• Google’s latest research aims to make mixed reality videos a little less alien

    Google’s latest research aims to make mixed reality videos a little less alien

    Consumer VR has been around for a nearly a year and there are a ton of questions floating around that still boggle even the sharper minds in the industry. One that’s been answered (to some degree), however, is how on earth developers can show consumers what VR is actually like without needing them to experience it in person. Researchers have made pretty quick work of answering… Read More

  • Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

    Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

    If you were lucky enough to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition this last holiday season, you were probably impressed (as was I) with the quality of the emulation — so much so you wished it had a few more games, or maybe even that there was an SNES version. Well, your dream is coming true — kind of, anyway. Read More

  • Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down eponymous social network

    Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down eponymous social network

    It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned. Subsequent to that, the small-time Asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this… Read More

  • Smartwatches need to get better

    Smartwatches need to get better

    Android Wear 2.0 was bound to be a disappointment. There was just too much hanging on the second generation of the wearable operating system. After all, a significant chunk of declining smartwatch shipments was laid at the feet of the OS’s ongoing delay and, as last year drew to a close, studies like this report from IDC pointed to a dismal end to the year for a space so many were once… Read More

  • Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

    Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

    As the TV show Silicon Valley has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next “product” to be born into this satirical “vertical” is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. Read More

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    Doppler Labs’ Here One smart earbuds review

    The Here One headphones are a future-facing pair of wireless earbuds that pack an awful lot of tech into a small form factor. At $299, these headphones are decidedly a niche product and geared toward the early adopter crowd or someone who already has a clear use case in mind.

    Doppler Labs’ Here One smart earbuds review
  • Incubating innovation Crunch Network

    Incubating innovation

    Stanford University is regularly credited for playing a key role in the economic and technological success story that is Silicon Valley. So what should universities elsewhere be doing to emulate that same success? One academic says the schools of the future should be great, big incubators. Read More

  • Uber board member Arianna Huffington releases statement after company all-hands

    Uber board member Arianna Huffington releases statement after company all-hands

    Following a scathing report of sexual harassment at Uber over the weekend, CEO Travis Kalanick hosted an all-hands meeting today, along with board member Arianna Huffington and Chief Human Resources Officer Liane Hornsey, to discuss the company’s next steps. Read More

  • UPS tests residential drone delivery

    UPS tested the use of drones for residential delivery for the first time in Tampa, Florida. The company demonstrated an octocopter launching from the roof of a hybrid electric delivery van, making a delivery, then returning to re-dock on the van which had moved to a new location further down the road. UPS’s new HorseFly UAV Delivery system was tailored to work with an existing fleet of electric hybrid trucks.

  • Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    One of the remarkable things about the roadshow presentations for hotly-anticipated IPOs — where they’ll make a pitch to investors and answer questions — is that they are often unremarkable. That seemed about the same case for Snap, which was presenting to potential investors at the Mandarin Hotel in New York this afternoon. Over lunch, a packed ballroom 30 stories up at… Read More

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