Amazon News

  1. WSJ: Amazon to open new US grocery chain separate from Whole Foods
  2. Amazon is using your data to send you free samples

Amazon Delivery

  1. How Amazon’s delivery robots will navigate your sidewalk
  2. Amazon has launched over 200 delivery businesses in its race to get to one-day shipping
  3. Amazon offers employees $10K and 3 months’ pay to start their own delivery businesses
  4. Amazon built an electronic vest to improve worker/robot interactions
  5. Packing boxes with Amazonian speed
  6. Amazon will spend $800M to bring free one-day shipping to Prime

Amazon Echo

  1. Google Assistant will now be nicer if you say “Please” and “Thank you”
  2. Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you’re out
  3. The number of Alexa skills in the U.S. more than doubled in 2018
  4. Here’s why Amazon’s Super Bowl ad won’t trigger Alexa
  5. Review: Amazon Echo Input is the easiest way to stream media to speakers
  6. You’ll never look at your Amazon Echo the same way after this short film

Amazon Shopping

  1. Amazon launches “Storefronts” to promote small businesses
  2. Amazon Showroom — A visual shopping experience

Amazon Stats

  1. It took Amazon 5 years to make its first $1 billion, and only 2 days to make its latest billion
  2. How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

Google

Gmail

  1. Google wants to turn your emails into mini apps
  2. BEE Email Templates for Gmail — Beautiful & editable templates right in your Gmail account
  3. Gmail turns 15, gets Smart Compose improvements and email scheduling

Google Docs

  1. ImportDoc — Use the content from a Google Doc in any web page /// via: Product Hunt
  2. Coda | A doc as powerful as an app.
  3. You Don’t Need WordPress — Create a blog with only Google Docs

Google Maps

  1. Apple Maps is catching up to Google Maps. Here’s how it can beat it /// via: Fast Company
  2. Google Maps adds ability to see speed limits and speed traps in 40+ countries
  3. Plus codes
  4. Watch out Facebook, Google Maps on iOS now lets users track their favorite businesses, too

Google My Business

  1. Google ramps up competition with Facebook Pages with new tools for local businesses – TechCrunch
  2. Google My Business Marketing Kit

Google Sheets Tools

  1. 27 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Sheets could do
  2. Glide — Create mobile apps from Google Sheets
  3. Flookup — Fuzzy matching and lookup add-on for Google Sheets
  4. Updatefy — Convert a Google Sheet into a embed update page.

YouTube

  1. YouTube confirms a test where the comments are hidden by default
  2. Music Is Now YouTube’s Most Profitable Category

Google Play & App Store

  1. App revenue tops $39 billion in first half of 2019, up 15% from first half of last year
  2. Google Play is changing how app ratings work
  3. The App Store created 164 new million-dollar publishers in 2018, twice that of Google Play
  4. App Store generated 93% more revenue than Google Play in Q3

Vehicle Tech

Driving News

  1. This electric road charges your car while you drive
  2. This optical illusion crosswalk in London tricks drivers into slowing down

Flying Cars, Etc News

  1. This is what the busiest air-travel day in aviation history looks like /// via: Fast Company
  2. Another state is looking at propelling people through tubes at 670 mph /// via: TechCrunch
  3. Uber’s flying taxi director of engineering is joining us at TC Sessions: Mobility
  4. Flying taxis could be more efficient than gas and electric cars on long-distance trips
  5. Elon Musk eyes robotaxis to transform Tesla into a $500 billion company

RoboTaxis

  1. Elon Musk thinks Tesla can build 1M “robotaxis” in the next year

Tesla News

  1. Tesla has a design for a submarine car just sitting around
  2. A year’s worth of Porsche Taycans are already reserved, mostly by Tesla owners
  3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s year in one chart
  4. Elon Musk wasn’t wrong about automating the Model 3 assembly line — he was just ahead of his time
  5. Tesla reports $702 million loss in first quarter

SpaceX

  1. Elon Musk’s SpaceX just launched 60 internet-beaming satellites to space
  2. SpaceX records another first for reusable rocketry by catching Falcon Heavy fairing with a boat

Space News

  1. Crowdfunded solar sail spacecraft moves closer to flying on light alone /// via: TechCrunch
  2. This 46-minute John F. Kennedy speech reshaped the history of space exploration (and it almost didn’t happen)
    NASA Probe Sends Pictures Of An Object 4 Billion Miles From The Sun
  3. Report: Jeff Bezos wants to take Blue Origin straight to the moon

Flying News

  1. Air France-KLM’s radical new plane design could change the way the world flies

Uber Copter News

  1. Uber Copter offers on-demand JFK helicopter service for top-tier users
  2. Uber envisions Uber Air will one day be cheaper than owning a car
  3. Uber and AT&T team up for always-on connectivity for Uber Copter and Uber Air

Lyft & Uber News

  1. How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool
  2. Why Uber and Lyft want to create walled gardens–and why it’s bad for urban mobility
  3. Lyft is teaming up with nonprofits to get people in need where they need to go

Uber & Lyft Drivers

  1. If you’ll pay more, new Uber Comfort offers Quiet Rides /// via: TechCrunch
  2. Uber and Lyft are reportedly giving drivers cash to buy shares in their respective IPOs
  3. Uber offers shareable video of drivers’ ‘journey’
  4. Uber Black launches Quiet Driver Mode
  5. Uber now allows female drivers in Saudi Arabia to choose to only drive other women

Waymo News

  1. Waymo is now allowed to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles on California roads /// via: TechCrunch
  2. Waymo is now allowed to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles on California roads
  3. Waymo and Lyft partner to scale self-driving robotaxi service in Phoenix
  4. Waymo launches self-driving car service Waymo One
    Waymo picks Detroit factory to build self-driving cars

Drones

  1. Paladin Drones picks up $1.3M to give first responders a live feed of emergencies
  2. If Drones Had ‘Claws,’ They Might Be Able To Fly For Longer
  3. These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the world’s forests
  4. The world’s largest drone delivery network is launching in Ghana

Bike Tech

  1. Madison is the first city to go 100% electric for its bike share
  2. I rode the 300-pound electric tricycle that could be the future of urban deliveries

Helmet Tech

  1. A new bike helmet offers a novel way to stop concussions
  2. Park & Diamond — Collapsible bike helmet 🚴‍♂️🧢

Robots

Robot News

  1. These giant robots are death machines for weeds
  2. You can do it, robot! Watch the beefy, 4-legged HyQReal pull a plane
  3. This popular kids’ toy doubles as a robot that holds 24,000 times its own mass
  4. Here is the world’s first robotics museum–built by robots, of course
  5. This Brooklyn man makes massive robotic costumes out of junk
  6. Watch the ANYmal quadrupedal robot go for an adventure in the sewers of Zurich

Human-Like Robots

  1. Georgia Tech’s ant-sized micro-robots move through vibration /// via: TechCrunch
  2. MIT’s human-mirroring robot nails the Bottle Cap Challenge /// via: TechCrunch
  3. MIT develops a better way for robots to predict human movement
  4. This clever transforming robot flies and rolls on its rotating arms
  5. Researchers create first mind-controlled robot arm that works well without surgery

Robots That Can ‘Detect’

  1. A new robot can now identify objects by touch
  2. MIT’s recycling sorting robot can ‘feel’ the difference between materials
  3. Goodwill robots will now confirm if
    that secondhand Gucci bag is real

Robot Deliveries

  1. These cute little robots now deliver late-night snacks to world’s luckiest college kids
  2. 8 robots racing to win the delivery wars of 2019
  3. Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot
  4. FedEx’s first delivery robot will climb your stairs and hand you a pizza

Boston Dynamics

  1. SpotMini — A nimble robot that can handle objects & climbs stairs
  2. Boston Dynamics acquires a 3D vision startup in bid to put its robots to work
  3. Watch Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot leap up massive steps like it’s nothing
  4. YouBionic adds creepy hands to SpotMini, the creepy robot dog

Mixed Reality

Artificial Intelligence

  1. Here’s why we need more diversity in AI /// via: Fast Company
  2. This neat Excel trick uses your phone to import paper spreadsheets
  3. Age Recognition by Everypixel — AI to detect an age of people on photos
    Digital Bible — The world’s first AI-powered Bible.

Google & AI

  1. Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone
  2. Google Shadow Art — Try your hands at shadow puppetry with the help of AI 🐶

Augmented Reality

  1. YouTube’s new AR Beauty Try-On lets viewers virtually try on makeup while watching video reviews
  2. The Statue of Liberty gets an AR app to celebrate its new museum
  3. Convergence — The AR-enabled book about AR
  4. Notable Me — Put your face on a bill using AR
  5. Weird Cuts — Make collages in AR space using photography by Google

Virtual Reality

  1. VR is training cops to empathize with the people they might kill
  2. I watched the NBA Playoffs in VR, and it’s going to change how you watch sports
  3. The iPod of VR is here, and you should try it

Recognition (Facial, etc)

  1. Here’s AOC calling out the vicious circle of white men building biased face AI
  2. Amazon under greater shareholder pressure to limit sale of facial recognition tech to the government
  3. Your smartwatches may soon know way, way more about what you’re doing
  4. Your smartwatches may soon know way, way more about what you’re doing
  5. Microsoft is worried facial recognition tech will erode civil liberties
  6. Facial recognition presents tech world with a lucrative, but dystopian future
  7. Cars will soon use biometrics to recognize you by your eyes, skin, gait and heartbeat

Wearables

  1. Wearable motion detectors identify subtle motor deficits in children
  2. These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables

Privacy + Tech

  1. Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy!
  2. Metro — Now you can collect data from other websites. No, really.
  3. Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history
  4. Incognito mode won’t keep your browsing private. Do this instead
  5. This is the most interesting UI design of the year so far
  6. Spotify alums create Canopy content suggester that won’t steal your data

More Tech Company News

LinkedIn

  1. 7 Secrets to Creating Impressive LinkedIn Showcase Pages
  2. SpringRole — A LinkedIn alternative on the blockchain
  3. LinkedIn integrates and updates jobs and hiring platforms, hits 20M job postings
  4. How to Create a Content Marketing Plan Using LinkedIn
  5. LinkedIn Lets Advertisers Target Users by Interest by @MattGSouthern
  6. 40% of LinkedIn Members Visit the Site Every Day, Engagement is up 60% by @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn Tools

  1. LinkedIn Review 2.0 — Get instant feedback on your LinkedIn profile, powered by AI
  2. Link2Sheet — Save LinkedIn profiles to a Google Sheet with one click

MailChimp

  1. How To Geo-Target Your Mailchimp Emails Automatically
  2. Mailchimp’s Ben Chestnut on bootstrapping a startup to $700M in revenue
  3. More than ever, Mailchimp is about way more than mail
  4. Mailchimp expands from email to full marketing platform, says it will make $700M in 2019

CloudFlare

  1. Cloudflare rolls out its 1.1.1.1 privacy service to iOS, Android
  2. Cloudflare’s Warp is a VPN that might actually make your mobile connection better

GitHub

  1. GitHub Free users now get unlimited private repositories
  2. GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool

Wikipedia

  1. The North Face booed by SEO community after manipulating Google image search results
  2. China has now blocked Wikipedia in all languages
  3. Younger users rely on snippets and knowledge panel, often don’t click, survey says
  4. Forrester: Wikipedia Lost 21% Of Their Traffic After Google Featured Snippets Launched
  5. Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups

Adobe

  1. Exclusive: Adobe’s new transparent display /// via: Axios
  2. Adobe has an ambitious plan to help the public spot fake images
  3. Adobe’s new painting and drawing app will be called Adobe Fresco
  4. Adobe Lightroom adds tutorials, shared albums and texture control
  5. 20+ Best Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Posters + Flyers

AirBnB

  1. Airbnb launches Adventures, its foray into extreme tours
  2. Airbnb now allows hosts to donate their profits to help displaced people find housing
  3. The Plum Guide raises $18.5M to expand its ‘vacation homes for the elite’ service
  4. Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019
  5. Marriott is reportedly launching a home-sharing product in the US

Y Combinator

  1. OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will tell Disrupt about tomorrow’s jobs
  2. Sam Altman’s science camp
  3. Y Combinator wants to fund these wild new ways to capture CO2
  4. Y Combinator issues a request for geo-engineering startups because climate change is real and we’re all going to die

Product Hunt

  1. Product Hunt Game — Try to predict how successful a product will be
  2. MakerSite — Create a website with your Product Hunt profile
  3. Produckhunt — Duckhunt but with Product Hunt
  4. Design Gallery of every Top Hunted Product | TopHuntFolio
  5. Top Hunts Time Machine