• HTC makes $5 million investment in VR gaming startup Steel Wool Studios

    HTC makes $5 million investment in VR gaming startup Steel Wool Studios

    HTC is continuing to invest heavily in building up the virtual reality ecosystem that it hopes to one day dominate. Steel Wool Studios, an Oakland-based gaming studio made up of Pixar veterans with a few decades of animation experience under their belts, announced today that it has closed a $5 million round of Series A funding coming entirely from HTC, the manufacturer of the Vive… Read More

  • You can now actually rent Erlich’s Aviato car from HBO’s Silicon Valley

    You can now actually rent Erlich’s Aviato car from HBO’s Silicon Valley

    Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley faces a serious challenge in that it has to keep outdoing itself to properly satirize the real Silicon Valley, where crazy pants crap happens all the time. So it’s not surprising to see stuff from the show bleed into the world of real Valley startups, as with the new promotion from Airbnb-for-cars startup Turo that kicks off today. For goofs, Turo is… Read More

  • Bylined crowdsources product photos for brands

    Bylined crowdsources product photos for brands

    A startup from Columbus called BYLINED is aiming to make it a bit easier for brands and people to come together in a win/win situation resulting in more unique photography. Through their free app and photo ecosystem, BYLINED enables brands, agencies or publishers to issue a request for a certain type of photo—an assignment or commission so to speak—that people with smartphones… Read More

  • Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    The popular, Bluetooth-connected lost item finder Tile is today introducing a new product dubbed “Tile Slim” that’s designed to be kept in your wallet, so you can find it if it ever goes missing. The device – which the company claims is the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker – finally makes it possible to use Tile with not only your wallet without the bulk… Read More

  • The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    Apple is about to announce the next iPhone on September 7, and the plot thickens. A new leak spotted by Nowhere Else shows the hypothetic packaging of the iPhone 7 Plus. This cardboard leak shows that Apple could sell the iPhone 7 with Lightning EarPods, replacing the good old EarPods with a headphone jack. More surprisingly, it also says that the iPhone 7 might come bundled with a… Read More

  • How the startup economy is replacing the traditional resume Crunch Network

    How the startup economy is replacing the traditional resume

    A group of five engineers and product people get together, raise some angel funding, build a startup, make little to no money and sell for $10 million. What just happened? Common narratives assert that it’s the tech bubble; it’s a naive acqui-hire; it’s collective irrationality. Maybe it’s something else altogether: a fundamental shift in how we compensate the extreme… Read More

  • DxO One iPhone camera gets Wi-Fi control, a waterproof case and more

    DxO One iPhone camera gets Wi-Fi control, a waterproof case and more

    For all the advances in smartphone photography, you still don’t really have a DSLR-quality camera in your pocket when you’re carrying one (not yet anyway). DxO’s One, a tiny little box with a lens, a relatively large image sensor for its compact size and a Lightning connector changed all that last year, and now it’s getting a suite of accessories to bump up the… Read More

  • Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    More of the content we’re looking for is saved in mobile applications, which is why Google has been working to bring that information to the surface by indexing apps in search. Now, it will do the same thing on your phone, too. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called “In Apps,” which will allow you to search inside your mobile applications for… Read More

  • After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    Amazon’s growing shipping operation is profiled at length in a new Bloomberg feature, and the article paints a picture of the e-commerce giant putting together the pieces to build one of the largest and most effective global shipping operations in the world, from centralized distribution hubs, to bulk air transport, to last-mile front door delivery. While on the surface, Amazon is still… Read More

  • ASUS shows off a portable 15-inch display for laptop owners

    ASUS shows off a portable 15-inch display for laptop owners

    The ZenScreen is a strange, but intriguing duck. It’s not a tablet or a convertible notebook, it’s a 15.6-inch portable screen. That mean it’s not a standalone device so much as it is an extra display designed to offer laptop users additional real estate on the go, connect to a primary device via USB-A or C. ASUS is really pushing the portability factor here, and with a… Read More

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