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Fam lets you do group videochats directly within iMessage

Dec 30, 6:03PM

Teenage girl breaking up with her boyfriend while sitting on a bridge near big boulevard. Casual clothing with shirt and jeans. In my opinion, one of FaceTime’s major flaws is the lack of group video chat. Sure, apps like Skype, ooVoo and now Messenger let you do group video chats, but it’s just not as seamless as FaceTime. And while Houseparty has also recently entered the group video chat race, they are focused more on providing a shared space for all of your friends to pop in and out of a video chat.… Read More

The real political divide is education

Dec 30, 6:00PM

Image: Getty Images/smartboy10/DigitalVision The two main political parties in this country are about to face a challenge that will create a complete realignment as politicians are forced to choose between robots and people. The real question, as the parties realign themselves, is who will be for the robots and who will be for the workers. Read More

Russia sanctioned and SpaceX looks back to the stars: It's The Daily Crunch

Dec 30, 5:49PM

daily-crunch-2x1 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. Russia gets a parting gift from Obama, SpaceX wants to move back to more controlled explosions, plus internet matrimony. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December… Read More

Iran has banned Clash of Clans for promoting violence and tribal conflict

Dec 30, 5:03PM

clash-of-clans Earlier this week The Ministry of Justice in Iran blocked Clash of Clans because psychologists in the country believe the game promotes violence and what they are describing as ‘tribal conflict’. They also state that, among other findings, that the game negatively affects family life for youth, who psychologists believe are addicted to playing. I reported earlier this year that… Read More

LG's Hub Robot sounds like a mobile Amazon Echo

Dec 30, 4:24PM

lg-smartthinq-hub-1-1024x926 LG and Samsung have really taken advantage of the calm before the CES storm by teasing out their product announcements, one by one. LG’s certainly ahead in terms of sheer strangeness here, having already announced a floating speaker and a wearable speaker collar. The Seoul-based electronics giant will also apparently be showing off a bunch of robots at the show. It’s not the… Read More

SpaceX loads Iridium satellites for first Falcon 9 mission since explosion

Dec 30, 2:38PM

spacex-iridium The payload is now on board for SpaceX’s first return to launch following its September 1 explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on a launchpad during fueling. The proposed launch, which is currently awaiting clearance by the FAA for a launch window that opens January 7 and goes through January 9. A return to flight for SpaceX would be a big step forward in terms of the private spacefaring… Read More

Blockchain technologies entered the trough of disillusionment in 2016, but 2017 will be brighter

Dec 30, 12:30PM

Bitcoin Instead, the block chain industry is moving into the Trough of Disillusionment, marked by waning interest “as experiments and implementations fail to deliver.” During this time, many will fail and exit the market, while those who survive, will continue to enjoy market success, secure investment dollars and march forward along a path to widespread market adoption. Read More

2016 Africa roundup: drone delivery, VC, unicorns, exits and Zuck

Dec 30, 7:30AM

zuck-juliana-rotich-gearbox-paygo-1 Twenty-sixteen was a pivotal year for African tech. The continent’s IT scene attracted major investment, produced its first $1 billion startup, launched a national drone delivery program, and drew one of Silicon Valley’s biggest icons to tour its innovation hubs. Read More

Few startups IPOed this year, but the ones that did soared

Dec 30, 5:59AM

twilio-ipo There weren’t many tech IPOs this year, but they performed well. Just 14 venture-backed tech companies went public, according to Dealogic. This compares to 25 last year and the 40+ we saw in each of the five years before.  The last time we had fewer tech IPOs was in the 2009 financial crisis. Macroeconomic concerns related to oil prices, China and the Brexit made it a suboptimal time… Read More

Samsung's new curved monitor coming to CES is somewhat tailored for gamers

Dec 30, 4:20AM

ces2017_ch711_curvedmonitor_attachment_8 Right before the New Year begins — and with it, CES — tech companies tend to out many of their upcoming wares before the show even starts. Take Samsung for example, with its new CH711 quantum dot curved monitor. The CH711 comes in two sizes: 27 or 31.5-inch displays, both with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. Samsung is touting the deep and distinct 1800R curvature of the… Read More

How fast is fast charging?

Dec 30, 12:16AM

Jaguar I-PACE concept at the 2016 LA Auto Show EVgo announced this month that it has broken ground on what will be the first public DC fast charging station, capable of up to 350 kw, in California — more powerful even than current charging champs Tesla Superchargers. The EVgo station will be ready to charge up near the World’s Tallest Thermometer (yup) in Baker, California, this summer. This begs the questions: How fast are… Read More

Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law

Dec 29, 11:14PM

facebook_facial_rec An Illinois law is proving a thorn in Facebook’s side as a class action lawsuit, alleging mishandling of biometric information, moves toward trial. The latest developments in the case have the social network objecting against releasing or even admitting the existence of all manner of data, but the plaintiffs aren’t taking “objection” for an answer. Read More

2016 and the year ahead

Dec 29, 10:00PM

Image: Getty Images/Pixtum/iStock This past year was a big one for internet attacks, encryption, blackouts, speed and IoT, and 2017 is positioned to bring even more headlines for each of these. As Cloudflare prepares for the coming year, we made some predictions about what’s next for the future of the internet. But first, let’s review what we saw as a result of the widespread use and abuse of the internet in 2016.… Read More

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams are getting married

Dec 29, 9:31PM

alexis-ohanian2 Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and tennis superstar Serena Williams are engaged! Williams announced the engagement today on none other than Reddit. Read More

Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

Dec 29, 8:49PM

Coca Cola sets new advertisement or promotional name After opening to much fanfare three years ago, Coca-Cola is shutting down The Founders program, according to a published report in Innovation Leader. Under this program, the company nurtured young startups, hoping to siphon some of that entrepreneurial energy and pass it along to the big lumbering corporation. Over the last several years, companies have recognized the need to innovate, and… Read More

These are the 5 videos vying for Best Startup Video at the 10th Annual Crunchies

Dec 29, 8:43PM

crunchies-best-startup-video The 10th Annual Crunchies Awards show is right around the corner, and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. As a part of that, we’re including a brand new category: Best Startup Video! You might have the coolest technology, service, or gadget in the world, but without a fun video to show it off, does it really count? Pics or it didn’t happen, amirite? That… Read More

Jawbone fires back after Fitbit ends patent case

Dec 29, 8:24PM

jawbone-vs-fitbit Fitbit celebrated the holiday this year by ending one of a number of suits filed against fellow fitness wearable manufacturer Jawbone. Even so, the legal war being waged between the two sides appears to be a long way from over. In fact, Jawbone has issued its own filing this week that, naturally, accepts Fitbit’s motion to terminate the patent suit, while hitting back against the… Read More

Obama announces sanctions for Russian election hacking

Dec 29, 7:41PM

obama The Obama administration announced today that it will impose sanctions on Russian intelligence services and officials in response to the hacks of American political institutions during the election season. The sanctions cover nine individuals and organizations in Russia, and will prevent four officials from Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, from traveling to the U.S. or… Read More

In light of discrimination concerns, Uber and Lyft defend their policies to show rider names and photos

Dec 29, 7:31PM

A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016.  About a half dozen ride-hailing firms have rushed into Texas tech hub Austin after market leaders Uber and Lyft left the city a little over a monthago in a huff over municipal requirements that they fingerprint drivers.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files Uber and Lyft have responded to Senator Al Franken’s questions regarding potential racial discrimination against passengers. Last month, Franken wondered why it’s necessary to include names and photos of passengers requesting rides, and what steps both companies can take to dissuade drivers from canceling rides on people with “black-sounding” names. In Uber and… Read More

SoftBank lets Trump brag about creating jobs (he didn't) so that it can buy T-Mobile

Dec 29, 6:53PM

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater November 6, 2016 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. With less than 48 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Yes, Trump is still talking about the same SoftBank fund that has nothing to do with him. In a convoluted turn of self promotion, the President-elect just revisited his not-so-humblebrag from earlier this month, falsely taking credit for SoftBank’s Vision Fund, a joint $100 billion plan between SoftBank and Saudi Arabia to invest in emerging technologies. As announced in October… Read More

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