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  • Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country. In the latest development, Tel Aviv VC Singulariteam is announcing that it has closed its second fund — $102 million from LPs that include co-founders of China’s Tencent and Renren — that it will use… Read More

  • Students Build Objects With Metal Using A MIG Welder And An Off-The-Shelf 3D Printer

    Students Build Objects With Metal Using A MIG Welder And An Off-The-Shelf 3D Printer

    Today in the Department of Overkill Department we present students from the University of Delft who have built a metal printer using a basic Prusa 3D printer – essentially a hobbyist printer – and a MIG welder. The system extrudes and melts a length of wire which is then laid down just like it is in plastic printers. The resulting objects, while far from pretty, prove that 3D… Read More

  • Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta — which recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 — today began to ship the final version of its Meta 1 Developer Kit (which includes the AR glasses). The 1,500 members of the company’s Pioneer Developer Program will be the lucky (and patient) recipients of the glasses and the accompanying SDK. I say patient, because this shipment is the culmination of… Read More

  • A Look At Lumus, The Amazing Lens Technology That Is Going To Change Wearables

    A Look At Lumus, The Amazing Lens Technology That Is Going To Change Wearables

    You may not know the name Lumus now, but expect to be hearing a lot from them in the future. When we first met the Lumus rep Ari Grobman two years ago he showed us some amazing technology. It was basically an augmented reality display embedded into a standard lens that could fit into a standard pair of glasses. The 720p model displayed a binocular image at near HD quality right in front of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Competitive Blocking

    Gillmor Gang: Competitive Blocking

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — ring in the New Year in celebration of surviving yet another crisis in the venture capital community. The concern is that acquihires represent the capitulation of innovation in service of the big getting bigger. As cloud computing lowers the barriers to entry for first stage ideas, the struggle is moving… Read More

  • Y Combinator Summer 2013 Demo Day, Batch 2: Meet Meta, Lob, Amulyte, Weilos And More

    Y Combinator Summer 2013 Demo Day, Batch 2: Meet Meta, Lob, Amulyte, Weilos And More

    Just as the wheels of time continue to turn, the 49 new startups out of Y Combinator continue to churn. Batch One is now behind us, and a new group of startups are taking the stage. As per usual, TechCrunch is here to bring you complete coverage of each of these companies, ranging from a “hearing aid 2.0” to a “Netflix for fashion” to “credit cards for old… Read More

  • Meta, The World’s First Entry-Level AR Glasses, Hires The Father Of Wearable Computing As Chief Scientist

    Meta, The World’s First Entry-Level AR Glasses, Hires The Father Of Wearable Computing As Chief Scientist

    The Meta1 is a pair of virtual reality goggles that perform some very unique and useful tricks. While they are still in beta stage, the glasses are coupled with a Kinect-like camera to sense objects in real space and allow users to interact with virtual worlds with the swipe of their hand. Read More

  • All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now

    All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now

    I am about to commit an act of meta-journalism. I’m sorry. I hate meta-journalism. I unfollowed GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram (a fine writer) on Twitter some time ago because I could not muster any more interest in articles about articles and blog posts about blogging. I believe that journalists (like people in most professions) vastly overestimate their own importance, significance… Read More

  • Students Put Out An Issue Of The School Paper Using Tools Of Yore

    Students Put Out An Issue Of The School Paper Using Tools Of Yore

    Remember film? Remember when “cut and paste” actually involved scissors and glue? Remember when typewriters didn’t have a 1 key? Probably not, right? I’m old and I barely even remember that stuff. Well a group of students at Florida Atlantic University had to learn the old ways again in an end-of-school-year experiment. They used 35mm film, actual typewriters, and… Read More

  • HP's MagCloud turns us all into magazine publishers

    Credit to HP for trying something different. That “something,” as it were, is a new scheme called MagCloud that brings the cost of printing glossy magazines down to 20 cents per page. That works out to $20 per 100-page magazine. Free speech so long as you own a printing press, right? Read More

  • What's the deal with: video game reviews (for the 1,000th time)

    Oh, look, someone doesn’t enjoy the game reviews racket anymore. Well, not so much the act of reviewing games but all the drama that surrounds game reviews. Nasty message board threads, podcast after podcast wherein professionals discuss until their throat is sore what makes a good review and how to “properly” review a game, and so on. No more, no more, no more! Read More

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