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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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pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

By | drone, edtech startup, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, learn to code, London, pi-top, pi-top 4, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, Startups, STEM, TC, United Kingdom

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and […]

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To rebuild satellite communications, Ubiquitilink starts at ground level

By | Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, nanoracks, Satellites, Space, Startups, TC, ubiquitilink

Communications satellites are multiplying year by year as more companies vie to create an orbital network that brings high-speed internet to the globe. Ubiquitilink, a new company headed by Nanoracks co-founder Charles Miller, is taking a different tack: reinventing the Earthbound side of the technology stack.

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Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

By | Apps, Enterprise, finance, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Payments, Policy, Startups, Venture capital

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and […]

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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again

By | Apps, Daily Crunch, Facebook, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hack, Hardware, Mobile, Security, Social, Startups, WeWork

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook is the new crapware  Well Facebook, you did it again. Fresh off its latest privacy scandal, the troubled social media […]

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