Day: October 1, 2020

Cazoo, the UK used car sales portal, raises another $311M, now valued at over $2B – TechCrunch

A lot of people are opting to use cars instead of taking public transportation in the UK at the moment, as a way of ensuring more social distancing, and today one of the startups that’s built a more efficient way of selling and buying cars is announcing a big round of funding. Cazoo, which provides an app-based way to browse and buy used cars (it’s modeled on the likes of Vroom in the US), has picked up £240 million ($311 million).

The funding comes only six months after the company raised $116 million. Cazoo is now valued at over $2 billion, double its previous valuation a year ago, it confirmed. (For some context, the company had never confirmed its valuation prior to now and it was estimated at a much lower amount.)

This latest funding is being led by General Catalyst, D1 Capital Partners and funds managed by

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Google Pixel 5: Cheat sheet

Google’s new Pixel 5 smartphone offers 5G connectivity, a front hole-punch camera, a 6-inch display, and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Image: Google

Google has unveiled its latest Pixel phone with several new and modified features over last year’s Pixel 4. Announced at a launch event on Sept. 30, the Pixel 5 is one of the first two Pixel phones to come with 5G (the other being the Pixel 4a 5G). Beyond sporting the latest cellular standard, the Pixel 5 features a 6-inch OLED 90Hz display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a price tag of $699.

SEE: Mobile device security: Tips for IT pros (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

What are the Google Pixel 5’s key features?

The 5G technology built into the Pixel 5 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks. The sub-6GHz spectrum is more pervasive, can travel farther, and is more

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Toyota’s new robot looks like a praying mantis, but cleans your kitchen

Researchers are using fleet learning and simulations to train robots to navigate one of the most complex environments: A home.

Visiting  private homes in Japan inspired researchers to build a new domestic robot that moves around on the ceiling instead of the floor.

Image: Toyota Research Institute

Working in a factory is easy for robots with the structured environment and repetitive tasks that come with that job. Helping with housework is a much bigger challenge. Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) are taking on that challenge by building new domestic robots and training them in a mock home.

Gill Pratt, the CEO of TRI and Kelly Kay, the Institute’s executive vice president and chief finance officer, gave a virtual tour of the TRI labs on Thursday. Max Bajracharya, the vice president of robotics and Steffi Paepcke, the senior user experience leader, explained the research and development process for building

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