• LG turns to EyeEm to add AI to its cameras

    LG turns to EyeEm to add AI to its cameras

    LG today announced an updated version of the V30 smartphone and it comes with a supercharged camera powered by a third-party AI system. LG turned to EyeEm to add new features to the camera. Now, thanks to the EyeEm platform, the LG V30S ThinQ and soon the original V30 can automatically detect the subject of the picture — being a hamburger or dachshund — the camera will adjust… Read More

  • The curious case of the LG V30S ThinQ

    The curious case of the LG V30S ThinQ

    Welcome to LG’s new smartphone strategy. A new flagship every year, followed by an incremental upgrade six months later. It’s a strange approach that’s sure to annoy early adopters, but LG’s certainly not the first to adopt the strategy — it’s in-line with the sort of thing OnePlus, among others, have been doing for a while now.  The first such handset from… Read More

  • This is the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch video

    This is the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch video

    And this year is all about business. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to be announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Slashleaks shared the official promo video for the Samsung’s upcoming flagship device. It’s a polished 3-minute video packed with information about the new phone. First, just like rumors said, it looks just like the Galaxy S8. There are some… Read More

  • What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

    What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

    Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group? There’s no single formula, of course. But data indicates it helps to be famous, involved in a hot technology sector or working to cure cancer. Read More

  • Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it

    Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it

    Abraham Lincoln famously said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” but looking around these days, you would be forgiven if you thought representative democracy had already been buried alongside Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. Confidence in Congress remains pitifully low, driven by perceived low ethical standards and… Read More

  • The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

    The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

    If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on the traditional French press that adds a few features that even high-end models don’t have. The press – which costs $35 for a half-liter model and $40 for the liter model – has… Read More

  • Equity shot: Dropbox is going public, and Aaron Levie has some advice

    Equity shot: Dropbox is going public, and Aaron Levie has some advice

    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. At long last, after many predictions and even a private filing, Dropbox dropped its S-1 today. The filing marks the public beginning of the end of Dropbox’s life as a private company. Dropbox is going public! To mark the occasion, Katie Roof and Alex… Read More

  • The FCC’s revamped internet speed map lets you covet nearby exotic broadband

    The FCC’s revamped internet speed map lets you covet nearby exotic broadband

    A big part of the FCC’s mandate is to ensure broadband is rolled out all over the country, and it issues regular reports along those lines — but there’s nothing presenting information visually to get the point across. A new FCC map of broadband access lets you browse block by block and see just what options are on offer, from gigabit fiber to DSL that would have been inadequate… Read More

  • Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

    Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

    If you’re worried about someone finding out what you’re pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes things further than perhaps any other anonymous browsing method by masking the page you’re viewing not just from would-be attackers, but from your own operating system. Read More

  • The intensifying battle for Africa’s burgeoning tech landscape

    The intensifying battle for Africa’s burgeoning tech landscape

    Long gone are the days when Africa was disparagingly regarded as the White Man’s Burden. Today, Africa is the continent with the youngest demographic in the world, on the brink of a technical renaissance — yet the world’s tech titans are floundering to understand and gain a foothold in this market. Read More

  • The Dropbox IPO filing is here

    The Dropbox IPO filing is here

    It’s official, the Dropbox IPO filing is here. Going public is a huge milestone for Dropbox and has been one of the most anticipated tech IPOs for several years now. We knew that it had already filed confidentially, but the company has now unveiled its filing, meaning the actual IPO is likely very soon, probably late March. Read More

  • Twitch’s first live game show ‘Stream On’ debuts March 8

    Twitch’s first live game show ‘Stream On’ debuts March 8

    Twitch’s new reality show featuring up-and-coming streamers will premiere on March 8, the company announced this morning, along with the list of the 14 personalities selected to participate. The video stars will be competing over an 11-week period for the chance to win $60,000, paid out as $5,000-per-month installments, meant to help fund their streaming careers. Read More

  • Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon GO’s success with its own AR mobile game?

    Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon GO’s success with its own AR mobile game?

    You’ll soon be able to trap Ghostbusters ghosts in augmented reality à la Pokémon GO. A short demo of the game Ghostbusters World was showcased at Google’s MWC booth, highlighting functionality made possible by the public release of Google’s ARCore augmented reality platform. Details are pretty slim for a wide release date other than it’s “coming 2018.” Read More

  • Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

    Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

    A little less than two years ago, we reported on Jeremy Fiance, a then 24-year-old recent UC Berkeley graduate who’d just taken the wraps off his new firm, The House Fund. It had secured $6 million in capital commitments from an array of individual investors, many of them venture capitalists, to fund startups coming out of UC Berkeley. At the time, Fiance argued persuasively that the… Read More

  • Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

    Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

    In the race for in-ear AI, Apple has the clear advantage despite the fact that their intelligent assistant is one of the dumbest of the bunch. Yesterday, reports emerged that Apple was working on a pair of follow-ups to its Airpods headphones that could bring them always-on Siri functionality as well as a splash-proof design. As we think about all the things that Apple could do right with… Read More

  • Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

    Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

    Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today announced the acquisition of OrgOrg, a social network for office managers to recommend, discuss, and review vendors and products. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eden founder and CEO Joe DuBey explained to TechCrunch that a growing number of on-boarding clients said that they had originally heard about Eden from… Read More

  • Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

    Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

    Local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist are coming back from the dead. Their assets (including story archives) have been acquired by three public radio companies — WNYC in New York, KPCC in Southern California and WAMU in Washington, D.C. According to the acquisition announcement, the deal comes after a competitive sale process, and it was funded by “generous philanthropic… Read More

  • Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company’s apps aren’t that great. That’s why the company announced that Ledger has been working on brand new native apps for all desktop and mobile platforms. Right now, Ledger relies on Google Chrome for its desktop apps. At some point, Google wanted to promote web apps… Read More