• VR on the battlefield, to the couch and back again — sort of Crunch Network

    VR on the battlefield, to the couch and back again — sort of

    VR is widespread in design, education and entertainment. But before VR hit the mainstream, it was first and foremost an important resource for our armed forces. After decades of perfecting VR in military applications, we are finally making this concept of “inhabiting” a computer-generated environment work for home users. And, VR is going back to the battlefield — to save… Read More

  • A few dozen Nest Labs employees just headed to Google; here’s why

    A few dozen Nest Labs employees just headed to Google; here’s why

    Nest Labs, the maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, is parting ways with a few dozen employees who work on its Internet of Things platform. According to a Fortune report that we’ve independently confirmed, those employees are joining Google per a restructuring. Both companies are subsidiaries of parent company Alphabet. The move would seem to make sense. Like Nest, Google… Read More

  • Google said to undercut Uber with expanded ride-share service in San Francisco

    Google said to undercut Uber with expanded ride-share service in San Francisco

    Google is running its own ride-sharing service in San Francisco, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move would put Google in direct, immediate competition with Uber, which helps explain even further the recent departure of Alphabet executive David Drummond from Uber’s board. Google’s new offering piloted in May, according to the WSJ, and uses the Google-owned Waze app to… Read More

  • Donald Trump finally fundraises in Silicon Valley

    Donald Trump finally fundraises in Silicon Valley

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a slow fundraising start in Silicon Valley. In the June lead-up to the final state primaries, Trump had raised very few dollars in the region that’s typically lucrative for political contenders. A TechCrunch analysis of Federal Election Commission data found that Trump had only raised a paltry $30,556 from donors in San Francisco and… Read More

  • Velocity raises $22.5M Series B to build ‘Uber for Experiences’

    Velocity raises $22.5M Series B to build ‘Uber for Experiences’

    Digital hospitality platform Velocity announced this week that, following its $16 million Series A last year, the company raised $22.5 million led by DIG Investments. The company creates curated dining experiences for time-poor diners looking to expand their horizons. The money will be invested in expansion to 29 cities over the next three years, with a heavy focus on the U.S. Read More

  • Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

    Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

    Facebook’s goal of tracking ads all the way through to a customer’s purchase at point-of-sale is getting a big boost today with a makeover of the Facebook Offers program. Now designed to be more mobile-friendly, Facebook is allowing businesses to create two kinds of offers – those customers can redeem online and those they redeem in-store – while also making it… Read More

  • Startup accused of scamming employees scrubs its online presence

    Startup accused of scamming employees scrubs its online presence

    A little-known startup is in meltdown mode after a former employee took to Medium to accuse the company of scamming her out of her wages and firing her in retaliation after she filed a wage claim to recoup the unpaid cash. The Medium post was widely shared online; in response, the company shuttered its website and threatened legal action against the writer, calling her “a disgruntled… Read More

  • Pebble update gives users more info at-a-glance and quicker actions

    Pebble update gives users more info at-a-glance and quicker actions

    Pebble is getting ready to start shipping new hardware, including the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, but first it has something for both iPhone and Android based device owners. The new Pebble software update includes some big tweaks to how Pebble operates, both for end users and developers, including improvements to actions and a brand new health app. The key components of the update include… Read More

  • Snapchat makes it easier to create your own On-Demand Geofilters

    Snapchat makes it easier to create your own On-Demand Geofilters

    On-Demand Geofilters from Snapchat let anyone build a custom filter for their event (or for whatever reason – I’m not judging your Snapchat filter needs), which was a petty good idea when the offering launched back in February. Today it becomes an even better idea, thanks to new templates that let users create their own customized geofilters without any special knowledge of… Read More

  • Nine-year-old boy prints a mechanical hand for his teacher

    Nine-year-old boy prints a mechanical hand for his teacher

    Calramon Mabalot is a pretty wild kid. He likes 3D printing and, along with his brother, he builds lots of cool projects – including a mechanical hand for a local teacher he met while building 3D projects. In an interview with 3DPrintingIndustry, Mabalot described how he designed and built a prosthetic hand complete with full articulated fingers. Why did he want to build a 3D-printed arm? Read More

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