Tempo’s $1,995 fitness tracker taps AI to improve your workout routine

Can AI and machine learning improve the quality of your workout routine? As the wearable AI market climbs to $180 billion, Tempo (previously Pivot), is betting that it can. Today, the startup launched a $1,995 AI-powered home fitness system (with a $200 down deposit and $35 monthly subscription) that will begin shipping in Summer 2020. […]

Rogue Games launches Knockdown Heroes card-based mobile strategy game

Digital games publisher Rogue Games is launching Knockdown Heroes, a new free-to-play mobile strategy game, on iOS and Android. The title from Czech Republic-based studio Craneballs mixes top-down one-on-one, player-versus-player arena-battling action with medieval hero card-based collecting in a fight for survival. Mike Delaet, CEO of Rogue Games, said in an interview that his company […]

Rock Band creator Harmonix announces music-mixing game Fuser

The creators of Rock Band and Dance Central at Harmonix Music Systems are launching a music-mixing game called Fuser. NCSoft is publishing the game made by Harmonix, which continues to be the bastion of music games for fickle video game fans who, once upon a time loved games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. With […]

Unqork raises $51 million more to expand its no-code enterprise app development platform

Three-year-old New York-based software company Unqork, which is developing a no-code platform for enterprise insurance and financial services, today announced that it’s finalized its $131 million in series B financing led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG, extending its series B by $51 million and adding to the $81 million Unqork raised in October 2019. Funds […]

LinkSquares raises $14.5 million to expedite contract management with AI

It takes between 20 days to 30 days for a company to create, negotiate, and finalize a contract, according to Aberdeen Research. And it isn’t cheap — the amount businesses spend on a standard procurement contract increased 38% from 2011 to 2017, to an average of $6,900. Spurred on by this, Chris Combs and Vishal […]

Brave browser taps the Wayback Machine to show deleted web pages

The internet may be a goldmine of information, but it’s all-too-easy for companies and governments around the world to remove web pages on a whim and whitewash history. While it’s difficult to pin down the average lifespan of a web page, some estimates have pegged the figure at anywhere between 44 and 100 days. And […]

Plume raises $85 million to bring smarter Wi-Fi networks to more homes

Plume, a Comcast-backed startup that develops an AI-powered adaptive home Wi-Fi mesh network system, has raised $85 million in a mixture of equity and debt financing. The $60 million series D equity element included Qualcomm, Charter Communications, Belkin, Service Electric Cablevision, Liberty Global, and Shaw Communications as investors, while the debt facility was provided by […]

U.S. regulators criticize Tesla over Autopilot role in fatal crash

(Reuters) — The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday sharply criticized Tesla Inc.’s lack of system safeguards in a fatal 2018 Autopilot crash in California and called U.S. regulators’ approach in overseeing the driver assistance systems “misguided.” NTSB board members questioned Tesla’s design of its semi-automated driving assistance system and condemned the National Highway Traffic […]

Driverless car startup Pony.ai raises $462 million at a $3 billion valuation

In a sign that investors’ enthusiasm for driverless cars hasn’t dampened yet, Pony.ai today secured a whopping $462 million in fresh funding, $400 million of which came from Toyota. The capital infusion brings the Guangzhou- and Fremont, California-based startup’s total raised to about $800 million at a valuation north of $3 billion (up from $1 […]

Fry’s Electronics closes another store in Anaheim, shelves still bare

Fry’s Electronics announced that it will close its store in Anaheim, California. That follows an announcement in September that the company was shutting a store in January, 2020. I asked them in September if the whole chain was shutting down, and they said no. A spokesman said the company was restocking its shelves. But the […]