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Airtable said to be raising $100 million at nearly $1 billion valuation

According to a new report from Business Insider, cloud collaboration startup Airtable notable for its widely popular spreadsheet-database hybrid software is raising $100 million in new funding which could value the company at nearly $1 billion.

According to the report, Airtable which raised $52 million just 6 months ago might see Benchmark which missed out on its previous round invest in this one. Other existing investors including Slow Ventures, CRV, Freestyle Ventures and Caffeinated Capital are also probable to invest in this new round although things remain unclear for now.


Founded in 2013, Airtable has raised over $60 million in total and has grown to over 30,000 enterprise users including Shopify, Slack, Medium, Pinterest, BuzzFeed, Slack, Box and Target who have created more than 3 million databases on its platform.

The company was launched by alumni of Salesforce, Google and Stack Overflow with Howie Liu who previously sold his startup, CRM Etacts to Salesforce currently occu…

Xiaomi prepares for $10 Billion IPO

image credit: Xiaomi

Let's brace up! Another public offering is on the way, Xiaomi, The popular Chinese electronics brand led by Kingsoft co-founder and chairman Lei Jun is going public, Guess what? They're raising a whooping $10 Billion on the Hong Kong IPO market.

Xiaomi as a company has very awesome and innovative perks which include the company's recent promise to distribute cash back to its customer (Yes they said that) if the profit gets too high.

The company said it'll forever limit its profit margins after tax on smartphones, Home devices and other hardware to just 5%.

This upcoming IPO will be the current biggest of this year with marketers saying the company is very expectant of a valuation of well above $100 Billion, Ahead of the public offering two of its eight co-founders recently resigned from the company which comes during the company's re-structuring in preparation for its IPO.

Xiaomi's IPO will be the biggest since Alibaba's $25 Billion IPO…

Walmart may join hands with Alphabet to purchase huge Flipkart stake

As of recent, The news that Walmart is preparing to buy a 51% stake in Flipkart has been everywhere but right now, Information has been released that Walmart may get Alphabet to join in its bid in addition to four board seats in the company if the deal goes through.

This comes as the company wants to compete fiercely with major e-commerce competitor Amazon through every way possible, Targeting India which is a very good market for huge growth is  very unique and good strategy for the company.

Walmart has reportedly offered to buy up a huge (85 - 86)% of Flipkart through a combination of different investments which will involve current shareholders including Tencent, Softbank, Naspers, ebay inc, US based hedge fund Tiger Global Management and other shareholders partly or fully sell its stakes at choice.

Walmart is also reportedly negotiating with Flipkart founders, Binny and Sachin Bansal for the entire purchase of their stakes in the company.

This acquisition will be the biggest in t…

God of War sells high!

According to analysts GFK Chart-Track, Far Cry 5 released just a month ago which is the current best selling game of the year has been pushed to no 2 in the UK by the recently released "God of War" when beaing measured by physical game sales only.

Also coming to the top 5 include Fifa 18, Mario Kart Deluxe and the awesome console 'The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit' which comes in at number 3 best selling entertainment item on the list.

It's very amazing that  God of War retains its first position despite it only being released for the PS4 currently.



The gaming industry is a very competitive one so we can always watch and use the above linked analysis to monitor the battle for sales between video games and its consoles.


The top ten from the list include;


God of WarFar Cry 5Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety KitFIFA 18Mario Kart 8 DeluxeFallout 4Call of Duty WW2Super Mario OdysseyPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsGrand Theft Auto V





Watch Dogs 3 might be on the way!

Well, If you're a Watch Dogs fan, You better be very happy, Your fellow fans have been trailing a series of clues and guess where it headed to? The fact that Watch Dogs 3 might be dropping very soon! Where did the information come from? well blame an April fool's joke, a deleted tweet and an AI bot who talks too much.

Watch Dogs publisher Ubisoft's recent April fool's joke allowed its users to hack into an admin part of its website, yeah you get that....We're always hacking in Watch Dogs....Users were able to access some pieces of information and Easter eggs on its site...then came a tweet by the company saying "This is Everything" in reference to Watch Dogs' popular phrase "Everything is Connected" The tweet was immediately deleted....Then came its AI bot Sam which when asked about the Wath Dogs sequel, responds saying ""Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet, but from the last early build I tried it's very solid. The Dev team work…

The Zozosuit will now be doled out to consumers!

Start Today Co.

In what we term as wonderful innovation in fashion, Japanese founder/tech billionaire Yusaku  Maezawa has made it known that Start Today Co. The company he runs which operates popular fashion site Zozotown will begin doling out its Zozosuit, A piece of tight clothing which will measure every proprtion of the buyer's body and don out his/her exact size of choice and clothing, Zozosuit is advertised on its official website using the catchphrase 'Welcome to a Size Free World'.




Clothes of the perfect fit will now be delivered to customers which will bring with it a wonderful shopping experience and a swath of consumer recommendations, The Zozosuit contains over 150 integrated sensors which in turn captures 15,000 accurate body measurements to enable delivery of clothing of the perfect size.

Pre-orders for the Zozosuit was launched last year with the company now fulfilling its promise of delivering the body measurement suit to its buyers.





Infinity War makes history!

Courtesy : Marvel

Recently released blockbuster Avengers : Infinity War has broken box office records with the movie grossing a huge $630 million global gross in its debut weekend, This is highest weekend gross recorded of any movie in history.

Statistics also shows that the movie raked in a huge $250 million in North  America alone, It's calculated international weekend take of $380 million beats that of  The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars and other very notable movies.

The movie which carried a production budget of about $300 - $400 million was directed by the notable Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony Russo), The same Russo brothers were also the top directors two years ago by box office gross with their' Captain America : Civil War scoring $1.15 billion in total at the global box office.

Marvel has surely been winning as of recently with its recent Black Panther movie having grossed $1.3 Billion worldwide in addition to its new' Infinity War.

Marvel, which is in turn owne…

The Red Magic sells out within 37 seconds!

Courtesy : Red Magic

ZTE subsidiary Nubia recently held a huge flash sale on Jingdong Mall (JD.com), Part of this sale involved the Red Magic gaming phone, The new phone was part of three devices selected for the flash sale and guess what? The entire inventory consisting of 10,000 phones sold put within 37 seconds!

The smartphone was previously put up on Indiegogo (more of a publicity stunt than actual need for funding) so users couldn't just wait to get their hands on it causing the entire inventory to sell out so fast......we mean so fast the sale ended as soon as it started.

The smartphone starts with a price of about $500 with another flash sale coming 2 days from now, Nubia is likely going to make available a whole lot of the gaming phones! given its extremely swift sale.

We have witnessed a recent comeback of awesome gaming smartphones as of recent starting with the Razer Phone and the Black Shark which comes from a startup backed by tech giant Xiaomi.

You should now get rea…

ServiceNow Founder Fred Luddy Is Now a Billionaire!

Image credit : WBIW

It seems Forbes is so good at predicting their future well.......Billionaires....It did that for ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy way back in 2012 and guess what? He is now a billionaire! This is according to a recent report from Bloomberg, Fred currently has a stake of $240 millio in the firm and has in total sold shares worth $900 million plus which brings his net worth to a whooping $1.1 Billion.

Since ServiceNow went public, Iit's market capitalization has grown to 8 times its debut value with the company now being valued at $29 Billion.

The company which had revenues north of $200 million in 2012 has grown to $1.93 Billion in revenue for 2017.

It looks very nice with extreme innovation and wealth popping up so fast from the technology sector, We should now sit up and achieve more of awesome things like this.




Report: Apple is working on an Insane VR headset

Apple

A recent report has suggested that Apple is not just working on the development of its own AR glasses, The company currently has set its sights on the release of a very powerful VR headset in two years time.

This new move will push the company further into competition with its peers of  Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

The project code-named T288 involves the production of a super VR headset with 8K display for each eye with a wireless connection for its stand-alone box which will be powered by a processor coming from Apple which would be the main brain behind the VR sysem.

Apple didn't comment on this report but let's hope the company will deliver the best headset for its customers.




The Essential is now available in much more countries!

Essential 

Essential, The Smartphone company lead by Android creator Andy Rubin has opened up its online store to more countries which include Canada, France, Japan, The UK and Germany, The Essential could actually be purchased in other countries through services like Amazon but as of now, Tthe company now officially sells it through its own online store.

Essential announced this move via Twitter yesterday;

Starting today, we’re opening the https://t.co/5XqZeQu9cW store to orders from more countries, including Canada, France, Japan and UK. Special terms and conditions apply to these orders, so please read the information carefully: https://t.co/uZK8sLvUA5pic.twitter.com/QXEWf8OEnE — Essential (@essential) April 27, 2018
The phones will sell at its price of $499 with customers paying in their local exchange rates.

This latest step makes the Essential PH-1 which currently is distributed in the US through Amazon, Best Buy and Sprint much more available to consumers with Essential obviously…

Nintendo is giving us a new game

Image credit: Nintendo/RPG site

It has been recently announced that Nintendo will now collaborate with Cygames on a mobile Role-Playing Game called 'Dragalia Lost'.

This new release is coming this summer to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau after which follows various regions in North America and Europe.

Nintendo is purchasing a 5% stake in Cygames as part of the collaboration, Cygames is well known for its extremely popular game 'Granblue Fantasy' which has grossed over 10 million downloads in Japan.



This new game comes as Nintendo announced over 500% year-on-year increase in profit.

Nintendo will surely impress players with this new mobile RPG whilst we wait for the release.








Snapchat outs a new version of its Spectacles

Snapchat has released a new version of its Spectacles, This is the second attempt at its smart glasses after its first attempt didn't really come off as a spectacular success even after selling 220,000 units.

The new version of its Spectacles will be more comfortable to wear and comes with more features.

The new smart glasses will be available through Snapchat's own Spectacles.com instead of its previous vending machines and other online retailers, This comes in as a method of solving inventory problems the company encountered in the process of getting its first version into the hands of consumers.

This new model takes both photos and videos in comparison with the first version which only made room for video capturing.



The new Spectacles are also water resistant which is why as shown in the video above, Snapchat encourages its buyers to make use of the smart glasses in shallow water.

Different companies have dabbled into the same of connected glasses but the market hasn;t pro…

The OnePlus 6 is coming May 16th

OnePlus

Well, it was worth the wait....The OnePlus 6 released date has been announced - May 16 ; Location : London, The launch event is termed 'The Speed you need' this reportedly shows what we expect from the phone - Huge Speed.

The launch event ticket costs $22 for a while, By 8pm on Friday the price shoots up to $42.

Over one thousand tickets for the London launch event are available with the Chinese and Indian event coming up a day after on the 17th of May.



The tickets to the London event can be purchased at OnePlus' website while the tickets for the Indian event will be available at oneplus.in.

OnePlus promises that its new smartphone will be bigger and better therefore the customers should expect an awesome! product.








Udacity comes in with a cyber-security program

Sebastian Thrun, Udacity co-founder
Udacity, the educational start-up co-founded by self -driving vehicle pioneer Sebastian Thrun has launched a new nanodegree - guess where? This time, they're dabbling in cyber-security.

According to Udacity's post, this new course involves Training the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals, Addressing the Talent Gap, World-class AI and Data training and also an Invitation to the industry.


Udacity


Given that Udacity was involved in the training about 10,000 of just 300,000 AI engineers currently in the world today who innovate excessively and rake in huge salaries, Udacity will be very good to go on their new cyber-security program.

The new nanodegree was officially launched at the RSA conference which ended 3 days ago which came with a call for partners with its new cyber-security program.

This is a good time for a cyber-security program given that Udacity is one of the best (if not the best) learning platforms available and with all…

Discord is now a Unicorn!

Discord Inc, the creator of the extremely popular chat app for gamers has grabbed an extra $50 million in funding, this time at a $1.65 Billion valuation.

This new round of funding is reportedly led by Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Tencent Holdings, IVP and Spark Capital.

Discord had previously raised $129.3 million in total at a most recent valuation of $775 million.


Discord

Discord's online communication software had 90 million users at the beginning of this year, With this huge statistics Discord just joined the line of messaging tools gaining very huge valuations, Recent huge gainers include Whatsapp, Telegram and Slack.

The huge rise of online multiplayer games have heavily contributed to Discord gaining its huge number of users, Notably the rapper Drake created a Discord account while live-streaming with Fortnite's awesome player Ninja to make room for better and clearer communication.

The fact that Discord just launched roughly three years ago and has gained thi…

Boosted outs new boards

Boosted

Boosted first showed up with an electric board about six years ago then a while after that which translates to now, The company has come up with a new shorter and cheaper board for its customers.

The new electric boards are named the 'Boosted Mini', 'Boosted Mini S', 'Boosted Mini X' and the 'Mini X' .

The Boosted Mini S comes at a price of $749 which makes it Boosted's cheapest electric board ever, the Mini X also comes at a price of $999.

In addition to that, Boosted also announced new third generation versions of its boards which is the 'Boosted Plus' and 'Boosted Stealth', The new boards are available for purchase through Boosted's website except for the Plus and the Stealth which will start shipping late next month/early June.

The new boards can be paid for in 12 month installments in order to ease the cost for Boosted's buyers.






Amazon increased R&D Budget by 41% year on year to nearly $23 Billion

Amazon C.E.O Jeff Bezos credit: Wademy

The top five spots in the US for R&D expenditure last year was grabbed by tech companies with Amazon claiming the top spot with a huge $23 Billion R&D budget coming from the company.

The top five companies spent a cool $76 Billion with Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft and Apple grabbing the remaining five spots respectively.

IBM also spent $5.8 Billion on R&D last year.

Facebook came ninth place with the company spending $7.8 Billion on its R&D for the year.

Amazon comes first with its long term strategy of putting back nearly all of its profits into its new businesses and technologies, a strategy which was paid off very much with its cloud computing arm becoming a major profit generator along with Amazon Prime and its main online marketplace business.

Microsoft also filed 2,558 patents last year with Amazon coming second place with 1,972 patent applications and 2,704 patent awards.


Apple has released a new RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Today, Apple has announced a new special edition RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, This new edition gives customers a very beautiful form of the new generation iPhone with an awesome red and black color combo.

The Product is now available to order online and will pop up in retail stores 3 days from now.

Also adding to this, Apple has released a new iPhone X Leather Folio which is crafted from unique European Leather for an amazing luxurious look for the consumers.



The new edition iPhone will be available in 64GB and 256GB versions coming at a retail price of $699 from Apple's website, The new iPhone X Leather Folio will also be available at the same web location.

Every customer who buys the new Edition from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online or in-store, The new phone can also be gotten through Apple's iPhone upgrade program.


Brief - World's most valuable AI startup Sensetime raises $600 Million

Sensetime C.E.O Li Xu


World's most valuable Artificial Intelligence company Sensetime has grabbed a Series C round of $600 Million at a valuation of over $4.5 billion which is a $3 Billion dollar jump from its most recent $1.5 Billion dollar valuation.

Tech giant Alibaba which is now Sensetime's largest investor led the massive round of investment into the company.

Qualcomm, Electronics company Suning and Singapore's Temasek Holdings also participated in this round.

The worlds most valuable company plans to use this capital to expand its overseas presence and widen its industrial scope according to its C.E.O Li Xu.


Robotics company 6 River Systems grabs $25 million

credit : CNBC

The e-commerce industry is booming! booming so well with so much innovation, investment and effort being put into it, 6 River Systems is a company which makes robots to speed up production in different warehouses and collaborates with humans to out more efficiency, This company right now has benefitted from this boom.

6 River Systems has announced it's grabbed a $25 million Series B round with this investment coming with the aim of helping the company expand and break into more markets, The Start-up which was founded by former Kiva (acquired by amazon) executives has now raised a total of $46.6 million with the current round being led by Menlo ventures.

As of current, 6 River Systems has delivered 600 of its robots to 30 sites which have aided in the packaging of various products, medical supplies and other general warehouse jobs.



Also as of recent, two other warehouse robotics companies have grabbed (maybe co-incidentally) the same amount ($25 million) in their most…

Ed-tech company Pluralsight files to go public

photo credit : CNN Money


Pluralsight, the ed-tech company which has been a unicorn for a few years now has announced it's confidentially filed for a public offering.

Pluralsight, a company created 14 years ago by its current C.E.O Aaron Skonnard along with Keith Brown, Fritz Onion, and Bill Williams deals with online education offering a variety of online education courses for software developers, creative professionals and IT administrators through its website bootstrapped for 9 years before raising different rounds of investment totaling $200 million starting from 2013.

Companies and small businesses pay for their employees to be trained by the company which has given it a very good source of revenue with individuals also subscribing to its services, As of its most recent report, the company had revenues of over $100 million.

Pluralsight now joins its peer of tech companies going public this year, Dropbox went public about two weeks ago, DocuSign publicly filed for IPO last wee…

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Nissan outs its most intelligent pickup idea, The Navara Dark Sky Concept

At the on-going vastly attended Hannover Motor Show, Nissan has outed a new concept featuring unconventional and groundbreaking features in form of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept which highlights the company's growing versatility in the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) space.

The Navara Dark Sky Concept developed in the U.K in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) is endowed with an advanced version of Nissan’s ProPILOT driver assistance technology while reflecting an aptness to power and tow a mobile astronomy laboratory as illustrated by the pictures.


Functioning as a mobile astronomy lab facilitated with a world-leading, observatory-class telescope on a denoted off-road trailer, The Dark Sky concept stands as a unique offering for customers while spotlighting a latest incorporation of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility feature for for upgraded safety.

“The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering o…

The new BMW GS and RT motorbikes bundles the passion for travel in a new dimension of engine power

The BMW Motorrad GS and RT models has stood for powerful and reliable propulsion for the past 35 years in relation to taking on long-distance journeys with desirable convenience and comfort, BMW has outed to new additions to the lineup dubbed the  R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT respectively packed with many high-end features including an advanced boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam technology making a game-changer for performance, efficiency and culture.

The ShiftCam Technology packed for the 2 new motorbikes enables for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side leading to more power across the engine's entire speed range, optimized fuel consumption and emission levels, increased refinement and running smoothness.


Another technical change to the engine is a camshaft drive now taken care of by a toothed chain as compared with a roller chain in previous models for better optimization, It also features twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.

Two riding modes…

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign comes to the Nissan Crossing Exhibition event

An ultimate expression of the Nissan GT-R supercar will now be coming to the Nissan Crossing exhibition event holding in Tokyo's Ginza district starting from today. The prototype model combines the GT-R's legendary performance and bespoke Italian craftsmanship stemming from a collaboration with Turin-based Italdesign for creation of the model.


The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO and commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. After appearances in Europe and the U.S., it's now making a debut at the Nissan Crossing exhibition where it'll count as home until the 25th of November.



The custom vehicle is finished in special Liquid Kinetic Gray with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold accent and is fitted with an enhanced hand-built 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine which delivers an estimated 720 ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Nissan is considering a possibility of a 50-vehicle limited production run thanks to is ve…

Grocery Delivery And Pickup From Whole Foods gets to more cities

Earlier this week, Amazon launched delivery of of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through the Prime Now service in the cities of Annapolis, Cleveland, Louisville, North and Central New Jersey and Pittsburgh as well as new areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prime Members in these cities are now able to shop four thousands of items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items. This service is now available in 53 cities with plans for continued expansion across the U.S.





In addition to this, curbside grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market has also expanded to 3 new cities; Dayton, Louisville and Omaha. This service which launched in August is now available in 8 cities with plans for continued expansion in place also.

Prime members can place orders via the Prime Now app and choose the pickup option at checkout to make use of this service. Customers can choose free pickup in as little as an hour on orders of…

The new Orion Series Desktops will come with new 9th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors for powerful gaming experiences

The new Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops from Acer are set to come with the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors which deliver up to 8 cores and 16 threads as announced by Acer recently which enables for powerful gaming experiences for the upcoming desktops.

The Predator Orion series gaming desktops stand as performance PCs designed for the serious to hardcore gamer. The Orion 5000 stands a gaming powerhouse for users who desire an outstanding gaming rig while the 9000 stands as a machine aimed for the most demanding users with additional top-of-the-line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs bundled for this model.


Featuring up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processors and planned support also for the new Intel Core X-series processors, The Orion 9000 is built to be a gaming powerhouse with many high-end features including a black and silver chassis which gives it a spacecraft-like casing, customizable ARGB (Addressable RGB) lighting bars and RGB LED fans and a side window which s…

This Kickstarter project is promising an All-in-One wireless charger dock for all your devices

A Kickstarter project which has surpassed its funding goals by over 1,200% is promising to customers an All-in-One wireless charger dock for all their devices wherever and whenever along a with smart power bank and zip-&-go travel kit for convenient use.

Dubbed the MagDock, It's built for charging up to 3 devices at once with a convenient stand that dispenses with the mess of cables and the limited USB sockets you may have near you.


Devices compatible with the MagDock include the The Apple Watch, the new AirPods, all iPhone lineups beginning from the 8 version, Samsung S7 edge,  S8, Note 8, S9, Note 9 and all other Qi compatible devices.

It features an innovative Twist and Dock feature which offers more flexibility during charging and can also be used during charging with its twisting angles and turns providing for more suitable usage.






It's also built with an Auto-Align Magnetic Design feature which makes it embedded with magnets whilst not interfering with the wireless c…

Lyft said to select JPMorgan, Credit Suisse for next year IPO

On the heels of Uber's potential IPO valuation being reportedly pegged at $120 billion, It's competitor Lyft has now been said to have selected investment firms JPMorgan and Credit Suisse for its IPO scheduled to take place next year which could value the company at over $15 billion.

The Wall Street Journal reports of getting this info from a source which declined to be identified as Lyft IPO plans still remain private.

Earlier reports had stated of JPMorgan being the lead runner for a Lyft IPO after rivals Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs decided not to pursue the role out of loyalty to another big IPO hopeful and Lyft rival Uber.

As per the Wall Street Journal, Lyft's 3rd quarter revenues which are not made public grew to $563 million as compared to $300 million in the previous year although losses also grew to $254 million. Both Uber and Lyft have taken on huge losses even as revenues also grow heavily in relation to expansion and subsidizing costs.

Lyft which was laun…

HP's Premium Chromebook x360 14 is its thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet

HP recently launched the Chromebook x360 14, It's thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet which offers a gorgeous, premium design and elegance with its 3D stamped metal keyboard deck and a diamond-cut trim on the touchpad among other features.

With the new Chromebook x360, Consumers are getting versatility in how a Chrome OS device can be used with a good scenario for both productivity and entertainment. An easy-to-use, speedy, stable and computing experience is offered with the new device which features 8th Gen Intel Core i3 and i5 processors for enhanced performance, up to 64 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of DDR4 for multitasking with ease.


It outputs up to 14 hours of battery life for long use by the user who will get to take on a vast range of both productive and entertaining tasks. For custom tuning of its dual speakers, HP worked closely with audio partner Bang & Olufsen for crafting of an authentic listening experience.

For an optimal viewing experience, the device fea…

The 2nd Edition of the HP Sprocket portable printer is savvier and more social

The second edition of HP's Sprocker portable, pocket-sized photo printer unveiled recently makes it much more clever and social with new features including new design and colors, enhanced print quality, shared experiences, social printing and even augmented reality.

Multiple friends can make use of the new Sprocket simultaneously with everybody able to print from the device using 3 simple steps; connect, select and print. It features LED light which flashes different color for prints from each phone for identification of whose photo is printing.


Four new colors; Luna Pearl, Noir, Blush and Lilac are now available for the Sprocket with this 2nd Edition which also feature enhanced image quality for printing of sharper photos with more visible detail and deeper colors.

Users can now also create a shared photo album for events through the Sprocket app which enables for a more social experience. It also features a blend of the digital and physical with users able to check out the pict…

Snowflake Computing gets $450 million round at $3.5 billion valuation

Snowflake Computing, The cloud storage startup led by former Microsoft executive Bob Muglia has now raised $450 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital with a more than double for its valuation to $3.5 billion as compared with $1.5 billion when it raised $263 million 9 months ago.

Along with Sequoia, Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures who are existing investors also participated in this round  also with new investor Meritech Capital.

Snowflake has now raised $923 million in total since inception. Snowflake is described as the only data warehouse built for the cloud and has already gained over 1,000 enterprise customers for its service including the likes of DoorDash, Netgear, Netflix, Office Depot, Ebates and Yamaha.

The company will be gearing this funding towards execution of new strategies which include growth of its sales teams, expansion of its engineering team, expans…