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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Celebrate the iPhone’s 10th birthday by watching the gleeful original announcement

    Celebrate the iPhone’s 10th birthday by watching the gleeful original announcement

    The iPhone turns 10 today, at least if you start counting from the day it was announced. So why not take a few minutes to relive that day, with all its excitement and the palpable pride taken by Steve Jobs in both the product and presentation? Come on, you know you want to. Read More

  • Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Kids TV network Nickelodeon already has solid footing in the digital space with its lineup of over 40 preschool apps and games and its own streaming service, Noggin. Now, the entertainment brand is making its move into e-books. The company has just launched its first ever reading app aimed at kids, which brings interactive stories from their favorite Nick characters to the iPhone and… Read More

  • HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

    Nokia fans hankering to get their hands on a new smartphone with their beloved brand name — and without Microsoft’s unloved mobile OS — will need to go to China if they want to buy the first Android-powered from the Finnish phone maker that’s now licensing Nokia’s IP for phones. Read More

  • Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Hugh Behroozy is obsessed with symmetry — so much so that they wanted his company’s name is even symmetric. And that’s why the Aivia, a combo subwoofer/speaker, is slanted — so it will fit seamlessly against a wall and not jut out because of a charging cable. The speaker also has a screen built into it, which may seem like an odd decision to make for a startup. But… Read More

  • Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Checking your blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer while out with some friends might just be a party trick — but if you really wanted to know it to figure out whether or not you should have another drink, it might be awkward to pull one out. So that’s why Evan Strenk started Milo Sensors, a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based… Read More

  • Sprig adds tips and equity to keep meal deliverers loyal

    Sprig adds tips and equity to keep meal deliverers loyal

    Some Sprig customers might be bitter about getting guilt-tripped into tipping, but at least the startup is being sweet to its on-demand food servers. TechCrunch spotted that Sprig added a tipping feature to its freshly made meal-delivery app this week. Now Sprig has confirmed this is part of a wide-range of not-yet-announced perks for its servers, including a $1/hour wage increase, to $14.50… Read More

  • AOL’s Kanvas launches an SDK: now any app can use its photo and video effects

    AOL’s Kanvas launches an SDK: now any app can use its photo and video effects

    The rise of apps like Instagram and Snapchat has put photo effects front and center in the world of picture messaging, giving users not only the ability to send images to each other, but to personalise them with little doodles, lurid colors, bunny ears. Now, an app maker that has built a bunch of these is launching an SDK that will let any app add these kinds of effects to their… Read More

  • Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    What do you do when you rapidly become one of the most important chip manufacturers in the world and your stock price more than triples in a single year? For Nvidia, it means you throw a massive keynote stuffed with announcements that are setting the stage for a suite of products built around your core technology — building GPUs — that will make you the center of the… Read More

  • GoPro wants the moments you capture on the internet instantly

    GoPro is facing a bit of an existential crisis as it starts to contend with other wearables — like the Snapchat Spectacles — cropping up to capture moments in peoples’ lives that they can share with their friends. So GoPro needs to basically find ways to get the footage it captures on its cameras on the internet as fast as Snapchat can, without having to do any major editing. Read More

  • The recalled GoPro Karma drone can be fixed with a piece of tape

    The recalled GoPro Karma drone can be fixed with a piece of tape

    GoPro recalled its Karma drone around 16 days after it launched in November last year for an issue with the battery. According to CEO Nick Woodman, that can even be fixed with a piece of tape. The problem with the drone stems from the battery basically popping out a few millimeters and causing a power failure in the drone, Woodman said at TechCrunch’s stage at CES this year. So, if a… Read More

  • Huawei to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa AI on US version of its Mate 9 flagship

    Huawei to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa AI on US version of its Mate 9 flagship

    Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is having a good CES. Not only landing inside additional speaker hardware but finding entirely new incarnations in other connected household items — such as a lamp, a smart fridge and even a robot vacuum cleaner. Cars are on the cards too. Read More

  • August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

    August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

    August Home — which makes an internet-connected smart lock — already works for most door locks you’d typically find in the U.S. But it hasn’t had a product yet for a different style of lock called the Mortise lock just yet. That lock represents a smaller amount of the overall market in the U.S., but more importantly, it’s a lock that’s very common abroad. Read More

  • Nvidia builds a co-pilot into its autonomous drive computer

    Nvidia builds a co-pilot into its autonomous drive computer

    Nvidia teased out a powerful system that would serve as an AI supercomputer earlier this year, giving cars the ability to drive themselves. But while there’s been a ton of progress in building safer autonomous driving, we might not quite be at the point where we can fully trust the car to do everything. Enter Co-Pilot. Nvidia is baking in new technology in its Xavier drive computers… Read More

  • Nvidia makes it easier for gamers to stream live to Facebook

    Nvidia makes it easier for gamers to stream live to Facebook

    Nvidia is giving gamers using the GeForce Experience will now be able to broadcast directly to Facebook Live, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced at CES today. Huang basically breezed past the announcement heading into a trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda streamed live, but it does represent a rather huge development in live streaming. While Twitch has largely become the go-to place to watch… Read More

  • Watch Sony’s CES press conference live right here

    Watch Sony’s CES press conference live right here

    Sony is holding its traditional press conference at CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center starting at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern, 1 AM in London. The company is closing the press day of CES, and you should expect some exciting new devices from Sony. The company has a wide range of products, including some top notch cameras, some interesting phones and the usual TVs and Bluetooth speakers. Read More

  • GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro recalled its first drone, the Karma, about 16 days after launch in November last year. Now GoPro says it will be re-launching the drone this year, though it doesn’t have a specific date to share yet. For GoPro, the launch can’t come soon enough. The company said it would cut 15 percent of its workforce in a restructuring in November last year, and its third-quarter… Read More

  • Toyota’s Research Institute head says full autonomous driving is “not even close”

    Toyota’s Research Institute head says full autonomous driving is “not even close”

    While the rest of the world is fixated on a future of full autonomous driving, Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt is urging everyone that it’s more complicated than that and to take things slowly. Pratt said that “we’re nowhere near close” a level of full autonomous driving, labeled as “Level 5” by the SAE. Pratt, over and over, couched that the… Read More

  • Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

    Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

    Samsung is always betting big on CES, and this year should be no exception. Today at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern, 10 PM in London, the company will unveil its new lineup of consumer electronics devices. You should expect a wide range of new products, from smart watches to washing machines. We’ll have a team on the ground, so you should also check out our live blog for our first-hand… Read More

  • FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

    FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

    Japanese eye-tracking virtual reality headset FOVE is starting to ship its first units from its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The company originally planned to ship its product about eight months ago, but ran into a series of delays along the way. Orders placed today will ship in February as the company catches up with its Kickstarter backers and pre-orders. Read More

  • Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

    Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

    Okay, try not to get too excited: LG today unveiled a smart fridge at a big event ahead of CES in Las Vegas. It has a big touch screen and lets you control a whole host of things — which is fine. However, the most interesting part here is that the fridge is integrated, along with a whole host of other devices this year, with Alexa. With that, users can tap into Alexa to order food… Read More

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