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  • ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

    ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

    Does your photo management solution recognize your cat? Your mom? Your dog? No, it does not. That’s why there’s ZZ Photo. The app, built by a Ukrainian team, is essentially a shoebox for all of your photos but with a few smarts built in. It is Windows-only right now but the team is working on mobile and Mac versions of the app. The app won our weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off thanks to… Read More

  • Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of Homo sapiens by 2050. To that end we present a pair of jolly robotic hands that pick up candy and place it into a stocking – a feat that was all but impossible a few years ago. These dextrous hands come from… Read More

  • Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    “We are stuck in 1992 over here,” she said. She requested anonymity but agreed to talk a bit about her day-to-day experience as a Sony Pictures Employee post-hack. She said things were getting back to normal and were, in some ways, more pleasant. But the thing that bothers her most is the need to depend on old technology to do new work, now. “We had barely working email and… Read More

  • US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    U.S. officials say they believe that North Korea’s government was involved in the large-scale hack of Sony servers, which led to the leak of troves of Sony data from emails to unreleased projects, according to the NYT. Federal cyber-security sources say that there is evidence indicating that the hack was routed through computers in Singapore, Thailand, Italy, Bolivia and Cyprus, ABC reports. Read More

  • Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    BlackBerry just announced the Classic, a phone that looks warped into 2014 via 2009. While by all rights it appears to be solid QWERTY solution in a non-QWERTY world, it’s hilarious that the company announced their latest and greatest on the eve of what could be the opening of the Cuban embargo and, more important, massive upheaval in one of Blackberry’s major markets, Russia… Read More

  • Anonymous Allegedly Attacking Swedish Servers For Pirate Bay Shutdown

    Anonymous Allegedly Attacking Swedish Servers For Pirate Bay Shutdown

    Anonymous is attacking Swedish government servers, including police services, in retaliation for the shutdown of the The Pirate Bay, a bit torrent aggregator. The attacks, mostly denial-of-service efforts, have been most recently aimed at the Swedish police. The main site, polisen.se, is currently live. Target: http://t.co/7n6zorlkFH IP… Read More

  • Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    There once was a man from Blue Grouse
    Who wanted to become fully soused
    He got in his car
    And went to the bar
    And wished he had stayed in his house. “A robot I need,” said he.
    “To prepare a tipple for me.”
    He bought some steel rods
    And some whiskey pods
    And started to work on his spree. The robot he made is a thrill
    It spits out your booze with a chill
    Called the Somabar
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  • Dog Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    Dog Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    Another day, another animal given a new lease on life thanks to 3D printing. This time it’s Derby, a dog born with deformed legs who, with the help of some folks at 3DSystems, now runs alongside his owners with gleeful abandon. Derby’s front legs have been augmented with two blade-like attachments that Who’s-a-Good-Boy uses to run and scamper. Derby was placed into a foster… Read More

  • The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a… Read More

  • Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful. Essentially, doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center have been able to print a knee meniscus using a degradable plastic scaffold and a protein growth system. The body then subsumes… Read More

  • Bonobos | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers: Bonobos Headquarters Ramps Up For The Holidays

    When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

  • Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life, a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need. “We’ve always been open to… Read More

  • Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content appears on the site. The search giant will shut down Google News there in response and no content… Read More

  • The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    With the horror of the Sony Pictures breach unfolding in slow motion before us, we are reminded that operational security – OpSec – is absolutely key at any company. Whether or not you traffic in high-value data, the expectation that your servers are secure enough and that your data is worthless is foolhardy. You will be compromised and it will hurt. Read More

  • Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    In a flawed bit of analysis, Nielsen researchers are claiming that e-book adoption is slow among teens, an interesting finding if it were actually true. Read More

  • SendVid Makes It Easy To Upload And Send Video

    SendVid Makes It Easy To Upload And Send Video

    The folks that brought you Shared a few years ago are at it again. This time they’re trying to make it easy to share video. Called SendVid, the new service is as simple as can be. You upload a video and then share it. End of story. Want to edit it? Want to add a filter? Want to add a soundtrack? Go somewhere else, bub. Read More

  • Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Breaker breaker 10-4 good buddy. We got Fueloyal on your tail coming up off the exit. This robotic fuel cap essentially keeps track of the fuel poured into your vehicle independently of the truck itself and lets fleet owners ensure they no one is stealing the fuel poured into their 18-wheelers. Called the iCap 1000, the system fits into your Class-A truck gashole and tracks the gallons poured. Read More

  • The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    As we enter the second half of this, the Decade of 3D Printing, we are coming to a crossroads. On one hand the Rebel open source RepRap crowd are clamoring to keep 3D printing free, man, while the Imperial forces of 3D Systems and Stratasys – along with countless imitators all attempting to commercialize 3D printing and create the first popular home printer – are locked in a race… Read More

  • New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) Drives, Seagate’s new drives can store 8 terabytes of data for about 3 cents a gigabyte. Read More

  • Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Ofo Ezeugwu wants you to like your landlord. His new start-up, Whose Your Landlord (he explains about the Whose vs. Who’s here), rates landlords, allowing you to ensure you don’t get a stinker when you sign your rental contract. Ezeugwu, who went to Temple University and is an “actor and model, & former licensed life, accident, and health insurance producer,” hopes… Read More

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