Jigsaw and The Washington Post try to explain tech jargon with their new Sideways Dictionary

When it comes to understanding and writing about technology, one of the biggest challenges is dealing with all the insider-y terminology — particularly because it can feel so removed from everyday experience. Now Alphabet’s tech incubator Jigsaw is working with The Washington Post on a new way to offer these explanations. Called the Sideways Dictionary, the focus is on analogies rather ... Read More »

Singapore’s Carro lands $12M to expand its auto listings business to vehicle financing

Singapore-based auto classifieds Carro has a double whammy of news today — it has moved into the vehicle financing space and raised $12 million more from investors. Carro was founded in late 2015 and it went on to close $5.3 million in seed financing last summer. CEO Aaron Tan, a former investor with Singtel himself, said the lead investor’s identity is not being ... Read More »

New augmented reality visualization app Dotty has launched in the app store

As augmented reality continues its march into the workplace, new tools are emerging to integrate collaboration and visualization tools into virtual and augmented reality. One application, which recently launched on both iOS and Android, is DOTTY, which provides three-dimensional visualization tools for augmented reality viewers. Recently accepted into the Plug and Play [Internet of Things] accelerator, Dotty is in talks ... Read More »

Tesla raised $1.2 billion via share and convertible debt sale

Tesla has raised $1.2 billion in new cash from sale of common shares, and convertible notes that come due in 2022. The total amount includes $350 million in share sales, plus $850 million raised via the senior notes, which is a bit north of what it announced on Wednesday it was planning to raise. The capital raise comes after Tesla ... Read More »

Plex’s hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud, opens to all

After a couple of stops and starts — and some concerns — media player software maker Plex is opening its online service known as Plex Cloud to all paying Plex users. The service, which was first introduced into private beta in September, eliminates the need for an always-on PC or other network-attached piece of hardware in order to use the Plex media player ... Read More »

Google integrates Firebase deeper into its Cloud Platform

Firebase, the mobile app development platform Google acquired back in 2014, got a major update at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today. The general theme here is that Firebase is moving closer to the Google Cloud platform. It’s adding support for Google Cloud Functions (which is now officially in beta), for example, the company’s counterpart to the AWS ... Read More »

Gmail’s Unexpected Sign Out Issues Not Connected to Phishing or Account Security Threats: Google

Google has acknowledged that it has received reports that some Gmail users are unexpectedly getting signed out of their accounts. Even though the search giant is currently investigating the matter at hand, it has importantly clarified that there is no indication that the issue is connected to phishing or account security threats. In company’s Product Forum, Google’s Crystal Cee has ... Read More »