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  • Kabuto is building smart suitcases for geeks October 15, 2019
    French company Kabuto is launching a Kickstarter campaign today for the second generation of its smart carry-on suitcase. The company was previously known as Xtend. If you think about smart suitcases, chances are you picture a suitcase with a battery pack in it and that’s it. In other words, they are not that smart. Kabuto […]
    Romain Dillet
  • TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its U.S. content moderation policies October 15, 2019
    As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Up close with Google’s new Pixel 4 October 15, 2019
    This is the Pixel 4, the handset that literally everyone saw coming. Even by Google’s standards, the handset leaked like crazy. Some was almost certainly by design as the company looked to hype up its new flagship amid slowing smartphone sales. That said, showing up for preorder on two different sites in the past few […]
    Brian Heater
  • Watch OpenAI’s ‘human-like’ robot solve a Rubik’s Cube one-handed October 15, 2019
    There’s always been something so annoying about people who found the need to stack additional challenges onto solving a Rubik’s Cube quickly, whether it was doing it blind-folded or while juggling or one-handed. While it might have just been a challenge for them, it also seemed like a need to show off. OpenAI is clearly […]
    Lucas Matney
  • Uber, Lime and Spin scooters are now legal in SF October 15, 2019
    Uber, Lime and Spin have officially deployed their electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco as part of the city’s permitting program. Last month, the city announced Uber’s JUMP, Lime, Ford’s Spin and Scoot were granted permits to operate the shared electric scooter services. Scoot, however, has operated in the city since last year. […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Spearhead will give $1M to 15 founders to invest freely October 15, 2019
    Applications to Spearhead's third cohort open this week.
    Kate Clark
  • Entrepreneur First, the ‘talent investor’, pulls out of Hong Kong October 15, 2019
    Entrepreneur First (EF), the Greylock-backed “talent investor” that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, is pulling out of Hong Kong, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London HQ’d company builder has told provisional candidates for its 2020 Hong Kong cohort that they should instead apply to one […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Annie Leibovitz used the Pixel 4 to shoot a new collection of photos October 15, 2019
    Google ended today’s hardware event by going deep on the photo technology in its new Pixel 4, and brought out someone who’s actually been using the camera — legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The company announced that it’s working with Leibovitz back in October 2018. Today, she spoke about the experience of working with the Pixel 3 […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4’s software-defined camera October 15, 2019
    Google’s new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4’s many improvements, including its new telephoto lens, updated Super Res Zoom technology […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Amazon migrates more than 100 consumer services from Oracle to AWS databases October 15, 2019
    AWS and Oracle love to take shots at each other, but as much as Amazon has knocked Oracle over the years, it was forced to admit that it was in fact a customer. Today in a company blog post, the company announced it was shedding Oracle for AWS databases, and had effectively turned off its […]
    Ron Miller
  • Here’s everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event October 15, 2019
      Google held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bulletpoints of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia Launch Stadia, Google’s […]
    Greg Kumparak
  • Headless CMS company Strapi raises $4 million October 15, 2019
    French startup Strapi has raised a $4 million seed round led by Accel and Stride.vc. The company has been working on an open-source Node.js headless content management system. That’s a lot of technical words in a row, but it’s not that hard to understand what Strapi is. Content management systems, or CMS, are web applications […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL not launching in India October 15, 2019
    The Pixel 4 and Pixel XL smartphones, that Google just unveiled at a press conference in New York, won’t launch in India, one of the company’s key overseas markets, the Android-maker said on Tuesday. The bottleneck lies in the headline feature Project Soli, a radar-based motion-sensing chip baked into the new Pixel smartphones that relies […]
    Manish Singh
  • Google’s new voice recorder app transcribes in real-time, even when offline October 15, 2019
    At Google’s hardware event this morning, the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and A.I. to automatically transcribe recordings in real-time as the person is speaking. The improvements will allow users to take better advantage of the phone’s voice recording […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Google overhauls Nest Aware cloud recording plan October 15, 2019
    Google is updating the Nest Mini today, the device formerly known as Google Home Mini. And the company used this opportunity to announce an update to its home awareness product, Nest Aware. If you have Nest security cameras, you can subscribe to a Nest Aware plan. It currently costs $5 a month for 5-day video […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Google launches Nest Wifi mesh router and extender with built-in Google Assistant October 15, 2019
    Today at its Google hardware event, Google introduced new mesh routers called Nest Wifi. This is a successor tot he Google Wifi product it introduced a couple of years ago, but with a number of improvements. The new Nest Wifi consists of two types of devices, one a router that plugs into your modem, and […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Google’s Pixel 4 ships October 24, starting at $799 October 15, 2019
    The rumors and leaks have been pretty relentless. In fact, over the past three days, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have gone up for preorder on at least two different sites. While it’s true that Google’s never been particularly great at keeping this stuff under wraps, this was pretty silly. Anyway, the Pixel […]
    Brian Heater
  • The Apple TV app arrives on Roku, ahead of Apple TV+ streaming service launch October 15, 2019
    Ahead of the arrival of Apple TV+, the brand-new Apple TV app is launching on Roku devices, starting today. The app currently allows Apple customers to access their iTunes video library and subscribe to Apple TV channels directly from Roku devices. And, on November 1, it will also be home to the Apple TV+ streaming […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Google Home Mini is now Nest Mini October 15, 2019
    Google this morning unveiled the long awaited follow up to the Home Mini. The latest version of the company’s wildly popular entry-level smart speaker has been rebranded the Nest Home Mini, in keeping with the branding refresh of its smart home offerings. The new version of the device looks a lot like its predecessor, but […]
    Brian Heater
  • Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook October 15, 2019
    At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. The Go will come with a […]
    Frederic Lardinois