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Pebble just unveiled two new smartwatches and a special fitness device — check it out
May 24, 2016

Pebble updated two of its popular smartwatches on Tuesday.

The Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2 now include two new highly requested features: built-in heart-rate monitoring and fitness tracking.

The company also announced its first non-smartwatch device called the Core, a fitness device that tracks your distance using GPS and 3G data and lets you listen to your Spotify Premium music, all without the need for your smartphone.

We were able to get a hands-on with the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and the Core. Check it out.
Pebble just announced two new smartwatches called the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. They're updates of the original Pebble and the more recent Pebble Time.

The Pebble 2 is a throwback to the original Pebble. But if the original's small screen and large borders were a turn-off, you'll be pleased with the Pebble 2's larger display and narrower bezels, which gives it a sleeker look and makes the information on the display easier to read.

It'll b..

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11 Stanford students reveal what’s on their home screens
May 24, 2016

It seems there's a new Snapchat or Inbox topping the app store every day.

To see what's hot in the app world, we stopped 11 students at Stanford University on the street and asked them to show us their home screens. We discovered some hidden gems, like a better messenger and an email application that can supposedly do everything you might want.

Here are the apps Stanford students keep at their fingertips.
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Olivia Bernadel-Huey, human biology major (undeclared)

Class of 2018

Home screen highlight: SubItUp is an employee scheduling software that generates hourly schedules (making it easier on managers), handles shift change requests, and provides employees with remote access to the calendar.

Olivia uses the app to check her job schedule and add or drop shifts as needed.

Simar Mangat, computer science major

Class of 2017

Home screen highlight: Simar is a Flipboard enthusiast. The app aims to “remake the ..

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Viral video star ‘Chewbacca Mom’ got a huge ‘Star Wars’ surprise from James Corden
May 24, 2016

The Force is definitely with Candace Payne. The viral video star appeared on CBS's “The Late Late Show” on Monday night and got some major “Star Wars” surprises.

Payne posted a Facebook Live video of herself laughing uncontrollably while wearing a mask of “Star Wars” character Chewbacca's face in a Kohl's parking lot.

“I only had a few minutes before I had to get my kids from school,” the stay-at-home mom told host James Corden. “I wanted to prove to all my Facebook friends and family that that mask was mine… I knew the moment that [my kids] saw it, they were going to take it from me. And I'm like, 'I didn't buy it for you, little kids.'”

Needless to say, her joy over the mask was infectious. The video got more than 140 million views over a few days, becoming the most-viewed video on the new Facebook Live platform, and the Chewbacca mask sold out at Kohl's. The big box store thanked Payne by sending her a bunch of “Star Wars” gear.

But Payn..

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This helpful tool makes Netflix an easy way to learn a new language (NFLX)
May 24, 2016

Netflix can be a great tool for learning a new language, as can watching foreign movies and TV shows in general. Comparing the subtitles and the audio can help supersize your vocabulary.

But it’s not a perfect system. Let’s say you're an English speaker trying to learn Spanish. You can watch a Spanish movie with English subtitles, and compare the two to learn new words. But there are some words you might not immediately be able to translate from sounds to letters, and these can slip by.

You could also watch a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, but then you miss the comparison between English and Spanish.

Lingvo TV, a new Chrome extension, tries to give you the best of both worlds.

The extension connects to Netflix and your phone (through an app), and lets you translate particular words in a subtitle stream into a different language. This means, in the previous example, you could watch a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, but translate certain words into English by tap..

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Tesla is opening a risky new store in the Hamptons (TSLA)
May 24, 2016

Last year, Tesla took aim at one of its key markets: the affluent Hamptons, a strip of town stretched out across the coast of Long Island's South Fork, long a vacation destination for New York City's moneyed elites.

The 2015 edition was a “pop-up” store. Adorned with Tesla branding and built from shipping containers, it welcomed potential customers in Southampton for five weeks.

The concept was so successful that Tesla is opening a fully blown store in 2016, located in East Hampton (Tesla is also opening a vacationer-oriented store in Massachusetts' Cape Cod).

But opening in this location comes with inherent risk because many people leave after the summer months.

Automotive New reported that the new store would experience a major slackening off in business during the non-summer months, but that Tesla assumes interest from Memorial Day to Labor Day will be strong enough to make the effort pay off.

Last year, Tesla offered test drives in the Model S sedan, but wasn&#0..

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Snapchat could now be worth $20 billion
May 24, 2016

Snapchat's massive valuation appears to be growing even bigger.

Sources have told TechCrunch that Snapchat is expanding its Fidelity-led $175 million Series F round into a Series FP round, and it reportedly comes with a valuation around $20 billion.

VC data provider VCexperts have pegged Snapchat's share price at $30.72 per share, and that the new round could propel Snapchat to a valuation “as high as $22.7 billion,” according to TechCrunch.

In addition to Fidelity, Alibaba, Coatue Management, General Catalyst, IVP, Kingdom Holding Company, Lightspeed, SV Angel, Tencent, and Yahoo are all investors in Snapchat, and many of them appear to be interested in participating in this new funding round, according to the report.

Snapchat has been making moves, most recently purchasing the custom emoji creation tool Bitstrips back in March, and improving its core functionality. Coupling those with the fact that Snapchat is more popular than ever, it's no surprise why investors..

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Apple is trying to convince a hearing that an €850 million Irish data centre is a good thing (AAPL)
May 24, 2016

Apple has started trying to convince people in Ireland to get behind an €850 million (£648 million) data centre that it wants to build in the middle of a forest, according to Galway Bay FM.

The Silicon Valley tech giant reportedly told an oral hearing at the Connacht Hotel in Galway on Tuesday that the data centre will pave the way for further development and investment into the area.

Up to 100 people reportedly heard Apple say that it is committed to becoming a part of the local community, adding that it will minimise the amount of disturbance.

It's not clear which Apple employee(s) spoke at the hearing.

Apple intends to use the data centre — which would be situated in the middle of Derrydonnell Forest near a small town called Athenry, in County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland — to store European user data and to help power online services including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe.

Business Insider visited the site t..

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Volkswagen is making a $300 million bet on one of Uber’s rivals
May 24, 2016

Volkswagen is making a $300 million strategic investment in the ride-hailing app Gett, the startup announced on Tuesday.

The auto giant's minority investment comes as it attempts to move beyond a huge corporate crisis over emissions and launches a new mobility unit focused on new technology.

VW wants “to go beyond vehicle ownership,” Gett CEO Shahar Waiser told Business Insider in a telephone interview.

An Israeli startup that launched in 2010, Get is a rival to Uber, with users able to hail a driver with an app.

Waiser said the company was profitable in some early markets but not overall. It has annual revenues of $500 million. It previously raised $220 million in venture capital, with VW's investment raising the total to $520 million. Waiser declined to comment on Gett's valuation.

It operates in 60 European cities along with New York City. The new funding will help accelerate expansion on the continent, Gett says.

Waiser also said Gett's technology — big da..

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Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals the Apple Watch’s ‘holy grail’ (AAPL)
May 24, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about Apple's health ambitions at the Startup Fest Europe conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

He confirmed that Apple is “really focused” on health, and that the Apple Watch is the company's ticket into the massive but complicated healthcare market.

“I love the watch. One day, this is my prediction, we will look back and we will wonder: how can I ever have gone without the Watch? Because the holy grail of the watch is being able to monitor more and more of what's going on in the body,” Cook said during an interview with former European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. “It's not technologically possible to do it today to the extent that we can imagine, but it will be.”

“The things that interest us the most are things where we can bring our ability to integrate hardware, software, services into something that's magical, and enriches people in some way. If you look at some of the things that do not drive revenue, but have massiv..

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A Tesla driver was caught sleeping on the highway with his car on Autopilot (TSLA)
May 24, 2016

We can't be certain, but it looks like this Tesla owner is asleep at the wheel while his Model S is on Autopilot.

We found this GIF via Reddit's Tesla Motors community.

Autopilot is a pretty incredible system. It uses 13 ultrasonic sensors to help Tesla cars steer themselves and change lanes, avoid obstacles and barriers, and even park themselves. There's even a feature where you can “summon” your car to come pick you up.

That said, Autopilot doesn't mean Tesla's cars with this software are fully autonomous. Far from it: Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have repeatedly told drivers not to sleep at the wheel with Autopilot on, and that it's important for drivers to have their hands on the wheel in case anything should happen.

We reached out to Tesla about this particular instance; the company was not immediately available for comment.

Tesla's Autopilot system is improving all the time but it's not infallible: Tesla owners have complained about the..

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