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Facebook opens up 360-degree live streaming to all

Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content. Users of devices like the new 2017 model Gear 360 just announced at the S8 smartphone launch, or the Insta360 Nano and Air , or a host of higher-end models designed for pros, ...

Garmin announces a new watch just for runners and those who think they are runners

Garmin is back again with the Forerunner 935, a runner-specific sport watch with GPS, heart rate, and compatibility with the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod that offers further information about your speed, gait, and how often you double over in absolute agony as your unexercised organs scream from ...

So what exactly is a bot?

As we see the ecosystem continue to develop, bots are increasingly showcasing a wide variety of features from chat to menus, to buttons and visual interfaces. Some bots now almost look like full fledged apps with a variety of feature rich options. So it begs the question… what exactly is a ...

Twitter's live streaming app Periscope gets an analytics dashboard

Trying to figure out this whole live video broadcasting thing? Good news! Periscope, the Twitter-owned live-broadcasting app, picked up a new trick this morning: a shiny new analytics dashboard. It's not the most groundbreaking thing in the world, but it makes sense. Making a successful live video ...

The Matrix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi

Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to an AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. Created by Rodolfo Saccoman and Brian Sanchez their first board, the Creator, fits right on ...

Europe's justice ministers unsure on whether to push for decrypt law

European justice and home affairs ministers are putting their heads together to try to decide on a collective response to Internet companies' use of strong encryption. And, ultimately, whether to push for legislation requiring backdoors in end-to-end encryption to afford the region's law enforcement ...

Tesla's 8.1 software update brings Autopilot 2.0 cars up to speed

Tesla is releasing new 8.1 software out to vehicles, which includes updates to Autopilot for hardware that supports version 2.0 of the advanced driver assistance features. These late model cars are getting features that bring it basically up to parity with the original, first generation software, ...

App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year

Apple will lose its lead over Android in terms of revenue generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new report from App Annie, out today. However, the firm's estimate is based on including third-party Android app stores in its forecast, not just Google Play. When the Apple App Store is ...

Everything you need to know about Congress' decision to expose your data to internet providers

A joint resolution has just been passed by both houses of Congress and all but signed by the president, reversing the Broadband Privacy Rule, a piece of regulation from the FCC that made some inconvenient changes to the ways internet providers can collect and sell the data they collect on consumers. ...

Ashton Kutcher's Sound Ventures hires a new managing partner and COO

Sound Ventures, the venture firm founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, has hired a new managing partner and COO. Effie Epstein, who most recently led global strategy at Marsh & McLennan subsidiary Marsh, will be joining the firm to make investments and help run day-to-day operations.

The new algorithms enabling Facebook's data fixation

A billion and a half photos find their way onto Facebook every single day and the company is racing to understand them and their moving counterparts with the hope of increasing engagement. And while machine learning is undoubtedly the map to the treasure, Facebook and it's competitors are still ...

Introducing the Startup Spotlight at TC Disrupt NY

TechCrunch Disrupt NY is around the corner, and with it we're introducing a brand new way for startups to get their moment in the sun on our main stage. You're probably familiar with our fireside chats , last year we spoke one-on-one with USV's Fred Wilson, Uber's David Plouffe, Facebook's Stan ...

Raise.me grabs $12 million to fix how colleges provide financial aid

Raise.me, a service that gives colleges and universities an ability to award “micro-scholarships” for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school , rather than doling out lump-sum awards after a student applies to their school , has attracted $12 million in new ...

Udemy cofounder Eren Bali just raised $6.5 million for his newest startup

It's no secret that communications between patients and their doctors and pharmacists is anything but seamless. The same is true for communications between doctors and the labs and insurance companies with which they work. Carbon Health, a San Francisco-based startup, is aiming to create a two-sided ...

Udemy cofounder Eren Bali just raised $6.5 million for his newest startup

It's no secret that communications between patients and their doctors and pharmacists is anything but seamless. The same is true for communications between doctors and the labs and insurance companies with which they work. Carbon Health, a 1.5-year-old, San Francisco-based startup, is aiming to ...

Live from Samsung's Galaxy S8 press conference

Today's the main event for Samsung. It's been well over a year since the company unveiled its last flagship and, well, a lot has happened to the company in the interim. After several months of recalls and some bizarre executive scandals, this is the moment where the company needs to dust itself off ...

BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018

Media company BuzzFeed is trying to do the impossible by creating a new public media company today. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Axios, the company is working on an initial public offering for 2018. BuzzFeed has already raised hundreds of millions from VC firms and ...

Oculus revamps Home on Gear VR with 3x faster load times, 2x resolution, Explore tab and web browser

To accompany the launch of the latest Gear VR, the Oculus team has rebuilt Home from the ground-up for mobile. The latest version is a doozy, with 3x faster load times and a number of new features and optimizations that bring the experience closer to that of desktop. If things feel a lot more like ...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are exactly what leaks suggested, and that's a good thing

Pretty much everything you've already read about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is true. And that's a good thing. Whether by accident or design, the company did a truly abysmal job keeping its new flagship under wraps.

Samsung's Bixby lays the groundwork for the company's smart home play

The Galaxy S8's main selling point still isn't fully formed. Announced the week leading up to today's main event, Bixby is as much a key building block for the company moving forward as is the shiny new piece of a flagship phone. The company is finally ready to make its play for the smart home, and ...

Samsung adds a controller to the Gear VR, will bundle both with Galaxy S8 pre-orders

Samsung wasn't going to get out of today's Unpacked event without an update on the VR front. The company has long had the best low-cost VR headset , and the package is getting a bit better with the addition of a controller to the mix. And as a show of good will (in case anyone was wary of jumping ...

Samsung's DeX proves the dream of shoving a small computer into a larger one isn't dead

Since the dawn of machines, mankind has dreamed of shoving one small computer into a larger one. The vision resurfaced last week in the form of a strange Apple patent  for a laptop-style device that slotted in an iPhone in place of the trackpad. Of course, Apple patents all sorts of crazy stuff. ...

See you tonight at the Boulder Micro-Meetup

A reminder that I'll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on today, March 29th, at 7pm. You'll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To ...

GE invests $2 million in Alchemist Accelerator to back industrial IoT startups

Alchemist Accelerator has raised $2 million from GE Digital to start a new program for industrial IoT startups. Stanford lecturer Timothy Chou, formerly President of Oracle On Demand, will chair Alchemist's new IIoT accelerator along with GE Digital's West Coast group. In the past, enterprise ...

Valerian's new trailer shows what a city spanning 1,000 planets looks like

A thousand planets. One mission to save them all. Watch the new #Valerian trailer and like this Tweet to explore more. In theaters July 21 pic.twitter.com/dUau9Hz697 , Valerian Movie March 29, 2017 Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets promises stylish, sci-fi action with the kind ...

Facebook tests a second News Feed headed by a rocket ship icon

Facebook's launch of Stories may be the social network's big news of the week, but some Facebook users have spotted another addition, and are thoroughly confused. A “rocket ship” icon has popped up in the app of select users worldwide, adjacent to the News Feed button. Its appearance is ...

Mercedes-Benz speeds up the launch timeline for 10 new electric vehicles

Mercedes-Benz had already committed to launch 10 new electric vehicle models within the next decade, but now it's looking to launch them by 2022, which is at least three years earlier than it had previously discussed. Mercedes sees the shift to electric as a more urgent one than it anticipated, and ...

Xbox One gets Beam streaming, a new guide and more starting today

Xbox One is getting an update starting today, echoing some of the major changes coming to Windows in its forthcoming Creators Update. The big new additions include streaming via Microsoft's own Twitch competitor Beam, as well as a brand new Xbox user experience made up of a new design for Guide, ...

SpaceX will try to make history with its first reused rocket launch this week

SpaceX is set to launch its next Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, March 30 for SES-10, a mission for a private communications satellite company. This is different from every Falcon 9 launch that has preceded it, because the rocket SpaceX is using has already flown once before - on April 8 last year, ...

Readdle hires Apple Mail engineering manager to work on Spark

Third-party app developer Readdle has developed some of the most successful productivity apps on iOS and macOS. And email client Spark in particular is going to be Readdle's next big bet. Readdle just hired Terry Blanchard, an engineering manager for Apple Mail for six years. He's going to build a ...

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update will launch April 11

After months of teasing, Microsoft is finally ready to ship the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major iteration of its desktop operating system, to its users. The free update will start rolling out globally on April 11. This process usually takes a few weeks, but users will also be able to ...

Sway is another interactive relaxation app from ustwo

Digital design studio ustwo , best known for its mobile gaming chops , is doubling down on a move into mindfulness and wellbeing apps in recent years, with the launch of a second 'interactive meditation' app, called Sway.

Microsoft's Creators Update wants to bring Windows 10 artists and gamers back into the fold

The Windows Creators Update is something of a big deal for the operating system with over 400 million users, but the gist of it is taking aim at gamers and yes, creators. Paint 3D is very much what it sounds like, while the rest of Windows 10 has a unified approach with Ink . Smaller but still ...

Logistics startup Freightos lands $25 million in funding from GE Ventures

Freightos, a startup that wants to digitize more of the international logistics process, announced today that it has raised a $25 million Series B extension round led by GE Ventures, General Electrics' venture capital arm.

Domino's and Starship Technologies will deliver pizza by robot in Europe this summer

We've said it once, we'll say it again- the food delivery robots are coming! This time, they'll be carting piping hot pizzas to Domino's customers. The tech-loving pizza company joked about driverless delivery robots in 2015. Remember its “Domi-No-Driver” campaign? But now it's making ...

Cloud Foundry launches its developer certification program

Cloud Foundry, a massive open source project that allows enterprises to host their own platform-as-a-service for running cloud applications in their own data center or in a public cloud, today announced the launch of its “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program. The Cloud Foundry ...

Cloud Native Computing Foundation grows with new projects and members

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation , the open source home of the increasingly popular Kubernetes container orchestration service and related projects, is hosting its annual developer conference today and the group used the event to announce that it has accepted projects from Docker and CoreOS ...

As the Oculus Rift turns one, Facebook is still responsible for where VR goes next

Today, the Oculus Rift turns one.  The virtual reality system very well may have been the most important consumer gadget to be released last year, and for all the critiques and praise that have pushed it through 2016, it's clear we're still looking at a technology that hasn't scratched its ...

Google makes its Translate mobile apps available for users in China

Google has reintroduced its Translate mobile apps to China, where they can now be accessed and used without the need for software to bypass local censorship. The U.S. tech giant left China more than seven years ago when it redirected its local search engine to Hong Kong and many of its services ...

Crunch Report | Uber Releases Its Diversity Report

Tencent invests huge in Tesla, Uber releases its diversity report, Elon Musk's new company Neuralink, and Twitch gets the itch to start selling games. All this on Crunch Report.

Hillary Clinton discusses diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley

Speaking at the PBWC Conference in San Francisco today, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to improve diversity and inclusion, particularly by introducing paid parental leave policies. Clinton mentioned Uber and its recent sexual harassment scandal as an example of a company struggling with ...

Industrious buys PivotDesk, raises $25M to be WeWork without startup bros

In the recruiting wars, a cool office is critical. Not just for scrappy startups, but big businesses with regional HQs, as well. So while WeWork signs questionable 20-year leases to provide desks for twenty-something engineers, Industrious is taking a more classy and conservative approach to ...

Facebook pivots into Stories

In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format it admits “Snapchat has really pioneered.” Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special ...

Evie teams up with Verizon to launch a new search experience next to your Android home screen

Evie is bringing its app search technology to a new location on your phone. The startup has partnered with Verizon to launch a new product called AppFlash. Like Evie's existing app launcher, AppFlash helps users find content and services across different apps , and Evie is working with Verizon to ...

Congress just voted to let internet providers sell your browsing history

Less than a week after the Senate voted to empower internet service providers to freely share private user data with advertisers, the House has weighed in, too. Today in a 215-205 vote on Senate Joint Resolution 34 , the House voted to repeal broadband privacy regulations that the Obama ...

Someone recreated The Office's Dunder Mifflin in explorable 3D and I love it

The Office is one of two shows that we have on near-constant rotation in our house. It won't sound too weird, then, when I say that trying to mentally recreate the layout of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch is something I've found myself doing more than once. You too? Good news! Now someone has done ...

Here's all the new stuff in Apple's latest security document

Hey guess what? Apple has a new security whitepaper! Apple only releases these things once every few years, and they represent the public's only window into how iPhones and other Apple products secure the massive amounts of data entrusted to them.

Tech will lead to new sub-prime crunch

In October 2016, two leading P2P platforms in the U.S. , Lending Club and Prosper , announced a new increase in interest rates for lower-grade loans. The decision was made in order to sustain investor demand. However, keeping the investor demand stable is not the only reason for recent changes , ...

The White House is eager to sign broadband privacy deregulation into law

Today, the White House issued its full-throated support for a joint resolution that would repeal regulations limiting what internet service providers can do with customers' private data. The rules, introduced under the Obama administration last year, stipulated that an ISP must obtain opt-in ...

NASA's new searchable media library is a treasure trove of space pics and video

Do you like space? Do you like looking at it, wishing you were there instead of here, perhaps? Well NASA just did something that will make your day. The U.S. space agency launched a new web-based search engine for much of its catalog of images, video and audio files, which you can browse by keyword ...