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Abstract, a versioning platform that helps designers work like developers, raises $30M
TechCrunch

Design and engineering are two sides of the same coin when it comes to building software and hardware, and yet — unlike engineers, who can use services like GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or many others to help manage their development process — it’s traditionally… more…

Music’s next big startup Splice raises $57.5M to sell samples
TechCrunch

Tech has a bad reputation for pulling money out of musicians’ pockets, but Splice is changing that. The audio sample marketplace and music production collaboration tool has now paid out $15 million to artists. Splice lets musicians sell their sounds for royal… more…

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1
TechCrunch

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. B… more…

Here are the 85+ startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W19 Demo Day 1
TechCrunch

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to … more…

It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds
Gizmodo.com

In a dusty plastic bin under my bed lies at least four laptops, six cellphones, and a half-dozen hard drives. I have no idea what’s on any of them. Most of these devices predate the cloud-storage era, and so likely contain solitary copies of photos, texts, an… more…

First-person digger: Stanley Black & Decker’s game controller for excavators
Ars Technica

Toolmaking giant aims to teach heavy metal machines robotic tricks—with a familiar interface. more…

Build your next iOS and Android app with Flutter
Blog.google

Mobile development is full of compromises. When you’re building a new app, you’re often forced into a difficult choice: do you build the same app twice—once for iOS, once for Android—so that you have a high quality experience for both platforms? Or do you cre… more…

Should you buy the ASUS Chromebox 3?
Androidcentral.com

Best answer: The ASUS Chromebox 3 is a great choice for anyone who needs a powerful Chrome desktop for business or personal use. If you're in the market for a high-end Chromebox, you should look at the ASUS Chromebox 3. Amazon: ASUS Chromebox 3 ($470) Ready f… more…

Sony Xperia 10 + Xperia 10 Plus review: Mid-rangers that really stand out
Androidcentral.com

The U.S. smartphone market is getting a little more interesting. Sony Mobile's presence in the U.S. is not great. Despite releasing some truly solid phones, the company has failed to make much of an impression in the country and has taken the back seat in bot… more…

Ariana Grande is getting into private equity; Citigroup is considering working with pot companies
Business Insider

Dear Readers, Like most of you this week, I was captivated by the college admissions scandal. Some of the details that emerged were stunning: for example, wealthy parents Photoshopping their kids heads to make it appear like they were lightweight crew stars. … more…

Understanding Today’s IT Hierarchy
Readwrite.com

An Information Technology (IT) department is charged with the responsibility of developing and managing a company’s technology assets. This includes developing technology and apps for external and internal use, managing the company’s email systems, overseeing… more…

Chinese enthusiasts are serving global Thinkpad fans by making modern motherboards that fit in classic chassis from the Golden Age of the Thinkpad
Boingboing.net

After Lenovo bought out IBM's Thinkpad business, they began to tinker with the classic and famously immutable laptop designs: in small ways at first, and then in much larger ones. I buy a new Thinkpad every year (I promised myself a new laptop every year as a… more…

Nvidia makes autonomous vehicle simulator Drive Constellation generally available
Venturebeat.com

Nvidia today announced that Drive Constellation, its cloud-based driverless vehicle simulator, is now generally available. more…

4 ways AI is already making designers’ lives easier
Fastcompany.com

Amid plenty of debate over whether AI and other emerging technologies will change design forever, it’s easy to overlook the ways these technologies are already helping creatives work today. When the desktop publishing revolution initially took off, I resisted… more…

Augmented reality when? We asked Magic Leap, Facebook, Google, and more
Fastcompany.com

“A ‘Black Mirror’ episode—in a good way!”: Mixed reality’s key players rhapsodize on the near future, and explain what could go wrong. Today, most of us see the internet on some variation of an opaque rectangular screen. Think of them as little digital island… more…

The Joy Of Properly Designed Embedded Systems
Hackaday.com

The ages-old dream of home automation has never been nearer to reality. Creating an Internet of Things device or even a building-wide collection of networked embedded devices is “easy” thanks to cheap building blocks like the ESP8266 WiFi-enabled microcontrol… more…

A glowing, 3D printed rose that "blooms" when you touch its petals
Boingboing.net

Daren Schwenke's 3D printed blooming rose embeds a capacitive touch sensor -- a magnetic wire -- in one of the leaves, which trips an Arduino-controlled actuator that changes the rose's lighting and causes the petals -- 3D printed and then shaped over a hot c… more…

We need better tools for the digital afterlife
Fastcompany.com

Debra Bassett, who studies grief in the digital age, writes about preserving the digital messages that many loved ones take comfort in. The internet is changing how we converse with the dead. While the bereaved have traditionally visited graves or burial site… more…

4 ways AI is already making designers’ lives easier
Fastcompany.com

Amid plenty of debate over whether AI and other emerging technologies will change design forever, it’s easy to overlook the ways these technologies are already helping creatives work today. When the desktop publishing revolution initially took off, I resisted… more…

By the numbers, Apple's iPhone tops PlayStation, Xbox as most popular video game device
USA Today

With more than 1 billion iPhones sold over the past decade, Apple's device has emerged the largest installed base of any video game platform. more…