Visual search startup Clarifai beefs up its AI team with a new San Francisco office


Clarifai — a startup that gives companies and developers a way to implement visual search into their products — said today it was hiring former Google Brain developer Andrea Frome as the company’s new head of research. Frome received her Ph. D. from Berkeley and worked at Google for more than ..

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Samsung finally starts updating its devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, with more arriving soon


Back in November, Samsung announced preliminary plans to start testing Android 7.0 on its latest devices. For the second year in a row, the company was mostly testing the waters early on, asking a select group of interested early adopters to test the update via its Galaxy Beta Program. Lo, all these ..

Plex users can now play their movies, TV shows and music just by asking Alexa


Plex is getting voice-activated. The popular media player software maker just launched voice control through a new Plex Skill for Alexa-powered devices. That means you can ask Alexa via your connected Echo speaker, Fire tablet or Fire TV to play your favorite content from your Plex media library, without ..

How other cities can benefit from Silicon Valley


Andrew Gazdecki Contributor Andrew Gazdecki is the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps. More posts by this contributor: How I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego Why I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego Startup ecosystems are taking root across the country — Utah, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, ..

These are the companies fighting for Best Startup at the 10th Annual Crunchies


The 10th Annual Crunchies Awards show is less than a week away, and it’s finally time to formally introduce you to the companies vying for Best Startup in 2016. Obviously, with these companies attacking a variety of verticals and sectors, it’s quite difficult to determine which one of them is “best.” ..

Outdoor ad firm buys Swiss dating app Blinq to power beacon push


The dating game sure is tough to maintain. Zurich-based dating app Blinq has been acquired by a Swiss outdoor advertising firm, APG|SGA, with the latter coveting the team’s experience in rolling out beacon networks for a new division that will be developing interactive ads to work in conjunction ..

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Samsung reportedly concludes ‘irregularly sized’ batteries caused Galaxy Note 7 explosions


Samsung is holding a press conference in three days to explain the defect in the Galaxy Note 7 that forced the product’s recall, but already it is being reported that wrongly sized batteries were what made some units combust. As Samsung prepares to release its findings, a Wall Street Journal report citing ..

Conductor’s new mobile app helps businesses understand what customers are searching for


Conductor is launching a new mobile app that co-founder and CEO Seth Besmertnik described as a way to get quick access to “the voice of the customer.” The New York-based company started with a focus on search engine optimization before broadening to offer a broader range of marketing tools. Now, ..

Kill them with candor


Tarikh Korula Contributor Tarikh Korula has a decade of experience founding companies that ship and grow consumer technology products. He currently is incubating his next company and advising early-stage startups on fundraising, growth and profitability. More posts by this contributor: Live is having ..

Hugo Barra is leaving his position as head of international at Xiaomi after 3.5 years


Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company. Former Android executive joined Xiaomi 3.5 years ago, in what was then a major coup, so his exit naturally raises questions about why he is departing. ..