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  • India’s budget hotel startup Oyo enters co-working business with $30 million Innov8 acquisition India’s Oyo has expanded its hotel chain business to over 80 countries and entered co-living spaces segment in recent years. The firm, which has raised about $1 billion in the last two quarters from several big names including Airbnb, has now identified a new business to target: co-working spaces. The Gurgaon-headquartered firm on Tuesday announced ...
  • Amazon adds Hindi to the Alexa Skills Kit Users of Amazon’s voice assistant will soon be able to talk to Alexa in Hindi. Amazon announced today that it has added a Hindi voice model to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers. Alexa developers can also update their existing published skills in India for Hindi. Amazon first revealed that it would add fluent Hindi ...
  • Meredith Whittaker, AI researcher and an organizer of last year’s Google walkout, is leaving the company Meredith Whittaker, founder of Google’s Open Research Group and one of the leaders of last year’s employee walkouts, is leaving the company. Google confirmed her departure to Bloomberg today after it was first disclosed on Twitter by a Google engineer. Whittaker and another one of the walkout’s organizers, Claire Stapleton, said they had faced retaliation ...
  • Pokémon GO battles will soon be less tappy, more Fruit Ninja-y At the end of last year, Pokémon GO finally got a player-versus-player battling system. While it was a very much welcomed addition, it has always seemed a bit… monotonous. It just requires so… much… tapping. You repeatedly tap the screen to make your Pokémon attack, simultaneously building up its “Charge” move with each tap. Once ...
  • SpaceX nears completion of Dragon investigation, has a “good path forward” “Through this process, we will continue to learn things that will help us fly safer.” 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 Pinterest (Opens ...
  • Twitter.com launches its big redesign with simpler navigation and more features Twitter’s website is getting a major overhaul. The company has been testing a new version of its desktop website since the beginning of the year, and today the final product is rolling out to the public. The upgraded experience simplifies navigation with a new — and fairly large — left-hand sidebar that directs you to ...
  • Report: Amazon Prime Day 2019 will push US e-commerce sales to over $2 billion A report from Adobe’s analytics arm predicts Amazon’s Prime Day 2019 sales event, which began today, to have another sizable impact on the U.S. e-commerce market. The company expects a revenue lift for top retailers — those with over $1 billion in online sales — to reach 79% this year, up from the 60% lift ...
  • Why commerce companies are the advertising players to watch in a privacy-centric world The unchecked digital land grab for consumers’ personal data that has been going on for more than a decade is coming to an end, and the dominoes have begun to fall when it comes to the regulation… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new ...
  • Computing pioneer and LGBT icon Alan Turing will grace the £50 note in 2021 Alan Turing, one of the pioneering figures in modern computing, and also a tragic one in LGBT history, will soon appear on the U.K.’s £50 note. He was selected from a shortlist of scientists and bright minds so distinguished that it must have made the decision rather difficult. Share this:Click to email this to a friend ...
  • Lawrence of Arabia takes on Rasputin in first trailer for The King’s Man Director Matthew Vaughan explores early 20th-century origins of fictional spy agency. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Twitter is changing Twitter.com to be more like mobile app One site to rule mobile and desktop, with modular code that adapts to client. 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 Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • Why is there no smoking in Gears 5? It depends on who you ask Either way, you won’t see cigars dangling from COG mouths any time soon. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Flay your mind: Stranger Things S3 just might be the show’s best season yet The Duffer Brothers raise the bar yet again with deft plotting, strong cast 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • The Snapdragon 855 is getting an upgrade to the Snapdragon 855+ Devices ship soon, starting with the Asus ROG Phone 2 later this month. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Uber finally sets diversity, inclusion and equity goals Within the sphere of diversity, inclusion and equity, it’s common knowledge that companies are unlikely to achieve meaningful progress unless they put goals in place. Uber has finally gotten the memo. Today, as part of its third diversity report, Uber committed to two three-year goals, as well as broke out the stats around intersectionality. Today, ...
  • No technical reason to exclude Huawei as 5G supplier, says UK committee A UK parliamentary committee has concluded there are no technical grounds for excluding Chinese network kit vendor Huawei from the country’s 5G networks. In a letter from the chair of the Science & Technology Committee to the UK’s digital minister Jeremy Wright, the committee says: “We have found no evidence from our work to suggest ...
  • Ars is hiring a technology reporter Do you love writing about CPUs, GPUs, smartphones, and storage? 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 tech deals we can find No, it’s not all garbage. Here are the Prime Day tech deals we actually like. 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 Pinterest (Opens ...
  • Hero Labs raises £2.5M for its ultrasonic device to monitor a property’s water use and prevent leaks Hero Labs, a London-based startup that is developing “smart” technology to help prevent water leaks in U.K. properties, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The round is led by Earthworm Group, an environmental fund manager, with further support via a £300,000 EU innovation grant and a number of unnamed private investors. The new capital ...
  • Dealmaster: Amazon discounts almost its entire product lineup for Prime Day 2019 Save big on Echo speakers, Fire TV Sticks, Kindles, 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Original Content podcast: Netflix thriller ‘Point Blank’ underwhelms “Point Blank,” a new Netflix original film, stars Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie as a criminal and a nurse thrown together by circumstances — Abe (played by Grillo) is struck by a car while fleeing a murder scene, and he’s brought to the hospital where Paul (Mackie) works. Soon, Paul finds himself coerced into to ...
  • Alternative theory of gravity makes a nearly testable prediction A massive simulation done with a “chameleon” theory of gravity. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Kibus is like a Keurig for your pet In a pitch during a recent meeting at Brinc’s Hong Kong headquarters, the Barcelona-based team behind Kibus Petcare was quick to point out that most millennials consider pets “a member of the family.” That sort of statement manifests itself in various ways, of course, but for many, that means preparing home cooked meals for their ...
  • Don’t blame flawed Silicon Valley for the rot of Wall Street and Washington The techlash is well underway. Blame Facebook! Blame Google! Blame Amazon! (Apple and Microsoft still seem relatively immune, for now.) And, I mean, there’s a lot of objectively blameworthy behavior there, especially in that first case. But I find myself wondering: why does the ire go beyond that, into irrational territory? What is it about ...
  • Week-in-Review: Google’s never-ending autonomous road trip Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Alexa wasn’t forgetting what you requested ...
  • Phuture Foods is creating a plant-based pork substitute for the Asian market We met with a handful of Brinc’s top startups earlier this week, during a visit to the accelerator’s Hong Kong headquarters. The lion’s share of the demos involved hardware products, which has long been the organization’s core offering. Increasingly, however, food focused startups like Phuture Foods have become an important focus. Whereas stateside companies like ...
  • Personality of things Tiffine Wang Contributor Share on Twitter Tiffine Wang is a senior investment manager at Singtel Innov8, the corporate venture capital arm of Singtel Group. Freddy Dopfel Contributor Share on Twitter Freddy Dopfel is a senior associate at Grishin Robotics. Humans are starting to get better acquainted with personal assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, ...
  • Atari 2600 rarity Extra Terrestrials goes on sale for $90,000 Extremely limited 1984 release was practically unheard of until 2011. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • RetroArch will be Steam’s biggest emulation launch yet, coming July 30 But will this “completely free” release run afoul of Steam Community Guidelines? 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Startups Weekly: Zoom, Superhuman and small reactions to big scandals In this week’s newsletter: An inside look at TechCrunch’s Mobility Conference, Credita’s big fundraise and Bumble’s bad week. 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 ...
  • Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same In S3’s first half, teen angst must quickly take a backseat to far-reaching trouble. 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 Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • Charter gets final approval to stay in NY despite breaking merger promise Charter gets extra year to meet Time Warner Cable merger requirement. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Gartner, IDC agree that PC sales are up—but they don’t agree what a PC is The PC market is doing well so far, largely due to Windows 7’s impending demise. 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 Pinterest (Opens ...
  • OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality What OurPact’s return means for similar apps, iOS security, and antitrust cases against Apple. 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 Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • Bird has ‘positive unit economics’ with its custom scooter model, CEO says Bird has positive unit economics, CEO Travis VanderZanden said Friday in a fiery response to a report from The Information that the scooter startup was seeking $300 million in new funding, had lost nearly $100 million and saw its revenue shrink to about $15 million. VanderZanden did not disclose Bird’s revenue. However, in a series ...
  • With so much late-stage money available, why are tech companies going public now? What’s best for one company isn’t necessarily what’s best for another. Going public — or not — is a choice that lies squarely where it should: in the hands of founders. 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 ...
  • Minimum investment for EB-5 investor green card expected to more than double While not a startup visa, the EB-5 investor green card offers many entrepreneurs a path to a green card by investing money and creating jobs in the U.S. Under the EB-5 program, an entrepreneur’s family is also eligible for green cards. Imminent regulatory changes to the EB-5 program are expected to make obtaining an EB-5 ...
  • Prominent anti-vaxxers lose New York court case over religious exemptions Attorney and prominent anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy vows to keep fighting. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • The latest barrier to 5G speeds? The summer Hands-on report says “persistent overheating” issues plague 5G hardware. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Want to be more creative? Playing Minecraft can help, new study finds Subjects who were explicitly told to be creative in Minecraft improved the least. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • With $34B Red Hat deal closed, IBM needs to execute now In a summer surprise this week, IBM announced it had closed its $34 billion blockbuster deal to acquire Red Hat. The deal, which was announced in October, was expected to take a year to clear all of the regulatory hurdles, but U.S. and EU regulators moved surprisingly quickly. For IBM, the future starts now, and ...
  • Twitch continues to dominate live streaming with its second-biggest quarter to date Twitch continues to lead rivals including YouTube Live, Facebook Gaming, and Microsoft’s Mixer when it comes to live streaming video. Despite experiencing its first decline in hours watched in Q2 2019, the Amazon-owned game streaming site still had its second-biggest quarter to date, with over 70% of the hours watched during the quarter. According to ...
  • Wear Your Voice centers marginalized communities with a little help from Mark Cuban It’s hard to feel seen, heard and represented as a person of color in today’s current media landscape. Ravneet Vohra (pictured above), founder and CEO of Wear Your Voice, is changing that. Wear Your Voice is an intersectional feminist multimedia platform that aims to center marginalized communities, including those who are queer, trans, non-binary, female, ...
  • Digging into the Roblox growth strategy Could Roblox create a new entertainment and communication category, something it calls “social co-experience”? When it was a small startup, few observers would have believed in that future. But after 15 years — as told in the origin story of our Roblox EC-1 — the company has accumulated 90 million users and a new $150 ...
  • Right-wingers say Twitter’s “bias” against them should be illegal Conservatives are split on whether section 230 harms or preserves free speech. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Teardowns and benchmarks: All the details about Apple’s newest 13-inch MacBook Pro Even faster performance comes with a lower repairability rating. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • TrickBot malware learns how to spam, ensnares 250M email addresses Old bot, new tricks. TrickBot, a financially motivated malware in wide circulation, has been observed infecting victims’ computers to steal email passwords and address books to spread malicious emails from their compromised email accounts. The TrickBot malware was first spotted in 2016 but has since developed new capabilities and techniques to spread and invade computers ...
  • VW invests $2.6 billion in self-driving startup Argo AI as part of Ford alliance VW Group is investing $2.6 billion in capital and assets into Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle startup that burst onto the scene two years ago with $1 billion in backing from Ford. The deal, which has been rumored for months, is part of a broader alliance between VW Group and Ford that covers autonomous and ...
  • WPP sells 60% of market research giant Kantar to Bain, valuing Kantar at $4B Some M&A is afoot in the world of market research and analysis, underscoring just how much of our media consumption and consumer habits revolve around digital platforms. WPP today announced that it would sell 60% of Kantar — the firm that provides stats and insights on how consumers buy and think of products in services ...
  • Evidence points to another Switch hardware revision on the horizon It could be a more powerful hardware line or just a “stealth” internal upgrade. 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 Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • The Google News tab in Search is being redesigned for readability The Google News tab is getting a makeover. Google announced this week, by way of a tweet, a significant redesign of the Google.com News tab on the desktop, which will organize articles in a card-style layout, while also better emphasizing publisher names. The end result makes Google News more aesthetically pleasing, but it comes at ...
  • Facebook answers how Libra taxes & anti-fraud will work Facebook provided TechCrunch with new information on how its cryptocurrency will stay legal amidst allegations from President Trump that Libra could facilitate “unlawful behavior”. Facebook and Libra Association executives tell me they expect Libra will incur sales tax and capital gains taxes. They confirmed that Facebook is also in talks with local convenience stores and ...
  • Stuber review: The world’s worst Uber ride becomes pure popcorn comedy Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comedic ride(share)—it’s a major-studio original comedy. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Ford-VW alliance means more EVs for Europe, joint Argo AI investment More details emerge on Ford-VW alliance on electric and autonomous cars 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • MIT’s human-mirroring robot nails the Bottle Cap Challenge MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has a robot that can mirror the actions of a human just by watching their bicep. This has a number of practical applications, including potentially assisting a person to lift large or awkward objects, but it can also be applied to… more topical pursuits. The robot, which ...
  • Sage Plus for Experts gives travel experts a central place to share their content Sage is giving reviewers, chefs and other experts and publishers a central place to share all their content. To do this, the startup has created a new product called Sage Plus for Experts, which isn’t open to the public yet, but is accepting signups from those aforementioned travel experts — the kinds of experts who ...
  • The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is king of the hot hatches Take a GTI and then add more power, torque, and all-wheel drive. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation “Unregulated crypto assets can facilitate unlawful behavior,” Trump warns. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Amazon Music Unlimited is growing faster than Apple Music or Spotify, report says Amazon still has a long way to go to catch up with Apple or Spotify, though. 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 Pinterest ...
  • SpaceX targets Tuesday for Starhopper demo rocket hover test SpaceX is preparing for a key test in development of its next-generation Starship spacecraft, with a target of performing a ‘hover’ demo of its ‘Starhopper’ prototype rocket on Tuesday next week. The test will be the first time the rocket attempts liftoff with the new Raptor engine SpaceX is designing to succeed the Merlins used ...
  • Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, according to the sources cited in the report, and will be somewhat wider than the existing ...
  • Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball Amazing tech (and hilarious Billy Eichner) aren’t enough to make this a must-see. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Official Galaxy Note 10 images leak, show off the big, boxy body It’s big. It’s rectangular. It probably doesn’t have a headphone jack. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 review: Building on success It’s a sequel about breaking and fixing that doesn’t fix what wasn’t broken. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • US puts rush order on long-range air-to-air missile Video: AIM-260 needed to counter Chinese, Russian missiles with ranges over 300km. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Facebook denies allegations that you make friends on Facebook Facebook responds with blanket denials to DC’s Cambridge Analytica suit. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Steam uses machine learning for its new game recommendation engine Neural network analyzes billions of playtime hours to make game suggestions. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Boom-shaka-laka: Call of Duty’s new “Gunfight” mode is like NBA Jam with guns We don’t know full CoD: Modern Warfare multiplayer story yet, but this mode is fun. 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 Pinterest (Opens ...
  • DeepMind AI is secretly lurking on the public StarCraft II 1v1 ladder European players who opt-in have a chance to match up against AlphaStar. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack It’s the first official milestone for Microsoft’s group chat, and it’s a big one. 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 Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • The Great Hack was one of the wildest movies I saw at Sundance The trailer is out for Netflix doc The Great Hack, an early cut of which was screened at Sundance this year. I saw that cut during the fest and it was one of the wildest of a second wave of films trying to make sense of what the hell happened with Facebook and the election. ...
  • You can now register for the Minecraft Earth closed beta Take the real-world exploration of Pokémon GO and mash it up with the building elements of Minecraft, and you get Minecraft Earth. While there’s no launch date for the game, Mojang has been saying for a while now that a closed Beta would go live sometime “this summer”. If you’re looking to get in there ...
  • Website driveby attacks on routers are alive and well. Here’s what to do Researchers detect 4.6 million attempts over 2 months in Brazil alone. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • There’s a tennis game hidden in Google right now. Here’s how to find it Google loves a good Easter egg. From cutesie Douglas Adams references to the search results for “askew” being just a liiiiittle bit crooked, there’s all sorts of stuff hiding in the search engine if you know the right thing to type or the right buttons to push. The latest addition — a fun little tennis ...
  • Eavesdropping flaw prompts Apple to suspend Walkie-Talkie app Apple Watch app can let attackers listen to iPhone mic without permission. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ’em Pluribus beat five other human players with an unconventional bet-sizing strategy. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans Spreading invasive tick spawns without mating and can transmit deadly disease. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Microsoft says Teams now has 13M daily active users Teams, Microsoft’s two-year-old Slack competitor, is the company’s fastest-growing application in its history. That’s something Microsoft has said in the past, but for the first time, Microsoft today also announced actual user numbers for the service ahead of its Inspire partner conference next week. Teams now has 13 million active daily users, Microsoft said, and ...
  • David Fincher will direct ‘Mank’ biopic for Netflix David Fincher will be directing his first feature film since 2014, and he’s making it for Netflix . The director of “Seven” and “The Social Network” already helped kick off Netflix’s original content boom by directing episodes of “House of Cards” and “Mindhunter.” In fact, the popularity of Fincher’s films on Netflix was famously one ...
  • This new autonomous startup has designed its delivery robot to conquer winter Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity where most AV startups are avoiding: regions with the worst weather. The company, founded by University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan, calls its REV-1 delivery robot the “Goldilocks of autonomous vehicles.” The pair ...
  • Attend TC Sessions: Enterprise and score a free pass to Disrupt SF 2019 We can’t wait to dig into the competitive, high-stakes world of enterprise software at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We’re channeling the excitement into creating extra ROI for you. How’s that work? Read on. It starts with the $100 you’ll save when ...
  • Dealmaster: Take 30% off one of our recommended dash cams for your car Prime users only, though. Plus deals on robot vacuums, microSD cards, 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings News service identified Google users by listening to 1,000 leaked recordings. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Microsoft’s $399 Azure Kinect AI camera is now shipping in the U.S. and China Earlier this year, at MWC, Microsoft announced the return of its Kinect sensor in the form of an AI developer kit. The $399 Azure Kinect DK camera system includes a 1MP depth camera, 360-degree microphone, 12MP RGB camera and an orientation sensor, all in a relatively small package. The kit has been available for pre-order ...
  • It’s not just you, Twitter is down Twitter is currently down across the web. At about 2:50 pm ET, the desktop and mobile site were down, displaying a “Something is technically wrong” error. The app was also not working. At the time of writing, Twitter’s status page confirmed there was an “active incident,” adding: “We are currently investigating dependencies for Twitter data. ...
  • SEC approves 1st consumer RegA+ token Props for cross-app rewards After cracking down on ICOs, the SEC just okayed the first two RegA+ tokens that offer an alternative way for anyone to gain a financial stake in a company, even unaccredited investors. Blockstack got approved for a $28 million digital token sale to raise money, while influencer live streaming app YouNow’s spin-off Props received a formal ...
  • Unraveling immigration politics and Silicon Valley ethics with Jaclyn Friedman Immigration may not seem to be a tech issue. But for Americans with some personal or family experience with the idea of separated families and/or concentration camps, it can be hard to see what is currently going on in our names thanks to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (better known as “ICE”) as ...
  • Boosted’s electric scooter is fast, durable, fun and…really heavy Boosted, the startup that got its beginnings with electric skateboards, has officially taken its first stab at electric scooters with the launch of the Boosted Rev. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks riding the Rev around the streets of San Francisco and, as I put in the headline, it’s fast, durable, fun and really ...
  • Swit, a collaboration suite that offers “freedom from integrations,” raises $6 million in seed funding A marketplace dominated by Slack and Microsoft Teams, along with a host of other smaller workplace communication apps, might seem to leave little room for a new entrant, but Swit wants to prove that wrong. The app combines messaging with a roster of productivity tools, like task management, calendars and Gantt charts, to give teams ...
  • Demetrix raises $50 million to brew cannabis With skyrocketing demand for consumer products and renewed research into its medicinal value, cannabis is having a moment. The quasi-legalization of marijuana created a gold rush for into the industry and startups like Demetrix are reaping the benefits. The company, founded by the famed U.C. Berkeley researcher Jay Keasling and helmed by former Amyris executive ...
  • How helicopters bring us amazing views of the Tour de France When filming this race, 500 feet is considered high altitude. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Walmart-owned Sam’s Club launches same-day pickup across the US Walmart’s grocery pickup business has been scaling quickly in recent years, and is now on track to reach 3,100 U.S. stores by year-end. Now, Walmart’s Sam’s Club business is making its own move to satisfy consumers’ demand for online ordering with same-day pickup. The retailer this week announced that same-day Club Pickup is now available ...
  • Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and new Iris lidar platform Luminar is one of the major players in the new crop of lidar companies that have sprung up all over the world, and it’s moving fast to outpace its peers. Today the company announced a new $100M funding round, bringing its total raised to over $250M — as well as a perception platform and a ...
  • Runa Capital closes $70M for its third fund aimed at early-stage DeepTech Runa Capital, an international VC firm HQ’d in Silicon Valley says it has now closed $70 million for its third fund aimed at backing early-stage startups in so-called ‘DeepTech’. Runa says it is aiming for a $135 million final target for Runa Fund III. Last year, its total funding in the U.S. increased by 30 ...
  • ‘World’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners’ can be easily hacked Here’s a thing that should have never been a thing: Bluetooth-connected hair straighteners. Glamoriser, a U.K. firm that bills itself as the maker of the “world’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners“, allows users to link the device to an app, which lets the owner set certain heat and style settings. The app can also be used ...
  • There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency “I don’t understand how this is possible,” an expert said of Facebook’s approach. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Airbnb competitor Sonder confirms new investment, $1B+ valuation Apartment rental marketplace Sonder is closing a $225 million investment. 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 Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • N26 launches its challenger bank in the U.S. European fintech startup N26 is now accepting customers in the U.S. The company is launching a bank account with a debit card that should provide a better experience compared to traditional retail banks. If you’re familiar with N26, the product that is going live today won’t surprise you much. Customers in the U.S. can download ...
  • Presso is piloting dry cleaning vending machines at midwestern hotels Hotel dry-cleaning is the absolute worst. Seriously. Have you ever attempted to get clothes cleaned on the road? You’ll routinely end up paying $10-15 per shirt. As someone who travels a lot for business, I’ve found myself seeking out local 24 hour cleaners to cut out the middle men. But Presso, one of a number ...
  • ‘Robot umpires’ make independent league baseball debut Four months after being announced, so-called “robotic umpires” have made their debut in baseball’s Atlantic League. The addition is one of several tweaks currently being piloted in the independent league in an attempt to update some fundamentals of America’s pastime. MLB exploring using tech to help call balls and strikes The system utilizes TrackMan radar ...