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Monday, January 17, 2022

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32TechCrunch / 1h
Cash flow is a major pain point for small businesses in Africa. Long payment cycles, which can take 30-90 days after services or products have been rendered, and little or no capital, of which research says 85% of African small and medium businesses are subject to, are the main culprits of cash flow issues. Many startups are solving these problems for African SMBs in one form or another, and the



Apple iPhone 13 Noise•
21Engadget / 1h
Apple's "Noise Cancellation" accessibility feature has been a staple on past iPhones, but may have been permanently removed from the iPhone 13 series, 9to5Mac has reported. The feature is designed to "reduce ambient noise on phone calls when you are holding the receiver to your ear," a feature that can help make calls easier to hear. "Phone Noise Cancellation is not available on iPhone 13 models,



If you’re a fan of slim and sleek smartphones, then motorola’s edge 20 is just the phone for you. Measuring just 6.9mm thick, it sports the latest 5G speeds as well as other features geared towards content creators. A 108MP main sensor, ultra-wide and macro lens, as well as a 30X Super Zoom telephoto lens means that you can capture videos and photos with exceptional clarity from any vantage point




TechCrunch / now
China’s call to foster semiconductor independence has sent investors chasing after chip startups of all sorts. Moffett AI, a Shenzhen-based chip design company, has received a fresh Series A injection. The company did not disclose the exact amount, only saying that the proceeds were in the “several tens of millions of dollars.” The round was led by CoStone Capital and the Greater Bay Area Homelan



TechCrunch / 58min
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can include anxiety, chronic boredom, impulsiveness, trouble concentrating, controlling anger, and even depression. But ADHD suffers can face lengthy waiting periods for assessment and prohibitively expensive treatments. Now a startup, which launched in 2020, hopes to address this by luring the knowledge of a team of clinicians and coaches



New Zealand Pacific Tonga•
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NFT Game 2021 2022•
nCore Games has raised $10 million in a new financing round as the top Indian gaming firm gears up to launch web3 offerings, its top executives said Monday. Animoca Brands and Galaxy Interactive, two high-profile investors in the crypto space, led the funding. Polygon, a popular layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution, and Hyperedge Capital also participated in the round. Scores of angel investors incl



21TechCrunch / 1h
Customer service tickets tend to fall into the same few buckets — returns, refunds or quality control questions. Not only are these repetitive, but it leaves little time for customer engagement on more complex requests, like relaying information on products or helping a customer find the best product for them. Maja Schaefer and Matt Ciolek, co-founders of Zowie , believe much of that repetitive w



Barcelona-based Payflow , a YC-backed salary-advance fintech with ambitions to evolve into a neobank, has banked a $9.1 million Series A funding round — bringing its total raised since January 2020, when the business was founded, to $13.6M. Investors in the round include a mix of national and international funds, including Spain’s Seaya Ventures, a new backer of Payflow and Cathay Innovation via



London-based legaltech startup Juro has grabbed $23 million in Series B funding for its browser-based contract automation platform. In total the startup has raised $31.5M since being founded back in 2016. Investors in the Series B are Eight Roads, which led the round — plus existing investors Union Square Ventures, Point Nine Capital, Seedcamp and Taavet Hinrikus (Wise/TransferWise co-founder). E



Asaak , a Ugandan asset financing startup, has secured $30 million in pre-Series A equity and debt funding. The round saw the participation of new and existing investors including Resolute Ventures, Social Capital, HOF Capital, Founders Factory Africa, End Poverty Make Trillions, Decentralized VC and a number of angel investors. Asaak offers motorbike financing to operators, who are often locked
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Apple Hyundai Genesis•
Mashable / 2h
In 2020, Apple launched CarKey , a feature that lets you add a digital key for your car to your iPhone or Apple Watch. The feature, however, was only made available to owners of new BMWs. According to a new report, this should change fairly soon. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman says Apple is looking into expanding CarKey to work with cars from other manu



Tado , the German smart home startup that specializes in thermostats and more recently moved into flexible “time of use” energy tariffs based on loadshifting technology, is today announcing the next step in its life as a business. It’s going public by way of a SPAC deal. GFJ ESG Acquisition, a German SPAC entity focused specifically on sustainable technologies, said it will combine with tado and



Misty has had a hell of a journey of it. After raising $11.5 million from Foundry and Venrock , then crowdfunding its personal robot , the company hit a series of challenges. Today, Swedish social robotics company Furhat Robotics is offering the beleaguered startup a gentle landing in what the Swedish company says is an all-cash deal. Furhat is tight-lipped about the financial details of the deal



7Bridges AI Logistics•
Supply chain logistics — getting components and eventually finished products from A to B to C — is one of the most critical parts of running a business, not least because it is one of the most complex, involving dozens of companies, hundreds of combinations and permutations, accounting for world events outside of your business, a lot of people hours to figure it all out. Today, a startup called 7



Safari 15 Bug Google•
47Mashable / 4h
A vulnerability in Safari can be exploited to expose your browser history — and possibly elements of your identity. Revealed in a Saturday blog post by FingerprintJS , the bug was introduced to Safari 15 via the Indexed Database API (IndexedDB), which is part of Apple's WebKit web browser development engine. To put it simply, IndexedDB can be used to save data on your computer such as websites yo



Mashable / 4h
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Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: The Complete 2022 CompTIA Certification Course Super Bundle is on sale for £57.47, saving you 98% on list price. If the only thing standing between you and a lucrative IT career are some certifications, check out this Complete CompTIA Certification Course Super Bundle . It’s packed with 15 expert-led courses and is designed to prep you for a dozen different certifications on your own time.



The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.



Exotec Raises $335M•
French startup Exotec has raised a $335 million Series D round in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ Growth Equity business. Following today’s investment, the company has reached a valuation of $2 billion. Exotec sells a complete end-to-end solution to turn a regular warehouse into a partially automated logistics platform. It’s a hardware and software solution that replaces some human t




Mashable / 5h
The tech standards for a modern workplace are constantly evolving. While the cloud has made storage concerns somewhat a thing of the past, the latest business software and operating systems demand better and more efficient hardware . While most business can be done using standard consumer PCs (and even tablets and smartphones these days), dedicated workstations provide the greatest security and c



Yellowjackets Season One•
23Mashable / 5h
It feels like we only just embraced the brilliance of Yellowjackets , yet the time has come to say goodbye for now. The Showtime drama closed out its first season Sunday night with a final hour that left us shocked, terrified, and — as always — hungry for more. Season 1, episode 10 "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" raises more questions than it answers, but it does show Yellowjackets ' hand for Season 2



24Wired / 6h
Its story begins in the halcyon days before smartphones took over teens’ lives. Of course, everyone on social media is obsessed.



FAA US 45% Fleet•
The Federal Aviation Administration took a step Sunday to lessen the impact of restrictions due to the rollout of 5G C-band on a significant number of U.S. commercial aircraft. The agency said that approximately 45% of the U.S. commercial fleet can conduct low-visibility approaches and landings at a little more than half the airports most affected by 5G C-band. Internal control part of the aircra



FedEx FAA Missile Cargo•
SlashGear / 7h
Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock Assuming the company gets permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), some future FedEx cargo planes may be equipped with anti-missile laser systems designed to help protect them from man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The laser systems, should they be used, would work to disrupt a missile’s ability to target these cargo jets. Various incidents h



Apple iPad Air 5 CS•
A few recent rumors have pointed to Apple launching its 3rd-gen iPhone SE in March or April of this year at a virtual event and, if the latest whispers on the grapevine are anything to go by, we could be seeing the iPad Air 5 announced at the same time. Japanese tech blog Mac Otakara has claimed via a "reliable source in China" that both the iPhone SE 3 and 5th-gen iPad Air will launch in 'the sp



SlashGear / 9h
joel bubble ben/Shutterstock On January 13, President Biden gave an update on the government’s plan to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests, including a timeline for when the companion website would launch. Biden said at the time that the website was on track to launch “next week,” referring to the week starting on January 16, and it seems that estimate was spot-on. The online … Continue reading



Innovative food delivery apps offer everything from multiple restaurant orders to home chef cuisine.



21Mashable / 10h
Another day, another online platform turning on sex workers. Linktree, a popular social media link service, is removing sex workers and other adult content creators from its site, according to a new report from Motherboard . According to Linktree, the company is only blocking users who post links to IRL sexual encounters and other services. “Per our company's policies, the Linktree accounts banne



Walmart Metaverse Nfts•
SlashGear / 10h
BigTunaOnline/Shutterstock It seems Walmart is finally gearing up to launch its own cryptocurrency, at least based on trademark documents the retail giant filed in December 2021 with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings from Walmart related to the crypto market, but it is the most exciting development thus far. The trademark discovery … Conti



After one heck of a season premiere, the second season of Euphoria has already delivered plenty of drama, drugs, and violence, as well as emotional declarations and sparks flying in new, unexpected places. Lots more where that came from, here's everything you need to know about where to watch Euphoria season 2 episode 2 online from where you are. In the US? Head straight to HBO Max to get 20% off



Keeping track of travel expenses can be challenging. With paper receipts, email receipts and not being handed any receipt at times, it’s important to be organized for both the business and leisure traveler. Fortunately, for those who are not the best at having a good grasp on their expenses, there are many apps that can simplify your life. These apps help with expense reports, budgeting purposes,



300+Gizmodo / 10h
Apple now considers covid-19 booster shots to be an important element in protecting its workers and will be purportedly requiring employees to show proof that they’ve gotten the additional dose to access its premises, according to an internal email seen by the Verge . Read more...



Spotify 270 Rogan Covid•
400+Mashable / 11h
Podcaster Joe Rogan is once again causing problems for the company that pays him $100 million: Spotify. Last week, 270 doctors, scientists, and professors published an open letter to the audio streaming giant demanding that the company create an official policy around misinformation. The letter, which was first reported by Rolling Stone , focused on Rogan's popular show, the Joe Rogan Experience,



Virgin Atlantic award space to Tel Aviv, Israel is outstanding right now. And it can be booked for just 85,000 Delta SkyMiles. On routes like New York JFK - London - Tel Aviv it's available for at least two passengers nearly every day through mid-December. But it's also plentiful out of Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando. You'll find additional availability from other cities, especia



Steelers Chiefs NFL•
Will Ben Roethlisberger's career end on a bum note, or can he summon the spirit of 2005 and pull off the shock of the Wild Card Weekend ? With all of the expectation on No.2 seed KC, Pittsburgh and Big Ben have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Read on as we explain how to get a Steelers vs Chiefs live stream and watch the NFL playoffs online from anywhere. Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas Ci



Australian Open 2022•
Once upon a time they called it the Happy Slam, but Novak Djokovic's scrape with the Aussie authorities has injected a feverish blaze into proceedings. The squabbling will of course be administered with a healthy dose of world class tennis, possibly some of it from the hand of the man himself. Read on as we explain how to watch an Australian Open live stream from anywhere - including ways to watc



SlashGear / 11h
BMW The first BMW Motorrad model rolled off the production line in 1923, kicking off decades of new, increasingly sleek motorcycles. Over these decades, BMW has made a strong foothold in the market with high-quality bikes for every kind of enthusiast – be it a sports bike lover, roadster fanatic, an adventure biker, or touring motorcycle aficionado. Bikes like the M … Continue reading



Caribbean Airlines•
Few things beat getting a shiny new airliner as an anniversary present. On Jan. 14, 15 years and two weeks since Caribbean Airlines was started, a brief ceremony at Piarco International Airport (POS), Trinidad and Tobago, marked the entry into service of the carrier’s first Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft on a flight to Norman Manley International [KIN], Kingston, Jamaica. It’s official! Welcome Boeing



300+Futurism / 11h
Fire in the Hole After fifty years of continuous burning, Turkmenistan officials are finally trying to close up a 230-feet wide fiery sinkhole in the Karakum Desert known hyperbolically — but only somewhat — as the “Gates of Hell.” No one is entirely sure how the hellish pit, located about 150 miles north of the Central Asian country’s capital, started burning, according to Metro . But one theory




Subaru STI Electric•
200+Engadget / 12h
Subaru is still new to EVs , but that isn't stopping it from unveiling more ambitious projects. Electrek reports the automaker has introduced two concept EVs at the Tokyo Auto Salon, including its first all-electric race car. The STI E-RA Concept hints at Subaru's upcoming track vehicle with 1,073HP of total power from its four Yamaha motors, extensive downforce and all-wheel drive mated to a "un



Party it up in Music City with cheap flights to Nashville. Delta has flights starting at $128 round-trip from major cities across the U.S. Whether you go for the concerts or Nashville hot chicken, this trip is sure to be a memorable one. Sign up for our daily newsletter for more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox. (Photo by Nina Dietzel/Getty Images) This deal was originally reported b



Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information for NYC Restaurant Week 2022. It’s back and better than ever. New York City visitors and locals alike can once again partake in the now-classic event that is NYC Restaurant Week. The 2022 winter iteration will run from


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