), posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday and said it could benefit from the "new normal" of working from home.
Tags: Money, China, businessNews, Lenovo, Lenovo Group the world

iFixit Launches Massive Repair Database For Ventilators and Other Medical Devices

According to CEO Kyle Wiens, teardown and repair website iFixit has just posted "the most comprehensive online resource for medical repair professionals." The Verge reports: The new database contains dedicated sections for clinical, laboratory, and medical support equipment, in addition to numerous other categories of devices. It also provides more than 13,000 manuals from hundreds of medical device manufacturers. Wiens says the effort began with a crowdsourcing campaign to collect repair inform...
Tags: Tech, Tanzania, Kyle Wiens, Wiens, Frank s Hospital Workshop

AMD To Support Zen 3 and Ryzen 4000 CPUs On B450 and X470 Motherboards

New submitter FallOutBoyTonto shares a reprot from AnandTech: AMD today is reversing its decision to limit the BIOSes on the 400-series chipsets. To cut a long story short, the TL;DR mantra from AMD is: "We've heard our audience, and we understand the concerns. We are going to work out a way to support Zen 3 on our 400-series chipsets between now and launch -- we're still working out the what and the how, but we will update you closer to Zen 3 launch. [...] 1. We will develop and enable our mot...
Tags: Zen, Tech, Amd, AMD Ryzen Processors

Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and more get eye-tracking apps from Tobii

Modern apps and services are a mixed bag when it comes to accessibility, and people with conditions that prevent them from using the usual smartphone or mouse and keyboard don’t often have good alternatives. Eye-tracking tech leader Tobii has engineered a solution with a set of popular apps that are built for navigation through gaze alone. Working with a third party developer that specializes in accessibility development, the company’s new suite of apps includes: Facebook, FB Messenger, Whats...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Apps, Hardware, Instagram, Tech, Accessibility, Netflix, Eye Tracking, Cerebral Palsy, Tobii, Gaze Tracking, Facebook YouTube Netflix, Delaina Parrish

Microsoft’s new PowerToys Run launcher is like macOS’s Spotlight for Windows 10

Win+R. It’s a command any Windows power-user is familiar with, but the Run launcher has remained basically unchanged for generations. Today at its online-only Build 2020, Microsoft announced an optional, open-source replacement for the command, dubbed PowerToys Run. The idea is to make the Run launcher a more elegant, functional, and customizable tool for power users more akin to Apple’s Spotlight. For power users, the run command tends to be useful for quickly accessing system tools like the re...
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iFixit introduces a free database of medical repair manuals

Best known as leading purveyors of device teardowns, iFixit today announced that it’s turned much of its focus to even more pressing matters. For two months, the site had roughly half of its staff turn its focus to the creation of a medical repair database — one it’s labeled the “world’s largest.” That includes 13,000+ manuals from hundreds of companies available for anyone to use for free. Along with iFixit’s own staff, a good portion of the do-gooder work was crowdsourced with the help fro...
Tags: Health, Apps, Hardware, Tech, Kyle Wiens, iFixit, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Amazon Said To Be In Talks To Buy Bankrupt JC Penney

phalse phace shares a report from Investor's Business Daily: Amazon is reportedly in talks with JCPenney, the debt-laden retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Trading in JCPenney stock was halted while Amazon stock moved up. According to apparel industry trade publication Women's Wear Daily, Amazon has a team in Plano, Texas, where JCPenney is headquartered. The report cited an unnamed source saying there is a dialogue between the two companies. The acquisition of JCPenney cou...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Jc Penney, Jcpenney, Plano Texas, Wear Daily Amazon

The New York Times Phasing Out All 3rd-Party Advertising Data

The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform. From a report: Third-party data, which is collected from consumers on other websites, is being phased out of the ad ecosystem because it's not considered privacy-friendly. This has forced several big publications to rely on their own first-party data, or data that they collect directly from their users. Beginning in July, The Times w...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, The Times, Times, HHI

Tom Hanks’ World War II Drama ‘Greyhound’ Heads Straight to Apple TV+

Tom Hanks‘ World War II drama Greyhound is heading straight to streaming on Apple TV+. The much-delayed Sony drama — originally set to open in theaters in March 2019, before getting pushed to January 2019, then to May 8, 2020 and finally to June 12, 2020 — will now forego theaters entirely and steer right to streaming waters, making its premiere on Apple TV+ as the platform’s biggest feature film debut yet. On the heels of reports that Apple TV+ was starting to build out its feature film and...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Drama, Disney, War, Apple TV, Tom-Hanks, Netflix, Sony, Bryce Dallas Howard, North Atlantic, Hanks, Sofia Coppola, HALA, Netflix Hulu Amazon, Netflix/Streaming Video

Microsoft's New PowerToys Run Launcher for Windows 10 is Now Available To Download

Microsoft is releasing a new Spotlight-like launcher app for Windows 10 today. Designed to replace and modernize the existing Win + R shortcut, the new PowerToys Run launcher includes quick search for apps and files across Windows, plugins like a calculator, and the ability to find running processes. From a report: This early version will support basic search tasks that are typically handled by the built-in Windows Start menu search functionality. But there are plans to make this a more powerful...
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Polestar to open first US stores in the second half of 2020

Polestar’s first U.S. retail stores will open in Los Angeles, New York City and two locations in San Francisco later this year — the latest milestone for the automaker as it gets closer to bringing its all-electric vehicle to market. Polestar, which is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of China, was once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first EV to come out of Polestar since it was recast as an electric performance brand in 2017. ...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, Texas, China, Boston, New York City, Cars, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Volvo, Denver

NASA’s Chief of Human Spaceflight Doug Loverro resigns days before historic crewed mission

Doug Loverro, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has abruptly and unexpectedly resigned from his post, just days before a historic launch. Commercial Crew Demo-2 will take astronauts to the ISS aboard an American spacecraft for the first time since the Space Shuttle was retired, and Loverro was deeply involved. The reasons for Loverro’s departure are not clear, but they must be very compelling for him to leave at this crucial moment when a program he oversaw is ...
Tags: Space, Government, Tech, Nasa, Iss, Aerospace, Operations, LOVERRO, Doug Loverro, Bill Gersteinmaier, Jim Bridenstine Ken Bowersox, Bowersox Demo

Greenpeace: Big Tech won’t reach emissions goals until it cuts ties with Big Oil

Efficient data centers don't matter if you're helping release carbon emissions elsewhere
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, Greenpeace, Carbon Footprint, Big Oil

Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Tuesday May 19

TikTok, the video app owned by China’s ByteDance, which has become wildly popular among locked-down teenagers, has hired Walt Disney Co’s top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, as chief executive officer. Mayer led the successful launch of the Disney+ streaming service in November but in February was passed over as Disney’s new chief executive. Mayer’s appointment will be effective 1 June, when he will also become chief operating officer of ByteDance, the Chinese company said. TikTok, which allo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, New York, Instagram, China, Advertising, Disney, US, CMO, Brooklyn, Premier League, Liverpool, Baidu, Helo, Industry City

Google Says It Will Not Build Custom AI for Oil and Gas Extraction

After a year of weathering criticism from tech workers, politicians, and activists over its oil industry contracts, Google has stated that it will not create new custom A.I. or machine learning algorithms that would help the oil and gas industry enhance its ability to extract fossil fuels. From a report: "We will not ... build custom A.I./ML algorithms to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry," a Google spokesperson said in a statement provided to OneZero. The declaration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Greenpeace, Google Amazon, Microsoft Google, Exxon Chevron, Google Cloud Microsoft

OpenBSD 6.7 Released

New submitter xhonza writes: New OpenBSD version. String of good news. Some of the new changes, as highlighted by Phoronix, include: - FFS2 file-system improvements including using 64-bit timestamps and block numbers by default for new installs. - Support for the Raspberry Pi 4 on ARM64 while improving the Raspberry Pi 3 support too. Raspberry Pi 2/3 support has also improved for OpenBSD ARMv7. - Better support for Rockchip systems like the Pinebook Pro. - Various SMP improvements including bet...
Tags: Raspberry Pi, Tech, Intel, Usb, Rockchip, Phoronix, OpenBSD

Polo G’s Sad, Quiet Grace

The latest single from the melancholic young Chicago sing-rapper Polo G is called "33." It's named, at least in part, for Scottie Pippen's number. Within the song, that number only functions as a gun-talk punchline: "This new Glock got 33, Scottie Pippen." But there's still something poetic about the best young rapper in Chicago evoking … More »
Tags: Music, Future, Chicago, Preservation, Meek Mill, Schoolboy Q, Status Ain't Hood, Conway, Scottie Pippen, Reason, Doe Boy, Quelle Chris, Big Ghost Ltd, Polo G, 1TakeJay

#586 Burn Your Boat: Why You Need to Pivot Your Business Right Now

Listen to “#586 Burn Your Boat: Why You Need to Pivot Your Business Right Now” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: What is going on with the economy in America, and especially with small businesses, is nothing short of a disaster. How can you best navigate the COVID-19 disaster and pivot your business during these tough times? Here to help is Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, a cognitive neuroscientist and the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts....
Tags: Apple, Technology, Small Business, Sales, America, United States, Aol, Negotiation, Columbia Law School, Pivot, Radio Show, Business Plan, Mitel, Gleb Tsipursky, Small Business Radio Show, Thryv

GitLab’s head of Remote on hiring, onboarding and why Slack is a no-work zone

With more than 1,200 employees distributed across over 65 countries and a valuation of nearly $3 billion, GitLab is one of the world’s most successful fully remote startups. Describing it as a textbook example of a remote company would be redundant, because the company actually wrote a textbook about it. I recently had a chance to talk to GitLab’s head of Remote, Darren Murph, who filled me in on how they get stuff done, his advice for all the companies that had to suddenly shift to remote...
Tags: Work, Work From Home, Startups, TC, Developer, California, Tech, Remote Work, Gitlab, Engadget, Darren, Darren Murph, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Newest version of Top Producer proves why so many agents still rely on it

The Move, Inc. CRM Top Producer has been around for years, first reviewed in 2015. It's new version, X, has upped its user experience, added coaching tools, and proves why so many agents still rely on it.
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Porsche’s newest app lets buyers track the progress of their 911

Porsche has been placing more resources into developing digital services as it tries to match the tech demands of its customers. The latest effort borne out of its Porsche Digital subsidiary is an app that lets U.S. buyers who have ordered a 911 sports car to track its progress from production to the dealership. The app, which is integrated with the My Porsche web portal, provides customers updates on 14 events, including production in Germany, the vehicle’s departure and trek across the A...
Tags: TC, Germany, Cars, Tech, Atlantic, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen Group, Porsche Cars North America, Porsche 911, Porsche Digital, Porsche Taycan

Digital Trends Live: Apple’s AR glasses, robot vacuum reviews, and more

On this Digital Trends Live, we break down all the top tech topics, including details on Apple’s AR glasses.
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