• Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs. There’s still a sizable amount of fragmentation in the industry as well a high chance of failure for many of the efforts currently being undertaken. For these reasons some of the biggest names in the industry, Google, HTC, Oculus… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s Digits calling service is designed to make phone numbers device agnostic

    T-Mobile’s Digits calling service is designed to make phone numbers device agnostic

    T-Mobile’s pitch is simple, “We’re dragging the phone number into the internet age.” The actual functionality is a bit trickier, which is why the carrier looked to do a little bit of analyst handholding and a consumer Twitter Q&A (at 10:30AM PT today) ahead of launch. The underlying idea is to tie user identity to a single phone number, available across devices… Read More

  • Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you the Pitch@Palace Global, live from St. James’s Palace. Established by The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. During 2016, the initiative has expanded internationally, with the aim of developing links between U.K. and overseas entrepreneurs in a number… Read More

  • Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud this morning, which will bring a number of new features, including deeper integrations with Google services, to its collaboration platform for teams. Among the additions are new bots for notifications, as well as support for Google’s recently launched Team Drives, document previews, permissioning and more. The move comes at a… Read More

  • November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and download numbers were not provided, however, which makes it more difficult to put this announcement into perspective compared with prior… Read More

  • Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity has hired Dr. Danny Lange to take on the next generation of AI and machine learning problems at the game engine startup. For Lange, this comes after just over a year as Uber’s head of machine learning. Previously Lange worked on machine learning products for Amazon and Microsoft. Lange joins Unity at a time of particularly high growth for the company. Unity raised $181 million… Read More

  • Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    RIP Pebble… The wearable maker that pioneered wrist-based notifications before Apple and many others waded into the smartwatch space has confirmed it’s closing its doors as an independent entity. Read More

  • DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    As Brazil continues to reel as a result of its economic turmoil and its worst recession in 80 years, one of the country’s first financial tech startups has raised significant funding. Sao Paulo-based Nubank, whose first (and to-date only) product has been a “no-fee” credit card that is managed only through a mobile app, has raised $80 million in a Series D round of… Read More

  • Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor is on its way. Announced this week at press event in New York, Pandora Premium, as the service is called, offers on-demand listening of millions of songs, streamed ad-free, and supports offline access to music. But the company is aiming to make personalization its biggest differentiator from rivals including Apple Music, Spotify and others. The new service… Read More

  • Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music’s growth has been nothing if not steady since launching in June of last year. The streaming service hit 13 million paid subscribers in April and beat the 17 million mark in September. This week, the company announced a nice round milestone, telling Billboard that it now counts 20 million paid members among its ranks, making that a 15-percent increase in three months. Read More

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