What Tim Cook thinks the digital you will do
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 3:00 pm

 Apple is betting on the “digital you” coming to augmented reality. But has Tim told us the whole story? Read More

The winner of ZTE’s crowdsourcing project is a phone with eye-tracking
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 3:00 pm

 Color me disappointed. I mean, congratulations to the winners and all, but a big part of me was sincerely hoping that ZTE’s CSX project would open the door to the creation of a truly bizarre device completely outside of the mobile company’s wheelhouse. There was that probably dangerous diving mask with AR functionality built in to make swimming pools more interesting and the… Read More

You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:50 pm

 If you can’t get enough presidential election news – that is, you’re some kind of glutton for punishment – there’s now a new way to get automated updates with the latest poll numbers, along with other election news via Facebook Messenger. The New York Times has launched a new elections news service via its NYT Politics Bot for Messenger that will text you… Read More

Talent crunch makes BMW, McLaren and others look to Udacity for engineers
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:42 pm

 Today, Udacity announced partnerships with an additional ten companies to help graduates of its new self-driving car nanodegree program find jobs. The program, launched on the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt last month, aims to bring together a large community of students interested in learning, and eventually contributing, to the front lines of autonomous car development. As one… Read More

Peter Thiel plans speech on Trump support
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:16 pm

 Peter Thiel’s support of Donald Trump has been the subject of speculation and condemnation since rumors of his speech at the Republican National Convention first began to fly, and has only increased since Thiel agreed to donate $1.25 million to the Trump campaign. Thiel plans to address the controversy, a spokesperson said, in an Oct. 31 speech in Washington, D.C. It will be the first… Read More

If Peter Thiel were on Amazon’s board, Jeff Bezos wouldn’t ask him to leave
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:07 pm

 Peter Thiel, a very high-profile tech investor, has started to face some backlash about reportedly planning to donate $1.25 million in support of the Trump campaign. This has put a lot in the tech community in a very precarious situation. Thiel currently sits of Facebook’s board, and the tech community is largely outspoken against Donald Trump. However, many executives —… Read More

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick is the most affordable way to bring Alexa home
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:04 pm

 Amazon today officially launched the updated version of its $40 Fire TV Stick, which now includes the power of Alexa, thanks to the included voice-controlled remote. This is the most notable addition to the new streaming TV dongle, which also sports upgraded internals, like a quad-core processor and faster Wi-Fi. With Alexa built-in, you can search across not only Amazon’s own video… Read More

Slack’s rapid growth slows as it hits 1.25M paying work chatters
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:02 pm

 Slack is still growing fast, about 33% in daily users and paid seats in the last 5 months. But not as fast as before, when it saw 50% DAU growth and 63% paid seat growth in the 5.5 months from December 15th to May 25th. This aligns with rumors TechCrunch has heard about a slight dip in customer retention at Slack, as the casual, GIF-filled workplace chat app can get noisy and distracting… Read More

The Husarion CORE2 is a brain for your death-dealing robotic projects
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 2:01 pm

 As we approach the coming robot apocalypse it helps to know your enemy. In most cases our enemies will be made by other robots and their alien engineering will be very difficult to understand. But if they use the Husarion Core 2 at least we’ll vaguely understand what we’re up against. The Polish-made Husarion Core 2 is basically a brain for a robot. It has connectors for sensors… Read More

Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 18,000 members
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 1:52 pm

 Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of… Read More

Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 1:44 pm

 Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it. The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a “device agnostic” business, and to make its app utilizable with all manner… Read More

Salesforce looks to the future with Einstein artificial intelligence
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:58 pm

 Salesforce has a history of staying close to the cutting edge of technology, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it announced an artificial intelligence initiative recently, it dubbed Einstein. We caught up with some key members of the Einstein team at Dreamforce earlier this month and asked them to explain the new technology for us. Einstein isn’t a product so much as a set of… Read More

Prelude Fertility aims to give women and couples a choice on the timing of a family
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:56 pm

 With a women’s fertility declining just as they enter the full flush of their careers alongside their male counterparts (usually from the mid 20s to 30s) egg freezing has been on the rise. In 2014 only 6,200 women in the US opted to freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility. It took Apple’s and Facebook’s announcements of egg-freezing benefits — and perhaps a few… Read More

This is the CRISPR-inspired bio-terror drama we deserve, but not the one we need
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:50 pm

 CRISPR is like graphene. It’s one of those exciting new technologies science nerds will invariably invoke as a sort of game changer for every industry imaginable. And indeed, the gene-editing tool has already been unleashed on an impressive range of life-altering tasks, from the removal of malaria from mosquitos to a potential treatment for HIV. But there’s one job even those… Read More

Securly raises $4 million to put guard rails on the internet for K-12 students
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:36 pm

 Thanks to the Childrens’ Internet Protection Act, schools in the U.S. that provide internet access to their students must also generally use web filtering systems that block them from accessing obscene or harmful content online. The law, enacted originally in 2000 and updated in 2011, left school districts’ IT departments scrambling to adapt enterprise solutions that were built… Read More

Everything we suddenly know about Nintendo’s crazy new console, the Switch
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:20 pm

 We first learned that Nintendo was working on a new console (codenamed “NX”) over a year and a half ago. Since then, though, they’ve said pretty much nothing. Nintendo broke their silence this morning with a 3 minute preview trailer packed with details. In 3 minutes, we went from knowing nothing to knowing a whole friggin’ lot. Here’s everything we now know. Read More

Osmo’s new Pizza Co. game uses augmented reality to teach kids about running a business
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:00 pm

 With its latest title, educational game-maker Osmo is tackling a subject that’s close to CEO Pramod Sharma’s heart — entrepreneurship. Co-founded by Sharma and Jérôme Scholler (both former Googlers), Osmo makes iPad games that combine touchscreen gameplay with real-world objects and physical activities in front of the screen. Past games have covered topics like coding,… Read More

Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Automatic went for a more expensive, but more full-featured offering with the 3G-enabled Automatic Pro earlier this year, but the new Automatic Lite delivers a more affordable connected car device with Bluetooth connectivity, at a lower price point than any previous hardware they’ve released. The new Automatic Lite is $79.95, and will sell at Best Buy, Amazon and Automatic’s own site. Read More

Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Earlier this year, former Braintree founder Bryan Johnson publicly announced his plans to forge Kernel, a company with the sole purpose of building hardware and software to augment human intelligence. Today, Johnson is investing $100 million of his own money into the concept, looking to rapidly double the size of his team, shore up a portfolio of intellectual property and prepare for animal… Read More

Jess Lee of Polyvore joins Sequoia Capital as its 11th investing partner
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 11:58 am

 Sequoia Capital has brought aboard Jess Lee as its eleventh investing partner in the U.S., becoming the firm’s first senior female U.S. investor in its 44-year-old history. Lee was a former Google product manager turned CEO of the fashion site Polyvore, which was acquired for $230 million in cash by Yahoo last year. She had stayed on with Yahoo, which is now being sold, maybe, to… Read More

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