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April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Femtech’s billion-dollar year

[TECH NEWS] Femtech’s billion-dollar year

There are a lot of people who never thought they’d see the day venture capitalists would funnel millions into femtech businesses, direct-to-consumer tampon retailers no less. But that’s our new reality and Cora is proof. San Francisco-based Cora, which develops and sells organic tampons, pads and other personal care products, has just closed a $7.5…
April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

[TECH NEWS] MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here. This research didn’t come out…
April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] The uncertain future of shared electric scooters

[TECH NEWS] The uncertain future of shared electric scooters

Cities all over the world have seen an influx of two-wheeled, electric kick scooters on the road over the last couple of years. Scooters from the likes of Bird, Lime, Spin, Uber’s JUMP, Lyft and others are all trying to own the first and the last mile. The first mile is often understood as the…
April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] HyperSciences raises an untraditional $9.6M for its hypersonic drilling vision

[TECH NEWS] HyperSciences raises an untraditional $9.6M for its hypersonic drilling vision

We profiled HyperSciences in February, when the team had just successfully completed a launch milestone for a small business grant with NASA. The last time we checked in, the hypersonic drilling company had raised about $5 million as part of an untraditional Reg A offering. By the end of March, HyperSciences rounded out its first…
April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Beats’ Powerbeats Pro could beat AirPods at their own game

[TECH NEWS] Beats’ Powerbeats Pro could beat AirPods at their own game

AirPods are far and away the leader in the world of fully wireless earbuds. New numbers out this week give Apple’s headphones a commanding 60 percent of the market, and a second-gen release is likely to help the company maintain its top position. But Apple’s got a lot of competition these days, like a solid…
April 3, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

[TECH NEWS] Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more…
April 2, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Foursnap? Snapchat tries “Status” location checkins

[TECH NEWS] Foursnap? Snapchat tries “Status” location checkins

Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching…
April 2, 2019
[TECH NEWS] iPhones get a price drop in China

[TECH NEWS] iPhones get a price drop in China

Apple this week lowered the price on a number key hardware lines in China, including AirPods, Macs, iPads and, most notably, the iPhone. The move, noted by CNBC, is believed to be the direct results of a three-percent tax cut that took effect in the country yesterday. In many cases, however, the impacted product have…
April 2, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

[TECH NEWS] Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

Lindsey Allen Contributor Lindsey Allen is executive director of Rainforest Action Network. The Green New Deal brings much-needed urgency to the national conversation around the climate crisis, which is without a doubt the biggest threat to life on this planet. The recent resolution introduced into Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey rightly…
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