Google Calendar on the web gets a fresh new look

 After a few years of sticking with essentially the same design, Google Calendar on the web is getting a makeover today. That means a fresh new color palette and a design that’s in line with Google’s Material Design scheme, but also — and more importantly — a responsive layout that smartly adjusts your calendar to the size of your browser window. This update isn’t… Read More

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Dropbox Professional delivers new account option for freelancers and creatives

 Dropbox has a Plus account for those people who want extra storage and it has a business account for those who want extra features, but what it’s lacked until now was a product for sole proprietors and very small businesses who wanted some advanced features, but couldn’t justify upgrading to Business. Today, the company announced a new account level called Dropbox Professional… Read More

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The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

 As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of society. That said, I can now play Stand By Me on the Populele, a feat that was rendered possible by the melding of LEDs, Bluetooth, and a clever app. The Populele by Popuband is a $159 Ukelele with… Read More

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Garmin Speak lets you bring Alexa along in the car

 Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring the wisdom and subservient attitude of Alexa to a car near you. The Garmin Speak is an Echo Dot-like device that sits in the dash of your car and brings the full range of Alexa skills into the car. What’s more, the Garmin Speak integrates Alexa services through the car stereo, meaning you can listen to music, audiobooks, news and weather through… Read More

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Envoy digitizes another inefficient office chore with new service for deliveries

 There’s lots to like about startups that are rarely in the media because they are heads down developing product and building an actual business.
Envoy is one of those.
Led by former kid prodigy Larry Gadea, who worked for Google at 19 and later moved on to Twitter, it has kept pretty quiet since it took a $15 million check in June 2015 from marquee Silicon Valley investor Andreessen… Read More

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Allset raises $5M to help restaurants deliver a more efficient dining experience

Allset Allset has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft. The startup’s goal is to eliminate most of the wait time that comes with eating out. You make a reservation through the Allset smartphone app, and when you do, you also order your food and pay for the meal. Ideally, that means you should get your food within five minutes of arriving at the restaurant, and you should be… Read More

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Hollywood’s favorite environmental crusader, Leonardo DiCaprio, backs Beyond Meat

 One of the leading environmentalists among Hollywood’s leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio, has added his name to the list of backers for the beef-less, veggie burger maker, Beyond Meat. “I am thrilled to officially welcome Leonardo DiCaprio to the Beyond Meat family,” said Ethan Brown, the chief executive of Beyond Meat, in a statement. “His investment and role as an… Read More

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Free streaming TV service Pluto TV raises $8.3M, in new round led by Samsung

 Free streaming TV service Pluto TV announced today it has received a new $5 million investment from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the VC arm of the Samsung Group. Combined with other investors, the full round totaled $8.3 million, the company says. Pluto TV declined to disclose the other investors in the round, but said they’re a mix of both new and prior investors. The… Read More

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Cisco using AI and machine learning to help IT predict failures

Cisco headquarters. We have known for some time that the number of signals coming from your IT systems surpassed the ability for humans to keep track of them years ago. Machines can help and have been for some time. The advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning has accelerated that ability and today, Cisco announced that it is using these technologies to help customers find failures before they… Read More

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Fluent City picks up $3 million to revolutionize language learning

 It’s a tale as old as time. Entrepreneur meets VC. VC shells out a bunch of dough. Entrepreneur operates under threat of failure to turn that cash into a profit. And the cycle repeats. But James Rohrbach, a serial founder who sold his previous company to Noodle in 2010, wanted to try something different. Rohrbach has been interested in ed tech throughout his entire career, with a… Read More

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Twitter introduces a new video-centric ad format

Twitter video website card While there’s a larger debate swirling around Twitter’s problems with abuse and harassment, the business side of the business is still chugging along. Today, the company is unveiling a new ad format called the Video Website Card, which it describes as ” a creative format that combines the power of video with the ability to drive users back to a site to learn more or take… Read More

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Coca-Cola’s Alan Boehme is taking the CTO reins at Procter & Gamble

 The former global chief technology officer of Coca-Cola, Alan Boehme, is trading the effervescent world of soda pop for the day-to-day necessities of detergents, deodorants, daily cleansers, diapers, and dental hygiene at Procter & Gamble, TechCrunch has learned. Boehme will take over as the global chief technology officer and vice president of information technology innovation at P&G,… Read More

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