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Somebody at Apple thought the reality show ‘Planet of the Apps’ really needed Jessica Alba
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:43 pm

 Apple’s reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’ keeps getting weirder. Every time Apple and Propagate release new information about the show, it gets harder to understand what they’re actually trying to build. This time, Variety got a statement saying that Jessica Alba is joining the cast of the show as a mentor and adviser. In case you missed the previous episodes, Planet… Read More

Wayfair snatches up Boston startup Trumpit to bring photo & video messaging to its mobile app
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:36 pm

 Online furniture shop Wayfair has acquired a Boston-based mobile messaging application called Trumpit, with the aim of utilizing its technology in order to expand its customer service offerings. So yes, that means messaging will be a part of the mobile Wayfair application in the future. Today, the app only offers users the ability to email or call the company when they click into the… Read More

It’s official, SES will be first company to launch on a used SpaceX rocket
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:35 pm

 Luxembourg based satellite company SES announced today that they’ve made an agreement with SpaceX to be the first company to launch a payload on a used Falcon 9 rocket. The re-flight, scheduled to take place late this year, will mark the next big milestone on SpaceX’s path toward rocket reusability. To date, Elon Musk’s rocket company has recovered six Falcon 9 boosters,… Read More

PlayStation Now streaming service available today on Windows PCs
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:18 pm

 You don’t need a PlayStation to play PlayStaton games anymore: Sony’s Playstation Now subscription-based game streaming service is now out for PC, and you an grab the app and start playing some of PlayStation’s best legacy titles immediately if you’ve got a Windows machine. It’ll cost you, of course – but not as much as you would’ve paid for the… Read More

Hello will begin selling its Sense sleep tracker at Best Buy and Target
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:04 pm

 While Kickstarter is a great place to start selling products online, and Amazon is a good next step, you’ll often see hardware companies begin shipping their products to local retailers like Best Buy. There’s a good reason for that — online commerce may be increasingly eating away at shopping offline, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t spending a ton of money at… Read More

Okta extends identity management to APIs
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Okta announced it was bringing identity management to APIs today at its Oktane customer conference in Las Vegas. For a long time, Okta was about connecting people with cloud applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce or Office 365. A couple of years ago, the company extended that capability to enable customers to control the devices where employees could access those cloud… Read More

More details on Audi’s Tesla Model S competitor emerge
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:53 am

 Audi’s upcoming four-door luxury electric car will have a 311-mile range, along with Level 4 self-driving features (essentially full autonomy, for those keeping track) and three separate electric motors, according to a new report from Autocar. The car is set to go head-to-head with the Model S, based on these new stats, and will likely be called the “A9 e-tron” when it goes… Read More

MIT makes pesticide safer by making it sticky
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:17 am

 Despite progress in creating bug-resistant crops, pesticide is still one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to ensure good produce yields. But the current approach actually involves applying a huge volume of pest-control poison – way more than you need, because just 2 percent or so attaches to the plants. The extra 98 percent has a good chance of getting into lakes, streams… Read More

Washio on-demand laundry service shuts down operations
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:12 am

 Washio, the on-demand laundry startup that launched in 2013, has today announced that it will shutter its service. In a letter posted to the website, Washio founders announced that the company will shut down operations, effective immediately. No new orders will go through the service, and outstanding orders will be returned to customers promptly. You can read the full shut-down letter… Read More

Twitter targets individual creators for its Amplify ad program
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:00 am

 After opening up its Amplify program last fall to a wide range of publishers, Twitter says it’s expanding the video ad program again, this time to individual creators. After creators are approved for the program, the company says that when they’re about to tweet a video, they can just check a box to include a pre-roll ad, with the revenue split between Twitter and the creator.… Read More

Belkin debuts a sub-$100 iPhone/Apple Watch charging stand
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:00 am

 If you’ve got a thing with a battery, odds are Belkin’s looking for a way to charge it. If Belkin already charges it, the company’s no doubt searching for another thing it can charge along with it. And in the case of the classic iPhone/Apple Watch combo, the accessory maker is simply going back to the well. Back at CES, Belkin offered up the Valet Charge Dock for $130. At… Read More

Griffin’s $20 device retrofits headphones with Bluetooth
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 11:00 am

 Are we moving toward a headphone jack-free future? Motorola recently fired the first warning shots with its Moto Z handset, and Apple is widely expected to follow suit in a week or so when most anticipate the arrival of a new iPhone. Peripheral maker Griffin has one of the more cost-effective solutions to what could prove a major growing pain for a number of users — one that… Read More

Nissan drew a life-sized SUV using a 3Doodler 3D pen
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:45 am

 Here’s one answer to the question of what, precisely, one is supposed to do a 3D pen. If you’re Nissan Europe, you draw a car, of course (or get a handful of artists to do it for you). The automaker commissioned artist Grace Du Prez (and a team of crafters) to create a full-size version of the company’s Qashqai Black Edition crossover SUV using the 3Doodler Create. The… Read More

You can now order pizza from your Apple TV
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:41 am

 Do you know what goes great with binge watching Netflix? Pizza. At least, that’s one reason why Papa John’s has today launched a new application for Apple TV which allows you to order a pizza, select from past orders, and pay, right from your television set. The future is now, my friends. The new app is actually the first-ever from a quick serve restaurant or pizza company to arrive… Read More

Sonos partners with Amazon, Spotify for enhanced music control
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:36 am

 Wireless speaker system maker Sonos announced two software partnerships today with Spotify and Amazon. The Spotify integration allows users to control their Sonos speakers via the Spotify app, essentially turning each Sonos speaker – or all of them – into a Spotify Connect system. The Sonos/Amazon partnership is a bit more interesting. Your Sonos speakers will be able to work… Read More

Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and Josh Elman will join us at TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:13 am

 LinkedIn’s story has come to a close — being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion — and its rise and finale is thanks to a laundry list of people. Two of those who were instrumental to its growth are now investors at Greylock Partners: Josh Elman and Reid Hoffman. We’re really excited to announce that the two of them will be joining us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

The future of mobile video is virtual reality
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 After the dust settles, the real takeaway from Instagram’s cloning of Snapchat is that the connected camera revolution is just beginning. Instagram Stories sends a powerful message to hundreds of millions of people for the first time: No moment is too small to capture with your smartphone camera. Read More

Hardware Battlefield Alum Health2Sync raises $3 million Series A round
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 When it comes to keeping track of diabetes, the manual process can be a bit of a pain. Healthtech startup Health2Sync, which launched at the Hardware Battlefield at CES 2014, wants to change all that with a cheap accessory that connects to most standard glucose meters and syncs your blood glucose levels straight to your phone. The company announced today it has secured a $3 million Series A… Read More

Mophie debuts a whole bunch of battery power banks with reduced price points
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 Mophie wants everyone to know that it’s more than just battery cases — the company made as much extremely clear when we met to take a look at its new offerings. Not that it minds that its Juice Packs have become synonymous with the space, of course, but the company hastens to add that a big chunk of its products are the standalone variety. And Mophie’s got a whole lot to… Read More

The Boosted Board 2 Dual+ is more exciting (and water-resistant) than the original
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 When I reviewed the Boosted Board earlier this year, I have to admit it was closer to the refresh cycle than I had anticipated, because here’s the Boosted Board 2 in all its glory. Read More

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