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  • Wearables suck at tracking calories burned, study shows  New data out of Stanford is lending credence to common wisdom that fitness trackers suck at counting calories. Heart-rate monitoring, on the other hand, fared surprisingly well in the school’s Medical Center studies. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Diesel can’t catch a break: Lawsuits over emissions hit GM, Fiat Chrysler Nitrogen oxide emissions are coming back for round two. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • In a throwback to the ’90s, NTFS bug lets anyone hang or crash Windows 7, 8.1 It’s like the c:\con\con bug all over again. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest ...
  • Florida GOP consultant admits he worked with Guccifer 2.0, analyzing hacked data Voting models, other data were “worth millions,” consultant told Guccifer 2.0. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • The Oculus Rift’s best VR game comes to the HTC Vive  There are only a few virtual reality titles that I’ve played where I need a bit of a “come down” period to regroup my thoughts and start thinking like a real human again. SUPERHOT VR is one of those titles. Today, the Rift-exclusive is finally coming to the HTC Vive natively via the Steam store, ...
  • Anatomy of a managed marketplace  Managed marketplaces have been one of the hottest categories of venture investment over the past several years. They garner a lot of press because the consumer experiences are often radically different than what’s previously been available in the market. But there is confusion over what a true “managed” marketplace is. It’s fairly easy to spot ...
  • Target just gave Casper $75 million  Target has reportedly rolled $75 million into Casper, the direct-to-consumer mattress startup you may have heard about in all those podcasts. The funding is a good chunk of what should end up being a more than $100 million round. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • People who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers blast FCC FCC should investigate and throw out fake comments, impersonation victims say. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Lotus Cars is saved, being bought by China’s Geely Geely is pouring billions into Volvo with great results; we hope for the same here. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • No prison for Colombian biologist who uploaded scientist’s thesis to Scribd “I have been cleared. I am innocent.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens ...
  • Dealmaster: Memorial Day deals like $250 off Dell’s new gaming laptop and more Plus savings on dash cams, smart TVs, monitors, smart vacuums, and more. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Instagram direct messages now support web links and different photo orientations  Instagram’s Direct feature just got more generally useful as a messaging option, with support added for external web links, and the ability to send photos and video in their original portrait or landscape aspect ratios without cropping. The first is really far more important than the second, mainly because it means users have less reason ...
  • A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits  While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated fifty percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that. While legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill requiring a benefits program for gig workers, ...
  • Mark Zuckerberg gets trolled on Harvard’s student newspaper ahead of commencement speech  Ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement speech at Harvard today, the school’s much-lauded student newspaper had some… interesting headlines to share. “BREAKING: Mork Zinkletink Zonks all over the Internet!” The bogus headlines, first spotted by Business Insider, came from an unauthorized user according to a statement given to TechCrunch by… Read More Share this:Click to email this ...
  • Republicans claim 1st Amendment right to send you robo-voicemails GOP asks FCC to exempt direct-to-voicemail messages from robocall rules. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • First data from Juno shows strong magnetic field, massive polar storms Unexpected features of gravity and magnetic fields provide new hints of interior. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Stripe Connect provides new tools for multi-sided marketplaces  Two years ago payments startup Stripe launched a new product called Stripe Connect to serve a growing number of marketplace customers. Today the company is launching a new set of capabilities that will enable new marketplace categories and help c… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook ...
  • AmazonFresh opens its grocery Pickup locations in Seattle  Amazon has officially begun operating its AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle, letting customers order groceries ahead of time and then quickly grab them on their way home. The service requires as little as 15 minutes advance notice, without any minimum purchase requirements, and it’s a free service for any Amazon Prime members. Amazon first revealed ...
  • Airbnb says it helped travelers save $12 million last Memorial Day weekend  In an all-too-familiar Airbnb fashion, the home-sharing company has released a report touting how great it is. Airbnb says it helped travelers collectively save $12 million on Memorial Day weekend last year by offering them accommodations in homes versus hotels. This is based on Airbnb’s analysis of hotel prices versus Airbnb prices last Memorial Day ...
  • Cloudflare gets another $50,000 to fight “new breed of patent troll” Company also seeks state laws to limit attorney-owned patents. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Facebook’s Instant Articles platform to support Google AMP, Apple News  One of the problems publishers face today in making their content more readable on mobile devices is that there are multiple, competing formats available for this purpose. Facebook has Instant Articles, Google is spearheading the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project, and the Apple News Format optimizes content for iOS devices. Facebook is today taking a crack ...
  • T-Mobile’s “Digits” program revamps the phone number T-Mobile phone numbers can now be accessed from apps on Android, iOS, and the web. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • Tesla Model 3 said to do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds  The Tesla Model 3 is so close you could taste it (probably tastes like car) but we don’t yet know final specs on the vehicle. A new retail comparison chart surfaced at the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club forum (via InsideEVs) that offers some insight into what we can expect for specs, though it seems ...
  • Sherif Marakby rejoins Ford to lead self-driving after leaving Uber  After leaving his role at Uber as VP of Global Vehicle Programs in April, Sherif Marakby is back at Ford to lead its autonomous vehicles and electrifications program. Marakby’s new VP role was announced as part of a general executive re-organization revealed on Thursday under new Ford CEO Jim Hackett. Marakby joined Uber in April ...
  • Readdle adds a clever drag-and-drop feature for moving files between its iPad productivity apps  Productivity app maker Readdle is rolling out a new feature across its line of iOS applications that takes advantage of the iPad’s support for split screen viewing to make it easier to move files between apps. The move could encourage current Readdle customers to buy the software maker’s larger suite of apps in order to take ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Book review: A better TabPro S, but not a laptop replacement Still a bit too much compromise, even at just over $1,300. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Gaming on Dell’s 8K $5,000 monitor Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is way ahead of the curve. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy Randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial finds cannabidiol benefits. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens ...
  • Creative Destruction Lab is launching a quantum machine learning accelerator in Toronto  A new accelerator being run by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) hopes to find technologists in the quantum machine learning field and give them access to cutting-edge equipment to make their projects into companies. The program is run out of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and will include investment from venture funds ...
  • Reali expands it online real-estate service to the entire Bay Area, raises $5M Series A round  Reali wants to change how people buy and sell their homes and now it has $5 million more to work on this, thanks to a Series A investment lead by Signia Venture Partners. The company also today announced that it is expanding beyond to the entire San Francisco Bay area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland ...
  • World’s first orbital-class rocket launches from a private launch site Although the Electron vehicle made it into space, it “didn’t quite reach orbit.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Heads up: Augmented reality prepares for the battlefield Straight out of Call of Duty, the TAR aims put soldiers right on target. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation  Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons — giving smartphone users located-locked ...
  • Xiaomi’s second bezel-less Mi Max smartphone claims a two-day battery  Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi made a big splash when it announced the the Mi Max, its much-heralded device with a near bezel-less display, last year — now we have a follow-up phone. The Mi Max 2, unveiled today at an event in Beijing, will be available in China from June 1 priced upwards from RMB 1699, that’s around $247. Xiaomi claims ...
  • Acko is an ambitious digital play to disrupt India’s $10B insurance industry  Acko is an under-the-radar startup that wants to disrupt India’s insurance industry through a digital-only model. This week it stuck its head above the parapet and announced that it has raised $30 million to get started on its bold plan. Founded by Varun Dua, the man behind insurance comparison site Coverfox, Acko is designed as a wholly ...
  • SoftBank adds Brazil’s 99 to its ridesharing portfolio with a $100 million investment  SoftBank, known for investing in ridesharing apps that aren’t Uber, has added another startup to its list. This time it’s a $100 million bet on 99, the largest ridesharing company in Brazil. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • Appian prices application software IPO at $12  Virginia-based Appian is finally braving the public markets, after a long journey as a private company formed in the dot-com boom of 1999. Appian announced Wednesday that they priced their IPO at $12 per share, raising $75 million for the company. This is in-line with the previously proposed price range of $11 to $13. Appian provides ...
  • DJI’s Cute $499 Spark Drone | Crunch Report DJI releases its $499 consumer drone, Unity raises $400 million, SurveyMonkey adds Serena Williams to its board of directors and SoftBank has a $4 billion stake in Nvidia. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Peloton is now a unicorn because of the spinning class craze  Have you ever taken a class at SoulCycle? Or better yet, Flywheel? Spinning has turned out to be a big business and there’s one brand that’s been gaining traction in the at-home fitness space. Peloton’s $2000 bikes have developed a cult following, mainly because of its live-streamed classes, which are offered as an added subscription and can ...
  • Peloton is now a unicorn because of the spinning class craze  Have you ever taken a class at SoulCycle? Or better yet, Flywheel? Spinning has turned out to be a big business and there’s one brand that’s been gaining traction in the at-home fitness space. Peloton’s $2000 bikes have developed a cult following, mainly because of its live-streamed classes, which are offered as an added subscription and can ...
  • Intel to make Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free in bid to spur adoption And the company has promised that it’ll put Thunderbolt 3 controllers into its processors. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • A wormable code-execution bug has lurked in Samba for 7 years. Patch now! Comparisons to the Windows flaw WCry exploited are exaggerated, but only a little. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Sony’s revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface  Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some significant improvements with a new model. Read More Share this:Click to ...
  • Tennis star Serena Williams joins SurveyMonkey’s board  Serena Williams (yes, THAT Serena Williams) has joined the board of consumer survey startup SurveyMonkey, along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith. This is the tennis superstar’s first venture into Silicon Valley and, according to a SurveyMonkey spokesperson, came about at the suggestion of fellow board member and Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Read More Share ...
  • New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles  Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for ...
  • Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M  Bulletin, the startup that describes itself as “WeWork for retail space,” is announcing that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The idea is to give businesses — particularly online brands — access to brick-and-mortar retail space without the cost or commitment of a traditional lease. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a ...
  • Feds probing psychiatric hospitals for locking in patients to boost profits At least three federal agencies are looking into Universal Health Services. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • If you’d bought $1,000 of Bitcoin in 2010, you’d be worth $35M Price of Bitcoin has doubled in 2017, and other currencies have jumped even more. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families  Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was another private equity investment in the round, but the parties ...
  • Wealthfront now helps users save up for their kids’ college tuition  Robo-advisor Wealthfront originally came to market with a product to automate retirement savings, but over time has expanded to provide other financial tools. Today, the company is announcing a new product aimed at helping parents save for their children’s college education. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Registration for Startup Alley at Disrupt SF is open — get your tickets now  Attention, startups. The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! We’re stoked to announce that registration is now open for startups looking to display in Startup Alley or Hardware Alley at Disrupt SF 2017. And to kick off the festivities, we’re launching a special extra early-bird offer. Read More Share this:Click to email this to ...
  • Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science  Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Read ...
  • R.I.P. Imzy  Imzy, the kinder, gentler online community platform, will be shutting down on June 23rd. Company co-founder Dan McComas made the announcement in a blog post today, stating his apologies and explaining to the community Imzy just couldn’t find its place in the market. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new ...
  • Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down  International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the globe. According to the firm, the U.S. market share of international tourism started to ...
  • Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane  You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA’s cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it’s called, would allow for relatively cheap and simple trips to space for launching and testing satellites and all that sort of thing. Read More Share this:Click to email this to ...
  • AT&T’s purchase of HBO could lead to 20-minute Game of Thrones episodes AT&T CEO says 60-minute episodes might be too long for mobile devices. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave 45,000 years ago in Ethiopia, humans built a paint workshop and used it for millennia. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • This technology could unleash the self-driving revolution for older vehicles Knowing how to talk to different OEM vehicles is half the battle. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app  Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up in a more surprising place: Amazon’s mobile app. Following a recent update, Amazon has added support for stickers within its iOS app’s camera feed – the feature that allows you ...
  • Rackspace appoints a new CEO  Rackspace today announced that its board has appointed Joe Eazor as its new CEO, effective June 12. Eazor will replace Rackspace president Jeff Cotten, who stepped in as the company’s interim CEO after former CEO Taylor Rhodes left the company about three weeks ago. At the time, Rhodes said he left Rackspace to become “the ...
  • Windows switch to Git almost complete: 8,500 commits and 1,760 builds each day The Windows team’s migration to Git is almost complete. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections Lobbyists try to kill “opt-in” privacy standard before it can be implemented. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Ars Live: How to build weird things on the Internet and influence people Guest Norman Chan is a founder of Tested.com, Adam Savage’s site for maker culture. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • G2 Crowd, a Glassdoor for software reviews, gets $30M from LinkedIn and more  In the age of social media, you’re only as good as your last like, and today a startup has raised a sizeable round of funding banking that the same maxim applies to software. G2 Crowd — a Chicago-based company that has built a platform for crowdsourcing enterprise software reviews to help others make decisions on what to use and buy — ...
  • Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files An impressive new exploit gives hackers the ability to control your desktop through malware spread by fake movie subtitles. The exploit, which essentially dumps a malware onto your desktop and then notifies the attacker, affects users of video players … Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook ...
  • DJI’s GO 4 control app adds automated flight modes to its new Spark drone  At today’s media event in NYC, DJI announced its new Spark drone, destined for the entry-level market as an everyday portable solution for capturing aerial footage. To go with your shiny new Spark, DJI is releasing a new iOS control app, dubbed GO 4. The new app features a new set of four automated flight modes, which allow ...
  • Google, IBM and Lyft launch Istio, an open-source platform for managing and securing microservices  Microservices, that is, breaking  larger applications into small parts that communicate over APIs, is increasingly becoming the architectural style of choice for many developers (especially when coupled with containers). Managing this fleet of services introduces its own set of challenges, though. To help developers and devops professionals to manage and secure their microservice-based… Read More Share this:Click ...
  • Pokémon Go developers start virtually “blinding” unauthorized accounts Niantic appears to be using machine learning to hide rare Pokémon from bot makers. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Apply for the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off now  As you may have noticed TechCrunch is coming back to Israel with a Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv because we had a great time last year. The event will be on June 28, at Trask, between 6-10 p.m. Israel is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most impressive startup ecosystems, and we simply can’t resist coming ...
  • Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools  Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as it continues to bulk up and woo advertisers with a different pitch from Fa… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • 8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth controllers now work with Nintendo Switch  Need more controllers for your Nintendo Switch? If you already have some of 8Bitdo’s excellent Bluetooth, classic system-inspired game pads lying around, you’re all set thanks to a new firmware update. Even if you don’t yet have any of these, it’s worth picking some up since they’re very affordable, ergonomic and stylish. The update to ...
  • Samsung’s new Gear 360 cam gets $229 retail price, goes on sale tomorrow  Samsung announced today that it will begin selling its new 360-degree camera in-stores and online starting tomorrow for $229. Across the pond, the phone had been available for pre-order for £219, or just over $283, so this is actually a smudge cheaper than some were expecting. Even though the company’s last iteration was priced at $349, those ...
  • Facebook’s personal fundraisers exit beta, now support raising money for sports teams & communities  Facebook announced today it’s expanding its online fundraising tools – basically, Facebook’s own take on a GoFundMe-type service – to include support for community fundraisers as well as those for sports teams. The company had first launched its personal fundraising tools in March of this year, allowing users to raise money for educational, medical or ...
  • Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with over 100 titles  Xbox One owners get a new reason to fire up their consoles on June 1: Xbox Game Pass, the download service Microsoft created to deliver subscription-based gaming with a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in an all-you-can game model. The service is similar to PlayStation Now, Sony’s PlayStation 4-based equivalent, and also ...
  • The A-EON Amiga X5000: An alternate universe where the Amiga platform never died A new Amiga computer emerges that is both modern and an Amiga. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Worm moms pump eggs full of toxin, demand they inherit an antidote Mom fills the egg with a poison only a specific gene can disable. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Viacom wants to leave sports in the dust with future $20 “skinny” TV bundle How many people really want cable TV with no live sports? Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Nokia 3310 review: No matter how much you think you want it, you don’t want it Overpriced and underpowered, the Nokia 3310 is a feature phone for the hipster elite. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • IKEA’s low-cost smart lights get Alexa, Google, and Siri voice support Bulbs start at just $12, while a full Wi-Fi enabled kit goes for $80. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding  Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill ...
  • Watch two very different new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers  Spider-Man: Homecoming is not that far away now, set for U.S. release on July 7. The movie got two new trailers early Wednesday, including a U.S. version (above), and the International trailer (below). I was worried this was going to be a game of spotting minor differences, but it very much is not, as you’ll ...
  • With a new CEO, Metabiota looks to new markets for its epidemic monitoring toolkit  Bill Rossi, the new chief executive officer at Metabiota, believes that (unlikely as it seems) the insurance industry might be the key to stopping epidemic outbreaks worldwide — and that Metabiota would supply the monitoring tools to make the product work. Rossi, who quietly took the reins at the San Francisco-based company earlier in the ...
  • Non-mutant mice sired from space sperm boost hope of cosmic human conception DNA damage from radiation may not be a barrier to future interstellar IVF. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Watch DJI reveal its new drone right here  DJI is promising “something huge” at this morning’s “Seize the Moment” event in New York City. More than likely, that big thing will come in a small package. The often secretive drone company has apparently been leaking like crazy ahead of today’s big reveal, and we’ve gotten more than few looks at the rumored Spark ...
  • Collaboration platform Smartsheet nabs $52M at $800M valuation  Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth. Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup that has built spreadsheet software that lets people set and manage tasks and ...
  • Apple targets community college students with new a Swift coding course  Apple’s found a fair bit of success with Swift Playgrounds since launching it last year at WWDC. According to the company, the educational program has enlisted some one million users into its ranks. And while the dead simple offering is primarily aimed at youngsters, there’s apparently been a fair bit of interest across demographics. Today’s announcement ...
  • Just some of the investors you’ll run into at #TheEuropas, June 13, London  In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, is a different kind of tech startup event which features smaller breakout sessions on key subjects for startups, as well as main-stage speakers and panels. It’s also very different, in that there’s no “off-limits speaker room” at The Europas, so attendees can mingle easily with VIPs ...
  • Healthcare booking platform DocPlanner raises €15M Series D  DocPlanner, the European online booking platform for healthcare appointments, has raised €15 million in Series D funding, just ten months after announcing a larger Series C round of $20 million (~€18m). Leading the round is existing investors Enern Investments, and Target Global, in addition to London-based One Peak Partners. Read More Share this:Click to email this ...
  • Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake  Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. The round follows on the heels of the company’s last round, closed just 10 months ago, in which the company had raised $181 million from investors led by ...
  • Our favorite startups from Alchemist Accelerator batch 15  Founded as an enterprise alternative to accelerator stalwarts like Y Combinator, Alchemist Accelerator has managed to assemble a solid track record in its five years of operation.  Going into batch 15, 159 companies have graduated from Alchemist, of which 89 have closed institutional rounds and 15 have been acquired. The latest batch of 19 companies surely ...
  • Researchers find dozens of genes associated with measures of intelligence Lots of genes, but a cumulatively small impact. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest ...
  • A single controller line that works on the NES and the Switch And they’re a lot cheaper than Nintendo’s official Switch controllers, too Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Crunch Report | Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro  Microsoft announces new Surface Pro, Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, Uber underpaid NYC drivers, Snapchat allows custom stories for friend groups and Pinterest adds dish recognition. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • Wikimedia wins small victory in challenge to NSA “Upstream” spying “This surveillance will finally face badly needed scrutiny in our public courts.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Apple and Nokia bury the hatchet But what happens to companies wielding Nokia patents? Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest ...
  • Breaking the iris scanner locking Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is laughably easy The “future standard for phone authentication” is not ready for mainstream use. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Fuel economy rules would decouple “miles traveled” trend from “gas used” trend But whether those rules are enacted is in jeopardy with Trump and EPA chief Pruitt. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • WTF is an ICO?  A newly famous transaction type we need to understand is called the “Initial Coin Offering.” An ICO is akin to an IPO, but in temporal reverse (sort of). Although confusing, it has recently acquired prominence as a favored way to launch a new cryptocurrency. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in ...
  • Comcast vendor sent cease-and-desist to operator of anti-Comcast website Net neutrality website stays online as Comcast agrees to take no further action. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Paypal says Pandora’s logo infringes, starts trademark battle “The similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...