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  • The Ongoing Quest For The ‘Brain’ Chip

    The Ongoing Quest For The ‘Brain’ Chip

    To others they are another in a long list of interesting but unpractical ideas not too dissimilar to the ubiquitous flying car. They’re called neuromorphic chips and the truth about them lies somewhere in the middle.  The main force driving interest in neural network technology is an inconvenient truth: the architecture that drove the information age, created by famed physicist… Read More

  • The PERI Duo Battery Case Does Double Duty As A Wi-Fi Speaker

    The PERI Duo Battery Case Does Double Duty As A Wi-Fi Speaker

    The PERI Duo is an iPhone battery case for the frequent entertainer — those who go out with friends and find that they’re the one stuck hooking their phone up to a speaker and doing some impromptu DJing. Read More

  • Smarking Drives Big Data To Parking Industry

    Smarking Drives Big Data To Parking Industry

    Y Combinator-backed Smarking found a technology gap in parking industry, and the three founders decided to fill it with a smart parking solution. Designed for parking garages, the Smarking service, making use of big data, analytics and the cloud, to help parking managers maximize pricing and availability based on usage patterns and other factors that could affect demand like weather… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth

    Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include the new Microsoft and its Outlook reboot, the Gang on Women in Tech, why XML, RSS, and Notifications change everything, and why @kevinmarks disagrees. Shortly after this recording, Robert Scoble announced a health-focused hiatus. We wish him success. Read More

  • Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

    Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

    Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris — but how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription? Whatever the case, it’s now free! Read More

  • Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

    Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

    With industry pundits including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others hotly debating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hollywood priming the public for the release of a slew of new movies — including Terminator 5 — that warn what can happen when software and hardware evolve to the point that they are capable of human feats of intelligence, it’s little wonder… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week’s tech news has included a massive earnings report from Apple , Snapchat’s Discover launch, Apple Watch shipping dates and a particularly inflammatory Newsweek cover. These are our best stories (1/24-1/30). Read More

  • With Dropcam Founder And Technology VP Exits, Nest Restructures Management [Memos]

    With Dropcam Founder And Technology VP Exits, Nest Restructures Management [Memos]

    Nest, the connected home company acquired by Google last year, made the news yesterday with the departure of two of its key people: founding VP of technology Yoky Matsuoka and Greg Duffy, who had come to Nest as the CEO of acquired company Dropcam. In the wake of that, we’ve been passed (anonymously) two different memos from Nest co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, which shed… Read More

  • Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule

    Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule

    When not opining here on TechCrunch I’m a software engineer for the fine folks at HappyFunCorp (1) and I’m occasionally called on to diagnose and fix projects that have gone horribly wrong (2). The more I do this, the more I notice commonalities among problem projects–“antipatterns,” if you will. Here I give you three more of my ongoing list of such. Names have… Read More

  • Apple Earnings, Snapchat Discover & Woman in Tech

    CrunchWeek: Apple’s Huge Quarter, Snapchat Discover, And Newsweek’s Cover Fail

    Today’s episode of CrunchWeek is a very special milestone for us here at TechCrunch, marking the 100th time we’ve met up to casually talk about the week’s most interesting news. Read More

  • Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Uber just completed a $1.6 billion, six-year convertible debt raise via Goldman’s private wealth group. “But Robbie,” you say, “how do you even put a value on a convertible bond if there isn’t any stock to convert the bond into?” A great question, and one that has a number of significant implications. Since we’re all friends here, let’s go ahead… Read More

  • Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Uber today released the results of a review of its privacy policies, which it had commissioned from independent law firm Hogan Lovells. The firm found that Uber had appropriate policies and disclosures in place and that it had invested significantly to enforce those policies. However, it made some recommendations into how the company could improve the way it handles user data. Read More

  • Fighting Sexism In Silicon Valley

    Fighting Sexism In Silicon Valley

    The scenarios depicted in the Newsweek story were disturbing, but frankly they remained somewhat abstract for me until I taught my class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business several hours later. Read More

  • Betaworks Launches Idiot-Proof Livestream Broadcast App Upclose

    Betaworks Launches Idiot-Proof Livestream Broadcast App Upclose

    Sick of hassling with Google Hangouts? Now you can start broadcasting video live to the world with just one-touch through Upclose, the newest app from Betaworks. Upclose lets you follow people to get notified when they’re on the air, discover who’s livestreaming now, and then comment on their broadcasts in a chat room with other viewers on the web or mobile. That’s it. Read More

  • TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

    TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

    It’s a very special episode of the TechCrunch AppleCast, as we’re joined by Jackdaw Research founder and Chief Analyst Jan Dawson, who offers some context around Apple’s huge earnings success reported earlier in the week. Dawson joins Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell to explain just how Apple managed to sell 74.5 million iPhones in a single quarter, and to discuss… Read More

  • Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

    Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

    Google Now, Google’s service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company says that, going forward, the Google app will show users updates from their favorite apps, too. At launch, Google is… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple iPhones, Samsung Smartphones, And Legos!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple iPhones, Samsung Smartphones, And Legos!

    It’s earnings season, which means we get a deeper look into the true popularity of the various gadgets on the market. This week, all eyes were on Apple as the company announced record-breaking quarterly results, including the sale of ~75 million smartphones. Turns out, Samsung showed similar sales figures by unit but at a lower margin per device, yielding lower overall… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. This week Mark Cuban talks about his upbringing and road to becoming an… Read More

  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    There’s a lot of rhetoric about bitcoin and its impact on the $430 billion international remittance industry. One of the cryptocurrency’s most obvious uses is, after all, sending money across the planet with roughly the same effort as sending an email. The potential effect on emerging markets — savings in aggregate that are larger than most countries’ education… Read More

  • Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review

    Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review

    Epson’s Home Cinema 3500 is a mid-range home projector that’s designed to provide bright, clear 1080p (and 3D) video without breaking the bank. It’s a big step up in size and embedded tech from the Epson PowerLite 2030, another projector I’ve recently tested, but does it justify the considerable extra expense? With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it’s… Read More

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