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  1. “313-414,” featuring Tee Grizzley, will appear on the Milwaukee rapper’s My TimeView the full article
  2. “I’m proud of this music and I feel so lucky to be involved in Sex Education. Now let’s all watch and root for the queers.”—Ezra FurmanView the full article
  3. The film, directed by Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete, features contributions from Julia Holter, Angel Olsen, Nick Cave, and moreView the full article
  4. From the soundtrack for Season 2 of the Apple TV+ seriesView the full article
  5. The re-recorded 1989 song previously featured in a teaser trailer for the children’s movie Spirit UntamedView the full article
  6. Joe Goldberg will never change. As much as Penn Badgley's antihero lead on Netflix's You wants to believe it, he will always be a hyperfocused murderer with a penchant for romance. In the Season 3 trailer, Joe and Love (Victoria Pedretti) try to turn over a new leaf together, as parents, and it goes about as well as you'd expect. Since Joe can't stop falling in love with pretty white women and the pair of them can't stop doing murders, Joe and Love try couples' therapy, but not without burying a body or two on the way. You Season 3 premieres Oct. 15 on Netflix. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/1KzdRLvr3k8View the full article
  7. Save $60: The Flexispot 31-inch Standing Desk Converter (M18M) is only $59.99 at Amazon as of Sept. 17 after using the $60 coupon attached to it — a 50% price drop. It doesn't matter how long ago your last first day of school was — back-to-school season is an unspoken personal kick in the butt for many of us. If your fall productivity plan involves arranging your office, consider the ergonomic hack that is a standing desk. Try a Flexispot standing desk converter for just $59.99 thanks to a $60 (50% off!) coupon at Amazon. Credit: flexispot You've probably heard that taking small walks around the office (slash your home) throughout the day can help combat sedentary fatigue. The idea behind a standing desk is similar: Switching it up for some of the workday could offer the crumb of energy or mental stimulation that you need to get stuff done. Some may find that occasional standing could relieve neck or back pain, too. You're not required to ditch your current furniture. This 31-inch Flexispot converter sits on your existing desk and uses an X-lift mechanism to rise up to a comfortable height for you. The two-tier design offers space for a laptop, monitor, mouse, and other accessories, plus a (removable) keyboard tray if you need it. When it's time to sit, the Flexispot folds flat and can be tucked into a corner or under a bed. Credit: flexispot Save 50% at Amazon Buying Options See Details Explore related content:The best robot vacuum deals as of Sept. 16: Roombas and more on sale Apple's brand-new iPad has a $30 preorder discount at Walmart Iceland ran the world's largest trial of a shorter work week. The results will (not) shock you. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/8BLzAKdeg8YView the full article
  8. More spacecraft will be sent to orbit this year than ever before in human history, and the number of satellite launches is only anticipated to increase through the rest of the decade. Under these crowded conditions, being able to maneuver satellites in space and deorbit them when they reach the end of their useful life will be key. Enter Aurora Propulsion Technologies. It’s one of a handful of startups that has emerged in the past few years to help simplify the problem of spacecraft propulsion. Since its founding in 2018, the Finnish company has developed two products – a tiny thruster engine and a plasma braking system – and will be testing both in an in-orbit demonstration in the fourth quarter of this year. Aurora’s activities have caught the eye of investors: the company has just closed a €1.7 million ($2 million) seed round to bring its technology to market. The round was led by Lithuanian VC firm Practica Capital, with additional participation from the state-owned private equity company TESI (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd.) and Kluz Ventures. Individual investors also participated. Aurora’s first in-orbit demonstration, Aurora Sat-1, will be heading to space on a Rocket Lab rideshare mission, the company announced last month. On that satellite will be two modules. The first module will contain six Aurora “resistojet” engines, designed to help small spacecraft adjust their attitude (the satellite’s orientation, not its mood) and de-tumble. Aurora will also test its Plasma Brake technology, which could be used to de-orbit satellites or even to conduct deep space missions. Each resistojet thruster comes in at just around one centimeter long, and it moves the spacecraft using microliters of water and propellant. The six thrusters are distributed around the satellite in such a way to facilitate movement in virtually any direction, and the thruster can also modulate the temperature of the water and the strength of the puff of steam that’s discharged to generate movement. Image Credits: Aurora Propulsion Technologies (opens in a new window) Aurora CEO Roope Takala, who previously worked for Nokia, likened the innovations in weight and size in the space industry – which we see in the resistojet – to what happened to cell phones and computers twenty years ago. “The industry moves very slow,” he said in a recent interview with TechCrunch. “In the old space era, it took a quarter to develop a rocket engine – that would be a quarter of a century. Now, it takes two quarters of a year. That’s what we did.” The Plasma Brake uses an electrically charged microtether to generate a lump of protons to generate drag. That’s ideal for de-orbiting a spacecraft, but interestingly (and counterintuitively), the Plasma Brake could also be used for traveling away from the planet, Takala said. That’s because when you go outside the Earth’s magnetosphere, the Plasma Brake becomes unstable and moves with solar wind (which is also plasma). “The same product can jump onto that flow of plasma from the sun and extract energy from that,” Takala explained. “In that context we can use it as an interplanetary traveling tool.” Theoretically, if a spacecraft was equipped with multiple tethers extending different directions, it could be used to rotate and guide the spacecraft, like a sailboat, he added. This technology is only scalable to a certain degree, however, so don’t expect it to be sending a crewed spacecraft into deep space anytime soon. That’s mostly due to limitations in the material strength of the Plasma Brake tethers, but the tech can be used for satellites up to around 1,000 kilograms. “That’s our future. That’s where we’re aiming,” Takala said. “We’re focused now for the short term on low Earth orbit with the Plasma Brake and the attitude control [resistojet], and later on when the moon businesses kick off as they are slowly starting to do, then we’ll probably be looking at that way.” The Plasma Brake and resistojet thruster would need to be put on spacecraft before they launch to orbit, but Aurora is in conversation with other companies of the potential of in-orbit installation of Plasma Brakes for existing space junk. Looking to the short-term, the company is going to use the funding to productize the technology for low Earth orbit and to serialize its production, as well as to add features to the products to equip them for satellites larger than CubeSats. In the longer term, Aurora has a vision of conducting missions in deep space. “We started off from the idea that we want to make a technology that fits into a really small spacecraft, [and] travels really fast so that we can catch up with the Voyager probes,” Takala said. “First to the moon and then to Mars, Venus, and then one day we may be able to catch up with the Voyagers and take a big trip.” http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=sCESwM4wXC8:Q_0I_ZGLdYo:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=sCESwM4wXC8:Q_0I_ZGLdYo:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/sCESwM4wXC8View the full article
  9. SAVE $30: As of Sept. 17, you can save $30 on Marvel's Avengers for the PlayStation 5 following the game's sizeable Black Panther expansion (and PS Plus members get an extra $10 off on top of that). Can you think of a bigger ultimate gaming fantasy than hopping into the shoes of the Avengers with your friends to take down some of the Marvel universe's most imposing foes? Yeah, we can't either. Luckily, it isn't a fantasy at all — you can do exactly that in Marvel's Avengers. SEE ALSO: PlayStation 5 review: A big upgrade, and a bigger role for choice And right now, you can get the game on PlayStation 5 for 50% off the original price, just $29.99. PlayStation Plus members can even get an extra $10 off on top of that. So, if you're an MCU fan or avid comic reader, you'll probably want to take advantage of this deal while you can. The "War for Wakanda" expansion featuring Black Panther is the game's latest content drop. Credit: Crystal Dynamics Marvel's Avengers is an ongoing multiplayer title that throws players into epic missions featuring Earth's mightiest heroes, and it's consistently updated throughout the year (for free, we might add) with new activities, characters, and more. Just recently, the game saw a huge Black Panther expansion in "War for Wakanda," but has also seen the additions of Hawkeye and Kate Bishop on top of the game's original roster. You can also dive into the game's main campaign, which stars Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel as she attempts to reunite the Avengers following a world-altering event. Suit up as Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and more with your friends in Marvel's Avengers — it's 50% off in the PlayStation Store for a limited time. Credit: Crystal Dynamics Save $30 at PlayStation Store Buying Options See Details Explore related content:Xbox Series X review: One small leap for one giant console The Xbox Series S is a next-gen streaming box that plays blockbuster games Nintendo's Switch 'OLED model' probably isn't the 'Switch Pro' you wanted http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/1el9Wc8ZZfIView the full article
  10. Major gains in online advertising have boosted valuations for adtech startups since the pandemic began, but one insider says investors are missing the party. “Adtech is having a moment,” writes industry veteran Casey Saran. “And while much of the oxygen has been soaked up by large legacy companies hitting the public market, there have been smaller deals that indicate a hunger for better creative adtech.” Saran shares five reasons “why VCs should consider ratcheting up their investment into adtech startups building the next generation of creative tools.” Full Extra Crunch articles are only available to members Use discount code ECFriday to save 20% off a one- or two-year subscription On Wednesday, September 22 at 9:05 a.m PT, I’m moderating “The Path for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs,” a panel discussion at Disrupt 2021. Our conversation will examine some of the unique challenges facing founders from historically marginalized groups, the strategies they used along the way, and the disruptive changes we need to consider if we want to see fundamental change. I’ll be speaking with: Hana Mohan, founder & CEO, MagicBell Leslie Feinzaig, founder & CEO, Female Founders Alliance Stephen Bailey, co-founder & CEO, ExecOnline I hope you’ll attend; we’ll take audience questions after our discussion concludes. Thanks very much for reading Extra Crunch this week, and have a great weekend. Walter Thompson Senior Editor, TechCrunch @yourprotagonist 5 things you need to win your first customer Image Credits: AndrewLilley (opens in a new window) / Getty Images Congratulations on shipping your product, but how much do you know about your target customers? Companies that haven’t created an ideal customer profile and performed a SWOT analysis are making big bets on guesswork and intuition. Sometimes that works out, but more frequently, it leads to tears. In a guest post that walks readers through the fundamentals of creating customer personas that map to your company’s goals, Grammarly product marketing lead Bryan Dsouza shares five basic requirements for customer acquisition. “Understanding and executing on these things can guarantee you that first customer win, provided you do them well and with sincerity,” he says. “Your investors will also see the fruits of your labor and be comforted knowing their dollars are at good work.” 4 ways to leverage ROAS to triple lead generation Image Credits: joshblake (opens in a new window) / Getty Images In school, it’s highly unethical to copy someone else’s work and pass it off as your own. In business, however, it is expected. Xiaoyun TU, global director of demand generation at Brightpearl, wrote a comprehensive guide for how to use the key metric of return on advertising spend (ROAS) to triple your company’s lead generation. “A ‘good’ ROAS score is different for each company and campaign,” she says. “If your figure isn’t where you’d like it to be, you can leverage ROAS data to create targeted campaigns and personalized experiences.” 3 strategies to make adopting new HR tech easier for hiring managers Image Credits: porcorex (opens in a new window) / Getty Images Most of us prefer to trust our instincts instead of letting automated tools help us make decisions, particularly when it comes to hiring. But that’s not smart. If your startup relies on an ad hoc hiring process, you’re probably not tracking candidates properly, there’s likely little consistency regarding how they’re treated, and bias can play a major role in who gets hired. It’s fine to be skeptical of automated hiring tools — but not ignorant. What could stop the startup boom? Image Credits: Nigel Sussman (opens in a new window) In yesterday’s edition of The Exchange, Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm speculated about the conditions that could combine to cool off a hot startup market currently fueled by low interest rates and a sweeping digital transformation. “From where we stand, the factors underpinning the startup fundraising boom appear solid and unlikely to unwind overnight. Still, no golden period shines forever, and even today’s luster will eventually tarnish.” Intuit’s $12B Mailchimp acquisition is about expanding its small business focus Image Credits: Smith Collection/Gado / Getty Images Before news broke this week that Intuit was acquiring Mailchimp for $12 billion, the ’80s-born fintech giant’s biggest buy was spending $7.1 billion last year for Credit Karma. In the last few years, Mailchimp “has been expanding upon its core email marketing functionality” with offerings like web design and CRM, writes enterprise reporter Ron Miller. The industry watchers he interviewed said the move signals Intuit’s interest in acquiring and serving more SMB customers with a variety of tools: Laurie McCabe, co-founder and partner, SMB Group Brent Leary, founder and principal analyst, CRM Essentials Holger Mueller, analyst, Constellation Research Forge’s SPAC deal is a bet on unicorn illiquidity Image Credits: Nigel Sussman (opens in a new window) “One of my favorite long-term issues with the late-stage startup market is that it is far better at creating value than it is at finding an exit point for that accreted value,” Alex Wilhelm writes for The Exchange. “More simply, the startup market is excellent at creating unicorns but somewhat poor at taking them public.” That’s good news for Forge Global, a technology startup that operates a market for secondary transactions in private companies, with Alex dubbing its plans to go public via a SPAC combination “perfectly reasonable.” Dear Sophie: Should I apply for citizenship if I have a conviction? Image Credits: Bryce Durbin/TechCrunch Dear Sophie, At Burning Man a few years ago, I was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for smoking marijuana in public (in my car) and driving under the influence. I currently have a green card and want to apply for U.S. citizenship next year. Can I? If so, how should I handle my criminal record? — Remorseful About the Reefer Atlanta’s sundry startups join in global VC funding boom Image Credits: Nigel Sussman (opens in a new window) Alex Wilhelm and Anna Heim continued their tour of U.S. cities after hitting up Chicago and Boston in recent weeks. This time, they dug into Atlanta’s booming startup scene, which is seeing record capital inflows. “The picture that forms is one of a city enjoying a rising tide of venture activity, boosted by some local dynamics that may have helped some of its earlier-stage companies scale for cheaper than they might have in other markets,” they write. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=5H3zSBpqOV4:zioGW2YKy8s:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=5H3zSBpqOV4:zioGW2YKy8s:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/5H3zSBpqOV4View the full article
  11. Fresh faced US electronic producer, Nick Elliott has been garnering attention from all angles in the music industry as of late. The six foot, nine sportsman and former Team USA endurance sport athlete releases the incredible summer anthem, ‘Wild Hearts’. This track features catchy, staccato vocals building to a climatic and harmonic drop ready for any summer playlist. Nick unluckily had his Las Vegas debut with Alesso curtailed due to the forsaken pandemic but we are hoping this is rescheduled ASAP so we can catch this super talent in action. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Rising Start Nick Elliott Teams Up with GT_Office and Jantine on Euphoric, ‘Wild Hearts’ View the full article
  12. Natasha and Mary Ann and Alex were all aboard this week under the guidance of Chris and Grace, which meant we had the full team. And speaking of teams, Mary Ann is joining the Friday show on a weekly basis now. She’s been a friend for years, and a colleague now twice-over for Natasha and Alex and we could not be more excited. That personal news aside, here’s the rundown for today’s show! Funding rounds in the logistics and infra markets: We went physical-world with our funding round roundup this week. BridgeLinx put together the largest Seed round in Pakistan’s history, Releaf is doing incredibly interesting agtech work in Nigeria, and Stord’s huge round from earlier in the week brought us to Atlanta. And oh boy has Atlanta had a week. TechCrunch did a deep dive into the city’s superlative startup fundraising in recent quarters, and, of course, one of its home-grown startups sold to Intuit for $12 billion just a few days ago. We had a few thoughts on the Intuit-Mailchimp transaction, even if we tried to steer clear of territory that we’ve already tread. For more about the controversy, Business Insider wrote about how some Mailchimp employees are reacting to the deal. From there we turned to a layoff story. Casper, the DTC mattress company that is now public, had another round of layoffs that cut three C-suite executives. It brought us into a conversation about how Apple’s tracking updates are impacting startups in this category more broadly, and if more layoffs are on the horizon. And then there were IPOs to discuss. Natasha talked us through the news that Quizlet may go public soon, which meant we had to chat edtech for a minute. Rounding out the Going Public conversation was notes on both Toast and Freshworks. Alex does not apologize for his lame joke, we hasten to add. Disrupt is next week, so expect some possible changes to the regular Equity show lineup if the news cycle gets dicey. Hugs! Equity drops every Monday at 7:00 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=_zRNAy-wmGE:H5pAfBfvfa4:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=_zRNAy-wmGE:H5pAfBfvfa4:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/_zRNAy-wmGEView the full article
  13. Startups are raising record sums around the world, thanks to several contributing factors. As The Exchange explored yesterday, historically low interest rates have helped venture capitalists raise more capital than ever, to pick an example. Low rates have helped startups in another manner: As yields fell for certain assets, investors chased returns by betting on growth. And in recent years, the investing classes turned their attention to public software companies, bidding up the value of their revenue to record highs. This raised the worth of startups in general terms, and private tech companies’ comps enjoyed a steady, upward climb in the value of their revenues. If the value of a dollar of SaaS revenue was worth $1 one year and $2 the next, the repricing was good for private companies even if we were tracking the metrics from the perspective of public companies. The free ride could be ending. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. I’ve held back from covering the value of software (SaaS, largely) revenues for a few months after spending a bit too much time on it in preceding quarters — when VCs begin to point out that you could just swap out numbers quarter to quarter and write the same post, it’s time for a break. But the value of software revenues posted a simply incredible run, and I can’t say “no” to a chart. The pace at which software revenues were repriced upwards in the last few years is simply astounding. Per the Bessemer Cloud Index, back in 2016, the median revenue multiple for public SaaS companies was around 5x. When 2018 began, median SaaS multiples had expanded to around 7x. That’s a 40% climb in pricing, but it proved to be just a foretaste of the feast to come. By the end of 2019, the median figure had appreciated to around the 9x mark. And today it has shot to just under 18x. That is why software companies have been able to raise so much money, earlier, and in larger chunks. Every dollar of recurring revenue they sold was worth $5 in market cap in mid-2016. At the end of 2019, that same dollar of revenue was worth $9. And today, for the median public software company, it’s valued at around $18. There are nuances to the data, but we care less about exacting definitions than the directional change it describes: The median value of SaaS revenues more than tripled from 2016 to 2021. That’s an insane amount of growth. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=iq1mYNWCML0:qpY7gXnPUlU:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=iq1mYNWCML0:qpY7gXnPUlU:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/iq1mYNWCML0View the full article
  14. Wilson strips down “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “California Girls,” and more for the solo piano albumView the full article
  15. Thanksgiving in a Manhattan apartment brings up some emotional stuff for the Blake family, as the trailer for The Humans hints. Written and directed by Stephen Karam, The Humans is an adaptation of his own one-act play that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play and was a Pulitzer drama finalist. The film version stars Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Richard Jenkins, and June Squibb, as well as Jayne Houdyshell who won a Tony for her performance in the play. The film premiered at the the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be in cinemas soon, with dates TBC. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/K4T1FjXpXOIView the full article
  16. Mariella Moon Contributor Mariella Moon is an associate editor at Engadget. More posts by this contributor Alphabet’s Project Taara is beaming high-speed internet across the Congo River Xiaomi launches its own smart glasses, of course Chromecasts and other devices powered by Google TV might give users access to free television channels in the future. According to Protocol, Google has been in talks with free, ad-supported streaming television providers about the possibility of adding their channels to its smart TV platform. Those channels typically have a similar feel to traditional TV, and its shows will be interrupted by commercial breaks. Protocol says Chromecast users might be able to browse live channels available to them through a dedicated menu similar to YouTube TV’s. Meanwhile, smart TVs powered by the platform might show the free channels alongside other over-the-air programming that can be accessed with an antenna. The publication says that’s similar to how companies like Samsung present free TV offerings on their own platforms. Samsung’s free TV service has become so popular, other companies (including Roku and Amazon) started giving their customers access to hundreds of free channels, as well. The addition of linear programming to Google TV could help make Chromecasts and smart TVs powered by the operating system a more enticing option for cord-cutters. Google could officially launch free streaming channels as soon as this fall, though it could also wait to announce the feature until its smart TV partners are also ready to do so next year. Protocol also says that while it’s unclear what channels are making their way to the platform at this point, Google will likely strike deals that will give it access to “dozens of free channels” all at once. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=307CLWLG7QA:uEqS0jJ7ubc:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=307CLWLG7QA:uEqS0jJ7ubc:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/307CLWLG7QAView the full article
  17. The following content is brought to you by Mashable partners. If you buy a product featured here, we may earn an affiliate commission or other compensation. Fall TV is back, baby — and we couldn’t be giddier about it. It’s the perfect time to join Costco. Not only can you get economy-sized snacking essentials like frozen wings and endless bags of chips, a Costco membership also lands you deals on things like a new captain’s chair, handy kitchen appliances, and Smart TVs to glue your peepers to all season long. Now through Oct. 3, you can get a $40 Costco Shop Card when you sign up for a one-year Costco membership. Just use code OFFERS21 when you join and your $40 Shop Card is good toward your online purchase of $250 or more. Here’s just a taste of how Costco can upgrade your streaming setup. Go big with a Samsung 65" Q7 Series 4K UHD LCD TV Credit: Samsung Whether you’re into baking shows or pro football — this enormous Samsung Smart TV is powered by a 4K quantum processor that optimizes the picture for a seriously immersive experience. Its 240 motion rate also makes it a dream machine for gamers. Make snacks at the touch of a button with the Gourmia Digital Air Fryer Credit: Gourmia The last thing you want to do is pause your favorite episodes to whip up snacks, right? Just toss your frozen tots and veggie sliders into this Gourmia six-quart air fryer, press a button, and get back to your shows while your food cooks with air instead of oil. Binge for hours in this Canmore Leather Power Recliner Credit: Canmore Captain’s chairs are making a comeback and this stylish Canmore one is at the head of the fleet. The top-grain leather and wooden accents are super luxe, but the biggest perk is the special CloudZero mechanism that elevates your knees and feet four inches higher than other recliners so it feels like you’re floating. Make it so. Credit: Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels Get ready for fall with help from Costco Buying Options See Details http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/9O7OALXPYsYView the full article
  18. Stream new releases from Moor Mother, Lil Nas X, Injury Reserve, Lowertown, Osquinn, and Alexis TaylorView the full article
  19. Aircover raised $3 million in seed funding to continue developing its real-time sales intelligence platform. Defy Partners led the round with participation from Firebolt Ventures, Flex Capital, Ridge Ventures and a group of angel investors. The company, headquartered in the Bay Area, aims to give sales teams insights relevant to closing the sale as they are meeting with customers. Aircover’s conversational AI software integrates with Zoom and automates parts of the sales process to lead to more effective conversations. “One of the goals of launching the Zoom SDK was to provide developers with the tools they need to create valuable and engaging experiences for our mutual customers and integrations ecosystem,” said Zoom’s CTO Brendan Ittelson via email. “Aircover’s focus on building sales intelligence directly into the meeting, to guide customer-facing teams through the entire sales cycle, is the type of innovation we had envisioned when we set out to create a broader platform.” Aircover’s founding team of Andrew Levy, Alex Young and Andrew’s brother David Levy worked together at Apteligent, a company co-founded and led by Andrew Levy, that was sold to VMware in 2017. Chatting about pain points on the sales process over the years, Levy said it felt like the solution was always training the sales team more. However, by the time everyone was trained, that information would largely be out-of-date. Instead, they created Aircover to be a software tool on top of video conferencing that performs real-time transcription of the conversation and then analysis to put the right content in front of the sales person at the right time based on customer issues and questions. This means that another sales expert doesn’t need to be pulled in or an additional call scheduled to provide answers to questions. “We are anticipating that knowledge and parsing it out at key moments to provide more leverage to subject matter experts,” Andrew Levy told TechCrunch. “It’s like a sales assistant coming in to handle any issue.” He considers Aircover in a similar realm with other sales team solutions, like Chorus.ai, which was recently scooped up by ZoomInfo, and Gong, but sees his company carving out space in real-time meeting experiences. Other tools also record the meetings, but to be reviewed after the call is completed. “That can’t change the outcome of the sale, which is what we are trying to do,” Levy added. The new funding will be used for product development. Levy intends to double his small engineering team by the end of the month. He calls what Aircover is doing a “large interesting problem we are solving that requires some difficult technology because it is real time,” which is why the company was eager to partner with Bob Rosin, partner at Defy Partners, who joins Aircover’s board of directors as part of the investment. Rosin joined Defy in 2020 after working on the leadership teams of Stripe, LinkedIn and Skype. He said sales and customer teams need tools in the moment, and while some are useful in retrospect, people want them to be live, in front of the customer. “In the early days, tools helped before and after, but in the moment when they need the most help, we are not seeing many doing it,” Rosin added. “Aircover has come up with the complete solution.” http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=76nQjdev-SI:5xgPp1FeQ9M:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=76nQjdev-SI:5xgPp1FeQ9M:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/76nQjdev-SIView the full article
  20. Six months after securing a $23 million Series A round, Ketch, a startup providing online privacy regulation and data compliance, brought in an additional $20 million in A1 funding, this time led by Acrew Capital. Returning with Acrew for the second round are CRV, super{set} (the startup studio founded by Ketch’s co-founders CEO Tom Chavez and CTO Vivek Vaidya), Ridge Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. The new investment gives Ketch a total of $43 million raised since the company came out of stealth earlier this year. In 2020, Ketch introduced its data control platform for programmatic privacy, governance and security. The platform automates data control and consent management so that consumers’ privacy preferences are honored and implemented. Enterprises are looking for a way to meet consumer needs and accommodate their rights and consents. At the same time, companies want data to fuel their growth and gain the trust of consumers, Chavez told TechCrunch. There is also a matter of security, with much effort going into ransomware and malware, but Chavez feels a big opportunity is to bring security to the data wherever it lies. Once the infrastructure is in place for data control it needs to be at the level of individual cells and rows, he said. “If someone wants to be deleted, there is a challenge in finding your specific row of data,” he added. “That is an exercise in data control.” Ketch’s customer base grew by more than 300% since its March Series A announcement, and the new funding will go toward expanding its sales and go-to-market teams, Chavez said. Ketch app. Image Credits: Ketch This year, the company launched Ketch OTC, a free-to-use privacy tool that streamlines all aspects of privacy so that enterprise compliance programs build trust and reduce friction. Customer growth through OTC increased five times in six months. More recently, Qonsent, which developing a consent user experience, is using Ketch’s APIs and infrastructure, Chavez said. When looking for strategic partners, Chavez and Vaidya wanted to have people around the table who have a deep context on what they were doing and could provide advice as they built out their products. They found that in Acrew founding partner Theresia Gouw, whom Chavez referred to as “the OG of privacy and security.” Gouw has been investing in security and privacy for over 20 years and says Ketch is flipping the data privacy and security model on its head by putting it in the hands of developers. When she saw more people working from home and more data breaches, she saw an opportunity to increase and double down on Acrew’s initial investment. She explained that Ketch is differentiating itself from competitors by taking data privacy and security and tying it to the data itself to empower software developers. With the OTC tool, similar to putting locks and cameras on a home, developers can download the API and attach rules to all of a user’s data. “The magic of Ketch is that you can take the security and governance rules and embed them with the software and the piece of data,” Gouw added. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=R5ONcBvyIqA:8BgJU-DbgSQ:-BTjWOF_DHI http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=R5ONcBvyIqA:8BgJU-DbgSQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/R5ONcBvyIqAView the full article
  21. That Homesick feeling that we’ve all experienced in our life at specific moments where we just crave the safety and comfort of home. Especially during this crazy time of the last 2 years where families and friends have been separated. Today, we have an incredible and energetic banger to capture this emotion perfectly from Canadian talent, Kayliox together with the growing catalogue of upcoming label, Tipsy Records. Kayliox and his radio friendly, deep house sound have always been favourites of ours. Matched today with the incredible and melodic songwriting of the talented Rachel Woznow. On ‘Homesick’ you can expect bouncy basslines, clean radio friendly vocals and a clean danceable drop for any summer playlist. Enjoy this great track below. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Kayliox & Rachel Woznow Drop Energetic Summer Banger, ‘Homesick’ View the full article
  22. It’s rare you find music that truly moves you these days. Tracks are often too complicated and lack real raw emotion. Today, we have discovered a gem amongst the rough. We found this special track within the incredible debut Album, ‘Moments’ from EMBRZ and the track is entitled, ‘Sleep Talking’. Here you can hear real poetic lyricism, smooth and soft instrumental building to a soothing drop of pure harmony and emotice melody. This is a special track ready to make everyone miss a loved one or reconnect with an old love through the sometimes too real sleep talking we all experience. What a fantastic and deeply artistic concept so well executed in a track and musicianship. The incredible vocals and talent of Emily Nance matched perfectly with EMBRZ easy listening and signature sound. Commenting on this inspiring track EMBRZ states: ‘Given how isolated I was living by myself during lockdown, so much of this album is written about missing people and being frustrated by that. ‘Sleeptalking’ carries a lot of this, but with this sentiment of not really being understood or wasting your time trying to explain yourself. Lyrically, it seemed like an interesting angle to come from: what’s the point in even saying anything, I might as well be talking in my sleep. I think after a while, covid life left us all exhausted. Tired of the same conversations, tv shows, location… but mostly tired of trying to explain how we felt, even though deep down we really wanted to.’ If you love this little taster, listen to this incredible album here also: This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: EMBRZ Drops Breathtaking Ballad, ‘Sleeptalking’ with Talented Emily Nance View the full article
  23. If you watched Season 1 of AppleTV+'s The Morning Show, you may associate it with the word "batshit." The star-studded soap opera trainwreck about television, news, and cancel culture has ripped off whatever threads remain of its gloves for a relentless and harrowing second season. Season 2 picks up several months after its predecessor, in which the titular daytime program's cohost Mitch (Steve Carell) was ousted for allegations of sexual misconduct. Mitch was replaced by Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) and survived by cohost Alex (Jennifer Aniston), who struggle to keep the ship afloat along with too many network personalities whose roles aren't any clearer now than before. The Morning Show Season 2 has absolutely zero interest in refreshing viewers on its dense debut season, particularly the finale that ended with Hannah's (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) death. Instead we're inundated with constant, clunky exposition about the months that followed, a time period this show could easily have shown in earnest instead of jumping ahead. Alas, the purpose of this becomes clear quickly, as The Morning Show Season 2 promises — nay, threatens — to build up to the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, we're treated to a tortuous crawl toward reliving some of the most traumatic months in global memory, complete with cringeworthy jokes about masks and social distancing, and characters awkwardly placed in China and Italy so they can watch history unfold in what the show surely thinks is elegant and serendipitous fashion (it is not). It recalls the now notorious twist in 2010's Remember Me and a handful of international films that insert fictional characters into real events that are just too damn fresh. Filmmakers want to feel close to the action — even when the action is trauma — but needn't follow that impulse. "Why should we bring Alex back to 'The Morning Show'?" "...?????????" Credit: apple tv+ The main story of the season, if you can shake the looming dread of when and how COVID will be addressed, is that Alex is back at "The Morning Show" after a hiatus — again, a hiatus we never saw and which is explained countless times, by countless people, through dialogue and dialogue alone. If only there were some sort of narrative device, a way of...flashing back...something to help viewers picture those tumultuous months after Alex resigned (then again, Witherspoon's Season 1 wig is best left in the past). All respect to Aniston, but The Morning Show fails to convince us why Alex is the hinge upon which its world swings. Stella (Greta Lee) notes the redundancy of two cis white female anchors and gets no satisfying counterpoint. Cory (Billy Crudup) can't stop tripping over his own two feet to bring Alex back and give her the world, while signs point to him being very much in love with Bradley. There is a vague, hand-waved notion that this woman is beloved by the millions of Americans who watch "TMS" every day, but The Morning Show does not have one second to spare giving screen time to ordinary people and building that relationship for its actual audience. Alex herself is a constant ball of nerves, forcing Aniston into an extremely one-note performance sure to set many a tooth on edge. If you're tempted to start a drinking game based on how many times she and others panic about being "canceled" — with little to no interrogation of what that entails and why — don't. This panicked expression was my face the entire time I watched "The Morning Show" Season 2. Credit: apple tv+ Meanwhile, Carell is still cashing checks part of the show, in an unhinged B plot that first roasts the #MeToo movement and political correctness and goes on to insert him into a tenuous quarantine in Italy. A parade of guest stars whose faces just blur into identical dollar signs after a while pop up as a temporary anchor (Hasan Minhaj), a competing host (Julianna Margulies), Alex's book editor (Kathy Najimy), and more. Holland Taylor is also in this, a fact that both you and the producers will forget for large swathes of time and need a moment to adjust to whenever she returns. Everyone is still chewing the heck out of their scenes, but it can't make up for the material. The Morning Show handles coronavirus and racism about as well as it handles feminism, which is to say clumsily at best. It's clear that whoever is writing the loaded conversations between these characters has never participated in one of their own to learn that this is simply not how we talk about any of it. The Morning Show's chosen hill is still that society is too sensitive and the people being canceled, shunned, or given millions of dollars to return to their TV jobs are people too. They deserve empathy as much as the girl who died as a result of Mitch and the network's actions, a girl who the season forgets about long before it's done soliloquizing her abuser. The Morning Show probably thinks I'm canceling it for another season of unbridled chaos — but we both know who has the power here. The Morning Show Season 2 premieres Friday on AppleTV+. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/F5HKky2tgo4View the full article
  24. The Eyes of Tammy Faye takes a rosy view of its complicated namesake. That’s fine if you’re catching director Michael Showalter’s new movie for the ridiculous wigs, jaw-dropping makeup, and stunning lead performance by Jessica Chastain. But if you’re hoping for insight into the unique intersection of religion, politics, and scandal where the titular televangelist, who died in 2007, spent most of her life, you’ll be more disappointed than dazzled. It's easy to see why a filmmaker would want to take on Tammy Faye Bakker (later Tammy Faye Messner) in a biopic. With a staccato voice often compared to Betty Boop's and a downfall that captured the attention of a tabloid-worshipping nation, Tammy Faye led a remarkable life practically destined for onscreen depiction. Not only did she sing gospel, make puppets, and cultivate an outrageous look that made her timelessly identifiable, but she also exuded a striking optimism and kind acceptance that made her beloved to some, even during a criminal investigation. The Eyes of Tammy Faye captures a lot of this, tracing from Tammy Faye’s upbringing in rural Minnesota through the heyday of her TV broadcasting career, and to the beginnings of her post-fall from grace reemergence in the mid-90s. But the focus is predictably and disproportionately placed on Tammy Faye’s marriage to preacher-turned-pariah Jim Bakker and the fraud-fueled demise of their shared evangelical entertainment empire — an obvious choice that prevents Showalter from doing something more interesting with his fascinating subject and two-hour-plus runtime. Whether he should have played such a big role is up for debate, but Andrew Garfield's performance as Jim Bakker is unquestionably excellent. Credit: searchlight pictures Played by Andrew Garfield, whose spot-on accent work is rivaled here only by his exquisitely rendered prosthetic cheeks, Jim Bakker is an inextricable part of Tammy Faye’s history, to be sure. The proselytizing pair’s rise through the Christian Broadcasting Network, and later founding of their own PTL Satellite Network, is what made them famous. Had they not married and then worked together neither Jim nor Tammy Faye would have been likely to cross paths with high-profile Christian Republicans like Jerry Falwell, played by an excellent Vincent D'Onofrio, nor gain enough national attention to merit revisiting their legacy in 2021. And to the movie's credit, the couple’s dynamic partnership is well-imagined and well-acted, with the complexity of their commitment to one another on par with the character work done in Chastain’s other recent release, HBO's Scenes from a Marriage. Early scenes showing the duo flirting through Bible verses and resisting temptation until they, uh, don't paint a likable picture of a budding romance. Later scenes portraying infidelity, prescription drug abuse, and more deliver a bitter toxicity palpable enough to make you squirm in your seat. Still, making a movie that’s more about the Bakkers' relationship than Tammy Faye's journey as an individual — and still billing it under her name and face — seems to misunderstand the great strangeness of her legacy. Too often sidelined by the powerful men in her circle, it was Tammy Faye's indelible commitment to being herself at all times, not just when it was convenient for the cameras, that gained her fans and defenders, particularly among the LGBTQ community. 10 out of 10 performances, even if it's a middling movie. Credit: searchlight pictures And yet, The Eyes of Tammy Faye chooses to bookend much of her story around Jim Bakker, entirely leaving out her eventual marriage to Roe Messner, played by Sam Jaeger, as well as her more than 11-year battle with colon cancer while still in the public eye. What's more, even within the context of her marriage to Jim Bakker, The Eyes of Tammy Faye fails to interrogate the role she played in their business, handwaving her knowledge of her husband's criminal activity beyond believability. (It's not that the film had to accuse her of being involved, but even one scene showing her speaking with police alone would have told Tammy Faye's side of things more completely.) Chastain is undeniably spectacular and the period drama's attention to detail utterly impeccable. But ultimately, The Eyes of Tammy Faye cuts its inspiration down to her most cloyingly tidy, failing to honor the messy self-assuredness that made her special. The result is a confusing blend of theatrics and melancholy, that lands somewhere between the cheekiness of I, Tonya and the profound sadness of Judy in a way that never feels quite right. It's a worthy effort, just not the one she or audiences deserved. The Eyes of Tammy Faye is now in theaters. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mashable/~4/j7Q-Z370U2oView the full article
  25. Running Touch has always been an incredible talent on our radar with his effortless feel-good and festival intertwined sound and presence. Today is no exception, we have the privilege to share his latest release, ‘Ceilings’. You can expect emotional and driving vocal melodies leading to a ear-candy symphony of harmony. This track itself has the energy to extend that Western Summer just a little longer. Can’t wait for festivals to return and borders to open so we can catch this guy all Australian Summer long with his touring!  This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Running Touch Has the Power to Extend Summer With Latest Anthem, ‘Ceilings’ View the full article
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