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Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch
The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte,... Read more
The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1
Today was Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors. International, AI, and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched. “The international tour seemed to work” says YC President Sam Altman, who helped put on ‘Startup School’... Read more
Apollo Box is applying AR to drive lifestyle ecommerce
What is augmented reality good for? Product visualization to encourage online shopping, reckons Santa Clara-based startup Apollo Box, which launched an online marketplace for an eclectic selection of lifestyle products almost a year ago — before spicing up the ecommerce experience with an AR feature called ‘Teleport’. It’s been testing AR... Read more
The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model
Four former reporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix India’s “broken” business media landscape and simultaneously prove that there’s an audience — and business — for paying for quality journalism in the country. Subscription-based media is thriving in the West. The New York Times has seen its digital subscription base... Read more
Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with “potentially sensitive content”
Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature which flags users’ profiles as potentially including “sensitive content.” When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile’s web page directly, you won’t be immediately shown the users’ tweets. Instead, a warning message displays,... Read more
Twitch introduces Pulse, its very own gamer news feed
With the introduction of its own in-house social stream, Twitch hopes users won’t stray too far beyond its purple walls. Twitch’s newest feature is called Pulse and will collect into one big gaming-obsessed feed the real-time social happenings of everyone you follow. Like any properly evolved social network, Pulse... Read more
Mixed reality arcades are the next big market opportunity — but not for VCs
VR’s quest to become the next dominant computing platform has hit a few bumps in the road lately. There’s no way around the fact that VR headset sales have been sluggish. I recently talked about how I saw VR’s “trough of disillusionment” coming in 2017. Increasing adoption will require... Read more
In video, Uber CEO speaks openly about impact of competitors on pricing
A newly published video clip of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may offer the world’s first glimpse into his thinking about competing businesses. The clip — filmed earlier this month while Kalanick was using Uber’s black car service and provided to Bloomberg by the driver, Fawzi Kamel — mostly shows Kalanick bantering with... Read more
Snap supporters find a scapegoat in Jeremy Liew
A couple of days ago, the New York Times wrote a story that aims to explain why Snap founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have retained such a hold on voting power in the company — power that its shareholders will not enjoy. It’s a great account and wonderfully written by a... Read more
Heal plans nationwide expansion for doctor house calls on demand
Already a hit in the limited California regions that it serves, doctor-on-demand startup Heal is planning to take its house call service to more cities across the country. Today, the company announced that it would be expanding into cities in Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania by the end of the... Read more