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Nvidia unveils its most powerful chip ever — and it's for cars

Mashable Monday January 05, 2015 @ 06:51 • over a year ago

LAS VEGAS — Chipmaker Nvidia just introduced its most powerful mobile processor ever, the Tegra X1 — which is capable of doing teraflops, or trillions of calculations every second. But it isn't for necessarily phones, tablets or even gaming, at least for now

No, the target market appears to be cars.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage at CES 2015 Sunday night to unveil the tiny, remarkably powerful CPU with 256 processor cores, a mobile chip that can pump out 4K video at 60 Hz. Huang called it "the world's first mobile super chip."

Based on Nvidia's Maxwell GPU architecture, the chip is said to outperform similar mobile CPUs, including Apple's recently released A8x. Read more...

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Alibaba Competitor Wanda E-commerce Raises $161M At $3B Valuation

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 06:39 • over a year ago
China shopping yuan RMB shutterstock China-based Wanda E-commerce, which hopes to position itself as a rival against Alibaba, has raised one billion RMB (about $161 million) in funding from investment funds Centec Networks and Xude Rendao. Wanda E-commerce says this quadruples its valuation to 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion). Read More

San Francisco officers kill man near police station, authorities say

Mashable Monday January 05, 2015 @ 06:26 • over a year ago

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say officers shot and killed a man near a San Francisco police station who held what appeared to be a handgun.

Police spokesman Albie Esparza says police opened fire Sunday evening after the man pulled what was later determined to be a type of air gun.

He says the 32-year-old man, who was not further identified, was hit three times and died of his wounds. The officers were uninjured.

Esparza told NBC Bay Area that the man was white.

The shooting occurred after three officers noticed a man hanging around the parking lot of the Mission District police station, and Esparza says when they walked toward him he pulled up his shirt and produced what they thought was a deadly weapon. Read more...

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Cognitive Networks Detects What You’re Watching On Your Smart TV

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 06:01 • over a year ago
cognitive networks showtime If you’re looking for a more interactive experience from your favorite TV shows, a company called Cognitive Networks is working to make it happen. Cognitive Networks was founded in 2008 and we last wrote about it back in 2013, after the company announced its partnership with LG. When I ran into President Zee Neumeier tonight at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he told me that… Read More
IMG_8303 Nvidia’s new Tegra X1 mobile chipset is a veritable beast: It’s able to provide almost two times the graphics performance of the iPad Air 2’s A8X while also consuming just about the same amount of power, and it’s already in production, meaning tablets sporting the X1’s graphical prowess should be available to consumers in the relatively near future. The Tegra… Read More

Incubate Fund Launches $91M Fund To Focus On Startups In Asia And The U.S.

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 05:22 • over a year ago
yen shutterstock Incubate Fund, one of Japan’s leading venture capital firms, announced today that it has raised a new 11 billion yen ($91 million) fund. Though Incubate Fund usually focuses on seed investments, a representative said the new fund, called Incubate Fund III will put larger amounts of money in early-stage startups located in North America, Japan, and the rest of Asia. Read More

KFC is going hipster and wants to serve you beer with your chicken

Mashable Monday January 05, 2015 @ 05:13 • over a year ago

Nothing is more Australian than washing a feast down with an iced cold beer, and KFC wants to make this an in-store reality.

The fried chicken store has applied for a liquor license for a new concept store in Parramatta in Western Sydney, which will be known as KFC Urban, Fairfax Media reported. The store will be fitted out to appear "high end," with wooden windows and exposed beams giving it a hip vibe, and plans to serve cider and beer to the cool crowd.

In a statement, KFC Australia said it hopes "to introduce a new KFC experience in Parramatta's CBD in the near future, serving beer and cider as part of its menu." The company is awaiting on approval from the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. Read more...

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ISKN’s Smart Sketching Surface Works Amazingly Well

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:59 • over a year ago
iskn5 I’ve written about ISKN in the past. It’s a simple slate that tracks your pen and paper sketches. It transforms your drawings into vectorial images in real time. The company just snatched $2 million in funding from Partech Ventures, CEA Investments, Kima Ventures and Pascal Cagni. But more importantly, ISKN works shockingly well. When I first met the ISKN team last year, I… Read More

IC Real Tech’s 720-Degree Allie Camera Can Stream Virtual Reality

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:58 • over a year ago
ic-realtech6 You never really feel like you’re there when you’re stuck watching from whatever angle the camera person chose. Meanwhile, professional virtual reality cameras are way too big or expensive for consumer use. But thanks to new video stitching technology, the new Allie camera from IC Real Tech can turn two 360-degree camera feeds into an “all-D” image that lets you look… Read More

This smart baby bottle holder monitors food intake

Mashable Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:33 • over a year ago

LAS VEGAS — From the company that brought us the much-hyped smart fork comes a new food tracking gadget: a smart baby bottle holder.

At CES 2015, French company Slow Control showed off its Baby GiGL, which helps parents keep track of how much and how fast a baby is drinking.

The smart bottle, which works with an app, also gives feedback on how to properly hold the bottle at a particular angle so the baby doesn't swallow air, and it alerts you if there are lumps clogging the bottle

Smart Baby Bottle Holder

Image: Mashable, Christina Ascani

If you're at work and a nanny is feeding the baby, you can also get an alert on your smartphone that reveals data about the feeding, such as time and quantity consumed. Read more...

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Nvidia Announces Two New Computing Platforms For Cars

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:27 • over a year ago
IMG_4867 At its CES press conference, Nvidia today announced the Drive CX, a digital cockpit for car that is based on the company’s new X1 processor. It will include an advanced visual computing architecture. It can power 16.6 megapixels for cars that have multiple screens — that significantly more than even the iMac 5K Retina display’s 15 million pixels. While the CX focuses on… Read More

The Parrot Pot And H2O Give You A Robotic Green Thumb

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:19 • over a year ago
Parrot Pot 02 When you think of Parrot, chances are you are thinking about the A.R. Drone or it’s recently launched Bebop drone. But as the company’s CEO Henri Seydoux told me in an interview earlier today, drones are only one area of interest for the company. Parrot is interested in everything that connects to the smartphone and these days, that includes your house plants. The company… Read More

'The Good Wife' returns with a thrilling race against the clock

Mashable Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:19 • over a year ago

Warning: this recap contains spoilers. Do not read if you haven't seen episode 11 of this season of The Good Wife

The midseason premiere of The Good Wife came back just as strong as it left off, with the lawyers of Florrick/Agos/Lockhart racing to find a way to keep Cary from going to prison as the final hours of his freedom fade away

When Kalinda finds evidence that could challenge Cary's guilty plea, the race against the clock is on to find proof that the State's Attorney's office buried the truth. As Kalinda remarks to Diane, "that's not much time." Diane responds: "six hours. We've had worse." Read more...

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Nvidia Announces Tegra X1 With Maxwell GPU

TechCrunch Monday January 05, 2015 @ 04:04 • over a year ago
IMG_4854 At a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia today announced an update to its highly successful Tegra K1 mobile processor. The X1 combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a graphics chip based on the company’s Maxwell architecture. The K1 used Nvidia’s older Kepler GPU technology. The X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU and an eight-core 64bit CPU. That, the company says, makes… Read More


For a large chunk of last year, Pando’s James Robinson followed the utterly ridiculous story of the even more ridiculous “Healbe GoBe”. The device, which raised over a million dollars on Indiegogo, claimed to be able to count the number of calories you had consumed throughout the day by reading blood glucose levels through your wrist.

Despite the fact that doctor after doctor after scientist after scientist lined up to tell Pando that the claims made by the device were “some straight Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman bullshit,” Indiegogo refused to pull the campaign. At one point, the crowdfunding platform actually secretly changed its terms and conditions to remove a guarantee against fraudulent devices.

Still, it seems that Barnum (maybe) was right: There’s a sucker born every minute. Today’s newborn doofus is CNET, which just published a lengthy puff piece on the GoBe to coincide with the device’s CES debut.

It claims to count your calories for you by using an impedance sensor. The story goes that, after you eat, your glucose levels will begin to rise, which your cells will absorb while they release water. When that’s happening, the GoBe is continually using its impedance sensor to shoot high and low frequency signals through your body tissue to measure the fluids moving in and out of your cells.

From there, Healbe’s Flow Technology uses an “advanced algorithm” to analyse the impedance readings and create a picture of your daily nutrition, including automatic calorie count.

Bizarrely, for a site which once prided itself on its consumer reviews, CNET goes on to admit “If we sound a little cautious in our language around these claims, it’s because we haven’t tested the device properly.”

In point of fact, if CNET thinks for one second that the device is capable of delivering on any of the above claims then it hasn’t tested the GoBe at all. Which is not surprising given, as Robinson reported here on Pando, the company refuses to allow journalists (or anyone else) to actually test the device.

Given Healbe’s track record, it’s likely the company is planning a big PR push at CES, hoping more gullible reporters like those at CNET will be so wrapped up in the notion of a magical wristwatch that they’ll actually publish sentences like:

Calories claims aside, the device certainly has a striking design.

Yeah, and Bernie Madoff sure played a mean pinball.

For the benefit, then, of those reporters struggling against both deadline and borderline criminal incompetence, here’s a link to all of James Robinson’s coverage of Healbe.

And if you do find yourself being pitched by the folks at Healbe, just remember one simple phrase: “Cool watch guys… can I test it out for myself?” Your readers will thank you.

[Illustration by Brad Jonas for Pando]

Paul Carr

Paul Carr is editorial director of Pando. Previously he was founder and editor in chief of NSFWCORP.

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