This week in apps: Watch videos with friends and island hop with UberBOAT

July 2, 2017

Download those new apps ASAP.Image: drew angerer/Getty Images It’s completely possible that you weren’t able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered. SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad Each week we round up the most important app news along…

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After making $3.5 million on Indiegogo, this palm-sized micro drone can be yours

July 2, 2017

Image: extreme toys Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While smartphone-based VR is still in the early stages, there are some drones that prove the technology is coming along quicker than we think. Smart, fast, and able to fit in the palms of your hands, the Micro Drone 3.0 is what weve all been waiting for. SEE ALSO: Gadgets…

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To tackle Googles power, regulators have to go after its ownership of data

July 2, 2017

Long-term the aim is to find fruitful uses for its stockpiled information The problem with adjusting technology companionships is that, faced with hard new guidelines, they can eventually innovate their way out, often by swapping to newer, unregulated engineerings. The likelihood of targeted regulation informed by little other than fiscal doctrines might even be fuelling a corporate quest for eternal stoppage: instead of surrendering to the regulators, engineering conglomerates prefer…

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Volvo’s self-driving cars are thwarted by kangaroos

July 2, 2017

Self-driving cars, beware.Image: Shutterstock / Max Niessen Self-driving cars can make it through ice, snow, thunderstorms, and the winding streets of Pittsburgh. What can’t they handle? Kangaroos. Volvo admitted this week that its self-driving technology’s “Large Animal Detection system” was flummoxed by kangaroos. SEE ALSO: Check out the first photos of Waymo’s self-driving big rig The cars can deal with roaming deer, elk, and caribou, but can’t process kangaroos because…

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500 Startups Dave McClure apologizes for multiple advances toward women and being a creep

July 2, 2017

Taking an alternative approach to Chris Saccas pre-publication statement on the New York Times story of his alleged misconduct, Dave McClure waited a day to respond to the allegations made in yesterdays article. In a Medium post published Saturday evening, McClure neither denies nor defends the actions that he says have cost him the executive position at the firm he founded. The statement is instead a relatively straightforward admission that…

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Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

July 2, 2017

Joe Flaherty is director of Content & Community at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor: Theres no shame in a $100M startup Overdosing on VC: Lessons from 71 IPOs Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and its possible tooverdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is how do I get a VC to back my startup? These founders…

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Challenges to Silicon Valley wont just come from Brussels

July 2, 2017

Fine of 2.4 bn levied on Google is a sign of the continued erosion of US tech conglomerates dominance of the internet The whopping for mistreating its dominanceas a search engine has taken Silicon Valley aback. It has also reignited American paranoia about the motives of European regulators, whom countless Valley types seem to regard as stooges of Mathias Dpfner, the united states president of German media group Axel Springer,…

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Andy Rubins Playground Ventures is raising another $15M

July 2, 2017

Playground Ventures the VC fund co-founded by Android inventor and former Google exec Andy Rubin that sits alongside an eponymous incubator/startup studio and is making some big bets in areas like artificial intelligence and new generations of hardware is raising more money. A Form D filed with the SEC notes that Playground Ventures is in the process of adding another $15 million into its coffers. The filing notes that none…

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McClure steps back at 500 Startups after internal sexual misconduct investigation

July 1, 2017

Dave McClure, the founder and public face of 500 Startups one of the most prolific and best-known accelerator programs for early stage companies has stepped away from managing the firm he set up (and largely built in his own image). McClure is the latest venture capitalist to be ensnared in the industrys investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by investors with women that they were supposed to be mentoring or backing…

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Volvo admits its self-driving cars are confused by kangaroos

July 1, 2017

Swedish companys animal detection system can identify and bypas deer, elk and caribou, but is yet to work against the marsupials movements Volvos told the ABC the disturbances had arisen because their vehicles object sensing structures squandered the sand as information purposes. This entailed a kangaroos hopping was starting it is challenging to evaluate how close they were. When its in the air, it actually looks like its about as…

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