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  • Big Health Expands Its Digital Therapy For Sleep Disorders To The iPhone

    Big Health Expands Its Digital Therapy For Sleep Disorders To The iPhone

    Index Ventures-backed UK health startup Big Health has launched its first app, extending its inaugural web product, Sleepio — a cognitive behavioral therapy program for sleep disorder sufferers — onto the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app integrates with Apple’s HealthKit in iOS 8 so it can import sleep data from fitness tracking devices such as the Jawbone UP, giving users a… Read More

  • Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

    Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

    South Korea’s SparkLabs accelerator has named its fourth intake — including its first Internet of Things startup (a company making connected flower pots); it’s first startup from China, a mobile healthcare startup; along with one U.S. business in the marketing automation space. Read More

  • SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

  • Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    A nationwide injunction issued against on-demand ride-hailing service Uber in Germany has been lifted by a local court in Frankfurt during an appeal hearing. The ban was issued by the same court late last month, after a civil action brought by the German taxi industry. The taxi industry had argued that Uber lacked a transport permit to operate its UberPop service in Germany, which uses… Read More

  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

  • First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India

    First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India

    Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at Rs 6,399/$105. Hardware partners for this first wave of affordable ‘Droids are Micromax, Karbonn, Spice and chipmaker MediaTek. Read More

  • Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in early alpha and is inviting people to sign up for a forthcoming beta at Joinplaces.com. Read More

  • Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries, including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the driving force behind… Read More

  • SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard startup that was embedded on more than 100 million Android devices last year, and more than 200 million cumulatively, has demoed its software working on iOS 8 for the first time here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. SwiftKey’s machine learning software learns its users’ syntax, slang and social language usage to offer intelligent next word predictions… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Flight, An Annual Mobile Developer Conference

    Twitter Announces Flight, An Annual Mobile Developer Conference

    Twitter has announced Flight, a new developer conference focused on mobile. The conference will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on October 22, with a keynote from CEO Dick Costolo, followed by technical sessions aimed at helping mobile devs to build on Twitter’s platform. It’s not the first developer conference Twitter has held. Long-time… Read More

  • Sciencebite Is Metasearch For Scientific Expertise

    Sciencebite Is Metasearch For Scientific Expertise

    A great startup idea often has a chunk of science at its core. But getting the discrete worlds of industry and academe to combine is not as easy as it could be. So says Berlin-based Sciencebite: a startup co-founded by Oxford and Cambridge educated scientist, Samson Rogers, who spent ten years working in academia and consulting for industry before deciding to make a business out of… Read More

  • Stack’s Smart Sensor-Packed Light Bulbs Run Autonomously, No App Interactions Required

    Stack’s Smart Sensor-Packed Light Bulbs Run Autonomously, No App Interactions Required

    Over the past few years a swathe of self-styled ‘smart lights’ have pushed into the market. The likes of Philips Hue and Kickstarter fueled LIFX. Aka connected lightbulbs that can be controlled via an app. But this is just the first wave of smart lighting — and it’s really not-so-smart, argues new lighting focused startup Stack, launching today on stage here at… Read More

  • Apple Watch Introduces A New Old Form Of Communication: Doodling

    Apple Watch Introduces A New Old Form Of Communication: Doodling

    The problem of how to type on a watch-sized touchscreen has had tech watchers and keyboard makers scratching their heads ever since Apple was rumored to be working on a wrist computer. Startups have even been founded with the mission of rethinking Qwerty keyboards in fiendish new ways so typing can still function on a smaller form factor. Read More

  • HealthKit Gets Some New Tricks Thanks To Apple’s M8 Chip Including Stair Climbing Stats

    HealthKit Gets Some New Tricks Thanks To Apple’s M8 Chip Including Stair Climbing Stats

    At its event today, Apple has revealed more details about its health and fitness data play. Apple formally introduced HealthKit in June at its WWDC developer event which previewed iOS 8 to its dev community. HealthKit and Apple’s new Health app combine data from various different health and fitness devices and apps, making them accessible in one place. Called “Health” in… Read More

  • Donde Aims To Make Online Product Search Far Less Frustrating

    Donde Aims To Make Online Product Search Far Less Frustrating

    Today’s audience choice for TC’s startup battlefield — plucked from the packed exhibition floor of Silicon Alley to pitch on the Disrupt SF 2014 main stage — is Donde, a Silicon Valley and Israel based ecommerce startup that wants to make it easier for shoppers to search for items based on how they look. Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, is now available on pre-order in the U.K. on carrier O2. The phone will ship to U.K. buyers on September 30. It’s being offered for no upfront cost for customers signing up to for a two-year £33 per month tariff on O2. Read More

  • iBeacon Hack Makes It More Efficient To Wait Tables

    iBeacon Hack Makes It More Efficient To Wait Tables

    Here at the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt SF hackathon two-man hack team, Ray Ho and Mark Watson, showed off a simple but promising concept that combines $3-a-pop Bluetooth beacons with restaurant software Clover to make the process of waiting on tables more efficient. Read More

  • There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    Something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media. Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing their friends. Twitter polluting its users’ carefully curated timelines with content they did not choose to read… The drive to maximize profits in this segment is homogenizing the content we get to see. Read More

  • Lifelogging Wearable Camera Startup, Narrative, Gets $8M For U.S. Push

    Lifelogging Wearable Camera Startup, Narrative, Gets $8M For U.S. Push

    Lifelogging camera startup Narrative has bagged a new chunk of funding to fuel a U.S. push, taking in $8 million led by Khosla Ventures. Existing investors True Ventures and Passion Capital also participated in the round. It’s the first outside investment for the 2012-founded Swedish startup since last October, and brings its total funding to-date to $12.2 million. Read More

  • UK Menswear Brand, The Affair, Wants To Make Privacy Tech A Fashion Statement

    UK Menswear Brand, The Affair, Wants To Make Privacy Tech A Fashion Statement

    Is privacy tech cool? UK menswear clothing brand The Affair reckons it’s spotted an opportunity to capitalize on our post-Snowden milieu, replete as it is with paranoia and mistrust about the electronic devices/surveillance tech we carry on our person, by adding a fabric Faraday cage into an Orwellian-inspired menswear line as a fashion statement. Read More