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13 tech-inspired Valentine's Day gifts for your significant other

Feb 09, 8:44PM

echo-dominos Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, so we polled TechCrunch to find the best gifts and tech-inspired ideas to make this year’s Valentine’s Day more fun. Because nothing ruins the moment more than unwrapping a fitness tracker, we’ve put this guide together as a launching off point. The rest of the night is up to you. Read More

Zuckerberg shows off Oculus gloves for typing in VR

Feb 09, 8:23PM

oculus-gloves Oculus wants to one day let you fingerpaint, act like a super hero, and even type in virtual reality. Oculus already has its Touch controllers that are great for wielding virtual guns or picking up digital objects. But today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new prototype for VR gloves in photos from his tour of the Redmond, Washington Oculus Research. Zuckerberg writes,… Read More

Cassie the ostrich bot does the bipedal robot chicken walk

Feb 09, 8:01PM

cassie_head Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was based on that of birds — specifically, ostriches. Read More

As interest rates climb, explore insourcing

Feb 09, 8:00PM

Photo: Radius Images/Getty Images Most people and most companies understand the term and concept of outsourced development. True to tech, we’ve coined a new term, with a twist: insourced development. Before the term insourcing, outsourcing covered the entire spectrum of “engaging with an engineering team outside of your own office.” Read More

Microsoft's Cortana can now create reminders from your emails

Feb 09, 7:35PM

cortana-reminders In the battle of the virtual assistants, Microsoft’s Cortana just scored. The company today is rolling out new functionality that will allow the assistant to remind you about things you haven’t explicitly told her to track. Specifically, Cortana will now be able to help you remember items you’ve promised to do in your emails, by popping up reminder suggestions. This… Read More

Twitch launches Communities to help gamers organize around their shared interests

Feb 09, 7:30PM

twitch-communities-monitor Twitch’s push to broaden the scope of its video game streaming site to include more types of content continues today with the launch of a new section on its site called “Communities.” Designed to cater to users’ unique interests, this section initially contains hundreds of categories, some of which build on top of gamers’ interests as well as those that don’t. Read More

Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

Feb 09, 7:15PM

541c44a337b355de2bc253f91f83fce0_original As a father I try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and I am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. That’s why Pixlplay is particularly interesting. The Pixlplay is a smartphone case that looks like a big, bulky camera. You stuff the phone inside – it works with iOS phones for now – and plug a cable into… Read More

Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

Feb 09, 7:15PM

alan patricof Greycroft Partners, the venture firm co-founded by industry veteran Alan Patricof, is announcing their second growth equity fund. They will have about $250 million in capital to deploy, an increase from the $200 million in their previous late stage fund from 2.5 years ago. This is in addition to the $200 million early stage fund that they recently raised late last year. About half of their… Read More

Greylock hires a growth advisor in residence to help goose its portfolio companies

Feb 09, 6:23PM

casey_winters_full_size Greylock Partners, the Silicon Valley venture firm, has hired a “growth advisor in residence” to help goose growth at its portfolio companies. Casey Winters — who spent nearly three years at Pinterest, and nearly three years at GrubHub before that — will be working with Greylock exclusively for the next six to 12 months. The idea, he explains, is to join a company… Read More

Docker makes secrets management a built-in feature of its enterprise product

Feb 09, 6:07PM

docker_whale_dockerconeu A few years ago, using containers to run your applications came with a number of security tradeoffs compared to using virtual machines. As enterprises started adopting various container technologies faster than anybody expected, that became an issue and companies like Docker started making security a priority. For Docker especially, that work is starting to pay off. The company today… Read More

Peanut is a Tinder-like app for making new mom friends

Feb 09, 6:06PM

peanut_preview_1 Being a new parent can become an isolating experience, where you’re thrust into a world of playdates over happy hours – a change that can lead to dwindling time spent with friends who share a different schedule and set of priorities. A new app called Peanut, now available on iOS, wants to help. The app connects moms with others like them, who are nearby and interested in… Read More

Google officially brings WebVR to Chrome

Feb 09, 6:04PM

webvr-lab-draft Virtual reality is coming to the web. Using VR on your phone has always been a pretty deliberate decision, you slot your phone into a headset, navigate the internal menus and home screens and launch apps and experiences from within the headset. Now, Google is making it easier to discover VR content spontaneously by bringing WebVR to Chrome. Previously Chrome lacked mobile browser support… Read More

The Analogue Nt Mini is the perfect NES console for video game lovers

Feb 09, 6:01PM

analogue-nt-mini147a0419 The Analogue Nt Mini is the NES console you’d create in your imagination if you were dreaming one up today, without concern for cost and with a focus on most perfectly recreating the Nintendo experience, but with support for modern TV hardware. I’m lucky enough to have scored an NES Classic, despite the general lack of supply and continued sellouts, and yet during my time testing… Read More

Watch IndieBio Accelerator's Demo Day Today

Feb 09, 6:00PM

IndieBio-log-final-with-subtitle TechCrunch is pleased to bring you IndieBio’s Accelerator’s Demo Day today, February 9th at 3:00pm to 5:00pm PST Located in heart of San Francisco, IndieBio is the largest seed-stage biotech accelerator. Twice a year, IndieBio runs a 4-month accelerator. This year’s batch of companies is focused on Deep Science. The 14 companies, primarily led by scientists come to San… Read More

Mott & Bow are looking into your jeans

Feb 09, 5:49PM

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-41-12-pm Alejandro Chahin knows pants. His family runs Intermoda in the Honduras and he graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from NYU. Now he’s making jeans. Why? Because he wants to slap a pair of nicely priced dungarees on you via the Internet. Mott & Bow – which I’m sure you’ve seen on Facebook – basically sells high… Read More

What software engineers are making around the world right now

Feb 09, 5:47PM

cola-salaries A new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, shows why it’s becoming harder for software engineers to afford life in San Francisco, even while they make more money than their peers elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. Based on 28,000 interview requests and job offers provided by more than 5,000 companies to 45,000 job seekers on… Read More

SAP adds AI and integrated analytics in latest cloud release

Feb 09, 5:45PM

SAP logo on wall in company headquarters SAP is about as traditional a legacy vendor as you are likely to find, delivering complex on-prem ERP solutions for the largest organizations on the planet. But like everyone else, SAP sees a future in which companies rely less on software installed in private data centers and more on public cloud products to handle the heavy lifting for them. And SAP S/4HANA, the company’s public… Read More

The NBA is creating its own eSports league for the basketball game NBA 2K

Feb 09, 5:44PM

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 28:  Gamers play the video game "NBA 2K 17" developed by Visual Concepts and published 2K Sports on Sony PlayStation game consoles PS4 during the "Paris Games Week" on October 28, 2016 in Paris, France. "Paris Games Week" is an international trade fair for video games to be held from October 27 to October 31, 2016.  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) The rise in popularity of eSports has mainly been focused around leagues that play games like League of Legends, Dota and Counter-Strike – all games that aren’t actually sports-related. But eSports games that are modeled after actual sports are also extremely popular – for example the Madden NFL and FIFA soccer franchises are some of the most popular games made for Xbox… Read More

Amazon's Tap speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name

Feb 09, 5:29PM

Amazon Tap Amazon’s Tap set itself apart from its Echo brethren with better sound – positioned more as a Bluetooth speaker with Alexa functionality than an Alexa device that happened to have a speaker built in when it was introduced last year. The other key difference was right there in the name, requiring users to tap the microphone to enable voice functionality. A new over-the-air… Read More

Zenefits is laying off 45% of its workforce

Feb 09, 5:28PM

Jay Fulcher Interview Zenefits, which just earlier this week announced Jay Fulcher as its new CEO, is laying off 45% of its workforce, BuzzFeed reported earlier today. That means Zenefits will let go about 430 people — 250 from its San Francisco-based headquarters and 150 from its office in Tempe, Arizona, according to the internal memo obtained by BuzzFeed. Zenefits has confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch… Read More

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