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Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite. As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least. Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau, Airbus, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others, currently flies pass...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Venture Capital, Airbus, American-Airlines, BLADE, California, Carsharing, Ceo, Commuting, Eric Schmidt, Executive, Google, India, Los Angeles, Mumbai


AgileCraft’s Exit, $45M for Ojo Labs, Intel Grants & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Georgetown, TX-based AgileCraft was acquired by Australia-based Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM), the team collaboration and productivity software maker, for $166 million. AgileCraft makes planning software that helps executives build and manage how the company’s projects develop. It’s focused more on leaders in a business than engineering and IT staff, and it helps them map out product strategy, spot bottlenecks and risks, and get a feel for the...
Tags: National blog main, National top stories, Texas, Texas blog main, Texas top stories, AgileCraft, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AT&T, Atlassian, ATX Seed Ventures, ATX Venture Partners, Austin, Australia, Brad Bentz, Canada


Indonesia’s Kargo comes out of stealth with $7.6M from Travis Kalanick, Sequoia and others

Travis Kalanick may be busy cooking up a cloud kitchen business, but that hasn’t stopped the former Uber CEO’s VC fund from making its first investment in Southeast Asia. 10100, the firm that Kalanick launched last year for investments in Asia, just took part in a $7.6 million seed round for Kargo, an early-stage ‘Uber for trucks’ startup that is based in Indonesia and — you guessed it — founded by a former Uber Asia executive. Kargo takes some of the concepts behind Uber and applies th...
Tags: Asia, Collaborative Consumption, Funding, Fundings & Exits, TC, Broker, Carsharing, China, Executive, Google, Grab, Hedge Fund, India, Indonesia, Innoven Capital, Internet Access


500 years in 59 seconds: the race to be the world's largest city

Fascinating interactive graphic shows changes in the globe’s 10 most populous cities from 1500 to 2018This compelling interactive “bar chart race” shows the top 10 most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018.“In the early 1500s most people lived in the east, either the east of Europe and north Africa or the east of the world itself in India and China,” says John Burn-Murdoch, who created the interactive for the Financial Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, India, Africa, World news, Cities, Data visualisations, Financial Times Continue, John Burn Murdoch


Taxes on VC and electric buses harming oil prices

From Extra Crunch A lot of subscribers got to hear from TechCrunch hardware guru Brian Heater, who has been meeting with (too many) robotics companies as we prepare for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics. If you weren’t able to join us, a transcript will be available in the next 48 hours. We have Lucas Matney and Eric Peckham on the horn this Friday at noon PDT to talk about all things Game Developers Conference (GDC). Be sure to check your emails for details. Wide Angle zssp via Getty Images ...
Tags: Google, China, India, Tech, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Lucas Matney, Brian Heater, Eric Peckham, The Extra Crunch Daily, Getty Images Stories


Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 Photo Gallery

Xiaomi launched the Mi Men's Sports Shoes 2 in India under Mi Crowdfunding last month, and the company started shipping the shoes a few days ago. As per the company, these are created using Uni-Moulding process, are Shock-absorbent, have anti-slip design and are durable for machine wash. Check out the photo gallery of the Dark Grey version. It is engineered with breakthrough 5-in-1 Uni-Moulding technology that combines 5 different materials to minimize wear damage. This technology will keep...
Tags: UK, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Photo Gallery, Mi Sports Shoes 2, Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2


Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die Chinese investment into computer vision technology and AR surges as U.S. funding dries up There has been some negative sentiment surrounding the games industry recently, with stock prices of public games companies in question in both the U.S. and China. While being contrarian to market senti...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Facebook, Column, Asia, Japan, Steve Jobs, China, Russia, India, Tech, Sony, Tencent, Pokemon, North America, Latin America


The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism. Empowering sustainable business growth The business of journalism is u...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, India, Eu, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, North, John Green


Xiaomi releases kernel source for Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Go it's the first Android Go smartphone in India at an event this week. It packs a 5-inch HD screen, Snapdragon 425 SoC with 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android Oreo (Go edition). Last month, it launched the Redmi Note 7 in the country,  which was launched with a different camera sensor in China earlier in January. Redmi Note 7 Indian variant and Redmi Note 7 Chinese variant share the same codename ‘lavender’. Now, the company has released kernel sources for these smartp...
Tags: News, China, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Mi Home, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Go kernel source, Redmi Note 7 kernel source


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


Desi Innovations: Not just jugaad, but these innovators are solving for themselves [Collection]

India is a land of innovation and while tech companies are still looking at West (and China) for inspiration, the innovators back home are solving for themselves. And in the process, they are creating some amazing products. We respect and bat for these innovators. In no particular order, here goes a collection which will inspire you to push more! The post Desi Innovations: Not just jugaad, but these innovators are solving for themselves [Collection] appeared first on NextBigWhat.
Tags: Business, China, India, Tech, West


Xiaomi launches Mi Pay as a UPI app on Indian Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi has launched Mi Pay, its UPI payment app, for Xiaomi smartphone users in India. MIUI users can install Mi Pay from the Mi Store. Users can login with their Mi account or use another account. With Mi Pay, users can also pay utility bills (water, electricity, gas, phone recharges) across 120... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, India, Policy, Regulation, Xiaomi, UPI, RBI, Digital Payments, Data Localisation


As Costs Skyrocket, More US Cities Stop Recycling

Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the environment, is collapsing in many parts of the country [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; syndicated source]. From a report: Philadelphia is now burning about half of its 1.5 million residents' recycling material in an incinerator that converts waste to energy. In Memphis, the international airport still has recycling bins around the terminals, but every collected can, bo...
Tags: Florida, California, China, India, US, Tech, Thailand, United States, Philadelphia, Memphis, Fiona Ma, Deltona


POCO F1 6GB+128GB version to get Rs. 2000 price cut in India from March 25 to 28, will be available for Rs. 20999

Xiaomi's POCO just announced that POCO F1 6GB+128GB version will receive a price cut of Rs. 2000 and Rs. 20,999 from 25th March to 28th March. The company says that it has received overwhelmingly positive response that POCO F1 has received in merely six months upon its launch in August 2018 that calls for this price cut. The discounted pricing will be available across Flipkart and Mi.com starting 25th March starting midnight till the 28th March. POCO F1 6GB+64GB and 8GB+256GB variants will be...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Flipkart, Poço, POCO F1, POCO F1 6GB+128GB, Manmohan Chandolu


A Waymo engineer reveals how the self-driving car company develops its robot brains (GOOGL)

Shilpa Gulati leads Waymo's Behavior Prediction team. The India-born engineer works on perfecting Waymo's robot brains. Her inspiration was reading Isaac Asimov's legendary robot stories when she was 12 years old. Editor's note: Business Insider has been talking with Waymo employees from different parts of the company to learn more about their work. What we discovered were some of the coolest jobs at Alphabet, Waymo's parent company. This is the latest profile in the series. To read the other...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, India, US, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Jupiter, Bosch, Phoenix, University of Texas Austin, Isaac Asimov, Asimov, Gulati, GOOGL


Google Photos Express Backup rolls out widely for users in India

Finally, Google is rolling out Express backup in Google Photos to all the Android users in India. After testing the Express backup feature with a small percentage of people in the last December, the company has started releasing to a large number of users. For the uninitiated, Express provides faster backup at a reduced resolution, making it easier to ensure memories are saved even when you might have poor or infrequent WiFi connectivity. In an official blog, Google said, "Over the past week...
Tags: Google, Apps, India, Blogging, Google Photos, Data Cap, Google Photos Data Cap, Google Photos Express Backup, uninitiated Express


Xiaomi Q4 sees strong growth in overseas shipment and internet services

Xiaomi, the Chinese company known for its cheap handsets and a vision to drive revenues by selling internet services, has come in ahead of analysts’ estimates in its fourth-quarter profit although revenues missed expectations. The Hong Kong-listed company more than tripled its net profit to 1.85 billion yuan ($276 million), exceeding the 1.7 billion yuan average estimate, Reuters reported citing Refinitiv data. However, revenue from the quarter missed the 47.4 billion yuan expectation, rising...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Hardware, China, India, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Xiaomi, Retail, Operating System, Reuters, MIUI


Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone launching in India soon – Here are the top features

Xiaomi’s Black Shark announced the Black Shark 2 Gaming Phone yesterday. As expected the company has announced that it will be launching in India soon. It also detailed some additional features and accessories for the phone. Ludicrous Mode: When the Ludicrous mode is on, Black Shark 2 will release all the CPU power for supporting gaming performance without dropping frames and the company says that this is the only device in the world which can achieve this. Shark Space - Immersive Gam...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, PUBG, Gaming Phone, Black Shark, Black Shark 2, Black Shark 2 India


Xiaomi outs Redmi Go, a $65 entry-level smartphone for India

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a new entry level smartphone at an event in Delhi. The entry-level smartphone is targeted at the Indian market and looks intended to woo feature phone owners to upgrade from a more basic mobile. It runs Google’s flavor of Android optimized for low-powered smartphones (Android Go) which supports lightweight versions of apps. Under the hood the dual-SIM handset has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage (though there’s a sl...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Mobile, Asia, India, Nokia, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Xiaomi, Delhi, Qualcomm, Mobile Computing, Reliance Jio, Dual Sim


Google now lets you easily compress photos straight from the Photos app

A few weeks ago, we explained how you can save space on your phone by using Google Photos to back up your pictures. Now, Google has introduced a new backup option in Android that lets you compress photos to the size of a 3-megapixel image; the new feature is called Express back up, and it appears it’s solely available in India for the time being. Here’s how to use the Express backup option: Open the Google Photos app on your phone. Head to Settings>Back up & Sync, and click on Backup mode Tap on...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, India, Google Photos, Insider, Express


3i Group invests $179 mln in Magnitude Software

3i Group plc said March 19 that it will invest $179 million in Magnitude Software Inc. The enterprise value of the transaction is $340 million. Magnitude, of Austin, provides unified application data management solutions, operating in the US, the Netherlands, UK, Canada and India. PRESS RELEASE 3i Group plc (“3i”) today announces that it will invest c. $179m in Magnitude Software Inc., (“Magnitude”), a leading provider of unified application data management solutions, operating in the US, the Ne...
Tags: India, US, Trends, Tech, ERP, Austin, North America, Sap, North America Europe, PE Deals, Netherlands UK, 3i Group, 3i Group plc, Magnitude Software Inc, Chris Ney, Magnitude of Austin


Google Pay now lets you book train tickets at no additional cost

Google Pay already offers cab and bus ticket bookings with abhiBus, Goibibo, RedBus, Uber and Yatra. Today it has introduced train ticket booking for Indian Railways, powered by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at no additional cost at the launch. You can just click Trains option inside the Google Pay app to access this feature. This lets you search, book and cancel train tickets within the app. The new feature will roll out on Google Pay app on Android and iOS starting...
Tags: Google, News, India, Blogging, Google Pay, Google Pay Train


Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division

On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex’s first partnership with a carmaker, and specifically, Yandex will be working with Hyundai Mobis, the car giant’s OEM parts and service di...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, China, Russia, India, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Toyota, Estonia, Las Vegas, Autonomous Cars, Baidu, Hyundai, Kia


How to book train tickets in India straight from the Google Pay app

Google Pay (earlier named Tez) has recently rolled out the ability to book train tickets in India straight from the app – both on iOS and Android. The money will be deducted directly from your bank account, so you won’t need any additional apps for train booking. Before we tell you how you can book a train ticket, make sure that you have a working IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) account. If you don’t, you can create one during the booking process or sign up here. Open Goo...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, India, Insider, Tez


Ola raises $300M as part of a new electric vehicle partnership with Hyundai and Kia

Ride-hailing platform Ola announced today that it has raised $300 million from Hyundai and Kia as part of a strategic partnership focused on electric vehicle development. This brings the company’s total raised to $3.8 billion according to Crunchbase. Ola’s last funding was announced just three weeks ago, when the company said it had raised $56 million in early funding by investors including Tiger Global and Matrix India (two of its earliest backers) to spend on its recently spun-out electric ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, India, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Kia, Ola, Ola Cabs, Ola Electric Mobility, Crunchbase Ola, EVs Ola Electric Mobility


Xiaomi launches Mi Pay mobile payment solution in India

Xiaomi has officially launched Mi Pay, the company's latest mobile payment solution in India, after it was introduced back in December last year. Mi Pay is supported by ICICI Bank, has a basic UI and it requires Phone, Contacts and SMS permissions to run. Users have an option to transfer money to UPI address and Bank Account directly. Mi Pay is integrated within the Contacts, SMS, Scanner apps as well as App Vault in MIUI. It lets you easily transfer money to others through UPI, make paymen...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Bank Account, UPI, ICICI Bank, UPI PIN, Mi Pay, Mi Pay India


Xiaomi Redmi Go Android Go Edition smartphone with 5-inch HD display launched in India for Rs. 4499

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Go, the company’s first Android Go Edition smartphone in India, as it had promised. It was announced earlier this year and packs a 5-inch HD screen, Snapdragon 425 SoC with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front camera, 4G LTE with dedicated SIM slots and a 3000mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi Go specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720pixels) HD 16:9 display with 380 nits brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 72% NTSC Color Gamut 1.4GHz Q...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Gpu, Hdr, Mi Home Stores, Redmi Go, Redmi Go price, Redmi Go price India


Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco


U.S. Students Have Achieved World Domination in Computer Science Skills -- For Now

When it comes to computer science skills, U.S. students approaching graduation have a significant advantage over their peers in China, India, and Russia. Tekla Perry shares a report: That's the conclusion of a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study was put together by a global team of researchers led by Prashant Loyalka, an assistant professor at Stanford University. The team constructed a careful sampling mechanism...
Tags: China, Russia, India, Tech, Stanford University, United States of America, China India, National Academy of Sciences, Tekla Perry, Prashant Loyalka, U S Educational Testing Service


Apple introduces 10.5-inch iPad Air and new iPad mini with Apple Pencil support starting at Rs. 44900 and Rs. 34900

Apple has introduced new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 5th Generation iPad Mini. Both these are powered by Apple's  A12 Bionic chip. The new iPad Mini comes with Apple Pencil support, a new advanced Retina display panel with True Tone technology and wide color support. Both these feature an 8-megapixel rear camera with improved low-light performance. The front facing camera has been bumped up to 7-megapixels, similar to the iPad Pro. With support for Apple Pencil first-generation, the new iPad m...
Tags: Apple, News, India, Blogging, Facetime, Apple Pencil, Apple 10.5-inch iPad Air, iPad mini 5th Gen, PPI Octa Core, Hybrid IR



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