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Samsung's Gear smartwatches finally get their iPhone app

Jan 08, 7:06PM

img_6579 Samsung’s CES presence was extremely light on mobile content this year, but the hardware giant did manage to sneak in a little bit of mobile news before the week was out. Yesterday, the company finally dropped the long awaited iOS version of its Gear S app, which brings iPhone and iPad compatibility to its line of wearables – namely the Gear Fit 2 band, along with its Gear S2 and… Read More

Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter

Jan 08, 6:00PM

twitter-toast With rumors swirling that Twitter may (or should) sell, it’s time to ask: Is that for the best? Will it maximize what Twitter can — and should — become? In short, no. Twitter doesn’t need to sell. Instead of going external for a shot in the arm, the networking brand should work internally — get creative with offerings and tweak current features. Read More

AirWander for your wanderlust: legitimately impressive

Jan 08, 2:00PM

djibouti-camel It’s reassuring to know that, jaded as I am, every so often, I can still stumble across a service that makes me think: “At last! I’ve waited years for this to exist!” So I’m exceedingly pleased to tell you all about AirWander, a web site built for peripatetic travel junkies like me; one which — at last — allows you to easily search for, and book… Read More

August's CEO on lock hacking and releasing hardware before it's ready

Jan 08, 1:49AM

august-mortis-3-4-viewoutdoor-urban-for-magazine August launched a new device this week at CES. “That’s five products shipped within 24 months,” explained CEO Jason Johnson during an on stage interview with TechCrunch earlier today. “I don’t know if you’re going to find too many companies that have our retail presence and a customer base that ships that many products in that time.” It’s a lot for… Read More

Using data science to beat cancer

Jan 08, 12:00AM

Dividing cancer cell. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a colorectal cancer cell undergoing mitosis (nuclear division) and splitting into two daughter cells (left and right). Here, it is in late telophase, the final stage before cell division (cytokinesis) and the two daughter cells are still connect by a cytoplasmic bridge (horizontal, centre). Bacteria (rod-shaped) can also be seen on the cells. Magnification: x2000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide. Image: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library  /Getty Images The complexity of seeking a cure for cancer has vexed researchers for decades. While they’ve made remarkable progress, they are still waging a battle uphill as cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Yet scientists may soon have a critical new ally at their sides — intelligent machines — that can attack that complexity in a different way. Read More

And the winner of Hardware Battlefield 2017 is… Siren Care

Jan 07, 11:33PM

ces2017_battlefieldwinner-1070028 These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges on stage at the Sands Expo. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner of the Hardware Battlefield. After many deliberations, our judges narrowed the list down to four finalists: wearable device for pregnant mothers Bloomlife, smart sensors for construction… Read More

Apple's new ad shows off the Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus

Jan 07, 11:15PM

pr_stills-0006 Just in time for the Golden Globes Awards on Sunday, Apple released a brand new ad showing off what you can do with the Portrait mode that works with the iPhone 7 Plus and its two cameras. As a bonus, the ad was shot in Greece and now I want to go to Greece. The beginning of the ad looks like a movie segment more than anything else. It starts with a couple of ambiance shots and then you can see… Read More

Hackers successfully add games to the NES Classic Edition

Jan 07, 10:54PM

battletoads The greatest hope of retro gamers and the greatest fear of Nintendo have been met simultaneously: The immensely popular NES Classic Edition has been hacked and its 30-game library augmented with new and even homebrewed titles. Read More

URB-E's newest foldable electric scooter cuts the price to $899

Jan 07, 10:09PM

URB-E is a foldable electric scooter that first launched in prototype-form back at CES in January 2014. Last year we checked out a version that could carry an adult up to 20 miles at a speed of 15 MPH. While we liked the vehicle, we though the $1,499 price point was a bit too prohibitive for it to truly become mainstream. So now the company is back with a much more affordable version, that… Read More

Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

Jan 07, 9:39PM

img_3248 Smartphones are able to shoot astonishingly high quality video these days, but ultimately, the lenses and sensors built into your phone are too small to get a decent shallow depth of field effect. Beastgrip is about to launch a Depth of Field adapter that makes it possible to use high-end SLR lenses with your smartphone — with impressive results. Read More

Smart toasters are here

Jan 07, 9:32PM

img_5276 My favorite thing, hands down, about the Griffin Connected Toaster is the slider on the app. On one side is an icon of a white piece of bread. On the other, is one that’s all black. Sure, a smart toaster is the epitome of connected appliance ridiculousness, but there’s something to be said for being able to micromanage the level of bread toastedness to such a microscopic level. It… Read More

Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

Jan 07, 9:28PM

aivia speaker Hugh Behroozy is obsessed with symmetry — so much so that they wanted his company’s name is even symmetric. And that’s why the Aivia, a combo subwoofer/speaker, is slanted — so it will fit seamlessly against a wall and not jut out because of a charging cable. The speaker also has a screen built into it, which may seem like an odd decision to make for a startup. But… Read More

Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

Jan 07, 9:09PM

proof wristband Checking your blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer while out with some friends might just be a party trick — but if you really wanted to know it to figure out whether or not you should have another drink, it might be awkward to pull one out. So that’s why Evan Strenk started Milo Sensors, a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based… Read More

Wrist-mounted subwoofer Basslet announces pricing and shipping

Jan 07, 7:51PM

basslet_07 Crowdfunded on Kickstarter last year, Lofelt’s wrist-mountable subwoofer is shipping to its backers as we speak. Basslet will be available to order on February 7 for $199. I tried it out at CES and am eager to share some first impressions. Read More

I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

Jan 07, 6:01PM

rock-band-vr VR is a tricky medium to do well, but Harmonix’s upcoming Rock Band VR might just be the perfect fit. The game has always been about making players feel like they’re real rock stars, living in an alternate reality where they chased their dream and actually did master the guitar and make it big. Virtual reality finally gives Rock Band players the chance to feel real stage presence,… Read More

On bots, language and making technology disappear

Jan 07, 6:00PM

invisible-bot This year’s new buzzword in computer design circles is without question “bots.” As with anything we build, we give bots names. A name can be a way of expressing trust in an object — or expressing control over it. But giving a bot an identity isn’t always for the best. Calling a bot Siri does not necessarily have the same relationship-building effect as calling… Read More

Talking tech with NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley

Jan 07, 5:51PM

This year at CES we sat down with the Turner Sports team to hear about what tech-related plans they have for 2017. First we got a chance to speak with Turner Sports’ analysts and NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, who discussed what cool tech they saw at this year’s CES and also how technology is changing the way fans watch sports. Then we talked to… Read More

This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

Jan 07, 5:41PM

cfs-robird-grey-1 Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson? The whole saga started with a bird strike. Birds at airports can be a terrifying ordeal, so you’d be unsurprised to hear that airports pay a pretty penny to keep the area around an airport clear. Clear Flight Solutions’ Robird is a drone that flaps its wings and scares the bejesus out of other birds to keep aviation safe. Read More

Watch TechCrunch's last day at CES 2017

Jan 07, 4:53PM

robot-hardware-battlefield-469x266 We’re cold and we’re tired. But we’re nearing the end, and we saved the best for last. We’ll be making Crepes live on stage. We’re chatting with the CEO of Arduino, and we’re also hanging out with LeEco and will chat about their global plans. Then, at 2:00, we will have the final round of Hardware Battlefield where four hardware companies will pitch four… Read More

TechCrunch's Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

Jan 07, 5:00AM

metalman Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch the presentations live on TechCrunch tomorrow… Read More

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