Zwift merges indoor fitness with massive multi-player online gaming
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 4:01 pm

 At its core, Zwift is indoor cycling software. But layered on top of its functionality is a community, that in the two years the company has been operating, has grown in both scale and shear strength. At an event at Rapha’s cycling in SF, I found myself surrounded by core users proudly flaunting their team names and meeting, often not for the first time. Even Barry Bonds showed up to… Read More

This smart sock adds sensations to prosthetic limbs
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 3:33 pm

 The future of prosthetics is fast arriving, with 3D printed construction, advanced materials, and embedded sensors replacing the unadorned wood and plastic of yore. But like the rest of the future, it’s not equally distributed. In order to bridge the gap for users who can’t afford or get at these fancy new prostheses, researchers propose smartening up dumb prosthetics with… Read More

Applications are open now for our Hardware Battlefield at CES 2017
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 3:30 pm

 Do you make the hardest of things, hardware? We want you to compete in our Hardware Alley, our premier startup competition at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. You will have the chance to show your amazing products to representatives from major retailers, VCs, and other notables and you’ll climb far above the usual CES noise. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield… Read More

Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a fascinating attempt to reinvent the hybrid tablet
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 3:27 pm

 No mainstream electronics manufacture is making more interesting, innovative and downright bizarre products than Lenovo. Between its contorting efforts under the Yoga banner and the modular handsets being produced by Motorola, the Chinese company is taking the sort of form factor risks we rarely see outside of hardware startups. Nowhere is this better embodied than in the $499 Yoga Book. If… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Tesla’s self-driving tech progress, Apple announces MacBook event
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 3:07 pm

 This week, Tesla made a major announcement about the availability of its self-driving tech, Apple revealed when its next MacBooks are going to be announced, and we reviewed Google’s new Pixel XL. These are the top stories to catch you up on this crazy week in tech. Read More

Alexa can now fact check the 2016 election
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 2:57 pm

 Having a heated argument while discussing the presidential elections with friends? Good news: Alexa can now fact check the 2016 campaign, answering questions about the candidate’s claims right on the spot. This includes statements made by Clinton and Trump, as well as other candidates and politicians whose comments have been checked. This fact-checking is being made possible by way of… Read More

Watch all the quirky new commercials for Facebook Live
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 2:47 pm

 Teddy bear dogs, singing children, and your deepest personal opinions are what you should be sharing on Facebook Live, according to Facebook’s new ad campaign for its mobile broadcasting feature. Instead of poising itself for web celebrities like YouTube Live or citizen journalists like Periscope, these commercials show Facebook Live wants to be the camera for the common man. Click or… Read More

Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 2:04 pm

 Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies as long as the imagery is newsworthy or important enough. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP of global policy writes “Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see… Read More

Scientists made babies from mouse skin cells
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 1:41 pm

 A group of Japanese scientists from Kyushu University has successfully turned mouse skin cells into baby mice without the use of egg cells. The technology skips over the usual method of fertilizing egg cells with sperm and instead uses a method to grow the cells with the necessary chromosomal pairs needed for life to begin. This is the first time something like this has ever been achieved… Read More

Researchers sabotage 3D printer files to destroy a drone
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 1:41 pm

 Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of South Alabama, and Singapore University of Technology and Design have successfully injected malicious code into a computer which, in turn, added invisible commands to a file containing a 3D model of a drone propeller. When they printed the model and attached it to the drone, the propeller broke upon take-off. This… Read More

SoundShare’s new iMessage app lets you text your friends entire songs
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 1:08 pm

 A new iMessage app from the music-focused social network SoundShare will now let you share entire tracks with your friends over text messaging. Of course, there are already a number of ways to text friends your favorite music, thanks to the launch of the iMessage App Store. Apple Music has a built-in iMessage app, for example, and Pandora also rolled out one of its own earlier this month. Read More

VR and inclusivity
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 1:00 pm

 A billion-dollar industry is taking off, and we are excited that it has the potential to transform the lives of disabled people. But whatever the promise of this amazing tech, the industry has to move quickly to understand the needs and abilities of a full range of people and make sure it can offer a great experience for every possible user. Read More

Facebook Live broadcasting up 4X since May, gets TV and outdoor promo
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 1:00 pm

 Facebook wants you to know Live broadcasting isn’t just for celebrities. Facebook has bought a new series of US and UK TV, web, billboard, bus, and baggage claim ads that suggest you go Live when you see something cool, want to show off a talent, or just have something important to say. The campaign could further accelerate the growth of Live, which has seen the number of people… Read More

DJI says it’s starting to ship its folding drone
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 12:46 pm

 Looks like DJI may beat GoPro’s ship date yet. After nearly a week of delay due to unspecified manufacturing reasons, the company’s eagerly anticipated folding photography drone looks to finally be heading out to early purchasers. Three days after chalking the MIA Mavic Pro’s delay up to “amazingly strong global demand,” the company’s Global Director of… Read More

Board of Hampton Creek said to be investigating buyback allegations
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 12:23 pm

 The board of Hampton Creek has hired one of the Big Four accounting firms to investigate claims in a Bloomberg story that the San Francisco-based vegan food company executed on a campaign to buy back mass quantities of its eggless mayo product, Just Mayo. A source familiar with the situation says the board was unaware of the alleged scheme until contacted by Bloomberg’s reporters… Read More

AT&T said to be “in advanced talks” to purchase Time Warner
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 12:05 pm

 AT&T is in the advanced stages of negotiations to acquire Time Warner, according to the Wall Street Journal, which would give the carrier a huge content creation arm. Other carriers, including TechCrunch parent company Verizon, have embraced a similar strategy in order to own more of the relationship between customer and content, rather than just the delivery mechanism of the network.… Read More

This Russian project will detect a face in any TV channel in real-time
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 11:39 am

 These days you tend to hear about Russia in terms of its government hacking the US election. But some canny Russian developers have put their skills to something more productive: monitoring the TV appearances of world leaders. A team of Russian developers have released an AI powered algorithm that tracks all world leaders activities in all media. Based on the information the Verso service… Read More

Facebook’s News Feed just got better on slower connections
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 11:21 am

 Facebook’s News Feed has now been made even better for users with slow network connections – a project the social network has been working on for some time by revamping its underlying architecture to improve the way stories are ranked and displayed in the Facebook mobile application. With the latest series of improvements, Facebook will select which stories to show you based on… Read More

Klout’s Joe Fernandez is back with Joymode, an equipment rental startup with a focus on experiences
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 11:07 am

 Joymode is a startup for people who want to do fun things like host a backyard movie night or go on a camping trip — but don’t necessarily want to buy all the requisite equipment, especially if they’re only going to use it once. The company was founded by Joe Fernandez, Waynn Lue and Keith Walker. Fernandez previously founded social influence startup Klout and sold it to… Read More

YouTube: presidential debates were the most-watched political live streams ever
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 10:20 am

 YouTube’s airing of the U.S. presidential debates via news organizations’ live streams have clocked in as the most-viewed political live streams of all time, the company says. That’s not surprising, given the growing number of cord cutters, the international attention the debates have garnered, and the fact that, generally speaking, political live streams aren’t… Read More

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