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Month: August 2014

GoGoVan Raises $6.5M Series A To Expand In Asia

Hong Kong-based GoGoVan, an app that connects van drivers and users for on-demand delivery services, announced today that it has completed a $6.5 million Series A led by Centurion Private Equity. The company, which launched in July 2013 and currently has access to 18,000 registered commercial vehicles, plans to use the funding to add more features and expand into new markets in Asia. TechCrunch profiled the startup in June 2014. GoGoVan says it is currently working with corporate clients including Kerry Logistics, SF Express and DHL and has processed more than one million transactions with a total value of over $120 million Hong Kong dollars (about $15.5 million), with 300,000 transactions per month in Hong Kong. After expanding into Singapore this summer, GoGoVan plans to tackle other Asian cities. In a statement, Steven Lam, GoGoVan’s co-founder and CEO, said “In Hong Kong, within nine months of our launch in July 2013, we captured close to 50% of the independent logistics providers. We are confident we will achieve the same result in Singapore.” Article source:...

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Amazon Doubles The Storage Of The Existing Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon hasn’t introduced a splashy Kindle update this year, but the company did confirm to TechCrunch it has increased storage on its devices from 2GB to 4GB (of which a portion is dedicated to system software), meaning those who purchased the gadget since around last month or so are able to hold about twice the number of digital books on their devices. The boost was originally spotted by e-reading blog The Digital Reader, which took the news of the mid-season update as an indicator that Amazon wasn’t planning to release a Kindle hardware refresh this year. The Kindle Paperwhite update here is more likely indicative of Amazon taking the opportunity to pass along savings found in its supply chain owing to the dropping cost of flash memory to consumers, however, and probably not reflective of their product roadmap. The doubling of storage won’t mean much to most Kindle users – ebooks don’t take up much space at all, and even the 2GB version can hold over 1,000 books. Estimates about how many books people will read in their lifetime vary wildly, but 5,000 is impressive for even habitual readers, and given Kindle connectivity and Amazon’s free cloud backup of your purchases, 1,000 books or 2,000 books’ worth of local storage is really splitting hairs. We’ve heard a lot of buzz in the past regarding a Paperwhite update, including our own...

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One Codex Wants To Be The Google For Genomic Data

As hospitals and public health organizations switch to using genomic data for testing, searching through genomic data can still take some time. Y Combinator-backed startup, One Codex, wants to help researchers, clinicians and public health officials, who have sequenced more than 100,000 genomes and created petabytes of data, to search this data. Founded by Nick Greenfield, a former data scientist, and Nik Krumm, who has a PhD in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington, One Codex is a service platform for genomics driven by the genomic sequencing revolution. Apart from using search technology, the platform also acts as an indexed, curated reference. One Codex, which is currently in open beta, can search its growing database of 30,000 bacteria, viruses and fungi in real time and identify data sets in minutes (millions of DNA base pairs per second). Currently, the most commonly used tool for genome searching is by using an algorithm called BLAST, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, which compares primary biological sequence information. “While there are a lot of “it depends” … the number we’re comfortable with is somewhere in the 1000 to 1500 [times faster] plus range,” he said. Uploading a file to BLAST took 2 minutes and 30 seconds to process for Greenfield, and for the One Codex system that number was less than 1/20th of a second, meaning it was upwards of 3,000 times faster in this case. Greenfield...

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Nike Air Tech Challenge II White/Poison Green-Black-Ash Grey

After several releases of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II in a variety of colorways over the last few months, the famed tennis sneaker returns in white and black with a bite of ‘poison green’ detailing. Peeking through the crisp white upper are off-white perforated sections, outlined by black panels extending from the heel tab. Speckled green and black segments above the all-white base match the green Swoosh and Nike detailing on the tongue. Get your pair now at select Nike stockists including Titolo. Article source:...

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California Crown "Black Au" Collection

With the infamously late heatwaves of the San Francisco summer finally arriving, California Crown rises to the occasion with the much-anticipated Black Au collection. Promising a high degree of functionality for the streets with the comfort to match, the American-made cut-and-sew line features a hooded baseball jersey, pima cotton sweatshirt, tanks, caps and tees that stick to the basics with black and white hues. To complement the collection’s modern silhouettes, California Crown reaches back into the home state’s history with its inclusion of graphics referencing the 1849 California Gold Rush. Look for the collection now through select outlets as well as the brand website. Article source:...

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