• A $1 paper-based test can detect the Zika virus in around two hours

    A $1 paper-based test can detect the Zika virus in around two hours

    “For our group it’s become an interesting case study in how quickly a group can mobilize in the face of an outbreak,” Dr. James Collins explains over the phone. The MIT biomedical engineering professor has been fielding press inquiries all day, in light of a newly published paper detailing the cheap, fast and effective tool his team developed to diagnose the growing threat of… Read More

  • Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, expertly designed app lets you create custom maps for your upcoming trips, so you… Read More

  • Rethinking security for the Internet of Things Crunch Network

    Rethinking security for the Internet of Things

    Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the “Internet of Everything” as a potential $17 trillion market, five to 10 times more impactful on society than the Internet itself. Two years later, it seems that Chambers’ prediction for the phenomenon more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) could be on the conservative side. Read More

  • Lenovo is launching a new $500 million startup fund

    Lenovo is launching a new $500 million startup fund

    Chinese tech giant Lenovo is investing $500 million in startups after it announced a new fund. Unlike other corporates, Lenovo has a history of making deft investments. Its first fund, created in 2010 and $100 million in size, includes Israeli facial recognition startup Face++, publicly listed Chinese firm iDreamsky and biometrics specialist Nok Nok Labs among its 40-plus company portfolio. Read More

  • Enclave Audio delivers 5.1 surround sound (almost) wirelessly Crunch Network

    Enclave Audio delivers 5.1 surround sound (almost) wirelessly

    In the list of things that we want science to solve I suspect the creation of a wireless 5.1 speaker system that is easy to use and set up ranks up there in between a cure for shingles and the colonization of Mars. Thankfully, there are people on the job. Enclave Audio has been working on a wireless 5.1 sound system since 2013 and they recently released their first product at CES, the CineHome HD. Read More

  • Researchers have developed a flexible holographic smartphone screen that plays a mean game of ‘Angry Birds’

    Researchers have developed a flexible holographic smartphone screen that plays a mean game of ‘Angry Birds’

    The first thing you do upon developing a flexible holographic smartphone display? Fire up a game of Angry Birds, naturally. All the rest of that smartphone functionality can wait until you’ve finished a few rounds of slingshotting avian missiles. Maybe it’s not the first thing — but it was clearly high on the list of the Human Media Lab researchers who developed the HoloFlex. Read More

  • Musical.ly raising $100 million at $500 million valuation for social music videos

    Musical.ly raising $100 million at $500 million valuation for social music videos

    Musical.ly, the app that makes it easy to create music videos, is in the process of raising about $100 million in funding, at around a $500 million post-money valuation, TechCrunch has learned. The details are still being finalized, but the plan is for GGV Capital and Qiming Venture Partners to co-lead the round, with participation from Greylock Partners and DCM. Headquartered in… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    TechCrunch is gearing up for the Disrupt NY Hackathon and conference. This week, the battle between Brazilian authorities and WhatsApp continued, Tesla shared details about how effective its bioweapon mode is and Uber got hit with another lawsuit. Here are the stories you don’t want to miss. Read More

  • RewardStyle helps influencers make money from social

    RewardStyle helps influencers make money from social

    These days, you can’t swing a bag of cats around without hitting some sort of social influencer. But how do these people make money from their content? RewardStyle, a Dallas-based startup, provides a platform for influencers and bloggers to get paid for all the sales they inspire out of consumers. Though the company has been operating under the radar, it has grown to generate more than… Read More

  • Uber appoints former EC VP Neelie Kroes to its public policy board

    Uber appoints former EC VP Neelie Kroes to its public policy board

    Taxi app Uber, which continues to battle regulatory clamp downs and legal confrontations in Europe, has appointed a former VP of the European Union’s executive arm, the European Commission, to its public policy advisory board as it looks to grease the gearbox of its regional fortunes. Read More

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