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Business in the age of Ethereum

Jun 04, 11:30PM

 When Bitcoin burst onto the scene in 2009, it challenged preconceived notions about the limitations of transactions. Fast-forward 8 years, and another platform is dominating the headlines. Ethereum has built on Bitcoin’s potential and is driving a revolution in financial transactions. Ethereum is an open-source platform that facilitates the development of next-generation decentralized… Read More

The Z Grills Elite 900 is an all-in one cookout workhorse that's easy to use

Jun 04, 10:16PM

 It’s just about time for BBQ season regardless of where you happen to be in North America, which means grilling time, too. The Z Grills Elite 900 is a new smoker/BBQ/general purpose cooker option that combines a lot of versatility into a relatively compact package, without requiring the kind of special attention and handholding that you often get with real wood smoker options. Z Grills is… Read More

How Google could fire up its smart home play

Jun 04, 8:24PM

 When it was unveiled at last year’s I/O, Home felt like little more than Google’s attempt to cash in on the Echo’s success. And the intervening year hasn’t done a lot to dispel that notion. The company announced additions to Home and Assistant at this year’s event to try to pull even with Amazon’s lead, but the whole Google Home offering still feels ambling… Read More

Toyota's flying car project takes a tentative test flight

Jun 04, 5:08PM

 Toyota is working on developing flying cars, with the aim of having a single driver vehicle ready to fly in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The idea is that a small flying car will be able to smoothly transition from driving to the skies, in order to delivery the Olympic torch for its last leg to officially open the games. The project isn’t yet ready to dazzle the world, as you… Read More

Facebook is broken

Jun 04, 1:00PM

 The problem is this: Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. At Facebook’s scale, behavioral targeting doesn’t just reflect our behavior, it actually influences it. Over time, a service which was supposed to connect humanity is actually partitioning us into fractal disconnected bubbles. The way Facebook’s… Read More

Three computer vision experts join TechCrunch's Tel Aviv event

Jun 04, 8:17AM

 Who’s going to be the next Mobileye? Computer vision is a hot topic for the tech industry, and especially in Israel. It seems like Israeli entrepreneurs are one step ahead when it comes to developing computer vision technology. That’s why we’re excited to announce that three computer vision experts are going to join us on stage to share their knowledge about this space. First… Read More

SpaceX successfully launches reused Dragon spacecraft for ISS resupply

Jun 03, 9:21PM

 SpaceX’s CRS-11 launch on Saturday was a success, bringing a Dragon spacecraft loaded down with nearly 6,000 lbs of supplies and research equipment on board to orbit. The twist was that SpaceX already sent this Dragon capsule up to resupply the International Space Station once before – back in September 2014, when it carried cargo to the ISS prior to being recovered and… Read More

Watch SpaceX launch a recycled Dragon capsule to resupply the ISS

Jun 03, 8:58PM

 SpaceX is getting ready for its second launch attempt for CRS-11, a resupply mission to the International Space Station that was originally set to launch on Thursday. After lightning scrubbed the Thursday attempt, a second instantaneous window will give SpaceX a chance to launch today at 5:07 PM EDT (2:07 PM PDT). The most interesting part of this launch, will ferry nearly 6,000 pounds of… Read More

The Master & Dynamic MW60 x Leica headphone collab is all about love of the look

Jun 03, 6:07PM

 This M&D x Leica collaboration is what you get when one company truly admires another’s design principles. Leica rarely licenses the use of their trademark red dot and font in products other than cameras, but Master & Dynamic gained access to the signature trade dress by launching a new brand with Leica, called 0.95. The 0.95 brand includes the MW60 wireless headphones, as well… Read More

Apple Music executive Bozoma Saint John could be leaving Apple

Jun 03, 5:05PM

 WWDC is right around the corner, but let’s talk about last year’s WWDC for a minute. You may remember that Bozoma Saint John blew everyone away with her insanely good presentation skills. According to a new report from Axios, the Apple executive could be planning to leave the company really soon. Saint John was the head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music. Last year,… Read More

What to expect from WWDC 2017

Jun 03, 4:52PM

 It’s that time of year again. Thousands of developers are set to descend upon the South Bay to get their software on. And the rest of the Apple watching world will have their eyes glued to the screen on Monday morning for the big WWDC keynote, as Tim Cook and company parade the latest upgrades to the company’s various operating systems. From the sounds of the early leaks, the show… Read More

Crunch Report | The World Is Melting

Jun 03, 5:16AM

Waymo is exploring self-driving trucks, Bumble’s meetup space, the Hive and reaction from VCs after pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Storage provider Tintri's IPO filing shows mounting losses

Jun 03, 12:55AM

 Blue Apron wasn’t the only venture-backed business to announce its IPO this week. Tintri, an enterprise cloud platform company, unveiled its filing.  The stock market is doing well and there’s been a strong appetite for tech offerings, so it’s a good time to go public.  But Tintri’s mounting losses could prove to be problematic. Tintri brought in $125.1 million… Read More

HoloKit is like Google Cardboard for augmented reality

Jun 02, 11:22PM

 The revelation behind Google Cardboard was that if you put your phone close enough to your eyes, it’s basically a VR headset — but it’s not quite that simple for mixed reality setups like Microsoft’s HoloLens. Or is it? HoloKit is an extremely clever DIY solution for a quick and dirty augmented reality experience with a bare minimum of equipment. Read More

Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit

Jun 02, 10:03PM

 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More

Storyzy is a quote verifier that wants to skewer fake news

Jun 02, 9:29PM

 On the internet no-one knows you’re a dog. And no-one knows whether that “fact” you’re reading — say, about President Putin’s pet dog — is bona fide truth or more nonsense FAKE NEWS doing the rounds on Facebook. Which is where Storyzy wants to help out, with a just launched quote verifier tool… Read More

Sequoia raised $4 billion across four funds, including $2 billion for its growth fund

Jun 02, 9:29PM

 Sequoia Capital has raised $4 billion in funding for a variety of funds, according to SEC filings released yesterday. That includes $2 billion for its second growth fund, the size of which had previously not been announced. Read More

MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate

Jun 02, 9:23PM

 For such a simple tool, the white cane has been incredibly enduring. With all of the technological advances that have been made over the past century, we haven’t come up with much better than a stick with a metal tip for helping the visually impaired get around. Researchers at MIT have been working on a wearable solution designed to augment and, hopefully, one day replace the cane. Read More

With Microsoft's Face Swap, search with Bing for your next morphing muse

Jun 02, 9:02PM

 Face-swapping — taking your image and adjusting it to fit on to a different body, creature or object — has taken the photo app world by storm, as millions of people look for new and novel things to do with their selfies. Microsoft is the latest company to enter the fray. The company’s in-house app studio Microsoft Garage has quietly launched a new app — the aptly… Read More

Evaptainers decouples refrigeration from electricity to help rural farms and families

Jun 02, 8:11PM

Snowflakes Some 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity worldwide today, most in rural areas across Southeast Asia, China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. While others are focused on wiring up those places and developing new energy sources, a startup called Evaptainers has created a kind of refrigerator that requires no electricity, but instead runs on water. Read More

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