Fitbit’s Charge 3 might include a full touchscreen and new smartwatch-like features

Fitbit’s rumored Charge 3 fitness band might include some upgrades taken directly from the company’s smartwatch work. Android Authority says it received leaked images of the device that show off the wearable’s new touchscreen display and physical redesign. That new display, which used to only be tap-enabled, would be able to handle some smartwatch features, like Quick Reply, which allows users to send messages when they receive a call or text. The feature is already available on Fitbit’s Ionic and Versa watches and would likely only work with Android devices. The Charge 3 might also be swim-proof and water resistant, according to the report. Android Authority also reported that Fitbit… Read More

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AppDynamics founder Jyoti Bansal and longtime VC John Vrionis are now taking applications for their new accelerator program

With so much money being stuffed into Silicon Valley companies these days, it’s hard to stand out as an investor, but John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal have what they think is a winning approach — one that’s a win for startup founders, too. A little background first. Back in May, Bansal who sold his company AppDynamics to Cisco for $3.7 billion last year, announced that he was teaming up with Vrionis, who’d spent the previous 12 years with Lightspeed Venture Partner. What they created together is a new venture firm called Unusual Ventures. It launched publicly with a $160 million debut fund and a mission of also creating a startup… Read More

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Bumble announces a fund to invest in women-led businesses

Dating and networking app Bumble today announced the launch of Bumble Fund, a new vehicle focused on early stage investments specifically aimed at helping diverse, female entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses. Sarah Jones Simmer, Bumble Chief Operating Officer, will lead Bumble Fund’s investment strategy along with Bumble Senior Advisor, Sarah Kunst, the company says. “Investing in and empowering women in business is something that our founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd is deeply passionate about and is at the very core of what Bumble stands for,” said Jones Simmer, in a statement about the fund’s launch. “Through Bumble Fund we’ll look not only to support those women leaders who… Read More

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Why the laws of physics mean Will Smith’s birthday stunt probably won’t kill him

For his 50th birthday next month, Will Smith will bungee-jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. It’s a dramatic stunt that strikes fear into the hearts of fans (or at least some Verge staffers; you know who you are) who wonder whether it’s possible he’ll spring directly up into the helicopter’s blades. That’s not going to happen. Will Smith isn’t the first one to bungee-jump from a helicopter, and no one — not Smith, not the non-famous adrenaline junkies who enjoy bungee jumping — would do it if it meant being shredded. But why is it safe? Will Smith is protected by one of the most fundamental laws of… Read More

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The road to bipedalism wasn’t straight and narrow

Enlarge / The 3.32 million-year-old foot from an Australopithecus afarensis toddler from different angles on the left, next to the fossil remains of an adult Australopithecus foot on the right. Credit: Jeremy DeSilva & Cody Prang (credit: Jeremy DeSilva and Cody Prang) Early hominins’ four smaller toes had adapted to bipedal walking by around 4.4 million years ago, but the big toe remained better-suited to grasping and climbing for a few million more years, until sometime early in the evolution of our genus, Homo. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Stony Brook University anthropologist Peter Fernandez and his colleagues, who studied the size and shape of the metatarsals… Read More

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