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Superstrata's $3,999 Ion is a made-to-measure carbon fiber e-bike

Superstrata frames won’t be a single piece, though. The team is planning to print the main portion of the frame — which doesn’t have a traditional seat tube, creating an open diamond shape — and front forks separately. Still, it’s an impressive design feat that is catch the attention of other cyclists and road users. Superstrata The company will use additive manufacturing to build two similarly-shaped bicycles: a standard $2,799 ‘Terra’ model, and an electrified $3,999 ‘Ion’ version. That might sound expensive, however a carbon road bike can cost anywhere between $1,250 and......

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Get an Inspire HR fitness tracker for $70 in Fitbit's summer sale

Buy Inspire HR at Amazon – $70 Buy Charge 4 at Amazon – $130 Buy Versa Lite at Amazon – $100 The Inspire HR fitness tracker normally costs $100, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen it since May. It’s one of the best fitness wearables for most people thanks to its slim design, all-day activity tracking with its built-in heart rate monitor, automatic workout tracking with SmartTrack, sleep monitoring and more. You won’t find advanced features like onboard GPS on this device (although it does supported connected GPS), but it does......

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Less than a month after picking up Simplecast for its podcast distribution and analytics tools, SiriusXM today is announcing an even bigger acquisition to raise its game in the realm of streamed spoken-word content. The satellite radio company said it has reached a deal to acquire Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million, a return of more than double Scripps’ investment in podcasting, the companies reported this morning. Stitcher is a podcast pioneer that provides a popular one-stop platform to create, monetize (via advertising) and distribute podcasts to listen to via its app and on multiple platforms,......

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Lego is teasing a buildable NES console set

The first Lego / Super Mario Bros. mashup will be on sale in just a few weeks, but Lego is already teasing the next collaboration it has in the works with Nintendo. A tweet on the official Lego Twitter account shows off a mostly-unidentifiable set in silhouette, but a series of photos from VJGamer says the set will be a full-size replica of the original NES, complete with a controller, cartridge and even a TV you can build that has Super Mario Bros. set on its screen. To be clear, this set is......

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The evolution of iPhone screen-to-body ratios — shown by our sexy-ass graph

Last week, I put together a piece about the rising size of iPhone screens. It was, in summary, a graph showing them getting bigger. Surprise! But as the week progressed, I thought about it a bit more and had another thought: what about the evolution of iPhone screen-to-body ratios? If you don’t know what this is — although the name should give you a very big clue — screen-to-body ratio is a number that shows (roughly) what percentage of the front of a phone is screen, compared to, you know, not screen. [Read: Why your......

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Ubisoft stock crashes after 3 top execs resign over toxic company culture

Ubisoft stock fell 8% on Monday morning following the ousting of three top executives over company-wide sexual misconduct allegations this weekend. In a weekend press release — just before the French video game giant’s first virtual conference — Ubisoft chief creative officer Serge Hascoët formally resigned in the wake of an internal investigation. He later confirmed he’d leave the company altogether. Hascoët is credited as the lead “creative force” behind much of Ubisoft‘s catalogue over the past decade, including Assassin’s Creed and The Division. Hascoët started at the company way back in 2000. This is a *huge* deal for Ubisoft. Serge......

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EV startup Fisker Inc. to become publicly listed company after special merger

Credit: Fisker Inc. – Edited Fisker, the latest car company from legendary car designer Henrik Fisker, has entered into an agreement with a special acquisition company which will see the EV startup listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fisker becoming a publicly listed company! Today we announced a merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:SPAQ). I’m excited about our plans to become a global leader in the #EV space, starting with the 2022 Fisker Ocean. See https://t.co/eI1Xz4nX13 #Fisker #SPAQ #NYSE pic.twitter.com/F1R4c4C7Rc — Henrik Fisker (@henrikfisker) July 13, 2020 According to an announcement......

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If you’re currently building a startup, you know what product you want to build. But do you know if people are actually going to notice you? Emily Heyward from Red Antler can tell you how to get people obsessed with your brand. Join us at TC Early Stage online to understand what makes a specific brand stand out from the crowd. And if you pay attention to her advice, your first customers could become your best assets to reach your next big wave of users. Red Antler works with founders to help them......

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Paige, the startup that spun out of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and launched in 2018 to help advance cancer research and care by applying AI to better understand cancer pathology, is today announcing a milestone in its growth story: it has raised a further $20 million from Goldman Sachs and Healthcare Venture Partners, closing out its Series B at $70 million. Leo Grady, Paige’s CEO, says the funding will go towards several areas. It will be used for hiring; to continue expanding its partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies (deals that have not......

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Google today announced that it has signed up Verizon as the newest customer of its Google Cloud Contact Center AI service, which aims to bring natural language recognition to the often inscrutable phone menus that many companies still use today (disclaimer: TechCrunch is part of the Verizon Media Group). For Google, that’s a major win, but it’s also a chance for the Google Cloud team to highlight some of the work it has done in this area. It’s also worth noting that the Contact Center AI product is a good example of Google......

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SiriusXM acquires podcast platform Stitcher from Scripps for $325 million

Thanks to a report from The Wall Street Journal, we knew this was coming. Now it’s official: SiriusXM is buying podcast platform Stitcher from the E.W. Scripps Company for $325 million. That’s considerably more than the $4.5 million Scripps spent to acquire it from Deezer in 2016 (Deezer owned Stitcher for less than two years), even if you combine it with the $55 million purchase of Midroll Media that Scripps made the year before and combined with Stitcher. For that investment, SiriusXM gets a popular destination for publishers, creators and advertisers with both......

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MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has shared the results of a new project in which it built a two-fingered robotic gripper, which has soft pads for dedicated and fine manipulation of objects like cables, sheets and more. The robot’s design is based on how humans use their fingers to do things like untangle wires and tie knots. To do this, the CSAIL research team equipped their robotic gripper with fingertips that are not only made out of a soft material, but that also have embedded sensors which help it continually......

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Analog Devices didn’t waste any time kicking off the week with a bang when it announced this morning it was acquiring rival chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products for $20.91 billion (according to multiple reports). The company had a market cap of $17.09 billion as of Friday’s close. The deal, which has already been approved by both company’s boards, would create a chip making behemoth worth $68 billion, according to the Analog. The idea behind the transaction is that bigger is better and the combined companies will increase Analog’s revenue by $8.2 billion. What’s more,......

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This pressure-sensitive stylus lets you draw on the Switch

Since we first played with the SonarPen as a standalone product over two years ago, it has apparently boosted compatibility with “98 percent” of Android phones, as long as it’s the version shipped with a gold-colored tip. I got to try the latest SonarPen on a prototype version of Colors Live, and just like my experience with the prototype back in 2018, the stylus felt natural — my strokes of varying pressure showed up instantaneously and accurately. This is partly also thanks to the 120Hz touch sampling rate on the Switch’s screen, and......

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The vast Scopio image library is open and royalty-free for under $30

TLDR: With a lifetime subscription to Scopio, you have access to more than 200,000 curated, royalty free images to use in all your commercial and personal digital projects. When newspaper editor Tess Flanders coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” a century ago, it’s likely she had no idea how truly prophetic those words would grow to become in our modern world. A single image of triumph, tragedy or change can define how the entire planet feels and responds in a way the written word can never fully convey. That’s......

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The chief executive of UK incumbent telco BT has warned any government move to require a rapid rip-out of Huawei kit from existing mobile infrastructure could cause network outages for mobile users and generate its own set of security risks. Huawei has been the focus of concern for Western governments including the US and its allies because of the scale of its role in supplying international networks and next-gen 5G, and its close ties to the Chinese government — leading to fears that relying on its equipment could expose nations to cybersecurity threats......

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Last year, Gartner found that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the fastest growing category in enterprise software. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that UIPath, a leading startup in the space, announced a $225 million Series E today on an eye-popping $10.2 billion valuation. Alkeon Capital led the round with help from Accel, Coatue, Dragoneer, IVP, Madrona Venture Group, Sequoia Capital, Tencent, Tiger Global, Wellington and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $1.225 billion, according to Crunchbase data. It’s worth noting that the presence of......

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Amid intense scrutiny over TikTok, WeChat, the essential tool for Chinese people’s day-to-day life, is also taking the heat from the U.S. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox Business on Sunday that “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that.” Navarro alleged that “all of the data that goes into those mobile apps that kids have so much fun with and seem so convenient, it goes right to servers in China, right to the Chinese military, the Chinese communist......

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MIT researchers create robotic gripper that can untangle thin cables

MIT researchers approached the problem from a different angle, building a two-fingered gripper that’s meant to more closely resemble human fingers. The fingers are outfitted with high resolution tactile sensors, known as “GelSight” sensors, made of soft rubber with embedded cameras and mounted on a movable robot arm. The system has two controllers: one that modulates grip strength, and one that adjusts the gripper’s pose to keep the cable within the gripper. It’s difficult for robots to manipulate cables, Gordon said, because the task requires the robot to enable smooth sliding while also......

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Astronomers discover an exposed exoplanet core 730 light-years from Earth

Did TOI 849 b lose its outer layers? One possible explanation of the missing outer layers of TOI 849 b is that it was somehow stripped violently from the planet. “There are several possibilities explaining how TOI 849 b became this exposed core which can be split into two categories,” Mordasini explains. “The planet had once a much more massive envelope of H/He, but it somehow lost it. Or The planet never had a lot of H/He.” The stripping of the outer layers of TOI 849 b transforming it from a gas giant......

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