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HAX launches an accelerator program for senior tech

HAX today announced the launch of an initiative targeted at helping startups advance the state of tech for people over the age of 65. The program was developed in conjunction with Centrica, the energy company behind the newly launched Hive Link, a smart home service for people with elderly family members.

The program will invest $250,000 in the startups it selects, including mentoring, office space, education and the like, in exchange for equity in the companies — a pretty standard setup for the San Francisco/Shenzhen-based accelerator.

As HAX notes in a related press release, the US population aging. Studies put today’s 47.8 million population of people over 65 at 78 million in the year 2035.

“HAX has invested in over 200 high-tech startups over the past six years, and we were looking for the right partner to tackle this immense challenge,” partner Kate Whitcomb said in a release tied to the news. “We want to find the right sensors, service robots, or diagnostic devices that can help us age gracefully, and avoid $100 problems turning into $100,000 ones.”

Applications for the program are currently open through the HAX site. Interested parties need to provide a prototype of their project and be willing to relocate to either San Francisco or Shenzhen. It’s a great opportunity to grow a much needed hardware sector and help improve the availability of tech for good, through a focused accelerator program. 


Source: TechCrunch

Mummy smuggler busted with remains hidden inside speakers – CNET

Egypt foiled a weird attempt to sneak mummy parts out of the country.
Source: CNET

Ricoh Theta Z1 is a pocketable prosumer 360 camera for $999 – CNET

Dual, 1-inch image sensors should raise the bar for spherical image quality.
Source: CNET

Huawei sides with Trump on 5G: 'US is lagging behind' – CNET

Meanwhile, China and the US continue trade negotiations as they face a March 1 deadline.
Source: CNET

ZTE brings 5G to MWC with the Axon 10 Pro – CNET

With everyone else talking about 5G at MWC 2019, ZTE wanted in on the fun. So, it brought its new Axon 10 Pro to Barcelona.
Source: CNET

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ mixes basketball, politics and impressive iPhone camerawork

“High Flying Bird,” the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh, isn’t an easy movie to categorize.

For starters, it’s a basketball movie without any basketball. Instead, the story focuses on agent Ray Burke (played by Andre Holland), and his efforts behind the scenes during an NBA lockout. It becomes surprisingly political, portraying the pro sports world as another arena for the conflict between labor and management.

Oh, and this is the second time Soderbergh’s shot a movie on an iPhone — but instead of the grainy, handheld shots you might imagine, it’s filled with carefully composed images of cushy backroom dealings.

On this week’s Original Content podcast, Jon Shieber joins us to review the Netflix Original film. We all liked it — but while some of us struggled to keep up during the dense dialogue scenes, and whether they fully paid off in the end, Jon was completely won over.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You also can send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)


Source: TechCrunch

Pokemon Go adds more AR photo options – CNET

Catch the perfect Lugia shot.
Source: CNET

Here are all the 5G phones announced at MWC

Mobile World Congress is underway, which means there are a handful of brand spankin’ new 5G phones hitting the market soon.

How ever will you decide?

Here’s a look at all the 5G phones announced thus far:

Huawei Mate X

The Mate X is a foldable 5G phone with one 4.6-inch screen, another 6.6-inch 2480×1148 screen, and (when unfolded) an 8-inch 2200×2480 display.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Kirin 980
  • Battery: 4,5000mAh
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 512GB internal
  • Price: $2,600
  • Size: 11mm folded, 5.4mm unfolded

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

Aside from its unbearably long name, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G’s claim to fame new biometric security measure called Hand ID, which reads the veins in your hand to authenticate your identity. Plus, the new LG flagship has a dual-screen case, which effectively turns the phone into a foldable.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal
  • Price: Unknown

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold is likely to be the most talked-about phone out of MWC because 1) it folds and 2) it’s made by the biggest phone maker in the world. The handset, with a 7.3-inch 1536×2152 Super AMOLED unfolded display and a 4.6-inch cover display, will be available April 26.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
  • Battery: 4,380mAh
  • Memory: 12GB RAM, 512GB internal
  • Price: $1,980
  • Size: 17mm folded

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

The Samsung S10 5G is exactly what you would expect it to be. It’s packed with all the bells and whistles that might appeal to the customer who wants the top of the line phone regardless of price. It sports a 6.7-inch 1440×3040 AMOLED display.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB internal
  • Price: Unknown

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Interestingly, Xiaomi opted to leave 5G out of its flagship phone for the year, the Mi 9. That said, the 5G Mi Mix 3 has a handful its own interesting features, including a sliding front-facing camera that results in a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio. It also has a dual-camera system that offers the ability to shoot slow-mo videos at 960 frames per second.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal
  • Price: $680

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

The Axon 10 Pro 5G doesn’t have many tricks, like a folding display, but it does come with a triple-camera system and what appears to be an in-display fingerprint reader. It also sports a 6.7-inch 1080p display. The phone will definitely launch in Europe and China, but no word on whether it will make its way stateside.

Some other specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal
  • Price: Unknown


Source: TechCrunch

FTC finalizes settlement with student loan refinancer SoFi over deceptive advertising

The FTC announced this morning its has approved the final consent order with online student loan refinancer SoFi, which resolves the allegations around the SoFi’s deceptive advertising practices. Last October, the FTC issued a complaint stating that SoFi had been misrepresenting how much money student loan borrowers could save in its online, TV and direct mail advertisements since April 2016.

According to the FTC’s findings, SoFi would inflate the average lifetime savings consumers could achieve – sometimes even as much as double the actual savings – by excluding large categories of consumers. Meanwhile, most of the excluded groups were actually paying more money as a result of their loans with SoFi, the FTC said. In fact, they were paying thousands of dollars more, on average, on a lifetime basis, and hundreds more, on average, per month.

For example, one online SoFi ad had claimed: “Refinancing student loans saves $22,359 on average.” Another had said: “Start saving on your student loans. Average monthly savings $292.”

The excluded groups were those borrowers whose loans have a longer term than the previous student loans those consumers financed, the FTC explained. That meant they ended up paying more over the loans’ lifetime. When SoFi did make disclosures, it was buried in the fine print, the complaint also said.

In addition, the FTC said SoFi misrepresented when consumers would actually pay more under certain refinancing plans, which violated the FTC Act.

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the final consent order, following a public comment period.

The order says SoFi is prohibited from misrepresenting to consumers how much they can saved using its products, and from making claims about savings unless they’re backed up with reliable evidence.

SoFi at the time had disputed the FTC’s claims, saying it offers “clear and complete information” to its current and prospective members.

In a statement released in October 2018, the FTC noted its resolution doesn’t require SoFi to pay any money for its violations, due to limitations in its authority. But if SoFi violates the consent order, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the State Attorneys General would be able to seek penalties under existing federal law.

The order terminates on February 22, 2039 or 20 years from the most recent date the U.S. of the Commision files a complaint in federal court alleging any violations, whichever comes later.

The settlement comes at a time when student loan debt has become a hot button topic, having tripled over the last decade, and now surpassing auto and credit card debt, CNBC reported last fall. Average debt at graduation is now $30,000, up by $10,000 since the early ’90’s it said.


Source: TechCrunch

The current-generation iPad is back to its Black Friday price: $250 – CNET

If that’s still too steep, Amazon has also cut the price of the Fire HD 8 to just $60.
Source: CNET

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