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  • Scandy is bringing 3D scanning to Android phones near you

    Scandy is bringing 3D scanning to Android phones near you

    Not content with letting you 3D print your images on demand, Scandy is today launching a beta program for its $500 device to make it easy to scan objects in 3D, all from your Android device. The company is using 3D sensors from pmd to get 0.3mm feature precision, putting resolutions from far more expensive machines in the hands of consumers. Read More

  • All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

    All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

    Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. You can check out write-ups of all 44 below. And here are TechCrunch’s picks for “The top 7 startups from YC Demo Day 1”, plus writeups of the 48 startups that launched on Demo Day… Read More

  • LendUp fights big banks with $47M for compassionate credit cards

    LendUp fights big banks with $47M for compassionate credit cards

    Banks win when the poor lose. Credit cards can trap people in debt and bleed them dry with late fees. But it’s this exploitative experience that makes banks vulnerable to fintech startups like LendUp that are willing to undercut them and make up margin with software efficiency. It’s that strategy of building an enduring consumer banking brand on the principle of compassion that… Read More

  • Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March. Annual updates are nothing new for Android, but not only did this announcement come very early, it also offered users the option to easily install the beta with an over-the-air update. Now, half a year later, Nougat is out of beta and available for Google’s own Nexus devices (the Nexus… Read More

  • Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

    Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

    Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plunking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC support, Bluetooth, aux input and a dedicated hardware button for triggering voice… Read More

  • Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

    Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

    Samsung is looking to sell its own refurbished devices in order to make money on its premium smartphones a second time around, according to Reuters. The company will introduce a refurbished device sales program “as early as next year,” according to Reuters’ source, and will use inventory provided by customer who sign up to a year upgrade program in markets where… Read More

  • Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

    Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

    The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is… Read More

  • How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

    How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

    Carbon nanotubes are one of those supermaterials — a cylinder with a diameter of one or two nanometers — that are full of dreamy applications, ranging from supercomputers to ultra-efficient smartphones. The problem is, they are difficult to manufacture, and commercializing these applications may require 10 or 15 years. A nanotube is a tube-like molecular structure made of… Read More

  • Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

    Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

    “What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman. The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching today. It asks for your happy face, sad face, likes, dislikes, best friend, the way… Read More