• Saudi Arabia opens itself to Skype, WhatsApp and other internet calling services

    Saudi Arabia opens itself to Skype, WhatsApp and other internet calling services

    Lifting a longtime ban, Saudi Arabia will open up the country to online calling services. Apps like Skype and WhatsApp will become functional in the country on Wednesday at midnight local time. The announcement came from the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulatory authority. Read More

  • Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

    Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

    Identify the traits of your top performing employees and hire people like them, but without the discrimanatory bias of traditional recruiting. That’s the promise of Pymetrics, an artificial intelligence startup that today announced $8 million in new funding onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More

  • Nest announces the $499 Nest Secure, its new alarm system

    Nest announces the $499 Nest Secure, its new alarm system

    Nest announced a number of new security products today that all aim to keep your home safe from burglars and others you’d rather keep out. In addition to its new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, the company also launched Nest Secure, its new, fully featured security system. The system consists of three hardware products that can also be integrated with the company’s cameras: Nest Guard, the hub… Read More

  • Google Assistant is coming to Nest Cam IQ

    Google Assistant is coming to Nest Cam IQ

    One more quick bit of news out of Nest’s press conference this morning: the company is adding support for Google’s voice-powered Assistant to the Nest Cam IQ line it debuted in March. The move is a natural one, of course: Google acquired Nest 3 years ago, and has been pushing hard into the home ever since. Google already uses Assistant to power its standalone Home speaker; with… Read More

  • This is Nest’s new video doorbell

    This is Nest’s new video doorbell

    We’re live at a Nest press conference in San Francisco, where the company is debuting new products rapid fire. The latest debut: Nest Hello, a smart video doorbell. If you’re familiar with existing products like the Ring video doorbell, this one is of a similar vein — just with all of Nest’s usual polish. It’s got a microphone/speaker rig built-in so you can… Read More

  • Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor

    Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor

    As content recommendation company Revcontent plans to unveil new tools for online publishers, it’s also working with former AOL Platforms CTO Seth Demsey to develop its broader strategy. Demsey left his role running adtech at AOL (which owns TechCrunch) over the summer, right before AOL-owner Verizon closed its acquisition of Yahoo. He told me that when he was introduced to Revcontent… Read More

  • You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    Facebook is making it easier for users to access their Instagram profile directly from within the Facebook app. The company confirms it’s rolling out a new addition its main navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. This option appears just below the link to your personal profile in Facebook’s app, and above the links to any Facebook Pages you… Read More

  • Nest launches a new $349 smart outdoor security camera

    Nest launches a new $349 smart outdoor security camera

    Nest today announced its newest camera today: the Nest Cam IQ outdoor. This new outdoor camera brings the features of the company’s smart indoor camera to a more rugged outdoor version. As Nest GM of security products Michele Turner noted during an event in San Francisco today, the number one way that burglars break into a house is simply through an unlocked door. But the most… Read More

  • Google brings the $399 Android One Moto X4 to Project Fi (and the U.S.)

    Google brings the $399 Android One Moto X4 to Project Fi (and the U.S.)

    Google today announced that the Android One Moto X4 is now available for pre-order on its Project Fi page. Like other Android One phones, the mid-range Moto X4, comes with a pure version of Android without any bloatware. This marks the first time an Android One phone is available on Project Fi, Google’s own virtual cell network, and it also marks the Moto X4’s arrival in the… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

    Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

    Snap wants its ads to open to something interesting rather than a boring mobile website. Today Snap announced 14 new ad Creative Partners that will help build custom games, interactive videos, gyroscope-powered epxeriences, lead generation campaigns, and pre-loaded Instant Apps as destinations for Snapchat ads. They’ll also help connect advertisers to influencers, despite Snapchat… Read More

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