• Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    With Trusted Contacts, Google is launching a new personal safety app for Android today that allows others to ping you for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The idea here is that you define who these trusted contacts are and by doing so, you allow them to see where you are when they ping you. The twist here is that you can always decline to share… Read More

  • Leap Motion demos its excellent hand tracking technology on Samsung’s Gear VR

    Leap Motion demos its excellent hand tracking technology on Samsung’s Gear VR

    When Leap Motion debuted in 2010, it felt like a technology in search of a platform. The startup demoed some truly impressive motion tracking technology as a means of interacting with two-dimensional computer interface. “We always thought of the PC as the first touch point on a journey that would be about five or six years,” explains cofounder, Michael Buckwald. The startup managed… Read More

  • Find free stopover vacations with AirWander flight search

    Find free stopover vacations with AirWander flight search

    Flying to London? You could spend three days in Amsterdam on the way for free or cheap. That’s the promise of AirWander, a new flight search engine for the adventurous. AirWander finds you inexpensive stopovers — essentially multi-day layovers when you can explore a connecting city between other flights. It can also help you plan multi-city excursions, stringing several flights… Read More

  • A new tool can crack a credit card number in six seconds

    A new tool can crack a credit card number in six seconds

    In what amounts to a very clever brute force attack, a group of researchers has figured out how to find credit card information – including expiration dates and CVV numbers – by querying ecommerce sites. The process, which was outlined in IEEE Security & Privacy, involves guessing and testing hundreds of permutations of expiration dates and CVV numbers on hundreds of… Read More

  • InsideDNA looks deep into your DNA to determine the best drugs to cure what ails you

    Using a computational platform and your DNA, bioinformatics startup InsideDNA aims to determine the right drug interaction for your body. The startup began three years ago as a cloud-based platform for genomics analysis called InsideDNA Research, which brought optimized storage and reproducible research to scientists through cloud computing. But it soon saw a broader problem in the… Read More

  • CENTURY dives deep to track student performance and help teachers build custom curriculua

    CENTURY dives deep to track student performance and help teachers build custom curriculua

    When Priya Lakhani went to pick up her daughter from school one day, she asked her teacher how her daughter was doing. It was when she was walking home with her daughter that same day that she realized she wouldn’t always be able to have those types of opportunities to engage with teachers. That prompted her to start a company called CENTURY, a tool that gives students a tailored… Read More

  • The AWS juggernaut Crunch Network

    The AWS juggernaut

    After last year’s AWS re:Invent conference, we posed the question, “Is Amazon the Most Important Enterprise Company?” Having just returned from re:Invent 2016, we can say the answer is a resounding “Yes”.  In terms of both enterprise adoption and the pace of innovation, AWS is a juggernaut. This year again the company highlighted several organizations… Read More

  • European VCs say Brexit is already impacting where new founders base their startups

    European VCs say Brexit is already impacting where new founders base their startups

    This afternoon, at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Frederic Court of Felix Capital, Sonali De Rycker of Accel and Reshma Sohoni of Seedcamp didn’t mince words when it comes to whether Brexit will have an impact on the U.K.-based startup industry. They said they expect that it will, and that sucks. Sohoni was among the first to speak on the issue, and she tried to sound an optimistic note… Read More

  • WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed thinks mobile money accounts are the future

    WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed thinks mobile money accounts are the future

    WorldRemit founder and CEO Ismail Ahmed took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about his company and his views on the future of remittances. While you might be more familiar with companies like Western Union, MasterCard and TransferWise, WorldRemit has become an essential service when it comes to sending money to developing countries, and helping the unbanked receive that… Read More

  • DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman says general AI is still a long way off

    DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman says general AI is still a long way off

    Mustafa Suleyman, the Co-Founder & Head of Applied AI, which Google acquired in 2014, took the stage at our Disrupt London event today to talk to our Special Projects Editor Jordan Crook about his company, its relationship with Google, and the future of AI. The goal of DeepMind, Suleyman said, is to “solve intelligence and make the world a better place.” The company, he said… Read More

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