Livekick raises $3M to use live video for one-on-one training

Livekick, a startup that gives customers access to one-on-one personal training and yoga from their home (or hotel room, or elsewhere), is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding.

The company was founded by entrepreneur Yarden Tadmor and fitness expert Shayna Schmidt. Tadmor said that with all his travel for work, his fitness routine “really eroded,” so he contacted Schmidt and asked her to train him remotely — they’d connect via FaceTime, he’d mount his phone at the gym and she’d supervise his workout.

“We trained this way for a while, and then we realized: Hey, this is something that other people can really benefit from,” Tadmor said.

So with Livekick, users can sign up for one, two or three live, 30-minute sessions with a remote trainer, who they’ll connect with via the Livekick [...]  read more

The best Memorial Day sales 2019: a guide to the best deals so far

Memorial Day weekend has officially begun! That means not only a long holiday break filled with outdoor activities but also fantastic deals from your favorite retailers. You can find Black-Friday like prices from Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon and more. Memorial Day sales include huge discounts on grills, laptops, mattresses, patio furniture and more.

To help guide you through all the promotions and offers, we’ve put together a list of the best sales that are currently going on. We’ve also hand-picked the top deals from a variety of categories such as appliances, electronics, home items and more. Some standout deals include discounts on the Apple Watch 3, 4K Fire TV Stick, Dyson V7 Vacuum Cleaner and the latest model Apple iPad.

We’ll be updating this page throughout the holiday weekend, so you don’t miss out any sale events. 

The best Memorial Day sales:

Our best Memorial Day sale picks:

Smart watches

Fitbit [...]  read more

‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000

When you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself criticizing HAL 9000’s machinations and thinking, “I could do better than that!” If so, Observation may be right up your alley. In it you play a space station AI called SAM that is called upon by the humans on board to help resolve a deadly mystery — though you may be a part of it yourself.

The game takes place in the near future on board the titular space station, a sort of expanded version of the ISS. You are booted up by astronaut Emma Fisher after an unspecified event that seems to have damaged the station. You, as the Systems Administration and Maintenance AI, are tasked with helping her as she first tries to simply survive the immediate aftermath, then starts to investigate what happened.

To do so you perform various tasks such a digital agent would do, such as unlocking and opening hatches, checking for system errors, collecting information from damaged laptops and so on. It’s mostly done through the many cameras [...]  read more

First American security flaw leaked 885 million real estate documents

Due to the nature of its business, those files include a variety of sensitive information, including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts and drivers license images. Ben Shoval, the real estate developer who discovered the vulnerability and who told Krebs about the issue, also said that small business clients might’ve even given First American access to internal documents.

After Shoval contacted Krebs about the issue earlier this week, the security researcher confirmed that the company’s website was returning documents simply by changing digits in the URL. First American ultimately switched off the part of its website that served those files by around 2PM on May 24th. Krebs clarified however, that he has no information suggesting the exposed files were harvested. It’s also unclear when the vulnerability first showed up, though Krebs discovered that it’s been around since at least March [...]  read more

Automattic buys Prospress in digital subscription push

The company behind WordPress.com and WooCommerce, Automattic has acquired the startup Prospress as it looks to expand its digital subscription offerings.

The small startup made a name for itself by developing a recurring payment solution specifically designed for WooCommerce called WooCommerce subscriptions.

By acquiring Prospress, Automattic will be able to charge its customers regularly through digital subscriptions to WooCommerce while controlling a larger part of the ecommerce stack.

In addition to WooCommerce subscriptions, Prospress has also developed several other online tools including a marketing automation tool to remind customers when they have abandoned their carts while shopping online and a tool to test an online store’s checkout functionality before it goes live.

Prospress acquisition

Once the acquisition is complete, the Prospress team will continue work on its own products while joining the rest of the WooCommerce team.

Currently the company has 20 employees which gives you an idea of its [...]  read more

Consenso popolare, budget e impianti: così Milano e Cortina staccano Stoccolma

La prima manche se l’aggiudica il duo Milano-Cortina. Il distacco delle rivali svedesi – almeno a guardare i voti della giuria dei commissari Cio – appare netto. Il rapporto dei tecnici, dopo i sopralluoghi nei due Paesi e l’analisi dei dossier , promuove entrambe le candidature ai Giochi invernali del 2026. La corsa della coppia nordica Stoccolma-Aare mostra però più d’una crepa. La pubblicazione delle valutazioni strappa allora un sorriso di soddisfazione nel team italiano. Ma l’ordine è: restare calmi. Manca ancora l’ultimo capitolo: un mese d’intenso lavoro separa dall’appuntamento decisivo a Losanna, il 24 giugno. Là la partita sarà giocata anche (se non soprattutto) su diplomazia ed equilibri politici. E la beffa dell’Ema, l’agenzia europea del farmaco dirottata all’ultimo secondo in direzione Amsterdam nonostante la proposta milanese fosse tecnicamente più forte, brucia ancora.
Il report è un semaforo verde [...]  read more

China’s largest chipmaker is delisting from the Nasdaq

The U.S-China trade war is increasingly influencing tech. Huawei has suffered a turbulent past week with key suppliers pausing work with the company, and now China’s largest chipmaker is planning to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) announced in a filing published Friday that it plans to delist next month ending a 15-year spell as a public company in the U.S. The firm will file a Form 25 to delist on June 3, which is likely to see it leave the NYSE around ten days later. SMIC, which is backed by the Chinese government and state-owned shareholders, will focus on its existing Hong Kong listing going forward but there will be trading options for those holding U.S-based ADRs.

In its announcement, SMIC said it plans to delist for reasons that include limited trading volumes and “significant administrative burden and costs” around the listing and compliance with reporting.

What it doesn’t say is that this is linked to the frosty [...]  read more