1 hour 1 minute ago
Robotic CNC machines – cutting systems that use spinning tools to swipe through metal, wood, and plastic – are cool but ugly. Most of them are as big as a fridge and designed to carve out objects in a few minutes but none will sit quietly on your desk and do its business with aplomb and elegance. Now, however, there’s Carvey.
Carvey is the Form 1 of CNC. Designed to be a… Read More
1 hour 13 minutes ago
Time just keeps flying by, as it’s already demo day for 500 Startups’s tenth batch of companies. We spent the better part of this afternoon watching the 29 companies in the accelerator’s latest batch put their best face forward for a group of investors at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, Calif., and we’ve rounded up the most exciting companies that presented. Read More
2 hours 42 minutes ago
Smack dab in the middle of last week, Google announced two new pieces of shiny: the Nexus 6 phone, and the Nexus 9 tablet.
Alas, both announcements came by way of blog post, rather than the standard fanfare-filled physical event — meaning no one actually got to touch the devices.
Until now! Read More
2 hours 42 minutes ago
The Nexus 9 in a nutshell: it’s big, and it’s beautiful. I got to spend a few fleeting minutes with the device this afternoon, and though we plan to have a full review in the coming days, I thought I’d share my initial thoughts. Like the jump from Nexus 5 to Nexus 6, there’s a pretty huge spike in quality and build feel from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 9. The predecessor… Read More
3 hours 49 minutes ago
With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. Revenues including acquisition costs were $1.15 billion. Yahoo’s stock is up over 4% in after-hours trading, following this news. Analysts… Read More
5 hours 9 minutes ago
Computer vision startup Jumio, best known for its payment card and ID-scanning technologies which allow end users to hold up their cards to a mobile device’s camera to simplify the process of entering in that data on small screens, is rolling out a new product today designed to improve the mobile checkout experience for retailers. Called “BAM Checkout,” the product is the… Read More
5 hours 41 minutes ago
Apple has released an updated iCloud security support document with instructions on how to avoid man-in-the-middle type attacks like those affecting customers in China reported over the past couple of days. The support site says that Apple is “deeply committed to protecting [its] customers’ privacy and security,” and that it is “aware of intermittent organized… Read More
6 hours 11 minutes ago
Taxi apps and ride-sharing companies may have gained mainstream appeal over the past couple of years, but their arrival has been a long time coming.
That’s certainly the case for BlaBlaCar, a France-headquartered startup that was started 10 years ago and just raised a whopping $100 million to expand its business from Europe into the rest of the world. Read More
6 hours 26 minutes ago
Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. Read More
6 hours 33 minutes ago
The competition was incredibly fierce at the inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt London. At the very beginning, there were 15 amazing companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for £30,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. Read More
6 hours 36 minutes ago
Today on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, Damian Kimmelman from DueDil, and Jeff Lynn from Seedrs took the stage to talk about the state of fintech startups in London. These companies took us through the current landscape, regulatory issues, and why it’s a good time to build a fintech startup in Europe. Read More
7 hours 14 minutes ago
Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning with the launch of redesigned user profiles, following features and notifications. The new profiles offer a variety of information about the poster, including a bio, Twitter handle, and tabs for… Read More
7 hours 15 minutes ago
Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws. The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They wrote:… Read More
7 hours 30 minutes ago
Homejoy has been providing cleaning services over the last few years, but it’s hoping to expand into several other verticals. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung said the company would continue to test out other services in its different markets. Read More
7 hours 56 minutes ago
Yelp has partnered up with Hipmunk that will allow people to book hotels within the business review platform. While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from business right on its site, it is the first time it’s done this with hotel bookings.
Yelp says idea is that people will book immediately after reading the Yelp reviews on a certain place to stay. Read More