posted 24 days ago on crunchgear
 James Park is on a roll. Best known as the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, his company went public on June 18 — and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fitbit is now worth more than $9 billion despite facing tough competition. Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 Security researchers have identified a critical vulnerability in devices using ZigBee, a wireless standard used for connectivity in multiple Internet of Things and smart home devices — raising the specter of hackers breaking into your smart home and doing what they like with your connected locks, alarm system and even controlling your lightbulbs. Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 If you followed the Google Glass saga, you remember that everything started out pretty hunky dory. There was an exciting demo that included people jumping out of a plane. Then there were developers in line to pay $1,500 to have a play with them and build apps for the hardware. It was a developer-only program. What could go wrong? The “shower incident.” That’s what. Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 Tindie, the marketplace for makers to fund and sell their hardware creations, is being acquired by maker blog Hackaday. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tindie has previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Slow Ventures, among others. Read More

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posted 29 days ago on crunchgear
 Last March Samsung announced Samsung Pay — a mobile payment offering which it hopes will go head to head with Apple Pay. The service has still not rolled out yet but Samsung is expanding its payment push to smart TVs, with the launch of Samsung Pay on TV — which it says will be coming to ‘select’ 2014 and 2015 Samsung smart TVs in 32 countries initially. Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Apple’s latest iPhone ad is a bit smug. Even for Apple. As you can see above, the ad take the fight directly to Android phones by reminding that Apple makes both the iPhone hardware and software — something very few phone makers can say. Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 According to IDC, the global PC market’s unit volume slipped 11.8 percent in the second quarter of 2015, a slightly larger-than-expected dip. As the company notes, the size of the decline reflects a strong second quarter in the year-ago period, when the death of Windows XP bolstered sales of new machines. In total, some 66.1 million PCs were sold in the three-month period. IDC,… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Most of us at TechCrunch don’t get out much, instead choosing to blog from the comfort of our own home or office. However, some more adventurous reporters still crave the thrill of reporting live on scene. Solocam is a selfie stick that may actually provide value (bear with me here) by letting journalists shoot video from the field without lugging around an entire camera crew. The… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 As we move towards a 420 future, hydroponic systems for a bit of homegrown foliage will be in great demand. The folks at 3Dponics are ready. They’ve announced a sort of modular hydroponic garden that snaps together like stoner LEGO and feature little pots, shields, and filters for your wee buds. The 3Dponics folks are planning to release more information later this week but… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Yesterday, GoPro unveiled its latest flagship action camera, the GoPro Hero4 Session. As always, the company released a long video packed with great shots of extreme sports. But two things struck me — nearly every athlete in this video features a Red Bull logo on their gear, and producing videos like this one could become a lucrative business. The two companies should consider merging… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 The BBC is set to continue its history in educational computing with the Micro:bit. First displayed in March, the broadcaster just revealed the final design and programming environment of the tiny programmable board, which includes new sensors and abilities not previously displayed. The tiny device lacks the processing power of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino’s extensive ecosystem, but… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Doppler Labs, the same team that brought you the Dubs mechanical ear plug and the Here Active Listening system, is today announcing the close of a $17 million Series B funding round, led by The Chernin Group, Wildcat Capital Management and Acequia Capital. Live National Entertainment, Universal Music Group and WME also participated in the round. Doppler Labs was first founded by Noah Kraft… Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Winter might well be coming for (more) smartphone makers as the sales engine of China shows signs of saturation and slowing growth, according to analyst Gartner. Read More

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posted about 1 month ago on crunchgear
 Researchers at Clemson University have created a new sort of robotic design based on the long, curled tail of the seahorse. The seahorse is unique because it consists of “square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints.” Other animal tails are cylindrical and therefore easily crushed. The researchers write: Researchers found that the square prototype was… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Pinterest is starting to roll out a buy button on its pins today in the iPhone and iPad apps, the company said. Buyable Pins let some retailers who are partners with Pinterest and retailers using Shopify and Demandware. The company unveiled Buyable Pins earlier this month, and said at the time that they would be rolling out later in June. The tool lets retailers add a buy button to pins that… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Moawia Eldeeb has one of the more unfathomable and inspiring stories I’ve ever come across while working in Silicon Valley. He was born to a farming family in Egypt and then made his way to Queens as a child where he earned $20 a day working in a pizza shop. He was in and out school for years, then caught up on Khan Academy and then later made it into Columbia University’s… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 It’s the eve of Apple Music, which launches tomorrow, and all through the house, not a creature was withholding their content, not even a Taylor Swift. Also, Force Touch is basically a lock for iPhone 6/6 Plus S this fall, according to a new report from Bloomberg that says production on devices with the tech has begun. Apple Music arrives with iOS 8.4 at 8 AM PT tomorrow, and despite… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Digital privacy is on the ropes, and public cynicism is running high. But there are glimmers of innovation in what could be a new phase for Big Data: empowering the customer. Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Well everyone’s now racing to make a hoverboard because we decided some time in the last couple of years that proving Back To The Future II prescient was the best way to highlight technological achievement. Lexus is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, posting a teaser for its own hoverboard technology with at the promise of a long, drawn-out staged reveal. To its credit, Lexus has… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 If you’ve ever wanted to plug a Windows machine into your TV for a little hot and heavy Excel slinging, you’re in luck. Lenovo has just announced a $130 stick, the Ideacenter Stick 300, that connects to any display via HDMI. These single-stick computers are nothing new but this one has an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It also has a built-in… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Your speaker is in my lightbulb! No, your lightbulb is in my speaker! Thanks to the new LightFreq Square2, we’re both right. The Square2 is a lightbulb with built-in speaker and intercom. To use it you simply unscrew your current lightbulbs and screw in the Square2. Then, via the app, you can stream music to each lightbulb separately or all of them simultaneously and even talk to other… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Chevy announced earlier this year it would be bringing Apple’s CarPlay to production vehicles this year, and now those first cars with the infotainment feature from Apple are rolling off the line and going out to dealerships and consumers. The very first production Chevrolet with CarPlay installed was the silver, 650-HP Corvette Z06 pictured above and below, the company tells… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Google wants YOU to test their Jump virtual reality video capture platform. Or, well, some of you. Maybe like two, given how I imagine the percentages will work on this. The company is opening up invitations to anyone interested in trying it out, with a form where you can specify what kind of thing you’d like to do with it, and a very little bit about your background. Google says it will… Read More

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posted 2 months ago on crunchgear
 Commercializing a new tool to bring the basic eye exam into the palm of a doctor’s hand could save the eyesight of nearly 1 billion people worldwide. That’s the goal that Zhou Yaopeng and Marc Albanese, two former photonics researchers who met at Boston University nearly a decade ago, have set for themselves and for their two-year-old startup, Smart Vision Labs. Read More

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