ManoMano raises $125 million for its home improvement e-commerce platform

French startup ManoMano is raising a new funding round of $125 million (€110 million). The company operates an e-commerce website and marketplace focused on home improvement and gardening. ManoMano is part of the great unbundling of general e-commerce platforms. By focusing on a vertical in particular, the company can provide a large product offering, competitive …

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Bragi sells off hardware business, will focus on licenses and software

Bragi was a promising early contender in the bluetooth earbud space. The company came to prominence in 2014 with a massively success $3.3 million Kickstarter. And to its credit, it actually brought products like the Dash and Dash Pro to market, offering a compelling “smart” alternative to other devices.

Last month, however, the German company gave up the ghost, selling off its hardware business to an unnamed party. Wareable notes that early this year that Bragi’s online store went out of stock, and while it told the press that it had plans to refresh, that day never came. Instead, an outside party has purchased its product business.

Bragi confirmed the move in a statement from CEO Nikolaj Hviid. The executive was quick to add, however, that its conscious uncoupling from products like the Dash should not be viewed as the end for the company.

“Bragi’s technology suite is applied beyond our own products to partners and headphone brands,” Hviid said. “The Dash Pro featured groundbreaking [...]  read more

Valve’s Index VR headset will ship June 15th

You’ll need a reasonably powerful Windows PC to handle the Index. You’ll want a dual-core processor with hyperthreading, 8GB of RAM and either a GeForce GTX 970 or a Radeon RX480 for graphics, although Valve really wants you to have a quad-core CPU and GTX 1070-class video.

There are certain reasonably safe expectations for Index beyond what’s shown here. The cameras on the outside indicate that it’ll feature “inside-out” tracking similar to the Oculus Rift S and other recent headsets, giving you position detection that doesn’t explicitly require a base station. The controllers, meanwhile, are straightforward designs with analog sticks and a plethora of buttons. Index isn’t particularly revolutionary on the outside (we’ll find out what else it can do on May 1st), but that’s not necessarily the point — this is a showcase for Valve’s goals for VR, and one that doesn’t depend on a third party like HTC.

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Cadavere carbonizzato a Milano: fermati due «colombiani»

È stato prima accoltellato alla gola e al petto, poi fatto a pezzi con un’accetta l’uomo che sabato sera è stato ritrovato carbonizzato tra le palazzine popolari di via Cascina dei Prati, alla Bovisasca. «Per futili motivi e ruggini precedenti ancora da chiarire». È stato il pm Paolo Storari a ricostruire il delitto, dopo l’arresto di due uomini, entrambi colombiani, di 32 anni e 21: il più anziano è accusato di omicidio, è stato bloccato mentre girovagava nel quartiere. L’altro, il 21enne, è accusato di occultamento, vilipendo e soppressione di cadavere ed è stato fermato mentre cercava di lasciare l’Italia, era a Malpensa e aveva in tasca un biglietto aereo per Madrid. Aveva già passato i controlli quando gli agenti di polizia lo hanno preso.

La festa, la lite, poi la furia

La furia omicida si è scatenata, sabato sera, dopo una festa in una villetta di via Carlo Carrà, vicino al gabbiotto dei rifiuti di via Cascina dei Prati in cui è stato ritrovato il cadavere. Una [...]  read more

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