China’s Mobike raises $215M led by Tencent for its bicycle sharing service

mobike Bicycle sharing services are primed to be a major focus for China’s startup scene this year. Now today, only the fourth day of 2017, comes the first mega-round for the space after Mobike announced its $215 million Series D funding. Read More

Nemonic is like Post-It notes with IoT smarts

mangoslab-blue-postit Mangoslab showed off its first product today. Nemonic is a $120 thermal printer that prints on sticky notes from your phone. That’s right – everyone’s favorite tool for passive-aggressively leaving notes on a colleague’s computer monitor is now weaponized with all the powers of IoT combined. Ladies and gentlemen, the future of office warfare is here. Read More

Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

img_0703 Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s more like an assembly line Rube Goldberg-style device that pieces together its own Lego creations. The set is being couched as an educational kit, joining Lego’s line in a difficulty level a step down from the… Read More

Ford and Toyota launch consortium to help developers build in-car apps

ford-1-5 Drivers expect their cars and smartphones to seamlessly work together. Both Apple and Google offer their respective services for connecting phones to a car’s infotainment system, but the car industry isn’t ready to completely cede the center console to Silicon Valley. Ford and Toyota have long been unlikely allies in this area. A few years ago, with AppLink, Ford started giving… Read More

Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

airthings-wave-2 We have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that live in our house, sniffing the air for nasties, and beeping loudly if something has gone horribly wrong. Norwegian company Airthings wants to add Radon to the list of things you constantly monitor for, with the Wave radon detector. Read More

SteadXP wants to add image stabilization magic to any camera

steadxp Hand-holding video always seems like such a good idea until you’re watching the footage back in the editing suite. Wobblycam is a pain in the backside and can take forever to fix in post-production. That is, in theory. Until SteadXP came along. Except not quite. Read More

Crunch Report | Intel Buys 15% of Here Mapping Business

Mayfield Robotics, a startup owned by Bosch, shows off the Kuri robot, Intel buys 15% of Here mapping business and electric bus company Proterra raises $140 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Here is Faraday Future’s first production car, the FF 91

147a0069 At a very big event in Las Vegas ahead of CES, Faraday Future held a huge event where it showed off the FF 91 — its first production car — and show off a few of its features. Faraday Future has been in the news a lot lately, but not necessarily for good reasons. In November, the company’s factory construction was paused and putting its targeted ship date at risk among a host… Read More