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Reading Time: 2 minutesKickstarter buys Drip, crowd-funded music community which was due to shut down this month. On March 17th, 2016, Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, announced its acquisition of Drip – an inspired community of independent artists, record labels, and audiences who support their work directly. Launched five years ago by Ghostly International founder, Sam Valenti IV, and partner Miguel Senquiz, many of today’s most respected and creative independent labels can be found on Drip — from Domino Records, Fool’s Gold, and Ghostly International, to Stones Throw, and Sub Pop. Like Kickstarter, artists on Drip enjoy closer connections…

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Reading Time: 2 minutesBreakthrough Pro Features & Advanced Display Technologies Come to the Most Popular iPad Size On March 21, 2016, during a press conference in Cupertino,  Apple unveiled iPad Pro™ – the successor to the iPad Air 2, which was released in October 2014. At just under one pound, the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro™ features a new pro-Retina® display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift™ mode and introduces new True Tone® display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The device delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio…

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThree global ICT players: Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom invite innovative startups to participate in the second edition of ChallengeUp! a joint Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator for entrepreneurs from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. ChallengeUp! is a program that aims at encouraging innovation for the Internet of Things by helping startups go to market faster through joint projects, mentoring, high-value networking and corporate assets. Startups that successfully complete the program may be eligible for potential co-investment from the three corporations and can get support for commercializing their product or service in global markets. “For SEMSeye, ChallengeUp! was an…

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Reading Time: 3 minutesPreviewed at TED 2016, Meta 2, first “natural machine” augmented reality product, is now available for pre-orders at Metavision.com Meta has begun taking pre-orders at www.metavision.com for Meta 2 Development Kit, the first augmented reality (AR) product that delivers a totally immersive experience unlike any other AR product to date. Meta 2 enables hand interaction with digital content, a breakthrough in the field of AR, so people can touch, grab, and move digital objects intuitively, just as they do in the real world. “The potential for Augmented Reality to enhance teaching and learning in healthcare and medicine is incredibly exciting.…

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Reading Time: 1 minutesOlga Malinkiewicz is one step closer to commercializing perovskite technology. It looks like the revolution may start simple – from a phone charger. On the 3rd of March 2016, at the International Conference on Perovskite Thin Film Photovoltaics (ABXPV) in Barcelona, the SAULE team, lead by a Polish scientist Olga Malinkiewicz, presented a small, flexible module, which can be easily incorporated into a smartphone. It turned out that the newly-created and perovskite-based first working prototype of the photovoltaic module can power devices like smartphones as when exposed to light, it provides enough power to charge up a phone battery. This can…

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThe government wants to help startups and boost Polish innovation by establishing the Fund of Funds. With 500 M in the pocket, this would be the largest investment programme in Poland. On March 11th, 2016, The government announced the establishment of the largest Fund of Funds in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. With a budget of nearly PLN 500 million, the fund will support start-ups and the development of innovation. Funds for this purpose will be allocated by the PZU Group and other private investors, in cooperation with the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) which will serve…

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