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Natasha Lomas

Sony announces its first 5G flagship, the triple lens Xperia 1 II

Sony has announced its first 5G smartphone: The Xperia 1 II — which, for the curious and/or confused, is pronounced ‘Xperia One, Mark Two’. Which isn’t at all confusing, er.

“No one understands the entertainment experience better than Sony,” said president of mobile communications, Mitsuya Kishida, claiming the company is “uniquely positioned” in the era of 5G cellular technology to offer its target users an “enriched” experience thanks to Sony’s extensive content...


Veronika Kero

The world's first onesie for dogs reduces stress and shedding (but not cuteness)

TL;DR: As of Feb. 24, you can help reduce your dog's stress with a Shed Defender® Original for just $33.99, a 15% savings. 

There is a lot to love about dogs. Like, a lot a lot. There are, however, a few aspects of dog ownership that can be a little more difficult to love. From your dog somehow finding their way into the beef stew you had simmering for dinner to all of your clothes looking like Chewbacca costumes, being a dog parent has some complications. The Shed Defender® Original,...


Steve O'Hear

Europe’s Target Global raises new €120M early-stage fund

Target Global, the pan-European venture capital firm headquartered in Berlin, has raised a new €120 million early-stage fund, following what it claims was only 3 months of fundraising.

Dubbed “Early Stage Fund II”, the new vehicle will see the firm continue to back early-stage tech companies across Europe and Israel, leading and co-leading seed and Series A rounds. It also has a later-stage growth fund and a dedicated mobility fund, and in combination Target Global currently has over...


Steve O'Hear

Spain’s Cobee raises €2.1M for its employee benefits app and payment card

Cobee, a Spanish fintech startup that has developed an employee benefit management app and accompanying card, has closed €2.1 million in “pre-Series A” funding.

The round was co-led by Speedinvest, and Target Global. Other backers include Chris Bouwer (co-founder of Adyen) and existing investors Encomenda Smart Capital, BStartup (Banco Sabadell), Lanai Partners and Abac Nest.

Founded in 2018 by Borja Aranguren and Daniel Olea, Cobee aims to help employees “leverage better economic...


Steve O'Hear

Chattermill raises $8M Series A to enable companies to gain customer feedback insights ‘at scale’

Chattermill, the London startup that offers what it calls a “customer understanding” platform that uses machine learning to gain scalable insights into customer feedback, has raised $8 million in Series A funding.

Leading the round is DN Capital, alongside Ventech and btov Partners. Silicon Valley Bank also participated, in addition to a number of angel investors including Matt Price (Senior Vice President at Zendesk), and Nilan Peiris (VP Growth at Transferwise). Existing investors...


Catherine Shu

Petnet’s smart pet feeder system is back after a week-long outage, but customers are still waiting for answers

Petnet, the smart pet feeder backed by investors including Petco, recently experienced a week-long system outage affecting its second-generation SmartFeeders. While the startup’s customer service recently tweeted that its SmartFeeders and app’s functionality have been restored, Petnet’s lack of responsiveness continues to leave many customers frustrated and confused.

Petnet first announced on Feb. 14 that it was investigating a system outage affecting its second-generation...


Stan Schroeder

Sony Xperia 1 II has 5G and triple rear camera

Monday, Feb. 24, was supposed to be the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where Sony was scheduled to launch new Xperia smartphones. Due to coronavirus fears, the MWC was canceled, but Sony still had its press event, albeit only in the form of an online stream. 

At the event, Sony launched its new flagship phone, the Sony Xperia 1 II. It's the company's first 5G device, and – typically for Sony – it packs some powerful camera tech. 

In terms of design, though, Sony...

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Jon Porter

Sony’s new Xperia 1 II adds 5G to its lineup of tall phones

The Xperia 1 II comes with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio screen like its predecessor. | Image: Sony

One year after the debut of its super-tall Xperia 1, Sony is back with a successor, the obscenely titled Xperia 1 II. In Europe the handset will be Sony’s first to support 5G, where it will be able to connect to sub-6GHz networks. Sony is keen to emphasize the photography capabilities of its flagship smartphone, and there are also some neat hardware inclusions like a 3.5mm headphone jack and...


Catherine Shu

Created to help employees figure out health benefits, HealthJoy raises $30 million

HealthJoy, a platform designed to make it easier for employees to use their healthcare benefits, has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Health Velocity Capital. Returning investors also participated, including U.S. Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, Epic Ventures, Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones. This brings HealthJoy’s total funding so far to $53 million.

By integrating with healthcare service providers and partnering with benefit consultant agencies, HealthJoy simplifies the...

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Novel coronavirus cases top 79,000 worldwide

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned the novel coronavirus is the worst public health crisis facing the country since its founding, as new outbreaks continued to expand in South Korea and Italy, raising fears of a global pandemic.

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This Video Of A Bullied Kid Went Viral. Then People Started A Conspiracy Theory That He Was A Scammer.

Quaden Bayles' mother posted a video of the distraught nine-year-old. Less than 72 hours later, his story would be twisted into a conspiracy theory that he was an 18-year-old scammer.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Outbreak Raises Fears of Pandemic

Countries on multiple continents gird for explosions in new cases, after dangerous outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

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Javier C. Hernández

Coronavirus Lockdowns Torment an Army of Poor Migrant Workers in China

Rural itinerant workers are being blocked from cities, kicked out of apartments and rejected by companies as the authorities impose strict controls to stem the spread of the virus.

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Israel and Palestinian militants exchange fire as graphic video of Israeli bulldozer carrying a body goes viral

The Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza exchanged fire on Sunday, hours after a graphic video showing an Israeli army bulldozer scraping the body of a dead man off the ground went viral.

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7 people were injured when a gun discharged at a dance in Houston

One man was shot and six other people were injured when a gun discharged during a dance at a flea market in Houston Sunday night, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

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Sanders says 'it's unfair to simply say everything is bad' with Fidel Castro's Cuba

Sen. Bernie Sanders offered a partial defense of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, asserting that "It's unfair to simply say everything is bad" with the way the late despot ruled the country.

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Some of the world's biggest economies are on the brink of recession

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