Context Relevant, a Seattle-based company pushing a set of specialized machine learning applications, has added to its series B round of venture capital with $13.5 million from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Formation 8, New York Life, and Bloomberg Beta. In a world of data science and open source libraries, Context Relevant’s approach of focusing on a select set of algorithms, and making them easy to implement, is pretty smart. It certainly seems to have struck a chord with financial services customers, which has historically been a lucrative market for software vendors.
Has it really been more than a year since Microsoft and Nokia said Flipboard would arrive on Windows Phone? Yes, it has: During the July 2013 Lumia 1020 launch event, it was said the Flipboard will “soon be available.” I guess “soon” is now because Flipboard is out of beta and in the Windows Phone store. Don’t expect to flip through stories though: You’ll be swiping the day away because the flip interface isn’t there, reports The Verge. Doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose? And what’s next: Flappy Birds that don’t flap? Anyway, if you’re been waiting for the app, it’s there for the taking…. and the swiping.
Update at 4:26pm: Flipboard tweeted that the app is just a placeholder and that a “more polished version” is coming soon.
Motorola’s newest high-end phone will be available on Verizon, not that it was ever in doubt. The carrier announced Thursday that the new Moto X will cost $99 for the 16GB model on a two-year contract, or either $499 or $549 at full price, starting September 26. Your color options include a standard black model and a white phone with a bamboo rear shell, as well as the options provided by the Moto Maker customization service. The new Moto X is already available on AT&T, and the unlocked version should work fine on T-Mobile, but Sprint subscribers coveting the Moto X are probably out of luck.