SEC filing indicates big data provider Palantir is raising $961M, $550M of it already secured – TechCrunch

Palantir, the secretive big data and analytics provider that works with governments and other public and private organizations to power national security, health and a variety of other services, has reportedly been eyeing up a public listing this autumn. But in the meantime it’s also continuing to push ahead in the private markets.

The company has filed a Form D indicating that it is in the process of raising nearly $1 billion — $961,099,010, to be exact — with $549,727,437 of that already sold, and a further $411,371,573 remaining to be raised. Read More


NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas – TechCrunch

NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These “phase I” projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer programs help entrepreneurs and inventors transition their work from lab to commercial availability. The money is like a grant, not an investment, and Phase I recipients are eligible for larger Phase II grants if they’re warranted. Read More


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ Promise Big Smartwatch Upgrades

Rounding out the rest of the improvements are support for the Bluetooth 5 standard and an upgraded 4G LTE modem for faster cellular data connectivity. Qualcomm says the faster LTE modem should improve services like maps, music streaming, and voice assistants.

Does it Matter?

But both Qualcomm and Google’s Wear OS platform play a small role in the broader smartwatch ecosystem.

In the first quarter of 2020, just 4.2 percent of all smartwatches sold were running Google’s Wear OS platform, according to Vincent Thielke, an analyst at Canalys. Comparing that to Apple’s 36.3 percent market share in the same period, it’s easy to see just how far back Google’s operating system sits. And of the 66 million smartwatches sold in 2019, Thielke estimates only 5.6 million used Qualcomm chips, with Wear OS making up the bulk at 56 percent. (The rest are mostly smartwatches from Chinese manufacturers that use different processors.) Read More


Safari in macOS Big Sur will stream Netflix in 4K HDR

MacOS Big Sur may be a worthwhile upgrade if you love to marathon TV shows. As 9to5Mac reports, users have discovered that Safari in Big Sur will play Netflix videos in 4K with HDR, whether you’re using Dolby Vision or HDR10. You won’t have to switch to another browser just to see more than a plain 1080p image. The upgrade comes thanks to long-expected support for HEVC in Apple’s web browser.

You’ll have to be picky about your choice of Mac if you want the full effect, either with the Big Sur beta or the finished release this fall. HDR is currently only supported with 2018 or later MacBook Pro models, 2018 or later Mac mini systems, the iMac Pro or the Mac Pro. You’ll need an HDR-capable monitor for the Mac mini and Mac Pro, too. Read More

The Verge

You may finally be able to watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac with Big Sur

Watching 4K Netflix video on a Mac seems like it’s about to get much easier, as the forthcoming macOS Big Sur includes a Safari update that reportedly lets you watch Netflix in 4K, along with Dolby Vision HDR, according to a tweet from Ishan Agarwal (via 9to5Mac).

This may mark the first time that macOS users will be able to stream Netflix in 4K. Previously, streaming 4K Netflix on a computer at all required you to be on Windows and using Microsoft’s Edge browser or the Netflix Windows 10 app. That means, in theory, you could watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac via Windows in a Boot Camp partition — but just loading up Safari, which is installed with macOS Big Sur, could be a far easier option once Big Sur is released (it’s scheduled to come out this fall). Read More


Waze gets a big visual update with a focus on driver emotions – TechCrunch

Crowdsourced navigation platform Waze, which is owned by Google and yet remains a separate, but intertwined product relative to Google Maps, just got one of its biggest UI and design overhauls ever. The new look is much more colourful, and also foregrounds the ability for individual drivers to share their current emotions with Moods, a set of user-selectable icons (with an initial group of 30) that can reflect how you’re feeling as you’re driving.

Moods may seem like a relatively small user personalization option, but it’s actually a very interesting way for Waze to add another data vector to the crowdsourced info it can gather. In a blog post describing the feature, Waze Head of Creative Jake Shaw talks about the added Mood set, which builds upon the Moods feature previously available in Waze and greatly expands the set of expressible emotions. Read More


Andrew Yang thinks Big Tech and capitalism need to be reined in ASAP

Andrew Yang, a prominent 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, ran on a platform that warned about the speed with which technology like automation and AI is upending the world as we know it. His solution – rein in big tech and capitalism, introduce a universal basic income, and help the economy trickle upwards.

Yang was the first guest on our new series The Future We Want. Each episode invites a guest (futurists, thinkers, campaigners) to share their bold ideas about the steps we need to take today to create a more equitable and sustainable future. Read More

Tech Radar

The entry-level iPad 2020 might be almost as big as iPad Pros

Gone are the days when Apple’s entry-level iPads were always 9.7 inches – after the iPad 10.2 in 2019 kicked off the size increase race, it seems this year’s upcoming entry-level iPad might be even bigger still.

This news comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a noted and rarely-wrong analyst who has speculated on Apple’s upcoming tablets in an analyst note (as reported by MacRumors).

According to Kuo, Apple has a 10.8-inch tablet coming out in the second half of 2020, followed by an 8.5-inch device in the first half of 2021. This latter device is likely to be the new iPad Mini, given that size, but the former device is the really interesting model. Read More

Tech Radar

How iOS 14 quietly took a big step towards the Apple Glasses

Apple’s annual WWDC keynotes are like an easter egg hunt for tech fans – you don’t always get big hardware reveals, but hidden among all the software announcements is a trail of evidence that collectively reveals a lot. And so it was at WWDC 2020.

On the face of it, this year’s show was all about Apple Silicon, iOS 14 and Craig Federighi’s continually impressive hair. But connect the dots and you’ll clearly see the exciting silhouette of the Apple Glasses.

Naturally, the always-secretive Apple barely mentioned Augmented Reality (AR) explicitly when talking about iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. And as impressive as Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Space Grey glasses were, they weren’t smart (as far as we could tell). Read More

The Next Web

Here are all the big Pride events happening online this weekend

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020!🏳️‍🌈 All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Click here to check out all of our Pride 2020 coverage. 

Pride month isn’t over yet. Sunday, 28 June, will mark the reason for the season as we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And that means the biggest events are happening this weekend. Both NYC and Global Pride kick into gear this weekend as well as many other celebrations and performances. Oh, and did I mention these are all online? Read More