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Hey, Brooklyn, let's have a micro-meetup next week

Nov 02, 3:46PM

1418098711603 Hey, New Yorkers, I’m starting up my series of micro-meetups in New York with a special tasting at the Van Brunt Stillhouse. The founder, Daric Schlesselman, is a friend of TC and showed off his wares at the last New York Disrupt and he’s offering us a special tasting on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM. It’s way down in Red Hook so put on your hiking shoes and… Read More

DJiT, the French startup behind DJ app edjing, raises further $2.6M

Nov 02, 3:43PM

edjing-scratch-vestax-vinyletimecoded-1 Paris-based DJiT, the French startup behind the popular DJ app edjing and more recently a hardware device called Mixfader, has raised a further $2.6 million. Read More

Sling TV goes after parents with launch of new on-demand Kids channel

Nov 02, 3:37PM

slingkids Dish’s over-the-top service aimed at cord cutters, Sling TV, is after your kids. By that, I mean, the company is rolling out a new on-demand channel which caters to children, or, more accurately, the parents of young children looking for easier access to kid-friendly entertainment from the streaming service. Called, Sling Kids, the channel offers new on-demand content, as part of its… Read More

ClassPass ditches its unlimited tier

Nov 02, 3:35PM

classpass ClassPass, the subscription service for boutique fitness, has today cancelled its unlimited membership option, the most expensive tier offered by the company. This comes in the wake of a major price hike from ClassPass that fragmented its $99 unlimited plan into three tiers: Base (5 classes for $75/month), Core (10 classes for $135/month), and Unlimited ($180/month).* Today, however,… Read More

Houzz comes to India

Nov 02, 3:30PM

Houzz, the popular platform for all things home remodeling and decorating, is expanding to India. This marks Houzz’s entry into its fourteenth market, but none of its current markets can obviously rival the sheer size and growth potential of the Indian market. In addition to the expansion into India, Houzz is also launching its Pro+ local marketing program and subscription service for… Read More

The present and future of trucking, our country's broken, inefficient economic backbone

Nov 02, 3:30PM

driverless-truck The trucking industry is enormous and vital. it remains the primary way we move goods and touches the lives of nearly the entire American population. Trucking is the physical backbone of e-commerce, and person-to-person shipments. In the US alone, spending on overland logistics reached over $700 billion last year. At least $600 billion of that is FTL (full truckload), roughly half of which… Read More

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams launches today as a preview

Nov 02, 3:24PM

img_2628 It’s been a busy few fall for Microsoft. A week after throwing a big Windows/Surface party, the software giant has returned to the Big Apple for its latest piece of news. Clearly the company was just too excited to keep its latest addition to Office 365 under wraps, posting up a launch video just prior to the event’s official kickoff. Today’s event kicked off with that… Read More

General Catalyst-backed Octane will make you a bot

Nov 02, 3:00PM

octane-add-feature Bots are hot. Ever since Facebook introduced chatbots at F8 last spring, they’ve been integrated into brand pages for customer service, e-commerce and fun. But, how do you make a bot? Many businesses don’t have developers that are adept at creating them. Enter Octane, a newly-formed startup launched by media personality Ben Parr, serial entrepreneur Matt Schlicht and Omegle… Read More

Controversial crime reporting app Vigilante banned from App Store

Nov 02, 2:59PM

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-10-41-15-am A controversial crime-reporting app called Vigilante has been justifiably been kicked out of the App Store for an app that encouraged, well – vigilantism – and led to the potential for violent responses and racial profiling. The app had only been live for a week in New York before getting the boot, after promising a tool that opened up the 911 system, bringing near real-time reports… Read More

Microsoft Teams, its new Slack rival, is launching today as part of Office 365

Nov 02, 2:43PM

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-14-23-22 Microsoft is holding a big event today to unveil what many expect will be its new Slack competitor. Ahead of that, it has posted a unlisted video on YouTube that spills some of the beans. The product will officially be called Microsoft Teams, it will be a part of Office 365, and it is part of the company’s big push to create a new generation of enterprise products that appeal, in… Read More

Waterloo wows with demo of first working Hyperloop air levitation system

Nov 02, 2:41PM

waterloop_competitionpod_oblique_ks The University of Waterloo has a team dedicated to making a real, working pod system for the ambitious Hyperloop transportation system envisioned by Tesla founder Elon Musk. The so-called ‘Waterloop,’ (bonus points for puns) got a test run yesterday, making the team the first to demonstrate a functioning, pneumatic levitation system on a test track using nothing but air to gloat… Read More

Glide's Apple Watch band has two cameras

Nov 02, 1:54PM

unspecified-2 Remember Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear watch? It’s all right if you say don’t. It was big – in the sense of being physically large, due in part to the inclusion of a camera in the bezel/strap. The company was clearly looking to jam all of the functionality possible into the device and came out the other side with an extremely large product. That’s likely a big… Read More

Turner's streaming service for film geeks, FilmStruck, goes live

Nov 02, 1:49PM

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-9-47-22-am FilmStruck, a new streaming service aimed at film geeks developed by Turner Classic Movies, has now launched. Announced earlier this year for a mid-October arrival, the service belatedly debuted with a collection of hundreds of classic, indie, foreign, and cult film, as promised. The company also announced the pricing for its new Netflix-like competitor: a somewhat costly, comparatively… Read More

Facebook slaps down Admiral's plan to use social media posts to price car insurance premiums

Nov 02, 1:47PM

Admiral UK insurance firm Admiral had intended to launch an app this week offering discounted car insurance premiums to first time drivers based on an algorithmic assessment of their Facebook posts. Read More

Spotify acquires Preact to fuel its subscription business

Nov 02, 1:35PM

Spotify NYC D'Angelo Spotify — the music streaming service with 40 million paying subscribers — has made an acquisition that it hopes will help it hold on to them, and build up those numbers against encroaching streaming music competition from Apple, Pandora, Google, Amazon and more. The company has acquired a company called Preact, a cloud-based platform and service developed for companies that… Read More

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II goes on sale at the end of this year for $2K

Nov 02, 1:30PM

147a0160 The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the successor to Olympus’ pro-level micro four thirds camera body, will go on sale from the end of December 2016, the company revealed today. The E-M1 Mark II will be priced at $1999.99 in the U.S., and $2,499.99 in Canada. Olympus also announced a couple of new accessories today, including the STF-8 Macro Flash, and a new first-party Olympus camera… Read More

LeEco's smartphones and TVs go on sale in the US today

Nov 02, 1:22PM

leeco lepro3 You’ve seen the hype, surely. LeEco put on a heck of a spectacle in San Francisco the other week, with a US debut that featured everything from bicycles and electric cars to a cameo appearance by beloved indie filmmaker Michael Bay, the auteur behind such mumblecore fare as Transformers 3 and Transformers 4 shot on the set of Transformers 5. The company threw a LOT against the wall when… Read More

Adobe brings Reuters' videos and photographs to its stock imagery service

Nov 02, 1:02PM

Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for Best Actor for his role in "The Revenant", wearing a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS8FPC Adobe today announced that it has partnered with Reuters to bring the news agency’s video and photography to its Adobe Stock marketplace. Until now, Adobe Stock mostly focused on creative images and videos, but with this partnership, it is also adding editorial content. This includes Reuters photos that cover current news, sports and entertainment events. There are currently twelve… Read More

Atlas Recall, a search engine for your entire digital life, gets an open beta and $20M in backing

Nov 02, 1:01PM

atlas_screen Computers have perfect memories. So why is it so hard to find stuff on them? Probably because our own memories don’t work the same way. Atlas Recall aims to fix that with “one search to rule them all,” indexing everything you see and do on all your devices, but organizing it in very human fashion. The service enters open beta today. Read More

Adobe updates its Creative Cloud apps

Nov 02, 1:00PM

max-logo Adobe is hosting its annual MAX conference for its creative community in San Diego this week. Unsurprisingly, the company is using this event, which will feature keynotes by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, to announce a lot of news around its Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere, as well as its new tools for interactive designers like Adobe Experience Design.… Read More

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