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Netgear's Orbi might be the best Wi-Fi router I've ever used

Jan 27, 7:40PM

main I’m rarely this excited about a wi-fi router. I’ve used Apple gear for years now, replacing Airport after Airport until I found I hit a wall. My house is made of wood, brick, and lathe with a little horsehair and metal sheeting thrown in so I was unable to get good Wi-Fi throughout. I ran powerline Ethernet to the attic and added an Airport Express to speed things up but I was… Read More

Alexa scores some Super Bowl skills for next week's big game

Jan 27, 7:33PM

Amazon Echo Top Detail 2 This time last year, Amazon made it clear just how big it expected Alexa to be with its first ever Super Bowl commercial, starring Alec Baldwin and Jason Schwartzman, along with a motley crew of celebrity cameos ranging from Dan Marino to Missy Elliot and, of course, its voice controlled speaker. It’s been a heck of a year for the line. Amazon muscled its way connected homes everywhere… Read More

Oculus/ZeniMax case goes to jury as damages sought increases to $4 billion

Jan 27, 7:14PM

A shadow is cast on the Oculus sign, as a visitor uses Oculus goggles to experience Minecraft for Gear VR during a press demonstration, at The Village event space, in San Francisco, California on March 15, 2016. (Photo: GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images) The lawsuit threatening the future of Facebook’s Oculus VR may have just gotten a lot more expensive. Yesterday, in closing statements the legal team representing ZeniMax Media asked the jury in a Dallas courtroom to rule against Oculus VR and award $2 billion in compensation as well as another $2 billion in punitive damages, Polygon reports. The case, which hinges on the claim… Read More

Ohio's Transportation Research Center gets $45M to expand smart mobility testing

Jan 27, 6:50PM

carousel_bj4u7513 Ohio’s Transportation Research Center (TRC) is getting a new 540-acre facility specifically for testing and researching smart mobility solutions, with on-site plans for a 12-lane intersection and reconfigurable test platform wider than 50 highway lines and as long as 10 football fields. That comes courtesy of a new $45 million grant from Ohio State University, Ohio state funds and… Read More

Hinge is testing a personal assistant service called Audrey to help you get more dates

Jan 27, 6:11PM

screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-1-03-42-pm Dating app Hinge recently pivoted from swiping to “stories,” in order to help people find real relationships. That focus on authenticity, however, seems to stand in contrast to a project the company has been testing: Audrey, a personal assistant who will message your matches for you and schedule your dates. Audrey’s existence was first spotted by Business Insider, which… Read More

The future of American jobs lies with the tech industry

Jan 27, 6:00PM

Image: Getty Images/Guido Rosa/Ikon Images When Donald Trump won the election, many in Silicon Valley were flummoxed: “How could a bigoted billionaire with no government experience and a twitchy Twitter trigger finger win the U.S. presidential election?” It’s quite simple: Trump won precisely because Silicon Valley is so disconnected from the Rust Belt. Read More

Nokia introduces MIKA, a digital assistant for engineers and telecom operators

Jan 27, 5:39PM

Nokia Shutterstock Nokia’s got a nice, adorable name picked out for its new voice assistant. MIKA stands for “Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant,” letting engineers and telecom operators access information through voice commands. The system is powered by the company’s cognitive services platform, using “augmented intelligence with automated learning to provide access to… Read More

Ina Fried joins Politico co-founder's Axios Media as chief tech correspondent

Jan 27, 5:30PM

Axios Media — a new media venture founded by former Politico executives — is beefing up its tech team with the new hiring of longtime reporter Ina Fried as its chief tech correspondent in San Francisco. Fried said her job will be to take some of the largest technology stories of the day — whether it’s about a new smartphone, some major shift in the political landscape… Read More

Alphabet's long bets start looking better: It's The Daily Crunch

Jan 27, 5:16PM

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. Alphabet’s ‘other bets’ start looking like better bets, Microsoft ascends to the clouds and Trump enlists more titans of tech. All that and more in The… Read More

Disrupt NY 2017 registration is open, get your extra early bird tickets now

Jan 27, 5:00PM

Photo: Amanda Hall / robertharding / Getty Images The day you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Registration for Disrupt NY 2017 is now open, which means now is your chance to be part of all the Disrupt action for a fraction of the price with extra early bird tickets. Extra early bird tickets are just $1,795 apiece, saving you $1,200 off the full retail price. You can purchase tickets here. But act fast, because… Read More

Samsung is reportedly launching the Galaxy S8 on March 29

Jan 27, 4:57PM

galaxy_s8-930x775 Just about a week or so ago, Samsung confirmed that it wouldn’t be using the world’s biggest phone show as a launching pad for its new flagship – a slight surprise given the fact that the company really need a big statement soon in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and, well, all of the other stuff currently plaguing the company. Of course, after all of that,… Read More

You could be the WILDCARD at the D.C. and Miami Pitch-offs!

Jan 27, 4:44PM

Meetup Stockholm 3 We’re headed to D.C. and Miami for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off, and this time we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the rapid-fire pitch-off, we’re choosing a WILDCARD startup from our audience of attendees. That means that entrepreneurs attending the event can still wind up pitching their product on stage, even if they aren’t selected (or never applied) for… Read More

President Trump thinks an app with around 10K downloads will help prove millions voted illegally

Jan 27, 4:21PM

screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-11-15-33-am President Trump tweeted about a mobile app called VoteStand this morning, which led many people to ask, uh, what’s VoteStand? Apparently, the president believes the voter fraud app originally funded by conservative super PAC Winning Our Future, will help him prove his claims that 3 million people voted illegally in the November elections. That would be quite a feat, given that the… Read More

Apple aims to up its AI smarts with iCloud user data in iOS 10.3

Jan 27, 3:48PM

siri The next version of Apple’s mobile platform will include an opt-in for iOS users to share their iCloud data in order to help the company improve software products, such as its voice-powered virtual assistant, Siri. Read More

Daimler close to buying Taxibeat in Greece for around $43M

Jan 27, 3:40PM

taxibeat_1 Automakers are continuing to ramp up their holdings in the world of on-demand transportation services, and in the latest development, Germany’s Daimler is closing in on a deal to acquire Taxibeat, a profitable ride-hailing app based out of Athens, for a price of around €40 million ($43 million). The deal — which would roll Taxibeat into the same Daimler division that includes… Read More

Trump's manufacturing council includes Elon Musk, Michael Dell and Mark Fields

Jan 27, 3:29PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23:  U.S. President Donald Trump (L) reaches across Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson to shake hands with Michael Dell of Dell Technologies after saying his administration wants to reduce regulations on new investment during a meeting with business leaders and administraiton staff in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Business leaders also included Elon Musk of SpaceX, Mark Sutton of International Paper, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and others.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Donald Trump’s White House administration has revealed the full membership of its manufacturing council (via Steve Kopack), which he assigned Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to lead in December. The council includes Elon Musk, making this the second Trump administration advisory group that the Tesla CEO belongs to, including his Strategic and Policy Forum, which advises on economic… Read More

Satechi's $30 Power Meter is designed to weed out bad USB-C cables

Jan 27, 3:20PM

yyb6wroz62qvwedryiii Satechi couldn’t have picked a better time to announce its USB-C Power Meter. Early last year, Benson Leung of Google’s Chromebook Pixel team discovered some troubling results when he systematically tested a number of cheap cords purchased off of Amazon, ultimately wreaking havoc on his own equipment. In November, Google issued a strongly worded advisement against third party… Read More

A Google Maps error has turned Bangkok into a gigantic park

Jan 27, 3:16PM

screenshot-2017-01-27-22-26-36 Here’s a fun story that I wish was true — Google Maps today decided to turn Bangkok, and a large swathe of the rest of Thailand, into the world’s largest park. Users of the Google Maps mobile apps and visitors to its website who look up the Thai capital will notice that the entire city and much of the surrounding area is covered in green. Green means grass, and grass… Read More

Apple joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in AI initiative

Jan 27, 2:03PM

apple security Following Bloomberg’s report, the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (what a name) officially announced that Apple is joining other tech companies as a founding member of the AI initiative. Companies will work on research projects, AI best practices and more. The Partnership on AI was officially unveiled back in September 2016. At the time, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM… Read More

Alibaba's Ant Financial is buying MoneyGram for $880M to expand its global presence

Jan 27, 11:50AM

moneygram-2 Alibaba is taking a big step into the U.S. — but it isn’t necessarily what you might think. Its affiliate Ant Financial has revealed it is buying U.S. payments firm MoneyGram for $880 million. Ant Financial is paying $13.25 per share for NASDAQ-listed MoneyGram, a jump on the $11.88 price it held at the beginning of trading on Wednesday. The deal is subject to regulatory… Read More

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