India’s edtech startup CollegeDekho raises $8 million to connect students with colleges

Indian edtech startup CollegeDekho, which helps students connect with prospective colleges and keep track of exams, has raised $8 million in Series B round. The new financing round for the four-year-old Gurgaon-based startup was led by its parent company Girnarsoft Education and London-based private equity investor Man Capital, which also …

Skydio’s autonomous drone lands in Apple retail stores, now supports Watch controls

With a few taps, you can now direct Skydio‘s $1,999 autonomous drone from your Apple Watch allowing you to fulfill the geeky dream you never knew you had, directing an expensive autonomous drone with your little wrist computer. The very cool R1 self-flying drone will also be going up for sale …

Meet the Oldest Yoga Teacher in the World, a 100-Year-Old Former Actress and Model Who Says ‘There’s Nothing You Can’t Do’

When the fortune cookies arrived after lunch, the 100-year-old yogi cracked one open, her blue eyes twinkling, and read the inscription aloud: “Age can never hope to win while your heart is young.” Indeed, age has met its match in Tao Porchon-Lynch, who at the century mark is a fierce …

Fearing an escalation of the trade war with China, stock markets plummet… then rally

Stock markets declined today as investors worried about the potential for an escalating trade war with China sold off shares. Markets had been trading near or above all-time highs before President Donald Trump threatened to significantly increase tariffs on Chinese goods. The news sent stock markets into a free-fall in …

Over 50 percent of UK employees choose job happiness over pay cheque size

Wrike, a collaborative work management platform for high-performance teams, today released its report “From Positivity to Productivity: Exposing the Truth Behind Workplace Happiness,” which offers new insights on what makes employees happy in a rapidly changing, digital workplace. The report combats common myths to suggest that levels of happiness are …

Applift rebrands to focus on everything from user acquisition to retargeting

Applift is rebranding its mobile ad tech services to focus on the journey of getting users to try out an app or a game and then keeping them engaged or re-engaged over a long period of time. Applift refers to this rebranded focus as “true mobile performance.” The company noted …

Kotlin is now Google’s preferred language for Android app development

Google today announced that the Kotlin programming language is now its preferred language for Android app developers. “Android development will become increasingly Kotlin-first,” Google writes in today’s announcement. “Many new Jetpack APIs and features will be offered first in Kotlin. If you’re starting a new project, you should write it …

Live transcription and captioning in Android are a boon to the hearing-impaired

A set of new features for Android could alleviate some of the difficulties of living with hearing impairment and other conditions. Live transcription, captioning, and relay use speech recognition and synthesis to make content on your phone more accessible — in real time. Announced today at Google’s I/O event in …

Most of the Fortune 100 still use flawed software that led to the Equifax breach

Almost two years after Equifax’s massive hack, the majority of Fortune 500 companies still aren’t learning the lessons of using vulnerable software. In the last six months of 2018, two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies downloaded a vulnerable version of Apache Struts, the same vulnerable server software that was used …

Google expands digital wellbeing tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital wellbeing tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage, and configure their device’s ‘do not disturb’ settings. Today, Google is updating its suite of tools to include a new feature called “Focus Mode” …

Google Maps AR directions rolls out today on Pixel phones

One of the more bizarre, yet intriguing, demos from last year’s Google I/O is now available for real users. AR walking directions in Google Maps is finally rolling out to Pixel users today. Augmented reality directions will let users better orient themselves when they pop open Google Maps and will …

China’s Craigslist continues growth after netting 100 million small-town users

58.com, the Craiglist of China, is making a massive push to pick up rural users as it hedges China’s economic uncertainties. During the third quarter, revenues grew 33.2 percent to $527 million and net income jumped 106 percent to $106 million year-over-year.  The classifies giant said in Thursday’s earnings call that it …

Microsoft gives 500 patents to startups

Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its Azure IP Advantage program, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls. This program now also provides customers who are building IoT solutions that connect to Azure with access to 10,000 patents to defend themselves against intellectual property lawsuits. What’s …

A chance to have a say on your experience of open plan office design

The debate on open plan versus enclosed offices rages on, but it’s not binary, it’s not black or white, it’s not a dichotomy. Furthermore, office occupants appear to have different preferences from the wide range of workplace design solutions that are available. To inform workplace design, we need to understand …