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Final: One credit card account to rule them all

A startup calledFinal wants to change the way people use credit cards or rather, the company wants to change the credit card industry to fit consumers‘ lifestyles. With a 1% cash-back bonus and no annual fee, Final offers a competitive credit card product, but it really excels in the flexibility it provides in the way consumers can manage virtual cards across multiple vendors. Read More

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HuMoTech‘s robotic feet make it easier to test drive a bunch of different prosthetics

There are white boards lining the walls covered in complex formulas and earlier iterations of the company‘s robotic leg are scattered in pieces on and underneath tables. You can practically chart the company‘s half-decade of development with a quick look around the room, from Caputo‘s 2010 PhD work on robotic feet to its first product offerings: a pair of devices designed to Read More

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Apple releases new iPhone ad focused on the ‘Memories‘ feature

I don‘t have children so I don‘t think the Memories feature is as powerful as it could be for me. Apple knows this well, that‘s why its newest ad features memories of a real Spanish family with their two children growing up. Like previous Apple ads, the company has taken a cinematic approach with a lot of ambiance shots. In the video, you can see a meticulous Read More

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Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony‘s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who‘s spent time with Lego‘s educational initiatives it‘s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the Read More

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Sony soft launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony‘s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who‘s spent time with Lego‘s educational initiatives it‘s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the Read More

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No straight answer on encryption from Europe‘s incoming digital chief

Mariya Gabriel, the EC‘s commissioner-designate for the digital economy and society brief, was asked for a clear position on encryption during a QA session in the European Parliament today. Yet, once again, no straight answer was forthcoming. Read More

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Intel‘s former chief diversity and inclusion officer has left the company

Danielle Brown, who spent nearly three years as Intel‘s chief diversity and inclusion officer, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned. Back in April, Brown was promoted into an expanded role of VP of Human Resources and Group Chief Human Resources Officer. At that time, Barbara Whye took over as Intel‘s chief diversity officer. Its not clear who will take over Brown‘s VP Read More

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Uber adds tipping

After years of refusing to add a tipping option for drivers, Uber is finally adding tips to its application as part of an outreach program to riders and passengers. The company, which has seen so much trouble on so many fronts in recent months, it‘s nearly impossible to encapsulate in one paragraph, is extending this olive branch as part of a series of steps meant to calm a public that Read More

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Udacity‘s latest Nanodegree will teach React

In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup‘s Nanodegrees, as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup — Read More

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A look at Square‘s first diversity report and ally training for employees

Square, led by CEO Jack Dorsey, has released its first diversity report, which, not surprisingly, looks very similar to the below-par numbers of other tech companies. But, unlike other tech companies, Square does not subscribe to a pipeline‘ excuse, the report states. Square is 36.7 percent female globally, and 57.3 percent white, 6.4 percent black and 5.8 percent Read More

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Boom has orders for 76 of its future supersonic passenger jets

Boom has a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, the working prototype aircraft it‘s creating to prove out its tech before beginning work on building real, commercial supersonic passenger aircraft. The new design was revealed Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, along with new business milestones: Boom has orders for 76 aircraft thus far, across five airline customers. Read More

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Google makes splitting the cost of Project Fi group plans easier

Every carrier offers group plans that allow you to share your wireless plan with multiple friends, family members or, if you are so inclined, random strangers. That means you‘re only getting a single bill for all of these people, though, which means you have to find a way to repay the main account holder every month. For a service like Google‘s Project Fi, where every user may Read More

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Uber co-founder Garrett Camp says recent events have left him upset and ‘deeply reflective‘

Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, who has not been involved in Uber‘s day-to-day operations for quite some time, shed some light on Uber‘s future today in a post on Medium. He said, among other things, that recent events have left me upset and deeply reflective. Here‘s a key nugget from his post. All companies have growing pains. And because Uber grew so Read More

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The OnePlus 5 brings modest improvements to the best deal in smartphones

The OnePlus 5 is a modest upgrade over its predecessor the company isn‘t making any bones about it. It‘s slimmer than the 3T, there‘s a dual-lens camera on on the back, the latest Qualcomm processor inside (Snapdragon 835) and some decent but not groundbreaking software tweaks. There are no signs of a company really trying to break out from the pack in Read More

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Tesla reportedly nears agreement to build a vehicle factory in China

Tesla‘s next Gigafactory could be in China, according to a report from Bloomberg. The electric car maker is in talks to build its vehicles in the country for the first time, and it‘s nearing and agreement with the city of Shanghai to construct the manufacturing facility in a nearby industrial development zone. The final details of the agreement are still in flux, and Bloomberg Read More

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The law firm Cooley is updating its packet of startup tips and financing documents

The law firm Cooley is putting out a new package of seed investment documents for public viewing on its GO microsite, the firm said today. It‘s a way for entrepreneurs and early stage investors and business owners to access what the firm considers to be best practices for early stage investment and to streamline the process for committing capital at the seed stage. The Read More

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TC Sessions: Robotics to feature talks from Rod Brooks, DARPA and MIT CSAIL

The agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics just keeps getting more irresistible. We are happy to announce that Rod Brooks, co-founder of Rethink Robotics and iRobot, will join us on stage at TechCrunch‘s first ever robotics show, July 17 at MIT‘s Kresge auditorium. Brooks is a former director of MIT‘s CSAIL program as well as an author and prognosticator on the future of robots. Read More

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MongoDB launches Stitch, a new backend as a service, and brings Atlas to Azure and GCP

MongoDB is hosting its annual developer conference in Chicago this week and no good developer conference would be complete without a few product launches. MongoDB used today‘s keynotes to announce an update to its Atlas managed database-as-a-service offering, which now also runs on Microsoft Azure and Google‘s Cloud Platform, as well as two completely new products: Stitch, a new Read More

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Maven brings its Gig on-demand car service for freelancers to San Francisco

GM‘s Maven car-sharing service debuted Gig in May, a new offering on the platform designed specifically for gig economy workers. The idea is that people can rent cars for as little as a week at a time, with an all-in cost that covers insurance, maintenance and free charging for EVs. Now, Gig is kicking off in San Francisco, after its initial rollout in San Diego. The SF launch includes Read More

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Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone entertained. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, 150 million in January, and 100 million in October after launching the Snapchat Stories clone in August. That compares to Snapchat‘s total 166 million daily actives for its entire app, Read More

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MongoDB brings Atlas to Azure and Google and launches Stitch, a new backend as a service

MongoDB is hosting its annual developer conference in Chicago this week and no good developer conference would be complete without a few product launches. MongoDB used today‘s keynotes to announce an update to its Atlas managed database-as-a-service offering, which now also runs on Microsoft Azure and Google‘s Cloud Platform, as well as two completely new products: Stitch, a new Read More

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Microsoft‘s Dictate uses Cortana‘s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office

Dictate, a new project from Microsoft‘s experimental RD group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs includingOutlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft‘s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is Read More

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Swatch launches Swatch X You, a custom design system for true watchanistas

Swatch, the fashion watch for the masses, has created Swatch X You, a clever online watch factory that lets you pick a face, band, and extra doodads to truly customize your 65 to 85 watch. The service, available now, offers watches in two sizes 34mm and 41mm. I‘ve asked the Swatch group for comment - I basically want to know who is buying Swatches these days Read More

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Phhhoto shutters app and pivots to photobooths, blaming Instagram

Animated GIF capture and social network Phhhoto is shutting down its app due to server costs becoming unsustainable once Instagram stole its users with copycat Boomerang. Phhhoto will pivot to focus on its parent company HYPNO‘s physical photobooths for events service. We watched Systrom and his product team quietly using PHHHOTO almost a year before Boomerang was released. So Read More

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