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Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out

Jun 08, 12:27AM

 It’s been a rocky road to glory for Discord, a startup whose iPad battle arena game, “Fates Forever,” earned it a top spot at our 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt show, but wound up flopping with users. What a difference a few years makes. After pivoting to a voice and text chat tool for video game teams and trash talkers in 2015, Discord’s current trajectory makes it one of… Read More

Gigabyte's AERO 15 gaming laptop comes close to displaying the correct colors

Jun 07, 10:35PM

 The Gigabyte AERO 15 seen here is your usual gaming laptop, but with a twist — a color-corrected screen. Are color-corrected displays a gimmick, or do they help the editors and creatives who hope their laptop screens are displaying colors accurately? Read More

Okta soars 5% after first earnings report

Jun 07, 8:34PM

Okta Team Rings Bell Okta reported its first quarterly results since going public in April. The company managed to surpass investors’ expectations and went up 5 percent in initial after-hours trading. Okta, which provides identity management software for businesses, brought in $53 million in revenue, a 67 percent increase from the same period last year. Read More

That new keyboard is the key to Apple's MacBook update

Jun 07, 8:29PM

 There’s a decent chance you missed the MacBook news this week. It was buried amid a flood of news as Apple powered through announcements at the WWDC keynote on Monday. Like the majority of the hardware news at the event, the differences are entirely behind the scenes — and let’s be honest, upgraded Intel processors will never be as exciting to the layperson as a Siri speaker… Read More

Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform

Jun 07, 8:25PM

 Rebel has been helping marketers do more with their emails — so that those emails become interactive experiences (with capabilities like galleries and quizzes) in and of themselves. Now the startup is adding the ability for consumers to complete their purchase from an email. Read More

Brookstone's all-weather Big Blue Party Wi-Fi Speaker sounds great and has Chromecast

Jun 07, 8:07PM

 In case a certain recent product unveiling got you hankering for a connected speaker with impressive, room-filling audio performance, you’re in luck: The Brookstone Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Wireless Wi-Fi Speaker is exactly that, and you can buy one right now. Plus, it’s available for less than the price of that other speaker — even when it does eventually go on sale. Read More

Gunshot detection technology ShotSpotter soars 26% in public debut

Jun 07, 8:06PM

 Investors greeted ShotSpotter with a warm reception on Wednesday, on its first day as a public company. After pricing the IPO at $11, the stock closed at $13.86, or up about 26 percent. ShotSpotter notifies police departments about gun violence by using sensors that ignore ambient noise. Their sophisticated technology alerts authorities within 45 seconds of the trigger being pulled. Read More

Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule permanent

Jun 07, 7:44PM

 In a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing that often veered off route, two of the nation’s most powerful intelligence figures made their case for extending a controversial portion of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act known as Section 702, which allows the government to intercept the communications of foreign intelligence targets. Read More

Google's Project Wing team takes a key step towards making drone delivery real

Jun 07, 7:21PM

 Project Wing, the X project from Google (now housed under mutual parent Alphabet) that focuses on drone delivery, just shared a key update in its efforts to make everyday drone delivery a reality: The company completed a series of tests organized by the FAA and NASA to help test air traffic management capabilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which will be necessary if we’re… Read More

Judge denies Uber's request for stay in Waymo suit

Jun 07, 7:19PM

 The lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is still on track to go to trial in early October, as the judge in the case denied Uber’s request for a stay pending its appeal for arbitration. Read More

WeWork has acquired venture-backed Fieldlens

Jun 07, 7:06PM

 WeWork, the seven-year-old, New York-based co-working juggernaut that more recently entered into the business of co-living, has been making a series of small acquisitions with some of the $1.8 billion that it has officially gathered from investors. Its latest acquisition: Fieldlens, a 5.5-year-old mobile communication system for the construction industry. Read More

Uber exec is out after violating rider's privacy

Jun 07, 7:05PM

 A top Uber executive has been fired after obtaining medical records of a female passenger who was raped during a ride in India. The Uber executive at the center of the report, Eric Alexander, served as the company’s president of business in Asia Pacific. Read More

US Route 33 to test V2I tech

Jun 07, 6:40PM

autonomous vehicle testing When you think of central Ohio, you might not think “hotbed of innovation.” But you’re going to want to rethink that. This summer, a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 outside of Marysville, Ohio, will be wired to test vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. Read More

Microsoft trademark filing may reveal 'Project Scorpio' logo

Jun 07, 6:25PM

 Today in trademark news, Microsoft has filed for a trademark that may give us our first glimpse of the new Project Scorpio… logo. No, it’s not nearly as exciting as pre-E3 leaks/spottings could be, but it’s something. Read More

The new iOS App Store lets devs choose whether or not to reset ratings when updating

Jun 07, 6:17PM

 When an app developer releases a new update in the App Store, all their beautiful reviews disappear in the ether. This is about to change as developers will soon have the option to keep app reviews and the rating for the current version when they release an update. Read More

Facebook will share anonymized location data with disaster relief organizations

Jun 07, 6:11PM

 A new initiative from Facebook will provide aid organizations with location data for users in affected areas, such as where people are marking themselves safe and from where they are fleeing. It shows the immense potential of this kind of fine-grained tracking, but inescapably resurfaces questions of just what else the company could do with the data. Read More

Twitch expands game sales to more streamers

Jun 07, 6:00PM

 In March, video game streaming site Twitch introduced a new way for its streamers to make money: by selling games directly to their fans. Initially, however, that feature was only available to Twitch’s Partners – that is, the site’s top-tier streamers with large audiences. Today, Twitch is adding game sales to its newly launched Twitch Affiliate program, as well. The… Read More

Here are the most well-designed apps of 2017, as picked by Apple

Jun 07, 6:00PM

 Each year since 1997, Apple has picked a handful of apps that it felt were amongst the best made on its platforms. The apps that best captured or represented the capabilities of a particular device (this year meaning an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or all of the above) — or the ones that were just too pretty to ignore. These Apple Design Awards are usually handed out in a big ceremony… Read More

What the hell is happening to cryptocurrency valuations?

Jun 07, 5:44PM

 The total market cap for all cryptocurrencies just surpassed $100 billion. The vast majority of these gains have come in just the last few months — on April 1st the total market cap was just over $25 billion — representing a 300 percent increase in value in just over 60 days. Read More

Airbnb makes checking in easier

Jun 07, 5:31PM

 Airbnb is rolling out a new feature today that will make check-in easier for guests and hosts alike. Up until now, checking in to an Airbnb listing was one of the sloppiest, most human components of the Airbnb user flow. Hosts would point guests to their check-in instructions on their listing page, or send instructions to guests about how to get the key, notes about how to enter the building… Read More

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