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LG turns to EyeEm to add AI to its cameras

LG today announced an updated version of the V30 smartphone and it comes with a supercharged camera powered by a third-party AI system. LG turned to EyeEm to add new features to the camera. Now, thanks to the EyeEm platform, the LG V30S ThinQ and soon the original V30 can automatically detect the subject of the picture being a hamburger or dachshund the camera will adjust Read More

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What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group? There‘s no single formula, of course. But data indicates it helps to be famous, involved in a hot technology sector or working to cure cancer. Read More

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Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it

24Abraham Lincoln famously said that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth, but looking around these days, you would be forgiven if you thought representative democracy had already been buried alongside Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. Confidence in Congress remains pitifully low, driven by perceived low ethical standards and Read More

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The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on the traditional French press that adds a few features that even high-end models don‘t have. The press - which costs 35 for a half-liter model and 40 for the liter model - has Read More

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Programming as craft

Can programming be a craft? I was thinking about this as I was reading Matthew Crawford‘s excellent book The World Beyond Your Head. Much like Crawford‘s earlier work Shop Class as Soulcraft, he argues that craftsmanship is an activity that doesn‘t just provide us with satisfaction, but also makes us fundamentally human by enchanting us with the world right around us. He Read More

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Equity shot: Dropbox is going public, and Aaron Levie has some advice

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. At long last, after many predictions and even a private filing, Dropbox dropped its S-1 today. The filing marks the public beginning of the end of Dropbox‘s life as a private company. Dropbox is going public! To mark the occasion, Katie Roof and Alex Read More

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Nope, Android isn‘t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)

According to a number of reports today, the next version of Android would include a dark mode - something that‘s been a long-time feature request from those who prefer the dark-themed and power saving option that‘s already available in apps like YouTube and Twitter. Unfortunately, that‘s not the case. News that Android was getting its own dark mode Read More

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The FCC‘s revamped internet speed map lets you covet nearby exotic broadband

A big part of the FCC‘s mandate is to ensure broadband is rolled out all over the country, and it issues regular reports along those lines but there‘s nothing presenting information visually to get the point across. A new FCC map of broadband access lets you browse block by block and see just what options are on offer, from gigabit fiber to DSL that would have been inadequate Read More

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Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you‘re worried about someone finding out what you‘re pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes things further than perhaps any other anonymous browsing method by masking the page you‘re viewing not just from would-be attackers, but from your own operating system. Read More

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The intensifying battle for Africa‘s burgeoning tech landscape

Long gone are the days when Africa was disparagingly regarded as theWhite Man‘s Burden. Today, Africa is the continent with the youngest demographic in the world, on thebrink of a technical renaissance yet the world‘s tech titans are floundering to understand and gain a foothold in this market. Read More

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The Dropbox IPO filing is here

It‘s official, the Dropbox IPO filing is here. Going public is a huge milestone for Dropbox and has been one of the most anticipated tech IPOs for several years now. We knew that it had already filed confidentially, but the company has now unveiled its filing, meaning the actual IPO is likely very soon, probably late March. The filing shows that Dropbox had 1.1 billion in revenue for Read More

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Twitch‘s first live game show ‘Stream On‘ debuts March 8

Twitch‘s new reality show featuring up-and-coming streamers will premiere on March 8, the company announced this morning, along with the list of the fourteen personalities selected to participate. The video stars will be competing over an 11-week period for the chance to win 60,000, paid out as 5,000-per-month installments, meant to help fund their streaming careers. Stream Read More

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Can Ghostbusters copy Pokmon Go‘s success with its own AR mobile game?

You‘ll soon be able to trap Ghostbusters ghosts in augmented reality la Pokmon Go. A short demo of the game Ghostbusters World was showcased at Google‘s MWC booth, highlighting functionality made possible by the public release of Google‘s ARCore augmented reality platform. Details are pretty slim for a wide release date other than it‘s coming 2018. Read More

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Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

A little less thantwo years ago, we reported on Jeremy Fiance, a then 24-year-old recent UC Berkeley graduate who‘d just taken the wraps off his new firm, The House Fund. It had secured 6 million in capital commitments from an array of individual investors, many of them venture capitalists, to fund startups coming out of UC Berkeley. At the time, Fiance argued persuasively that the Read More

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Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

In the race for in-ear AI, Apple has the clear advantage despite the fact that their intelligent assistant is one of the dumbest of the bunch. Yesterday, reports emerged that Apple was working on a pair of follow-ups to its Airpodsheadphones that could bring them always-on Siri functionality as well as a splash-proof design. As we think about all the things that Apple could do right with Read More

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Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today announced the acquisition of OrgOrg, a social network for office managers to recommend, discuss, and review vendors and products. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eden founder and CEO Joe DuBey explained to TechCrunch that a growing number of on-boarding clients said that they had originally heard about Eden from Read More

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Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

Local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist are coming back from the dead. Their assets (including story archives) have been acquired by three public radio companies WNYC in New York, KPCC in Southern California and WAMU in Washington, D.C. According to the acquisition announcement, the deal comes after a competitive sale process, and it was funded by generous philanthropic Read More

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Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company‘s apps aren‘t that great. That‘s why the company announced that Ledger has been working on brand new native apps for all desktop and mobile platforms. Right now, Ledger relies on Google Chrome for its desktop apps. At some point, Google wanted to promote web apps Read More

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Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration.Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more closely in the areas of cloud computing, Read More

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Microsoft and Xioami to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration.Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more closely in the areas of cloud computing, Read More

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Apple devices are butt dialing 9-1-1 from its refurbishing facility - 20 times per day

Since October, emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, California have received more than 1,600 false alarm 9-1-1 calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the area. It‘s not clear if the calls are coming from Apple‘s iPhones or Watches, but each time a call originates out of the Elk Grove facility, there‘s no one on the other end of the line. Read More

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Tesla wants to install chargers at the office

Tesla expects to sell 100,000 electric vehicles in 2018. But electric vehicles don‘t make much sense unless chargers are easily accessible and convenient. That‘s why Tesla is introducing the Workplace Charging program. It will allow offices and business to apply for a Wall Connector to be installed in the company garage or parking lot. And, except for the actual electricity used Read More

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Google publicly launches ARCore 1.0 on 13 phones, will begin expanding Lens preview

After playing around in the experimental phase, Google is bringing its ARCore augmented reality platform to its 1.0 release with availability on over 100 million Android devices. If you have a new Pixel phone, you may have been able to play with Google‘s AR Stickers that brought Star Wars and Stranger Things into the real world. With ARCore‘s launch today, developers are now able Read More

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Original Content podcast: Netflix‘s ‘Mute‘ is a big disappointment

Mute is the latest film from Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code. He‘s called it his Don Quixote, a passion project that he‘s been pursuing for well over a decade. The movie goes live on Netflix today, so Jordan Crook, Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha your hosts on the Original Content podcast all checked it out. We‘re fans of Jones‘ Read More

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