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April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] CMU’s robotic arm attaches to a backpack to lend a helping hand

[TECH NEWS] CMU’s robotic arm attaches to a backpack to lend a helping hand

Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab is probably best known as the birthplace of the modular snake robot. Initially designed to squeeze into tight spots for search and rescue missions and infrastructure inspections, the lab’s snake robot has given rise to an army of different projects, and at least one Pittsburgh-area startup. Several years ago, the robot…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

[TECH NEWS] On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

Today’s startups have a distinct advantage when it comes to launching a company because of the public cloud. You don’t have to build infrastructure or worry about what happens when you scale too quickly. The cloud vendors take care of all that for you. But last month when Pinterest announced its IPO, the company’s cloud…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Apple Music cuts prices in India

[TECH NEWS] Apple Music cuts prices in India

This morning, The WSJ reported Apple’s streaming music service overtook Spotify in paid subscribers in the U.S., and now it hopes to do the same in the Indian market by way of a big price cut. The company’s individual plan in India is now 99 rupees per month ($1.43 USD), versus the 120 rupees per…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Falcon Heavy’s first real launch on Sunday is the dawn of a new heavy-lift era in space

[TECH NEWS] Falcon Heavy’s first real launch on Sunday is the dawn of a new heavy-lift era in space

The Falcon Heavy has flown before, but now it’s got a payload that matters and competitors nipping at its heels. It’s the first of a new generation of launch vehicles that can take huge payloads to space cheaply and frequently, opening up a new frontier in the space race. Watch it lift off Sunday afternoon…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

[TECH NEWS] Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service that has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp and even its primary social network.…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Cybercrime groups continue to flourish on Facebook

[TECH NEWS] Cybercrime groups continue to flourish on Facebook

You might be surprised what you can buy on Facebook, if you know where to look. Researchers with Cisco’s Talos security research team have uncovered a wave of Facebook groups dedicated to making money from a variety of illicit and otherwise sketchy online behaviors, including phishing schemes, trading hacked credentials and spamming. The 74 groups…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] The Roku Channel adds support for HBO just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’

[TECH NEWS] The Roku Channel adds support for HBO just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’

Just days ahead of the return of “Game of Thrones,” Roku has forged a deal with HBO that now gives the media device maker the ability to sell the premium channel as a subscription through its dedicated content hub, The Roku Channel. Originally a destination for free and ad-supported movies and TV, The Roku Channel…
April 6, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M

[TECH NEWS] Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M

While Spotify dukes it out with Apple and other big tech names to target high-end users in mostly developed markets, a startup out of China has raised some money to expand its music streaming business in the massive but still nascent market of Africa. Boomplay, a service founded by Transsnet — a joint venture between…
April 4, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Consolidation in Africa as classifieds player Jiji acquires their main competitor OLX

[TECH NEWS] Consolidation in Africa as classifieds player Jiji acquires their main competitor OLX

As we saw from our recent TechCrunch Battlefield in Africa last year, the continent is producing bigger and bigger tech players, and one can see this in the consolidation in the market. Today Jiji, one of the largest marketplaces for classifieds in Africa, has acquired their main competitor on the African market, OLX, and their…
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