Timothy Prickett Morgan of EnterpriseTech recently wrote, “The premise behind a new startup called InkaBinka, which launched this month and which is only a year old, is that none of us have the time to keep up with what is going on in the world… And to that end, InkaBinka has come up with a different kind of news aggregation service that finds those salient facts from combing through multiple news sources and presents it simply in four bullet points with imagery that its co-founders say helps the human brain retain that data better than sitting through what InkaBinka disparagingly calls ‘the long read.’ ” Read more
New York, NY, June 20, 2014 –(PR.com)– Former Wall St trader Adam Grealish launches Roletroll.com, a job recommendation engine for finance and tech jobs. The site uses unstructured data and statistics, collectively known as big data, to match users with jobs based on their unique skills and experiences.
Roletroll is a Brooklyn, NY-based start-up serving New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Job seekers upload their resumes, and computer programs do the job-search grunt work for them, aggregating jobs from multiple sources and identifying jobs that are a particularly good fit. Already Roletroll has scored over 5 million individual job matches. Read more
Matthew Ingram of GigaOM recently wrote, “You might not think an applied mathematician who does research in biology and has a PhD in theoretical physics would have much to offer a 163-year-old newspaper publisher, but Chris Wiggins, head of the data science team at the New York Times, told attendees at the Structure conference in San Francisco that machine learning can do much the same thing for media companies as it does for research biologists: namely, make sense of a whole pile of data.” Read more
Megan Geuss of Ars Technica reports, “At a Wednesday press conference in Seattle, Amazon announced a service that would go along with its newly debuted Fire Phone. Called Firefly, this new technology is packaged in an app that can identify up to 100 million objects. For the most part, this feature will integrate with the Amazon marketplace, allowing you to take photos of products and buy them from Amazon, but the technology used to make it run will also be available to developers in an SDK available now… Using Firefly, a button on the side of the Fire Phone will instruct the camera to recognize a phone number, a book, a DVD, a URL, a QR code, and more. Additionally, Firefly will be able to listen for music (like Shazam) and identify a song that’s playing in the ambient noise around you.” Read more
Ginger Launches ‘Ginger Page’ on iPhone, Android and PCs, Offering Users a Better Way to Write English at Home, at the Office or On the Go
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — TEL AVIV, Israel, June 17, 2014 — Ginger Software announced today that Ginger Page, its new English writing enhancement app, is now available for download on several platforms, including iPhone, Android phones, tablets and Kindle. Additionally, Ginger Page will be available for download on PCs as well as an extension for leading browsers.
Ginger Page is a comprehensive English writing application that provides all the tools needed to compose high-quality English text everywhere one might write. Read more
Greg Satell of Forbes recently wrote, “In the late 90’s McKinsey declared the war for talent and argued that, in a knowledge economy, having the right people is even more important than having the right strategy or technology. Recruiting and retaining the ‘best and the brightest’ quickly became a corporate mantra. Yet today, the firm is more concerned with the skills gap. In data science, for example it estimates a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers who have the skills needed to use the insights to drive decisions. But even that understates the problem. With technology accelerating change in the marketplace and automation replacing highly skilled workers with robots, the decision to invest in any particular set of skills is far from a forgone conclusion and platitudes about ‘investing in our people’ will no longer suffice. We need to start thinking seriously about viable strategies for managing the skills gap.” Read more
Parmy Olson of Forbes recently reported, “SwiftKey has just made a gutsy move. The popular Android keyboard app has dropped the $3.99 price tag that’s driven its revenue over the last few years and is going free from here on out. It’s the kind of make-or-break decision that could help it scale up in fast-growing developing markets, and in SwiftKey’s case, also help it in going head-to-head with similar, free technology that Apple will soon offer to iPhone users. ‘We’re focused not only on reaching more users with our powerful technology, but on building great content and features to engage them,’ said the company’s CEO Jon Reynolds in an official statement.” Read more
Jordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “A startup called Ersatz Labs wants to help lots of companies intelligently answer lots of questions after reviewing lots of data, just as big tech companies like Google and Netflix do. Toward that end, today Ersatz is launching a cloud service for deep learning, as well as a hardware-software package to run inside companies’ existing facilities. While deep learning services are often geared toward specific uses, like text processing and image recognition, Ersatz makes deep learning available for any type of use.” Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Declara today announced additional Series A financing with $9 million in backing from Singapore’s EDBI and Linden Venture Fund based in Chicago. The new funds bring Declara’s total Series A round, led by GSV Capital, to $25 million.
Declara, a company building technology for personalized learning, will use the new funds to broaden its distribution footprint inAsia. In addition to opening an office in Singapore, the company will continue to strengthen its current position in the United States and Latin America. EDBI and Declara plan to collaborate on introducing the Declara platform to Asia. Read more
Dante D’Orazio of The Verge reports, “Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that’s what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers and candy and that his father is a gynecologist, but it’s all a lie. This boy is a program created by computer engineers led by Russian Vladimir Veselov and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko. That a third of judges were convinced that Goostman was a human is significant — at least 30 percent of judges must be swayed for a computer to pass the famous Turing Test. The test, created by legendary computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950, was designed to answer the question ‘Can machines think?’ and is a well-known staple of artificial intelligence studies.” Read more