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Xiaomi, world’s third largest smartphone markers has fished in $1.1 billion in its coffer in the latest round of fund-raising which has the company valued at $45 billion, Lei Jun CEO of Xiaomi, said in a post on Weibo, China's Twitter-like Microblogging site. Xiaomi, has claimed the No.1 position in China’s smartphone market, which happens to be the largest in the world is now considered worth more than companies like Sony or Nokia and almost as much as Yahoo’s current market value Xiaomi, established in 2010, has outstripped bo...
With BlackBerry rolling out its latest cloud-based Internet of Things platform, the Canadian handset maker is maneuvering to power its far reaching technology portfolio. The latest IoT platform is a mix of Blackberry’s QNX software system for connected devices and its widely acclaimed protected network infrastructure. Blackberry is looking to provide its customers the chance to structure IoT applications in a protected, competent and versatile way. In this way, it has developed its supreme security and reliability to developing IoT...
The world is rapidly changing and mega-cities are now evolving into vast mega-regions. By 2050, over 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. This means that people are going to need world-class transportation, energy and housing. Unless, we want our kids to live in a city that is as smog-choked as China is, transportation will have to be emission free. Taiwanese start-up Gogoro, founded by former HTC Chief Innovation Officer Luke Horace, wants to provide products that will change the way people use energy in hu...
Even before American skies are open to drones flown by commercial operators, they’re already taking off with Silicon Valley innovations. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are just about everywhere these days and may someday even be commercially available to deliver your beer, medicine, pizza, books. It’s not just that, they’ll also travel to places where humans may find it a little difficult to carry out certain tasks such as mapping the environment or natural disasters, tracking wildlife and even studying other plan...
How can one irksome idea for an enterprise company turn into a buzzing hive of a startup in Silicon Valley? Ask Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flicker and instant classic cult Glitch, and now chief executive of Slack, a communication startup valued at more than $1.2 billion. Reaching such massive numbers in valuation in less than 8 months is something quite unheard of. Let’s talk about Slack and how it has taken the enterprise world by storm. The Origin Slack is basically a chat room like internal communication tool for busin...
Fashion and technology might look like an unlikely union. However, it seems that both have gelled well with each other quite well for the past one year. Its newest love-child is LookSee, an e-ink smart bracelet allows the wearer’s to personalize the design via imagery. LookSee pairs with a LookSee app through Bluetooth and lets users choose from hundreds of pre-loaded images and patterns or even their own phones which are then displayed in a series on the fashion bracelet. The bracelet uses an e-ink display, which means wearer’s...
At one point of our lives, the concept of wearable technology was pretty much limited to Hollywood visualizing how they would be like in the future with films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Iron Man, Minority Report, TRON and many others. Today, when we’re finally on the brink of exploring the heights and depths of it, it seems like entered into an airy realm promising boundless possibilities. Although, it is highly unlikely that we’ll ever come across an Invisibility Cloak or Head-Up display, there’s a lot of buzz around the very ide...
While a plenty of smartwatches and wearables can appear pointless, there are actually a ton of exceptionally savvy wearable gadgets in the market that can help save lives. A new Indiegogo project, known as Embrace brings together years of experimentation into one thin, light and captivating device. Lead by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dr. Rosalind W. Picard, the Embrace team started chipping away on a new wearable gadget that measures emotions, including stress, way back in 2007. The primary cycle called iC...
How productive would it be if you could get money off those costly heath insurance deductibles, given you kept up with your gym commitment? It means not ditching free weights over an hour of Suits on Netflix. But if you missed it, your deductible booms. It could be a happy proposition or a destructive one, Pact Health says so! As per an AP poll, insurance plans with high deductibles (which by the way are quite popular) are preventing people from getting the healthcare they need. Around 19% of respondents were privately insured adul...
Carbon layers inflated on silicon carbide conduct electricity much better than scientist had previously predicted. Physicists have developed nanoribbons of Graphene, the single atom thick carbon that can conduct electrons much better than theorists predicts even for the most idealized form of materials in existence. The discovery promises a leap into technological advancements in the world of pricey electronics. For long, researchers have been hoping for a revolutionary material that could outperform traditional materials like silicon...