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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Netflix confirms Stranger Things season two for 2017

Aug 31, 12:41PM

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 8.36.43 AM Netflix has made Stranger Things season two official, with a teaser including a lot of references from 1984, which is the setting for the sequel to the popular original series. The show’s second season will debut on the streaming service in 2017. The adventure continues. Stranger Things 2 is coming 2017. — Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 31… Read More

Garmin releases a GoPro clone

Aug 31, 12:38PM

cmgpv2gv5u7qnpesfmha Garmin has stopped trying. Meet the company’s new action camera: A clone of a GoPro. The company that innovated in the personal navigator space just announced the second generation of its action camera and it looks exactly like a GoPro. The new Virb Ultra 30 packs the goods to record at 4k and allows the user to control its functions through voice commands. Just say “Okay… Read More

ASUS goes round for the latest ZenWatch

Aug 31, 12:35PM

asus-zenwatch-3-render-01 This year’s IFA is certain to be another giant event for wearable launches, but only one company can be the first. Keep in mind, we’re still a few days out from the official kickoff event of the giant consumer electronics event here in Berlin, but the press events have already hit full force. ASUS took to the stage today, just after Acer wrapped up, in a bit of alphabetical… Read More

Compass raises $75 million at $1 billion+ valuation for real estate listings

Aug 31, 12:30PM

Image1 for post Redfin Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Foes Amidst Real Estate Crisis New York-based real estate startup Compass is raising yet another round of funding, this time at a valuation above $1 billion. The new financing was led by Wellington Management Capital and brings the total capital raised to $210 million. Existing investors IVP, Thrive Capital and Founders Fund also participated in the round. While there are a number of real estate sites including Zillow… Read More

Get ready to share the road with cars that have no one behind the wheel

Aug 31, 12:07PM

Google Self-Driving Car The day when you pull up next to a car in traffic and find no one sitting at the steering wheel is probably closer than you think. As TechCrunch’s Lora Kolodny noted yesterday, California has amendments to a bill before its legislative assembly that would allow for the testing of cars without any driver in the seat at all on actual roads. And earlier this week, Michigan’s state… Read More

FDA finds further flaws in Theranos, this time around its Zika tests

Aug 31, 12:00PM

Image (1) mosquito.jpg for post 147113 This past week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated testing for the Zika virus at all U.S. blood centers. That juices demand for Zika-testing technology, but one company that isn’t welcome to provide it yet is Theranos. The beleaguered blood analysis startup has run afoul of the F.D.A., yet again, the Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou reports. Specifically… Read More

Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour

Aug 31, 11:30AM

IMG_4472 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. News of his unannounced trip broke Tuesday with social media photos of him visiting the Co-Creation Hub (Cchub) innovation center in Lagos. Zuckerberg then dropped in at Andela, a software developer accelerator, in which he and his wife’s foundation invested $24million earlier this year. It seems Zuckerberg travels a bit like the… Read More

Uber turns on electric vehicles in the UK, starting with 50 cars in London

Aug 31, 11:02AM

UBER Electric Vehicles - 1 The race for who will take the lead in the next generation of automotive technology is on, and today Uber is kicking off a program that it hopes will help put it in pole position. Today, the transportation-on-demand behemoth is launching a new electric car service in the UK, in partnership with Nissan and China’s BYD, where it will offer leasing (not purchasing) options for… Read More

Garmin adds heart rate monitoring to its latest GPS running watch

Aug 31, 11:00AM

unspecified-7 With a cursory glance of Garmin’s current offerings, it’s pretty clear the company has pretty fully made the transition into fitness devices. It still offers in-car navigation systems, of course, but for Garmin, the future is wearable. Its latest offering builds on its line of GPS-enabled running watches by bringing heart-rate monitoring to the proceedings. The feature’s a bit… Read More

Acer has started shipping its StarVR headsets for use at the first IMAX VR center

Aug 31, 10:09AM

StarVR_Side_View_White_1_4 StarVR made a small splash at last year’s E3 when it demoed its new high-end headset. Just ahead of this year’s gaming show, the company announced that it would be joining forces with Acer to collaborate on the designing and manufacturing of the amusement park-ready hardware. Today at IFA, the companies announced that the first devices have begun shipping –specifically to… Read More

Online freight marketplace Freightos acquires Spain's WebCargoNet

Aug 31, 10:00AM

MP Results Expanded Online freight marketplace Freightos has acquired Spain’s WebCargoNet to help expand its database of air, ocean, and land freight rates. Read More

Acer's 13-inch Swift 7 laptop is ridiculously thin

Aug 31, 9:42AM

Swift 7_02 More news out of Acer land in this early lead up to IFA. The company’s offering up yet another 13.3-inch laptop, in addition to its newly unveiled Chromebook. The Swift 7 is a ridiculously thin Windows 10 machine, clocking in at a hair under a centimeter – 9.98mm or 0.39-inches to be exact. That sort of svelte profile certainly puts the company in the running for the thinnest… Read More

Only a few more weeks to save £400 on Disrupt London tickets

Aug 31, 9:00AM

San Francisco may be up next, but we at TechCrunch are already getting ready for Europe. Disrupt London 2016 is only a few short months away, and one deadline you definitely won’t want to miss is already fast approaching. September 16th is the final day to get extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt London for just £800 apiece, a full £400 off the final price of £1,200. Or, you can sign… Read More

Acer's new 13-inch Chromebook is also a convertible tablet

Aug 31, 8:30AM

Acer Chromebook R 13_04 Still a few days out from the official kickoff of this year’s IFA conference in Berlin, but Acer’s kicking things off with a glut of product announcements. The company’s news largely revolves around its gaming offerings, but it also managed to sneak a new Chromebook into the proceedings. The Chromebook R 13 features a 13-inch touchscreen display that clocks in at 1920×1080. Read More

Logitech's new mouse is designed to pair with three devices

Aug 31, 7:01AM

unspecified-4 One peripheral to control them all – or three things, at least. It’s a start. Logitech’s latest mouse is designed to pair with up to three devices. The somewhat verbosely named M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse works with Windows, Mac, Android and Linux, featuring an Easy-Switch feature that swaps between devices the push of a button. The mouse connects via Bluetooth or an… Read More

Dropbox employee's password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Aug 31, 2:17AM

Adobe_Dropbox_iPad (3) Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought. Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an… Read More

Detroit's music chops and auto shops could drive connected-car entertainment

Aug 31, 2:00AM

Downtown Detroit, Michigan On a recent podcast called “The Watch,” one of the hosts made a joke about “grabbing the aux cord” in a friend’s car to play new music. When self-driving cars could be whizzing us around cities in the next decade, it’s strange to think that we haven’t yet come up with a great solution for a much simpler problem — how to make listening to… Read More

Apple adds a 2TB iCloud storage option for $19.99 per month

Aug 31, 2:00AM

iCloud_Drive iCloud users can now access up to 2TB of storage, as Apple just added a new tier that provides 2TB for $19.99 per month. As a refresher, iCloud storage can be used by Mac and iOS users to store and sync photos and videos, documents, device backups, music, emails and more between their devices. Apple also offers a Dropbox-like service called iCloud Drive which uses also iCloud storage,… Read More

Happy birthday Iris Apfel, and thanks for making our messages mod

Aug 31, 12:36AM

Iris Apfel designed emojis as a digital accessory to her Macy's INC 2016 fall line. Nonagenarian cover girl, designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel turned 95 yesterday, and spent part of her birthday sharing with TechCrunch her thoughts about creativity and technology. If you think you’re not familiar with Apfel, you probably are. Her influence in textiles, interior design and fashion is longstanding. As The Metropolitan Museum of Art wrote of her: “Her originality… Read More

Cozy raises $8.5M Series B to simplify life for property managers and renters

Aug 31, 12:13AM

Lazy woman and dog watching TV in messy living room Cozy, a platform to streamline interactions between property managers and renters, closed an $8.5 million Series B today led by American Family Ventures, with participation from Social Capital, General Catalyst and all other investors that participated in the company’s $1.5 million Series A in 2012.  Despite the fact that our homes are becoming “smarter” by the day, the… Read More

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