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Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

Nov 22, 4:01AM

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 4.08.04 PM Want to make a giant 3D-printed spider robot? A humanoid help-mate? A robotic scorpion with a powerful, electrified tail? Makerclub can probably help. Created as a place for makers to come together and discuss 3D printed robotics, the service is now part commerce site, part repository, and part educational resource. Interestingly, the service is also offering a hardware brain on Indiegogo to… Read More

15 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

Nov 21, 11:55PM

TC-weekly-roundup This week’s tech news saw a new payments deal between Snapchat and Square Cash, the death of the Netflix API, the failure of the USA FREEDOM Act and a sexist Barbie book. Here are our best stories from this week (11/15-11/21). Read More

Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

Nov 21, 11:44PM

cooliris yahoo Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

Nov 21, 11:02PM

IMG_1163 The Fire TV Stick works. That’s about all there is to it. It streams videos from Amazon, Netflix and more. It plays simple games and streams from local network shares. But it’s not for everyone. There are better products on the market for some users. That said, the Fire TV Stick is well worth its $40 price tag. Read More

Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

Nov 21, 10:40PM

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.28.09 PM Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

Mikme Is A Portable, Multitrack Recording Rig For Your Cool Band

Nov 21, 9:46PM

2db71bc567aed4615487e9c2944e2e8d_large If you got your first real six string at the Five and Dime and you and you and some guys from school got together to record some songs primarily during and around the summer of 1969, you probably could have used the Mikme. The Mikme is a box-shaped microphone that can sit anywhere in the room and record, the creator claims, audiophile-quality sound wirelessly. It connects to a phone or tablet… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 11.21.14

Nov 21, 9:11PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Friendfeed chat during live broadcast Our sister show, G3 Read More

Leading Digital Transformation

Nov 21, 9:00PM

leading Digital technologies — from social media to mobile computing to big data to the internet of everything — are transforming businesses in every industry. Do you want to have conversations with your customers in ways that surveys and focus groups never could? Social media can make that happen. Do you want to make your employees more productive anywhere and anytime? Try mobile computing. Read More

DataFox Brings Private Company Analysis And One-Pagers To Mobile

Nov 21, 8:48PM

datafox (2 of 3) DataFox, the online research platform that allows anyone to track information about private tech companies, has now brought its service to mobile in the form of a new iOS application. The free app provides DataFox subscribers with access to over 500,000 company one-pager’s, private and public lists, and an events stream detailing recent news on companies tracked, like new hires,… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Nokia N1, Intel MICA, And The New Parrot Drone

Nov 21, 8:30PM

gadgets141121 News is picking up in time for the holiday season, with Nokia announcing the Android-powered N1 tablet. Meanwhile, Intel got into the fashion game with the new MICA data-connected bracelet, complete with a Sapphire OLED touchscreen. Plus, Parrot just released its latest drone, and Matt can’t get enough of it. Read More

The Internet Is The Best Thing Ever To Happen To Songwriters

Nov 21, 8:06PM

Bono at WebSummit in Dublin, November 2014. Ever since, Taylor Swift decided to give Spotify the boot, under the auspices of helping songwriters, there has been a conversation suggesting that there was somehow a golden age for songwriters when they controlled their own destiny –and the Internet killed all that. I’m here to tell you that there was never any such time and if anything, the Internet was the best thing that… Read More

FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

Nov 21, 7:51PM

net_neutrality The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other. Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The… Read More

Makerbot CEO Jenny Lawton On Ramping Up A Fast-Moving Company

Nov 21, 7:46PM

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.45.36 PM 3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional printing space. Makerbot’s new CEO, Jenny Lawton, sat down with us to talk a bit about what it meant to be a global company and how it felt… Read More

Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun, And Data-Free DJing If Drivers Have It

Nov 21, 7:39PM

IMG_6158 Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car’s sound system via Spotify in 10 cities. On my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works, as long as the driver is equipped. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver’s app connected to the stereo, and there’s no data cost to the passenger or driver beyond the… Read More

A Gift Guide For The Tech-Friendly Kitchen

Nov 21, 5:44PM

giftguide-splash-kitchen Kitchen gadgets are always a good option if there’s someone on your list that likes to cook, craft, bake and do whatever else in the culinary way. There’s a lot out there that can help simplify the cooking process, enable the creation of new types of dishes, and just generally improve the overall quality and health benefits of the food you eat. Blendtec Designer 725 Blender Will… Read More

Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

Nov 21, 5:41PM

memoir Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding.… Read More

Aereo CEO: Court Made Incredibly Wrong Decision, Cord-Cutting Is Inevitable

Nov 21, 4:49PM

chetkanojia This morning, Aereo filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, marking the end of the road for the cloud-based TV startup. The company launched in 2012 using micro-antennas and cloud DVR technology to provide near-live TV access to 30 channels to subscribers for as low as $8/month. But after losing a fierce legal battle with broadcast networks, that went all the way to the Supreme Court this… Read More

Livefyre Studio Puts The Company's Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

Nov 21, 4:39PM

livefyre studio At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform. Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year. Read More

A New App Called Milk Helps You Save On Groceries, Without Clipping Paper Coupons

Nov 21, 4:18PM

healthy-groceries-1 The creators of coupon-code finder Honey, which helps online shoppers save at checkout, have now launched a new app called Milk (mmm…milk and honey…) that lets you save at the grocery store. The app is now one of many aimed at helping consumers save on consumer packaged good purchases, even if they don’t have time for clipping coupons from a newspaper. Today, there a lot of… Read More

Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

Nov 21, 4:10PM

careers Hiring is going high tech thanks to a crop of new venture investments. Recruiting can be a nightmare for companies of all stages and sizes – it’s a time suck for current employees, often a shot in the dark in terms of candidate search and interview logistics, and if done haphazardly it can really screw up a company. Read More

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