• Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

    Space Exploration Technologies, the commercial space transportation startup founded by Elon Musk with ambitions to land people on Mars, is raising investment that values the company somewhere south of $10 billion, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

  • Finally A Smarter Lightbulb That Doesn’t Require An App To Control It

    Finally A Smarter Lightbulb That Doesn’t Require An App To Control It

    There’s plentiful choice if you’re after a connected, energy efficient lightbulb that’s controlled with your phone. There’s LIFX, Philips Hue, Brightup, LuMini, Emberlight, LightFreq and Samsung’s Smart Bulb to name just a few. But what if you only want to control brightness and don’t actually want to fiddle with your phone just to dial up or down your lights? Read More

  • WebLinc Raises $6M Series A To Expand Its Fast-Growing eCommerce Platform

    WebLinc Raises $6M Series A To Expand Its Fast-Growing eCommerce Platform

    You may not be all that familiar with WebLinc, but the company’s e-commerce platform powers the online stores of popular retailers like Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitter’s Free People and New York food emporium Eataly. Today, the company, which was co-founded by brothers Darren and Jason Hill in 1994, announced that after two decades of bootstrapping, it has raised a $6 million Series A… Read More

  • Colour Blending 3D Printer Wants To Make Your Print-Outs Less Monotone

    Colour Blending 3D Printer Wants To Make Your Print-Outs Less Monotone

    The 3D4C is aiming to be the first four-colour blending 3D printer, which will let you print objects that aren’t monotone or two-tone but rather blend quad-colours to create multicoloured plastic print-outs. Read More

  • Now On Kickstarter, Tickle Makes Learning To Code Fun With Scratch

    Now On Kickstarter, Tickle Makes Learning To Code Fun With Scratch

    There are a lot of games and puzzles now that promise to teach kids how to code, but Tickle stands out. Now on Kickstarter, the iPad app was created in part by Mike Chen, a professor of computer science at U.C. Berkeley. Its name is a reference to Scratch, the programming language it uses, which educates people about the fundamentals of coding. Read More

  • DataGravity Wants To Make Your Storage More Intelligent

    DataGravity Wants To Make Your Storage More Intelligent

    DataGravity, a flash storage startup with a data-driven twist, wants to change the way we interact with storage and give companies a more intelligent way to deal with storage information. Most companies today have their storage, search and governance in separate and disparate applications. The search tool has to crawl the storage. The governance tool has to monitor for issues such as credit… Read More

  • Roku TVs From TCL And Hisense Start Shipping Soon

    Roku TVs From TCL And Hisense Start Shipping Soon

    For the last several years, Roku has sold a series of devices that you connect to your TV to stream a wide range of content from thousands of different apps. Now Roku is getting embedded directly into TVs that will go on sale in the coming months, from a couple of consumer electronics manufacturers. Read More

  • Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

    Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

    In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its name to Asia. But now that the economics of hardware startups have fundamentally changed with new ways to test consumer interest and get feedback through platforms like Kickstarter, some startups are finding that it’s easier to… Read More

  • The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The price of litecoin and bitcoin, two of the most prominent cryptocurrencies, once saw their prices go up and down in something approaching a consistent ratio. That’s to say that bitcoin was always worth far more than litecoin, but the two coins saw their value rise and fall roughly in step with each other. In June, that started to fall apart. Noting the decoupling, TechCrunch… Read More

  • Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More