• Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

    Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

    Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages. In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company… Read More

  • Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Comcast entered the cord cutting fray last fall with the launch of its online and mobile streaming service Watchable, which offered a variety of videos from popular websites like VICE and Vox, in an effort to reach the growing number of younger subscribers opting out of paying for cable TV. However, much of its content could be found elsewhere online, and there wasn’t really a… Read More

  • The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

    In-flight VR entertainment and security guard drones were amongst our favorites from the 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. After querying investors and our writers, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the first half of the batch, plus an honorable mention. Check back later for all the startups and our picks from… Read More

  • Pinterest acquires Instapaper, which will live on as a separate app

    Pinterest acquires Instapaper, which will live on as a separate app

    Pinterest said today that it would be acquiring the team behind Instapaper, which will continue operating as a separate app. The Instapaper team will both work on the core Pinterest experience and updating Instapaper. Pinterest’s logic here is that one of the company’s core tenets is bookmarking — much like Instapaper’s primary goal with its app. The company has been on… Read More

  • Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

    Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

    We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past five years the company has evolved into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in  over 75% of U.S school districts. And all of this has been free for users – Remind has raised about $60M… Read More

  • Google’s Daydream VR reportedly launching soon with original YouTuber content

    Google’s Daydream VR reportedly launching soon with original YouTuber content

    Google is set to launch Daydream VR sometime “in the coming weeks,” according to Bloomberg, after laying the groundwork for its launch with the official debut of Android 7.0 this week. The new report says Google is investing big in original content to accompany the launch of its VR platform, which will be built-in to upcoming Android smartphone handsets that meet the recommended… Read More

  • Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

    Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

    Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in the standard rotored configuration for a fixed wing variety designed to soar speeds up… Read More

  • It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would they be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for your dad. What is this monster, exactly? Basically it is a… Read More

  • Tesla stock surges as Elon Musk teases ‘product announcement’

    Tesla stock surges as Elon Musk teases ‘product announcement’

    Elon Musk is going to unveil some Tesla product news at noon PT (3 PM ET) today, and the market is liking the potential, despite the CEO not providing any details. Share price for Tesla is up over 2 percent on the NASDAQ as of this writing, in anticipating of whatever Tesla is preparing to unveil. Tesla product announcement at noon California time today — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August… Read More

  • MIT’s programmable routers let old network hardware learn new traffic tricks

    MIT’s programmable routers let old network hardware learn new traffic tricks

    Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL research lab might help future network hardware better keep pace with ever-increasing network data demands. Where typical network router hardware directing traffic in larger server farms prioritize speed, they often feature hardwired algorithms, but the new CSAIL design are making programmable routers that don’t sacrifice speed, but can be updated if… Read More

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