Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 10:51 pm
Hear that? It's almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once... The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 8:27 pm
Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 7:31 pm
The first quarter is almost over, and despite Dropbox’s splashy debut on the public market earlier today, it was preceded by just two other U.S. tech companies to IPO in 2018: Cardlytics and Zscaler. Will Dropbox turn things around? Will the fact that Spotify is readying its debut get the momentum going at long last? It […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 7:16 pm
It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 6:13 pm
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been rather scarce lately, despite a host of woes besetting his company — but Wednesday he emerged from his cocoon to offer a limp apology, admit they had no control over data like that used by Cambridge Analytica, and that he "will happily" testify before Congress if he's the right person to do so.
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 5:19 pm
Dropbox went public this morning to great fanfare, with the stock shooting up more than 40% in the initial moments of trading as the enterprise-slash-consumer company looked to convince investors that it could be a viable publicly-traded company. And for one that Steve Jobs famously called a feature, and not a company, it certainly was […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 5:18 pm
Dropbox made its public debut today, with the stock soaring nearly 40% on its first day of trading — meaning the company will now be beholden to the same shareholders that sent the company’s valuation well north of $10 billion. As a file-sharing and collaboration service, Dropbox’s first principle is going to be user trust, […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 5:02 pm
HBO’s Silicon Valley is returning to the air with Season 5 debuting on Sunday. To prep fans, HBO released a virtual reality experience where users will be able to explore Erlich Bachman’s hacker hostel and interact with a ton of easter eggs from the show. HBO showed off some “behind-the-scenes” footage of Richard and Dinesh […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 4:51 pm
Dropbox was off to the races on its first day as a public company. After pricing above the range at $21 per share, raising $756 million, Dropbox kicked off its first day soaring to $31.60, and closing the day at $28.48. This is up almost 36 percent. It’s surely a sign of public investor enthusiasm […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 4:00 pm
The swipe is where the similarity ends. Raya is less like Tinder and more like a secret society. You need a member’s recommendations or a lot of friends inside to join, and you have to apply with an essay question. It costs a flat $7.99 for everyone, women and celebrities included. You show yourself off […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 3:50 pm
The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And applying machine learning has supercharged the network's capabilities.
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 3:40 pm
As Dropbox had its IPO moment this morning, more than 10 years after launching, we can finally put one myth to rest. Dropbox and Box were never targeting the same customers. As Anshu Sharma, founder at Prekari, a stealth startup and former partner at Storm Venture tweeted earlier today: If you are a VC and […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 3:36 pm
Trump’s third national security advisor, John Bolton, shares at least one thing in common with his first one, Michael Flynn: both men have ties to Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm at the center of a new Facebook privacy firestorm. In a new story, The New York Times reports that John Bolton’s political action committee The […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 3:19 pm
Cambridge Analytica may have used Facebook’s data to influence your political opinions. But why does least-liked tech company Facebook have all this data about its users in the first place? Let’s put aside Instagram, WhatsApp and other Facebook products for a minute. Facebook has built the world’s biggest social network. But that’s not what they […]
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 2:59 pm