• Fat Lama is a platform to lend and borrow anything

    Fat Lama is a platform to lend and borrow anything

    Part of YC’s Summer ’17 class, Fat Lama wants to be a rental marketplace for anything. Launched late last year in London, the startup has gained early traction among professionals needing short-term rentals of creative gear – like drones, cameras or DJ equipment. But the platform is also filled with weirder goods – like a tuxedo, camper van or popcorn machine. Items… Read More

  • Watch the new trailer for The Defenders before it hits Netflix on Friday

    Watch the new trailer for The Defenders before it hits Netflix on Friday

    If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Netflix television universe, you’ve got to be excited about ‘The Defenders,’ the mini-series arriving on the streaming subscription platform on Friday, August 18. In case you’re not hyped enough, however, Netflix has released one final trailer to whet your appetite. This trailer is mostly about Sigourney Weaver lecturing… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive

    Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive

    Want those snazzy neon green and pink Switch controllers you’ve been coveting? In the U.S. and Canada, you’ll have to head to Walmart to pick up the Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle – at least initially. The bundle, announced today by Nintendo, will include Neon Pink and Neon Green right and left Switch controllers, as well as Splatoon 2, the console and the dock, along with… Read More

  • Can the security community grow up? Crunch Network

    Can the security community grow up?

    As the times change, the security community needs to adapt. We live in an imperfect world, as Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer of Facebook pointed out in his recent BlackHat 2017 keynote address. Instead of trying to punish each other, hackers and innovators need to work closely to ensure a higher order. Other security thought leaders have echoed similar sentiments. Amit… Read More

  • Ripcord’s $40 million Series B will pay for more file digitizing robots and human jobs

    Ripcord’s $40 million Series B will pay for more file digitizing robots and human jobs

    Bay Area startup Ripcord just scored a $40 million Series B, following its successful launch earlier this year. By all accounts, the company has apparently hit the ground running with its decidedly unsexy goal of using robots to digitize paper records for large corporations and organizations. According to CEO Alex Fielding, Ripcord already has a number of Fortune 100 companies on board… Read More

  • Teen bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman is launching Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ into space

    Teen bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman is launching Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ into space

    Erik Finman made headlines earlier this summer for becoming a bitcoin millionaire at the tender age of 18. He now tells TechCrunch he’s working on a project with NASA to launch a mini satellite into space with the recordings of regular folks, tech leaders and top artists — including pop idol Taylor Swift. The launch is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Carl… Read More

  • Skype’s much-debated redesign hits the desktop

    Skype’s much-debated redesign hits the desktop

    In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more limited fashion, Microsoft announced this morning. The new desktop app introduces an updated… Read More

  • Amazon opens up access to developer tools for adding Alexa to commercial products

    Amazon opens up access to developer tools for adding Alexa to commercial products

    Amazon wants to make its virtual assistant Alexa available on more devices, instead of just its own hardware. To that end, the company today is broadly opening up access to developer tools that will allow commercial device makers to build products powered by Alexa. With the launch of the Alexa Voice Service Device SDK toolset, companies can add a fully functional version of Alexa to their… Read More

  • Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

    Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

    The Essential Phone has arrived, a bit later than originally announced. The first smartphone from the new company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is now available to order, via Essential’s own site, Best Buy, and Sprint. The phone is still listed as a pre-order in all three spots, with shipping information to be conveyed later, but this is the closest people have been able to get… Read More

  • Applications for betaworks’ newest accelerator, Visioncamp, open September 6

    Applications for betaworks’ newest accelerator, Visioncamp, open September 6

    On the heels of formally announcing betaworks ventures, the startup shop is today introducing its third ‘camp’. betaworks Visioncamp is the latest accelerator-style program out of betaworks, and will focus on ‘camera-first’ applications and services, including augmented reality and computer vision. The program will include mentorship from the leadership at betaworks… Read More

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