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This electric bus company just raised $140 million

Jan 03, 6:27PM

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-33-55-am According to Proterra, a Burlingame, Ca.-based company, its zero-emission electric buses can drive a stunning 350 miles one charge — and on city streets, no less. With that kind of claim, it’s no wonder investors just poured $140 million into the outfit, which began garnering heightened press attention last year but has been quietly working on its technology for the last 12… Read More

Insole maker Digitsole goes all in with a connected smart sneaker

Jan 03, 6:26PM

zhortech-shoe-profil-3 If you know Digitsole at all, it’s probably for the company’s connected, heated insoles. This year at CES, the company is building upon its inner-shoe expertise with something decidedly more ambitious. This time out, it’s making the whole damn shoe. As far as names go, “The Active Cushioning Run Profiler” isn’t exactly the next Air Jordan. I’m also… Read More

Earin introduces another really small pair of truly wireless earbuds

Jan 03, 6:04PM

earin-1 While plenty of companies are rushing to bring fully wireless earbuds to the market, the phenomenon is already old hat for Earin. The company launched its first product way back in 2015 to mixed reviews, following a success crowdfunding campaign. This CES, the startup is back for more with the M2, a pair of extremely small buds featuring built-in touch control. Of course, a lot has happened in… Read More

Intel confirms 15% stake in mapping business Here to work on autonomous car tech

Jan 03, 6:00PM

Automobility-Intel-5.JPG Here, the mapping and location services company once owned by Nokia and sold for €2.5 billion to a car-maker consortium of Audi, BMW and Daimler in 2015, is picking up a new investor today: chipmaker Intel has confirmed that it is taking a 15 percent stake in the business, which it will use to develop autonomous positioning systems (powered with Intel Inside). The companies are not… Read More

Acer's new rugged Chromebook 11 N7 is designed to withstand drops and drinks

Jan 03, 5:39PM

acer-chromebook-11-n7-c731-rear-left-facing Yes, it’s true: Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. But Acer has a new Chromebook that it thinks is good for people who berate their computers (or just work in unforgiving conditions). The Chromebook 11 N7 is battle-tested and fulfills the U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard. It can take up to 132 pounds of downward force on the top cover, with corners designed to take the blunt… Read More

Acer's Predator 21 X gaming laptop with a curved screen is currently unlike anything else

Jan 03, 5:39PM

acer-predator_21_x_gx21-71_left-facing_eye-tracking-lights_keyboard-image_touchpad This is insanity, otherwise known as the Acer Predator 21 X, a gaming laptop with a 21-inch, G-Sync curved screen at 2560 x 1080 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It’s undeniably worthy as a desktop replacement (on paper), but something out of a sci-fi or action movie. Acer opted for dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI, an overclockable 7th- generation Intel Core… Read More

BitPagos, now Ripio, lands $1.9M to promote financial inclusion in South America using bitcoin

Jan 03, 5:30PM

BitPagos BitPagos, a bitcoin and digital payments startup that was a Battlefield finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016, has raised $1.9 million Series A funding round to expand its services in its native South America. Read More

Altec Lansing will release its first turntable this holiday season for $199

Jan 03, 5:26PM

altec-lansing-stealth-turntable The Stealth is Altec Lansing’s first shot at the turntable market. Priced at $199 and slated to be released during the holidays in 2017, it ships with a pair of 50 watt speakers that connect to the deck. The speakers also have bluetooth built in, so you can wirelessly transmit music from your phone or computer to the included speakers — it’s a bit like a portable… Read More

Here's who fared best on dating apps in 2016

Jan 03, 5:20PM

bumble-tinder-icons It’s the end of 2016, and the two most popular dating apps – Bumble and Tinder – have released some fun user information which gives us a glimpse into which type of people are most sought after on the dating apps. First Tinder gave us info on the most right-swiped names of 2016. In the United States, guys named Lucas, Ryan, Matthew, Nick and Josh were the most swiped right.… Read More

Hyundai links up with Google Assistant for car voice commands

Jan 03, 5:06PM

2017 Ioniq Electric Vehicle (EV) Hyundai will team with Google to make its cars voice-operable to a limited degree via Assistant, the search giant’s virtual helper. Hyundai is showing off this tech at CES this year, which allows Hyundai vehicle owners to do things like ask Google to start their car, transfer an address to their vehicle or lock the doors. The integration works via Hyundai’s Blue Link software,… Read More

HP's strange Sprout all-in-one gets an upgrade aimed at education and businesses

Jan 03, 5:00PM

sprout-pro-by-hp-student-teacher-3d-capture-with-boat Perhaps the time has finally come for the HP Sprout. When the original product was announced in late-2014, the 3D scanning all-in-one felt like little more than a curiosity than a commercial product. In the subsequent couple of years, however, the company’s fellow hardware producers have been making a major push toward 3D creation and consumption, thanks to the explosion of VR and AR… Read More

Ford to build new all-electric SUV and autonomous hybrid at Michigan plant

Jan 03, 4:53PM

transithybridtaxi_9990_hr Ford has announced plans at CES to build a range of new electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, revealing plans for seven of its total 13 planned electric cars set for arrival in the next five years. These include a brand-new, fully electric small SUV, and a new fully autonomous car that will be the basis of its new electric ride-hailing fleet, with a target debut date of 2021. The new Ford… Read More

Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

Jan 03, 3:17PM

dish DISH DVR owners can now connect directly to the Amazon Echo or Dot and tell Alexa to turn on ESPN, find Matt Damon movies, or bring up lots of comedies. The feature will be rolled out in the “first half of the year” according to a DISH press release. “You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on… Read More

Paytm, India's top mobile payments firm, gets approval to launch its own digital bank

Jan 03, 3:01PM

paytm-bank India leading mobile payments company Paytm has announced that it has formally received permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to launch a digital bank. Read More

Applications are now open for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in D.C. and Miami!

Jan 03, 3:00PM

meetups It’s a new year, and with it comes brand new locations for the world-renowned TC Meetup + Pitch-off. This year, we’re coming to Washington D.C. on February 21 and Miami on February 23! For those of you that don’t know, the TC Meetup + Pitch-off is our opportunity to get to know the local tech scene in your area. And a big part of that is the pitch-off. Ten companies will… Read More

Dish's new AirTV set-top box does over-the-air and 4K streaming

Jan 03, 2:58PM

airtv Dish is unveiling a new streaming device at CES this year, the AirTV, which uses Android TV as its base operating systems, providing access to the wealth of Android media apps available. But it’s also able to grab over-the-air signals with an antenna for streaming live TV, and it works with Sling TV for a cable-free streaming subscription cord cutting experience. The AirTV also handles… Read More

GM counters Trump's Twitter claim about Chevy Cruze being made in Mexico

Jan 03, 2:40PM

2016 Chevrolet Cruze hits the road in Nashville delivering an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway and the most connectivity in its class. On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted that the Chevrolet Cruze sold in the U.S. is being manufactured in Mexico and sold tax-free via dealers across the border in the U.S. GM responded to the claim with a statement clarifying exactly where it makes the Cruze it retails in the U.S., which it turns out is primarily in Ohio. All Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are made at a factory in the state,… Read More

More wearable woe as Vinaya restructures and seeks pivot to b2b

Jan 03, 2:36PM

vinaya 2016 had a little more woe to deliver in the wearables space as London-based high end connected device maker, Vinaya, went into administration last month. Read More

Home robot Kuri is like an Amazon Echo designed by Pixar

Jan 03, 2:00PM

kuri_speaks_robot Mayfield Robotics is a startup fully owned and funded by Bosch, with a team of co-founders that have extensive experience in the field of robotics, but also in interaction design and machine learning. Their first product is Kuri, an intelligent home robot making its official debut at CES this year, with pre-orders beginning in the U.S. and a target ship date of sometime during the holidays… Read More

Polar embeds a bunch of sensors into a workout shirt

Jan 03, 2:00PM

polar-team-pro-shirt The once-ascendant world of wearables seems to be on shaky ground of late, but you’ve got to hand it to polar for really going all in. The Finnish company’s certainly got the history to back it up, of course, having produced wearable heart rate monitors since the early 80s, decades before anyone managed to embed the things on a wristband. And there’s perhaps something to be… Read More

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