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IMAX to open 'VR experience' centers worldwide and develop its own VR camera

May 20, 7:32AM

A man tries out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at the Oculus booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) IMAX, one company that has pushed cinema technology forward, is preparing to toss its hat into the virtual reality ring with a set of new initiatives. Read More

Singapore's Jungle Ventures brings on three new operating partners

May 20, 5:54AM

tiger Jungle Ventures, the Singapore-based VC firm that launched a $100 million fund last year, has recruited three new operating partners to its team. Michael Smith comes from streaming service HOOQ, where he was chief product officer, joining recent hires Gabriel Lundberg, ex-Spotify, and Tiang Lim Foo, who led Evernote business development in Asia Pacific. Read More

Samsung Pay strikes partnership with Chinese online payment giant Alipay

May 20, 5:28AM

Samsung Pay Samsung announced today that it has cemented a deal that will make Alipay, China’s largest online payments platform, available through Samsung Pay. Read More

Houzz wins "Best App" at the inaugural Google Play Awards

May 20, 3:00AM

googleplayawards2016 Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows… Read More

It's time to remove "serial entrepreneur" from our vocabulary

May 20, 12:00AM

doors-in-out entrance exit In today’s tech-driven business world, the title “serial entrepreneur” is a coveted badge of honor. It’s easy to understand the appeal of the phrase. It suggests that someone is so full of groundbreaking ideas they can’t channel all of them into just one company. Instead, they choose to focus their genius on creating an array of world-changing, money-making… Read More

Google engineer says he'll push for default end-to-end encryption in Allo

May 19, 11:40PM

O92A6076 After Google’s decision not to provide end-to-end encryption by default in its new chat app, Allo, raised questions about the balance of security and effective artificial intelligence, one of the company’s top security engineers said he’d push for end-to-end encryption to become the default in future versions of Allo. Allo debuted with an option to turn on end-to-end… Read More

UberMedia connects cross-channel ad impressions to actual store visits

May 19, 11:22PM

mobile payments Mobile ad company UberMedia is expanding its measurement and attribution business in a big way. You may remember UberMedia as the company that owns social apps like Echofon and UberSocial. While that’s still the case, it has shifted its attention over the past few years to its mobile ad platform, which uses the apps as a source of data — and which can tell advertisers whether… Read More

FireChat Alerts could help spread vital information in offline and disaster-stricken areas

May 19, 10:17PM

firechat Decentralized chat app FireChat is adding a new feature that could help disseminate critical info like storm warnings, health advisories and so on when the normal communications grid is down. Truth be told, Alerts aren’t terribly different from the normal chat function, which passes data from phone to phone over an ad-hoc network that doesn’t rely on cellular signals. In the case… Read More

3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

May 19, 10:05PM

GO-home-page-01 For all their being motion-enabling platforms, wheelchairs are themselves rather static. A frame of steel and aluminum supporting foam-filled leather or plastic, with a handful of settings that may or may not accommodate the user’s specific condition. A London design firm has worked for two years to create an alternative: a 3D-printed wheelchair made to fit the shape and needs of its rider. Read More

Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked

May 19, 9:36PM

zywiec-88y87fyewf Bummer, dude! That’s what you say when you find out your whole keg of Heiney is totally skunked but it doesn’t matter because you’ll totally still drink it after you finish the pony keg of Sammo’s Irish Red. But what if I told you that folks in Spain have figured out a way to use an app to tell if your beer is a mess? Whoa, right? Whoa, indeed. Chemists at the… Read More

The Withings Go shows promise, but is mostly a non-starter

May 19, 9:25PM

Withings Go Drop the price $20 and add a bit more functionality and you’ve got a compelling product on your hands. The way things stand now though, the Withings Go is more of a curiosity than it is compelling — or, for that matter, tempting. Read More

Audio fingerprinting being used to track web users, study finds

May 19, 9:11PM

laptopkeyboard A wide-scale study of online trackers carried out by researchers at Princeton University has identified a new technique being used to try to strip web users of their privacy, as well as quantifying the ongoing usage of some better-known tracking techniques. Read More

Now you can embed Reddit posts on other websites

May 19, 9:08PM

reddit Reddit posts are going to get the chance to live beyond Reddit itself, thanks to new embedding capabilities. If you’re an online writer or publisher, that means you can start including live Reddit content in your stories. If you’re a reader, that means you might start to see more Reddit posts on other sites, the same way you can see embedded tweets and YouTube videos. After all… Read More

Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

May 19, 8:05PM

edyn Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they can… Read More

Things to make your home office legit

May 19, 8:00PM

homeoffice-fullres-0028 Quick survey: How much time have you spent setting up your starred channels and notifications in Slack? How often have you rearranged the home screen on your phone in the past three months? How much effort did you put into picking out the desk for your home office? Your chair? Wait—are you just using your laptop on a card table? Read More

Beyond the Valley

May 19, 8:00PM

downtown portland, oregon As someone who has worked in technology his entire adult life, I can say the following with complete conviction: Somewhere at this moment a young entrepreneur is developing a product, service or business model that will transform the way our world thinks, works, plays, communicates, dates, sleeps or wakes up the day after. He or she doesn’t live in the Valley and probably has no intention… Read More

Uncovering and counseling domestic violence victims through the My Plan app

May 19, 7:30PM

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 9.22.15 AM ‘Has he threatened you with a gun?’ Is one of the questions a woman will be asked when she’s downloaded the domestic abuse counseling app My Plan. “This scenario is more common on college campuses than we’d like to believe,” said the app’s co-founder, Nancy Glass. Glass, who is a professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School… Read More

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

May 19, 7:15PM

tally_app1 San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated pains. Shasta Ventures led the Series A and was joined by the company’s earlier backers — Cowboy Ventures and AITV. Silicon Valley Bank also invested. Read More

Watch Alchemist Accelerator's Demo Day Right Here

May 19, 7:05PM

alchemist-accelerator TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Alchemist Accelerator‘s demo day live from PARC, a Xerox Company. Alchemist is one of those rare programs that focuses on enterprise startups. These aren’t your parents enterprise companies. Pitches today will span products that help businesses leverage drones for delivery, keep food fresher with RFIDs, personalize the cost of healthcare,… Read More

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

May 19, 6:56PM

child with smartphone This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology and reveals some interesting insights including that the average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years of age and that tablets are kids’ device of… Read More

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