• DigiLens grabs $22 million from Sony, Foxconn as it looks to print next-gen AR displays

    DigiLens grabs $22 million from Sony, Foxconn as it looks to print next-gen AR displays

    The hype behind augmented reality tech has been giving a lot of display manufacturers the motivation to rethink how modern displays work. Current optics technologies being used by HoloLens, Vuzix and Magic Leap all rely on a complicated high-end type of waveguide display technology that utilizes lenses with etched structures that capture and diffract light being projected into the edge of… Read More

  • Retro Patents turns famous inventions into art you can buy

    Retro Patents turns famous inventions into art you can buy

    A fun little side project-cum-startup from two of the founders of Soundwave, the social music company acquired by Spotify, wants to turn patents into art. Launching today, Retro Patents lets you buy prints of famous patents to hang on your office wall, or at home, if that’s your thing. Read More

  • The Davos delusion Crunch Network

    The Davos delusion

    The Davos Delusion Davos leaders are gathering this week to change the world. Again. “We are faced by a world which is increasingly schizophrenic. Our world is rapidly changing and power is shifting geopolitically, in business terms and even in the virtual world. Power, wealth and well-being are spread in ever more complex ways, leading to a world which is harder and harder to understand… Read More

  • Peanut is a new startup from Deliveroo co-founder and former Badoo deputy CEO

    Peanut is a new startup from Deliveroo co-founder and former Badoo deputy CEO

    Peanut — which TechCrunch understands will launch as early as next month — is a new London startup founded by Deliveroo co-founder and former CTO Greg Orlowski and ex-Badoo deputy CEO Michelle Kennedy. Read More

  • ProtonMail adds Tor onion site to fight risk of state censorship

    ProtonMail adds Tor onion site to fight risk of state censorship

    Swiss-based PGP end-to-end encrypted email provider, ProtonMail, now has an onion address, allowing users to access its service via a direct connection to the Tor anonymizing network — in what it describes as an active measure aimed at defending against state-sponsored censorship. Read More

  • Marketing and investment firm Wareness expands beyond hardware

    Marketing and investment firm Wareness expands beyond hardware

    It’s been about three years since PR firm VSC launched Wareness, a “studio” within the larger organization that provides consulting services and seed funding to hardware startups. Since then, Wareness has backed 14 companies. The next step? Looking beyond hardware — founder and CEO Vijay Chattha told me that the studio is now looking to work with startups in… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Theranos’ last blood lab closed after failing inspection

    A YouTube messaging feature launches in Canada, Theranos closes its last lab in Scottsdale, Arizona, DoorDash and Postmates start using Starship robotics to test robot delivery and Google buys Fabric dev platform. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Tyrant in the code Crunch Network

    Tyrant in the code

    Mankind has a complex relationship with the notion of Artificial Intelligence. Tinged with both fear and fascination; the timeline for AI development is punctuated by cultural and historical events that have brought with them new speculation and theories. Mechanical men and artificial beings were a prevalent feature of Greek myth, including the golden robots of Hephaestus and… Read More

  • 2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature

    2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature

    NASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the third year in a row that Earth experienced record high temperatures. These record years are part of a concerning long-term trend of increasing global temperatures. In fact, 16 of the 17 warmest years… Read More

  • Beeline is all about the journey to the destination

    Beeline is a handlebar-mounted gadget that uses a combination of Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS to direct you around town. Instead of giving you turn-by-turn direction like a traditional GPS, though, it simply acts as a compass to guide you to your destination. The Beeline team argues that this allows riders to be more present by letting them decide the best path to take. The project launched… Read More

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