July 29, 2016 0 Comments
Google recently announced that it is acquiring mobile app tool maker LaunchKit. Launched two years ago, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools aimed at making the development of mobile apps easier. These tools include Screenshot Builder, App Website Builder, Review Monitor and Sales Reporter. According to LaunchKit, these tools have helped more than 50,000 developers create, launch and monitor their apps. As part of the deal, LaunchKit’s team will be joining Google’s Developer Product Group. The company’s hosted services will be open-sourced and available on GitHub in the next 12 months, and discontinued thereafter.
July 13, 2016 0 Comments
This week, Google announced its acquisition of Moodstocks, a Paris-based, machine learning technology company. This deal comes just a few weeks after Twitter acquired Magic Pony, a London-based machine learning technology startup that can automatically sharpen low-resolution images and videos. Moodstocks specialises in image recognition technology that turns smartphone cameras into smart sensors, which can see and make sense of its surroundings. Although the acquisition will phase-out Moodstock’s image recognition API for smartphones, the company’s engineers will continue to develop machine vision tools as part of Google’s services. According to experts, the acquisition will help pave the way for Google to make images as searchable as text.
July 1, 2016 0 Comments
Digi.me, a UK-based startup that enables users to download their online social life and unify their social networks, has raised $6.1 million. The Series A round was led by leading reinsurance company Swiss Re. The Digi.me app allows users to back up and re-share content they have previously posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+, RSS, Pinterest and Viadeo. The app creates a searchable data journal that can keeps all social media content to ensure important online memories are safely saved. With the new funds, Digi.me aims to build a data-sharing platform that will give users more control over their content while also helping businesses gain access to user data. Instead of data harvesting, Digi.me promotes informed consent by letting people chose who and how they share their data.
June 27, 2016 0 Comments
Google recently announced it acquired San Francisco-based Internet service provider Webpass. The move means the search giant will now be able to expand the reach of Google Fiber, which is its own fiber-to-the-premises Internet and cable TV service in the US. More significantly, the acquisition will allow Google to have a look at pCell, a breakthrough wireless antenna that Webpass is helping to test. Developed by Steve Perlman of Artemis Network, pCell technology gives users their own wireless Internet bubble that follows them around, and provides full speed mobile Internet service, no matter how many people are in the area. According to sources, Artemis Network has agreed to continue to work with Webpass after the merger with Google Fiber. Industry observers predict the collective technologies of Google Fiber, Webpass and Artemis Network may pave the way for speedier Internet connection for everyone.
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