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Logitech‘s Slim Combo for iPad Pro really boosts your portable productivity power

Logitech has a long history of making keyboard accessories for iPad, and it has a new product out in time for the release of the latest iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 updates. The Slim Combo, which is available for either size device, includes a back cover case with an integrated Apple Pencil sleeve, and a keyboard that uses the iPad‘s Smart Connector. The two piece approach results in a slim Read More

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Equity podcast: Too much damn Uber news and Jeff Bezos buys a grocery chain

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a weekly podcast of high finance gossip and low GAAP intrigue. It‘s TechCrunch‘s show focused on all things venture capital. This week,Katie Roof,Matthew Lynleyand I Alex Wilhelm were joined by Cyan Banister, a prolific investor on her own (Uber, Postmates, the list goes on), and partner at Founders Fund, a team with more Read More

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Watch this guy play Super Mario Bros. IRL in Central Park using HoloLens

Super Mario Bros. is iconic, so it‘s a natural target for augmented reality development, where everything nostalgic is new again. This demo, created by Abhishek Singh, really is amazing, however. Singh recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. as an augmented reality game on Microsoft HoloLens, giving himself a first-person perspective into a unique 3D look inside the classic Read More

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IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

IBM is working with the U.S. Air Force to improve its TrueNorth line of chips designed to optimize the performance of machine learning models at the hardware level. The new 64-chip array will consist of four boards, each with 16 chips. IBM‘s chips are still too experimental to be used in mass production, but they‘ve shown promise in running a special type of neural network Read More

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Algorithmia raises 10.5M Series A round led by Google‘s new AI fund

Word recently spread that Google had quietly launched a new fund for investing into AI companies. Now this fund has made its first (or at least its first public) investment, leading a 10.5 million Series A into Algorithmia, a marketplace and enterprise solution that allows developers to easily tap into its catalog of 3,500 algorithms, functions and machine-learning models. Read More

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Razer makes virtual currency push with 20M investment in Asian payment firm

Razer has invested close to 20 million into Malaysia-based online payment firm MOL Global as part of a push to establish its virtual currency for gamers in Asia. The deal sees Razersubsidiary ZV-Midas buy equity from existing backers MOL Investment andHotel Resort Enterprise in a deal that values the MOL Global business at around the 100 million mark. Gaming company Razer, which made Read More

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Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialoguefor the launch of theOnline Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which is aimed at tackling online extremism and hate speech. Read More

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China clamps down on live-streaming services

The Chinese government has cracked down on three of the country‘s top live-streaming services over their apparent broadcast of unsuitable political content. Weibo, the Nasdaq-listed microblogging site, disclosed that it had received a notice fromThe State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People‘s Republic of China (SAPPRFT‘) Read More

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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Today‘s Stories Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple‘s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify‘s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month‘s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China‘s Read More

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The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

Going through airport security is a universally painful experience. And despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn‘t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system Read More

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Honda Clarity grows from one-shot to series

For years, the Honda Clarity has been one thing: a hydrogen fuel-cell powered sedan available for lease to a vetted group of early adopters in California. Now in its third generation, the Honda Clarity fuel-cell car is still basically that. But it‘s getting a couple of friends. This year, the Honda Clarity adds two new versions: an all-electric car and a plug-in hybrid. Granted, the Read More

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YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much its dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers on TVs. The highlight was the fact that there are now 1.5 billion logged-in users visiting the site every month. The distinction is important as there are undoubtedly still quite a few folks hopping on YouTube that aren‘t Read More

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At the White House‘s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day‘s big topics

Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday‘s event, titled American Leadership in Emerging Technology, is the second big piece of the White House‘s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday‘s discussion about modernizing government technology. We‘re on the verge of new Read More

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As Uber‘s value slips on the secondary market, Lyft‘s is rising

It‘s been happening for months. The value of Uber‘s shares has been falling on the secondary market, the company‘s shares hammered down by an barrage of press attention paid to its real and perceived misdeeds. That slip is widely seen as the reason Uber investorsstrong-armed CEO Travis Kalanick out of his role as CEO on Tuesday night. As numerous sources confirmed to us Read More

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Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

Periscope‘s new Super Hearts tipping feature that launched yesterday quickly sparked a backlash from the creators it was designed to help earn money. Broadcasters discovered that if they deleted the replay of one of their live videos before cashing out their tips at the end of the month, they‘d lose any tips received during the stream. That meant if a video was overly personal Read More

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HEBI is trying to make building custom robots as easy as playing with LEGO

The X-Series Actuator doesn‘t look like much. Actually, if I‘m being honest, it kind of looks like a red metal scotch tape dispenser with ribbed sides and a couple of ethernet ports. The product is scattered all over HEBI‘s one-room Pittsburgh office in various states of disarray. The palm-sized metal component is the startup‘s primary product its entire reason Read More

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YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format

YouTube is showing off a brand new file format for creators that want to check out VR but are intimidated by taking the full plunge with all the crazy hardware and production issues. It‘s called VR180 and it‘s half of a spherical video. It‘s a simple evolution but it makes some notable compromises that give traditional and VR viewers some new gains. In a recent blog post, Read More

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After three days, Skype‘s outage is resolved

After three days of connectivity issues which prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls, or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isn‘t saying - at least not yet - is what exactly happened. Microsoft‘s decision to stay silent on an incident of this length and scale - the outage impacted Read More

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Africa‘s ‘Shark Tank‘ for startups isRwanda‘s new show ‘Face The Gorillas‘

African startups can now score capital commitments real timeso long as they convince a venture capitalist to give it to them in front of a live audience. That‘s the format for Face The Gorillas, a Rwandan IT pitch series that runs several times a year on local TV, YouTube, and at select events. The competition was originally conceived in 2013 by Yariv Cohen and wife Angela Read More

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ABBYY‘s new version of TextGrabber is a super useful OCR and translation app

ABBYY has been being doing optical character recognition software since forever, but it‘s now brought its software to the mobile. If you want to capture text and make it actionable (click on links or ping out to map directions) this is an extremely useful app. It‘s new ABBYYs TextGrabber 6.0 for iOS has just gone live on the Apple App store and it has real-time recognition Read More

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Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service

Tesla might be a music service operator soon, in addition to a maker of electric cars and solar energy products. That‘s according to a new report from Recode, which says that Tesla has been talking to music labels to make this happen. The planned offering could start with a free, Pandora-like streaming radio option, which theoretically would be tied to Tesla vehicle ownership, one imagines. Read More

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Facebook announces dates for its Oculus Connect 4 conference

Facebook‘s Oculus is returning to San Jose on October 11-12 this year to share some news about the future of VR at the company‘s Oculus Connect 4 developers conference. This past year‘s conference was very much focused on showing off the content being made for Oculus‘ GearVR and Rift platforms. It was also notable because Facebook‘s presence was more heavily Read More

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The company called Blockchain raises 40 million

Blockchain (the company) just raised a 40 million Series B funding round led by Lakestar. Blockchain has been working on the most popular bitcoin wallet in the world. You can open a wallet on the company‘s website or through its mobile apps. GV, Nokota Management, Digital Currency Group and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic Venture Partners, Prudence Holdings, Read More

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Looking for a few smart investors who want a free Disrupt ticket; must like meeting equally smart founders

TechCrunch Disrupt has always been a fruitful meeting ground for founders and investors, and every year TechCrunch makes it easier for the right folks to connect. A year ago we launched our CrunchMatch program and this year it helped facilitate 450 curated meetings in May at Disrupt NY. And then there‘s featured pavilions‘ in Startup Alley, where selected startups the Read More

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