Technology & Internet

  • TechCrunch 2 hours 41 min ago
    • Uber is making a couple changes to its rating system, which should balance out the means to evaluate rides with a bit more fairness towards drivers.
    • The new rating changes include greater specificity in uberPOOL evaluations, and a way for riders to more quickly, easily and consistently see their own cumulative 5star rating, which Uber’s hoping will act as a reminder that bad behavior has consequences.
    • The Uber ratings system has previously made it possible for riders to check their own ratings, but it basically required a tutorial and some digging to find it.
    • It’s a simple change, but a big one in terms of helping Uber fairly assign responsibility for ride satisfaction.
    • This will also probably be the first time a significant portion of Uber’s rider base finds out their own rating, so expect a lot of those conversations.
  • Android Central Android 2 hours 41 min ago
    • For a full look at the Galaxy S8's camera capabilities, check out the full review of the flagship device.
    • Or, read on for a rundown on the Galaxy S8's camera and what it can do.
    • This is likely the way you'll be shooting a majority of the time with the Galaxy S8 or S8+.
    • Floating Camera button: This adds an extra camera button that you can move anywhere on the screen.
    • There are plenty of thirdparty apps that can help facilitate that, though you can also download extra filters and abilities for your Galaxy S8 camera from the Galaxy Apps store.
  • Android Central Android 3 hours 6 min ago
    • OnePlus is getting ready to launch its 2017 flagship, which will allegedly be called the OnePlus 5.
    • Anyway, it looks like OnePlus doesn't want to jinx its upcoming phone, so it's skipping a number.
    • Chinese manufacturers have introduced various implementations of the dual camera system — Huawei used the secondary lens as a monochrome sensor on the P9 and this year's P10, and Xiaomi decided to offer a telephoto lens with the secondary sensor in the Mi 6.
    • It looks like OnePlus will leverage the technology to improve the device's lowlight shooting capabilities.
    • There aren't any details when it comes to internal hardware, but it is likely the OnePlus 5 will be powered by the Snapdragon 835.
  • TechCrunch 3 hours 12 min ago
    • Cloud sharing giant Dropbox announced this week it will shutter document collaboration service Hackpad, which it acquired way back in 2014, next month.
    • Unlike the usual (and inevitable) demise of a promising software startup following a corporate acquisition — ahem Microsoft; on at least two occasions — Dropbox deserves credit for letting Hackpad live on.
    • All Hackpad notes are set to automatically migrate to Dropbox Paper before that date, but users can opt to do that now: either direct to Paper or via a zip file.
    • Hackpad was backed by Y Combinator and, prior to its acquisition, it counted the likes of Airbnb, Stripe and Upworthy among its customer base.
    • It initially served as the inspiration for Dropbox Notes, a service that was first beta tested in 2014 and eventually morphed into Paper.
  • TechCrunch 3 hours 30 min ago
    • A preliminary deal to end charges for EU citizens’ using their mobile device in another European country other than their own was agreed in June 2015.
    • The European Council vote was the last hurdle.
    • So, technically speaking, not all roaming fees are being abolished on June 15 — hence the Commission’s ‘roam like at home’ moniker.
    • The EU parliament agreed the wholesale roaming regulation earlier, on April 6.
    • For UK citizens there is also the specific question of what Brexit will mean for their mobile roaming fees.
  • TechCrunch 3 hours 46 min ago
    • Gojimo, an app that helps U.K. high school students prepare for exams, has been acquired by Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers.
    • Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but from what I gather the Gojimo team are staying on and the company will still be run as a separate entity.
    • Available on iOS, Android and the web, the Gojimo app helps students brush up on various subjects ready to sit their national exams and offers thousands of curriculumspecific assessment items.
    • In fact, it claims to be the U.K.’s number one exam preparation app, with over 65,000 revision questions for over 20 different subjects.
    • Cue canned statement from Christopher Keller, Head of Group Business Development at TMG: “For more than 160 years, The Telegraph has empowered its readers through its rich and trusted content.
  • TechCrunch 4 hours 51 min ago
    • But the money comes at a price: Ticket Monster (commonly abbreviated to TMON) has raised the money in a downround: the company’s last fundraise of $40 million almost exactly a year ago valued the company at $1.5 billion.
    • Then another 20 percent of its business is accounted for in travel purchases.
    • The remaining 10 percent is groceries: Shin said that consumers in Korea purchased 8.5 million unique products on its platform, accounting for 17 percent of the population.
    • The spinout was with KKR and an investor in Asia to form a consortium, and this time we also made the same effort.
    • The company is not yet profitable: Shin told TechCrunch that this is still a couple of years away.
  • TechCrunch 5 hours 8 min ago
    • One proven area is in medical imaging where AI and computer vision is helping with medical scan and imaging analysis to help support radiologists and other clinicians.
    • One startup operating in this space is AIdoc Medical.
    • The company has built what cofounder and CEO Elad Walach describes as an AI that can spot visual abnormalities in medical scans.
    • I’ve also previously covered MedyMatch, a startup applying “deep vision and advanced cognitive analytics” to the analysis of medical imaging scans but focussing on the correct and speedy diagnosis of stroke victims.
    • Meanwhile, AIDoc Medical has closed a $7 million funding round led by Israeli VC TLV Partners, with participation from previous investors including Magma Ventures and Emerge.
  • TechCrunch 11 hours 20 min ago
    • It’s a decidedly empowering experience that will likely soon make Lytro’s VR product, Immerge, among the mostdesired tools for creatives looking to create highend VR content.
    • The startup focused the bulk of its early efforts on consumerfocused light field cameras that allowed users to — among other things — retroactively change the focus of their shots.
    • Unlike most VR cameras, it isn’t a spherical device but instead captures “wedges” of an environment.
    • The last I saw Lytro’s Immerge tech, they were showing off “Moon,” a fun little short on the faking of the moon landing that sought to integrate computer graphics and light field into a single project.
    • While the broader AR/VR headset markets have yet to fully cement their staying power, the quality of Lytro’s latest effort shows the fruits of its core light field tech and its VR pivot are starting to be realized.
  • TechCrunch 13 hours 32 min ago
    • Google cofounder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the enigmatic billionaire, who favors dark attire and once leapt out of an airplane wearing Google Glass to promote the launch of the wearable, is now working on a secret airship in a NASA hangar.
    • Details of Brin’s project are scarce — Bloomberg’s report says the Alphabet president’s aircraft looks like a zeppelin, and might just be a personal project, though it also could be the notsohumble beginnings of a new company.
    • Brin likes aeronautics, however, and has reportedly enjoyed the comforts of a Google corporate “party plane” for air travel in the past.
    • This former director, Alan Weston, has said recently on record that new airship tech could enable more efficient cargo transportation over great distances.
    • And while the airship is a definite twist, Brin isn’t the only Googler with an interest in air travel; Larry Page has backed a number of socalled flyingcar startups, including Kitty Hawk, which just flew its debut Flyer vehicle for the first time on video.