No-code industrial robotics programming startup Wandelbots raises $30 million – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Dresden, Germany-based Wandelbots – a startup dedicated to making it easier for non-programmers to ‘teach’ industrial robots how to do specific tasks – has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by 83North, an with participation from Next47 and Microsoft’s M12 venture funding arm. Wandelbots will use the funding to help it…

‘The money is still there,’ says APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt – TechCrunch

[ad_1] APX is an early-stage accelerator in Berlin, but it’s not quite your average accelerator — it’s essentially a joint venture between giant European publishing house Axel Springer and Porsche, the German automaker. Earlier this month, we sat down with APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt to discuss what makes APX different and how it’s weathering…

Spin scooters head to Europe, starting with Germany – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Spin has launched its scooter sharing business to Germany, the first step in the U.S. company’s plans to expand to Europe. The company, which was acquired by Ford in 2018 for about $100 million, has launched in Cologne and plans to open up in German cities Dortmund and Essen in the coming weeks. Spin…

As fashion has its metaverse moment, one app looks to bridge real and virtual worlds for sneakerheads – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Fashion is having its moment in the metaverse. A riot of luxury labels, music, and games are vying for attention in the virtual world. And as physical events and the entertainment industry that depends on them shuts down, virtual things have come to epitomize the popular culture of the pandemic. It’s creating an environment…

How will Europe’s coronavirus contact-tracing apps work across borders? – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Solutions should allow Member States’ servers to communicate and receive relevant keys between themselves using a trusted and secure mechanism. Roaming users should upload their relevant proximity encounter information to the home country backend. The other Member State(s) should be informed about possible infected or exposed users*. *For roaming users, the question of to…

UK’s NHS COVID-19 app lacks robust legal safeguards against data misuse, warns committee – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A UK parliamentary committee that focuses on human rights issues has called for primary legislation to be put in place to ensure that legal protections wrap around the national coronavirus contact tracing app. The app, called NHS COVID-19, is being fast tracked for public use — with a test ongoing this week in the…

Volkswagen to start sales of first-edition all-electric ID.3 hatchback in June – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Volkswagen plans to start selling the launch edition of its ID.3 vehicle next month to customers who placed pre-orders of the all-electric hatchback. Customers who made reservations for the launch edition, known as ID.3 1st, will be able to order their vehicle starting June 17, according to a tweet posted by Volkswagen board member…

KlearNow raises $16 million to bring customs clearance industry into the digital age – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Customs is the sieve of international supply chains. And yet despite its critical role, clearing customs for freight brokers can be a slow and opaque process reliant on manual data entry and prone to errors. Silicon Valley-based KlearNow has developed a platform that aims to bring customs clearance into the digital age. Now, with…

Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Apple and Google have provided a number of updates about the technical details of their joint contact tracing system, which they’re now exclusively referring to as an “exposure notification” technology, since the companies say this is a better way to describe what they’re offering. The system is just one part of a contact tracing…