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Today’s best deals: Secret Sonos sale, Roomba 960, PlayStation Plus, $51 smartwatch, sous vides, more
Amazon Deals

It's Black Friday week, and that can only mean one thing: insanely good daily deals on just about everything you can think of! Highlights from today's roundup include a sale on the flagship Roomba 960 robot vacuum that's $50 cheaper than iRobot's official Black Friday deal, a year of PlayStation Plus membership at an all-time low of $39.99, the lowest price ever (just $51) on the awesome smartwatch with 30-day battery life, $25 Fire TV Sticks, the brand new Fire TV Stick 4K for just $10 more, secret sales that save you $50 on the Sonos Playbar (plus a free Sonos wall mount) or $30 on two Sonos Play:1 speakers, the lowest price ever on the SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD card, $100 off the best sous vide cooker on the planet, the lowest price yet on Bose's true wireless earbuds, a $400 Dyson cordless vacuum for $216, and much more. See all of today's best deals below.

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, C…: $449.00

PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership [Digital Code]: $39.99

Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami with All-Day Heart Rate and Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring…: $50.99

Fire TV Stick with 1st Gen Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $24.99

Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $34.99

Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar with Sonos Wall Mount Kit + $50 Amazon Giftcard: $699.00

Two Room Set with Sonos Play:1 + $30 Amazon Gift card: $298.00

Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter -  100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-128G-GN6MA: $21.75

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker | WI-FI + Bluetooth | 900W | Anova App Included: $99.00

Anova Culinary AN400-US00 Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker, 12.8" x 2.2" x 4.1": $74.99

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones - Black: $169.00

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia: $216.07

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Enabled, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit: $18.70

Wemo Light Switch, WiFi enabled, Works with Alexa and the Google Assistant: $27.99

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection, HD Video, 2-Year Battery Life a…: $66.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. You’re insane if you don’t re-up your PlayStation Plus with this early Black Friday deal
  2. Amazon’s deal on the Roomba 960 is better than iRobot’s official Black Friday sale

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy
  3. The 10 best early Black Friday deals you can already get right now

Today’s best deals: Secret Sonos sale, Roomba 960, PlayStation Plus, $51 smartwatch, sous vides, more originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 10:07:16 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Black Friday 2018 ad roundup: All the biggest sales from every major retailer
Black Friday 2018

Gone are the days when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals could only be available on those two shopping days. Most retailers start their promos well ahead of Black Friday, with many of them hosting early access deals in the weeks preceding the event, and kicking off official online sales a whole week ahead of Black Friday. Thank the internet and all the smartphones in our pockets for that, and then head to our earlier post to see the 10 best early Black Friday deals you can get right now.

We've shown you every Black Friday ad that leaked in the past few weeks now and we've covered all the official sales announcements coming from various retailers. As always, our focus has been on tech deals, and we hunted for the best discounts on smartphones, tablets, TVs, computers, and other tech you can’t live without. But, except for a few retailers that only sell electronics and gadgets, most big stores out there also have a ton of deals a wide variety of products. In what follows, we’ll recap everything you should know about the Black Friday 2018 shopping season, including handy links to Black Friday ads, sales catalogs, opening times, shipping offers, and early sale details.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. Amazon’s deal on the Roomba 960 is better than iRobot’s official Black Friday sale

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy
  3. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early

Black Friday 2018 ad roundup: All the biggest sales from every major retailer originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 09:44:01 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The smartwatch with insane 30-day battery life just dropped to $51 in a Black Friday accident
Black Friday Deals 2018

For the past year, we've told you about the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami pretty much every time it went on sale. Why? Because this awesome smartwatch works with iPhone and Android, it has a gorgeous screen, it monitors heart rate all day long, it has built-in sleep tracking, and it lasts for up to 30-days on a single charge. That's a full month! It launched at $100 but has since dropped to $80, and tens of thousands of our readers have bought it on sale for around $70. If you haven't yet gotten in on the action or if you know someone who might like a smartwatch for the holidays, you're in luck because this puppy just dropped to a new all-time low... and it's nuts!

The Amazfit Bip was supposed to go on sale this week for $60.99 for Black Friday, and that would've already been the best price we've ever seen. Someone messed up and left an on-site $10 coupon live following the price drop though, which means you can snag this awesome smartwatch in any color for just $50.99! This mistake will probably be corrected soon, so take advantage while you still can.

Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami with All-Day Heart Rate and Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring…: $50.99

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • Look as Good as You Feel: With a range of colors and options, the Bip is designed to be worn as an extension of your personal style. Weighing only 1.1oz (32g), and with a bright, transflective always-on 1.28" display, the Bip can be worn all day.
  • Go the Distance: Use the Amazfit Bip for up to 30 days on a single 2.5-hour charge.
  • Don't Miss a Beat: Optical heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS allow you to accurately track in real-time your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Special sport modes (running, treadmill, cycling and walking) give you even more detailed insights into your most frequent activities.
  • Be in the Know: The perfect companion to keep you organized and productive all day long. Receive one-way notifications for emails, SMS messages, and incoming phone calls (prompting you to take action on your smartphone), as well as alerts for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, weather forecasts, and other mobile apps
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Buy with confidence. Amazfit offers a 30-day refund policy, and 12-month new replacement warranty.

BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. Amazon’s deal on the Roomba 960 is better than iRobot’s official Black Friday sale

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy

The smartwatch with insane 30-day battery life just dropped to $51 in a Black Friday accident originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 09:21:44 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The 10 best early Black Friday deals you can already get right now
Black Friday Deals 2018

One might think Black Friday 2018 takes place this Friday, November 23rd, but smart shoppers know that only rookies wait until Friday to hunt for bargains. The actual Black Friday sales even starts in most stores on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, but Black Friday deals are already live right now at every major retailer on the internet. The BGR Deals team has been scouring every website you can think of to find all the best bargains to recommend to you this week, and we just raided their files to see what kind of killer deals retailers are cooking up this year. After all, the BGR Deals team is the best in the business when it comes to finding the greatest deals on the web, and we have our own holiday shopping to do so there's no way we're leaving that resource untapped.

We don't want to be greedy though, so now it's time to share the love with our readers. There are some truly incredible early Black Friday deals out there that are already live now, and we just dug through hundreds of them to find the 10 best bargains you can already buy. In this post you'll find a killer deal on the Roomba 960 that's actually $50 cheaper than iRobot's official Black Friday sale, the lowest price ever (just $51!) on the awesome smartwatch with insane 30-day battery life, a year of PlayStation Plus membership at its lowest price ever, $100 off the Anova Sous Vide precision cooker and $24 off the brand new Anova Sous Vide Nano, a $400 Dyson cordless vacuum for $216, one of LG's best 55-inch OLED TVs ever at its lowest price, $25 for the Fire TV Stick, $35 Fire TV Stick 4K, and plenty more. Check out our picks for the top 10 early Black Friday 2018 deals below.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. This $50 TP-Link router gives you gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy

The 10 best early Black Friday deals you can already get right now originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 08:58:49 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


You’re insane if you don’t re-up your PlayStation Plus with this early Black Friday deal
Black Friday Deals PlayStation Plus Membership

There are some Black Friday deals that you really have no excuse for passing up, and if you're a PS4 owner then this is one of them. Having a PlayStation console without a PlayStation Plus membership is sort of like having a PS4 console without any controllers. It's just crazy. So, since you're going to pay for PlayStation Plus anyway, why on Earth would you pay $60 for a year when it's time to re-up when you can get a year right now for just $39.99!? Amazon is shaving $20 off a PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership [Digital Code] — and don't worry if you're not due for renewal yet, because this code will add 12 months of membership to whatever your current balance might be. Seriously, there's no reason at all to pass up this early Black Friday deal if you have a PS4.

PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership [Digital Code]: $39.99

Here's more info from the product page:

  • 12 Months – Play All Year Long
  • Enables online multiplayer on PS4, so you can play games online with friends
  • FREE PlayStation 4 games every month
  • Access to exclusive PlayStation Store sales and discounts

BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. This $50 TP-Link router gives you gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy

You’re insane if you don’t re-up your PlayStation Plus with this early Black Friday deal originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 08:35:49 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


eBay’s Black Friday ad is official: Best Nintendo Switch deal, Retina MacBook Air, and more
eBay Black Friday 2018

eBay has already launched a variety of early Black Friday sales so far, offering buyers a few exciting tech deals in the process. But the company published its Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers only early on Monday, just a few days ahead of Black Friday. eBay is about to host a Cyber Week of Deals that will actually last for eight days, including several sales on products from Apple, Xbox, Nintendo, and other big tech brands.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. This $50 TP-Link router gives you gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy

eBay’s Black Friday ad is official: Best Nintendo Switch deal, Retina MacBook Air, and more originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 08:12:49 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Amazon’s deal on the Roomba 960 is better than iRobot’s official Black Friday sale
Roomba 960 Black Friday Deal

IRobot announced last week that its $700 Roomba 960 robot vacuum cleaner was dropping to $500 for Black Friday. That's a fantastic deal on what is likely the best robot vacuum the Roomba brand has ever produced, but you definitely shouldn't buy it. In fact, you're crazy if you buy it! What could possibly make you crazy for saving $200 on the best Roomba ever? Amazon is selling it for even less. The iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity and Alexa Compatibility is just $449.00 right now on Amazon, which beats iRobot's official Black Friday deal by a cool $50. Grab one now because this deal is definitely going to sell out before Black Friday gets here.

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, C…: $449.00

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the air power* for improved pick-up performance
  • Patented iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home
  • Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, and pet hair
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes instantly adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with floors
  • High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and dust as small as 10 microns
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job
  • Featuring these other Roomba robot essentials – Wi-Fi Connectivity, Edge-Sweeping Brush, Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head, Patented Dirt Detect Technology, Smart Navigation, Works on Carpets and Hard Floors

BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. This $50 TP-Link router gives you gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. A dog changed this man’s life, then he made the most life-affirming Netflix show of 2018

Amazon’s deal on the Roomba 960 is better than iRobot’s official Black Friday sale originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 07:45:41 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy
Galaxy F vs. Huawei foldable phone: Specs leak for Chinese smartphone

Samsung’s first foldable handset had its soft launch a few days ago, and the phone should hit stores at some point in the first half of 2019. The Galaxy F (image above) may not be a phone for everyone, especially considering its sky-high price, but the handset is Samsung’s most ambitious and exciting smartphone project to date. And that phone will have some serious competition next year, including a device that you’re probably not going to find in US stores.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. The $69 device that lets you cook steak perfectly every time is a must-have for every kitchen
  2. This $50 TP-Link router gives you gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

Trending Right Now:

  1. Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Nov. 18)
  2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may get to see ‘Aquaman’ early
  3. A dog changed this man’s life, then he made the most life-affirming Netflix show of 2018

Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 at 06:50:55 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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Amazon Is Just the Tip of the AI Bias Iceberg
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Acumos Project's 1st Software, Athena, Helps Ease AI Deployment
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Users Rate 'Creep Factor' in New Privacy-Security Product Guide
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When the News Went Live... Online
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Chatbots Gaining Altitude
How do they really know? That's the question that immediately comes to mind in reviewing the top-level data from Voxpro's recent survey of customers and their relationship with chatbots. The data show that 68 percent of consumers haven't used chatbots to contact a brand. About 1,000 people answered the survey. How reliable is that number, though? I'm not disrespecting Voxpro here -- just the opposite. Isn't it at least possible that some consumers have interacted with bots without realizing it?

When Is the Time to Hire a Cyber Specialist?
Cybersecurity has been becoming a larger and larger concern for organizations. Nowadays, most organizations -- regardless of size, industry, location, or profit vs. nonprofit status -- find themselves directly or indirectly impacted by cybersecurity. Even though the topic itself is increasing in importance, it remains a truism that many smaller organizations -- and in fact, some mid-sized ones -- don't have specialized security expertise on staff. That isn't to say that there's nobody working on security-relevant tasks in those organizations.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.



The weirdest tech of CES 2018

The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.



Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

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Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill youHonda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.



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Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal
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For those who came in late, Cook has been making a scene about privacy and how his glorious product protects privacy while those from Facebook and Google do not. Of course, this does not apply to China where Apple runs its software into a ...

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Airbnb is using what3words to list stays with Mongolian nomads

Putting a new spin on the term ‘digital nomad’, UK addressing platform what3words has partnered with Airbnb to list stays with Mongolian nomads.

The startup’s simplified addressing system is being applied to help adventurous travellers ‘home share’ with Dukha reindeer herders at their mountain camp where there aren’t any street names to anchor a trip. 

The partnership is slated as supporting sustainable tourism by helping the tribe tap into a new revenue stream to support its traditional way of life.

Earlier this year, Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia to use home sharing as a route for economic empowerment and community development. “The MOU will see both parties provide hospitality training for current hosts, as well as potential hosts in rural and remote areas, to encourage the adoption of new digital technology for tourism,” they note in a press release today.

The Airbnb listing with the Dukha reindeer herders offers the chance to stay in a teepee in the Taiga forest in Northern Mongolia, with guests getting “two wooden beds, sleeping bags and an open-fire stove for heating and cooking, as well as full access to the reindeer tribe’s backyard”.

So definitely not the usual Airbnb fare.

what3word comes into play as a neat tool because guests are asked to meet the nomadic tribe at a previously communicated 3 word address at the edge of the forest.

what3word’s platform chunks the world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares — each of which has been assigned three words to act as its easier to share pinpoint. Using unique combinations of words for geolocation reduces the risk of confusing two similar sounding street names, for example, and means a location can easily be shared verbally or read at a glance. 

After meeting their hosts at the forest edge, guests ascend with them to the mountain to the camp — located at ///evaluate.video.nails — either on reindeer or by horse.

what3words addressing platform used to pinpoint a nomadic tribe’s Airbnb listing in Mongolia

Travellers can then expect to be “immersed in the day-to-day life of the tribe, from herding and milking reindeer to cooking traditional Mongolian dishes and making handicrafts”, they add.

The tribe uses a co-host in an urban location to manage the process of updating their Airbnb listing with a new 3 word address, as needed (i.e. when they shift the location of their camp).

Commenting on the partnership in a statement, Cameron Sinclair, social innovation lead at Airbnb, said:  “Airbnb is excited to partner with what3words and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia to drive sustainable tourism and economic empowerment, while promoting the unique hospitality and culture so intrinsic to the country.

“In Mongolia, a lack of traditional street addressing and nomadic way of life have prevented locals from welcoming Airbnb guests into their homes. Our partnership delivers an innovative way to provide hosts with an accurate and reliable address while constantly on the move, and creates new livelihood opportunities for nomadic and rural communities in Mongolia and around the world.”

A spokeswoman for what3words confirmed the partnership is limited to Mongolia for now — but added it’s “exploring next steps with Airbnb” in the hopes of expanding the collaboration.

There’s no financial component to the arrangement as yet because what3words is free for individuals to use (so in this case the Dukha reindeer herders). 

But the startup does sell b2b licenses for other products, including its API and SDKs — offering optional extras like very large-scale batch conversion of 3 word addresses to GPS coordinates or vice versa.

So if Airbnb sees enough value in ramping up offers of alternative tourist experiences on its platform — and in what3words’ 3 word address system as the easiest way to grease and thus scale that pipe — it could end up sending something more than a bit of publicity the startup’s way.

That’s clearly what3words’ hope.

“what3words is incredibly useful for guests trying to find their Airbnb — be it in the centre of Madrid, or the on the Mongolian Steppe,” the spokeswoman told us. “We’re already seeing many hosts provide guests with their 3 word address, and we’d love to make the process as seamless as possible.”

One growth headwind for Airbnb’s business could work in what3words’ favor because the home-sharing platform may well need to invest in finding innovative and sustainable routes to grow its business, given a growing backlash against overtourism in popular destination cities that have been saddled with the real-world impacts of homes being repurposed as de facto hotels (and travel generally being more affordable).

In recent years residents in cities where Airbnb is popular have been vocal in complaining that such platforms bring problems — from antisocial impacts such as noise and drunken partying to more structural issues as they contribute to driving up rents by removing housing stock, with the risk of undermining local communities if residents get priced out.

And a growing number of cities have responded to these concerns by tightening regulations on home-sharing — throwing up blockers and sometimes hard caps on Airbnb’s growth.

A requirement that hosts register with the city in San Francisco so it can enforce vacation-rental laws to prevent homes being repurposed as year-round tourist lets led to a dramatic decline in Airbnb listings at the start of this year, for example.

But it looks to be the opposite story in Mongolia where politicians are focused on development and keen to attract outside investment. And where tourists are — at least for now — welcome visitors.


Carbo brings its light and peppy electric bike to the U.S.

The Carbo is a new electric bike that weighs a mere 27 pounds and can pep up your morning commute. Created by the Montreal-based team that successfully shipped the Veco, this crowdfunded electric bike can collapse for travel and can go 40 miles with pedal assist and 28 miles on full automatic.

Early birds can get the single gear bike for $1,199 or upgrade to a seven gear bike for $100 more. The tema has already hit their $50,000 and they will ship in April 2019.

I saw an early version of the Carbo and was impressed. Although it looked thin and flimsy – the entire frame looks like you can bend it on a bad curb – it was very resilient and withstood my urban abuse. There are multiple modes including Sport which takes you almost immediately up to about 20 miles an hour with pedal assist, a great feeling. The battery is hidden inside the seat post and can be swapped out.

The bike seems like a good last-mile solution. Since you can collapse it almost completely it works as a portable mode of transport similar to a scooter but far more effective. As a fan of electric bikes, this thing really hits the sweet spot between price, portability, and power.

While the price is a little high, it’s on par with other pedal assist bikes and it should be considered legal in the United States when it ships because it does not have a full throttle system. Ultimately, however, this thing is about convenience and portability versus true power so it’s worth looking into if you want a boost to work or school.


Pandora Premium arrives on Echo and other Alexa devices

Pandora Premium is finally available on Echo devices. The streaming music company this morning announced its top-level paid subscription tier will launch across Alexa-powered devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show, as well as on all third-party Alexa devices that support Pandora.

The company’s free, ad-supported music service has been available on Echo devices for some time, while its Premium tier recently made its way over to Google Assistant-powered devices, like the Google Home. However, Premium has not yet been an option on Echo until today.

Once enabled, Pandora Premium users will be able to play favorite songs, albums and playlists using Alexa voice commands, as well as browse and play Pandora’s curated featured playlists, Pandora says.

The newer, personalized soundtracks that Pandora rolled out to its Premium users won’t be available at launch, however. But the company says they’ll be “coming soon.”

The service will also support Pandora’s AutoPlay feature, which continues playing music without interruption, even when a song, album or playlist is over.

To use Pandora on Alexa devices, you can say things like “Alexa, play Pandora,” or “Alexa,” followed by the name of a song, album, or even a genre.

The service can also be set as the default – something that’s possible with the free tier, as well.

 


Snap launches a certification program for AR shops to craft branded lenses

Snap has announced a partner program intended to make it easer for brands to get on board with — and pay for — its augmented reality ‘lenses’ by helping advertisers find certified AR shops to craft the digital product placements on their behalf.

The move follows the visual messaging platform opening up lenses, almost a year ago, to outside developers — with the launch of a Lens Studio AR developer tool.

Snap’s lenses use a combination of AR and hyper personalization as their selling strategy — by superimposing branded content directly onto users’ faces and/or around their person. This means the advert becomes all but inescapable (at least to the user’s friends) as branded stuff gets mapped onto and/or injected into their personal content where it can piggyback on social sharing to shoot for viral spread.

At launch, Snap says the global Lens Creative Partner Program has more than 30 certified ‘creators’ listed — with the largest number located in the US, followed by the UK, then Canada and Australia. (A similar number of partner shops are also badged as global.)

Snap says additional regions are being launched in a few weeks, and it says it’s expecting to onboard 100+ creators over the next few months.

Snap Lens Creative Partners program AR shop, Social Snack, with content created for Hasbro

“Today we are announcing the launch of a Lens Creative Partners program specific to building AR Lenses for brands. This group of certified creators spans large agencies and expert individuals who have been building engaging and immersive AR Lenses for Snap,” it writes in a blog post announcing the program.

“To be certified, creators had to be experienced in developing quality AR and complete a rigorous course about the development process, creative best practices, ad policies and buy models of sponsored AR Lenses on Snapchat.”

It’s not as instantly arresting as cat lenses but Snap’s push to expand advertiser interest in paying for the chance to virtually adorn users with branded content — by making it easier to find a tried and tested AR shop to do the work — will probably result in Mr Tibbles wearing a lot more virtual merch on his head in future.

So expect plenty more feline indignity in future.

Snap says that more than one in three of its 186 million daily active users play with AR lenses on the app each day, averaging three minutes each — adding up to a collective 500 years of daily AR play time.

Just think how much quality cat petting time people are missing out on.


Peer tutoring platform Knack raises $1.5M from Charles Hudson, Jeff Vinik

Knack, a peer tutoring platform aimed at college students, is taking a different approach than some online tutoring marketplaces have in the past. As a result, the Florida-based startup has raised a $1.5 million seed round co-led by Charles Hudson’s Precursor Ventures and Tampa Bay Lighting owner and Fenway Sports Group Partner, Jeff Vinik.

Other investors in the round included Bisk Ventures, the corporate venture-arm of Bisk Education; Arizona State University Enterprise Partners; Doug Feirstein, founder of Hired, uSell, and Liveops; former State of Florida CFO Alex Sink; Tom DiBenedetto of Fenway Sports Group; PAR Inc.; and Elysium Venture Capital.

While many tutoring marketplaces have focused on only connecting students with others who could help them with their studies, Knack has been instead also focusing on adding institutional partners as its customers.

Today, it works with over 50 colleges across the U.S., like seed investor ASU, who are licensing Knack to modernize their student support services and increase access to supplemental help for students.

“Although most universities already have on-campus tutoring centers,” explains company co-founder and CEO Samyr Qureshi, “Knack partners with institutions as a technology-enabled supplemental solution, filling in the gaps by increasing course and topical coverage for nuanced courses that campus learning centers may not be able to cover due to budgetary and resource constraints,” he says.

 

In addition, Knack is also now working with corporate employer sponsors like PwC and ConnectWise who want to engage with high potential students from Knack’s  campus networks.

“We’re focusing on the full life cycle of learning from: ‘I need some help on Knack’ to ‘I can offer help through Knack’ to ‘my skills built and showcased through Knack helped me land a job,'” notes Qureshi.

The CEO says he was inspired to work in the edtech space because, as a first-generation immigrant, education has been at the forefront of his life. His mother brought Qureshi and his sister over to the U.S. to allow them to pursue college degrees.

During his own time in school, Qureshi both sought tutoring and tutored himself, which led him to believe that one of the best ways to learn was from a peer.

In 2016, the startup applied to the University of Florida’s Business Plan Competition and took home the first place, winning a $25,000 cash prize. That opened the door to venture capital, and its first pre-seed round of funding.

While institutions and businesses are the focus in terms of monetization, Knack still caters directly to students today. Those who need help with their coursework can use Knack to book tutoring, and those who want to offer their skills can create a tutoring profile with basic info like their bio, courses, rates and availability.

The platform then handles all the logistics, including searching, matching, scheduling, tracking, billing and rating and reviewing.

Knack takes a 20 percent service fee on this tier of its service. University partners are on SaaS-based annual platform, and Employer partners are charged a sponsorship amount depending on their targeting criteria.

The team of eight is based in Tampa, Florida and plans to use the seed funding for sales and marketing, as well as making some key engineering hires, the CEO says.


Genies brings lifelike avatars to other apps with $10M from celebrities

Genies is emerging as the top competitor to Snapchat’s wildly popular Bitmoji as Facebook, Apple, and Google have been slow to get serious about personalized avatars. Over one million people have customized dozens of traits to build a realistic digital lookalike of themselves from over a million possible permutations.

When Genies launched a year ago after raising $15 million in stealth, it misstepped by trying to show people’s Genies interpreting a few weekly news stories and seasonal moments. Now the startup has figured out users want more control, so it’s shifting its iOS and Android apps to let you chat through your avatar, who acts out keywords and sentiments in reaction to what you type, which you can then share elsewhere. And Genies is launching a software developer kit that charges other apps to let you create avatars and use them for chat, stickers, games, animations, and augmented reality.

Genies’ SDK puts its avatars in other apps

To power these new strategies and usher in what CEO Akash Nigam calls “the next wave of communication through avatars where people feel comfortable expressing themselves”, Genies has raised $10 million more. The party round comes from a wide range of investors from institutional firms like NEA and Tull Co; angels like Tinder’s Sean Rad, Raya’s Jared Morgenstern, and speaker Tony Robbins, athletes like Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, and Richard Sherman; and musicians including A$AP Rocky, Offset from Migos, The Chainsmokers, and 50 Cent. Some like Offset have even used their Genie to stand in for them brand sponsorships so their avatar poses for photos instead of them.

“We’ve transitioned from being an app to an avatar services company” Nigam tells me. The son of WebMD’s co-founder, Nigam build a string of failed apps before working one called Blend that raised some money. Watching Snapchat-owned Bitmoji stay glued atop the app download charts inspired them to see more opportunity in the avatar space.

Genies in-app chat

The revamped Genies app lets you chat with up to six friends through your avatar. As you type, Genies detects actions, places, things, and emotions, and offers you corresponding animations your avatar acts out with a tap. Given people already have plenty of place to chat, it might be tough to get people to move real conversations inside Genies for more than a quick hit of novelty. But that functionality is also coming to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and iMessage’s keyboards where the expressive animations could naturally augment your threads.

Gucci paid to let Genies users add its luxury clothes to their avatars

With the Genies SDK, the startup is ready to challenge Snapchat’s new Snap Kit that lets apps build Bitmoji into their keyboards. But for $100,000 to $1 million in licensing fees, Genies allows apps to develop much deeper avatar features. Beyond creating keyboard stickers, games can plaster your Genies’ face over your character’s head, and utilities apps can have your Genie act out the weather or celebrate transactions. And since Genies is still taking off, partners can create experiences that feel fresh rather than just a repurposing of Bitmoji’s already-established cartoony avatars. Users spent an average of 19 minutes creating their Genie, so the SDK could add significant engagement to these apps. Genies has also launched its first official brand deal, where Gucci has created a wheel in the Genies creator so you can deck out your mini-you with luxury clothing.

The Avatar Wars (from left): Facebook Avatars, Google Gboard Mini Stickers, Apple Memoji

Despite Bitmoji’s years of success, it’s yet to have a scaled competitor. TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook is working on a “Facebook Avatars” feature but seven months later it’s still not publicly testing and the prototype looks childish. Google’s Gboard just added the ability to create avatars based on a selfie, but they’re bland, low on detail, and far from fun looking. And Apple’s latest mobile operating system lets you create a Memoji, though they too look generic like actual emoji rather than something instantly identifiable as you. By designing avatars that not only look like you but like a cooler version of you, Genies could capture the hearts and faces of millions of teens and the influencers they follow.


Wonolo, a staffing platform for blue-collar and labor contractors ‘left behind by Silicon Valley’, raises $32M

A recent survey found that around 20 percent of all jobs in the US are held by contractors — people who take on work based on a particular project or fixed-term period, not as full-time, permanent employees. We’ve definitely seen that trend play out in Silicon Valley, both among the knowledge workers building tech products, and among the on-demand startups that rely on contractors to transport goods and people, clean homes and more. But it is also happening elsewhere.

Today, a startup called Wonolo, which has built a platform for workers to connect with businesses that need to staff up quickly specifically in labor-based roles in areas like retail, manufacturing and shipping — or, as it describes itself “other industries left behind by Silicon Valley’s future of work technologies” — has raised $32 million to meet the blue-collar demand.

The company says it now has 300,000 users registered on its platform, and it connects would-be workers with companies that include Coca-Cola, Papa Johns, and Uniqlo. Employees can post jobs “in seconds” with jobs filled “in minutes”, with payment processed after a job is complete (pricing is not disclosed). Wonolo also vets workers before onboarding them to the platform.

The Series C round was led by Bain Capital, with participation from DAG Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Base10, AMN Healthcare, and Cendana. Because VCs appear to be flush with money at the moment — Bain, for example, closed a $1 billion fund just last week — they are pumping a lot of it into the startups that look the most promising. Wonolo last raised money only seven months ago — a more modest $13 million led by Sequoia.

This latest round, the company said, will be used to expand its own staff (not clear if these will be contracted or salaried staff), as well as continue to expand its business.

The timing is important here. As of this week, we are now officially in the holiday period, which typically sees a seasonal bump in business that leads to the need for more temporary workers.

Companies hiring contractors might have in the past turned to staffing agencies to help fill that need — one kind of competitor for Wonolo.

These days, the rise of tech and an increasing prevalence of the contractor model has brought in a second track of competition — from Silicon Valley. Shiftgig is another startup that has created an efficient platform for would-be contractors to post their availability, and would-be employers to snap them up. (As a point of comparison, Shiftgig had some 15,000 workers and 1,500 companies/employers registered on its platform as of its last funding.) Uber has been trialling Uber Works for service contractors (wait staff, security, and so on). There is Flexy in the UK. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see Amazon eventually turning its own temporary and contract staffing efforts into a wider business, given the pattern it has taken so many other products that it built first for its own internal use.

In that wider context, it’s not clear what Wonolo’s valuation is at the moment, but according to PitchBook the company had a modest post-money valuation of just under $48 million in April of this year. That would put Wonolo, at a conservative number, at just $80 million, but I’m guessing that the calibre of the backers, the rapidity of the funding rounds, and the size of the business speaks to that figure being higher. (Wonolo has now raised $60 million in total.)

Contract employment becoming more common comes with a number of tradeoffs. For the increased flexibility, and potentially strong income because you are filling an urgent need, you will often get less benefits with these roles, and far less job security. On the other hand, contract roles can become a very useful stopgap or top-up for people who either are between permanent roles, or simply want to take on more hours to bump their income (hopefully not at the expense of their health or home life).

“When we founded Wonolo in 2014, we had a two-part goal of solving the underemployment epidemic for Americans while simultaneously eliminating the temporary staffing shortage large brands face,” said Yong Kim, CEO and co-founder at Wonolo, in a statement. “Over the past four years, we have scaled our business model and built a thriving marketplace that connects hundreds of thousands of underemployed workers with the jobs they need. Bain Capital Ventures is providing us with the opportunity to put Wonolo’s technology into the hands of major Fortune 500 companies to help upend traditional staffing models.”

Wonolo cites stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that found that “the number of open positions in the United States exceeded the number of job seekers for the first time on record.” Specifically, five million Americans were found to be “underemployed,” where they were working less than 30 hours per week. A marketplace like Wonolo’s potentially helps those people top up their hours elsewhere.

“Wonolo is reinventing the way people find hourly work. Their technology platform creates more flexibility for underemployed workers and fills hiring needs for understaffed companies insanely fast and at a disruptively lower cost,” said Jamison Hill, senior principal at Bain Capital Ventures, in a statement. “We are excited to support the Wonolo team in pursuing their grand mission of bringing flexible and fulfilling work to everyone.” Hill is joining Wonolo’s board with this round.

Interestingly, while it seems that contract employment is a model that is here to stay, Wonolo appears to be focused also on giving people the experience and connections to eventually try to catapult themselves into more full-time positions.

“We thought we could address [the idea of being able to deal with unpredictability] better than temp staffing, and we realized the antidote was flexibility on the worker side,” co-founder AJ Brustein told us in April of this year. “We could match them with these jobs that would unpredictably pop up. When we dug into it, we realized flexibility was something that was just completely lacking for workers. We took a very different approach to the way that people will often recruit talent for staffing agencies or their own employees. We are looking at character traits.”


Lidar startup AEye raises $40M Series B led by the Taiwanese government’s investment firm

Lidar technology developer AEye will scale its operations globally through manufacturing partnerships after raising a $40 million Series B. The round was led by Taiwania Capital, the investment firm created and backed by Taiwan’s National Development Council, and included returning investors Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures, and Tychee Partners.

This brings the California-based startup’s total funding so far to about $61 million. In a press statement, founder and CEO Luis Dussan said Taiwania’s investment is a strategic one and will give AEye more access to manufacturing, logistics, and tech resources in Asia. AEye also plans to launch a new product at CES in January.

In a press statement, Taiwania Capital’s managing partner Huang Lee said “We see AEye as the foremost innovator in this space, whose systems deliver highly precise, actionable information at speeds and distances never seen in commercially available lidar sensors. We look forward to working closely with AEye’s team to explore and pursue growth opportunities in this burgeoning space.”

The point cloud created by AEye’s iDAR

Along with its funding, AEye also claimed it has set a new record for the distance from which a lidar system is able to detect and track a moving object. (Lidar stands for “light detection and ranging” and is used to create “point clouds,” or three-dimensional maps made of coordinates from laser pulses. Lidar has many applications, but a lot of attention is being paid to how it is used by autonomous vehicles and drones).

In tests monitored and validated by VSI Labs, a research company that focuses on autonomous vehicle technology, AEye said that its iDAR sensor, which was launched earlier this year and combines a solid-state lidar and high-resolution camera in one device, was able to detect and track a moving truck from one kilometer away. AEye claims that this is four to five times the distance other current lidar systems can detect and is possible because iDAR is better able to mimic the way human brains process visual information. In a press statement, AEye chief of staff Blair LaCorte said the company believes iDAR can potentially track moving objects, including trucks and drones, from five kilometers to 10 kilometers away.


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