Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

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 Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today. Daily video views on Snapchat have spiked to 10 billion, the report said. That’s up from 8 billion video views on Snapchat in February this year, 6 billion daily video views in November 2015, and 4 billion in… Read More Read more »

A Dyson engineer explains why the company spent $71 million and four years developing a high-tech hair dryer

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 Hair dryers are everywhere. Bathrooms. Gym locker rooms. Open a drawer in your hotel room — boom, free hair dryer. It usually requires a lot to get me to really notice a hair dryer. But Dyson has succeeded, and all it took was $71 million and four years of development. Read More Read more »

Jazz drummer times a wicked solo to Super Smash Bros. gameplay

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We would love to see this Super Smash Brothers-inspired Whiplash spinoff. Drummer Andrew Barhite takes a  snippet of a  dominating performance by Armada against Leffen  in  the 2015 Super Smash Brothers tournament, B.E.A.S.T 5, and turns it into a beautiful percussive masterpiece.  Baby otter pup makes its adorable debut at the Bronx Zoo Bomb Pizza will make your tastebuds explode Ricky Gervais shows off his improvised acting skills, totally nails it 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' gets a swingin' makeover Read more... More about Drums , Super Smash Brothers , Music , Gaming , and Watercooler Read more »

Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall

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 The batteries developed for the high demands of all-electric Mercedes-Benz cars are finding a new application as in-home energy storage units. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s a lot like the Tesla Powerwall. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love of all caps). The batteries… Read More Read more »

Gametime now lets users “snap and sell” printed tickets

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 Mobile ticket sellers Gametime added a new feature to their app this week that could draw a larger supply of concert and sports tickets to their marketplace. Designed to make it easier for users to sell old-school printed tickets via mobile, the “snap and sell” feature in Gametime feels something like check scanning in mobile banking apps. A user who clicks the… Read More Read more »

Bitlock crowdfunded a smart bike lock in 2013. What happened next?

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 Two and a half years ago Bitlock set out to crowdfund a smart bike lock at a time when hype around connected devices was surging and goodwill in crowdfunding platforms was buoyant. Since then both categories have taken some confidence knocks and served up disappointments aplenty. So what happened? Did Bitlock ship, and if so, did its smart device live up to expectations? What problems did it… Read More Read more »

Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

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 Movidius has incorporated their Myriad 2 processor into a new USB device called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. You can plug the Fathom into any USB-capable device and that device can begin to react cognitively and make its own decisions based on its programming. The key point is it can do this all natively—right on the stick. No call to the cloud is necessary. Read More Read more »

Tour booking software startup Xola scores $5M Series A led by Rakuten Travel

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 Xola, a software platform that manages booking and marketing for tour providers, is venturing deeper into international markets after closing a $5 million Series A. The funding was led by Rakuten Travel, which is Japan’s largest online travel agency, and contributed half of the round. Read More Read more »

Drivy grabs $35 million for its car rental marketplace

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 French startup Drivy has raised another $35 million (€31 million) from Cathay Innovation, Nokia Growth Partners and existing investors Bpifrance, Via-ID and Index Ventures. If you don’t already know Drivy, the company wants to rethink the way car rental works today. Read More Read more »

DeWalt — yes, the drill maker — gets into the mobile business with rugged MD501 smartphone

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 DeWalt, a name familiar to anyone who loves power tools (and who doesn’t?), is jumping into the mobile market with the rugged MD501. It’s waterproof, has a good variety of high-end features, and looks like you could use it to pound nails. Read More Read more »