Earlier today, Apple announced that it’s finally discontinuing the iPod nano and shuffle once and for all, making the touch the last iPod standing. Four years after the end of the iPod classic, it’s no surprise that the company would sunset its contemporaries, but it’s still a bittersweet moment nonetheless. The death of the two products marks the end of an era that began… Read More
Author: Brian Heater
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:53 pm
 I’m not saying the people around me here at Black Hat are malicious, or that the threats aren’t real. I’m saying that the industry, and everyone it, is strongly incentivized to make its customers and the wider world as frightened as possible, and people tend to follow the path of most incentivization, consciously or not, reluctantly or not. The security industry is the… Read More
Author: Jon Evans
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:51 pm
 Amazon reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it was a bit of a whiff — and a bummer for Jeff Bezos, who is now no longer the solar system’s richest human and has been relegated to the unfortunate position of second-richest human. Read More
Author: Matthew Lynley
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:26 pm
 IPO? How about HighPO? The 43-year-old marijuana media brand High Times has found a shortcut to going public: It sold itself to an already public shell company, of which High Times share holders then got an 83 percent stake. Read More
Author: Josh Constine,Katie Roof
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:12 pm
 Amazon reported its earnings today, wherein a whiff in earnings sent the stock down around 3 percent and brought CEO Jeff Bezos back to reality as the, once again, second-richest human in the known solar system. In all seriousness though, the company appears to once again be squeezing out a very small profit on top of its mammoth retail operations. Read More
Author: Matthew Lynley
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:19 pm
 Intel declared $14.8 billion in revenue this afternoon and earnings per share of 72 cents. This represents a solid beat as analysts had expected revenues of $14.41 billion and EPS of 68 cents. The company’s  stock finished up 22 cents and 0.63 percent to $34.97 per share in regular trading. In the moments after the company released its earnings, Intel’s stock shot up 3.43 percent. Read More
Author: John Mannes
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:14 pm
 Pack it on up, everyone — someone just won ARKit. We’ve seen lots of fun stuff made with ARKit already, but this one… this one is something special. Read More
Author: Greg Kumparak
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
 Game developer Chip Sineni of TRIXI studios created a clever AR experiment based on A-Ha’s seminal video for Take On Me. It is pretty fun. It’s also garnering a lot of attention from some very specific folks. I have been talking to a lot of people about AR over the past few months and there is a definable excitement around it. I’m bullish as hell about AR, which I’ve… Read More
Author: Matthew Panzarino
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:48 pm
At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each participant. Essentially it’s a Babel fish, though admittedly a rough draft of one. Read More
Author: Devin Coldewey
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:47 pm
 Few technologies survive more than five years — let alone 30 — without significant change. Technologies that do not change are resigned to obsolescence. But the GIF, which celebrates its 30th birthday this summer, has endured. While its technical aspects haven’t changed, GIFs have taken on three different lives — and usage of GIFs has never been higher than it is today. Read More
Author: David McIntosh
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:30 pm announced this morning in a blog post that it would be sunsetting its Bot Engine. The Facebook-owned company builds developer tools for natural language processing to help engineers build speech and text chatbots faster and with less technical experience. Bot Engine launched as a beta in April of 2016. The tool let developers train their own bots using sample conversations sharing… Read More
Author: John Mannes
Posted: July 27, 2017, 6:57 pm
 Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup, a global competition of high-tech student projects, reached its culmination this week accompanied by the usual pomp at the company’s headquarters in Redmond. The winner of the $100,000 grand prize and 365 days of bragging rights is X.GLU, a Czech team that created a custom smart glucose meter for children with diabetes. Read More
Author: Devin Coldewey
Posted: July 27, 2017, 6:35 pm
 Technology isn’t necessarily the best solution for forging new real life connections, whatever the collective marketing spiel of the web’s social giants likes to claim. But Patook is having a crack at the tricky feat of remotely sparking friendships, without inviting in the creeps… Read More
Author: Natasha Lomas
Posted: July 27, 2017, 5:25 pm
 In VR, we’re all robots, but some experiences make that a bit more apparent than others. Today, Oculus is releasing a VR comedy called “Miyubi.” The experience, produced by Funny or Die and Felix & Paul Studios, is the longest VR narrative to be funded by Oculus to date, clocking in at around 40 minutes. Read More
Author: Lucas Matney
Posted: July 27, 2017, 5:20 pm
 The invoicing and payments process in the commercial construction industry is broken. It takes a median of about 70 days to get paid, which means contractors are often stuck without enough working capital. Net30, a startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, wants to solve that problem. Read More
Author: Catherine Shu
Posted: July 27, 2017, 5:00 pm
 Netflix (and social media, and Seamless, and the convenience economy, and so on) has totally wrecked my fitness routine. But a new program from Dublin Institute of Technology student Ronan Byrne may save the day. Cycflix is a project that lets you hook a stationary bike up with your Netflix account so that your favorite shows only play if you stick to your fitness routine. It works by hooking… Read More
Author: Jordan Crook
Posted: July 27, 2017, 4:58 pm
 Get out the Kleenex and hit play on the Boyz II Men musical montages — it’s officially the end of an era. Three years after discontinuing the iPod classic, Apple is finally doing the same to its lower-end brethren, the shuffle and nano. The company pulled both iconic MP3 players from its site earlier today and has since confirmed with TechCrunch that this is, indeed, the end. Read More
Author: Brian Heater
Posted: July 27, 2017, 4:41 pm
 Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter co-founder and CEO, is going to step down from his role at the company later this year, he wrote in a blog post last night. Kickstarter is now actively looking for a replacement. Kickstarter’s other two co-founders, Charles Adler and Perry Chen, are also no longer in operational roles at the company. Adler left back in 2013 and Chen stepped down from the… Read More
Author: Megan Rose Dickey
Posted: July 27, 2017, 4:38 pm
 For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers of regulations that vary between municipalities. Sorting through different codes and keeping track of updates is a daunting task and, in a worst-case scenario, a mistake can cost thousands or even millions of dollars to tear out and fix. Firms that can afford it hire building code consultants, but a startup… Read More
Author: Catherine Shu
Posted: July 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
 Comcast’s newest entry into the market of streaming TV services aimed at cord cutters could be launched later this year, according to statements made by executives on the company’s earnings call this week. The service, known as “Xfinity Instant TV,” would be available to subscribers without the need for a set-top box, challenging rivals like Dish’s Sling TV… Read More
Author: Sarah Perez
Posted: July 27, 2017, 3:53 pm
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