posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 Udacity – the online school started by Google X founder and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun— is offering a new “nanodegree” online to prepare students for jobs in the still emerging industry of virtual reality. Udacity promises to give online learners with no prior programming experience the skills to create mobile phone and desktop-based virtual reality… Read More

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 In the world of HR and payment software, things are heating up this fall. In the one corner: Zenefits, the high-flying software company that admitted to having an array of compliance issues and that asked its cofounder to resign as CEO earlier this year. The company has been heavily promoting an all-new, fully complaint, next-generation version of its offerings that it plans to unveil on… Read More

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 Twitter today is the latest tech company to join the push to get more Americans registered to vote. The company is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to direct message the company’s @Gov Twitter account in order to receive voter registration assistance over private messaging. What’s clever about Twitter’s implementation is that it’s personalized to you, based… Read More

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 Amazon’s delivery prowess is impressive; just today, it announced free Prime same-day delivery for my home city of Toronto, and the speed and consistency with which they hit their deadlines is astounding. For Amazon’s next act, it might one-up itself by arranging to leave your packages inside your door, or in your garage, when you aren’t home to receive them yourself. The… Read More

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 DJI’s little drone wasn’t its only big news from today’s Mavic Pro unveil event in New York City. The company also devoted a few moments of stage time to its new simply-titled video wearable, Goggles. The on-the-nose name offers up the basics of what you need to know about the new product, an all-white headset reminiscent of a VR peripheral designed to offer up… Read More

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on techcrunch
 Slack — the popular enterprise chat app that now has 3 million users, 930,000 of them paying — is adding in another key integration as it continues to get more embedded with its customers. Today the company is turning on what it describes as a “deep product partnership” with Salesforce — an integration that will make it much easier for businesses to… Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 “I’m sitting in New York City,” Adam Lisberg tweeted last week, as GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, dropped to his knees, unzipped a backpack and unveiled the company’s long-awaited Karma drone at an event on the other side of the country. “I’m watching a competitor unveil a new product. I ain’t worried about a thing.” Days later, DJI’s head U.S. Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 Although the iMessage App Store is currently dominated by sticker packs, there are a few clever apps breaking through. One such app is Momento, an iMessage-only app that automatically turns your photos from your Camera Roll into GIFs you can text to your friends. What makes the new app fun to use is that it doesn’t require that you do anything to create these GIFs yourself – it… Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
Rumor is DJI is about to unveil a small, foldable drone and you can watch the event right here. Whatever it turns out to be, no doubt, it will draw comparisons to the just-announced GoPro Karma. Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 ProsperWorks, a cross-platform customer relationship management (CRM) service that plugs into the Google for Work platform, today announced that it has raised a $24 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Next World Capital, an early revenue stage VC firm that specializes in helping its portfolio companies expand into European markets. Other investors include Storm Ventures,… Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 Long dedicated to space, spiders, and robots, MB&F has finally come back to earth with the Horological Machine 8, a new watch inspired by the silhouette of Can-Am race cars. This watch is part of the “Horological Machine” series, a set of handmade watches that look like a cross between something that belongs on a Jules Verne submarine and a piece of expensive chocolate. This… Read More

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 One of Israel’s most storied politicians, Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has thrown his significant personal and political capital behind an early stage emergency services app Reporty. With Barak’s help the app company has raised $5.15 million as it seeks to leverage both his portfolio and his political acumen in its push into a crowded market. In the age of mass shootings… Read More

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on techcrunch
 A few months back Indiegogo and component provider Arrow announced a deal aimed at helping bring promising crowdfunding projects to market, providing hopeful campaigns with some much needed tools in those difficult months following funding. Smart Armor will be the first hardware startup to get that push for this morning’s launch of the Smart Cube, a smartlock system that to can be adapted… Read More

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on techcrunch
 It’s been 16 months since Kano took to the stage at TC Disrupt New York 2015 to announce a $15M Series A, and to talk up its big ambition to build a creative computing brand. And 10 months since, flush with VC cash, it started work on its next big product reveal… Today it’s ready to show what it’s been working on. Read More

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on techcrunch
 Remember ThingMaker? Mattel’s $300 3D printer that would let kids print out their own toys? Its ship date – which was supposed to be this month – just got pushed back another year, according to a report from Engadget. The toy maker says it needs the extra time to “enhance the digital functionality” in order to deliver the “most engaging” experience… Read More

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on techcrunch
 It was only a matter of time before the same forces that brought competition to the taxi industry turned their attention to the bus business. And now, what Uber and Lyft have done for ride-sharing inside cities and towns across America, startups like Skedaddle want to do for ride-sharing across America. Launched by a clutch of east coast entrepreneurs led by Adam Nestler, his brother Craig,… Read More

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on techcrunch
 The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on HP to restore customer’s ability to use third-party ink cartridges in its Office Jet printers. It is also urging consumers to sign a petition, which as of this posts’s publication, has nearly 7,500 signatures. In an open letter to HP Inc. President and CEO, Dion Weisler, activist Cory Doctorow calls on the company to take five… Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 Bot Metrics, an San Francisco-based company that specializes in — you got it.. — metrics and analyze of chat bots has landed funding to help developers and early bot enthusiasts get a better understanding of their services and users. Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 The smart home has come a long way in the two-plus years since the original Wink Hub was launched as a spinoff of New York-based hardware crowdsourcer, Quirky. Among other things, a number of major players like Amazon, Google and Apple have stepped up their attempts to provide a central ecosystem for the increasingly populated world of connected home devices. But while the competition has gotten… Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 A music industry veteran and the CEO of Translation, Steve Stoute, is joining the board of directors of Genius, which provides song lyrics and meanings, while also being an online knowledge project. Genius’ current board of directors includes Stoute, co-founders Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, Andreessen Horowitz general partner, Ben Horowitz and Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans and… Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 Amazon continues to roll-out its free same-day delivery offering for Prime subscribers, adding Toronto and Vancouver to the list of cities where it’s available. The free same-day option applies to items labeled as eligible via the ‘Prime FREE Same-Day’ tag located next to the price in a product’s listing. Orders placed earlier in the day will be delivered by 9 PM,… Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 Elon Musk is giving a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress today, with an hour-long talk titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” The talk kicks off at 2:30 PM ET, and we’ll be covering it to bring you all the details of Musk’s plans to get humans to Mars (and beyond?). Musk doesn’t just want us to touch the face of these… Read More

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 Othman Laraki and Elad Gil were sitting on Twitter’s roof deck after their previous company Mixer Labs had been acquired. Gil had brought a small hard drive with him — which happened to contain data on his genome being sequenced — and Laraki wanted to take a look at the data. That led to the the original hypothesis of Color Genomics: what if you could apply the same principles… Read More

Read More...
posted about 20 hours ago on techcrunch
 At a glance 157 degree wide angle f/2.4 aperture 1/1.8″ image sensor 1080p 30/60pfs, 720p 120/60fps Pros Camera design itself is top notch Built-in OLED touchscreen Cons Included mounting hardware for cable not great Expensive at $499 Connecting the car The Waylens Horizon is essentially a conical, dense metal camera replete with optics, onboard processing power and battery.… Read More

Read More...
posted about 20 hours ago on techcrunch
 The need to contact customer support is the bane of many a modern consumer’s existence: not only is it likely that you are doing it because you have a problem that needs fixing, but you are inevitably sucked into a vortex where you have to sit on the phone for ages (or wait in stasis for emailed replies), repeat your details several times to subsequent assistants, and potentially… Read More

Read More...