Chowbotics raises $5 million for salad-making robots named Sally, of course

Chowbotics Inc. has landed $5 million in a Series A round of venture funding to develop what it’s calling food service robots. These are machines designed to prepare food in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, or food courts in airports, malls and hospitals. The company’s flagship product, Sally, is a salad-making robot that uses 20 different food canisters to…


Uber says it’s reviewing use of ‘Greyball’ and won’t use it to monitor regulators

Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan posted an update Wednesday about the company’s use of “Greyball,” providing some details about use of the software tool, which was revealed in a New York Times report last week. Greyball was part of a program Uber designed to help it identify users who violate the terms of service…


How baby dolls, mine sweepers and Mars rovers led iRobot to the Roomba

The iRobot museum is located in the main building of its Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters. It’s more of a hallway, really, tucked behind a security door just off the building’s lobby, that sports the words “Cool Stuff.” It’s the first stop for tour groups and field trips, laying out the company’s 27-year history along conveniently stocked shelves.…


Amazon shuts down its cable store, probably because ISPs are awful

Remember that time when Amazon decided it wanted to sell you internet service and cable TV? Well, that’s done now. Yep, Amazon’s “Cable Store” is no more. As you may recall, around a year ago, the online retailer launched a “cable store” website where it began reselling a variety of Comcast’s services, including its internet,…


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 compelling VR experiences, which is why…


Nokia 3310’s Iconic Snake Game Now Available on Facebook Messenger

At its MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, HMD Global launched the iconic Snake game seen on the famous Nokia 3310 on Facebook Messenger. The game was very popular in the 90s when Nokia phones were a big deal in the industry, and now it is made available on Messenger for everyone to play. The company…


TRAI Said to Mull Aadhaar eKYC for Outstation Users Buying SIM Cards

 Telecom regulator TRAI is likely to recommend to the Department of Telecom (DoT) that Aadhaar-based eKYC be allowed even for outstation customers who want to get a mobile connection in a particular service area. Further, the regulator may suggest that the existing mobile subscribers in the country should be encouraged to go in for Aadhaar-based…


Lineage OS Weekly Builds to Arrive Soon for More Than 80 Devices, Take Over CyanogenMod Responsibilities

 CyaogenMod died last month, and from its remnants was born Lineage OS. This means there will be no CyanogenMod community support for current devices in the future, and CyanogenMod 14/14.1 will be the last version. However, Lineage OS is now set to take over the open-source responsibility, and is set to roll out builds for…


Vine Archive Is Now Live; Allows You to View All Vines Created Since 2013

 Even though Vine app was converted into a pared-down camera app just recently, those users who want to indulge in nostalgia can now see all Vines available on the site since 2013 with the help of company’s Vine Archive, which has now gone live on its official website. Vine had previously said that the company…


Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s Global VP, Is Leaving the Company in February; Senior VP Xiang Wang to Lead Global Expansion Now

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s Global Vice President, is leaving the Chinese smartphone brand to return to Silicon Valley after a three and a half year stint at the company. He had been the face of the company and played a crucial role in Xiaomi’s growth as a prominent name in the highly competitive smartphone market. Before…