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Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined. It's not every day you see this group ...

The Apple Watch is still the one to beat

The sheen has worn off of wearables. The pack has begun to thin, and even industry leaders like Fitbit felt the pinch. There are a few exceptions, of course. At the low end, companies like Xiaomi have quickly become market-share leaders, courtesy of $15 fitness bands. And then, of course, ...

Ripio Credit Network launches, aiming to attack bank loan fees in emerging markets

Ripio Credit , the project that reached the finals at last year's TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in New York, is about to launch its new venture. The Ripio Credit Network will be public in November and is designed to grow the product and platform outside Latin America, into the fast-emerging ...

Matternet's autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves

Matternet, a startup building autonomous drones for delivery, has been working to commercialize its tech via transportation of blood and pathology samples to labs. Taking traffic out of the equation has already shown it can cut hours off the testing process, but Matternet is pushing to become even ...

Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company's plans.

Calling all international startups: sign up for a country pavilion at Disrupt Berlin

Before you know it, thousands of startup fans will travel to Disrupt Berlin. The event attracts the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors and influencers. We're looking for international early-stage startups to apply for a country pavilion in Startup Alley , the heartbeat of every Disrupt ...

Announcing the TechCrunch Battlefield of Sub-Saharan Africa agenda

TechCrunch and Facebook are collaborating to bring TechCrunch's very first Startup Battlefield to Nairobi, on October 11. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors ...

Crunch Report | iOS 11 Now Available to Download

iOS 11 is now available to download, First Miso Robotics flipping burger installed in a restaurant and Stack Overflow's salary calculator. All this on Crunch Report.

Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield

We've just watched 22 startups take the stage as part of TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, where they showed off their technology and answered tough questions from expert judges. We've winnowed them down to the following six finalists, who will be presenting for a whole new panel of ...

Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growth

Electric scooter maker Gogoro has closed a massive $300 million Series C round to expand its service. The company has sold scooters in its native Taiwan since 2015, and it Europe it offers them on a short-term rental basis. That's in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, where Gogoro provides a ...

Boundless helps you navigate the US immigration labyrinth for your partner

Boundless is a Seattle based startup addressing the enormous issue of applying for immigrant status in the US. Founder Xiao Wang came to the US over when he was young from China. “My family spent five months of rent money on immigration lawyers because we just didn't know how to do it and ...

Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaning

Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that's better than the rest. The San Francisco-based booking platform for elder, child and special needs care, screens its applicants with fingerprinting technology and FBI ...

Tomorrow looks to make it easier to draw up plans for a will and life insurance

Talking about filling out a will and setting up life insurance is probably one of the more sensitive subjects you'll tackle as you get older , but Dave Hanley says it's something that a lot of people end up dodging altogether. That's why he started Tomorrow, a company that makes it easier to set up ...

What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware

Building hardware is fun but tough. We worked on Pebble for a full four years before we launched on Kickstarter in 2012. We went on to sell over $230 million worth of Pebbles, or just over 2 million watches. While it wasn't our top goal to sell to Fitbit last year, I'm grateful that they're ...

Verbal common sense will prevent AIs from harvesting kings and unlocking oranges

If I hand you an apple, you know from experience that it isn't something you can drive. And the tree it came from can't be woven, or its seeds bandied. You know that's nonsense, but AIs don't have the benefit of years spent navigating the world, and as such have no real idea as to what you can do ...

Here are the best ARKit apps for iOS 11 you should try right now

Apple just released iOS 11 to the public, and a big feature is ARKit, the company's SDK that lets developers easily create cool augmented reality apps. Even though Apple announced ARKit a few months ago, there aren't a ton of good options available right now to test out AR on your phone. But we've ...

Poshtel launches an international network of luxe pop-up shipping container suites

Launching on the Disrupt 2017 Startup Battlefield stage, the Danish startup Poshtel is really, really into shipping containers. And with good reason. The modular, industrial train car-esque structures are a versatile idea for the near future of housing, from providing permanent homes for the ...

M8 wants your friends to be the matchmaker

Forget algorithms. M8 is a dating app that's powered by human matchmakers. And these aren't just any matchmakers, they're your friends! M8 is unveiling its concept for a different dating app at TechCrunch Disrupt's Battlefield competition in San Francisco.

Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories

Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers , but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to ...

By integrating with lenders and carriers, Matic makes it easier to buy homeowner's insurance

Matic, a company that wants to make the process of finding the right homeowner's insurance easier and more efficient, is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt. If you've ever shopped for homeowner's insurance, you know the process can be challenging, especially for first-time home buyers who aren't ...

Lilu's compression bra aims to help nursing mothers pump more milk faster

A startup called Lilu took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco to show off their prototype bra designed to help breastfeeding mothers pump milk more efficiently, and hands-free. The device, which is meant to be worn over or even attached to a standard nursing bra, utilizes a built-in ...

Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery

Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup working on augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Plenty of surgeons look at a screen while performing ...

Benchmark principal Kris Fredrickson leaves for another firm

Amidst all the drama happening between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark, Kris Fredrickson has left his role as principal at Benchmark to join Coatue Management, Recode reports. Benchmark has since confirmed Fredrickson's departure on Twitter. 1/ Thrilled for @krisfredrickson to join ...

Future astronauts could 'feel' alien ground with new space boots

New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they're very ...

A bunch of Amazon customers were told about a purchase on their non-existent baby registries

Something weird is going on over at Amazon. It seems the online retail giant is randomly telling some customers about purchases on their baby registry. The problem is these customers say they don't have a baby registry , and some don't even have a baby.

Citizen's controversial crime tracker expands to SF, picks up $12 million from Sequoia

The app formerly known as Vigilante isn't going away. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the crime tracker now known as Citizen announced that its parent company Sp0n has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. Paired with the funding news, Citizen, previously exclusive to New ...

Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

What's the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the $300 billion-a-year engineered wood market.

Udacity adds a new 'Intro to Self-Driving Cars' Nanodegree

You likely won't be surprised when I tell you that building a self-driving car is difficult and complex. Udacity has tried to help address that difficulty with flexible, online education for self-driving engineers through its Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program, and now it's expanding its offerings ...

You can learn to build aerial taxis with Udacity's new Flying Car Nanodegree

Online education company Udacity is growing its new Nanodegree program yet again - it's adding two entirely new programs to the roster, including a new entry-level self-driving Nanodegree, as well as a brand new one focused on 'flying cars' . The Flying Car program will include course material ...

AR helmet startup Skully may have risen from the dead

It seems Skully, the AR helmet company that crashed and burned in July of 2016 after the former CEO Marcus Weller refused to sign a confidentiality deal with investors is trying to make a comeback. A letter sent to those who had previously subscribed to the Skully email list, and obtained by ...

WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the ...

15 neat hidden features in iOS 11

After months and months of beta, iOS 11 is finally here , and it's a huge update. In particular, Apple has tucked away many little features that you won't see right away. If you want to impress all your friends with your mad iOS skills, here is a list of some of these features. I also wrote a short ...

iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad

After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I'm not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I'm not there yet, and I often find myself thinking about what I'm supposed to ...

iOS 11 is now available to download

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 11. This update is packed with new features for the iPad and new core frameworks for the iPhone. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. ...

YouTube's Twitch-like 'Sponsorships' open to all YouTube Gaming creators, expand to YouTube's main app

YouTube today is taking on Twitch with the launch of a new program that will allow gamers to make money from their channels through the use of sponsorships. Like Twitch's subscriptions, which offer fans access to custom emotes, special badges and other perks, YouTube's sponsorships also include a ...

GGV's Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn't need to come to the U.S.

Xiaomi is one of the most valuable startups in the world and has become a big icon in smartphone design, sometimes suggested as an analog to Apple in China. The company's flagship phones receive a ton of press in the U.S., too, but they aren't available in the U.S. just yet. Instead, Xiaomi is ...

Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at Mitú, a digital media company focused on the hispanic audience

Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive Herb Scannell as its new chief executive. Scannell comes to mitú from BBC Worldwide, where he served ...

Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today's food robotics panel marks the first time we've actually seen it put to work in a real-world ...

Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with Points

Hilton and Amazon have teamed up on a new initiative that will allow member of Hilton's Honors loyalty program to shop Amazon using their points. This is the first time a hotel brand has offered such a deal, Amazon says, and will be available to all Hilton Honors members. To use the new benefit, ...

Watch Day 2 of Disrupt San Francisco live right here!

The best is yet to come, and babe, won't it be fine? Disrupt Day 2 kicks off right now, and thanks to the live stream, no one will be left behind. Today, we'll be joined by Sebastian Thrun, Apple's Lisa Jackson, 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki, the co-founders of Houzz Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohel, as well as ...

Subscription art crowdfunder Patreon confirms $60M fundraise

Patreon upgrades content creation from a passion to a profession by paying artists 95% of subscription payments from fans instead of 55% of skimpy ad revenue like Facebook and YouTube. Now Patreon itself is getting paid with today's official announcement of the big Series C funding round TechCrunch ...

Minio scores $20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer

Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need. By building a solution that enables ...

Fitbit still hasn't cracked the smartwatch code

Struggling with a sputtering wearables market, plummeting stock pricing and increased competition on the low-end of the market, Fitbit threw a Hail Mary. It vacuumed up a trio of startups and got to work in earnest on one smartwatch to rule them all.

8fit, a health and fitness app that offers tailored workout and meal plans, closes $7M Series A

8fit, a popular health and fitness app that offers tailored workouts and meals plan, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Backing the round are VCs Creandum and Eight Road Ventures. It brings total funding for the Berlin-based startup to $10 million.

Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins

Incorta, the startup that wants to speed up big data analytics by eliminating the need for data warehouses, has raised a $15 million Series B led by new investor Kleiner Perkins. Existing investors GV and Ron Wohl, former executive vice president of applications development at Oracle, also ...

Adobe brings paid premium features for brands to its Spark design apps

Adobe is launching a major update to its Spark graphic design apps today that brings paid premium features for companies and individuals that want to bring their own logo to the service as they create social media posts with Spark Posts, web pages with Spark Page and video with , you guessed it , ...

Amazon's new tablet doubles as a cheap Echo Show with hands-free Alexa

Amazon doesn't really care how Alexa gets out into world, so long as it gets out there. The smart assistant has been available on the company's Fire tablets for some time now, but this latest implementation on the new Fire HD 10 presents an interesting new use for Alexa. Hands-free Alexa is ...

Finnish marketing automation startup Smartly.io targets U.S. growth after $20M secondary funding

Smartly.io, a Helsinki-based company that makes automated marketing software for Facebook advertisers, announced today that it has raised $20 million in secondary funding by selling existing stakeholder's shares to venture capital firm Highland Europe.

Hinge's new app lets your friends play matchmaker

Hinge is launching a way for people in relationships to get in on the dating app craze alongside their single friends. No, not like that! The company today is introducing a new, standalone app called Hinge Matchmaker that will allow people to see which of their friends are on Hinge, and then make ...

MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

We've seen a huge wave of food-on-demand startups hit the market in the last several years: those who deliver restaurant food , those who deliver meal kits to you , those who bring groceries , and those who are building machines to help you eat better at home are just a few of the variations on the ...