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  • Shapeways Snags Another $30M In Funding To Expand Its 3D Printing Ecosystem

    Shapeways Snags Another $30M In Funding To Expand Its 3D Printing Ecosystem

    Shapeways, a 3D printing service and marketplace, announced a $30 million Series D round led by INKEF Capital. The round was supported by new investors like Hewlett Packard Ventures and Presidio Ventures, as well as existing investors like Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Robert Jan Galema of INKEF Capital will also join the Shapeways board. Read More

  • Apple Updates GarageBand With Force Touch Support And New Virtual Transform Pad

    Apple Updates GarageBand With Force Touch Support And New Virtual Transform Pad

    Apple has a new update available for GarageBand on the Mac, which provides a range of new tools aimed primarily at electronic dance music creators. The update offers an expansion of GarageBand’s Drummer tool, adding 10 new EDM and 10 new Hip Hop virtual drummers to the existing crop of acoustic ‘players.’ There’s also a new ‘Transform Pad Smart Control,’… Read More

  • Pinterest Has Started Rolling Out Buyable Pins On The iPhone And iPad

    Pinterest Has Started Rolling Out Buyable Pins On The iPhone And iPad

    Pinterest is starting to roll out a buy button on its pins today in the iPhone and iPad apps, the company said. Buyable Pins let some retailers who are partners with Pinterest and retailers use Shopify and Demandware. The company unveiled Buyable Pins earlier this month, and said at the time that they would be rolling out later in June. The tool lets retailers add a buy button to pins that… Read More

  • Smartspot, Which Brings Computer Vision To Gyms And Trainers, Raises $1.85M From Khosla, Signalfire

    Smartspot, Which Brings Computer Vision To Gyms And Trainers, Raises $1.85M From Khosla, Signalfire

    Moawia Eldeeb has one of the more unfathomable and inspiring stories I’ve ever come across while working in Silicon Valley. He was born to a farming family in Egypt and then made his way to Queens as a child where he earned $20 a day working in a pizza shop. He was in and out of school for years, then caught up on Khan Academy and later made it into Columbia University’s… Read More

  • LSTN Is The Warby Parker Of Headphones

    LSTN Is The Warby Parker Of Headphones

    While companies like Warby Parker and Toms Shoes have made corporate responsibility more popular over the past few years, the technology industry hasn’t adapted as quickly. Meet LSTN, a headphone company where proceeds from each sale help someone hear for the first time. The company has partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and has already helped over 20,000 people in more… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 19: Apple Music Eve

    TC AppleCast 19: Apple Music Eve

    It’s the eve of Apple Music, which launches tomorrow, and all through the house, not a creature was withholding their content, not even a Taylor Swift. Also, Force Touch is basically a lock for iPhone 6/6 Plus S this fall, according to a new report from Bloomberg that says production on devices with the tech has begun. Apple Music arrives with iOS 8.4 at 8 AM PT tomorrow, and despite… Read More

  • The Latest Big Data Innovation Is Consumer Empowerment Crunch Network

    The Latest Big Data Innovation Is Consumer Empowerment

    Digital privacy is on the ropes, and public cynicism is running high. But there are glimmers of innovation in what could be a new phase for Big Data: empowering the customer. Read More

  • The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The eagle-eyed among you will notice something interesting about the Riverside Photocuring 3D Printer pictured above. Almost all of the design – from the removable build plate to the jolly front button – is a direct homage to the Formlabs Form 1. One could assume, therefore, that the Riverside should (and does) print 3D objects as well as the Form 1 and should be a comparable product. Read More

  • SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

    LATEST: Watch the NASA press conference above, which should begin no earlier than 12:30 PM ET, to learn more about what happened during today’s failed CRS-7 mission launch. Here’s a video of the explosion of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule: UPDATE: The SpaceX rocket seems to have broken apart entirely in what looks like a major mission failure. During the feed… Read More

  • Robot Writers Need Something To Say Crunch Network

    Robot Writers Need Something To Say

    Robot writers are hot. No, that statement is not a call to fix their air conditioners, much less to date them. It’s to acknowledge that pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) and automated writing have gotten a lot of media attention (partly because it hits close to home; the deployments are public and noticeable and it invokes the perennial concern about job loss due to automation). Read More

  • Messaging And The Apple Watch Crunch Network

    Messaging And The Apple Watch

    Although the Apple Watch boasts the ability to instantly notify users with important updates — breaking news stories, changes to their bank account or the achievement of a fitness goal — its 42mm screen can be a major constraint for developers and designers. Read More

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