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Bose introduces a new pair of sleep-focused earbuds

Sleep is tough to come by even when there isn‘t a pandemic raging. Even when it doesn‘t feel like the world is coming apart at the seams every damn day. Bose‘s original Sleepbuds pre-date the current desperate moment of ‘coronasomnia‘ (not my turn of phrase, mind) by a couple of years, but the timing of []

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Event discovery network IRL raises 16M Series B after refocusing on virtual events

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the way a number of companies have had to do business. For the event discovery startup, IRL, it meant pivoting into the virtual events space. This April, the startup quickly reacted to government lockdowns and restrictions on in-person gatherings to focus on helping people find their online counterparts and other virtual []

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HMD is bringing a 5G smartphone and wireless earbuds to the US

Over the past four years or so, HMD has carved out a nice little niche for itself with its Nokia-branded handsets. The instant name recognition of a legacy brand was a nice little perch on which to gain some footing in an overcrowded market. Pricing has long been a key to its appeal, as well, []

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HubSpot‘s new end-to-end sales hub aims to simplify CRM for mid-market customers

HubSpot, the Boston firm that made its name by helping to define the in-bound marketing concept, sees a pandemic landscape that‘s changing the way companies sell, forcing more inside sales. Today, the company announced the HubSpot Sales Hub Enterprise at Inbound, their annual conference being held virtually this year. While the company has been offering []

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Microsoft‘s Edge browser is coming to Linux in October

Microsoft‘s Edge browser is coming to Linux, starting with the Dev channel. The first of these previews will go live in October. When Microsoft announced that it would switch its Edge browser to the Chromium engine, it vowed to bring it to every popular platform. At the time, Linux wasn‘t part of that list, but []

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Microsoft updates its Endpoint Manager with improved macOS support and more

At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced a number of new features for the Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the company‘s unified platform for managing and securing devices in an enterprise environment. The service, which combines the features of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager with the cloud-based tools of Intune, launched just under a year ago. []

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Microsoft brings new robotic process automation features to its Power Platform

Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a player in the low-code robotic process automation space with a focus on Windows. Today, at its Ignite conference, the company is launching Power Automate Desktop, a new application based on Softomotive‘s technology that lets anyone automate desktop workflows without needing to program. The big idea of Power Platform []

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Microsoft launches Azure Orbital to connect satellites to its cloud

At its (virtual) Ignite conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Orbital, a new service that is meant to give satellite operators a complete platform to communicate with their satellites and process data from them including the ground stations to receive those signals. The company is specifically positioning the services as a solution []

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Microsoft launches Premonition, its hardware and software platform for detecting biological threats

At its Ignite conference, Microsoft today announced that Premonition, a robotics and sensor platform for monitoring and sampling disease carriers like mosquitos and a cloud-based software stack for analyzing samples, will soon be in private preview. The idea here, as Microsoft describes it, is to set up a system that can essentially function as a []

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Microsoft Teams gets breakout rooms, custom layouts and virtual commutes

Unsurprisingly, Teams has become a major focus for Microsoft during the COVID-19 pandemic and so it‘s no surprise that the company is using its annual Ignite IT conference to announce a number of new features for the services. Today‘s announcements follow the launch of features like Together Mode and dynamic view earlier this summer. Together []

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Microsoft launches new Cortana features for business users

Cortana may have failed as a virtual assistant for consumers, but Microsoft is still betting on it (or at least its brand) for business use cases, now that it has rebranded it as a personal productivity assistant‘ as part of Microsoft 365. Today, at its Ignite conference, Microsoft launched and announced a number of new []

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Microsoft brings data services to its Arc multi-cloud management service

Microsoft today launched a major update to its Arc multi-cloud service that allows Azure customers to run and manage workloads across clouds including those of Microsoft‘s competitors and their on on-premises data centers. First announced at Microsoft Ignite in 2019, Arc was always meant to not just help users manage their servers but []

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Microsoft Azure launches new availability zones in Canada and Australia

Microsoft Azure offers developers access to more data center regions than its competitors, but it was late to the game of offering different availability zones in those regions for high-availability use cases. After a few high-profile issues a couple of years ago, it accelerated its roadmap for building availability zones. Currently, 12 of Microsoft‘s regions []

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Microsoft challenges Twilio with the launch of Azure Communication Services

Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Communication Services, a new set of features in its cloud that enable developers to add voice and video calling, chat, text messages to their apps, as well as old-school telephony. The company describes the new set of services as the first fully managed communication platform offering from []

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Mailchimp launches new AI tools as it continues its transformation to marketing platform

Mailchimp may have started out as an easy to use newsletter tool, but that was almost 20 years ago. Today‘s company still does email, but at its core, it is now a marketing automation platform for small businesses that also offers a website builder, basic online stores, digital ad support and analytics to make sense []

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Join Accel‘s Andrew Braccia and Sonali De Rycker for a live Q&A today at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT

Disrupt was just days ago, but the TechCrunch crew is continuing our regular series of public chats with leading founders and venture capitalists under the Extra Crunch Live banner. Today, we‘re excited to host Andrew Braccia and Sonali De Rycker fromAccel. The pair of investors will join us for a live QA at 2 p.m. []

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How to watch Tesla‘s double hitter shareholder meeting and battery day event

Tesla‘s battery day is here after months of tweets and teasers from the company‘s CEO Elon Musk. And while the battery day portion will certainly provide plenty of news and insights into Tesla, there is another company-related activity that promises the same. The Tesla event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. PT September 22, kicks off []

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How has Corsair Gaming posted such impressive pre-IPO numbers?

After the last few weeks of IPOs, you‘d be forgiven if you missed Corsair Gaming‘s own public offering. The company is not our usual fare. Here at TechCrunch, we care a lot of about startups, usually technology startups, which often collect capital from private sources on their way to either the bin, an IPO, or []

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Amazon taps Echelon for the Prime Bike, a 500 Peloton knock-off

Amazon teamed up with Echelon to build and sell the Prime Bike. The 500 exercise bike is a virtual clone of the 1900 Peloton bike minus the screen - even the color scheme and design are the same. The bike is available now from Amazon (and Walmart with slightly different branding). Echelon builds several fitness []

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Blue Origin targets this Thursday for New Shepard reusable rocket launch with NASA landing system test

Blue Origin just announced the timing of its next rocket launch and it‘s surprisingly soon, in just two days on Thursday, September 24. The launch of Blue Origin‘s New Shepard vehicle will be its 13th overall for that category of launch craft, and the 7th in a row for this particular rocket. The payload []

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Brazil‘s banks try to outflank challengers by investing in a 15 million round for Quanto

Trying to outflank competition from neo banks and other potential challengers, two of Brazil‘s largest financial services institutions, Bradesco and Ita Unibanco, have invested in Quanto, a company developing technology to let retailers and other businesses access financial information and services. Joining Brazil‘s two largest banks are Kaszek Ventures, one of Latin America‘s largest venture []

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Royole returns with another foldable

I first spent time with the Royole Flexpai at a TechCrunch event in China back in 2018. The devices was exciting. It was the first commercially released foldable, after all, before Samsung and Huawei offered their respective takes on the form factor. But ultimately it felt like, at best, a proof of concept. It was []

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Latch, a smart lock company, looks to become a platform with the launch of LatchOS

Tech that powers physical spaces is in the midst of a growth spurt. One company in the mix, Latch, is today announcing the next phase of the company with the launch of LatchOS. Latch was founded back in 2014 with the mission of creating a vertically integrated hardware/software solution for door access in apartment buildings. []

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Google launches a work-tracking tool and Airtable rival, Tables

Google‘s in-house incubator Area 120 is today introducing a new work-tracking tool, Tables, which aims to make tracking projects more efficient by investing in automation. Instead of simply tracking notes and tasks associated with a project in various documents that have to manually updated by team members, Tables‘ bots help do things like scheduling recurring []

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