Technology

Language-Learning Platform TutorGroup Raises $100M From Investors Including Alibaba
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English-learning platform TutorGroup announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B round from investors including Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, Singaporean investment firm Temasek, and Qiming Venture Partners. TutorGroup says it plans to use the funding to grow its business in Asia and expand in the Americas. Its massive Series B will help […]

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High-Tech Suits a Suspect in Weak US Speedskating Performance
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The U.S. speedskating team’s high-tech suits — which theoretically are supposed to help shave seconds and accrue medals — have been identified as a suspect in the team’s stunning faceplant at the Sochi Games. Before the Games, the suits, designed by U.S.-based sportswear giant Under Armour, were deemed to be on the cutting edge of […]

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Chinese Brand Gionee Brings Powerful M2 And Gpad G4 To India
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For those who may have not heard of Gionee, it’s a Chinese smartphone maker that started off building quality devices for the masses. The brand has already making its presence felt in the market dominated by  domestic brands such as Micromax, Karbonn, and Lava. With the launch of the Gionee M2 and the GPad G4, […]

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Okay startup-land: this DATA shows you can stop your whining
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Technology startups faring well despite annus horribilis for VC down under It’s holy writ for Australia’s IT industry that if only we had more technology startups, everything would be better and the nation’s economy would have a bright future once its to-all-intents limitless iron ore, coal and sunshine resources are depleted or become unfashionable.…

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Daemon And Influx Author Daniel Saurez On Why Innovation Has Stalled
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Daniel Suarez self-published his first novel, Daemon, in 2006. The book and its sequel Freedom chronicled the rise of a botnet that uses self-driving cars to kill humans, crashes the stock market, and creates a new society in its own image. His next novel, Kill Decision, published by Dutton in 2012, was about aerial drones […]

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Australian police introduce laser-mapping to crime scene analysis
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CISRO Police in Queensland, Australia are starting to use environment-scanning equipment designed for caving and mine-mapping to create 3D diagrams of crime scenes. The Zebedee handheld mapping scanner was developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science research agency and has previously been used to map the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as […]

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New Quattro Could Be Shape of Digital Photography to Come
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Sigma is known mostly as a maker of lenses for other companies’ cameras, but a few years ago it latched on to a new kind of sensor technology and produced an innovative byte snapper that caused a stir in photography circles. Now it’s introducing a new generation of its Foveon cameras with a redesigned sensor […]

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India Raises Concerns On Bitcoin’s Credibility, But Doesn’t Call It Illegal Yet
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Bitcoin traders are having a roller coaster ride everywhere and India is no exception. After initial momentum that saw several Bitcoin exchanges emerge in India, the Reserve Bank of India issued a warning that sent many traders into a tizzy last year. Now, Raghuram Rajan, the RBI’s new governor has reiterated the central bank’s concerns about […]

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AppScotch Exits Stealth To Make Mobile Ads Playable
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Founded 6 months ago but running in stealth mode until now, ad tech startup AppScotch is pulling back the curtain today. Based in California, with an R&D office in Russia, the company has developed technology to enable advertisers to offer a new kind of interactive ad unit that turns the humble banner ad into something […]

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