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Smartwatch sales are tanking

Oct 24, 3:18PM

apple_watch_2 Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch? According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning, smartwatch shipments experienced “significant” declines in the third quarter, as total shipments were down 51.6 percent from the same time last year. Just 2.7 million units were shipped in Q3 2016 versus 5.6 million in Q3 2015. While IDC offers several explanations… Read More

Movidius brings its computer vision tech to the world's largest security camera maker

Oct 24, 3:14PM

Courtesy of Getty Images/Frank Graessel / EyeEm Soon your security camera will be able to tell whether it’s the mailman at the door or a thief. Computer vision is opening up the capabilities of video surveillance technologies that give sensors the ability to understand what they are looking at in the world around them. Today, Movidius announced an expansive deal with Hikvision, the world’s leading video surveillance company,… Read More

TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus to speak at Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

Oct 24, 3:05PM

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  TransferWise Co-Founder Taavet Hinrikus appears on stage at the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt Europe/London, at The Old Billingsgate on October 21, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for TechCrunch) *** Local Caption *** Taavet Hinrikus TechCrunch Disrupt in London is fast coming up on December 5-6, and the speakers just keep coming. Today we’re delighted to say Taavet Hinrikus is also joining. Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise, the international money transfer platform. At TransferWise, he looks after marketing, product development, PR, and investor relations. Hinrikus also serves as an Advisor at… Read More

Webcams involved in Dyn DDoS attack recalled

Oct 24, 3:01PM

camera-modul Dyn said last week it identified “10s of millions” of unique IP addresses involved in the massive botnet DDoS attack on its managed DNS services, which knocked out Twitter, Amazon and others sites for many users. At least some of those devices are now subject to a recall, with Chinese electronics company Hangzhou Xiongmai recalling web cameras using its components that were… Read More

LifeLock tries to regain consumers' trust with a new credit card management app, Identity

Oct 24, 2:37PM

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-10-32-39-am Identity theft protection company LifeLock is back today with the launch of a new mobile app designed for better credit card management, called Identity. The goal with the app is to offer consumers a single place where they can view the online accounts for their various credit cards, as well as update those accounts with new information, like their new address or credit card number, for… Read More

Pokémon Go's first ever in-game event ups the candy count for Halloween

Oct 24, 1:46PM

pokemon-go-halloween-logo Pokémon Go players will get the chance to participate in the game’s first ever in-game event this Halloween, starting Wednesday October 26 and running through November 1. The event will feature higher encounter rates for spooky Pokémon, including Drowzee, Zubat, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter and Hypno, and trainers will also get more candy for catching, buddy training and… Read More

Facebook expands Safety Center to 50 languages, doubles down on bullies with 60 partners

Oct 24, 1:17PM

safety-center-page-002 As Facebook, the social network with 1.7 billion users, has come under fire for how it has handled its editorial role as a “media” company, it is also trying to launch more ways for people to control their experience on the platform. Today the company unveiled a redesigned Safety Center, now localised into 50 languages, aimed at helping people set their privacy controls on… Read More

NBA League Pass is launching Mobile View to make it more enjoyable to watch games on your phone

Oct 24, 1:00PM

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-1-38-53-am Co-managed by Turner and the NBA, NBA League pass is the league’s product that lets users live stream every game all season long. The product costs $199.99 for every team or $119.99 for one team, and games can be watched on most connected devices including your phone, tablet or smart TV. But here’s the thing: the stream that League Pass gives you to watch on your 5-inch phone is… Read More

Americans uneasy with IoT devices like those used in Dyn DDoS attack, survey finds

Oct 24, 12:50PM

iot-stranger A coordinated botnet attack effectively choked internet access to a large number of popular sites last week, and the attack itself was made possible in large part due to the spread of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Yet a new survey just released by IT security firm ESET and the National Cyber Security Alliance found that a good portion of Americans are not conformable with said… Read More

Netflix proposes $800M debt offering to raise funds for content and more

Oct 24, 12:18PM

netflix-earnings1 Netflix has proposed a new offering of $800 million in senior notes, the company announced today. The proposed $800 debt raise follows a similar $1.5 billion senior notes raise priced in February, 2015. Netflix’s stated aim in raising the new funding is to provide liquid assets it can use to acquire content, make investments, acquire targets and engage in strategic transactions, as well… Read More

Singapore to trial driverless buses after successful shuttle pilot

Oct 24, 11:48AM

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-7-47-02-am Driverless technology moved closer to becoming an everyday reality last week in the U.S. thanks to Tesla, but in Singapore it’s already expanding from testing with taxis to testing with full-size city buses in real-world situations. The new bus program will see two electric hybrid buses begin to ferry passengers between Nanyang Technological University and CleanTech Park, and… Read More

Samsung is hoping to rekindle Note brand name next year

Oct 24, 11:42AM

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is stepping up its brand damage limitation efforts in the wake of the flaming battery disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone by offering owners of the recalled device in South Korea the ability to upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 device next year if they trade in their Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 now. Read More

Weed on-demand startup Eaze inhales $13 million in funding to grow into new markets

Oct 24, 11:30AM

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 20:  A marijuana user smokes from a bong during a 420 Day celebration on "Hippie Hill" in Golden Gate Park April 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. April 20th has become a de facto holiday for marijuana advocates, with large gatherings and 'smoke outs' in many parts of the United States. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The “Uber for weed” startup Eaze has grown quite a bit over the last year and it intends to expand even more. To get it there, Eaze has closed on $13 million in Series B funding from Fresh VC, Doll Capital Management (DCM) and Tusk Ventures. Eaze launched in July of 2014 to help medical marijuana patients order cannabis on demand. It soon expanded to allow people to get a medical… Read More

Microsoft to hike UK enterprise prices after Brexit pounds sterling

Oct 24, 9:57AM

Various denominations of pound notes are seen in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Thursday, May 17, 2012. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to say today he won't swerve from his austerity plan, warning members of the European single currency that failure to resolve their problems carry "huge risks for everybody." Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images UK businesses that buy enterprise software or cloud services from Microsoft are facing a price hike from January 1. Read More

Get your tickets to the Disrupt London Hackathon now

Oct 24, 9:00AM

The very long wait is over, hackathon fans. Disrupt London 2016 is just around the corner, and we’re thrilled to announce the release of the first wave of tickets to the Disrupt London Hackathon. The Hackathon takes place December 3-4 at London’s beautiful Copper Box Arena, and we hope you’ll join us. Those of you looking to spend the weekend before Disrupt coding and… Read More

Honeycomb, a TV and video ad management startup from Adstream founders, scores £3M Series A

Oct 24, 6:00AM Honeycomb, a TV and video ad management platform founded by James Carpenter and Richard Carter, who both previously founded Adstream, has raised £3 million in Series A funding. It follows a £1 million “friends and family” round in May this year. Read More

Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

Oct 24, 4:08AM

cuban6 While many people are arguing that the proposed $85 billion AT&T and Time Warner deal would be bad for consumer choice, billionaire Mark Cuban has a contrarian viewpoint. The merger would lead to “more competition” he tells TechCrunch. Cuban, who made his money through a different media acquisition, thinks the combination would help challenge the tech giants like Facebook,… Read More

WTF is machine learning?

Oct 24, 3:01AM

wtf-machine-learning It’s no coincidence that Alan Turing, one of the most influential computer scientists of all time, started his 1950 treatise on computing with the question “Can machines think?” From our science fiction to our research labs, we have long questioned whether the creation of artificial versions of ourselves will somehow help us uncover the origin of our own consciousness… Read More

What we learned about Elon Musk's Mars plan in his Reddit AMA

Oct 24, 2:15AM

musk-mars Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” this afternoon. He noted that the AMA should focus on SpaceX’s plans for Mars, which Musk revealed during the International Astronautical Congress last month. This will be under /r/spacex, not the general AMA. Meant to be supplemental to the IAC talk. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2016… Read More

The NFL: Twitter's Kingmaker?

Oct 24, 12:00AM

twitter-nfl The NFL has a distinguished history of successful partnerships with upstart media companies. When it became the home of Sunday Night Football in 1987, ESPN’s unprecedented growth accelerated. In 1993, the NFL sold its NFC Sunday afternoon package to Fox, firmly establishing it as the fourth major broadcast network in the U.S. This fall the NFL is working with another new media partner… Read More

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