Tech News 2018-04-09T09:51:08+00:00

  • This simple robot offers more cowbell
    by John Biggs on 18th June 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a […]

  • Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid
    by Brian Heater on 18th June 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported an 800 percent year-over-year growth […]

  • Pokémon GO is finally going to let players trade Pokémon
    by Greg Kumparak on 18th June 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Just shy of two years after launch, Pokémon GO is finally about to roll out one of its most notably absent features: Pokémon trading. A staple of the series, trading lets players swap their Pokémon with another player’s in the never-ending quest to, well, catch’em all. The trading mechanics will be tied into a new […]

  • Bag Week 2018: WP Standard built the leather messenger bag you want
    by Matt Burns on 18th June 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. […]

  • WearableX’s ‘smart’ new Yoga pant is aimed at the guys
    by Mike Butcher on 18th June 2018 at 12:20 pm

    A lot has been said about the coming future of wearables, but, it turned out, not a heck of a lot took off. It seemed most of us were happy with ‘wearing’ a smartwatch and leaving it at that. In fact, Apple’s recent announcements around the iWatch show that ‘wearables’ are not really about just […]

  • Pulumi wants to let you manage your infrastructure with code
    by Frederic Lardinois on 18th June 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that’s coming out of stealth mode today, wants to make it easier for developers and ops team to define their infrastructure by writing code. Instead of using a cloud-specific configuration language, the service’s tools allow developers to define the infrastructure for their applications in the same programming languages they already use […]

  • Blockchain startups woo Enterprises with a private chain audit trail
    by Mike Butcher on 18th June 2018 at 11:55 am

    By placing all the information about services or complex manufacturing and assembly processes on a private, permissioned blockchain, the idea is that a company can create an “immutable” audit trail of data. When you think about it, currently this involves a labor-intensive combination of paper and networks. But initial trials with private blockchains in the […]

  • Kaspersky pulls plug on Europol joint venture after EU parliament vote to ban its software
    by Natasha Lomas on 18th June 2018 at 11:45 am

    Fresh political woes for Russian security firm Kaspersky, which has reacted angrily to a vote in the European Union Parliament last week to ban its software — on the grounds that it has been “confirmed as malicious“. Kaspersky denies this characterization of its software, saying it’s “untrue”. It has also retaliated by pulling the plug […]

  • Plum, the fintech chatbot that helps you save, adds theme-based investing
    by Steve O'Hear on 18th June 2018 at 11:25 am

    Plum, the fintech startup co-founded by early TransferWise employee Victor Trokoudes, is continuing its mission to help you manage your finances and save money. The AI-powered Messenger chatbot already offers savings functionality, including round-ups and regular savings, and today is launching an investment tool that lets you choose fund investments based on themes, such as […]

  • Tray.io raises a $14.3M funding round led by GGV Capital
    by Mike Butcher on 18th June 2018 at 11:23 am

    Companies spend a lot of time and money manually transferring data between services, while developer resources are constantly in demand. Firms like Mulesoft, Informatica, Boomi, Tibco, Workato, Zapier and others via for business against the likes of Informatica, Boomi and Mulesoft. UK/US startup tray.io, a next-generation cloud integration provider, raised a $5m in a Series […]

  • Razer leads $3.3M investment in Australia’s Esports Mogul
    by Jon Russell on 18th June 2018 at 11:18 am

    Razer, the gaming hardware company that went public in Hong Kong last year, is resuming its investment strategy after it led a $3.3 million deal for Australia-based Esports Mogul. Esports Mogul is, as the name suggests, focused on e-sports. The company operates a platform for organizing e-sports competitions — called Mogul Arena — and a gaming […]

  • Zenaton lets you build and run workflows with ease
    by Romain Dillet on 18th June 2018 at 10:02 am

    French startup Zenaton raised $2.35 million from Accel and Point Nine Capital, with the Slack Fund, Kima Ventures, Julien Lemoine and Francis Nappez also participating. The company wants to take care of the most tedious part of your application — asynchronous jobs and background tasks. While it has never been easier to develop a simple […]

  • F-Secure to buy MWR InfoSecurity for ~$106M+ to offer better threat hunting
    by Natasha Lomas on 18th June 2018 at 9:45 am

    The ongoing shift of emphasis in the cyber security industry from defensive, reactive actions towards pro-active detection and response has fueled veteran Finnish security company F-Secure’s acquisition of MWR InfoSecurity, announced today. F-Secure is paying £80 million (€91,6M) in cash to purchase all outstanding shares in MWR InfoSecurity, funding the transaction with its own cash reserves […]

  • Email security startup Tessian raises $13M led by Balderton and Accel
    by Steve O'Hear on 18th June 2018 at 7:30 am

    Tessian (formerly called CheckRecipient), the London-based startup that is deploying machine learning to improve email security, has raised $13 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Balderton Capital, and existing backer Accel. A number of previous investors also followed on, including Amadeus Capital Partners, Crane, LocalGlobe, Winton Ventures, and Walking Ventures. Founded in […]

  • Breaking down France’s new $76M Africa startup fund
    by Jonathan Shieber on 18th June 2018 at 5:30 am

    Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: African startup investments turn to fintech this winter season Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises $1.1M, announces group investment product Weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a $76M African startup […]

  • Google makes $550M strategic investment in Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com
    by Jon Russell on 18th June 2018 at 4:19 am

    Google has been increasing its presence in China in recent times, and today it has continued that push by agreeing to a strategic partnership with e-commerce firm JD.com which will see Google purchase $550 million of shares in the Chinese firm. Google has made investments in China, released products there and opened up offices that […]

  • Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities
    by Jonathan Shieber on 17th June 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Brooks Rainwater Contributor Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor How the digital economy shapes American cities Do cities still want a sharing economy? The city of Austin is currently piloting a program in which its 2,000 homeless residents […]

  • After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud
    by Jonathan Shieber on 17th June 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Grant Miller Contributor Share on Twitter Grant Miller is the co-founder of Replicated As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com. This model has been validated by the […]

  • Original Content podcast: ‘Queer Eye’ season two is even more of a tearjerker
    by Anthony Ha on 17th June 2018 at 3:02 pm

    It’s only been a couple months since we reviewed the first season of Netflix’s revival of Queer Eye, but the show’s Fab Five are already back with another eight episodes where they remake the homes, wardrobes and lives. For season two, however, they mix things up a little — not only does the format feel […]

  • The techlash
    by Jon Evans on 17th June 2018 at 1:00 pm

    People hate hubris and hypocrisy more than they hate evil, which is, I think, why we’re seeing the beginnings of a bipartisan cultural backlash against the tech industry. A backlash which is wrongly conceived and wrongly targeted … but not entirely unfounded. It’s hard to shake the sense that, as an industry, we are currently […]

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