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You can light this candle with your phone, and it’s officially the future

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:50 am » Comments Off

   Apparently, smartphones really do have everything we need, from cameras to calculators to flashlights to even… matchsticks? You read that right. But instead of shooting flames out of a port, your phone can now create fire by activating a Bluetooth-enabled scented candle called Candle Touch, currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Said to be the world’s […]



Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

January 21st, 2020 at 1:35 pm » Comments Off

It may not be long before you’ll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.  ”Just a face in the crowd.” That figure of speech may one day need a footnote to explain it. What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an […]



Four years in startups

October 10th, 2019 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

Life in Silicon Valley during the dawn of the unicorns. The first time I looked at a block of code and understood what was happening, I felt like a genius. Depending on whom you ask, 2012 represented the apex, the inflection point, or the beginning of the end for Silicon Valley’s startup scene—what cynics called […]



This is the most popular way to find your significant other

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

Where did you find your last boyfriend or girlfriend, and the one behind that? Did they catch your eye while strolling through a park? Or did you find them perched on the edge of a barstool, sipping a Manhattan? Were you introduced through friends? Or was it a meet-cute situation? Yeah, right. You know you […]



Domino’s adds in-car ordering to its tech lineup

April 8th, 2019 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

  Dive Brief: Domino’s has partnered with Xevo, which provides in-vehicle commerce and services for automakers, to provide an AnyWare pizza ordering platform, according to a press release. Customers can order via Easy Order and track it using the Domino’s Tracker. They also can find their local stores and call in an order from the […]



Kakao Pay passes 20 trillion won transaction mark for 2018

January 29th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Chat giant Kakao’s mobile payment app surpassed 20 trillion won, or $17.7 billion, in transactions during 2018, cementing itself as the undisputed sector leader in South Korea.



Microsoft and Kroger to create data-driven connected grocery stores

January 17th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  Microsoft and Kroger are taking a leaf out of Amazon’s book by building futuristic “connected” grocery stores. As part of a pilot project, Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, and Microsoft have transformed two retail stores, one near each of their respective headquarters — in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington — […]



Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon

October 13th, 2018 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

See, snap, sale. In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy. Today Snapchat announced it’s slowly rolling out a new visual product search feature, confirming TechCrunch’s July scoop about this project, codenamed “Eagle.” Users can use Snapchat’s camera to scan a physical object […]



Amazon’s cashier-less Seattle grocery store is opening to the public

March 23rd, 2018 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

At Amazon Go, you grab your milk and leave. It might take some getting used to. In the shadow of Amazon’s offices in downtown Seattle, people enter a tiny grocery store, take whatever they want, and then walk out. And nobody runs after them screaming.



You can now book incredibly cheap flights with a new app that lets you bid on unsold airline seats

February 15th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Air Ticket Arena is a UK-based start-up that launched in February. It lets you bid on unsold airplane tickets up to two weeks before the departure date. It’s only available on Android, but will be available on iOs next month.



Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

February 5th, 2018 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities



Spotify disrupted the music world, now it’s doing the same to Wall Street

January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 am » Comments Off

If Spotify’s non-IPO goes forward this spring, it will be unusual in that it will be a “direct listing,” wherein the current shareholders will sell their shares directly to the retail-investing public on the NYSE, vs. to institutional investors. Spotify is the first company of its size to propose such a listing. If the listing […]



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