Devin Coldewey

As tech automates, Blinkist keeps its book summary service very human

As tech automates, Blinkist keeps its book summary service very human

 When I first heard of Blinkist, a service that breaks down recent nonfiction books to easily digestible snippets, I was afraid it would turn out to be some machine-learning-driven auto-summary thing. But in talking to co-founder Niklas Jansen, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the company is still very much people-powered — and in […]

 Devin Coldewey

SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

 Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because it is fundamentally different from spoken and written languages. All the same, companies like SignAll are working hard to make accurate, real-time machine translation of ASL […]

 Devin Coldewey

Pineapple Fund drops $1M on the Sustainable Ocean Alliance and its new accelerator

Pineapple Fund drops $1M on the Sustainable Ocean Alliance and its new accelerator

 Less than a month ago I was happy to be able to write about a new accelerator focused narrowly on technological solutions to problems faced by our oceans — and today the organization behind that accelerator has announced that the mysterious Pineapple Fund has backed its conservation play to the tune of $1 million. Read […]

 Devin Coldewey

Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right now

Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right now

 All over the world, language barriers are limiting the ability of refugees and immigrants to seek help, and aid workers to provide it. Tarjimly is a new service that connects people who speak one language but need to speak in another, with a person who speaks both — in just a couple minutes. They’re part […]

 Devin Coldewey

Lightmatter aims to reinvent AI-specific chips with photonic computing and $11M in funding

Lightmatter aims to reinvent AI-specific chips with photonic computing and $11M in funding

 It takes an immense amount of processing power to create and operate the “AI” features we all use so often, from playlist generation to voice recognition. Lightmatter is a startup that is looking to change the way all that computation is done — and not in a small way. The company makes photonic chips that […]

 Devin Coldewey

TimeFlip is a time-tracking gadget simple enough that I might actually use it

TimeFlip is a time-tracking gadget simple enough that I might actually use it

 If you’re like me, and I’m going to assume you are for the purposes of this post, you like the idea of time tracking, but generally it’s a bit too fiddly or complicated. TimeFlip is a super-simple gadget that lets you easily track how much time you spend on different activities just by flipping it […]

 Devin Coldewey

Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

 Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly froze the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned. This comes less than a year after the company raised a $25 million B round last May. The layoffs are reportedly due to disappointing sales over the […]

 Devin Coldewey

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

 You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the […]

 Devin Coldewey

The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

 I’ve been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk with… well, slightly different numbers attached. But this year I had a great time and found some […]

 Devin Coldewey

Euveka’s shape-shifting robotic mannequin could streamline the fashion and wearable industries

Euveka’s shape-shifting robotic mannequin could streamline the fashion and wearable industries

 Some ideas you hear and they immediately make sense. Some take a minute, but the more you think about them, the better they seem. Euveka, a mannequin for clothing designers that can change shape and size in seconds, is the latter — and I think it may eventually be a standard item in any fashion […]

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