Fueled by pandemic, contactless mobile payments to surpass half of all smartphone users in U.S. by 2025

Among other technology trends accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of contactless mobile payments boomed in 2020. According to a recent report by analyst firm eMarketer, in-store mobile payments usage grew 29% last year in the U.S., as the pandemic pushed consumers to swap out cash and credit cards for the presumably safer mobile […]

Despite limitations, 3D and AR are creating new realities in retail

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Construction tech startups are poised to shake up a $1.3-trillion-dollar industry

Allison Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Allison Xu is an investor at Bain Capital Ventures, where she focuses on investments in the fintech and property tech sectors. In the wake of COVID-19 this spring, construction sites across the nation emptied out alongside neighboring restaurants, retail stores, offices and other commercial establishments. Debates ensued over whether […]

B2B marketplaces will be the next billion-dollar e-commerce startups

Merritt Hummer Contributor Share on Twitter Merritt Hummer is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures, where she invests in the fintech, e-commerce and proptech sectors. Startups involved in B2B e-commerce such as Faire and Mirakl have burst out of the gates in 2020. Almost overnight, these startups transformed into consequential platforms, earning billion-dollar valuations along […]

Tokyo-based virtual reality game developer Thirdverse gets $8.5 million Series A

Thirdverse, the virtual reality game developer behind “Swords of Gargantua,” has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by JAFCO, with participation from Presence Capital, Sisu Ventures and Incubate Fund, and will be used for hiring, co-founder Masaru Ohnogi told TechCrunch. Based in Tokyo, Thirdverse was started four years ago as […]

How to diagnose and treat machine learning models afflicted by COVID-19

Anupam Datta Contributor Share on Twitter Anupam Datta is co-founder, president and chief scientist of Truera, and also a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Justin Lawyer Contributor Share on Twitter Justin Lawyer is chief product officer of Truera and was formerly head of product on Google’s Cloud AI Platform. COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of […]

This startup reworked its privacy-friendly sensors to help battle COVID-19

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An Apple Store employee on leave has tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Monica

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YC-backed Cleanly merges with NextCleaners to vertically integrate

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Ikea’s Sonos Symfonisk speakers are available starting today

The somewhat zany mash-up of Ikea and Sonos ended up providing great results, in the form of the Symfonisk line of wireless speakers, including the $99 Symfonisk shelf speakers and the $179 Symfonisk table lamp speaker. The speakers are both on sale today, starting at retail stores first, with online availability to follow later. In […]