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NextNav raises $120M to deploy its indoor positioning tech to find people in skyscrapers

NextNav raises 0M to deploy its indoor positioning tech to find people in skyscrapers NextNav LLC has raised $120 million in equity and debt to commercially deploy an indoor-positioning system that can pinpoint a device’s location — including what floor it’s on — without GPS . The company has developed what it […]

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Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds

Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published […]

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China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization On Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies. China’s Beidou network of satellites — […]

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Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom

Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom The number of objects in orbit around Earth has been growing, and growing fast. Before 1957, of course, there were a total of zero human-made objects in the orbital region of outer space just beyond Earth’s […]

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Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit. To wit: iOS 13, […]

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Tesla promises up to 30% lower rates with new car insurance play

Tesla promises up to 30% lower rates with new car insurance play Tesla said Wednesday it has launched an insurance product, promising owners of its electric vehicles to deliver rates 20% and even as high as 30% lower than other insurance providers. For now, the product known as Tesla Insurance, will only […]

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NASA details Deep Space Atomic Clock and other tests launching on SpaceX Falcon Heavy

NASA details Deep Space Atomic Clock and other tests launching on SpaceX Falcon Heavy SpaceX’s next mission for its Falcon Heavy high-capacity rocket is set for June 24, when it’ll take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with 20 satellites on board that comprise the Depart of Defense’s Space Test […]

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MIT’s robot boats can self-assemble to build bridges, stages or even markets

MIT’s robot boats can self-assemble to build bridges, stages or even markets MIT researchers have created a new autonomous robot boat prototype – which they have named ‘roboats’ to my everlasting glee – that can target and combine with one another Voltron-style to create new structures. Said structures could be bigger boats, […]

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A first look at Amazon’s new delivery drone

A first look at Amazon’s new delivery drone For the first time, Amazon today showed off its newest fully electric delivery drone at its first re:Mars conference in Las Vegas. Chances are, it neither looks nor flies like what you’d expect from a drone. It’s an ingenious hexagonal hybrid design, though, that […]

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Nigeria’s Gokada raises $5.3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz

Nigeria’s Gokada raises .3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz In many large cities across Africa, motorcycle taxies are as common as yellow-cabs in New York. That includes Lagos, Nigeria, where ride-hail startup Gokada has raised a $5.3 million Series A round to grow its two-wheel transit business. Gokada has trained and […]

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