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05/21/2019

Oculus Quest and Rift S now shipping Facebook -owned Oculus is shipping its latest VR headgear from today. Preorders for the PC-free Oculus Quest and the higher end Oculus Rift S opened up three weeks ago. In a launch blog Oculus touts the new hardware’s “all-in-one, fully i...
03:16, 05/21/2019

Stanford’s Doggo is a petite robotic quadruped you can (maybe) build yourself Got a few thousand bucks and a good deal of engineering expertise? You’re in luck: Stanford students have created a quadrupedal robot platform called Doggo that you can build with off-the-shelf parts and a considerable amount of elbow grease. T...
21:16, 05/20/2019

Why is Facebook doing robotics research? It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots arenR...
14:32, 05/20/2019

This clever transforming robot flies and rolls on its rotating arms There’s great potential in using both drones and ground-based robots for situations like disaster response, but generally these platforms either fly or creep along the ground. Not the “Flying STAR,” which does both quite well, and t...
12:16, 05/20/2019

Google says its app store will continue to work for existing Huawei smartphone owners Google said today that existing users of Huawei Android devices can continue to use Google Play app store, offering some relief to tens of millions of users worldwide even as it remains unclear if the Chinese tech giant will be able to use the full...
02:48, 05/20/2019

Huawei responds to Android ban with service and security guarantees, but its future is unclear Huawei has finally gone on the record about a ban on its use of Android, but the company’s long-term strategy on mobile still remains unclear. In an effort to appease its worried customer base, the embattled Chinese company said today that it ...
02:48, 05/20/2019

Rivian debuts a pull-out kitchen for its electric pickup truck Sometimes you need scrambled eggs. And with that thought, today at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ, Rivian announced a major accessory for its electric pickup: A camp kitchen. The unit slides out from the Rivian R1T’s so-called gear tunnel t...
15:32, 05/17/2019

Minecraft Earth makes the whole real world your very own blocky realm When your game tops a hundred million players, your thoughts naturally turn to doubling that number. That’s the case with the creators, or rather stewards, of Minecraft at Microsoft, where the game has become a product category unto itself. An...
07:00, 05/17/2019

The Meizu 16s offers flagship features at a mid-range price Smartphones have gotten more expensive over the last few years even though there have only been a handful of recent innovations that really changed the way you interact with the phone. It’s maybe no surprise then that there is suddenly a lot mo...
17:48, 05/16/2019

Rivals in gaming, Microsoft and Sony team up on cloud services For the last two decades, Sony and Microsoft’s gaming divisions have been locked in all-out war against one another: on price, on hardware, on franchises, on exclusives… you name it. But it seems they’ve set their enmity aside tem...
17:48, 05/16/2019

ObjectiveEd is building a better digital curriculum for vision-impaired kids Children with vision impairments struggle to get a solid K-12 education for a lot of reasons — so the more tools their teachers have to impart basic skills and concepts, the better. ObjectiveEd is a startup that aims to empower teachers and kids with...
17:48, 05/16/2019

Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You’re not the only one. [Update: It’s fixed.] Update: An Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch “This afternoon we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally.” If your requests to Alexa are being me...
09:48, 05/16/2019

DJI is out-GoProing GoPro with its own action camera For a brief time, DJI and GoPro were partners — or at least uncomfortable allies. Way back in 2014, the companies were joined together with the intention of building a drone designed to capture athletes in motion. It must have seemed like a perfect ...
19:32, 05/15/2019

Is the new Osmo Action camera a GoPro Killer? I got my hands on DJI’s Osmo Action cam and took it out for a spin. Check out the video for my initial impressions. Video Producer: Gregory S. Manalo...
19:32, 05/15/2019

SpaceX kicks off its space-based internet service tomorrow with 60-satellite Starlink launch As wild as it sounds, the race is on to build a functioning space internet — and SpaceX is taking its biggest step yet with the launch of 60 (!) satellites tomorrow that will form the first wave of its Starlink constellation. It’s a hugely imp...
15:00, 05/14/2019

Cat vs best and worst robot vacuum cleaners  If you’ve flirted with the idea of buying a robot vacuum you may also have stepped back from the brink in unfolding horror at the alphabetic soup of branded discs popping into view. Consumer choice sounds like a great idea until you’ve tr...
13:00, 05/11/2019

Alexa, does the Echo Dot Kids protect children’s privacy? A coalition of child protection and privacy groups has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to investigate a kid-focused edition of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. The complaint against Amazon Echo Dot Kids, which ...
11:00, 05/09/2019

Drone sighting at Germany’s busiest airport grounds flights for about an hour A drone sighting caused all flights to be suspended at Frankfurt Airport for around an hour this morning. The airport is Germany’s busiest by passenger numbers, serving almost 14.8 million passengers in the first three months of this year. In a...
04:00, 05/09/2019

Samsung spilled SmartThings app source code and secret keys A development lab used by Samsung engineers was leaking highly sensitive source code, credentials and secret keys for several internal projects — including its SmartThings platform, a security researcher found. The electronics giant left dozens of i...
12:00, 05/08/2019

Non-invasive glucose monitor EasyGlucose takes home Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and $100K Microsoft’s yearly Imagine Cup student startup competition crowned its latest winner today: EasyGlucose, a non-invasive, smartphone-based method for diabetics to test their blood glucose. It and the two other similarly beneficial finalists pre...
12:00, 05/08/2019

Fli Charge Technology acquired by Birch Lake to accelerate a wireless future Fli Charge Technology is today announcing it was acquired by an affiliate of Birch Lake Associates. As part of the purchase, industry veteran Khalid Zitouni is taking the chief executive position as the company looks to expand its reach for Fli Charg...
16:16, 05/07/2019

Google renames Home Hub to the Nest Hub and releases a 10-inch Nest Hub Max The Home Hub has been a hit for Google, eclipsed only by the Mini in its smart home hardware line. That’s for good reason, of course. The device is the ideal size and priced well, making it a minimally invasive device for a living room or kitchen. A...
16:16, 05/07/2019

Live transcription and captioning in Android are a boon to the hearing-impaired A set of new features for Android could alleviate some of the difficulties of living with hearing impairment and other conditions. Live transcription, captioning and relay use speech recognition and synthesis to make content on your phone more access...
16:16, 05/07/2019

Marshall continues to impress with new retro portable speakers Marshall, the headphone company and not the loudspeaker company of the same vintage, today announced two new portable speakers. Like the company’s previous offerings, these speakers ooze a retro vibe. The two new speakers, the Stockwell II and ...
09:32, 05/07/2019

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau will discuss the future of mobile at Disrupt SF Founded in late 2013, OnePlus did the impossible, coming seemingly out of nowhere to take on some of the biggest players in mobile. The company has made a name by embracing a fawning fanbase and offering premium smartphone features at budget pricing,...
09:32, 05/07/2019

An Xbox controller with a built-in Braille display is Microsoft’s latest gaming accessibility play Microsoft has been leaning into accessibility in gaming lately, most visibly with its amazing Adaptive Controller, and a new patent suggests another way the company may be accommodating disabled gamers: an Xbox controller with a built-in Braille dis...
13:00, 05/06/2019

Life-size robo-dinosaur and ostrich backpack hint at how first birds got off the ground Everyone knows birds descended from dinosaurs, but exactly how that happened is the subject of much study and debate. To help clear things up, these researchers went all out and just straight up built a robotic dinosaur to test their theory: that the...
16:48, 05/02/2019

Takeaways from F8 and Facebook’s next phase Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine and Frederic Lardinois discuss major announcements that came out of Facebo...
13:16, 05/02/2019

Blue Origin lofts NASA and student experiments in New Shepard tomorrow morning The 11th mission for Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle is slated for takeoff Thursday morning. The craft will be carrying 38 (!) experimental payloads from NASA, students and research organizations around the world. You’...
13:48, 05/01/2019

Google’s Wear OS gets tiles Google announced an interesting new Wear OS feature today that makes a number of highly used features more easily available. Google calls this feature ’tiles’ and it makes both information like the local weather forecast, headlines, your...
10:00, 05/01/2019

Why did last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ look so bad? Here comes the science! Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” was a wild ride and inarguably one of an epic show’s more epic moments — if you could see it through the dark and the blotchy video. It turns out even one of the most expensive and met...
23:00, 04/29/2019

Amazon is testing a Spanish-language Alexa experience in the US ahead of a launch this year Amazon announced today it has begun to ask customers to participate in a preview program that will help the company build a Spanish-language Alexa experience for U.S. users. The program, which is currently invite-only, will allow Amazon to incorpora...
23:00, 04/29/2019

Is this the vertical-folding Motorola Razr? This could be the upcoming Motorola Razr revival. The images purporting to be the upcoming smartphone appeared online on Weibo and show a foldable design. Unlike Galaxy Fold, though, Motorola’s implementation has the phone folding vertically &...
09:16, 04/29/2019

This little translator gadget could be a traveling reporter’s best friend If you’re lucky enough to get to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you? This little gadget seeking funds on Kickst...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Did you fly a drone over Fenway Park? The FAA would like a chat Drones are great. But they are also flying machines that can do lots of stupid and dangerous things. Like, for instance, fly over a major league baseball game packed with spectators. It happened at Fenway Park last night, and the FAA is not happy. Th...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac O...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Disc-free Xbox One S could land on May 7th Microsoft is about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs, the company is removing the Blu-ray disc drive altogether. According to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture (via Thurrott), the console could launch on May 7th ...
11:48, 04/28/2019

iOS 13 could feature dark mode and interface updates According to a report from 9to5mac’s Guilherme Rambo, the next major version of iOS for the iPhone and iPad will present many new features, such as universal dark mode, new gestures, visual changes for the volume popup and more. Dark mode should work...
11:48, 04/28/2019

David Copperfield’s secret magic techniques crash-landed on the Moon The loss of Israel’s Beresheet lander during its descent to the lunar surface was unfortunate, but the mission was still largely a success — and has certainly created an interesting cultural artifact on the Moon where it impacted. Perhaps more ...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Talk all things robotics and AI with TechCrunch writers This Thursday, we’ll be hosting our third annual Robotics + AI TechCrunch Sessions event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The day is packed start-to-finish with intimate discussions on the state of robotics and deep learning with key founders,...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Sony shares some details about the PlayStation 5 Lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Mark Cerny gave a lengthy interview to Wired’s Peter Rubin and shared some details about Sony’s next-gen console — the console that is likely to be called the PlayStation 5. The next PlayStati...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Apple could build macOS feature to use your iPad as extra Mac display According to a report from 9to5mac’s Guilherme Rambo, Apple is working on a feature that would let you pair your iPad with your Mac to turn your iPad into a secondary Mac display. That feature, code-named Sidecar, could ship with macOS 10.15 this fal...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Daily Crunch: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold After eigh...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition Discs! What are they good for? Well, they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Meet the first judges for The Europas Awards (27 June) and enter your startup now! I’m excited to announce that The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is really shaping up! The awards will be held on 27 June 2019, in London, U.K. on the front lawn of the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, London — creating a fantastic and fun garden ...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wake-up (and have invested in some smart home technology), here̵...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Next iPhone could feature an ultra-wide lens A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5Mac details the cameras in the next-generation iPhones. The report confirms previous rumors — the successors of the iPhone XS and XS Max will have three camera sensors on the back of the d...
11:48, 04/28/2019

How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Alphabet’s Wing gets FAA permission to start delivering by drone Wing Aviation, the drone-based delivery startup born out of Google’s X labs, has received the first FAA certification in the country for commercial carriage of goods. It might not be long before you’re getting your burritos sent par avi...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Huawei’s P30 Pro excels on the camera front It’s been a month since Huawei unveiled its latest flagship device — the Huawei P30 Pro. I’ve played with the P30 and P30 Pro for a few weeks and I’ve been impressed with the camera system. The P30 Pro is the successor to the P20 Pro and features imp...
11:48, 04/28/2019

LEGO Braille bricks are the best, nicest and, in retrospect, most obvious idea ever Braille is a crucial skill to learn for children with visual impairments, and with these LEGO Braille Bricks, kids can learn through hands-on play rather than more rigid methods like Braille readers and printouts. Given the naturally Braille-like str...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 more colleges If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be ab...
11:48, 04/28/2019

Tapp Lock – Innovative finger-print security-technology Introduction: Whenever you need to secure your stuff, you are to have a lock which is convenient to use being light weight and, certainly, secure. TAPP is the only padlock which possesses the property of being used without key, combination code or a...
09:48, 04/28/2019

Toyota Human Support Robot- A helping Robot for Elderly Toyota, auto manufacturing company, is now looking ahead to help the disable and old age people. The Toyota Motors is going to spend 1 billion dollars in order to develop Human Support Robot (HSR)-a robot for elderly. The robot is designed to assist ...
09:48, 04/28/2019

Outstanding Survival Apps essential for Outdoors Whenever you go for outdoors you necessarily require some things to be always with you. Here is a collection of best smartphone apps which may help you while you are in any of the SHFT situation. And I hope you will love them when you use them. 1.   ...
09:48, 04/28/2019

UE Boom 2: World’s best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers UE Boom 2 is a waterproof wireless Bluetooth speaker. It is the revised and better version of prior UE Boom Bluetooth speakers. Ultimate Ears (shortly named UE) is an earphone and speaker manufacturer company based in America. UE Boom was first acme ...
09:48, 04/28/2019

dbell: Smart Wireless Wi-Fi Video Doorbell dbell, the smart video doorbell enables you to check who is at the door from your smartphone. You can monitor it from your tablet, PC or TV. Every time when a visitor press the doorbell the wireless and Wi-Fi connected dbell lets you answer the door....
09:48, 04/28/2019

Vimble S Phone Stabilizer allows you to capture unshaken videos Introduction: Vimble S phone stabilizer serves as gimbal for you smart phone. It is enough clever to stabilize your mobile no matter how considerably you move your hand. It is an intellectual monopod and readjusts itself without shaking the mobile ph...
09:48, 04/28/2019

The Dash-Smart Wireless Bluetooth Earphones The world’s first smart wireless bluetooth earphones are now on market with built in 1000 songs memory as well as body sensors like heartbeat and other movements tracker. The Dash consists of a couple of wireless and isolated stereo earpieces. It is ...
09:48, 04/28/2019

Spy Sunglasses – Hidden Video Camera Bluetooth Sunglasses Wayli sunglasses are the super cool wireless, bluetooth enabled spy sunglasses with a hidden HD video recording camera. It allows you to record the precious events and moments of your life, free-hands, with a 720p HD hidden camera. These spy glasses ...
09:48, 04/28/2019

Titan Note : The Innovative Notes-Taking Device Titan Note is the world’s first most advanced and featured transcription device. It can record everything accurately and then converts it into text. Titan Note is best for booth students as well as professionals. It takes notes for you better than yo...
09:48, 04/28/2019

7 Best Lavalier Mics For Creating Excellent Audio And Video Content Planning to start your own YouTube channel or make some tutorials? Having a mic with good sound recording quality is essential for creating such videos. It is pretty common that as soon as the viewers hear the poor sound, they skip the video. If you ...
09:48, 04/28/2019