Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refre

AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

AT&T wireless announced on Tuesday the first cities to get its 5G network. The carrier plans on installing 5G in 12 cities by the end of 2018, and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas

Sonos One is the speaker to beat for those who want great sound and smarts

The connected speaker wars are upon us, and one day they will be detailed in history books for all to remember. But here, now, it can be hard to cut through the various narratives surrounding the opti

Nuance ends development of the Swype keyboard apps

Nuance, the company that acquired veteran swipe-to-type keyboard maker Swype -- all the way back in 2011, shelling out a cool $100M -- has ended development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and i

Google’s Project Fi now offers data coverage in 170 countries

Project Fi, Google’s multi-network cell service, now provides you with data coverage in 170 countries. That’s up from the 135 countries in which the company has long offered service. New c

With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

Stem cells derived from a human placenta hold the key to unlocking a myriad of potentials in regenerative medicine and are the focus of X-Prize and Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis&#8217

Need a post on about your ICO? $500, please

In the endless hunt to gain credibility for token products, founders are resorting to some shady – and ridiculous – tactics. After researching the weird world of pay-for-play recently and

Blockchain engineers are in demand

Demand is off the charts for blockchain talent, and the capital is waiting to back it up. More than $3.7 billion has been raised through ICOs in the United States alone. Blockchain-related jobs are th

Orbi Outdoor Satellite adds Wi-Fi coverage to your back yard

I'm a big fan of the Netgear Orbi line of mesh access points and now there's more to love. Netgear is now shipping the RBS50Y, a new satellite that is weatherproof and allows you to add coverage to yo

Particle announces the Mesh board, an easy way to make your DIY talk to itself

Particle – which used to be called Spark – has released the third generation of their tiny, networked computing boards. Their new product, called Mesh, allows you to connect either┬áto a W

Dbrain pitches a new token paying users crypto to train artificial intelligence

One of the continuing challenges that artificial intelligence programs face is how they receive and process the information they need to take actions. While the algorithmic tools that developers have

Apple and Android are destroying the Swiss Watch industry

In Q4 2017 – essentially during the last holiday season – market research firm Canalys found that more people bought Apple watches than Swiss watches. Two million more, to be exact. Brian

Cybex starts selling its $330, app-enabled car seat made for safety geeks

Normally, I wouldn’t be writing about a car seat for for TechCrunch but as I’ve been in the market for such an item lately (and have been hit up for all things baby tech as my due date nea

Aurora will power Byton EV’s autonomous driving features

Aurora, the self-driving startup founded by Google self-driving car project alum Chris Urmson, along with Tesla Autopilot developer Sterling Anderson, CMU robotics expert and Uber vet Drew Bagnell, an

A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

Apple's HomePod delivers superior sound quality and solid Siri performance but still lags behind competition on breadth of voice commands.

Continental taps Nvidia for its full-scale autonomous vehicle platform

Continental is the latest top-tier automotive supplier to work with Nvidia, and the latest to announce its intent to build a full-scale, top-to-bottom autonomous driving system. Continental (which mig

Nike ramps up membership benefits with Apple Music, ClassPass and Headspace unlocks for app users

The top line is that Nike is rolling out some membership related updates to its app for iPhone and Android today. The updates will come in the form of new unlocks with partnerships like ClassPass, App

The iced tea company that changed its name to include ‘blockchain’ retracts on bitcoin mining operation

Remember the iced tea company that changed its name to Long Blockchain and immediately shot up by 500 percent on the stock market? Well, it turns out it may not be getting into the blockchain after al

The Lucnt SRL1 is a smart bike light for smarter people

When is a bike light not a bike light? When it turns itself off automatically and can signal that you’re braking even before you stop. The Lucnt SRL1 is just that kind of light. Created by a pai

We were in an accident during an automated driving tech demo

As a transportation reporter, I’ve been in a lot of cars using either autonomous or semi-automated Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) features, both on public and private roads, and yet I’d
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