• A sneak peek at Propel’s battling Star Wars drones

    A sneak peek at Propel’s battling Star Wars drones

    Last year’s breakout Star Wars toy was, without question, Sphero’s BB-8. It was the perfect synergy of technology and intellectual property, which brilliantly captured The Force Awakens’ breakout star droid. In the lead up to Rogue One, there isn’t a single toy running away with the title, but Propel’s drones are a pretty strong contender. Unveiled via a teaser… Read More

  • As acquisition talk surfaces, Pebble stays quiet about Time 2 shipping

    As acquisition talk surfaces, Pebble stays quiet about Time 2 shipping

    When rumors first surfaced about a Fitbit acquisition of Kickstarter king Pebble, concerned backers were understandable concerned about what the news would mean for the status of their unreleased devices. While its hard to know how such a move might ultimately impact support for the company’s existing line of products, at the very least, Pebble 2 buyers can breathe a relative sigh… Read More

  • Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub Crunch Network

    Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

    If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More

  • Hands On With DirecTV Now, AT&T’s new streaming service for cord cutters

    Hands On With DirecTV Now, AT&T’s new streaming service for cord cutters

    This week, AT&T unveiled its new TV streaming service for cord cutters, who aren’t ready to subsist entirely on Netflix, YouTube and whatever else they can watch for free around the web. Launched on Tuesday, DirecTV Now offers access to over 120 live TV channels, in addition to on-demand programming, and the option to add on premium networks like HBO and Cinemax for just $5 more… Read More

  • Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More

  • Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park

    Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park

    Across the Bay Area, affordable housing remains hard to come by. In a climate where many displaced residents point their blame at the techies, Facebook has decided to invest $20 million in what it calls “A partnership to strengthen our local community.” In just the last six years, San Mateo County has added 54,000 new jobs while only building 2,148 new housing units to support… Read More

  • Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More

  • Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga Crunch Network

    Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga

    Africa’s two leading e-commerce startups, Jumia and Konga, topped their 2015 Black Friday merchandise sales in Nigeria—even as the country weathers currency volatility and recession. The shopping spree of the continent’s most populous nation has become a de facto test event for each venture’s business model. Collectively backed by over $400 million in VC funding, both… Read More

  • Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase. The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal with SiriusXM or any other prospective buyers. This isn’t the first time… Read More

  • Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More

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