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Monday, June 27, 2016


Google for Education partners with TES to expand the reach of VR Expeditions content in classrooms

2 hours 3 minutes ago
 Next-gen edtech and virtual reality are both high-stakes platforms that have quite a bit of potential when it comes to defining our near-future. The marriage of the platforms may be far from ready for primetime, but their is a lot of flirtation happening in the space right now thanks to some major players. Today, Google for Education announced that it will be adding integration of… Read More by Lucas Matney

Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker to compete with Google and Apple

3 hours 29 minutes ago
 Most people can’t shoot compelling videos, and static photos are boring. That’s why the tech giants are all pushing their own versions of automatically created themed mini-movies based on your media. This month, Apple announced its version called Memories coming to iOS 10, Google Photos already has its Movies Assistant, and today Facebook is rolling out Slideshow to all iOS… Read More by Josh Constine

Google Earth and Maps get sharper satellite imagery with new update

3 hours 39 minutes ago
 Several years ago, Google engineers figured out a way to stitch together satellite imagery to remove clouds, giving Google Earth and Google Maps users a better and more comprehensive view of the ground below. Today, the company has repeated the process, but this time with newer, crisper imagery from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)’s Landsat 8 satellite. When Google first… Read More by Sarah Perez

Meet the team hacking Sundar Pichai and Channing Tatum

4 hours 2 minutes ago
 If you follow tech executives or famous actors on Twitter, you’ve probably seen references to something called OurMine several times over the last few weeks. That’s because a group of three hackers called OurMine have been finding their way accounts belonging to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, and “Magic Mike” star… Read More by Kate Conger

Fujifilm finally updates its smartphone photo printer

4 hours 38 minutes ago
 Been a long time coming, but Fujifilm’s finally ready to offer up the sequel to its Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1. Two and half years after debuting the peripheral at CES, the company returns this week with the fittingly named Instax Share SP-2, which promises so key improvements over its warmly received predecessor. Chief among the updates is a bump in speed, knocking the… Read More by Brian Heater

UK surveillance bill’s logging of web activity a huge risk to privacy, peers warn

4 hours 39 minutes ago
 A former senior chief in the UK’s Met Police and now a Lib Dem peer in the House of Lords has warned over major risks to the privacy of web users’ personal data from a provision in the Investigatory Powers bill that would require ISPs to retain information on the websites and services accessed by their users for a full 12 months… Read More by Natasha Lomas

Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers

4 hours 56 minutes ago
 On the heels of Amazon’s entry into the learning materials market, Google this morning also unveiled a series of product announcements aimed at expanding use of Google products and technologies in the classroom setting. At the ISTE conference today, the company introduced a number of new tools for educators, ranging from a research project that helps teaches kids to code called… Read More by Sarah Perez

Boon + Gable closes on $2.5 million for its in-home stylist and shopping service

4 hours 58 minutes ago
 Online clothes shopping can be a gamble – you never really know if items will fit until you try them on. Meanwhile, shopping at local retailers can be time-consuming. A startup called Boon + Gable aims to solve both those problems with a service that offers a personal stylist who comes to your home with a curated selection of clothes for you to try, then buy on the spot if you like them. Read More by Sarah Perez

Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events list

4 hours 58 minutes ago
 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60% of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed. But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties a new Featured Events list full of hand-picked gatherings. Starting today, iOS users in 10 US cities will see the option to Featured Events atop their list of upcoming soirees. Facebook’s curators… Read More by Josh Constine

Ciao, I’m Lucia Maffei, the newest writing intern at TechCrunch

5 hours 14 minutes ago
 Hi, I’m Lucia, and I’m the the newest TechCrunch summer writing intern. I’m going to write from Chicago – please notice the standard Windy City hairstyle in the above pic – where I’m also a graduate student of Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Read More by Lucia Maffei

Microsoft’s open source .NET Core and ASP.NET Core hit 1.0

5 hours 58 minutes ago
 It’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft first announced the open source .NET Core project, which aims to bring the core parts of Microsoft’s .NET framework (and it’s cousing, the web-focused ASP.NET Core) to Linux, OS X and other operating systems that the company didn’t previously support. As Microsoft announced today, .NET Core and ASP.NET Core have now… Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Leet debuts a simple app for sharing your best gameplay highlights

6 hours 10 minutes ago
 Services like YouTube Gaming and Twitch are great for watching videos and live streams from your favorite gamers, but a new app called Leet, launching now, has a slightly different take. Instead of focusing on live streamed gameplay and real-time chat, Leet lets gamers share just short highlights from their favorite console or PC games to its online community and the social web. Others can… Read More by Sarah Perez

AllClear ID acquires Norway’s Encap Security

6 hours 28 minutes ago
 Austin, U.S.-based AllClear ID, a provider of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services, has quietly acquired Norway’s Encap Security. The Oslo-based company offers device-based multi-factor authentication and e-signature solutions, predominantly to the financial services industry. Read More by Steve O'Hear

With $3 million in new funding, Farm Hill brings its healthy lunches to San Francisco

6 hours 30 minutes ago
 A food delivery startup called Farm Hill is expanding its business from the suburbs of Silicon Valley to San Francisco this week, bucking the trend of so many “on-demand” businesses that focus on dense, urban markets first. Interestingly, Farm Hill benefitted from the demise of one of its city-focused peers in the industry, Spoonrocket. Farm Hill has taken over leases and… Read More by Lora Kolodny

HP’s new Chromebook offers up to 12.5 hours of battery life and starts at $189

6 hours 53 minutes ago
 HP is working hard to make a strong Chromebook case for consumers looking for a secondary – or even tertiary – laptop, featuring some upgraded specs at rock bottom prices. Following on the heels of the Chromebook 13 announced back in April, the company’s just revealed the Chromebook 11 G5, a new Chrome OS notebook with some noteworthy features, including, most compelling, a… Read More by Brian Heater

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