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ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark talks about the future of city surveillance

Nov 19, 4:25PM

homepageclip A guy like Ralph Clark has a tough job: if all goes according to his business plan he’ll put himself out of business. He is the CEO of ShotSpotter, a surveillance system for cities that triangulates gunfire in 90 cities. I asked him if he’d ever have to shut down. “You know, sadly, in the US that won’t be the case,” he said. The company is coming under fire for… Read More

The tech that will feed the world

Nov 19, 2:30PM

Close-Up Of Wheat Growing On Field Twenty years from now, the most important tool for putting food on your table won’t be a harvester, combine or a plow. It will be a piece of software. Agriculture is in the process of transitioning into a fully high-tech enterprise. This is a long-overdue revolution in the way things have been done for centuries. To put it in perspective, if we keep doing farming the old-fashioned way,… Read More

So you think you elected an autocrat

Nov 19, 2:00PM

the-great-dictator-1940-movie Welp. I’m sorry to hear that. Whether you are Venezuelan, Zimbabwean, Russian, Turkish, or American; whether your democratic process has been fatally compromised, or your fellow citizens have knowingly voted in a monster; indeed, even whether you’re right or wrong — I feel your pain. But for what it’s worth, some technology, if used correctly, is still on your side. Read More

Crunch Report | FanDuel and DraftKings Merge

Nov 19, 4:00AM

The FanDuel and DraftKings merger is confirmed, Amazon Prime Video goes global, Apple is looking into U.S. manufacturing, BuzzFeed is raising a $200 million Series G flat round and Sesame Street’s VC invests in Yup. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

How the cloud, infused with analytic insights, impacts athletes and sports fans

Nov 19, 4:00AM

Futuristic silver soccer ball exploding into pixels Smart technology continues to streamline and transform nearly all aspects of our lives. Consider how technology is being used in the world of professional sports. Sensors and wearables connected to the cloud are providing instantaneous access to data and analysis, providing meaningful insights that can be used to improve performance. Read More

Paint 3D is now a part of the Microsoft's Creators Update test build

Nov 18, 11:32PM

3d-paint-surface-pen You know you’ve been wanting to play around with that new version of Microsoft Paint — if only to see if it is, indeed, that big of an update to the long-maligned drawing application that’s been shipping with Windows since the mid-1980s. Paint 3D is unquestionably one of the biggest refreshes in the application’s history. In fact, it’s really a complete rethink,… Read More

FilmStruck is a streaming service for lovers of art-house films and foreign classics

Nov 18, 11:19PM

filmstruck It might be time for movie lovers to add another streaming service to their monthly subscriptions — FilmStruck, a new service created by Turner Classic Movies. Services like Amazon and Netflix are building up libraries of originals (starting with TV, but also including films), and they’re striking deals to get high-profile new releases. But if you’re a particular kind of… Read More

Here's Intel's abandoned wearable, the Basis Ruby

Nov 18, 11:06PM

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-6-27-36-am Intel’s spent the last few years betting on wearables, but things just aren’t paying off. According to sources close to the company, there are major changes afoot at the chipmaker’s New Devices Group, including some major job loss. From the sound of it, some key projects will likely never see the light of day either, including the Ruby, a new fitness watch developed in-house… Read More

Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group

Nov 18, 11:05PM

HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 14:  The Intel logo hangs over the company's stand at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair on the fair's opening day on March 14, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. The 2016 CeBIT will run from March 14-18.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) According to sources close to the company, Intel is about to step back from wearables in a big way. In 2014, the company purchased Basis, a little-known producer of some truly excellent fitness watches. The acquisition was clearly a piece of a much larger puzzle for Intel, as it folded the brand into NDG — the New Devices Group — a new wing designed to make a big play for the… Read More

Hyperloop One has settled the lawsuit with former co-founder Brogan BamBrogan

Nov 18, 10:50PM

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 11:  (L-R) Hyperloop One Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar, Hyperloop One Chief Executive Officer Rob Lloyd and Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Brogan BamBrogan speak during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images,) Hyperloop One tells TechCrunch it has just settled an ongoing lawsuit brought against the company by its former co-founder Brogan BamBrogan and several former employees. BamBrogan, David Pendergast, William Mulholland and Knut Sauer filed the lawsuit against the company this summer, claiming the technology they built was being “strangled” by the venture capitalists who had… Read More

Watch Tesla Model S P85D's instant speed avoid a potential rear-end collision

Nov 18, 10:34PM

Tesla Model S Tesla’s focusing on its work on autonomous driving as a huge potential gain for driver safety, but a video from a Tesla Model S P85D shows that some current features not related to self-driving are actually already helping prevent accidents. Tesla owner Jason Hughes captured a narrow miss in his car using a rear-mounted dash cam, showing the moment a Prius coming up from behind… Read More

Inside Google Shop, where Google is reinventing how it sells devices

Nov 18, 10:21PM

google-shop13 This fall saw Google introduce its Pixels, the Chromecast Ultra and the Daydream View VR headset, and to help sell those devices and show customers what they can do, the company is launching a store-within-a-store debuting in North America at select Best Buy locations in Canada. When it launched the Pixel at an event that also gave the first look at Google Wifi, Google Home and Daydream… Read More

Big data can't bring objectivity to a subjective world

Nov 18, 10:00PM

Close-up of a statue of Goddess of Justice, New Delhi, India It seems everyone is interested in big data these days. >From social scientists to advertisers, professionals from all walks of life are singing the praises of data science. In the social sciences, many scholars apparently believe it will lend their subject a previously elusive objectivity and clarity. However, when it comes to the social sciences, big data is a false idol. Read More

Facebook authorizes a $6B stock buyback

Nov 18, 9:47PM

STANFORD, CA - JUNE 24:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on a panel discussion with U.S. president Barack Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, California. President Obama joined Silicon Valley leaders on the final day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Facebook today said it is authorizing a $6 billion stock buyback that will go into effect in the first quarter next year. Facebook in its last earnings call also said that its growth would likely slow as a result of the company reaching its maximum advertising load. While Facebook has historically grown at a very fast clip, the company is now in a position that it needs to find additional… Read More

Hands-on with Play-Doh Touch, the app that brings kids' creations to life

Nov 18, 9:04PM

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-3-53-59-pm Play-Doh has come to the iPad. With the newly launched toy set for kids, Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio, Hasbro has made a solid attempt at bringing the joy of Play-Doh to digital through an iOS app that brings kids’ creations to life. But the combination of physical play and digital is not a skill set that’s easily mastered even by top kids’ brands — just ask… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Facebook's fake news, MacBook Pro reviewed, first human CRISPR-ed

Nov 18, 8:41PM

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference, in San Francisco. In an interview Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, with "The Facebook Effect" author David Kirkpatrick, Zuckerberg said the idea that Facebook influenced the outcome of the U.S. election is a "crazy idea." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Facebook’s fake news frenzy continued as the company came under scrutiny for its debated influence on the U.S. election, LinkedIn was blocked in Russia and a human CRISPR-ed for the first time. Also, the human species has about 1,000 years left according to Stephen Hawking. But do we deserve survival? The existence of Coca-Cola’s selfie bottle points toward no. Read More

Running with the Apple Watch Nike+

Nov 18, 7:57PM

nike apple watch I’m not trying to brag or anything (I am), but I comfortably ran a half marathon wearing the first version of the 42mm Apple Watch with a classy, stainless steel band. So, when I heard about Nike’s version of the Apple Watch, it’s not like I thought, “Finally! I totally need this because running with the regular Apple Watch sucks.” That’s not to say I… Read More

Cogito closes $15M Series B to improve customer support with science

Nov 18, 7:24PM

People working at conference table in office Cogito, a real-time feedback platform for customer service agents, added $15 million to its coffers today in the form of a Series B. This brings the company’s total fundraising to $22.5 million. The MIT Media Lab spin-off is applying the principles of behavioral science to call centers around the world to improve customer experiences. Cogito compares the characteristics of a current… Read More

Conan O'Brien tries VR and things get a bit scandalous

Nov 18, 7:23PM

Conan VR HTC had a pretty good PR moment this week as Conan donned a Vive VR headset on his show and got up to some antics during a tour of YouTube’s VR studio. After testing his artistic hand with a self portrait in Google’s Tilt Brush, Conan immersed himself in the world of Job Simulator and things got a bit crazy. Upon being plunged into an office environment, Conan tosses objects at… Read More

This security camera was infected by malware 98 seconds after it was plugged in

Nov 18, 7:15PM

61zamoc36rl-_sl1001_ Here’s an object lesson on the poor state of the so-called Internet of Things: Robert Stephens plugged a Wi-Fi-connected security camera into his network and it was compromised in… 98 seconds. Read More

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