Meet the Twitter ‘mafia’ in health and fitness tech

A LinkedIn search revealed that more than 20 former Twitter employees are now at health, fitness and bio-tech start-ups. The vast majority of them joined or founded these companies in the past two years, in the midst of Twitter’s well-documented executive shakeup. This list includes but is not limited to: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who’s now running a fitness app called Chorus Former Twitter industry manager Julie Martin, who’s now working with Costolo as head of partnerships at Chorus Fitness; and ex-Twitter senior product manager Erin Moore, now head of product…

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Fashion and tech collide in this VR-friendly connected shirt

Virtual reality is inescapable here at Computex: You’re either stumbling into another Vive demo area or bumping into the occasional VR backpack. What’s often missing is a sense of true immersion, and a startup called Machina is trying to fix that. Co-founder Antonio Perdigon was nice enough to let me don one of his unreleased “OBE” connected shirts here at the show, and after a little playtime, I think the team might be on to something. That’s not actually a huge surprise: Machina is no stranger to the connected-clothing scene….

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The Best Health Tech 2017: Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated)

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health. Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick. With that,…

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Holiday Tech Gadgets Gift Ideas

As we gear up for the holidays, we ultimately start thinking of what to get people. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, are one of those people who have a hard time making a holiday gift list or you’re doing some holiday shopping for the businessperson who seems to have it all, there are many new gadgets available. The following is a list of tech gadgets gift ideas I recommend for you or any other businessperson on the go. Tech Gadgets Gift Ideas for You GlobaTrac: Trakdot Luggage Tracker This…

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Fashion Features Heavily Among The 33 Companies Selected For Tech City UK Upscale Program

Numerous early stage fashion and e-commerce businesses are among the new intake for Tech City UK’s six-month Upscale program. Included are Mastered, an online education platform for creative professionals led by industry experts; Poq, an app commerce solution for major retailers; Wolf & Badger, a global online marketplace for independent brands; and Trouva, a curated online shopping site pulling together 150 independent boutiques. Many of the others bring further relevancy to the fashion industry, including real-time video platform Grabyo, which has worked with brands in the past including Hunter, where…

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CES 2017: Here are the coolest gadgets unveiled at the world’s biggest tech show

LeEco Smart Bike: LeEco has announced the Android-powered smart bikes which feature a 4-inch touchscreen and runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. The bike has an aerodynamic Toray T700 carbon fibre frame, fork, seat post, handlebar and wheels. It weighs 18.5 pounds. Sensors on the bikes include GPS/GLONASS, compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, wheel speed and crank speed. There is walky-talky in it as well. (LeEco) Samsung Notebook Odyssey: CES 2017 saw the rise of ultimate gaming laptops. This new device by Samsung is a killer device and will…

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Are these startups the future of food tech?

Fish farms and reuseable chill bags Aside from weather, another big topic at the event was the shift away from raising animals for meat, which is responsible for a disproportionate share of the land, water and energy used in food production. “Americans eat four times as much beef as all seafood combined, but aquaculture is emerging as a possible solution,” says Peter Tyedmers of Dalhousie University in Canada. He has been evaluating new, floating semi-closed fish farming tanks that can recycle fish waste as fertiliser and avoid contaminating nearby water…

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Will.i.am: ‘A Tech Company is the Fashion of Tomorrow’

OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — Music artist will.i.am spoke about his experiments at the intersection of music, fashion and technology in a conversation with LVMH chief digital officer Ian Rogers earlier this month. Speaking on stage at VOICES, BoF’s new annual gathering for big thinkers, will.i.am described his incubator-like facility in Hollywood, where a cross-disciplinary team of software engineers, fashion designers and content makers are exploring how the rise of voice interfaces and artificial intelligence can be harnessed for future devices. The wide-ranging conversation also saw will.i.am recall a meeting with François-Henri Pinault, in…

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Trump tech topics: Parental leave, immigrant workers, education

Most of this week’s meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and top technology industry executives was behind closed doors, but issues discussed included parental leave and business issues like hiring skilled immigrants, according to one report. The meeting was a high-visibility gathering including Trump, his family members and advisers, and top executives from Apple, Google parent company Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Intel. The tech execs and Trump often had been sharply critical of each other during the campaign, but the meeting offered an opportunity to mend fences. A short…

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Google Pixel to Mi band 2.0, the coolest tech news of the week

It’s only been a week into October and it’s already been one of the most eventful months in the world of tech. From Google’s big event to Apple’s iPhone hitting the shelves and Nokia finding use as body armour (this really happened), there’s a lot to talk about this week. Google’s Pixel: If September belonged to Apple, Google has clearly perched itself on top this month with the big October 4 event. The event saw Google launch its new #madebygoogle series of smartphones – the Pixel and Pixel XL. With…

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