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  • Crunch Report | China’s Didi Chuxing Valuation Hits $50B

    Didi Chuxing is valued at more than $50 billion, SiriusXM acquires Automatic for more than $100 million, Apple Music wants to be Apple Video with the next iteration of the app focused on video and Everfi raises a $190 million round. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M

    SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M

    SiriusXM has acquired Automatic, the maker of the Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car OBD-II port accessories. The deal is acknowledged by SiriusXM CFO David Frear to be worth a little north of $100 million, and SiriusXM and Automatic both note in releases announcing the news that the brand will remain separate, and Automatic’s products and team will remain focused on the… Read More

  • Automatic adds another auto insurance provider to its list of partners

    Automatic adds another auto insurance provider to its list of partners

    Connected car dongle maker Automatic started out as a consumer-focused company that sought to help give customers more insight into their driving habits, with the aim of helping to gamify things like fuel efficiency, and generally offer up tips for improved driving. It was only natural that it would take its data-collecting dongle and driver improvement business and partner up with… Read More

  • The connected car and another fragmented market Crunch Network

    The connected car and another fragmented market

    As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers. It feels very much like the early days of smartphones: Everyone was trying to be a player. All companies built their own flavor of software and, as a byproduct, all hardware (smartphones) was weak, at best. Read More

  • Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter

    Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter

    Automatic went for a more expensive, but more full-featured offering with the 3G-enabled Automatic Pro earlier this year, but the new Automatic Lite delivers a more affordable connected car device with Bluetooth connectivity, at a lower price point than any previous hardware they’ve released. The new Automatic Lite is $79.95, and will sell at Best Buy, Amazon and Automatic’s own site. Read More

  • Automatic Pro adds unlimited 3G to connected car gadget

    Automatic Pro adds unlimited 3G to connected car gadget

    The race for aftermarket smarts in your car is heating up, and Automatic is delivering an always-on 3G data connection as its move to race ahead of the competition. The Automatic Pro dongle, which plugs into the OBD-II port used for diagnostics on any car made after 1996, now includes 3G data connectivity, with unlimited usage for the first five years in the price of the hardware. Automatic… Read More

  • Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    We’re just a week away from TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015, and the TechCrunch video team has a packed schedule: broadcasting interviews, updates and all sorts of other great startup action live from the exhibit hall floor. Disrupt TV kicked off at Disrupt NY back in May, and we got such positive feedback we’re doing it again in San Francisco. Eh, we can sleep when we’re dead. Read More

  • USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    Automatic, the connected car platform whose sensor and app combination is sometimes referred to as a “Fitbit for your car,” announced this morning $24 million in Series B funding, led by the investment arm at USAA, a top insurance and financial services provider for military families, which today counts 11 million members. Also participating in the round were new investors CDK… Read More

  • Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

    Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

    Automatic, a startup whose sensor-and-software combo has been described as “Fitbit for your car,” is today rolling out a software development kit and new hardware that turn your car into a platform for apps. Read More

  • Smart Driving Assistant Comes To Android With Safety-Focused “Do Not Disturb” And Crash Alert Features

    Smart Driving Assistant Comes To Android With Safety-Focused “Do Not Disturb” And Crash Alert Features

    Automatic, the smart driving assistant that combines a small hardware device that plugs in your car and a mobile app that provides drivers with data about their vehicle and their driving habits, is now available on Android. Previously an iOS-only application, this release also delivers a couple of new features as well, including an Android-exclusive “do not disturb” mode and a… Read More

  • Automatic’s Smart Driving Assistant Can Now Turn Your Car Into An iBeacon

    Automatic’s Smart Driving Assistant Can Now Turn Your Car Into An iBeacon

    Automatic‘s smart driving assistant, which combines a small piece of hardware with powerful mobile apps, was designed to provide vehicles owners with new tools to understand how they can get more out of their car’s performance. Well, it recently added iBeacon functionality, which could fundamentally change the way users and their cars interact with other things around them. Read More

  • Automatic’s Smart Driving Assistant Comes To Amazon So It’s Easier To Boost Your Ride’s IQ

    Automatic’s Smart Driving Assistant Comes To Amazon So It’s Easier To Boost Your Ride’s IQ

    Automatic, the smart driving startup that builds an accessory for just about any vehicle, is expanding its retail partners beyond Apple thanks to a new deal with Amazon. That means the car will be available to a whole new group of customers, thanks to a distribution arrangement with the largest online retailer in the world. Read More

  • Dropbox Continues Its One-Click Campaign To Be Your Default Photo Library

    Dropbox Continues Its One-Click Campaign To Be Your Default Photo Library

    If you’ve been watching Dropbox at all over the last couple of years, you’ll be completely unsurprised at a new feature announced today. The apps on Mac have gained the ability to automatically detect, upload and ready shared links to the screenshots you shoot on your computer. That’s pretty much the main reason apps like Cloud.app even exist, and really throws a wrench into… Read More

  • With Mobile Apps And Hardware, YC-Backed Automatic Launches To Help You Get More Out Of Your Car

    With Mobile Apps And Hardware, YC-Backed Automatic Launches To Help You Get More Out Of Your Car

    Automatic wants to help people drive smarter. To do so, it’s got two main components: There’s a small hardware dongle that connects to a car’s onboard computer, which provides data about the state of the car and trips it makes, as well as a mobile app that collects and analyzes all that data. Together, they can provide a whole lot more insight into users’ vehicles than… Read More

  • Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On

    Piaget was really proud about releasing this watch, but also I think they were a bit nervous as to the reaction. The design of it is very experimental and not something you are used to with a typically clean face Piaget watch. The brand’s highly popular Altiplano Automatic 43 has a dial that is thematically opposite to this tourbillon. What they share is a “thin” outlook on life. Read More

  • Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic Watch Review

    I know there is a lot of talk on the “manufacture” movement. In fact, a recent panel discussion I had with fellow watch expert journalists allowed me to realize that there is no strict definition of “watch manufacture” or “manufacture movement.” This definitional ambiguity hurts my ability to explain things properly, but let it be said that Montblanc makes… Read More

  • Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph Titanium Watch

    This is the mechanical Seiko sport watch to own in 2010. Representing the purely mechanical – versus Spring Drive – movement based Ananta watches in the US, this new for 2010 Automatic Chronograph ref. SRQ009 in titanium. When I first saw this watch I was pretty sure that it was going to be a limited edition, but it isn’t. The titanium Ananta automatic will be part of… Read More

  • The Suima crib is the world's first fully automatic baby bed

    Kyuushuu University in Japan (where else) and Nagasaki-based Maruki Kaihatsu have developed a baby bed that makes it possible to console crying infants automatically. The so-called Suima crib [JP] is only available in Nippon and according to the makers, it’s the first one of its kind. (Very convincing) video after the jump. Read More

  • Canon takes the hassle out of burning Blu-ray discs

    Not that a lot of people even get the chance to have that hassle, but Canon’s always been a forward-looking company. These camera-to-disc recorders are nothing new; it’s been a way for mom and pop to put their DV footage onto DVDs for years, but this sucker is next generation. It takes regular MPEG-2 SD footage like the rest of ’em, but now it also takes HD in the form of… Read More