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The maker of the Turing Phone files for bankruptcy and suspends manufacturing

Turing Robotic’s CEO says the company isn’t done. But it’s definitely hit another significant roadblock in its quest to bring some fun alternative handsets to the market. The Finnish phone maker’s story so far is one of delay after delay, and now it’s announced, via Facebook post, that it’s suspending manufacturing. CEO Syl Chao didn’t offer up much in the way of information with regard to what this all means or why it’s happening, but there does appear to be plenty of insight floating around with regard to the company’s health. As the Verge handily notes, Finnish media has been reporting some major money woes for the smartphone startup. The company set up shop in Nokia’s old stomping ground of Salo, Finland, hiring some of the phone giant’s engineers in the wake of its implosion. Turing a...

Fitness startup Studio is bringing its audio running classes to Life Fitness treadmills

Studio, a startup that delivers coaching, music and competition to treadmill runners’ smartphones and smartwatches, is getting a boost from treadmill maker Life Fitness. Studio founder and CEO Jason Baptiste explained that through this partnership, Studio’s classes will be available on Life Fitness treadmills in gyms, starting with the ones that are equipped with the company’s Discover SE3 HD consoles. (The classes are audio-only, but the screen can be used for things like displaying the leaderboard.) When Studio launched last year, Baptiste compared Studio’s compared to Peloton’s live-streaming cycling classes. And while Peloton has plans to ship a treadmill this fall, Baptiste said deals like this give Studio the benefits of hardware integration without having to build and sell its own e...

NYC-based Notation Capital raises $27 million for second fund

Notation Capital, the NY-based pre-seed fund that launched in 2015, has just picked up a fresh $27 million in capital to invest in to super early stage startup sin the NYC area. The fund is called Notation II, and it’s still run by Nick Chirls, who led seed investment at betaworks and helped build Alphaworks, and Alex Lines, an architect at betaworks who contributed to products like Digg, Chartbeat, and bit.ly. Alongside the more than tripling in size of the second fund from the first, there’s another distinction to be made: Chirls and Lines want to stay away from the term pre-seed and go with “first-check” investment instead. “To this day, we find that founders are still confused on how to navigate the early-stage funding landscape,” said Nick Chirls. “The early-stage landscape has splint...

‘Instagram for classwork’ Seesaw in 1/2 of US schools

Kids don’t try their hardest unless they think someone’s watching. Overcrowded classrooms and distracted parents can make pouring effort into school work feel pointless. But Seesaw‘s app turns their assignments into social media they share with teachers, peers and mom and dad. Now it’s invading schools across the country and just raised a Series A round from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and others. On Seesaw, instead of racking up likes or receiving comments on a selfie, students get positive reinforcement on their quizzes, drawings and science projects. And for instructors, Seesaw serves as extra eyes, allowing them to focus on managing the classroom, then later watch self-recorded videos of students completing a task or working through a question. By getting kids to care about classwork and ...

Nest is being rolled into Google’s hardware team

Back in 2014, Google bought Nest — the hardware company behind things like the Nest Cam and the Nest thermostat — for around $3.2 billion. At the time, Google opted to keep Nest running as its own independent operation. Seems that’s about to change. Google’s head of hardware Rick Osterloh announced this afternoon that Nest will “join forces” with Google’s hardware team. In other words, they’re rolling Nest under the Google/Alphabet umbrella after all. A rep from Nest tells us that the Nest brand will continue on within Google, living alongside the Google Home brand. They also confirmed that Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz will now report to Rick Osterloh, and that the company doesn’t “anticipate any significant role reductions” (in other words, they’re not planning to lay off a bunch of people as pa...

Trulia adds an LGBTQ section with local non-discrimination laws to its home listings

Homebuying ain’t easy. And if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community relocating from an area you know well, you’ve got a whole other set of concerns to worry about. Apparently, with the launch of a new tool geared toward homebuyers who might face discrimination on the basis of their gender or sexual orientation, real estate listing company Trulia is taking those concerns seriously. The feature, called Local Legal Protections, takes steps to provide useful information for LGBTQ homebuyers on its desktop and mobile listings. “With the Local Legal Protections feature available on all property details pages on Trulia, homebuyers will know if their prospective new home is in a place where there are laws to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of ho...

Google Photos can now automatically create themed movies on demand

For the longest time now, Google Photos has used its machine learning magic to automatically create movies for you based on your recent trips or around special occasions. What you couldn’t do, though, was tell Google Photos to create these movies on demand. That’s changing today, as Google has now launched the ability to create themed movies via the app or web on demand. Google says it timed this launch around Valentine’s Day, but that’s only one of the options. The others include movies around your cats and dogs (but not both at the same time), your kids (or those of your friends and family members), a selfie movie, “Smiles of 2017,” Mother’s and Father’s Day movies and, on a sadder note, “In Loving Memory.”  For these movies, you simply select the people or animals who should star in the...

Agrilyst raises another $1.5M for its intelligent indoor farming platform

Agrilyst, a platform that makes it easier for indoor farmers to manage their crops based on sensor data, today announced that it has raised a $1.5 million funding round from iSelect Fund, Argonautic Ventures, Horizons Lab (Horizons Venture’s seed fund) and Onlan Capital Fund. The new investors were joined by existing investors Compound and the New York State Innovation Capital Fund. That’s on top of the $1 million round Agrilyst announced in 2016. As Agrilyst co-founder and CEO Allison Kopf tells us, the company, which won our Disrupt San Francisco Startup Battlefield in 2015, has been on a bit of a roll lately. It added 100 new customers in 2017 and saw 500 percent growth in both revenue and customers since 2016. Its service is now available in 10 countries and its tools support more than...

Google launches Olympics-themed features across search, video, VR and more

Google announced today it’s adding a series of features to Google Search and other products to help users looking for the latest information about the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. As the company often does for major events, extra information will begin to appear at the top of Google Search results after being triggered by various keywords and search terms. In addition, Google will connect users to live video, VR video, plus Google Earth and Street View imagery related to the Winter Games. For example, if you search for Winter Olympics, Google will return a list of the various sports as small thumbnails you can click into to get updates – like which athletes won. It will also use your current location to provide updates about your country’s own ranking in terms of medals count, as...

We’re doin’ it live: Let’s talk Apple HomePod

After what seems like an endless wait, Apple’s HomePod finally lands this week. You can read our freshly posted review — it’s the next best thing to actually buying the thing (and a lot less experience). We’re also trying something a bit new, with a liveblog reaction, discussing Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker category and answering some questions along the way.  If you’ve got any burning queries about the product, feel free to reach out to Matthew (@panzer), Megan (@meganrosedickey) and myself (@bheater) over on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to answer them down below. Of course, Apple’s far from the first company to enter the category. Both Amazon and Google have been operating in the smart speaker space for some time with the Echo and Home (respectively). But the HomePod mark...

Gordon Ramsay can now swear at your cooking through an Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa ad was the biggest winner of this year’s Super Bowl outside the greater Philadelphia area. The company spilled the beans early, but the spot still managed to drum up the biggest response of the night (outside of some very unfortunate choices from automakers). The silly 90 second commercial centered around some high profile celebrities filling in after Amazon’s smart assistant “lost her voice.” How best to maintain a little of that $5 million/minute juice after the end of the big game?  Audio company Ground Control enlisted Gordon Ramsay to lend his voice for an Alexa skill. Granted, it’s not quite the same as actually getting the celebrity chef turned commercial costar to fill in full-time, but it’s likely the start of a bigger trend for smart assistant skills moving forward...

ESPN’s streaming service will cost $4.99 and launch this spring

In the fall we wrote that ESPN’s new streaming service named ESPN Plus would launch in Spring 2018. However details were vague, with pricing unknown and no specific list of what programming would be available. But yesterday on Disney’s earnings call CEO Bob Iger unveiled some more details, including pricing. ESPN Plus will cost $4.99 per month, and be available “this spring”. The offering will be built into ESPN’s main mobile app which will be redesigned to have three main sections – scores and news, live streaming via cable authentication, and ESPN Plus. Notably, this confirms that ESPN Plus will not provide live access to ESPN’s main channels like ESPN and ESPN2 – you’ll still need a cable subscription to authenticate and watch. So what is ESPN Plus if it won’t give access to watch ESPN’...