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Ubiquitilink advance means every phone is now a satellite phone

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, Science, Space, Startups, TC, ubiquitilink

Last month I wrote about Ubiquitilink, which promised, through undisclosed means, to provide a sort of global satellite-based roaming service. But how, I asked? (Wait, they told me.) Turns out our phones are capable of a lot more than we think: they can reach satellites acting as cell towers in orbit just fine, and the company just proved it.

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Circle raises $20M Series B to help even more parents limit screen time

By | Funding, Gadgets, screen time management, Startups, TC

Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The $20 million Series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants. With this round of funding, […]

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Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other ‘spatial’ interactions

By | Europe, Gadgets, Litho, Startups, TC

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s Pitch@Palace last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were […]

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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

By | Apple, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Developer, entertainment, Exit, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, M&A, pullstring, Startups, TC, toytalk, voice apps, voice assistant

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. TechCrunch has received confirmation of the acquistion from sources with knowledge of the deal. The startup makes voice […]

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Devialet’s Phantom Reactor turns music into an emotional experience

By | Devialet, Devialet Phantom Reactor, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, Startups

French startup Devialet has done it again. The new Phantom Reactor is a smaller, more effective speaker that packs in everything that made Devialet speakers good in the first place. Devialet’s first speaker, the Phantom, attracted rave reviews a few years ago. The egg-shaped speaker promised no background noise, no saturation and no distortion in […]

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Robin’s robotic mowers now have a patented doggie door just for them

By | Artificial Intelligence, Battlefield, Gadgets, Hardware, robin, Robotics, Startups

Back in 2016 we had Robin up on stage demonstrating the possibility of a robotic mower as a service rather than just something you buy. They’re still going strong, and just introduced and patented what seems in retrospect a pretty obvious idea: an automatic door for the mower to go through fences between front and back yards.

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Juul Labs hires former Apple employee to lead the fight against counterfeits

By | adrian punderson, altria group, Gadgets, Health, juul, juul labs, Personnel, Startups, TC

Juul Labs, the e-cig company under fire for its product’s popularity with young people, has brought on a new VP of Intellectual Property Protection with Adrian Punderson, formerly of PwC and Apple. Punderson’s job is all about working alongside government agencies, as well as Juul Labs Intellectual Property VP Wayne Sobon, to combat the sale […]

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