iMessage to support profile photos — including your new Memoji personalized with makeup and accessories

Apple is giving iMessage a big upgrade with iOS 13, the company announced today at its Worldwide Developer Conference. At last, it will offer a way to get rid of those annoying gray initials that appear when someone isn’t in your Contacts with a photo you’ve uploaded. Instead, users will …

Occipital’s Structure Sensor Mark II is a smaller and much improved 3D scanner for your iPad

  Back in 2013, Occipital (a company then best known for making the RedLaser barcode scanning app) released the Structure Sensor, a device that turned any iPad you strapped it to into a portable 3D scanner. Five years later, they’re back with the next one: Structure Sensor Mark II. It’s …

Firms must break bad habits if they want to improve relationship with employees

To select, engage and retain the best talent, companies are going to have to break their entrenched bad habits, according to a new report from The Myers-Briggs Company. It claims that its Global Trends Report (registration) sets out how businesses can select the best employees, provide effective leadership and help …

Render announces object storage service at TechCrunch Disrupt

It was a big day for startup Render, which participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield today. While it was at it, it also announced some upgrades to its managed cloud platform. First of all, it announced the ability to spin up object storage in the cloud, while greatly simplifying …

Orca Security scores $6.5M seed round to solve cloud native security

Orca Security, a startup based in Israel, announced a healthy $6.5 million seed round today led by YL Ventures, a firm that makes a living investing in Israeli security startups. That’s a lot of money for a seed round, but the company, which is led by two former Check Point …

People are worried about this lost beluga whale that was spotted in London's River Thames

Benny the beluga whale is a long way from home. After sightings of the animal swimming in London’s River Thames went viral on Twitter on Tuesday, scientists and marine rescuers have expressed their concern for its wellbeing. SEE ALSO: 16 striking murals that show the devastating effects of climate change …

Startups at the speed of light: Lidar CEOs put their industry in perspective

As autonomous cars and robots loom over the landscapes of cities and jobs alike, the technologies that empower them are forming sub-industries of their own. One of those is lidar, which has become an indispensable tool to autonomy, spawning dozens of companies and attracting hundreds of millions in venture funding. …

June.ai raises $1.5 million for AI-powered email management

Let’s face it: email inboxes are unwieldy. For the average person, reading and replying to messages takes up about half the workday — as much as two and a half hours. Worse, workers spend about 17 hours per week addressing emails that aren’t urgent, and about 4.5 hours a week searching for …

6 WordPress inventory plugins to help you manage your stock with ease

Inventory control is critical to managing your business and your bottom line. Depending on the type of products that you sell, incomplete or non-existence tracking can cause lost profits, product expiration or inability to be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. If you sell products on a WordPress website, WordPress inventory plugins …

Ellen Pao calls out Twitter’s ‘public town square’ model as flawed

Project Include CEO Ellen Pao, who has been working to foster diversity, inclusion and ethics in the tech industry, called out Twitter’s “public square” model as flawed — and a decision that indicates a lack of ethical consideration, on Twitter’s part. The topic of Twitter came up on a panel …

Sony’s new a6600 flagship APS-C camera adds stabilization and over 2x better battery life

Sony announced two new APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras at a special event in New York today, and the announcements are big news for anyone who’s looking for a small, capable camera that can handle everything from sport shooting to vlogging. The new a6600 flagship takes everything that is great …

Open plan offices might improve performance of high status workers

Managers may believe their star performers don’t need monitoring when working on a team and may reason that leaving the most high status workers alone in their efforts frees up more time to work closely with other team members. But research coauthored by Sebastien Brion of IESE Business School and …

People game hiring processes they know are carried out by an AI

New research into job-seeker attitudes to digitisation, automation and AI in the recruitment process claims to reveal how job-seekers are cheating recruitment technology platforms, to better their chances of landing a job. Seven in ten (67 percent) job seekers admitted to deliberately using optimisation strategies to improve their chances of …

Google brings its Jacquard wearables tech to Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Back in 2015, Google’s ATAP team demoed a new kind of wearable tech at Google I/O that used functional fabrics and conductive yarns to allow you to interact with your clothing and, by extension, the phone in your pocket. The company then released a jacket with Levi’s in 2017, but …