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AI-driven Findo secures $7M to be your human-like smart search assistant

Nov 21, 4:02PM

yang You just know that file or email exists, but you can’t find it. This is a problem all of us have every day — especially those of us who work in tech. Ideally you’d like to ask your email search box or your Google Docs list “Please find the presentation i received from someone, I forgot his name, we met in NYC last year ago, it was about biotech.” That’s what… Read More

Chariot launches advance ride reservations for commuters

Nov 21, 4:00PM

cropped-dsc_5577 Chariot, the Ford-owned collaborative carpooling service currently operating in the Bay area, has launched advance reservations, letting riders book a seat on a Chariot up to seven days ahead of their actual trip. Previously, the only option was to grab a ride ad-hoc shortly before departure, an option which will continue to be offered alongside advance scheduling. The decision to add an… Read More

More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

Nov 21, 3:56PM

Close up of couple shopping online on digital tablet The fourth quarter is always the busiest for e-commerce businesses, with the biggest sales and more consumers than the year prior turning to the web and mobile devices to complete their holiday shopping. This year proves no different, according to the latest holiday sales forecast, which estimates that nearly half (47%) of consumers will shop online this season. In addition, 33 percent of… Read More

This is Snapchat's new Spectacles store in New York City

Nov 21, 3:45PM

img_0187 Snapchat surprised everyone this morning when instead of dropping its Spectacles vending machine in a remote location like the Grand Canyon or Oklahoma, it opened a legitimate storefront in New York City. The store is all white – and contains a sole Bot vending machine, as well as rotating TVs mounted on the wall that show off the 360-degree video that Spectacles can take. The store is… Read More

Just because you can play Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar doesn't mean you should

Nov 21, 3:33PM

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-27-02-am “Does it run Doom?” has long been the gold standard of getting stuff to play on other stuff that it probably shouldn’t be played on. The answer is almost invariably “yes.” The longer answer is usually more along the lines of “yes, but why would you want to?” That certainly applies here. Sure you could play the classic first-person-shooter on that… Read More

Apple's holiday ad is all about inclusion

Nov 21, 3:10PM

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-4-06-19-pm-1 Every year, Apple releases a holiday ad just in time for Thanksgiving. These ads are a bit more interesting than your average product advertising as the company uses this opportunity to promote different values. This year, Apple wants to tell everyone that they should be nice to everyone around them, beyond their families and friends. Directed by the same director as the 2013 holiday spot… Read More

Amazon will host its first esports event for casual games on the Appstore next month

Nov 21, 3:07PM

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-9-57-00-am Amazon is expanding its investment in esports, with the announcement of its first-ever esports tournament focused on casual gaming to be hosted on its Amazon Appstore. Called the “Champions of Fire Invitational,” the event will bring together sixteen of the industry’s top video game streamers, who will compete for shares of a $100,000 cash prize on December 2nd, 2 to 9 PM PT. Read More

Announcing the finalists for the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards

Nov 21, 3:04PM

The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA on February 8, 2016. Photo by Max Morse for TechCrunch It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Today, we announce the finalists in each category for the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards show. The Crunchies is a long-standing tradition in the tech world, where readers nominate products, people and organizations to win the tech world’s equivalent of an Oscar. Nominations are narrowed down into finalists by TechCrunch editors, and… Read More

Instagram launches disappearing Live video and messages

Nov 21, 3:00PM

instagram-live Instagram is combining the best of Snapchat and Periscope to help you get comfortable on camera. Rather than overlap with Facebook Live and Messenger, Instagram is putting an ephemeral spin on video streaming and private messaging. Today, two big new features begin rolling out to Instagram Stories on iOS and Android over the next few weeks. Instagram Live lets you broadcast video to your… Read More

Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

Nov 21, 2:49PM

CES 2016 TechCrunch Stage CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Nov 21, 2:45PM

Musk Tesla SolarCity Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity officially closed Monday morning, bringing together Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company with the solar energy company founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive. The deal was approved by Tesla and SolarCity shareholders last week, after first being proposed earlier this year. Tesla provided the following brief statement on the news:… Read More

Pokémon Go's Thanksgiving event gives players double XP and Stardust

Nov 21, 2:35PM

celebration-nov2016 Pokémon Go’s second big in-game event is timed for U.S. Thanksgiving, running, between November 23 and November 30, during which time players can get double the standard XP and Stardust for in-game actions. The double up is a little more limited than the first event, which offered up candy bonuses and higher encounter rates for specific Pokémon, but it’s still a nice bump for… Read More

Apple reportedly won't make AirPort WiFi routers anymore

Nov 21, 2:03PM

apple_airport_express Apple has been releasing new WiFi routers every now and then since 1999. While the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme could use an update, don’t hold your breath for it. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company has disbanded the team that was working on wireless routers. Engineers are now working on other projects. The AirPort product line probably doesn’t drive a lot… Read More

ZTE's Axon 7 gets a variant with improved specs and Force Touch

Nov 21, 2:00PM

ZTE Axon Mini Tis the season for spec upgrades. It’s the next best thing to issuing a full-on product refresh in the lead up to the holidays. Unlike the recently issued OnePlus 3T, however, the new Axon 7 6+128 won’t be replacing its namesake, instead it will just slot in alongside the handset (and the not-mini Axon 7 Mini) at, naturally, a higher price point. Even still, $500 isn’t too… Read More

Uber debuts Compliments, letting riders give drivers specific positive feedback

Nov 21, 2:00PM

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-8-39-16-am Uber has a new product feature going live across its app today, called ‘Compliments.’ The new systems will prompt riders to give a specific, additional piece of positive feedback in addition to the star rating they assign their driver, including things like “Excellent Service” or “Awesome Music.” The new Compliments system will send a notification to the… Read More

Cozmo can now recognize pets and see in the dark

Nov 21, 2:00PM

unspecified-1 When I last took Anki’s Cozmo for a spin, I introduced him to my rabbit, Lucy. Both parties seemed fairly uninterested by the whole interaction. And while I’m bummed that rabbits are nowhere to be found on the plucky little robot’s list of software upgrades, and some pet owners are getting a little love. Anki’s got a handful of new features coming to the ‘bot… Read More

Alibaba gives its fast-growing cloud computing business another global push

Nov 21, 1:57PM

shutterstock alibaba Alibaba continues to put its chips into the cloud after it announced the opening of four new data centers across the world. A new facility in the Middle East (Dubai) went online today, while further locations in Australia, Japan and Germany are scheduled to open soon. Read More

Oracle acquires DNS provider Dyn, subject of a massive DDoS attack in October

Nov 21, 1:45PM

The Oracle headquarters is shown in Redwood City, Calif., Monday, June 18, 2012.  Oracle reported Monday that it earned $3.45 billion, or 69 cents per share, for the three months ending in May. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) A timely, if a little surprising, piece of M&A this morning from Oracle: the enterprise services company announced that it has acquired Dyn, the popular DNS provider that was the subject of a massive distributed denial of service attack in October that crippled some of the world’s biggest and most popular websites. Oracle plans to add Dyn’s DNS solution to its bigger… Read More

What does Trump mean for tech M&A?

Nov 21, 1:30PM

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) After Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory earlier this month, the tech community has been trying to assess how the new administration will impact them. There are concerns that there will be fewer H-1B visas for engineers, making it harder to hire the world’s best talent. People also interpret Trump’s stance on the Apple-FBI controversy as an indication that… Read More

Google opens new AI lab and invests $3.4M in Montreal-based AI research

Nov 21, 1:07PM

google-shop17 Google has invested a total of $4.5 million CAD ($3.4M US) in AI research in Montreal’s Institute for Learning Algorithms, with an academic fund covering three years that will help pay for seven faculty members across various Montreal academic institutions, including the University of Montreal and McGill. The investment is also continued backing for deep learning expert Yoshua… Read More

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