Gadgets

  • Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech Crunch Network

    Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

    Archaeological records show humans have been making alcohol since at least 7000 BC. We figured out wine more than 6,000 years ago. By the time the ancient Egyptians entered the scene, brewers were making at least 17 types of beer. Nonetheless, it appears we are not done innovating: Booze-related startups continued to rack up funding in the past year. Read More

  • unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    A new startup called unGlue wants to help kids better manage their time on connected devices. Just don’t call it parental control software, says co-founder and CEO Alon Shwartz. The idea, he explains, is to offer families a simpler solution for setting limits on screen time across devices, whether inside the home or away. Shwartz, a serial entrepreneur, came up with the idea for… Read More

  • Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    The next version of Apple Watch’s software will let you talk to Siri via your smartwatch in order to interact with third-party applications, according to new developer documentation from Apple released on Tuesday. This will let you do things like order an Uber, send a message through a chat application, make a payment, and more. The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected… Read More

  • Unboxing six gadgets from CES 2017

    I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… Read More

  • 12 picture-perfect gifts for your photographer friends

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Read More

  • 10 gifts for the data-driven driver or car lover

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Cars are okay on their own but they can be better. We have the technology. And this is a gift guide of that technology. You can spend a… Read More

  • 11 smart gifts for the connected homebody

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Read More

  • 15 gifts for the social media addict in your life

    Whether it’s for work or for fun, you probably know someone who pretty much lives on Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/all-of-the-above. Buying them a gift? We can help. Read More

  • 9 great gifts for your favorite 20-something

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. As one of TechCrunch’s resident 20-somethings, I know firsthand that we’re not the easiest group of people to shop for. Do… Read More

  • 13 techie gifts for moms (as picked by moms)

    Moms are some of the greatest, smartest and kindest people in the world. (Trust me: I’m a mom. 😇) And if you are thinking of showing your appreciation for the moms in your life this holiday season with a gift, have we got the gift guide for you, mother lovers! Read More

  • 11 awesome gifts for your awesome Dad

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Your dad is great. Your dad is smart. The one thing he probably isn’t, however, is easy to shop for. Yeah, yeah, you could get… Read More

  • This is Snapchat’s new Spectacles store in New York City

    Snapchat surprised everyone this morning when instead of dropping its Spectacles vending machine in a remote location like the Grand Canyon or Oklahoma, it opened a legitimate storefront in New York City. The store is all white – and contains a sole Bot vending machine, as well as rotating TVs mounted on the wall that show off Spectacles’ 360-degree video capability. The store is… Read More

  • Aurora is a set of connectable, color-changing LED wall panels

    Aurora is a set of connectable, color-changing LED wall panels

    Looking for a piece of wall art that doubles as lighting for your home? You’re in luck. Aurora, launched by Canadian smart-lighting startup Nanoleaf, is a set of smart LED panels designed to go on your wall. The panels are triangular (about 9″ on each side), and can be connected to basically make any shape or design you want. Nine come in a set, and you can buy packs of three more… Read More

  • Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

    Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

    Content is consumed from the big screen in the corner and you’re probably on your smartphone morning, noon and night. Cramming itself into the gap in-between is Loop, a retro-looking device aimed at a generation that hasn’t quite embraced the clutch-your-device-at-all-times world quite yet. Loop makes communicating, playing media and looking stuff up easier when you have your… Read More

  • PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips… Read More

  • Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

    Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

    We’re taking more digital photos than ever, but we’re not very good about printing them out to enjoy them in our homes. Meanwhile, the digital picture frame market has filled with cheap products that haven’t kept up with technology developments, like ubiquitous Wi-Fi, better photo quality, and higher resolutions, in order to instead chase ever-lower price points. Aura aims… Read More

  • b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round

    b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round

    b8ta, the retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets, recently raised a $7 million Series A round led by TriplePoint Capital with participation from Khosla Ventures, Fifth Wall Ventures, Macerich and Eniac Ventures. b8ta also received $8 million in debt funding and previously raised a $4.5 million seed round. b8ta launched its first store in Palo Alto last December. Since then, things have… Read More

  • Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    Apple held its annual September press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, unveiling the iPhone 7 at long last. CEO Tim Cook took the stage (after a charming bout of Carpool Karaoke) to introduce everything new with Apple — from new iPhones to new Apple Watches. You can dig through the full coverage, or read the play-by-play of the keynote in our live blog, but here are the main… Read More

  • HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN is looking for the next big American consumer product. Today, 100 makers and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. will pitch their products for a chance to win airtime on HSN, a listing on HSN.com, a piece in Good Housekeeping magazine and its “Seal of Approval,” following testing. The products will come from across categories, like home, kitchen, toys, productivity, and yes… Read More

  • This new brain-scanning technique is literally mind expanding

    This new brain-scanning technique is literally mind expanding

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between science and technology ó almost all the time when it has to do with the brain. But this research from MIT that allows for vastly improved scans of the networks inside the brain is too cool to pass up, whether it’s tech, science, or somewhere in between. Read More

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