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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…

The Skydio R1 self flying camera now films moving cars

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Skydio, The robotics company founded 4 years ago notable for its R1 autonomous drone which shoots 4K footage and could capture moments while following people around has now gotten an awesome feature which breaks ground in so many ways.

The drone can now follow moving cars while shooting footage, A new feature which will see it capturing much more better, daring and actionable moments which is a feature that can be likened to that of high budget Hollywood studios when making scenes involving automobiles.



This new feature dubbed "Car Follow" comes as a cinematic mode which films its users on four wheels and was made possible with the training of the drones' neural networks using a huge number data sets of different car images, The drone will make use of its 13 cameras for the feature of capturing nice footage and also autonomously guiding its locomotion from different positions.







The self-flying camera will gain this feature after a software update whi…

Warren Buffett almost invested $3 Billion in Uber

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Several reports have emerged that legendary investor Warren Buffett had plans to invest a huge $3 Billion in Uber earlier this year until the deal fell through for different reasons, This reports have now been confirmed by Warren Buffett himself who said he's a great admirer of current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi with Dara also stating in a recent CNBC interview that part of his business goals has been to get Warren Buffett to invest in something he's involved in, A goal which has not yet been marked.

Bloomberg reported that Warren Buffett proposed even a price well above $3 Billion for a convertible loan to the company which would have provided huge capital and profit for both sides as they continued to grow in value but the deal was later trimmed to a size of $2 Billion by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and ultimately fell through when they couldn't agree on unified terms concerning the investment.

This comes as highly recognized investor Warren Bu…

WePlenish's smart container makes you never run out of Pantry supplies

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A new startup WePlenish has launched its new smart container on Kickstarter which is a product which automatically senses when pantry supplies are low and then re-orders them through online shopping site Amazon for the convenience of its customers.

The WiFi enabled smart container connects to Amazon Prime accounts to guarantee free 2 day shipping and easy returns with the pantry items being selected by the user, After being ordered, They are placed in the box by the owner and automatically re-ordered when taken out which continues the cycle thereby eradicating the stress of manual ordering and replacement of items by people themselves.




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This smart container which is integrated with Amazon's Dash replenishment service and contains sensors to measure quantity replaces Espresso capsules, K-Cup pods, snacks, candy and many other more pantries currently supported by the device and together with its minimalist desig…

Bird - Poised to be The first Scooter Unicorn

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Electric Scooter vehicle sharing company Bird which was founded by a former Uber and Lyft executive has now been reported to be raising $150 million in a new round of funding to expand its services and fend off competition, A new round which will value the company at a huge $1 Billion making it the first electric scooter unicorn if it gets to close this funding round before its major competitor Lime who is also raising additional funds after raising a previous $132 million in funding.

It should also be noted that Bird has raised a previous total $115 million in funding and is currently operating in some cities where its electric scooters have been deployed, The company recently ordered a huge number of scooters from several manufacturers although there have been complaints from pedestrians that its scooters have obstructed roads and caused inconveniences for them, Anyway we expect that this is a problem Bird will fix soon using the best form of logistics.

Bird'…

Nio confidentially files for $2 Billion IPO

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Nio, An electric vehicle manufacturer backed by a slew of Chinese companies previously raising a total of $2.1 Billion at a value of $5 Billion has confidentially filed for IPO with the U.S. SEC.

This will see the company who currently sells its electric Sports Utility Vehicle currently in China raise up to a reported $2 Billion over the Summer in this public offering of its shares.

This comes with previous reports that major tech investor Softbank was interested in acquiring a huge amount of the shares offered in the IPO for a price of $200 million, Nio's ES8 vehicle is a major competitor to the Tesla Model X in China where they both experience very good sales even with Nio's vehicle being more cheaper with The Nio ES8 costing $70,000 before incentives in comparison with Tesla's Model X which retails for over $100,000 in China due to tariffs placed on its importation which makes it more expensive than it is in the U.S.







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This major offer…

Taxify raises new huge round at a $1 Billion+ valuation

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Taxify, The popular ride-hailing app which gives Uber a ride for its profits in several European and African countries has raised a huge investment round of $175 million led by Automotive giant Daimler AG at a whooping $1 Billion valuation marking a new entry into the unicorn space.

The Estonian startup co-founded by brothers Markus and Martin Willig and currently led by 24 year old Markus Willig also counted investors Taavet Hinrikus who also co-founded Billion dollar fintech company TranferWise and Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing who re-invested in this round after previously investing an undisclosed 10 figure sum and providing Taxify with access to its network of knowledge and engineers to scale its operations.

Taxify is currently based in Estonia and operates in a network of 40 cities across Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Central America having a huge network of 500,000 riders and over 10 million global customers.






Taxify currently offers its servi…

Voodoo Games raises a huge $200 Million

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Voodoo, A Paris based video game publisher notable for many games including Paper.io, Snake vs Block, Dunk Hit, Stack Jump and a slew of others has raised a huge $200 Million in funding to expand its operations, In turn developing a publishing space for mobile game developers.

The company made it known that during the ongoing Casual Connect conference which also featured speakers from other big game companies including Zynga, Netmarble and Naturalmotion that Goldman Sachs is a major investor in the company whilst its founders still retain a majority stake, The company didn't reveal how much it raised at the conference but major sources pegged the value at a huge $200 million.

Vodoo currently holds 9 positions in the top 25 downloaded games chart with the company also stating a huge number of 150 million monthly users and 300 million downloads last year with the company currently using a data-driven process which works very well for its release of casual mob…

Naspers pours $89 million into Frontier Car Group

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The Frontier Car Group popularly known as FCG which is a German technology company dedicated to incubating innovation and investing in the transformation of several used car marketplace technologies around the globe has taken a huge round of funding from OLX Ventures which is in turn a subsidiary of South African based media giant Naspers.

This investment comes roughly three weeks after The Frontier Car Group announced a $58 million funding from several investors into the company, The technology company will now use these funds to greatly expand its investment into the various used car marketplaces it operates and backs in order to rapidly scale its mission and also improve revenue statistics.

This investment from OLX will also see FCG collaborate with and make use of its huge regional footprints in markets slated for huge growth opportunities to expand its own operations heavily.






FCG uses technology to promote the ease of transportation through the provision of aut…

Moviepass Parent Company slumps low even after huge increase in subscribers

Moviepass, The very popular subscription based ticketing services which charges a $9.95 per month flat fee for one movie a day access has seen its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics' stock fall to a low $0.40 a share with the entire company being valued at just over $24 million.

Moviepass has not been favored by Wall Street analysts on reports of its heavy spending while losing money to raise revenues which is really growing for the company.

Helios and Matheson Analytics can be deemed as one who wasn't prepared for the public market but the private market which tolerates temporary money loss in a road to a very profitable future with high valuations.

Moviepass has garnered many users for its service, Above 2 million in particular and Moviepass's CEO Mitch Lowe says the company is still going well despite the recent stock slump to this price of $0.40 after once trading at a huge price of over $38.






The company is currently adding 90,000 subscribers per week to its…

The Autonomous technology companies winning right now

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Autonomous vehicles have been a thing! - This has made driving much more better, Although not yet fully adapted, Self driving technology has grown so much over the years with so many startups gaining huge revenues, gaining huge investments and selling for huge amounts.

Cruise Automation sold to General Motors for $1 Billion, Zoox is valued at $1.55 Billion, Quanergy raised $90 million at a $1.59 Billion valuation and also on the list is its Mega competitor Velodyne which is valued at $2 Billion after raising $150 million from Ford and Baidu and is the worlds largest LiDar manufacturer as of now.

So many startups have come to this game, The list since endless, So far we have seen so many autonomous technology startups which include:


AlmotiveCruise AutomationDrive.aiNautoEmbarkOttoQuanergyStarsky RoboticsVelodyneWM MotorsZoox

And a slew of many others....

As the race to win the clear future of transportation, Big startups and companies have been pumping r…

Microsoft outs new game : Miami Street!

Well....brace up, Microsoft has unveiled  new game, Microsoft gives us car racing again, This time for the Windows 10 OS, This new game is so unique for its game-play support on all Surface devices.

Miami street is built for a broad audience who love easy to pick-up-and-play experiences according to Electric Square, The Game studio which partnered with Microsoft on the making of this video game which will be gradually rolled out to users for testing and feedback gathering.

This new game can be downloaded from the Microsoft store in the countries which its available in, It features One one One racing, realistic car control physics, Dynamic wide cameras, huge selection of cars and a swath of other amazing features.




In this game, You get to enter an event, choose your car lineup and opponent and then challenge your way to victory, You get to race in beautiful city streets and enjoy the speed and high quality race in very good definition.

The game also gets regular updates which players …

Our dear Tim Draper sings about crypto

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Notable tech investor and venture capitalist Tim Draper recently attended The  Next Web's crypto conference in the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam and gave a very nice talk on the future and current activities of the crypto world, But the fun really started when he took to the stage to sing about Bitcoin while donning a nice looking suit and a purple tie designed with bitcoin patterns, Bloomberg profiled the dude's amazing freestyle which the audience really seemed to enjoy.

Will @TimDraper break the charts with his singing skills? ‘I’m a Bitcoin hustle’ #TNW2018pic.twitter.com/pGMRZLSSXX — Kevin | 李大仁 (@kevinvdveer) May 25, 2018


The dude really spit some cool rhymes with nice flows like "We want a newwwww world ooorderrr, We wanna pay across the border" He continues "Just wanna be a hodler.....on my bitcoin hustle".

This lines came after Draper had a fireside chat on the topic of blockhain investment with Bloomberg markets a…

Top Hardware unicorns in the world right now

Unicorns (private companies valued at over $1 Billion) have grown globally over the years with over 200 in existence right now in so many tech sectors with the bulk coming from e-commerce and Fintech, Hardware has always been a very competitive space with companies getting to heavily go head-to-head with each other to grab consumer and enterprise attention, Right here, We are bringing the list of the current hardware unicorns that are making huge revenues and currently gaining very good traction, These companies all together are worth more than a whooping $70 Billion and got revenues of over $20 Billion last year alone.

They are:

Xiaomi

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Founded just 8 years ago by the 8 people pictured above with Lei Jun (middle) as the major player, Xiaomi which is notable for its high end smartphones coming at cheaper prices made a whooping $18 Billion in last year's revenue and currently commands a huge private valuation of $46 Billion after raising a total of $3.4 Billion a…

Your Graduation Gift Guide for this year's class

Currently and at some time soon this year, People are/will be graduating from different levels of the educational environment with this marking a very good moment of happiness for many, You know high-schoolers who hate school and could not wait to leave or PhDs who amazingly love what they do and can't wait to use their profound knowledge to go and impact the huge world out there, The same goes for all levels of education, People just belong to different categories.

If you're the one graduating, Kudos!, If its someone you know, Kudos! also, You are both very happy we deduce and would love to reward each other with amazing gifts to celebrate this milestone.

In your rewarding journey, We reward you with a guide on the gifts to buy to make yourselves happy, Get the consumerist experience and also make huge impact in your lives.

We present to you the:


During these special set of events, You would love to share and get gifts for others and yourself and The Techie has compiled the …

Self-Driving cars can now make speedy decisions in lane changes thanks to new research

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MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Researchers have developed a new algorithm which lets self-driving cars make lane changes swiftly, accurately and easily.

The new algorithms will use less information but faster application to make self-driving cars capable of making emergency and swift lane changes to improve autonomous cars' handling of emergency situations to make them more adaptive to current road driving.

Previous algorithm solutions to this were based on complex information bombarded models that provided less time to the cars to take decisions on lane changes during speedy and unexpected situations or some were just too limited in deductions to make good decisions while on the road.

MIT aimed to change that with the goal of doing as much as possible with the least information required and effective and they have made a huge step in that through the development of this new system.



With this new algorithm, Vehicles will be…

Magento Commerce acquired for $1.68 Billion by Adobe

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11 years after its founding, Popular e-commerce platform for open innovation has been acquired in a huge deal worth $1.68 Billion from technology focused private equity firm Permira which notably purchased a slice of Cisco's Video business earlier this month for a huge $1 Billion.

This will see Magento's  platform which provides a wide range of tools, features and add-ons for businesses to host e-commerce solutions just like its major popular competitor Shopify integrate into Adobe's Experience Cloud to provide much more better Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer solutions in the e-commerce space adding this major industry to Adobe's list of offerings.

Magento which currently shares customers with $100 Billion+ giant Adobe many of which include huge brands Nestle, Coca-Cola and the Time Warner Music Group will merge their digital experiences and innovations which increases Adobe's content strength, Market share and product efficiency d…

Amazon India is worth what Walmart paid for its Flipkart Stake

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According to a new analysis from the highly recognized financial services firm Citi Research, Amazon's Indian unit has been valued at a huge $16 Billion which comes as the same price Walmart paid for a 77% stake in India's largest e-commerce unit Flipkart at a valuation of over $20 Billion dollars.

This makes Amazon India just $4 Billion shy of Flipkart's huge $20 Billion+ valuation and proves that Amazon is in for huge competition with the company in the Indian e-commerce space which is slated to grow heavily in the upcoming years making a huge win for those who achieve huge market share right now.

Citi’s senior analyst Mark May and Hao Yan stated in the report that Amazon is expected to reach sales of $70 Billion worth of gross merchandise volume and achieve over $10 Billion in revenue in just 9 years time from the country, Amazon is predicted to capture 35% of the e-commerce market in India according to this detailed analysis.

India&…

OneSpace launches China's first Private Space Rocket

OneSpace Technology, a Beijing based space exploration startup just launched its 30ft rocket dubbed The “Chongqing Liangjiang Star” marking it the first occurrence of a non-government body launching a commercial vehicle to space, The rocket took off from a Northwestern Chinese base with a blast on a mission to deliver a small satellite to space which will be used for research the startup is working to further its space exploration missions.

OneSpace built the rocket entirely using Chinese technology and made its launch as cheap as possible through the use of innovative but less expensive systems such as wireless communication through the internet which costs 30% in comparison with the use of wired internet systems which adds more weight to the rocket and greatly increases the cost of launch.

This comes as the company has raised a total of $78 million for its operations, A sum which seems huge for other industries but not in the expensive world of space exploration although all this w…

Drones can now be tested "In Virtual Reality"

Researchers at the previous Massachusetts Institute of Technology have broken grounds on a system which would be ultimately used to test and train drones without the physical constraints attached using a VR system, The exact way we humans step into an immersive world when we put on a VR headset now applies to intelligent drones, These drones will learn how to avoid obstacles and collisions, Move at great speed and also maneuver through different positions all while learning like its actually doing it in the real world.

This way, even when drones unfortunately hit an obstacle using this "Flight Goggles" system, The damages are studied and taken virtually as opposed to physical damage which takes a lot of time, delaying trials and costing much more money. This method simulates the drone's sensors moving it through a virtual world as seen in the video above preventing various obstacles such as high winds and different hanging obstacles such as transmission power lines whic…

Apple sold 600,000 Homepods in the first quarter of this year

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Apple's Homepod smart speaker didn't really live up to hype although it has recently captured 6% of the Market as of recent selling 600,000 units according to recent analysis by Strategy Analytics.

Even why capturing this slice of the market, Major competitors Amazon, Google, Alibaba and Xiaomi took the largest part of the market coming with a 43.6%, 26.5%, 7.6% and 2.4% for the Chinese companies with the combined companies leaving the remaining 13%+ to other players and startups who will have to innovate and disrupt to extensively win in the market.

This new statistics comes as competition has rapidly increased with each companies market share being diluted amidst increase in no of sales of smart speakers generally and customers going for different brands among a wide selection to choose from. Amazon had a 94% market share last year  and has gotten to 43.6% whilst still being the leader amidst huge competition from a slew of technology companies and star…

Fidelity Labs and Amazon create a VR financial assistant "Cora"

Amazon, The company which just released its Sumerian VR developer tools fully to the public had to showcase to everyone what could be made of its platform or supposedly "what its platform was made of" and it did just that with the debut of a VR digital financial advisor in collaboration with Fidelity Investments which let people interact with their investments and financial tasks in 3D.

The VR financial advisor is named Cora and combines a voice-commanded bot along with exploration of investment aims in a very unique way for its users.

Cora listens to requests from its users for information on the stock performance and financial statistics of different companies and then outputs the resulting information as financial graphs as charts to the user in an immersive form.


This not only gets the user huge loads of information at an easy pace, Its immersive experience and data presentation through the use of visual charts also increases the learning and information gathering exper…

Tanium raises $175 million at a whooping $5 Billion dollar Valuation

Tanium CEO/co-founder Orion Hindawi

Notable enterprise cyber-security company Tanium has just recently raised a big round of $175 million in funding from renowned investment firm TPG Capital at a huge valuation of $5 Billion which prior to this owned quite a huge stake in the cyber company founded 11 years ago thereby increasing its ownership slice with this new investment.

This is more $1.2 Billion more than its previous valuation of $3.75 Billion which came with a investment round of $100 million which was also led by TOG as of last year, An additional sale of $25 million worth of stock from current shareholders is currently in discussion and is slated to occur anytime soon.

Popular and Major Silicon Valley investor Andressen Horowitz along with other investors have been previous backers and shareholders of this huge company founded by Father and Son duo David and Orion Hindawi 11 years ago.






Tanium has performed very well with a 100% revenue increase last year and a $300 million cas…

E-Grocer Good Eggs raises $50 Million to rapidly expand

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Good Eggs, The online grocery and meal kit delivery service company which operates currently in The Bay Area has raised $50 million in a new round led by Benchmark Capital with other investors including Index Ventures and Obvious ventures to expand rapidly in The Bay Area which they decided to focus on after discontinuing its service in other markets 3 years ago.

The company which backed out from Los Angeles in its move 3 years ago will now return to the city with its services with much more better delivery options. The company now offers the "Same day" delivery option like many of its competitors and now delivers both beer and cocktail kits.

Good Eggs delivers fresh products which it gets from local farmers and then ships through its San Francisco warehouse at a very fast rate which ensures the product freshness and quality, They provide the best quality perishables to customers which gives them a competitive edge on par with other major players lik…

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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…