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The Future of TV isn't apps

Dec 18, 4:30PM

vue-apple-tv We’re in the mid-digital age, but we live with the legacy of analog systems, technology and thinking that’s only embellished by the technologies of our new era. Read More

The cleantech conspiracy

Dec 18, 2:00PM

tinfoil-hats This, if you squint and adjust your tinfoil hat in just the right way, is the real story of the US election: the Russian candidate defeated the Saudi Arabian candidate. Why them? Because they’re more desperate than anyone else. Both are failed, fragile petrostates propped up only by oil money; so both see cleantech, and climate-change concern — ie Elon Musk — as the real… Read More

The last frontier of consumerizing travel lives in the workplace

Dec 17, 10:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/ipopba/iStock According to a 2014 study by Google, 74 percent of leisure travelers relied on the internet for travel planning. That same study found that 77 percent of business travelers also started their journey online. Yet in many companies, booking travel still involves emailing or calling an actual travel agent, who then books with the airline or hotel. Read More

Debunking cancellation rumors, Niantic says Pokemon GO for Apple Watch is still "coming soon"

Dec 17, 9:44PM

screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-1-35-47-pm When Niantic first showed a Pokemon Go app for Apple Watch back in September, the only sort of launch date the company would give was by “the end of the year.” As December 31st quickly approaches, PoGo fans are starting to wonder if Niantic will ship things in 2016 after all. With wondering and doubt comes ample opportunity for rumors to spiral out of control. An email started… Read More

HP's OMEN X is a powerful and mostly satisfying gaming cube

Dec 17, 7:41PM

l1000099 Maingear and HP collaboration, the OMEN X is a good example of how far a consumer computer manufacturer will go to try and cater to a hard to please niche like PC gamers. Recently the latter has been doing a great job of appealing to different user needs with their Spectre line, from premium ultrabooks, to the VR-ready desktop replacement OMEN 17 laptop that I reviewed earlier this winter.… Read More

Tech can reshape the U.S. Peace Corps and bridge political divides

Dec 17, 6:30PM

6169129913_de40370b24_o Earlier this week, President-elect Trump met with some of the top leaders of American tech companies. Some of these leaders are trying to find common ground after being on the receiving end of some of his sharp-worded tweets. Like many of my friends in the tech community, I’m faced with the reality of a Trump presidency and searching for a way to honor the calls of President Obama and… Read More

Silicon Valley is a state of mind

Dec 17, 6:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/Carlos Alkmin/Moment “Silicon Valley is a state of mind,” said Ambassador Pedro Borio, Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco, during a recent address at the annual BayBrazil Conference. Borio spoke of the major growth in ties and similarities between Silicon Valley and Brazil over the last decade, a stormy tide of a national political scandal starting to ease and his prediction that Brazil… Read More

California Attorney General gives Uber notice on self-driving cars in San Francisco

Dec 17, 5:10PM

uber-self-driving-san-francisco-sf The California Department of Motor Vehicles sent Uber a notice asking it to terminate its pilot self-driving car service in San Francisco last week, but Uber has continued to operate its vehicles in spite of that order. Now, the California State Department of Justice has followed up, with an order from the Attorney General’s office that adds some teeth to the DMV’s earlier request.… Read More

Elon Musk might start a literal "boring company" to tunnel under traffic

Dec 17, 4:56PM

9499878360_fbbf82d39f_o Multi-CEO and future builder Elon Musk may have been so frustrated by sitting in traffic that he’s going to start yet another company – a boring one. Yes, boring – as in boring tunnels, using machine diggers to create undercut routes to alleviate surface traffic. Musk tweeted Saturday about being struck by inspiration for this new venture, making a series of… Read More

The top biotech stories of 2016

Dec 17, 4:30PM

elizabeth-holmes3 Biotech has been very hot this year as one of the fastest growing tech sectors as costs have plummeted, allowing innovation to speed up and bring us exciting innovations in health. But it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for investors. The many Theranos scandals became a primer on what not to do when building a billion-dollar biotech startup and then we had exciting IPO’s (and… Read More

Artificial intelligence finds its way into business through sales

Dec 17, 3:38PM

Woman over microchip circuits Artificial intelligence (AI) had a coming out party of sorts in 2016. Even though it has been in development for decades, this year, with the perfect combination of cheap computing power and access to increasing amounts of data, it seems AI’s time has come. Its first foray in business has been directed at making salespeople more efficient at every level of the sales workflow. If… Read More

Crunch Report | Soylent Is Back

Dec 17, 4:00AM

Super Mario Run is the most downloaded app in 24 hours on the App Store, Soylent is back with its reformulation and we now know why Facebook’s drone crashed. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Tesla introduces fee for lazy owners who leave their cars at Supercharger stations

Dec 17, 1:25AM

tesla-supercharger There’s nothing like driving your nearly-empty Tesla up to a Supercharger station for a top-up and finding every spot taken by other cars — probably all charged up and ready to go. Where are their drivers? How dare they? Tesla shares your anger and will soothe it by giving those drivers a different kind of charge. You know, the money kind. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Trump meets with tech leaders, Yahoo suffers another massive hack

Dec 17, 1:00AM

ubercar-11 This week, one could play Super Mario Run on iOS in a self-driving Uber if you lived in San Francisco. You could have also broadcast it live on Instagram or Snapchatted it to a group for the first time. These are the top stories in tech from this week, all in one place. Read More

Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

Dec 17, 12:14AM

google-maps-TC “Can I get in the building?” It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly — but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the U.S., it’s a question that has to be considered. And starting now, it’s one that Google Maps is trying to help answer. “Wheelchair accessible entrance” will now be noted in a location’s… Read More

Uber continues self-driving vehicle testing in SF in defiance of DMV

Dec 17, 12:04AM

uber-small Uber won’t stop operating self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, despite an order from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to do just that. The DMV says Uber needs a permit to test its autonomous vehicles, but Uber argues that its vehicles aren’t autonomous at all and therefore it doesn’t need a permit. “We respectfully disagree with the California Department… Read More

Airbnb authorizes $153 million more funding

Dec 16, 11:39PM

FILE - In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an announcement in San Francisco. Airbnb on Thursday, Sept. 8  apologized for its slow response to accusations of racism and outlined new policies to combat the problem, including reducing the prominence of photos in the booking process. "We have been slow to address these problems, and for this I am sorry," said Chesky in a message published on the vacation rental website's blog. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) A new Delaware filing for Airbnb, identified by CB Insights, suggests that the travel service has authorized another $153 million in Series F shares. This implies that they might be raising an extension to their financing $555 million round from a few months back. The filing prices the shares at $105, consistent with the latest round, which was said to be about a $30 billion valuation. Uber is… Read More

TechCrunch's 2016 Gift Guide

Dec 16, 11:31PM

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The relevance of media-streaming startups

Dec 16, 11:00PM

streaming video Times have changed, but public demand for innovative new access to entertainment hasn’t. Internet access and social networks have given consumers more options. Consumers, in turn, have started to play a bigger role in shaping the market. Now that we’re at a point where the entertainment/media market is saturated with streaming offerings, the next logical question is: Where do we… Read More

Motorola's hackathon-winning Moto Mods include a gamepad and skin-care monitor

Dec 16, 10:36PM

hackathonheroimage You’ve got to hand it to Motorola, the smartphone maker does appear committed to its nascent modular smartphone offering. The company launched the Moto Z back in July, alongside four magnetic backings — a projector, a set of JBL speakers, a battery pack and protective casing. Since then, the company has launched a Hasselblad zoom lens, a Mophie-branded battery and a car dock,… Read More

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