Month: November 2018

Buzzy software company Carta is raising funding at an $800 million valuation

Software company Carta is raising $80 million at an $800 million valuation, Business Insider has learned. Venture firms Meritech Capital and Tribe Capital are co-leading the round, according to multiple sources.  Carta has raised around $70 million since 2012 from investors including Menlo Ventures, Social Capital, and Union Square Ventures.  Software company Carta is raising […]

Watch BMW’s self-driving motorcycle accelerate, turn, and brake to a stop

BMW Motorrad created a self-driving motorcycle designed to assist inattentive motorcyclists. This tech is similar to how Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in self-stopping cars or cars with lane assist aid drivers. While this model isn’t for commercial use, the tech inside it could be used in future motorcycles. Check it out in the video […]

US tariffs helping, then hurting domestic rare-earth mineral production

Enlarge / A pick-up truck makes its way out of the Mountain Pass open pit mine in California in 2009. (credit: Photo by Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images) President Trump’s tariffs on rare-earth metals from China should have been a boon to the only US rare-earths minerals mine in California. But a recent Wall Street Journal […]

Google Assistant’s ‘Pretty Please’ feature is now available and ready to help users of all ages clean up their manners (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN)

On Thursday, Google announced the release of its “Pretty Please” feature for Google Assistant, which helps encourage polite manners when interacting with its AI smart home devices. The “Pretty Please” feature works when users talking to their Google Assistant include words like “please” or “thank you” in their requests. If a user says: “Hey Google, please […]

The 5 most anticipated new TV shows in December

Every month, television-tracking app TV Time provides the most anticipated new shows. December includes SyFy’s “Nightflyers,” based on a novella by “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin; a new animated series from Guillermo del Toro; and a Netflix’s first Turkish original series.   Fans of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s work are […]

A Frontier flight was forced to make a surprise landing after the plane’s engine cover fell off after just 30 minutes in the air

A Frontier Airlines flight had to turn around Friday after part of an engine cover fell off the aircraft. A Frontier representative told Business Insider that part of an engine cover “separated from the aircraft.” The representative said the flight landed safely. Frontier Flight 260 was traveling from Las Vegas to Tampa, Florida, but returned […]