Fitness tech company JAXJOX raises $10M as it gets ready to ship AI-enabled workout system

The JAXJOX InteractiveStudio exercise system. (JAXJOX Photo)

JAXJOX, the Redmond, Wash.-based fitness technology company, has raised $10 million in a new funding round to help pay for the research and development of its signature InteractiveStudio workout equipment.

The Series A round included investors Dowgate Capital Ltd. and entrepreneur Nigel Wray, and brings total funding to $17 million for the 3-year-old company.

JAXJOX is getting set to release its InteractiveStudio smart gym, a home fitness system that includes digitally adjustable weights, AI-enabled connected tech built into the equipment, and live and on-demand classes.

With connected tech built into individual pieces of free-weight equipment, such as a smart kettlebell, users don’t have to stand a certain distance from a screen to have form and motion tracked.

“By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing,” founder

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Ready for online voting in 2020? It’s here, even for Trump vs. Biden

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Amidst all the outcry about whether to vote in person or ia the mail, what about on the device where you’re probably reading this now? Why not the smartphone in your pocket?

Leading tech entrepreneurs like Andrew Yang and Bradley Tusk have called for online voting as a way to increase voter participation.

And this year, in a very limited way, despite the many critics who say that online voting in unsafe and susceptible to hacking, it’s actually happening for the 2020 presidential election.

Military, certain disabled and overseas citizens will be able to vote on a mobile device for the presidential election in West Virginia, South Carolina and Umatilla County, Oregon.

Voting may be headed to mobile devices in the future. (Photo: hermosawave/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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$45.5 billion cloud communications company Twilio is reportedly getting ready to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion



a man sitting on a leather couch: Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)


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Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

  • Cloud communications company Twilio is set to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion, sources tell Forbes, though a deal is not yet final.
  • Twilio has emerged as a winner in the pandemic economy, with its stock price just about tripling since the beginning of the year. The company now commands a market cap of over $45 billion.
  • Segment was last valued at $1.5 billion in an April 2019 funding round, and counts Accel, Y Combinator, and Alphabet’s GV (formerly Google Ventures) among its investors.
  • Segment laid off 10% of its staff in May, in anticipation of a tougher IT spending environment amid the pandemic. However, the company indicated in September that it now has over 20,000 customers — up from 19,000
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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Starlink broadband public beta ready to go after latest launch

After several delays, SpaceX has finally launched its 12th Starlink Mission, which brings its internet-beaming satellite constellation to just under the 800 it needs to deliver moderate coverage in North America.  

With this latest launch at Tuesday, 7:29 am EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX has now launched 775 Linux-powered Starlink satellites. But, via CBS News, only 728 Starlink satellites remain in orbit, according to astronomer Jonathan McDowell’s latest Space Report.  

As noted by Space.com, before Tuesday’s successful Starlink launch, SpaceX had scrubbed four attempted launches due to weather and other issues. SpaceX integration and test engineer Siva Bharadvaj said Tuesday was “a happy end to Scrub-tober”.

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More importantly for broadband-starved potential customers in the US, this latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites clears the way for a public beta in northern US and possibly southern Canada. 

“Once these satellites reach

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Britain Is Getting Ready for Its Space Race

Cornwall, in England’s far southwest, is known for antique fishing villages and snug, cliff-lined beaches. Soon it may be the scene of something very different: a small but growing space industry.

One day in a year or two, a modified Boeing 747 is expected to lift off from the long runway at the region’s airport, head out over the Atlantic Ocean and soar into the stratosphere. There, a rocket will drop from below a wing, fire its engines and ferry a load of small satellites into orbit, while the plane returns to the airport.

After six years of planning and fund-raising, construction of a bare-bones spaceport, budgeted at about 22 million pounds ($28 million), is beginning this month at the airport in Newquay.

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Get ready for the iPhone 12. Here are 3 ways to prepare your phone now

It’s October, and Apple’s entering uncharted territory without having announced a new iPhone by now. Typically Apple announces new iPhone models in September, but this year, things are different. We now expect Apple to announce the iPhone 12 on Oct. 13 or Oct. 14 (here’s why). The delay isn’t really a surprise, as Apple has said this year’s release date is going to be a few weeks later than usual. 



a close up of a camera: Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. Angela Lang/CNET


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


Current rumors point to several new iPhone 12 models, maybe even an iPhone 12 Mini, with a new design (a dark blue color?), 5G connectivity and improved performance. 

With this year’s launch inching closer, it’s not too early to

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Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford Believes Borderlands Is Ready For Next Gen

Borderlands is an explosive and brash FPS-RPG franchise that hangs its hat on crude humor and the largest arsenal of weapons in gaming. Despite its reputation for being a bit one-note and too loud for its own good, it’s earned a massive following that continues to engage in the satisfying loot-grind to earn some rare guns and increase the strength of the core cast of vault hunters. Following Borderlands 3’s one year anniversary, we spent an hour chatting with Gearbox Software founder and executive producer Randy Pitchford about the early history of the franchise, the ethics of running an evolving game, and what’s to come with Borderlands 3 with the next-gen consoles on the horizon.

Editor’s Note: This interview had been edited for clarity and readability.

Firstly, given that 2020 is a chaotic year with COVID-19, how have things been at Gearbox Software?

It’s been pretty wild. We were kind

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Renewables Won’t Save Us If The Electric Grid Is Not Ready

In recent weeks, the media landscape has been awash with stories declaring the beginning of the end of the age of hydrocarbons in America and around the world.

The facts on the ground, however, paint a different story.

As of this year, renewable generation accounted for only 17.5% of the US’ energy mix. While Deloitte predicts this number will grow to just shy of 50% by 2050, it would be naïve to assume that fossil fuels won’t continue to play a significant role in our lives for the foreseeable future.

The road to the energy system

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Revamped EU Data Transfer Tool May Be Ready by Christmas | Technology News

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A revised mechanism allowing companies to transfer Europeans’ data around the world may be ready before Christmas, the EU’s digital chief said on Wednesday, in a move aimed at ending the legal uncertainty triggered by a EU court ruling in July.

The Court of Justice of the European Union upheld the legality of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for transferring data following a dispute between Facebook and privacy activist Max Schrems, who has campaigned about the risk of U.S. intelligence agencies accessing Europeans’ data.

However, Europe’s highest court also said that privacy watchdogs must suspend or prohibit transfers via SCCs outside the EU if data protection in other countries cannot be assured.

The European Commission has since embarked on talks with EU privacy watchdogs to resolve the legal limbo for companies.

“My colleagues Vera Jourova and Didiers Reynders are working very, very hard to look at standard contractual

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Chinese brands ready to tap SA’s ‘lucrative’ smartphone market

South Africa’s high smartphone penetration rate makes it a lucrative market for smartphone producers.

This is the view shared by analysts, commenting on the recent influx of Chinese smartphone brands into the South African market.

With a smartphone penetration rate of 91.2%, according to the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s latest State of the ICT Sector report, SA is witnessing new Chinese smartphone providers entering the market.

BBK Electronics-owned brands Vivo and Oppo have officially established their presence in the country, with the former having launched six smartphones, to date. Oppo’s A72 will go on sale on 7 October.

In March, Chinese smartphone provider Tecno announced South African consumers will be able to purchase Tecno smartphonesfrom major retail stores and online outlets. Taiwanese consumer electronics and smartphone manufacturer HTC also recently announced its re-entry into the market, with plans to rollout devices from mid-October.

“The market has been driven

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