• MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants

    MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants

    Serendipity has long been a staple of scientific study, and a new discovery by MIT is no exception. Researchers at the school were trying to build better batteries, but instead found a better way to smelt metal. The study resulted in a brand new, far less polluting way to make antimony, which itself isn’t very applicable in a broader manufacturing context, but the method could be applied… Read More

  • Ford leads $24M investment in India-based vehicle rental company Zoomcar

    Ford leads $24M investment in India-based vehicle rental company Zoomcar

    Hot on the heels of a deal with a self-driving sensor technology startup this month, the automotive giant has backed Zoomcar, a Zipcar-like company that operates in India. Subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility led a $24 million Series B round for Zoomcar, with participation from returning investors Sequoia Capital, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and Empire Angels. Read More

  • Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Rats and other whiskered animals use senses that we don’t yet possess. In addition to being able to run mazes and lick our faces to confirm we aren’t covered in BBQ sauce, scientists have confirmed that some animals use their flowing front whiskers to sense wind position, a technique that could be used in future direction-sensing robots. A team of students working at… Read More

  • Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2’s top 8 startups

    Gunshot detectors and anti-drone defense topped our list of favorites from the 48 startups that presented at Y Combinator Summer 2016 Demo Day 2. We asked investors what wowed them and huddled with the TechCrunch team to come up with our pick of the 8 most promising companies. Check them out here, as well as our top 7 startups from the 44 that presented on Demo Day 1. Additional reporting by… Read More

  • HP reports better than expected $0.48 EPS and $11.9B revenue in Q3

    HP reports better than expected $0.48 EPS and $11.9B revenue in Q3

    After the close of the bell, technology stalwart Hewlett-Packard announced better than expected numbers in their Q3 earnings report. This comes after a relatively flat week on the public markets for the company. Analysts expected an adjusted EPS of 44 cents on $11.44 billion in revenue. Instead, HP reported an EPS of $0.48 cents and revenue of $11.9 billion. The EPS numbers reported… Read More

  • Customized online prescription acne treatment provider Curology raises $15M

    Customized online prescription acne treatment provider Curology raises $15M

    David Lortscher was one of a few dozen people practicing dermatology in New Mexico when he realized a huge problem in the field: There weren’t enough dermatologists, and people were skipping out on visits because they thought it was for more affluent people or took too long. So Lortscher decided to start Curology, which provides acne and anti-aging treatment and prescriptions through… Read More

  • Payment innovation: Take the better option now Crunch Network

    Payment innovation: Take the better option now

    While innovations like mobile payments and biometrics may one day change the way we safeguard consumer financial information in the digital age, we cannot neglect the here-and-now of both online and off-line users. The overwhelming majority of Americans use credit cards at the point of sale. Unfortunately, we’re falling short in protecting them, even though the remedy is simple. Read More

  • Best Buy bets on VR for the holidays with 500 stores demoing Oculus Rift

    Best Buy bets on VR for the holidays with 500 stores demoing Oculus Rift

    Best Buy has provided in-person demonstrations for Oculus Rift basically since there were real Oculus Rift headsets to demonstrate – the retailer announced back in May it would provide demos at 48 locations in the U.S. Now, it’s doubling down on that bet, with a plan to give customers a taste of VR in 500 locations in time for the holiday shopping season, according to… Read More

  • Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth

    Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth

    For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting our sun’s nearest neighbor. The newly identified exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) is officially the closest known exoplanet to Earth, located at a distance of 4.25 light-years away. They’re calling it Proxima b, and it orbits around our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, every… Read More

  • Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter today continues to push forward with its increased emphasis on its messaging feature, with the rollout of a new button for websites that allows visitors to privately message an individual or company directly. The feature, now one of several website buttons available, follows the company’s recent test of a change to brands’ customer support profiles’ that encouraged… Read More

  • Halo 5: Forge gives PC users level creation powers on September 8

    Halo 5: Forge gives PC users level creation powers on September 8

    Halo 5: Forge, the level creation tool that lets players build their own worlds and create new game experiences for Halo 5: Guardians, has come to Windows 10 PCs. The free download puts gamers in the developer’s seat, and adds support for mouse and keyboard, and up to 4K resolution, likely beating out the Xbox One add-on in terms of giving you finer control over world building. Xbox… Read More

  • CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    The U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, and a growing number of VCs who’ve historically shied from making taking sides publicly, are tweeting, talking with reporters, and blogging about who they are backing and why. The early-stage venture firm CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, is taking things a step further, having just published a tranquil little piece… Read More

  • Dyson adds a heater to its combo bladeless fan/air purifier

    Dyson adds a heater to its combo bladeless fan/air purifier

    Dyson’s been on something of a product launching roll, of late – hair dryers, robotic vacuums, it’s a diverse portfolio to put it mildly. The latest launch from the company, however, isn’t so much new territory as it is fusing together of a few of its existing lines into a single device. As its name implies, there’s a lot going on with the Pure Hot+Cool Link. The… Read More

  • Pokémon Go is boosting competitor in-app purchase revenue, too

    Pokémon Go is boosting competitor in-app purchase revenue, too

    While Pokémon Go is definitely the primary benefactor of its own success, that doesn’t mean it’s hurting its competition in the mobile gaming space. New data from mobile commerce provider DOCOMO Digital has found that in fact, the Google Play Store’s top four grossing apps have seen a 10 percent increase in overall revenue from their games in Europe since the debut of… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    If customized keyboards for mobile devices are to be the next-gen interface for accessing the wider web – including information you’d normally turn to a search engine to find – then Microsoft today has stepped up its fight with Google with the rollout of a new version of its predictive keyboard app Word Flow. While the app previously offered intelligent word suggestions… Read More

  • SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    A startup called SelfScore has raised $7.1 million in new venture funding to help bring much-needed financial services to international students at U.S. colleges and universities. SelfScore co-founder and CEO Kalpesh Kapadia grew up in India, but moved to the U.S. for graduate school in 1995. That’s when he first noticed the challenges of assimilating into what he says is the… Read More

  • Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius, the service that lets users add annotations and context to other docs, has today announced the launch of Questions and Answers, or Q+A. Genius originally launched as a rap lyrics data trove, where users could add interesting context and insights about various rap lyrics. Eventually, the company expanded (and not without some growing pains) to all types of documents, like public… Read More

  • China shows off the rover it plans to send to Mars in 2020

    China shows off the rover it plans to send to Mars in 2020

    China’s got some lofty space plans lined up for the next couple of decades, culminating with a manned moon landing by 2036. Meantime, the country is looking even further out, geographically speaking, toward the red planet, detailing a mission to send a rover to Mars at around July or August 2020. This week, China revealed some key computer generated images from the ambitious mission… Read More

  • SkyGiraffe raises $6M for its enterprise mobility platform

    SkyGiraffe raises $6M for its enterprise mobility platform

    SkyGiraffe helps enterprises give their employees access to their line-of-business apps and enterprise data from virtually any device. The company today announced that it has raised a $6 million funding round led by SGVC, with participation from Trilogy Equity Partners and a number of angel investors, including Heroku founder and CEO James Lindenbaum, Lookout founder and CTO Kevin… Read More

  • YouTube gets a new TV app

    YouTube gets a new TV app

    With more people than ever cutting the cord, watching via smart TVs, and turning to streaming media players like Roku and others, YouTube decided it was time to update is TV application to be easier to use on the big screen. A new version of the application rolling out now will feature a different look and improved organization of categories, in order to better fit in with how people… Read More

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