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  • FarmLogs Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

    FarmLogs Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

    Nearly 12 months ago, FarmLogs announced it raised a $4 million series A. And today the company is back with a $10 million series B to keep pushing farming into the digital age. Read More

  • Vinli Partners With Dash To Make Cars Even Smarter

    Vinli Partners With Dash To Make Cars Even Smarter

    Vinli is building an app ecosystem for vehicles and just partnered with one of the biggest players in the growing space: Dash. The two competitors are joining forces to jointly advance their market. I spoke to Vinli’s CEO Mark Haidar and Dash’s CEO Jamyn and they’re both very excited to have each other in their lives. Haidar confessed that Dash “is the best connected… Read More

  • HBO GO Finally Comes To Amazon Fire TV

    HBO GO Finally Comes To Amazon Fire TV

    Amazon just made good on its promise. HBO GO is now available on the Amazon Fire TV and will hit the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Best yet, the app fully supports Amazon’s impressive voice search that let’s users find content with a button built into the Fire TV remote. Read More

  • Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX In Latest In-Vehicle Tech Platform

    Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX In Latest In-Vehicle Tech Platform

    Ford today took the wraps off Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package that’s, as you’d expect, faster, sleeker and much improved from the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. But the biggest change is under the hood: Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read More

  • Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Detroit has a new resident: Techstars. The noted startup accelerator is today announcing Techstars Mobility, a program designed to advance young mobility and transportation companies in the Motor City. Together with Ford, Magna and Verizon Telematics, the program will give 10 startups deep access into the motor industries. Read More

  • After School App Again Pulled From The App Store After More School Shooting Threats

    After School App Again Pulled From The App Store After More School Shooting Threats

    The anonymous posting app After School is again no longer available in the App Store. The app was pulled sometime late yesterday as threats of school violence continues to pop up even after the creators took steps to better filter the content. Read More

  • Meet The Judges Of Hardware Battlefield 2015

    Meet The Judges Of Hardware Battlefield 2015

    We’re excited to announce the all-star investors, founders and makers judging the startups in the second annual Hardware Battlefield. From Martha Stewart, to 50 Cent, to Yves Behar, and many more, we’ve lined up 13 individuals who know what it takes to make a successful product and company. Over the three days of International Consumer Electronics Show, these judges will work… Read More

  • After School Is Back On The App Store, But With Changes To Curb Cyberbullying

    After School Is Back On The App Store, But With Changes To Curb Cyberbullying

    After School is back. The anonymous message board application returned to the App Store several hours after it disappeared earlier today. The app is still marketed to students and allows for the anonymous posting of messages. But an Apple spokesperson tells me that the developer made changes to prevent inappropriate and offensive content. Read More

  • After Multiple Reports Of Cyberbullying, After School Disappears From The App Store

    After Multiple Reports Of Cyberbullying, After School Disappears From The App Store

    Another haven for cyberbullying is gone. The app After School we reported on yesterday is no longer available in the Apple App Store. It’s unclear at this time if it was pulled by Apple or taken down by the publisher. Apple is investigating the removal of the app and the app publisher has not responded to multiple requests for comment from TechCrunch. We noticed that the app was no… Read More

  • With Nook Device Sales Down 60% On The Year, B&N And Microsoft End Partnership

    With Nook Device Sales Down 60% On The Year, B&N And Microsoft End Partnership

    Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its commercial agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales and segment revenues fell sharply year over year. B&N states that ending the partnership gives the company greater “operational and strategic flexibility.” No longer partners in the Nook business, Microsoft… Read More

  • After School Is The Latest Anonymous App Resulting In Student Cyberbullying And School Threats

    After School Is The Latest Anonymous App Resulting In Student Cyberbullying And School Threats

    Meet After School, an anonymous Whisper-like app that hit the App Store in October 2014. And of course it’s causing issues in countless schools like Yik Yak and Ask.fm did before it. Read More

  • Drones Are So Last Year At Amazon, Yet The PR Machine Rolls On

    Drones Are So Last Year At Amazon, Yet The PR Machine Rolls On

    Remember last Cyber Monday? Amazon was the center of attention, but not for its sales. It was in the news for its “drones” and Amazon Prime Air, a skunkworks project that suggested Big Seattle would soon be shipping products via quadcopter. Jeff Bezos legitimately shocked everyone during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes by announcing the retail giant was experimenting so boldly. Read More

  • Next Version Of Google Glass Said To Be Powered By Intel

    Next Version Of Google Glass Said To Be Powered By Intel

    Google hasn’t thrown in the towel on Google Glass if this Wall Street Journal report is to be believed. Reportedly, Google is hard at work at the next version of Glass and has ditched Texas Instruments in favor of Intel. The first consumer version of Google Glass left a lot to be desired. From a short battery life to a still-bulky casing, whatever mobile chipset Google taps for the job… Read More

  • The Black Friday Survival Guide

    The Black Friday Survival Guide

    It wasn’t easy¬†accumulating¬†the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shopping center. I saw things that will haunt me the rest of my days. I watched two kids get trampled by what I call Double-Wides because Circuit City clearanced-out Dreamcasts for $80 on Black Friday. Read More

  • Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Have you ever heard anyone excited to get Comcast service? Of course not. That’s like being excited for a hernia operation. Here’s my hernia operation: every year or so I have to do a dance with Comcast. You know, feigning the intention to quit their service. The so-called trial period on my TV and Internet package ended, causing my bill to nearly double from $90 a month to $160… Read More

  • Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

    Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

    The Fire TV Stick works. That’s about all there is to it. It streams videos from Amazon, Netflix and more. It plays simple games and streams from local network shares. But it’s not for everyone. There are better products on the market for some users. That said, the Fire TV Stick is well worth its $40 price tag. Read More

  • Technics Revived As High-Res Music Download Service

    Technics Revived As High-Res Music Download Service

    Famed turntable brand Technics plans to launch a high-resolution music download service. For what it’s worth, the service, unlike Neil Young’s high-res service Pono, will not hit the states. Starting in January, the platform will spin (get it?) 24-bit tracks to users in UK and Germany. Read More

  • Parrot BeBop Drone

    Parrot’s $500 14MP Bebop Drone To Take Flight In December

    Parrot just dropped the price of high-definition drones. The firm’s Bebop drone will hit stores next month with a starting price of $500. That’s several hundred less than DJI’s entry-level Phantom drone even though it packs the same quality camera and several novel tricks including being controllable from a smartphone or tablet.. The Bebop is a big upgrade from the cheaper… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Young At Heart

    A Gift Guide For The Young At Heart

    Some people never grow up. They might age, go into debt and get mortgages, but they don’t get older in spirit. And that’s great! What follows is a gift guide for a person still holding onto their inner child. They’re gifts for the young at heart and the person not afraid to let loose. Or you know, for kids. Read More

  • The Application Deadline For Hardware Battlefield Is Saturday

    The Application Deadline For Hardware Battlefield Is Saturday

    Procrastination is a bitch. But fame and fortune is on the line here. Get your application in for Hardware Battlefield by Saturday night for your chance to win $50,000, exhibition space at the International CES in Vegas and our amazing Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected… Read More

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