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The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism

What used to be the province of acid-tripping tie-dye wearers has been co-opted by Silicon Valley—and we must be responsible about how we wield this new reality.
Source: Wired

Save the Scooters, Redesign the Streets, and Save San Francisco

Instead of limiting scooters, officials should rebuild infrastructure with their riders in mind. Because a city made for scooters is a city made for freedom.
Source: Wired

Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It

What happens when a national laboratory’s supercomputers start glitching?
Source: Wired

Cheap plastic perfection: An ode to the MacBook that started it all

In a time when laptops were uniformly gray or beige, the glossy white MacBook stood out in stark contrast. With a glowing Apple logo, bright white cables, covered in stickers, the original MacBook paved the way for today’s laptops.

The post Cheap plastic perfection: An ode to the MacBook that started it all appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

WWDC 2018 Liveblog: News and Updates From Apple's Keynote

Join us for live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote at 9 am PDT on Monday, June 4.
Source: Wired

ING backs FinCompare, the German comparison platform for SME financing

FinCompare, the German fintech startup that offers a comparison platform for SME financing, has closed €10 million in Series A funding. The round is led by ING Ventures, the venture capital arm of dutch bank ING. The company’s previous backers Speedinvest, and UNIQA Ventures also followed on.

The comparison site currently only operates in Germany and since entering the market in February 2017 says it has attracted more than 2,500 customers and has processed more than one billion Euros. The new capital will be used by FinCompare to invest in its IT platform, including expanding the team, and for further European expansion.

The FinCompare platform itself follows a pretty traditional price comparison model, letting small to medium-sized businesses find, compare and even close a variety of financing options such as credit, leasing, factoring and finetrading. The products on offer are from more than 200 banks, alternative financial service providers, and development banks online.

The comparison platform claims to be independent, even if — like most comparison sites — FinCompare receives a kick back for any brokered loan or other financing solution in the form of commission from its financing partners. The fintech is also keen to talk up its independence in light of backing from ING Ventures, noting that remaining neutral in terms of the products it pushes is essential for any comparison platform.

ING’s investment in FinCompare is being positioned as part of the bank’s wider digitalization strategy: “ING Ventures was founded with the aim to invest in fintechs who establish a unique customer experience. Further, the investment in FinCompare enables us to expand our presence in the SME-segment in Germany,” says Benoit Legrand, CEO of ING Ventures.

Legrand also says the German SME industry is among the most attractive in Europe. “Here we can set incentives together with FinCompare and make life easier for businesses. This investment helps ING in the implementation of the bank’s strategy to become the market-leading platform for financing needs,” he adds.

Meanwhile, I understand FinCompare’s planned European expansion will see it eye up the german speaking markets of Austria and Switzerland during the next few months. Netherlands and Poland are also on the list, along with the U.K. “We are planning to launch in the U.K. in 2019, perhaps even through an acquisition,” FinCompare founder and CEO Stephan Heller tells me. Competitors in the U.K. include Fundingoptions, and Capitalise.


Source: TechCrunch

N26 now has 1 million customers

You don’t sign up to a bank account every day. And yet, German startup N26 has managed to attract 1 million clients across Europe. They generate €1 billion in transaction volume every month ($1.17 billion).

It took N26 only nine months to grow from 500,000 to 1 million. And the company now plans to have 5 million users by 2020.

It’s an aggressive goal, but N26 plans to expand beyond the Eurozone. The company confirms that customers based in the U.K. and the U.S. will be able to create an N26 account in the coming months.

While N26 announced a new metal card at TechCrunch Disrupt in December 2017, the card has only been available to some customers. Everybody will be able to sign up for a metal card within the next few weeks.

Revolut is still slightly ahead of N26, but both companies are growing quite rapidly. N26 currently gets 2,500 new users every day. Back in February, Revolut said it was attracting between 6,000 and 8,000 new users per day. The company now has nearly 2 million users.

Of course, you can’t really compare Revolut with N26 as Revolut isn’t technically a bank account. It’s much easier to sign up to Revolut as you don’t need to initiate a video call to verify your identity.

But it’s clear that both companies are doing incredibly well right now when it comes to growth.


Source: TechCrunch

Three days left to buy TC Tel Aviv tickets

Three short days — that’s all that stands between you and attending TC Tel Aviv 2018 — our inaugural day-long mobility intensive taking place on June 7. Well, three days and a ticket. You will need one of those. We’ve created a stellar, info-packed agenda that you won’t want to miss, so go and buy your general admission ticket right now.

Why mobility? It’s one of the fastest growing, most disruptive technologies on the planet. Why Tel Aviv? Because Israel’s leading the charge on boundary-pushing mobility and everything that hot topic entails. You’ll hear from some of the people designing and building Israel’s latest mobility technologies — autonomous vehicles, sensors, drones, security and maybe even a flying car or two.

You’ll hear from government officials pushing the edge of alternative transportation and smart mobility, and you’ll hear venture capitalists discussing how mobility startups can scale and navigate international expansion. An entire day focused on mobility tech’s opportunities, challenges and possibilities.

Noted speakers include Uri Levine of Waze, Raj Kapoor of Lyft and Chemi Peres, co-founder and managing general partner of Pitango. You’ll also hear from Anat Lea Bonshtien, chairman and director of Israel’s Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative, Fiona Darmon, COO JVP venture funds, and Natalie Refuah, a partner with the growth capital investment firm Viola Growth.

Don’t miss our exhibit hall — more commonly known as Startup Alley. That’s where you’ll find 100 early-stage startups showcasing their products, platforms and services across the tech spectrum, including cybersecurity, AR/VR, mobility, robotics, fintech, biotech, artificial intelligence, blockchain and more.

There’s still time to join your peers in Startup Alley. A Startup Demo Table Ticket costs 1,700 ILS, and it buys you two attendee tickets, one demo table at the event, a tablecloth, a tabletop sign and the best networking opportunity in Tel Aviv. We only have a few tables available, so click on the ticket link and take your place in Startup Alley.

TechCrunch Tel Aviv takes place on June 7, 2018 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, Pavilion 10. You have only three days left to score general admission tickets. We’ll see you in Tel Aviv!


Source: TechCrunch

NBA Finals Game 2 memes target the refs, and JR Smith, too – CNET

Game 2 goes to the Golden State Warriors, and no one forgot the Cleveland Cavaliers blunder that ended Game 1.
Source: CNET

Vaio is back and its laptops are heading to Asia – CNET

It’s been four years since Sony dropped its Vaio brand, but now it’s back and ready to head out of Japan.
Source: CNET

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