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YouTube adds support for 4K live streaming

Nov 30, 5:00PM

A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet.        (Photo: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images) YouTube enabled support for 4K video on its site back in 2010, and today it’s bringing that same capability to live streaming. Both standard videos and 360 videos will be able to be live streamed in 4K, the company announced this morning. One of the first live streams to feature the new 4K support is the Game Awards, which kicks off tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern on YouTube. Delivering… Read More

AWS announces virtual private servers starting at $5 a month

Nov 30, 4:54PM

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-35-02-am AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean’s bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month. The VPS service, called Lightsail, allows a customer to easily fire up a server in the cloud for a low price and hide the complexity of the underlying services being used. It’s been designed, according to AWS CEO Andy… Read More

Amazon Web Services is rolling out a way to use to use just the GPU power you need

Nov 30, 4:45PM

amazon elastic GPU Amazon is rolling out a new tool for users of its Amazon Web Services that will allow them to essentially use just as much GPU power as necessary without using up a full cluster on Amazon’s EC2 instance types. That means companies can tap into just a sliver of GPU power, or a larger amount, on demand as they need it and pay for that amount. GPUs can run a ton of tasks in parallel and have… Read More

AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

Nov 30, 4:35PM

img_20161130_083641 Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced that it is launching a new instance type with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The promise of FPGAs is that they are essentially chips that you can reprogram on the fly and tune them for your specific applications, making them faster than traditional CPU/GPU combinations. These new instances will be available in preview today… Read More

Jungle Ventures closes $100M fund for startups in Southeast Asia

Nov 30, 3:59PM

Singapore’s Jungle Ventures today confirmed the final close of its newest $100 million fund for investments in Southeast Asia. The firm first announced plans for the fund, which is its second, in September 2015 when it completed a first close. Read More

Another startup takes on the strange world of the digital paper tablet

Nov 30, 3:55PM

REmarkable tablet The death of the devoted e-reader has been foretold time and time again. But while there’s been an unquestionable thinning of the herd, the devoted few still continue to move devices. That’s due in no small part to the benefits offered by E Ink. When it comes to battery life and daylight reading, full color can’t compete, so Amazon keeps selling a lot of Kindles – and… Read More

How to download and watch Netflix TV shows and movies offline

Nov 30, 3:52PM

netflix-offline Excited about the new Netflix offline viewing feature but unsure where to start? Here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how the feature works in the iOS app, where to find settings, and how to manage downloaded movies and TV shows once you have them. It’s easy, but not necessarily immediately apparent where to find what’s available or how to adjust the quality settings to… Read More

Bragi's The Headphone proves fully wireless earbuds can be great

Nov 30, 3:10PM

bragi-headphone-main Ditching frills for focus The Headphone doesn’t offer activity tracking or fancy gesture controls – instead, it promises Bluetooth audio, with physical buttons on the right earbud to control playback and volume. The case for The Headphone just holds the buds for charging; unlike The Dash, the storage container does not also hold backup charge for the headset. Despite everything… Read More

8Bitdo's NES Classic Edition wireless controller kit adds retro gamepad options

Nov 30, 3:00PM

1-hero-notext Got a new NES Classic Edition but woefully disappointed at the official controller’s short, corded-only options? Third party alternatives are popping up, but the new NES30 Classic Edition Set and Retro Receiver are a good bet, and are up for pre-order now. The kit is from 8Bitdo, which has been making wireless and wired retro versions of classic control controllers for a while now, and… Read More

Announcing Our 2016 Disrupt London Battlefield Judges

Nov 30, 3:00PM

Jukedeck Startup Battlefield Disrupt London 2015 TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 5th-6th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will see our now traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. TechCrunch is excited to announce the judges of the next round of Startup Battlefield. They pick the finalists and winner of the startup competition held at Disrupt London. The judges are experts in their respective fields and… Read More

Meizu looks to fill a Note 7-shaped hole with the Pro 6 Plus

Nov 30, 2:40PM

meizu-1 Over the past few months, Samsung has been understandably manic, trying to get replacement phones in the hands of former Note 7 owners. According to the company’s public-facing numbers, its bids have been pretty successful, convincing customers to stick with the brand by way of the S7 and S7 Edge, even as confidence in the brand has been deeply shaken. There are, of course, plenty of… Read More

TraceLink, helping the pharma industry trace and track drugs, lands $51.5M from Goldman Sachs

Nov 30, 2:35PM

tracelink TraceLink, the SaaS platform for tracking and tracing pharmaceuticals, has today announced the close of a $51.5 million Series C financing led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. Existing investors, such as FirstMark Capital, Volition Capital, and F-Prime Capital, also participated in the round. As part of the deal, Goldman’s Jason Kreuziger is joining TraceLink’s board of… Read More

Accel India closes its newest fund with $450 million — and in record time

Nov 30, 2:30PM

india traffic shutterstock Accel India has closed its fifth fund with $450 million, roughly two years after closing its fourth fund with $325 million. Whether it’s another sign of froth in the country or underscores a very real opportunity remains open to argument. In the meantime, Shekhar Kirani, a Bangalore-based partner who joined Accel in 2011, answered some of our related questions via email last night.… Read More

Readdle's email client Spark is now available on macOS

Nov 30, 2:22PM

swipes Spark is a neat email client with a few tricks up its sleeve. While it has been available on iOS for a while, Readdle is launching the app on macOS today so that you can use the same email client on all your Apple devices. The app is currently making its way to the Mac App Store and should be there later today (I’ll update this post with the App Store link). Readdle is a popular iOS… Read More

Netflix adds offline viewing for smartphones and tablets

Nov 30, 2:16PM

netflix-ios Netflix has finally delivered on something users have been asking for basically since it first arrived; offline playback. The streaming media company announced that users will be able to download select Netflix content for use while they’re away from a data connection beginning Wednesday. Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are… Read More

Announcing the Disrupt London Hackathon judges, API workshop, and tickets

Nov 30, 1:21PM

disrupt-london-2016-big The TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and we’re honored to welcome this year’s stellar judges. Saalim Chowdhury Saalim is a recovering serial founder and startup enthusiast, and has sought refuge at 500 Startups. There he’s an Entrepreneur in Residence, where he finds startups to invest… Read More

GoPro to cut 15% of workforce in restructuring effort

Nov 30, 12:58PM

21443484529_0b6d7d2083_k GoPro today announced the company will cut 200 jobs, about 15% of its global workforce. The company says this will reduce its 2017 non-GAAP operating expenses to about $650 million and will help the company fulfill CEO Nick Woodman’s stated goal of returning the company to profitability in 2017. Company president Tony Bates is stepping down from his position at the end of 2016, saying in… Read More

Dubsmash syncs €9 million Series B

Nov 30, 12:48PM

dubsmash Dubsmash, the lip-syncing video app from Berlin that became a surprise social hit last year, has raised Series B funding. According to multiple sources — and now confirmed by the company — Sunstone Capital has led a €9 million (~$9.6m) round with participation from Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Eniac Venture, and Lowercase Capital. Read More

Eric Schmidt-backed data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22M

Nov 30, 12:30PM

Dan Wagner Civis Analytics, a company founded by the chief analytics officer of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, has raised $22 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Dan Wagner told me that after the election, he discovered that many organizations — whether they were in politics, government or business — were dealing with problems similar to the ones he faced during… Read More

Gett secures $100M loan from Sberbank to expand its on-demand ride service

Nov 30, 11:29AM

Gett logo After raising $300 million from Volkswagen earlier this year, on-demand ride service Gett is getting another tranche of financing. Today the company announced that it has secured a $100 million, seven-year loan facility from Russia’s Sberbank. Gett said that it will use this to further expand the service with the bank — one of its big corporate customers — as well more… Read More

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