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Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control

Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control Sonos revealed during its quarterly earnings report that it has acquired voice assistant startup Snips in a $37 million cash deal, Variety reported on Wednesday. Snips, which had been developing dedicated smart device assistants that can operate primarily locally, […]

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Optimizing customer retention will be a priority in 2020

Optimizing customer retention will be a priority in 2020 Guy Marion Contributor Share on Twitter Guy Marion is CEO/co-founder of Brightback, the first automated customer retention software for subscription businesses. More posts by this contributor 6 steps to reduce churn for high-volume subscription companies We’ve seen our fair share of shocking headlines […]

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The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1 Y Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s […]

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Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit

Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit Ikea’s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered – now the Swedish home goods brand says it’s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company’s smart home endeavors began […]

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The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming

The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming Portable consoles are hardly new, and thanks to the Switch, they’re basically the most popular gaming devices in the world. But ClockworkPi’s GameShell is something totally unique, and entirely refreshing when it comes to gaming on the go. This clever […]

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Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, […]

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Ori Living partners with IKEA to bring robotic furniture to customers by 2020

Ori Living partners with IKEA to bring robotic furniture to customers by 2020 Welcome to the robotic bedroom of the future, coming in 2020 to tiny apartments beginning in Hong Kong and Japan, but expanding around the world. IKEA is now selling robotic furniture that can convert from a storage and seating […]

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Move over Ready Player One — the future of AR might be in furniture

Move over Ready Player One — the future of AR might be in furniture Last week Modsy, a San Francisco-based startup raised a large amount of funding – $37 million in C-round funding to be precise. And that followed a $23 million series B round in December 2017. Why the large amounts […]

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Ikea invests in Livspace, a one-stop platform for interior design based in India

Ikea invests in Livspace, a one-stop platform for interior design based in India Fresh from raising $70 million last year via big names including Goldman Sachs and TPG Growth, Livspace, an India-based startup that offers a one-stop-shop for interior design, has lured yet another marquee investor: Ikea. The startup said today it has […]

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Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes

Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a .5 billion bet on smart homes Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or $1.48 billion, into the so-called “AIoT” sector over the next five years, founder […]

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