Friday Tech News Roundup 7/10/20

Friday Tech News Roundup 7/10/20

An avatar is changing the world of fashion, Pokemon Go becomes quarantine-friendly, and a mental health startup rakes in funding. This is your weekly tech news roundup.

SetSail makes the sale

SetSail is looking for a way to compensate and motivate sales workers beyond the traditional commission model. The startup, which was founded by former Google engineers, just brought in a cool $7 million in funding from Wing Venture Capital. The product uses machine learning to compensate workers as they work towards making the sale. Learn more about the technology behind SetSail on TechCrunch.

Pokemon goes home

Players of Pokemon Go (which tbh, I didn’t know was still a thing after 2017) can now enjoy the game from home thanks to a newly released feature. Developer Niantic dropped the update on Tuesday, making the game more quarantine-friendly. Now, players can receive a visit from the game’s bad guys (Team Rocket) via hot air balloon. Let the battle begin. Get the scoop on Polygon.

Video is making new resolutions 

The creation of a brand-new video encoding technology was announced by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute this week. The new codec (referred to as H.266 and Versatile Video Coding (VCC)) was developed with help from companies like Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Intel, and Huawei. Developers are hoping that this will become the primary format in which we record and watch videos in the future. Read this one on the BBC.

Looking ahead to the future of mental health care

Telehealth isn’t just the future, it’s our present reality. As we all learn to chat with therapists via video call or get a prescription via mail, Ahead is looking to fill the gap for patients with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Things look bright for the startup as it just received $9 million in funding from TruePill. The platform connects patients with psychiatrists through a combo of in-person and virtual visits. It also sends prescriptions via mail. Grab this one on TechCrunch.

Indy Tech Scene: Black-owned VC firm expands into Indy

Candice Matthews Brackeen and her husband Brian are bringing the largest-ever VC fund raised by a Black American woman to the Circle City. Upon arrival, they’ll be looking for a community office and venture partner. We’re pretty excited to welcome the Brackeens to Indy, especially because they’re hoping to support those in groups that are typically underfunded: BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and those with disabilities. Get the full story on TechPoint.

TLDR: “A fashion model for the moment”

What’s a designer to do when they need models for a new campaign in the middle of a pandemic? For womenswear designer Anifa Mvuemba, the invention of her avatar-turned-model Imani helped her brand Hanifa go viral. Read this long-form piece on The NYT.

Tech Tips of the Week

Learn to integrate Google Tasks into your routine on The Verge. Or, get more bang for your buck by heading to The New York Times’ piece on how to make your tech toys last longer.

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