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Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

By | 3D imaging, action camera, Asia, Camcorders, camera+, computing, Funding, Gadgets, GoPro, Hardware, imaging, insta360, Japan, shenzhen, smartphone, Snap, Tencent, Virtual reality

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

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Circle raises $20M Series B to help even more parents limit screen time

By | Funding, Gadgets, screen time management, Startups, TC

Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The $20 million Series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants. With this round of funding, […]

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To rebuild satellite communications, Ubiquitilink starts at ground level

By | Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, nanoracks, Satellites, Space, Startups, TC, ubiquitilink

Communications satellites are multiplying year by year as more companies vie to create an orbital network that brings high-speed internet to the globe. Ubiquitilink, a new company headed by Nanoracks co-founder Charles Miller, is taking a different tack: reinventing the Earthbound side of the technology stack.

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Iota Biosciences raises $15M to produce in-body sensors smaller than a grain of rice

By | Funding, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, implants, iota biosciences, Science, TC, ultrasound

Fitness trackers and heart-rate monitors are all well and good, but if you want to track activity inside the body, the solutions aren’t nearly as convenient. Iota Biosciences wants to change that with millimeter-wide sensors that can live more or less permanently in your body and transmit wirelessly what they detect, and a $15 million […]

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

By | e-cigarettes, eCommerce, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Health, juul, nicotine, Opinion, Policy, Recent Funding, Social, Startups, TC, tobacco, vaporizers

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment […]

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OffGridBox raises $1.6M to charge and hydrate rural Africa with its all-in-one installations

By | Africa, Funding, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware, Rwanda, solar, Solar Power, TC

The simplest needs are often the most vital: power and clean water will get you a long way. But in rural areas of developing countries they can both be hard to come by. OffGridBox is attempting to provide both, sustainably and profitably, while meeting humanitarian and ecological goals at the same time. The company just raised $1.6 million to pursue its lofty agenda.

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Krisp reduces noise on calls using machine learning, and it’s coming to Windows soon

By | Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Funding, Gadgets, noise reduction, TC

If your luck is anything like mine, as soon as you jump on an important call, someone decides it’s a great time to blow some leaves off the sidewalk outside your window. 2Hz’s Krisp is a new desktop app that uses machine learning to subtract background noise like that, or crowds, or even crying kids — while keeping your voice intact. It’s already out for Macs and it’s coming to Windows soon.

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Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep

By | Artificial Intelligence, Australia, Automation, csiro, drones, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC

Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously.

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