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Why open ecosystems are the future of app development

We can’t get enough of our mobile apps. There were 204 billion apps downloads last year, and that number is rising in 2020.  When app stores entered the mainstream tech culture, they exposed developers to an audience of millions who were keen to adopt the innovative capabilities of their devices through the creations of third-party developers. The rapid commercialization of the app ecosystem has caused leading tech brands to restrict app innovation within their platforms, often to the detriment ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Huawei, Design & Dev


Taxes Are Good, Actually

by Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications and author of “Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOS“. Taxes aren’t fun to pay. There, I said it. Tens of thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money, the end result of your work, your strife, your sleepless nights and stress headaches and endless meetings that take longer than they should, don’t make it to your pocket by a matter of law, a debt we owe before we earn a dime. Taxes suck, but they aren’t bad, any more than chemot...
Tags: Startups, Taxes, US, United States, Ronald Reagan, Ben Franklin, Medicare, McDonald, Thinking Aloud, Eric Yaverbaum, Ericho Communications, Jericho Communications, LIME Public Relations Promotions Eric


How to enable dark mode on all of your essential apps

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Ah, dark mode — the charcoal gray color palette associated with night time and eyeball-saving. It’s not without its detractors, not even among my own colleagues. But there are plenty of people, including me, who can’t get enough of the dusty-colored theme. Luckily dark mode is available on just about every device and app — so we’ll walk you through how to make...
Tags: Startups, Basics


[Infographic] WhatsApp Business API

Have you been thinking about using WhatsApp API for your business but don’t know what it is or how it works? WhatsApp Business API is designed for larger companies to establish their business presence on WhatsApp. Since it is an API, there is no front end interface provided and no app. The idea is businesses take the WhatsApp API endpoint and integrate it into their business software. The WhatsApp Business profile includes a cover photo, description, address, email, website and business hours f...
Tags: Startups, Resources, Infographic, Whatsapp, Api, Whatsapp Business Api, Session Messaging Template Messaging


STRAP TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES GROUND BREAKING DEVICE TO AID THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

First Ever Wearable Device to Help Blind People Navigate Without a White CaneSTRAP Technologies announced today, the creation of a hands-free device designed to be worn by the visually impaired to allow for more independence and mobility. STRAP is the world’s first total replacement of the white cane. STRAP is a wearable, hands-free, device with an innovative array of sensors that work by sending real-time information that detect obstacles at the head, chest, and below — including oncoming bum...
Tags: Startups, News, Mexico, Startup, Tech, Austin, Research and development, Austin Texas, Guadalajara Mexico, Austin Startups, Roel, Diego Roel, STRAP Technologies


Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth mode, and investors back into the check-writing arena. Boston has been an exemplar of the trend, with early pandemic caution dissolving into rapid-fire dea...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Harvard, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Aerospace, New England, Flagship Pioneering


Galactic gas can help unveil what dark matter is made of

The search for dark matter – an unknown and invisible substance thought to make up the vast majority of matter in the universe – is at a crossroads. Although it was proposed nearly 70 years ago and has been searched for intensely – with large particle colliders, detectors deep underground, and even instruments in space – it is still nowhere to be found. But astronomers have promised to leave “no stone unturned” and have started to cast their net wider out into the galaxy. The idea is to extract ...
Tags: Startups, Syndication


Financial institutions can support COVID-19 crowdfunding campaigns

Scott Purcell Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Purcell is the CEO and Chief Trust Officer of Prime Trust, an innovative API-enabled B2B open-banking financial solutions provider. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the financial outlook for millions of people, and continues to cause significant fiscal distress to millions more, but such challenging times have also wrought a more resilient and reso...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Crowdfunding, Australia, Washington, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Tech, European Union, Banking, Chicago, Kickstarter, Venture Capital, Indiegogo, Philanthropy


Here’s how fast a few dozen startups grew in Q3 2020

Earlier this week I asked startups to share their Q3 growth metrics and whether they were performing ahead of behind of their yearly goals. Lots of companies responded. More than I could have anticipated, frankly. Instead of merely giving me a few data points to learn from, The Exchange wound up collecting sheafs of interesting data from upstart companies with big Q3 performance. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Digital, Tech, Remote Work, Fertility, SaaS, Andreessen Horowitz, Canva, PPP, TechCrunch, Cowboy Ventures, Exchange, Bluevine, Don


Get PlayStation Plus, VPN coverage and 10 more killer entertainment apps at 80% off

TLDR: The Complete Entertainment Bundle ft. PlayStation Plus brings together a dozen services, apps and streaming options so there’s always something good to watch. For years, consumers railed against cable providers, screaming that their monthly cable bills were ridiculously high. So when the streaming age finally dawned about a decade ago, many users were all too happy to cut the cable cord. But now with cable suffering huge subscriber losses, many of us are finding paying for all those stream...
Tags: Startups, Offers, Netflix Hulu Disney


How to stop Google self-preferencing? Europe may not be the model

After a wide-ranging 16-month investigation, a congressional subcommittee examining dominance in the technology industry last week recommended more than two dozen updates to the U.S. antitrust system, including implementing nondiscrimination rules that would limit “preferential or discriminatory treatment” by dominant platforms. But such rules can be hard to enforce, experts said, and attempts by the European Union to spur competition with Google through measures of this sort have fallen short. ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Europe, European Union, Syndication, Kamyl Bazbaz


mmhmm, Phil Libin’s new startup, acquires Memix to add enhanced filters to its video presentation toolkit

Virtual meetings are a fundamental part of how we interact with each other these days, but even when (if!?) we find better ways to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, many think that they will be here to stay. That means there is an opportunity out there to improve how they work — because let’s face it, Zoom Fatigue is real and I for one am not super excited anymore to be a part of your Team. mmhmm, the video presentation startup from former Evernote CEO Phil Libin with ambitions to change the con...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Video, Media, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Graphics, Virtual Reality, Pixar, Computer Vision, Phil Libin, Exit


The UK’s first electric ferry runs on old Nissan Leaf batteries

Earlier today, here on SHIFT, we looked at the results of a survey from UK consumer magazine Which?, which showed battery degradation in EVs is really nothing to worry about. There is an issue, though. It seems that battery degradation is so insignificant in the grand scheme of things that the power packs will outlive the rest of the car. So what to do with all those surplus cells? Use them to power boats, of course! It was maritime week in the UK recently after all. [Read: What audience intelli...
Tags: Startups, UK, US, Nissan, Shift


IBM AI model predicts onset of Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing descriptions of a cookie theft

A new AI model can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than standard clinical techniques by analyzing how people describe a picture of a cookie theft, according to a new study. Researchers from IBM and Pfizer trained the model to detect signs of speech impairment in written descriptions of the image, which is frequently used to test for cognitive disorders. The transcriptions were taken from the Framingham Heart Study, which has tracked the health of more than 5,000 people a...
Tags: Startups, Ibm, Pfizer, Neural


What To Look For In A Good Password Manager

So, you’re looking for a new password manager for your business or personal use? You’re in luck—we know exactly what features a good password manager should have. You don’t want to settle for just any password manager, otherwise, you might as well just use the built-in manager in your browser (please don’t). Browser password managers are notoriously lacking in the security department, and you don’t want to leave your passwords to chance. Today’s password management software is secure, easy to u...
Tags: Startups, Cybersecurity, Password Manager, Others, MFA, Multi Factor Authentication MFA, Password Management


The 5 Steps to Selecting the Best Advertising Agency

If you are investing material dollars in marketing campaigns, more often than not, you have considered engaging, or have engaged, an advertising agency to assist you with those efforts. Those decisions whether or not to manage your marketing campaigns with in-house teams versus third-party agencies are typically not easy. And if you decide to outsource to an agency, the selection process can be overwhelming. This post will help make those decisions easier for you.Read the rest of this post in E...
Tags: Startups, George Deeb, Best Advertising Agency


This Dutch startup sells microdosing kits to boost productivity — so I did magic truffles for a month

The idea of microdosing hallucinogenic drugs to boost productivity has always fascinated me. I’m easily distracted and quite chaotic, so taking tiny amounts of recreational drugs to help me address that sounds like a good time to me. Microdosing for productivity is nothing new, of course. Silicon Valley nerds have been raving about taking tiny doses of drugs for ages and this TNW2017 talk from Paul Austin has always been one of the most popular ones on our YouTube channel: The idea of microdosin...
Tags: Startups, Silicon Valley, TNW, Paul Austin, Growth Quarters


This app lets you ‘cut-and-paste’ real life objects

Apple has boasted a lot about the AR capabilities of its new LiDAR equipped iPhone 12 Pro. It means that your new iPhone will be able to ‘map’ the room better to place objects. However, I hadn’t found an AR app that I might use regularly — until now. A few months ago, developer Cyril Diagne showed off a demo of an app called ClipDrop that lets you ‘drop’ real-life objects to your desktop. Now, the app is here as a beta version, and I already love it. It’s pretty evident by the feature image of t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Cyril Diagne


Scottish city to get ‘world’s largest’ fleet of hydrogen-powered garbage trucks

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Glasgow is set to introduce a fleet of 19 hydrogen-powered refuse trucks after being awarded £6.3 million (US$8 million) in funding under the UK government’s £23 million Hydrogen ...
Tags: Startups, UK, Glasgow, Shift, Syndication, Rachel Maclean, Christopher Carey, Cities Today News, Hydrogen for Transport Program HTP UK Transport


How I passed the TensorFlow Developer Certification Exam

At the start of May, I decided to get TensorFlow Developer Certified. So I set myself up with a curriculum to sharpen my skills and took the certification — turns out, I passed. Let me tell you how I did it and how you can too. Hold on, what even is TensorFlow? TensorFlow is an open-source numerical computing framework that allows you preprocess data, model data (find patterns in it, typically with deep learning) and deploy your solutions to the world. It’s what Google uses to power all of its m...
Tags: Google, Startups, Syndication


There’s no need to worry about your EV battery degrading over time

Are you worried about buying an EV and in a few years time it not being able to travel as far on a charge as it did when it was new? Well, you probably don’t need to be all that concerned. UK-based consumer reviews magazine Which? has surveyed over 1,000 EV owners to find out just how much the average EV battery degrades over the first few years of its life. By the looks of things, EV batteries don’t degrade as much as some skeptics would claim. According to the 1,016 electric car owners surveye...
Tags: Startups, UK, Shift


How the Medici, monks, and the British Empire shaped your office

The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to create an office space of their own – whether by devoting a room in our homes for work, sitting socially distanced in common areas or just creating a “Zoom worthy” corner in a bedroom. As a scholar who researches and designs learning and workspaces, I’m aware how the modern-day workplace was shaped over several centuries. But few people may know that the origins of the office can be found in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Early origin in mo...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Syndication, Growth Quarters


Nordic challenger bank Lunar raises €40M Series C, plans to enter the ‘buy now, pay later’ space

Lunar, the Nordic challenger bank that started out life as a personal finance manager app (PFM) but acquired a full banking license in 2019, has raised €40 million in Series C funding from existing investors. The injection of capital follows a €20 million Series B disclosed in April this year and comes on the back of Lunar rolling out Pro paid-for subscriptions — similar to a number of other challenger banks in Europe — personal consumer loans, and the launch of business bank accounts in August....
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Sweden, Tech, Eu, Paypal, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Oslo, Klarna, Lunar, Denmark Sweden, PFM


Comparing IRAs And 401Ks

Nobody has ever been disappointed or upset that they had too much money in savings when they retired. While a market correction can make you a little worried to check your balance, the market grows pretty steadily over time. As you get closer to retirement, make sure you reduce your personal risk by moving monies into less volatile accounts. Employer Provided 401k. If your employer allows you to add money into a 401k, sign up as soon as you can and contribute enough to fully gain access to an...
Tags: Personal Finance, Startups, Savings, Ira, Others, SoFi Invest


6 Straightforward Ways To Make Your Business Even Better

As a business owner, your company is a huge part of your life. You put your all into your business to make it the best it can be. Your passion for your customers is clear, and you’re proving your drive by growing an organization from nothing. No matter how far you’ve come, there is always room for improvement and the opportunity to take your business to the next level. After all, you didn’t come this far to just be mediocre. Businesses succeed when they are efficient and goal-oriented. The more...
Tags: Google, Startups, Others, Business Advice


WhatsApp now lets you mute a chat FOREVER — here’s how you can do it

WhatsApp‘s mute function has been a boon for many who’ve wanted to keep their notifications at bay. However, the maximum duration allowed for silencing these chats was one year. So, if you were part of a pesky group of relatives that you couldn’t really leave, you had to perform the muting ritual once in a year. Now, the chat has rolled out an option to mute a conversation FOREVER. That’s right. [Read: What audience intelligence data tells us about the 2020 US presidential election] The company ...
Tags: Startups, US, Plugged


Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro looks like one of the best phones people won’t buy

Huawei today unveiled its latest flagships, the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+. The phones pack a massive ring-shaped camera array with multiple lenses, and their Kirin 9000 processor makes them just the second family of smartphones to use a 5-nanometer process, after Apple’s iPhone 12 family. The circular camera array lends the phone a unique aesthetic that doesn’t look like anything else out there. On the rear, anyway — on the front, the Pro+ features a 6.8-inch display, while the regular pro has a 6.5-...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Huawei, Insider, Plugged, Kirin 9000


Why is it so rare to have a woman leading a game?

In 1986, a game was released called Metroid. A dark, challenging science fiction platformer which owed more than a little to the Gigerian horror of Alien, Metroid starred a bounty hunter named Samus Aran, outfitted from head to foot in power armor. At the end of the game, Samus would doff the massive orange-and-green armor, revealing long, flowing hair and a red bikini. For less than a minute, the player sees the outcome of one of Metroid’s directors saying, “Wouldn’t it be kind of cool if it tu...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Metroid, Samus Aran


Moog built a super-fancy theremin to celebrate the instrument’s 100th birthday

Even if you don’t know what a theremin is, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The futuristic instrument — played by carefully gesturing with your hands in the air — has been a staple of old sci-fi movies and used to add an air of mystery in popular music.  This year the instrument is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so synthesizer giant Moog is honoring it by making, well, a very fancy theremin. It’s called the Claravox Centennial, after Clara Rockmore, one of history’s best theremin players  —...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Moog, Clara Rockmore, Plugged


Quibi’s shortform life

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Myself, along with Danny and Natasha had a lot to get through, and more to say than expected. A big thanks to Chris for cutting the show down to size. Now, what did we get to? Aside from a little of everything, we ran through: The fall of Quibi, and who lost money in the mix. TechCrunch has a bit more on the video service’s downfall here. The Net...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, Chris, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, Quibi, Quibi Netflix