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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update will launch April 11
(image) After months of teasing, Microsoft is finally ready to ship the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major iteration of its desktop operating system, to its users. The free update will start rolling out globally on April 11. This process usually takes a few weeks, but users will also be able to force the update from their Windows settings.As the name implies, the focus of the update is on… Read More
Owlet updates its smart baby health monitoring sock so babies can’t kick it off
(image) Owlet, a Utah-based startup monitoring your babies vitals, has a new and improved smart sock out today and we got a chance to catch up with the founders to talk about what they’ve been up to since appearing on stage at our 2014 CES Hardware Battlefield. Now version 2 of Owlet’s smart sock makes an even snugglier fit for your little one with a wrap-around design. The company has… Read More(image)
Industrious buys Pivotdesk, raises $25M to be WeWork without startup bros
(image) In the recruiting wars, a cool office is critical. Not just for scrappy startups, but big businesses with regional HQs as well. So while WeWork signs questionable 20-year leases to provide desks for twenty-something engineers, Industrious is taking a more classy and conservative approach to cowering space. Think 30 to 60 year olds typing to Otis Redding, not post-frat bros blasting Tupac,… Read More(image)
MLB.com At Bat and NHL are first to launch personalized app icons on iOS 10.3
(image) The MLB.com At Bat and NHL iOS applications have been updated today to take advantage of one of the new, but still under-the-radar features available in the just launched version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 10.3: personalized home screen icons. That’s right – you can now replace either of these apps’ default icon to one featuring your favorite… Read More
Twitch to start selling video games this week
(image) Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games and other in-game content on its site, the company says. We understand the games may arrive as soon as tomorrow or later this week, though the exact timing is still in flux. Already one of the top destinations for live streaming and fan engagement, it’s not surprising that Twitch would take the final step to become a… Read More(image)
Netgear announces two new Orbi routers
(image) I’m a huge fan of the Netgear’s Orbi routers. They offer some of the easiest setup, highest speeds, and best coverage of any of the so-called mesh wireless systems including Eero and Luma. Now Netgear’s original monstrous routers are being joined by a few cousins. The original kit, called the RBK50, came with a AC3000 Wi-Fi base station and a satellite and covered 5,000 feet.… Read More
Wrench raises $4 million to bring auto repairs to your door
(image) A Seattle startup called Wrench has raised $4 million in Series A funding for an app that sends certified auto mechanics to the customer’s door. The round was led by Madrona Venture Group, according to Wrench CEO and co-founder Ed Petersen. In general, people dread cars repairs. According to a AAA survey, 2 out of 3 people in the U.S. don’t trust auto repair shops and more… Read More(image)
As the Oculus Rift turns one, Facebook is responsible for where VR goes next
(image) Today, the Oculus Rift turns one.  The virtual reality system very well may have been the most important consumer gadget to be released last year, and for all the critiques and praise that have pushed it through 2016, it’s clear we’re still looking at a technology that hasn’t scratched its fullest potential. For better or worse, Facebook’s Oculus has been the… Read More(image)
Facebook pivots into Stories
(image) In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format its admits “Snapchat has really pioneered”. Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this content to a Snapchat clone called… Read More(image)
Google’s Search app now includes Gboard, a widget and expanded 3D Touch
(image) Google’s desire for its search engine to become more deeply integrated into the iOS operating system got a big push today – the company says that its previously standalone keyboard app Gboard is now being bundled with its main iOS Search app. This change was announced alongside a handful of new features, including also support for an array of 3D Touch options and a new Google… Read More(image)
Google Home adds support for Logitech Harmony, August locks and more
(image) A slew of companies are announcing new-found compatibility with Google’s Home hub this morning, including August Home smart locks, Logitech’s Harmony line and light bulbs from TP-Link and LIFX. The announcements come as the company works to bolster its smart home presence in the wake of big pushes by Amazon and Apple. A look at the official Google Home page shows a small but key… Read More(image)
Google makes its Translate mobile apps available for users in China
(image) Google has reintroduced its Translate mobile apps to China, where they can now be accessed and used without the need for software to bypasses local censorship. The U.S. tech giant left China more than seven years ago when it redirected its local search engine to Hong Kong and many of its services are censored in the country. Today’s low-key relaunch marks the first time it has revived… Read More(image)
Evie teams up Verizon to launch a new search experience next to your Android home screen
(image) Evie is bringing its app search technology to a new location on your phone. The startup has partnered with Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) to launch a new product called AppFlash. Like Evie’s existing app launcher, AppFlash helps users find content and services across different apps — and Evie is working with Verizon to make this the default experience on customers’… Read More(image)
Developers can finally respond to App Store reviews – here’s how it works
With yesterday’s release of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4, Apple has made a significant change to how its App Stores operate. At long last, developers now have the ability to respond to user reviews in order to offer support, ask follow-up questions, say thanks, or otherwise interact with their app’s customers. The change has been a long time coming – the feature has been… Read More(image)
Tinder Online is a new web version of the dating app
(image) Tinder is today introducing a new way for users to access the platform with the launch of Tinder Online, a web-optimized version of the dating app so people can Tinder at their desktops. Tinder Online still requires that you sign on to your account through Facebook, and it doesn’t include any of Tinder’s revenue features like Tinder Boost or Super Like, for now. Head of Product… Read More(image)
Judge criticizes Uber’s secrecy in lawsuit with Waymo
(image) Google’s side of the story in its patent and trade secret case against Uber is pretty damning — Google alleges that a former employee of its self-driving car unit, Anthony Levandowski, stole thousands of sensitive documents on his way out the door to lead Uber’s self-driving efforts. But, as an attorney for Uber told reporters last week, Uber would very much like all of this… Read More(image)
Amazon debuts AmazonFresh Pickup, drive-up groceries delivered to your trunk
(image) Amazon’s grocery efforts just got a new level of convenience for shoppers: AmazonFresh Pickup, a drive-in grocery delivery right to your car’s trunk, launching in beta on Tuesday. Shoppers just order online from AmazonFresh’s selection, pick a time slot (as soon as 15 minutes after you make your order), and then drive to an AmazonFresh Pickup location and pull into a… Read More(image)
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