• 21
    Jan

    Wireless charging tech developer Powermat pivots to industrial applications with Jetsons Robotics partnerhsip

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    When the two year-old Indian company Jetsons Robotics began searching for a partner to help design charging stations for their autonomous rooftop solar installation cleaning robots, the Israeli company Powermat was an obvious choice. While the company had made its name as the designer for wireless charging technologies for consumer electronics, over the past two years the company was shifting its focus to more ...
  • 18
    Jan

    Flipkart doubles down on rewards program, partners with 5,000 retail outlets in India

    Flipkart on Monday launched SuperCoin Pay that its customers will be able to use across thousands of retail stores across the country as Walmart-owned e-commerce giant bets on its loyalty program to win and sustain its user base in the world’s second largest internet market. The Bangalore-headquartered e-commerce giant said it had partnered with over 5,000 retail outlets including TimesPoints, ...
  • 18
    Jan

    Tencent-backed Hike, once India’s answer to WhatsApp, has given up on messaging

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    India’s answer to WhatsApp has completely moved on from messaging. Hike Messenger, backed by Tencent, Tiger Global and SoftBank and valued at $1.4 billion in 2016, earlier this month announced that it was shutting down Sticker Chat, its messaging app. The startup, founded by Kavin Bharti Mittal, this month pivoted to two virtual social apps called Vibe and Rush, said Mittal, who ...
  • 12
    Jan

    Sony unveils AirPeak, its camera-carrying video drone

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    When Sony  teased the AirPeak late last year, it didn’t give us much to go one. We knew the consumer electronics giant was finally getting in the drone business — but beyond that, not much else. Just a dark image or two from some piece of the UAV. At CES this week, the company’s finally prepared to show off a bit more. ...
  • 12
    Jan

    PopSockets announces its MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 accessories

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    In October, broke the news that PopSockets was developing its own line of MagSafe-compatible products that will support the new wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone 12 devices. Today, at the (virtual) 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, the company formally introduced its upcoming products for the first time. The new line will include three MagSafe-compatible PopGrips, a wallet with an integrated grip and two ...
  • 5
    Jan

    Google, Alphabet employees unionize

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    A group of more than 200 Google and Alphabet workers has announced the formation of the Alphabet  Workers Union, The New York Times first reported. With the help of Communication Workers of America Union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA), the union will be open to both employees and contractors. Of the roughly 227 workers who have so far signed on to support the union, ...
  • 29
    Dec

    AI chipmaker Graphcore raises $222M at a $2.77B valuation and puts an IPO in its ...

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    Applications based on artificial intelligence — whether they are systems running autonomous services, platforms being used in drug development or to predict the spread of a virus, traffic management for 5G networks, or something else altogether — require an unprecedented amount of computing power to run. And today, one of the big names in the world of designing and building ...
  • 29
    Dec

    New FAA rule requires Remote ID for drones

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    The FAA today announced that it will be issuing two new rules for drone pilots in the U.S. The first is the implementation of a long-awaited Remote ID. The system effectively works as a kind of digital license plate for unmanned aircraft, broadcasting identifying details, including the location of the craft. The full text of the finalized new rule can be found here. ...
  • 24
    Dec

    Nuro can now operate and charge for autonomous delivery services in California

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    Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is allowed to launch commercial driverless services on public roads in California — the first company to clear this hurdle — after receiving a permit from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Nuro, which was founded in June 2016 by Google alums Dave Ferguson  and Jiajun Zhu, plans to start commercial delivery operations early next year. The so-called Autonomous Vehicle ...
  • 22
    Dec

    Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case

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    A coalition of companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a legal case brought by WhatsApp against Israeli intelligence firm NSO Group, accusing the company of using an undisclosed vulnerability in the messaging app to hack into at least 1,400 devices, some of which were owned by journalists and human rights activists. NSO develops and sells governments access to its Pegasus spyware, ...