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Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app 234

Posted on: February 23, 2019, in Blog

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings […]

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YouTube expands test of its Instagram-like Explore tab to more devices

Posted on: February 23, 2019, in Blog

YouTube is expanding the test of its “Explore” feature, a new discovery tool it first introduced as an experiment within its iPhone app last year. Similar to Instagram’s Explore page, the new YouTube feature aims to introduce users to a diverse set of personalized recommendations so they can more easily find something new to watch. […]

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Humio raises $9M Series A for its real-time log analysis platform

Posted on: February 22, 2019, in Blog

Humio, a startup that provides a real-time log analysis platform for on-premises and cloud infrastructures, today announced that it has raised a $9 million Series A round led by Accel. It previously raised its seed round from WestHill and Trifork. The company, which has offices in San Francisco, the U.K. and Denmark, tells me that […]

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How students are founding, funding and joining startups

Posted on: February 22, 2019, in Blog

Shawn Xu Young founders who want to start companies while still in school have an increasing number of resources to tap into that exist just for them. Students that want to learn how to build companies can apply to an increasing number of fast-track programs that allow them to gain valuable early stage operating experience. […]

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Backed by Benchmark, Blue Hexagon just raised $31 million for its deep learning cybersecurity software

Posted on: February 21, 2019, in Blog

Nayeem Islam spent nearly 11 years with chipmaker Qualcomm, where he founded its Silicon Valley-based R&D facility, recruited its entire team and oversaw research on all aspects of security, including applying machine learning on mobile devices and in the network to detect threats early. Islam was nothing if not prolific, developing a system for on-device machine […]

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Facebook will reveal who uploaded your contact info for ad targeting

Posted on: February 21, 2019, in Blog

Facebook’s crack down on non-consensual ad targeting last year will finally produce results. In March, TechCrunch discovered Facebook planned to require advertisers to pledge that they had permission to upload someone’s phone number or email address for ad targeting. That tool debuted in June, though there was no verification process and Facebook just took businesses […]

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Codas programmable document editor comes out of beta, launches iOS app

Posted on: February 20, 2019, in Blog

Coda, which is coming out of its limited beta today, wants to reinvent how you think about documents and spreadsheets. That’s about as tough a challenge as you can set yourself, given how ingrained tools like Word, Excel and their equivalents from the likes of Google, Zoho and others are. Coda’s secret weapon is that […]

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Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly

Posted on: February 20, 2019, in Blog

Just last month, Google showed off an “Interpreter mode” that would let Google Home devices act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and Google Assistant tries to be the middleman between the two. They were only testing it in select locations (hotel front desks, mostly) at the […]

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Google doubles down on its Asylo confidential computing framework

Posted on: February 19, 2019, in Blog

Last May, Google introduced Asylo, an open-source framework for confidential computing, a technique favored by many of the big cloud vendors because it allows you to set up trusted execution environments that are shielded from the rest of the (potentially untrusted) system. Workloads and their data basically sit in a trusted enclave that adds another […]

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Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes

Posted on: February 19, 2019, in Blog

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook Messenger globally rolls out “Remove for everyone” to help you pull back typos, poor choices, embarrassing thoughts or any other message. For up to 10 […]

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