Chinese tech giant Huawei plans to introduce 'augmented reality' glasses in next one or two years
- Huawei is working on augmented reality (AR) smart glasses which could debut in the next one or two years, potentially pitting it in a race against Apple, which is reportedly working on a similar product of its own.
- The Chinese technology giant already has augmented reality apps on its latest Mate 20 Pro smartphone.
- But Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, told CNBC in an exclusive interview that AR glasses are in the works which could take the experience to the next level.
- Yu said the company will bring more augmented reality experiences to the smartphone first, so users become accustomed to it before the company releases the glasses.
- Microsoft has a product called HoloLens that uses augmented reality, but it's marketed to business users.
- Huawei has become a serious player in consumer electronics, recently overtaking Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone maker.
HashiCorp's Cloud Tools Fuel $100 Million Funding Round
- Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG.
- While the big story last week was the $33 billion IBM shelled out to take Red Hat under its wing, another open source company was busy attracting investor interest as well.
- On Thursday, the six-year-old open source startup, HashiCorp, whose cloud tools are popular with DevOps, announced it has raised $100 million in Series D funding.
- This brings the privately held San Francisco-based company's total funding to $174 million and gives it a valuation of $1.9 billion.
- The company offers free and open source versions of all of its products, along with enterprise versions that include added features.
- HashiCorp said it will use the money raised for open source and commercial product development, increased hiring in global go-to-market functions, and its customer success, support, and training efforts for its worldwide customer base.
17 high-paying jobs Amazon's HQ2 could bring to Long Island City and Arlington
- Indeed, Amazon said the HQ2s will bring 25,000 jobs to each city.
- Business Insider sifted through the 16,300 Seattle-based occupations and salaries Amazon employees shared on Glassdoor to find jobs that earn more than $90,000 a year and received the most reviews from Seattle-based Amazon employees.
- Business intelligence engineers work with data to ensure more efficiency and better market understanding.
- Quality assurance engineers oversee the development of software, and test individual products to ensure there are no errors.
- Senior marketing managers oversee marketing strategies and campaigns for teams and projects.
- Senior product managers help set the strategy, plan product expansion, and drive the execution of a part of Amazon's business.
- They lead a team of software engineers to develop products.
- Senior financial analysts are experts in collecting, analyzing, and managing quantitative data, and creating reports to reduce business costs.
Juul Labs reveals its plan to combat underage vape use
- Juul will be removing non-tobacco flavored pods from all stores, including convenience stores and vape shops, according to a new plan the company released today.
- Juul’s plan is slightly more aggressive than the plan reportedly outlined by the FDA, which demands that all non-tobacco flavored products be removed from convenience stores but allows them to remain on sale at specialty stores like vape shops.
- Once the FDA has evaluated the situation, Juul will reconsider putting flavors on sale at shops under the condition that those shops follow Juul’s new 21+ restricted distribution policy.
- The more than 90,000 retail stores carrying tobacco-flavored Juul pods and devices will soon be subject to heightened scrutiny, according to Juul’s plan.
- The company has plans to release the new product in markets outside of the U.S., but also plans to work alongside the FDA to find a regulatory pathway to selling the device within the States.
Take a look inside a gorgeous inventor's paradise in a remote part of Brooklyn that used to be a deserted, rotted-out machine shop
- New Lab, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is an oasis for artists, engineers and entrepreneurs, serving as a hub where they can quickly mockup products and test their ideas.
- New Lab's creators, David Belt and Scott Cohen, turned the 84,000 square-foot facility into a space that would help the entrepreneurs make their ideas into physical products.
- In addition to being a one stop shop for product development, New Lab also serves as a platform where startups can collaborate with each other and seek partnerships with larger companies.
- StrongArm Technologies: a company that makes a product resembling a wearable exoskeleton that monitors movement of industrial workers for companies like Walmart, FedEx, and JetBlue, and use the data to analyze patterns and prevent workplace injuries.
Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): A classic, updated
- It almost goes toe-toe with the $250 Oasis on features (just with a slightly smaller display), making it well worth the extra bucks over the base Kindle ($80), which lacks waterproofing and has a lower-resolution display with no backlighting.
- I do find the backlit displays on the Paperwhite and the Oasis a godsend, though, and the extra contrast they offer (i.e., a whiter background) makes reading more comfortable.
- When I place both the 2015 and current Paperwhites side-by-side with the same book open and the screen set at the same brightness, the older model actually seems brighter, but the new model's display is a touch "whiter" (the 2015 model has a slight blue hue).
- If the most negative thing I have found about the new Kindle Paperwhite is a minor inconvenience in the menus, it's fair to say it's doing a pretty good job.
Atolla uses machine learning to address your skin care needs
- Atolla, a skin care startup that got its roots at MIT, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help people achieve their skin goals.
- Atolla uses machine learning to identify skin health issues and then recommend the right skin care products based on what affects your skin.
- Atolla comes as a monthly subscription, with the idea being that you test your skin every month to see how it changes depending on the season.
- Every month, you receive a customized product based on the data extrapolated from your skin.
- Testing your skin takes just about 10 minutes (I tried it) and is pretty straightforward, thanks to on-screen directions from Atolla’s mobile app.
- Atolla use two distinct machine learning models.
- The first is to create skin archetypes based on all the factors that may affect someone’s skin, and the second is to predict how someone’s skin may change.
Mercaux bags $4.5M to help bricks-and-mortar retail tool up to sell more
- The 2013 founded London-based startup sells software for retailers to tap into digital capabilities in their physical retail stores — offering a modular platform that’s intended to support digital transformations at a pace of the retailer’s choosing.
- Mercaux’s platform offers a pick n mix of services intended to empower retailers’ employees to sell more — such as by tapping into up-to-the-minute style suggestions — and thereby “improve and personalise the in-store customer journey”.
- On a practical level this translates into real-time access to inventory levels in-store and online at one end; through merchandising content via cross-sell suggestions and styling ideas (powered by crowdsourcing); digital marketing content; all the way up to customer profiles and preferences, pulling on personal data to better inform and steer the in store shopping experience.
Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet
- They are meant to: If you’re a Trump supporter, Trumpy Bear—who sports the President’s signature blond coiffure and red tie, and is stuffed with an American flag you can pull out the back of his fuzzy neck—is a hilarious gift that is, as the commercial says, “great for all American holidays.” If you’re not, it’s the sort of stupendously baffling object that makes you wonder what aliens would think if they visited Earth today.
- Exceptional Products won’t disclose how many Trumpy Bear’s have sold, and claims to have no target demographic in mind: It may be that some grandmother somewhere thinks that Trumpy Bear is just patriotically sweet and cuddly—a woman in the infomercial does spend time fussing over his flaxen hair and cozying up under the flag she pulled from his innards.
Masse seeks to improve product recommendations by building a friends network
- The growing disconnect between online retailers and their customers drove former Jet.com product managers Elizabeth Shaffer and Lizzy Brockhoff to start Masse (as in “en masse”), a product discovery platform built on two core pillars: community and credibility.
- Instead, recommendations are organized by categories like Baby Products, Beauty and Personal Care, Home and Garden, and Health and Wellness, and Masse affords you the freedom to dive into a friend’s suggestion history or solicit a recommendation for a specific product from your network (“I need a onesie for a 15-month-old toddler”).
- Instead of filtering by price or availability, you select the members of your network from which you’d like to see results.
- Masse operates on an affiliate model currently — it acts as a middleman between its community and ecommerce giants like Amazon and Walmart, which pay out a percentage of completed sales.