Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Review: Excellent Control for Dialing in Your Ideal Drip

October 18, 2017 No Comments

The $ 300 drip machine from Breville offers many ways to tinker with the variables that go into brewing your morning cup.
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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

October 15, 2017 No Comments

 U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More

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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers

October 13, 2017 No Comments

 DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. Read More

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MioTech gets $7M to build artificial intelligence based tools for wealth managers in Asia

October 11, 2017 No Comments

 MioTech, a financial tech startup with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, has raised $ 7 million in Series A funding to develop artificial intelligence based software for investment managers. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Hong Kong business tycoon Li Ka-shing, with participation from returning investor Zhenfund. Read More
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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

October 9, 2017 No Comments

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More

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Should VCs be investing in beauty brands?

October 8, 2017 No Comments

 In the last two years, Unilever acquired Carver Korea for $ 2.7 billion. Estee Lauder purchased Too Faced Cosmetics for $ 1.45 billion. CVC Capital Brands bought PDC Brands for $ 1.43 billion. L’Oreal purchased a trio of skincare brands for $ 1.3 billion, and also  IT Cosmetics for $ 1.2 billion. E.l.f. Beauty did an IPO.
Venture capitalists didn’t invest in any of these beauty… Read More
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Transit aggregates bike-share bike locations from multiple services in Seattle and Washington, DC

October 6, 2017 No Comments

 With multiple bike-share services to choose from, it can be a pain to open up two or three apps just to see which has the bike closest to you. Transit, an app that shows (you guessed it) transit options nearby and recently raised $ 5M, now tracks multiple services on its maps of Seattle and Washington, D.C., showing you the best bike to go to regardless of who operates it. Read More

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Tinder taps comedian Whitney Cummings to launch ‘Reactions’

October 4, 2017 No Comments

 Following in the footsteps of Facebook and iMessage, Tinder has today introduced Reactions, letting Tinder users send each other custom animated responses. These reactions include Hearts, Eye Roll, Round of Applause, Martini Throw, etc. This makes it even easier for Tinder users to casually use the app without actually having to work at the conversation. In January of last year, Tinder… Read More
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This leaked look at the Google Pixel 2 XL’s front face is promising

October 2, 2017 No Comments

 Google’s Pixel 2 launch event is only a couple of days away, but the hype cycle is in high gear – and a new leak has me even more excited to see what Google officially unveils on Wednesday. Serial (and mostly accurate) leaker Evan Blass has posted images he says depict the Google Pixel 2 XL viewed from the front, including a display with minimal bezels that matches up with rumors… Read More

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