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Google Will Now Warn You When A Site’s Mobile Version Is Broken And Dumb

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 21:03
We’ve all been there. You take out your phone to Google something. You click the first result. It starts loading the page you wanted… aaaand bam! You’re kicked to the homepage of the site, rather than the page you wanted. There’s no easy fix for this on Google’s end — but starting today, they’re at least trying to chip away at the problem. Read More

AR Startup Daqri Hires Ex-Raytheon Exec Andy Lowery As It Expands Sales To Industrial Clients

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:58
 Augmented reality startup Daqri sees a big opportunity for its “4D” technology to be used by industrial clients. To lead the charge into engineering and manufacturing businesses, the company has hired former Raytheon executive Andy Lowery as president. Daqri was originally founded to provide brands, agencies, and media companies with tools to create new experiences around… Read More

Garmin Goes For A Biathlon With The Multifaceted Forerunner 15

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:47
 As a long time runner, Garmin GPS watches are as beloved to me as a nice pair of trainers. I ran my first (and last) marathon with a Garmin watch that looked like a giant candy bar that had melted onto my wrist and have used their watches for years. That’s why I was interested in their latest offering, the Forerunner 15, a small, entry-level watch that looks more like a Timex Ironman than… Read More

Triblio Raises $3.4M For A Data-Driven Approach To Content Marketing

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:28
 Triblio, a startup that says it’s bringing “science to the art of content marketing,” is announcing that it has raised $3.4 million in seed funding. Content marketing startups (i.e. the ones that help companies produce blog posts, videos, and other content that can indirectly promote their brand) have announced some big rounds this year — NewsCred raised $25 million… Read More

Philips Shows Off How You’ll Be Able To Control Your Hue Lights From Notification Center In iOS 8

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:24
 Philips Hue is already a pretty effective and easy way of setting up a connected home lighting system, but it can be even easier thanks to changes Apple made in iOS 8. The update lets third-party developers put “widgets” in the Today view of notification center, which means you can do more than just check the weather and see stock updates (and you can remove those, too, since… Read More

One Year Later, SFO Still Refuses To Meet With Uber, Lyft And Sidecar To Discuss Dispute

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:22
 Uber, Lyft and Sidecar sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week asking him to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the right to pick up passengers at the San Francisco International Airport. We’ve reached out a couple of times to the mayor’s office for comment on this. No word back yet, but one thing is clear — one year later, there’s zero progress… Read More

Modio Lets Kids Make 3D Printable Monsters On Their iPads

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:07
 I’ve seen a lot of design programs ostensibly marketed at kids, but none are as cool as Modio. Created by Hilmar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur, the system allows you to build Lego-like creatures that snap together and can be printed in multiple colors. Why is this so cool? Because each part sticks together like magic and you can change sizes, textures, and even colors on the fly. Read More

The Platform Wars

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:04
 During its WWDC keynote this year, Apple took on the world: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive for cloud storage; WhatsApp, Snapchat and BBM for messaging; Skype and your cell phone for calls; Google for search; and so on. Hell, Apple even took on Objective-C. Read More

Netflix Error Blames Verizon For Playback Issues, Verizon Responds With Legal Threats

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 19:29
 This one could get messy. Yesterday afternoon, Qz reported on a message that some Netflix/Verizon customers were seeing which pinned potential video quality issues on Verizon’s network being “crowded.” Read More

Developers Can Now Pre-Order The New Kinect For Windows Sensor For $199

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 19:20
 Today, Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows team announced that developers can pre-order the next-generation Kinect for Windows sensor from the Microsoft Store for $199 and receive it in July, “a few months ahead of general availability of sensors and the SDK.” The sensor, which is the same one that’s come with every Xbox One sold so far, is available for pre-order in… Read More

Test Driving The ‘Drone Selfie’ With Photojojo’s New Rental Program (Video)

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 19:12
 Cave drawings, reflective pools of water, daguerreotypes, Instagram. If there’s one thing that humans have loved throughout history, it’s finding new ways to look at themselves, and photo technology that helps us do that just keeps getting better. But unless you happen to have thousands of spare dollars hanging around to drop on trying out new photo-taking toys, cool new things… Read More

Edyn Is A Gardening Monitor That Sends Moisture, Temperature Data Back To The Cloud

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 18:52
 The Internet of Things is coming to a garden near you. Last fall, a company called Soil IQ made the finals at TechCrunch Disrupt with a soil monitor that continuously sends data on moisture and temperature back to the cloud. It was co-founded by a Princeton grad and soil scientist named Jason Aramburu, who had worked with hundreds of Kenyan farmers to increase crop yields. He then teamed up… Read More

Dropbox Acquires Stealth Messaging Startup Droptalk

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 18:51
 Dropbox has swallowed up another early stage startup, this one a stealthy company called Droptalk which was developing a tool that allowed you to share links privately with friends via a Chrome extension, to be followed by both iOS and Android applications. None of the products were publicly available, as the company had only just launched its browser add-on into a limited beta. Terms of… Read More

Aereo Lands On Chromecast

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 18:46
 Aereo, the streaming TV service that lets you tune into live television and watch it from any device, has today expanded its support to Chromecast, Google’s $35 smartTV dongle, via the Android app. Aereo has been available on Android since last year, but this latest development lets those same users watch Aereo on an actual TV through Chromecast, as opposed to being limited to tablets… Read More

BTCJam Brings Its Bitcoin-Based Lending Service To Emerging Markets

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 18:11
 Celso Cardoso Pitta Jr., the founder of the bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending service BTCJam, has spent over a decade thinking about how to make it easier for borrowers to get loans in emerging markets. What emerged was San Francisco-based BTCJam, a startup that aims to connect wealthy lenders with borrowers in places like Brazil. It’s one of the first companies to apply… Read More

@WalmartLabs’ Price Comparison Tech Will Soon Automatically Credit Walmart Shoppers For Competitor Discounts

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 18:06
 Price comparison technology from retail giant Walmart’s R&D center, @WalmartLabs, will begin rolling out this summer on web and mobile, to show consumers competitors’ pricing and offer them eGift cards for the difference, if they could have saved more by shopping elsewhere. The announcement comes at a time when Walmart is facing a series of nationwide protests from workers… Read More

Lyft Nabs Exclusive AnyPerk Deal To Give Drivers Tons Of Discounts, Locks Out Uber

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 17:24
 As the battle to recruit rideshare drivers rages on, Lyft and Uber were both vying for a partnership with AnyPerk to provide their drivers with discounts at hundreds of places, but Lyft has won the deal. Fifteen percent off AT&T bills, cheap gym memberships, and discounts at restaurants could all help lure drivers to the friendlier Lyft instead of its efficiency-focused competitor. Read More

Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 17:19
 The past few Disrupts have been amazing for fans of hardware. From Lock8 to Monsieur, we’ve had some amazing startups appearing on stage alongside the software makers of the world and it’s clear that hardware is where it’s at. That’s why I need you to submit your hardware project to Disrupt. It’s a great platform, a great way to grab attention, and a great way… Read More

No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 16:53
 No, Andreessen Horowitz isn’t buying Y Combinator for $266 billion. In fact the post, which looks an awful lot like a real TechCrunch post, is actually a hoax and never appeared on the TechCrunch site at all. How was a forgery accomplished so easily and how did it spread so virally that it garnered over 25,000 views in 12 hours? Read More

AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Invests $30 Million Into School Lunch Company, Revolution Foods

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 16:53
 AOL co-founder Steve Case, via his investment fund Revolution Growth, has now made a second deal to fund a company focused on healthy eating. The firm is putting $30 million into Revolution Foods (no relation to Revolution Growth!), a company launched eight years ago by two women and mothers who wanted to find a better and more affordable way to provide healthier school lunches. As… Read More