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Tesla update caps Autopilot at posted speed limit on undivided roads

Dec 22, 5:27PM

Tesla Autopilot Tesla is pushing out an update that will cap the max speed of Autopilot at the posted speed limit while using Autosteer, which controls the wheel while maintaining the car’s lane when engaged, TechCrunch has confirmed. The cap applies on undivided roads, and replaces previous functionality that allowed them to exceed the posted limit by up to 5 mph on these kinds of roadways. Autopilot… Read More

Pana's travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

Dec 22, 5:26PM

pana Pana, a travel companion that organizes your plans and sends personalized trip alerts, is now making its app free to challenge rivals like TripIt, Google Trips and others. First launched two years ago, Pana had previously focused on its paid subscription service for individuals and companies needing a 24/7 travel concierge — a move that may have limited its potential market. The… Read More

AWS catapulted Amazon into a breakout 2016 on Wall Street

Dec 22, 5:24PM

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18:  Jeff Bezos, founder and Chief Executive of and owner of The Washington Post, participates in a conversation during the event "Transformers: Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge," May 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Washington Post hosted the event focusing on "breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, commercial space travel, education and health care."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) You could argue that 2016 was the breakout year for Amazon’s cloud computing service, AWS — and Wall Street knows that an even bigger wave is coming next year. Amazon’s retail business continues to grow, and chug along, and gobble up share from offline commerce and other companies desperately trying to up their e-commerce game. And that’s all fine and good —… Read More

One barrier to diversity in tech is a culture of genius

Dec 22, 5:00PM

lightbulb It’s no secret that the tech industry struggles with diversity. While there are a number of factors limiting progress, one that’s often overlooked is the industry’s fixed mindset — its belief that intelligence, talent and abilities are fixed traits. This manifests as a culture that views brilliance as critical to success, and where some people are seen as inherently… Read More

TCL will be launching new Blackberry handsets soon

Dec 22, 4:59PM

DTEK 60 TCL isn’t wasting any time getting into the BlackBerry business. A week ago today, the Acatel manufacturer announced that it was officially becoming the major global partner for BlackBerry (excluding India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia – some of the company’s top markets) and now it’s getting ready to show off the fruits of the deal. No shocker here, but… Read More

A $250 million office space is vying to be the future home for New York's startup culture

Dec 22, 4:31PM

New York City skyline Three years might as well be 50 in startup land. It’s hard to say precisely where New York City’s tech community will be by the time 2020 rolls around, but living in the Big Apple certainly doesn’t look to be getting any easier for recent grads looking to make a name for itself. As Fast Company notes in a new profile on the upcoming 14th @ Irving workspace, the whole… Read More

Raspberry Pi's Pixel for PC and Mac breathes new life into old computers

Dec 22, 3:29PM

newdesk Pixel is a lightweight operating system with a clean desktop UI released by the foundation behind the affordable, tinker-friendly Raspberry Pi $35 computer in September, and now it’s available for PC or Mac users who might want to throw old hardware into renewed service. The lightweight Linux-based OS now comes as a downloadable image you can either burn to a DVD or load onto a USB… Read More

Super Mario Run's buying population is already declining

Dec 22, 3:21PM

super-mario-run-ios Super Mario Run may be the first mobile app to pass 40 million downloads in four days’ time on Apple’s App Store, but the game’s payment model has been controversial for its high price of $10 for the full version and limited free play. This has led to roughly half its audience leaving one-star reviews. Despite these complaints, the game has grabbed a huge percentage of… Read More

Going to CES? Join us at the official Hardware Battlefield Party in Las Vegas

Dec 22, 2:17PM

collegeparty There ain’t no party like a TechCrunch party because at a TechCrunch party you can meet investors who may or may not give you a term sheet for your hardware startup . That’s why we’re inviting 150 lucky readers to our event in Las Vegas to be held in conjunction with CES and our own Hardware Battlefield. Tickets will sell out soon so click here right now and reserve yours. Read More

Volkswagen teases a self-driving EV concept with retractable steering wheel

Dec 22, 2:07PM

Volkswagen Showcar NAIAS Detroit 2017 Volkswagen is extending the I.D. concept family it debuted at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year with a new concept car in the same line to be fully revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The carmaker teased the concept today, revealing a few details about the car, including that it’s designed to be fully self-driving in the future. The new… Read More

The NBA is launching its own fantasy game you can play while watching live basketball

Dec 22, 2:00PM

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 6:  Richaun Holmes #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks against the Washington Wizards in a preseason game on October 6, 2016 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) While it’s clear that daily fantasy sports games like the ones offered by DraftKings and FanDuel make watching sports more exciting, they aren’t necessarily the best companion if you’re focused on watching one team play. Let’s use The NFL as an example. Any given Sunday your daily fantasy sports team can have players from 9 different teams – potentially… Read More

The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

Dec 22, 1:57PM

nook-tablet-7-2016 Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested hacker. This is the same malware that researchers found on cheap… Read More

Xplenty raises another $4 million to help you integrate all your data

Dec 22, 1:48PM

Network of light streams in cloudy sky The internet has changed a lot over the last two decades, but many companies are still using legacy technologies to extract, transform and load their data into warehouses. One new entrant, Xplenty, is hoping that its fresh approach, prioritizing cloud services, will provide a solid foothold in the massive market for data integration tools. Having grown to serve over 100 customers, Xplenty… Read More

Elon Musk says Tesla's vision neural net for Autopilot is "now working well"

Dec 22, 1:28PM

tesla-drive-compressor Tesla is making progress towards its goal of making its latest cars fully self-driving, according to Elon Musk sharing some updates about the project, and about Enhanced Autopilot, the improved semi-autonomous driver assist system Tesla is planning to release in the near-term, before full autonomy is available. Musk addressed follower questions about Enhanced Autopilot’s progress on… Read More

New regulations could limit Didi's taxi on-demand service in China's top cities

Dec 22, 4:47AM

didi-2 There’s trouble in China for ride-sharing services after authorities in Beijing and Shanghai instituted new regulations that forbid people not officially registered as living in either city from working for services like Didi Chuxing or Uber. Read More

Crunch Report | Mario Run Breaks App Store Record

Dec 22, 4:20AM

Mario Run Breaks App Store record with 40 million downloads, OurMine hacks Marvel and Netflix Twitter accounts, Snap opens R&D office in China, SARA is Facebook’s new innovation advantage and Uber loses up to $3 billion in 2016. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Uber stops San Francisco self-driving pilot as DMV revoked registrations

Dec 22, 1:31AM

ubercar-7 Uber has confirmed that it will stop its self-driving pilot in San Francisco, following a meeting today with the California DMV and Attorney General’s office. The DMV revoked the registration on 16 self-driving test vehicles Uber was using in its pilot. The DMV tells TechCrunch that it invited Uber to complete its permitting process at the same time it revoked it the vehicle registrations. Read More

Nokia reignites Apple patent battle with a spate of new lawsuits

Dec 21, 11:59PM

Image (1) nokia-pivot-display-patent0.jpg for post 382836 Five years after burying the hatchet with Apple, Nokia’s back at it again. The one-time phone-making juggernaut announced this week that it’s ready to go back to court in a big way, filing multiple lawsuits aimed squarely at Cupertino. The company celebrated the filings with a press release detailing the claims, which stem from 32 patents related to a wide range of related… Read More

Apps for holiday shopping

Dec 21, 11:51PM

katie-app-thumbnail-holiday The holidays are almost here and there is still a little time left for last-minute shopping. Instead of sifting though all your discount emails, we found some apps that will help you save money and make both your online and in-store shopping experience easier. Slice Online shoppers may want to check out Slice, which makes it easier to monitor shipments. There’s no need to input any… Read More

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