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Maze turns your InVision prototypes into flexible testing tools

Meet Maze, a startup building a user interface testing tool for your app prototypes. Maze is a simple web-based service that lets you turn InVision and Marvel files into UX tests. While most designers work with InVision and Marvel, it‘s hard to turn those designs into a quantitative test. Maze isn‘t a video recording tool []

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Announcing the last judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

VivaTechis starting in a couple of days, which means TechCrunch‘s Startup Battlefield Europe is also starting on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the last batch of judges that will come to Paris for the event. If you haven‘t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the StartupBattlefieldis arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before []

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Razer‘s new external graphics enclosure is compatible with Macs

A couple of gaming hardware announcements just dropped from team Razer. What makes the Core X graphics enclosure arguably the most notable of the bunch is the inclusion of a standard Thunderbolt 3 connection on the rear of the device. In addition to Razer‘s own systems and Windows 10 PCs, the new enclosure is compatible []

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U.S. and China reportedly working on a deal to save ZTE

The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two countries have agreed on a ‘broad outline‘ of a deal to settle a trade dispute sparked when the Commerce Department banned American companies from selling []

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Former software engineer accuses Uber of ‘degrading conduct‘ toward women in new lawsuit

A former Uber software engineer filed a lawsuit against the company today in the Superior Court of California, accusing it of retaliating against her for after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination. The complaint byIngrid Avendao, who worked at Uber from 2014 to 2017, alleges that Uber‘s workplace ‘was permeated with degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory and []

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Subscription video services‘ recommendations aren‘t working, study claims

Streaming video services invest heavily in technology to improve their ability to show users a set of personalized recommendations about what to what next. But according to a new research study released today by UserTesting, it seems that consumers aren‘t watching much recommended content - in fact, only 29 percent of the study‘s participants said []

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Amazon to launch a new app store with tools for its two million sellers

Amazon is launching new app store with tools created specifically to help its sellers manage their listings and orders. Called the Marketplace Appstore, it will feature apps made using Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) by Amazon and third-party developers screened by the company. According to a report by CNET, the Marketplace Appstore launches to []

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Facebook and Qualcomm will bring fast Wi-Fi to cities in mid-2019

Facebook‘s been talking Terragraph since way back during its 2016 F8 keynote. The social media giant‘s ambitious plan to bring fast Wi-Fi to cities is taking another key step toward real world trials with the addition of Qualcomm. The chipmaking giant announced today that it will add the 60Ghz tech to its future chipsets, with []

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Comcast‘s mesh Wi-Fi system, xFi Pods, launches nationwide

Comcast today is officially launching its own Wi-Fi extender devices called xFi Pods that help to address problems with weak Wi-Fi signals in parts of a customer‘s home due to things like the use of building materials that disrupt signals, or even just the home‘s design. The launch follows Comcast‘s announcement last year that it []

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Epic Games will pump 100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions

Epic Games doesn‘t want the party to stop. The gaming company announced today that it plans to funnel 100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions for the 2018-2019 season, a move which will undoubtedly drive talent and enthusiasm to the battle royale title. The company announced the investment in a short blog post: In the 2018 []

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Don‘t expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

Canonical, the company best known for its Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a path to an IPO. That‘s something Canonical founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth has been quite open about. But don‘t expect that IPO to happen this year. We did decide as a company and that‘s not just my decision but we []

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Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers‘ wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers‘ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber‘s account number and street number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company‘s Xfinity internet activation service.

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Uizard raises funds for its AI that turns design mockups into source code

When you‘re trying to build apps, there is a very tedious point where you have to star at a wireframe and then laboriously turn it into code. Actually, the process itself is highly repetitive and ought to be much easier. The traditional software development from front-end design, to front-end html/css development and to working code []

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Instagram says ‘you‘re all caught up‘ in first time-well-spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you‘ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram‘s newest feature, []

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Researchers disclose new Spectre exploit variant, but Intel and AMD leave mitigation off by default

The specter of Spectre still looms above Intel, which just today disclosed a new variant of that most dire of chip flaws. It‘s issuing a mitigation patch in tandem with the announcement that may come with a serious performance hit - which is why it will be off by default.

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Instagram says ‘you‘re all caught up‘ in first time well spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you‘ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram‘s newest feature, []

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Intel discloses a new Spectre exploit variant, but leaves mitigation off by default

The specter of Spectre still looms above Intel, which just today disclosed a new variant of that most dire of chip flaws. It‘s issuing a mitigation patch in tandem with the announcement that may come with a serious performance hit - which is why it will be off by default.

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Adobe to acquire Magento for 1.68B

Adobe announced today that it was acquiring Magento for 1.68 billion. The purchase gives Adobe a missing e-commerce platform piece that works in B2B and B2C contexts and should fit nicely in the company‘s Experience Cloud. It should also help Adobe compete with Salesforce, which offers its own marketing, sales and service offerings in the []

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SpaceX rocket will make a pit stop 305 miles up to deploy NASA satellites before moving on

Tuesday is the planned launch for a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying two payloads to orbit - and this launch will be an especially interesting one. A set of five communications satellites for Iridium need to get to almost 500 miles up, but a NASA mission has to pop out at the 300 mile mark. What []

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Adobe to acquire Magento for 1.68 B

Adobe announced today that it was acquiring Magento for 1.68 billion. The purchase gives Adobe a missing Ecommerce platform piece that works in B2B and B2C contexts and should fit nicely in the company‘s Experience Cloud. It should also help Adobe compete with Salesforce, which offers its own marketing, sales and service offerings in the []

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A look at 42 women in tech who crushed it in 2017

What a challenging, exhilarating year it has been for women everywhere, starting from the women‘s March on Washington to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler‘s eye-opening and now famous blog post to the #metoo movement that has swept the country, washing dozens of sexual predators out of their powerful roles in the process. All the while, []

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TechCrunch‘s Favorite Things of 2017

Good news, everyone! We survived 2017! Each December, the TechCrunch staff members (our writers, editors, video, and social teams) get together and make a big ol‘ list of our favorite things from that year. The apps, or gadgets, or movies, or music (or really anything) we loved. We tend to be a pretty picky bunch, []

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Tech in 2017: Crazy, troubled and out of control?

Questions are being asked about platform power. Regulatory rules and knives are being sharpened. Politicians are eager to point the finger of blame. And with so much tech-fueled ammunition, who can blame them?

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The best gadgets we saw at CES 2018

Another CES is in the books. The country‘s biggest consumer electronics show featured some 3,900 exhibitors spread out over 2.75 million square feet, making it the largest floor in the show‘s history, according to the CTA. Our bodies and brains are exhausted from all the new gadgets, but before we cast off the show for []

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