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

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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Google adopts a new approach to bring its AR service to China

Google has adopted a novel way to circumvent China‘s internet censorship system, which continues to block its services, after it partnered directly with three OEMs to bring its augmented reality service to the country. ARCore, the company‘saugmented reality SDK for Android, launched in full today following its announcement in November. Google says there are 100 million devices Read More

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Archos announces a cryptocurrency hardware wallet (yes, Archos)

Remember Archos? Yes, that Archos, the company that made portable multimedia players (PMPs) with below average touch screen ten years ago. The company is still around, selling cheap Android phones, cheap tablets, cheap drones and more. And yet, for the first time in many years, I‘m excited by an Archos product again. The company announced (via Next INpact) a cryptocurrency hardware Read More

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Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Alongside news of Google Assistant‘s forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant would soon be gaining two new features: Routines and location-based reminders. Google has been promising Routines were in the works for some time. The feature, which lets Google Assistant users string together Read More

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‘Annihilation‘ is an unsettling science fiction fever dream

Writer-director Alex Garland has said that his adaptation ofAnnihilation isn‘t a straightforward retelling of the book instead, he said, it‘s true to my subjective response to the novel. That‘s a fair warning: The movie‘s details don‘t really match the book, which was written by Jeff VanderMeer. What carries over, however, is a sense of Read More

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Google Assistant will support over 30 languages by year-end, become multilingual

Google Assistant, the search giant‘s answer to Alexa that lives on Android smartphones, tablets, and Google Home speakers, will expand to more languages over the course of the year, to cover 95 percent of all eligible Android smartphones, Google announced this morning. It will also soon become multilingual - meaning users who speak more than one language will be able to talk to Read More

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Discord partners with eSports teams to launch Verified Servers

Discord, the voice and text chat app for gamers, is today announcing a new partnership with a number of eSports teams for the launch of Discord Verified Servers. Verified servers ensure that users know they‘re communicating with an official source, similar to verified accounts on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Alongside using these servers for their Read More

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Roku‘s reckoning, Snap‘s huge CEO payout, Airbnb goes upscale and a big NYC acquisition

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week the full gang was in town, with Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelmall back in the podcast studio. The trio was joined by Hilary Gosher, a managing director at Insight Venture Partnerswho helped dig through the news. The packed week Read More

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1Password bolts on a ‘pwned password‘ check

Password management service 1Password has a neat new feature that lets users check whether a password they‘re thinking of using has already been breached. At which point it will suggest they pick another. Read More

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Momo buys Tantan, China‘s Tinder, for 600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

WeChat is far and away the biggest messaging platform in China at the moment, and that is helping to drive a push among the smaller players to get together for better scale. Today, Momo, the Chinese location-based social networking app that has more recently made a big push into dating services and is traded on Nasdaq with a market cap of around 6 billion, announced that it has Read More

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Samsung saves Opera Max browser app from the deadpool

Opera Max lives on after Samsung acquired the mobile browser to save it from oblivion. The browser was one of the first data-friendly mobile browsers and it later added privacy-focused settings, including safeguards against insecure WiFi connections and a VPN. The popular appclocked up more than 500,000 installs, but that didn‘t stop parent company Opera which isowned by a Read More

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Is Uber selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab?

If you read the tech press, you might have seen reports that Uber is pursuing a sale in Southeast Asia that would see Grab, its Singapore-headquartered rival valued at 6 billion,acquire Uber‘s business in the region. Rumors of such a tie-in have been rife for a while. Uber sold its China business in exactly such an arrangement in 2016, and it made a similar exit from Russia last year. Read More

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Nissan and DeNA will begin testing a self-driving taxi service in Japan next month

Nissan Motor and DeNA announced today that field tests of Easy Ride, the self-driving taxi service they developed together, will begin next month in Japan. This means that Nissan and DeNA now rank among Uber, Lyft, GM, Didi Chuxing and other companies pioneering self-driving taxi pilots, with the goal of launching commercially within the next few years. Read More

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Angry Birds maker craters on bad guidance, losing half its market value

Angry Birds maker Rovio‘s stock pricetanked cratered after their latest quarterly earnings report painted a dismal future for the game maker. The stock is down 50 percent after the company sent investors a warning in their latest earnings report that revenues were likely to suffer in 2018. Despite a strong over reliance on the Angry Birds brand, which seems to have been integrated into Read More

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Apple devices are butt dialing 911 from its refurbishing facility 20 times per day

Since October, emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, California have received over 1,600 false alarm 911 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 and Read More

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Split raises 17M for its product experimentation platform

Split announced this morning that it‘s raised 17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and new investor Harmony Partners. Split has now raised a total of 26.8 million. The startup allows companies to test out new features and deliver them in a targeted way to select groups of users. Co-founder and CEO Read More

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel got a 637 million bonus last year

Snap‘s stock investors haven‘t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of 37,447,817, which vested at the time of the IPO. In other words, that was worth nearly 636.6 million. His salary for the year was 98,078, and he had over 1 million in other benefits, so all in Read More

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Visualizing the slave insurance industry

Similar to the way people insure their cars, houses and lives, slave-owners would sometimes insure their slaves. Read More

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Snap stock falls as Kylie tweets, but banker ratings are in the mix too

At this point, if you haven‘t accepted the celebrity influence of the Kardashian/Jenner machine, you probably haven‘t been paying attention to pop culture at large. Snap is definitely paying attention. Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted a pretty brutal takedown of Snapchat with the nonchalance that only a celebrity who has mastered social media better than most can do. Read More

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Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics with UC Berkeley, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

Robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer, from machine learning, to sensors and GPUs, to materials technology and of course the robot itself. For that reason, there is no better subject for one of TechCrunch‘s single-day, single-topic events, and we‘re excited to announce that TechCrunch Sessions Read More

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Bump is a peer-to-peer marketplace for streetwear

As the streetwear and sneaker industry continues to explode in popularity we‘re seeing more and more startups popping up to service the industry, all from slightly different angles. Meet Bump, a peer-to-peer take on a streetwear marketplace. Founded six months ago in the U.K and now part of Y Combinator‘s Winter ‘18 batch, the startup already has over 200,000 users buying Read More

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Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now use its platform for RCS, the next generation of SMS

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging, with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE and others now offering features that go far beyond the standard SMS-based messaging apps that tend to ship with your phone unless, of course, you are an Apple and iMessage user. Read More

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Facebook says it‘s clarifying its ad metrics

Facebook is looking to clean up and clarify the way advertisers measure their campaign performance. Over the past couple of years, the company has had to acknowledge multiple mistakes in its ad metrics. Last fall, researchers even pointed out that Facebook‘s purported reach was greater than the US Census population in every state. So making these kinds of tweaks (and taking other steps Read More

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Snap stock sinks as Kylie Jenner says she doesn‘t use Snapchat anymore

At this point, if you haven‘t accepted the celebrity influence of the Kardashian/Jenner machine, you probably haven‘t been paying attention to pop culture at large.Nevertheless, when a reality star can seemingly affect the value of your publicly-traded tech company, you‘re in a bit of trouble. Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted a pretty brutal takedown of Snapchat with the Read More

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