• Snapchat’s ‘Speed’ filter cited in lawsuit following Atlanta highway crash

    Snapchat’s ‘Speed’ filter cited in lawsuit following Atlanta highway crash

    A questionable Snapchat filter that lets users show off their speed while taking a selfie is being blamed for a serious car accident that left a man with traumatic brain injuries after being struck by a driver going over 100 MPH, according to a new lawsuit. The victim and his wife are now suing the teen driver, alleging her high-speed selfie-taking caused the crash. Read More

  • New Infosys AI tool could transform the way companies maintain complex systems

    New Infosys AI tool could transform the way companies maintain complex systems

    Like so many organizations today, Infosys, the Indian consulting giant, is a company in transition. For years it has made a good living helping customers manage legacy tools, but CEO Vishal Sikka, who took over 21 months ago saw a shifting landscape and he began implementing new systems immediately. One of those changes involved developing a new artificial intelligence system they have… Read More

  • HP and Google join forces for a souped-up metal Chromebook

    HP and Google join forces for a souped-up metal Chromebook

    You know it’s not just any old Chromebook when Google and HP team up for the thing’s product launch. And indeed, the HP Chromebook 13 looks to be a pretty compelling alternative to the MacBook upgrade Apple ushered into the world last week. The laptop makes a compelling case both in terms of looks and muscle, sporting a 2.8-pound all-metal design, measuring half an inch thick and… Read More

  • The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    You can now purchase August’s second generation Smartlock at Best Buy and Amazon, starting today. The much-anticipated Bluetooth-enabled device allows homeowners to lock and unlock their front door using an app and joins a host of other gadgets in the August Smart Home Access System, including a smart doorbell camera allowing you to see who’s at your front door from your phone, and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch is hitting the road for the Summer and checking out some key global tech hubs to spread our Crunchie love all over you guys. Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is a two-piece event. We invite a panel of investor judges to check out the very best startups in each city we visit. Each company has exactly 2 minutes to pitch their startup with no demos allowed. If you want to pitch… Read More

  • Oracle buys Textura for $663M to build up its construction IT business

    Oracle buys Textura for $663M to build up its construction IT business

    Oracle today announced that it is making an acquisition to (literally and figuratively) build out its Primavera project management and billing business: it is buying Textura, a provider of cloud-based contract and payment management solutions specifically for the construction industry. The all-cash deal, Oracle said, is worth $663 million, net of Textura’s existing cash. Oracle said… Read More

  • Philips launches new Hue app with much improved design

    Philips launches new Hue app with much improved design

    Let’s be honest, the Philips Hue app has a horrible design. But this is just a bad memory now as the company has released a new major version of its iOS and Android app. The app is now more polished and comes with a bunch of extra features. Let’s start with the design. I’ve been using Huemote on my iPhone to control my lights. It’s clean, straightforward and comes with Read More

  • Dive head-first into the cosmos with SpaceVR

    Dive head-first into the cosmos with SpaceVR

    One of the major promises of virtual reality is the ability to find yourself transported to exotic locations. Nothing is quite so exotic as the final frontier. SpaceVR wants to launch high-definition 360-degree cameras into space so that users can experience the majesty of the cosmos on their virtual reality headsets. The small 5-person company just raised a $1.25 million Seed round led… Read More

  • Announcing the Judges for the Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield

    Announcing the Judges for the Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield

    TechCrunch is excited to announce the judges of the next round of Startup Battlefield. These are the folks tasked with picking the finalists and winner of the startup competition held at Disrupt NY. It’s a big task, but these judges are up to the challenge. This year the competition will feature 20 young companies vying for attention and funding. At stake is the Disrupt Cup and… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa is now available on first device not made by Amazon

    Amazon Alexa is now available on first device not made by Amazon

    Amazon is spreading the Alexa love. The voice service is now available on the Triby. This small, family-focused message board, internet radio and VoIP device is the first device available for purchase not made by Amazon to feature the company’s clever voice service. Using the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS), Invoxia, the maker behind the Triby, built the voice capability into the device. Read More

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