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Created to help app developers find and fix bugs more efficiently, Sentry announced today that it has raised a $16 million Series B led by returning investors NEA and Accel. Both firms participated in Sentry’s Series A round two years ago.
Co-founder and CEO David Cramer tells TechCrunch that the new round puts Sentry’s post-money valuation at around $100 million. The company recently launched Sentry 9, which, like its other software, is open source. Sentry 9 lets app developers integrate error remediation into their workflows by automatically notifying the developers responsible for that part of the code, letting them filter by environment to hone in on the issue, and manage collaboration among different teams. This reduces the amount of time it takes to fix bugs from “five hours to five minutes,” Sentry claims.
The company will “double down on developers and their adjacent roles,” in particular product teams, Cramer says. Next in the pipeline is tools that will answer more in-depth questions related to app performance management.
“Today we answer ‘this specific thing is broken, why?’ Next we’ll expand that into deeper insights whether it’s ‘these sets of things are broken for the same reason’ as well as exploring non-errors. For example, if you deploy an update to your product and traffic to your sign-up form goes to zero that’s pretty serious, even if you’re not generating errors,” Cramer says.
Sentry’s technology originated as an internal tool for exception logging in Djana applications while its founders, Chris Jennings and Cramer, were working at Disqus. After they open-sourced it, the software quickly expanded into more programming languages. Sentry launched a hosted service in 2012 to answer demand. It now claims to have 9,000 paying customers (including Airbnb, Dropbox, PayPal, Twitter and Uber), be used by 500,000 engineers and process more than 360 billion errors a year.
In a press statement, Accel partner Dan Levine said “Sentry’s growth is a testament to the now-universal truth that app users everywhere expect a flawless experience free of bugs and crashes. Poor user experience kills companies. In order to keep moving forward as quickly as possible, product teams need to know that customers will never leave because of a broken app update. Sentry lets every developer build software that is functionally error-free.”
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Entrepreneur Min-Liang Tan made a mouse especially for gamers and thought that would be all his company would sell.
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Apple’s “walled garden” approach to the App Store may not be perfect, but it does make life harder for racists, homophobes, and other purveyors of hate to peddle their goods.
The same can’t be said for Steam, however. The PC gaming marketplace owned and operated by Valve Corporation was at the center of controversy just last week over a product listing for a game called Active Shooter, which allowed players to step into the role of a marauding school shooter.
Valve removed the listing after widespread outcry led to mainstream media coverage, and the company’s public address of the matter concluded with a promise: “The broader conversation about Steam’s content policies is one that we’ll be addressing soon.” Read more…
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In November, Google Home gained the ability to multitask with added support for a feature called “multiple queries,” which allows you to combine two requests into one voice command. For example, “OK Google, turn up the volume and play music.” Now, Google Home is getting even smarter about multitasking by enabling support three requests at once.
The new feature was announced on Google’s @madebyGoogle Twitter account on Monday, where users quickly discovered its limitations. Unfortunately for Google’s global customer base, multiple queries is only available in the English language for the time being, in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.
You’re not the only one who can multitask. Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done. pic.twitter.com/7jTd97Evus
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 11, 2018
The feature works by combining voice queries with the word “and” in between them, to separate the different requests. Each command must also be the sort of thing Google Assistant can respond to on its own without further input or clarification.
That means you can’t ask it to just “set an alarm,” you’d have to say “set an alarm for 7 AM” so it doesn’t need to ask a follow-up question.
Multiple queries was first rolled out in November 2017, also with little fanfare.
But it’s not the only way Google Home can multitask. In February, Google Assistant gained support for Routines, as well, which allow you to create custom workflows kicked off with a single voice command.
Meanwhile, at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, the company formally announced multiple queries for Google Home (then referred to as “Multiple Actions”), along with a host of other upgrades for Google Home Actions. This included Routine Suggestions, which allow voice app developers to prompt users to add their app’s Action to a Routine, plus Action Notifications, which allows voice apps to alert users to new features and content, and more.
We appreciate the feedback. This feature is supported in the US, UK, Canada and Australia using the English language.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2018
Google is not providing an ETA on when multiple queries will roll out to non-English users, saying only that: “We look forward to supporting additional languages, but have nothing to announce at this time.”
Update, 6/12/18, 2:30 PM ET: In case you were wondering why it’s not live yet for you – we understand that Google’s Twitter account may have scooped the actual launch. The feature will soon be available, but has not officially launched at this time.
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Companies in the S&P 500 raised similar concerns over a major market headwind during first-quarter earnings calls.
Goldman Sachs followed the calls and compiled multiple examples of rising corporate fear around the swelling pressure point.
If you’ve forgotten to keep an eye on wage inflation, you can hardly be blamed.
After all, the market has dealt with any number of other pressure points in recent months, including the 10-year Treasury yield‘s climb above the crucial 3% threshold, the prospect of a global trade war, escalating nuclear tensions in the Middle East, and good old-fashioned high valuations.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Another day, another crypto hack. This time it’s Korea, the crypto-mad Asian country, where an exchange called Coinrail lost more than $40 million in altcoins, ICO-issued tokens that aren’t bitcoin or Ethereum, after it was hit by an apparent attack over the weekend.
Korea may be a hot spot for crypto investment, but Coinrail is one of its smaller exchanges, just about ranking inside the world’s top 90 based on trading volume, according to coinmarketcap.com. Nonetheless, even the smaller exchanges have plenty of coins, as the size of this heist illustrates.
Most notably, the hackers got away with $19.5 million-worth of NPXS tokens that were issued by payment project Pundi X’s ICO. Added to that they scored a further $13.8 million from Aston X, an ICO project building a platform to decentralize documents, $5.8 million in tokens for Dent, a mobile data ICO, and over $1.1 million Tron, a much-hyped project originating from China.
That’s according to a wallet address that has been identified as belonging to the alleged attacker, who also got hold of smaller volumes of a further five tokens from Coinrail.
In all the cases, the companies issuing the tokens themselves were not hacked, the tokens that were nabbed belong to Coinrail users.
해킹공격시도로 인한 시스템 점검중입니다. 일부코인(펀디엑스,NPXS)이 확인되었으며 추가적인 코인피해가 있는지 여부를 확인중입니다. 추후 자세한 사항은 재공지하겠습니다 / There has been an cyber intrusion in our system. We're confirming it and some coins(Pundi X, NPXS) are confirmed.
— coinrail (@Coinrail_Korea) June 10, 2018
It isn’t clear how, or indeed whether, Coinrail will go about compensating its customers — Japan’s Coincheck refunded its customers following a high-profile attack earlier this year — but some of the ICO projects are taking steps in response.
Pundi was hit the hardest, claiming that some three percent of its total volume of tokens was impacted by this attack. It said it has frozen the tokens that were stolen and it has ceased trading of its tokens across all exchanges to help with the post-attack investigation, which it said includes the Korean police. NPER, which had around $860,000-worth of tokens taken from Coinrail, said it had frozen the stolen funds and it plans incinerate the tokens to render them useless to the hacker. Aston has also frozen its affected tokens, according to Coinrail.
Other projects have yet to comment, although Coinrail said in a statement on its website that two-thirds of the stolen tokens have been frozen with more action likely to happen.
Coinrail took its service offline and it said in a statement that it has moved the remainder of its assets — which it said is 70 percent of its total holdings — to cold storage while it reviews its security system and fully investigates the incident.
Some have suggested that the hack was responsible for bitcoin’s valuation dropping by over five percent in what is the cryptocurrency’s biggest decline for two weeks. However, Coinrail is so obscure that this theory seems unlikely.
What is for certain is that the hack serves as another strong reminder that the space remains unregulated — there’s with little recourse for victims of a crypto exchange hack, unlike say a bank robbery or payment fraud. More importantly, those who do buy bitcoin, Ethereum or other crypto tokens should keep their tokens securely in a private wallet (ideally using a hardware device for access) rather than leaving them within an exchange where they could be stolen.
For those of you keeping score on recent hacks on exchanges, here are a few: Coincheck lost an estimated $400 million earlier this year, last November saw Tether claim it lose $31 million following an attack while EtherDelta suspended its exchange service for a period in December after it was compromised.
The Mt. Gox hacking in 2014 is the mother of all crypto attacks, of course. In total the exchange lost around 744,408 BTC. That was worth around $350 million at the time, but today a holding of that size would be valued at some $5.3 billion.
Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.
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A hybrid smartwatch should give you a traditional watch face, along with subtle notifications. The design should be so good that you don’t even notice it’s a hybrid smart watch until you receive an alert. The Garmin Vivomove HR Premium watch hits all the right notes when it comes to the best mixture of style and usefulness.
Fitness trackers and smartwatches help you track your exercise, pass along your smartphone notifications, and give you not-so-subtle reminders to stand up and move throughout the day. They’re handy pieces of technology.
But now that they’ve been around for a few years and the thrill of the new tech has worn off, we’ve realized something else: A lot of them are ugly or boring looking. The worst ones almost look like something you’d be forced to wear after aliens take over the planet in 2054 and use them to track the locations of the human population.
Tech companies have tried redoing the fitness tracking watch, adding some bling here and there, but it’s tough to change the basic look of the smartwatch because of the larger battery you need to power that screen. Wristwatches have been used as pieces of jewelry for centuries, and people want the things they wear to look good.
Enter smart analog hybrid watches. These look like wristwatches, but they have fitness tracking capabilities built into them. Some of them have tiny screens hidden in the watch face, but most rely on connecting with a smartphone app to present you with your tracking data. They can also buzz with notifications and automatically change time zones when you travel.
These wrist watches meet the expectations we have for men’s fashion with large watch faces that look great. They pull design ideas from high-end Swiss watches, so you’ll like wearing them and showing them off, rather than trying to hide them under a long sleeve shirt. Many fashion brands have gotten in on the trend, too, including Fossil, Skagen, Armani Exchange, and others.
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.The best hybrid smartwatch overall
Why you’ll love it: If your primary goal with a hybrid watch is to mix a traditional design with the latest tech, the Garmin Vivomove HR Premium does it best.
A hybrid watch should look like a stylish watch with traditional hands and a dial on the outside, while packing fitness tracking, notifications, and other techy features on the inside. The Garmin Vivomove HR Premium does the best job of meshing a traditional watch design with a tiny screen and high-tech features.
The Vivomove HR Premium even has a heart rate monitor, which is quite unusual in hybrid watches because the sensors tend to add a bit of bulk. The heart rate monitor improves the accuracy of your fitness metrics and gives you more detail when you look in the app for your stats.
You can also see basic fitness metrics like step count, mileage, calorie burn, and more on the tiny screen that’s embedded into the watch’s face. One Amazon buyer pointed out that there’s no built-in GPS on this watch and said the heart rate monitor isn’t always accurate, but the watch can use your phone’s GPS to track your movements.
The small screen also shows text message notifications if you want it to, which is a neat feature. The watch has decent battery life, too, though you will have to charge it after about 5 days. Expert reviewers at Wareable, TechRadar, and Stuff gave it good reviews, as have many buyers.
Pros: Stylish watch face, notification screen along the bottom half of the watch face is subtle, sharp and easy-to-read screen, fitness tracking, good app, strong battery life, heart rate monitor
Cons: Price is a little high, no built-in GPS, heart rate measurements aren’t always accurate
The best stylish hybrid smartwatch
Why you’ll love it: Style is an important aspect of the Emporio Armani Hybrid Smartwatch, but it also has smart features like activity tracking and notifications.
The Emporio Armani Hybrid Watch might appear at first glance as though it emphasizes style over smart features, but that’s not true. Even though it’s a great looking watch, Emporio Armani didn’t forget about adding plenty of smart features that you’ll love.
It looks like a classic Armani watch in terms of design. It has a bold watch face, a subdial that shows how close you are to reaching your fitness goals, and a sleek leather strap. You can also swap that strap out for others if you prefer metal or something else.
As for smart features, the watch tracks your steps, buzzes with notifications, and offers a silent alarm. You can coordinate all the functions and set up notifications in the companion app. One Amazon buyer likes the easy-to-use smartwatch features a lot.
Digital Trends’ review highlighted the premium looking design and liked the mix of techy features with Armani’s classic style. The reviewer noted that the watch looks more expensive than it actually is.
Pros: Great-looking, style and quality, looks like it costs more than it does, strong battery life, nice collection of smart features
Cons: Wristband quality doesn’t match watch’s quality, pricey
The best classic hybrid smartwatch
Why you’ll love it: The Fossil Q Grant hybrid watch has a classic, stylish look that blends right in, but it can also track your activity and buzz with notifications.
If you like a men’s wristwatch to be a bit chunky with a classic dial, you’ll love Fossil’s line of hybrid watches, especially the Fossil Q Grant. It delivers just the kind of look you’re seeking, with its wide and thick watch case. Fossil has tons of other designs that have the same functions if the Grant isn’t your speed.
The Q Grant measures 15mm in thickness and 44mm on the frame, which gives it a chunky, manly design. You can choose between a silver, gold, or black metal casing and the corresponding watch face dial colors. Fossil also sells a number of different straps to go with the watch, so whether you want leather or metal, there’s a pick for you.
In terms of smart features, the Q Grant tracks your activity and sleep, it buzzes with notifications, and it has programmable buttons to control your music, trigger the selfie camera, and more. One Amazon reviewer says the ability to sort the notifications and only receive alerts about certain messages is a great feature.
The app is simple and easy to use, and you can set up all your preferences there. The watch battery inside should last about a year, depending on how many notifications you get.
However, a few Amazon reviewers are disappointed in the longevity of the watch, as well as the fact that the watch face seems to be easy to scratch. Longevity complaints are fairly rare, though, and the watch is rated for water resistance up to 5 ATM.
Pros: Large watch face, classic design, solid look and feel, easy to use app, customize the types of notifications you receive, easy to set up
Cons: Watch face seems to be easier to scratch than some others
SEE ALSO: The best hybrid smartwatches for women
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Consumers are returning to iconic luxury brands such as Tiffany & Co. An analyst says investors should too.
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In the first quarter, delinquency rate on credit-card debt at smaller banks spiked higher than during the financial crisis.
These smaller banks marketed to the most vulnerable consumers that had been rejected by the biggest banks.
A similar phenomenon happened during the Financial Crisis — this group was most exposed to effects through subprime loans.
This type of chart is trotted out constantly these days to show that American households are in fabulous shape when it comes to their ability to service their blistering record debts. The red line in the chart shows household debt-service payments (combined monthly payments on mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, and student loans) as a percent of disposable (after-tax) income. Since 1980, the ratio has ranged from 9.9% to 13.2%. It hit that top in Q4 2007 just before it all came apart. Ten years later, it was at 10.3%. Hence the conclusion that households won’t have any trouble servicing their record debts. In a moment, we’ll get to the trap in this conclusion.
Credit card delinquencies at smaller banks just surged past financial crisis peaksFreight costs are surging — and transportation companies are gaining pricing powerThe new Fed looks like it’s ready to dump mortgage-backed securities
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