Salesforce  is set to buy CloudCraze, an enterprise e-commerce solution built on its cloud-based customer relationship management platform. Based in Chicago, CloudCraze announced on its site that itís signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Salesforce. The dealís financial details were not disclosed.

Ride-hailing service Grab  is being heavily linked with a deal to buy out Uberís business in Southeast Asia, but those rumors arenít stopping it from building its fintech platform after announced a financial services unit.

Shares of Saudi Arabiaís Kingdom Holding, an international investment company controlled by  Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, soared in January when he was freed after two months of being held captive at a Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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This weekend, I published a comprehensive overview of the epic hundred-billion-dollar Qualcomm versus Broadcom merger battle that has taken place over the past few weeks. In that post, I concluded that ďÖ the Trump administration is going to attempt to maintain jurisdiction over the merger regardless of Broadcomís  redomicile process [back to the US], and will likely end up negative on the deal although it may not outright block it.Ē

Out in the desolate wastes of deepest Iceland, magic blooms. The Icelandic sagas tell of fairy houses to magical rings that control the world, and now one of those, the Wave, has landed on the internet.

The Wave is a ring that controls sound. It is essentially a wearable MIDI controller that lets you play and modify sounds as itís made, allowing you to play music in thin air. Itís a clever little solution and is shipping next December.

 

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Dyson has a few new products itís revealing today, including the latest Pure Cool line of purifying fans. These fans have built-in air purifying technology, which can detect and weed out pollutants, particulate matter and more of the nasty stuff we sometimes breathe in that we probably should not be breathing in.

Tech Gadgets

The Tapplock One is a fingerprint padlock with solid smarts

Appleís Touch ID was a step change in convenience for securing its mobile devices, and now that same level of convenience is available in a padlock. The Tapplock Oneis now shipping, and features a fingerprint sensor for unlocking, as well as a companion app with a Bluetooth unlock backup.

The Tapplock One began its existence on Indiegogo  with a crowdfunding campaign back in 2016, but now itís out and shipping, both direct from Tapplock and from a number of retail partners. The gadget features IP66 weather resistance and works in temperatures between 14 F and 140 F, and has battery life of up to one year on a single charge.


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  • How can you participate in a Nerf gun fight if youíre missing a hand? The ingenious Hackerloop collective of tinkerers solved that problem by putting together a prosthetic Nerf gun that you can control with your arm muscles.

    In other words, Nicolas Huchet became Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII or Mega Man for a day. And hereís what it looks like

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There are plenty of projects out there attempting to replicate the locomotion of insects, but one thing that computers and logic arenít so good at is improvising and adapting the way even the smallest, simplest bugs do. This project from Tokyo Techis a step in that direction, producing gaits on the fly that the researchers never programmed in.

ďPerhaps the most exciting moment in the research was when we observed the robot exhibit phenomena and gaits which we neither designed nor expected, and later found out also exist in biological insects,Ē enthused the lead researcher, Ludovico Minati, in a news release.

 

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