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How did Thumbtack win the on-demand services market?

Earlier today, the services marketplace Thumbtack held a small conference for 300 of its best gig economy workers at an event space in San Francisco. For the nearly ten-year-old company the event was

This robot can build your IKEA furniture

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced. IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intell

StudioBricks is a Barcelona-based startup that sends you a studio in a box

My friend Rick is a voice-over artist and works in Ohio — right along the flight path for jets taking off and landing at the Columbus airport. As a result, he said, he had to record late at nigh

TaskRabbit’s app is offline while it investigates a “cybersecurity incident”

TaskRabbit, the on-demand errand service acquired by IKEA last year, announced today that has taken its website and app offline while investigating a “cybersecurity incident.” The company also sai

Interiors marketplace eporta raises $8M, led by Canvas Ventures

In this day and age of higher expectation in offices, sourcing your furniture from Ikea no longer cuts the proverbial mustard. But the furniture industry is notoriously old fashioned, forcing buyers t

GrokStyle’s visual search tech makes it into IKEA’s Place AR app

GrokStyle's simple concept of "point your camera at a chair (or lamp, or table...) and find others like it for sale" attracted $2 million in funding last year, and the company has been putting that ca

IKEA U.S. launches a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit

You can now pay IKEA to help you put together its confusing furniture. The company announced this morning it’s rolling out the new TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service in select U.S. markets wher

The legacy of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who passed today at 91

One of the great entrepreneurs of the 20th century, Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA, passed away today. As Reuters pointed out in its short biography, Kamprad created a store — as a teenager min

The Kronos Lift standing desk brings a little class to getting off your chair

I’ve been following the rise of standing desks for a few years now and still use one on a daily basis. The technology hasn’t changed much in the decade or so that they’ve become trul

Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the home

Sonos and Ikea just announced a new collaboration to “create future home sound experiences”. The companies say they want to make it easier to play music anywhere in the home – which

Crunch Report | GoPro Releases The Hero 6 Black

The GoPro Hero 6 and Fusion 360 camera are released, IKEA buys Instacart and Aston Martin is building a submarine. All this on Crunch Report.

IKEA has bought TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit, the on-demand platform for hiring people to do everything from build furniture to stand in line for you at the Apple Store, has sold itself to IKEA, Recode first reported. IKEA has since c

IKEA Place, the retailer’s first ARKit app, creates lifelike pictures of furniture in your home

The Swedish home goods giant IKEA has been a trailblazer when it comes to applying new technology to improve its products and overall retail experience. Today, it's taking the latest step into the fu

Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the h

Crunch Report | Instagram Stories Turns One

MKBHD get first look at the RED Hydrogen, CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technology is used to wipe out a genetically inherited heart mutation in embryos, Instagram Stories turns one year old, UK IKEA is no

Ikea begins selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

Ikea is getting into the domestic solar power generation and storage market in the UK, with new solar panel and home storage battery system products. The products include panels that integrated with e

Ori Systems brings the robotic furniture of the future to apartments today

Ori's modular robotic bed, storage, desk furniture brings apartments one step closer to the Jetsons' (and it's pretty!).

Ikea’s smart light bulbs will work with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant

Ikea’s smart light bulbs will answer to voice commands starting this summer. The company announced in a Swedish-language press release that its smart lighting product line, called Trådfri, will wor

MIT built a self-assembling cell phone

Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell phone that’s self-building, Fast Compa

Experiences generate clicks, not ads

Ads don’t work so well anymore. To begin with, there are just too many of them. In a time when consumers are inundated with ads from every corner of their screens (and lives), brands and startups ar
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