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August 9, 2017

Mophie’s MacBook-charging battery pack is indispensable but overpriced

 Every time we do a gift guide here, one editor suggests the same thing: external battery packs. Every time, like clockwork. And it’s true, everyone in your life probably needs one. We all wander through our days tempting fate by porting around gadgets with sub-par battery life. The other big upside of gifting a power […]

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August 9, 2017

Here Be Dragons VR studio closes $10 million Series A led by Discovery

 Here Be Dragons, an immersive production studio focused on virtual reality content, has closed a $10 million Series A round led by Discovery Communications with participation also coming from David Droga and David Jones. The raise sets the virtual reality studio’s valuation at $55 million pre-money, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. As part of the round, […]

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August 9, 2017

Hyundai to use HD maps to field self-driving cars at 2018 Winter Olympics

 Hyundai is working with the South Korean government to use the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as a demonstration event for the automakers self-driving tech. The conditions will be challenging, however, since the roads will be winding and with significant grades, and the hope at least is that there will be plenty of snow – a […]

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August 8, 2017

Airbnb is banning people trying to attend a white supremacist rally

 Ahead of a white supremacist rally this Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Airbnb has deactivated the accounts of some people who are trying to attend the event, BuzzFeed first reported. It’s not clear how many accounts Airbnb has deactivated (we asked and the company told us there are no numbers to share). Airbnb did, however, provide […]

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August 8, 2017

Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

 Audio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice technologies, and the growing consumer adoption of smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, a company called Audioburst is unveiling a new […]

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August 8, 2017

Microsoft launches a faster, smarter Outlook.com into public beta

 Microsoft is launching a new opt-in beta program for Outlook.com today that will give users access to a faster and more personalized email experience, as well as an overhauled design. Over the next few weeks, the Outlook.com team will roll out a new toggle for opting into the beta to all users. Those who don’t like […]

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