Nissan's concept car is covered in displays for the selfie generation

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:14pm
There's little doubt the cars of the future will be increasingly more high tech. However, if Nissan has anything to do with it, those vehicles could be blanketed in customizable displays, too. The Japanese company revealed its "Teatro for Dayz" (ye...

Flixel Grabs $2.2 Million For Its Mesmerizing Cinemagraph Apps

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:06pm
 Toronto-based startup Flixel has built some pretty neat apps for OS X and iOS. Today, the company is announcing a $2.2 million seed round led by Extreme Venture Partners with Cranson Capital Securities and business angels also participating. Read More

A Decade After Being Founded In SF, Kiva Turns Its Focus Toward Zero-Interest Loans For Bay Area Entrepreneurs

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00pm
 When online donors overloaded the requests of Kiva co-founders Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley more than a decade ago, they were targeting some of the world’s poorest borrowers in places as far away as East Africa and India. But 10 years later, Kiva is shifting its focus back home with a program called “Keep the Heart in San Francisco.” It’s taking its longstanding… Read More

Fixya’s New App “6ya” Lets You Get Voice & Video Tech Support For Anything In 6 Minutes Flat

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00pm
 For nearly 10 years, online Q&A site Fixya has offered a way for web searchers to find information and receive troubleshooting support from area experts and other local pros. Today, the company is heading in a new direction with the launch of 6ya, a mobile app that lets consumers get product help and advice by way of a voice or video call from Fixya’s network of repair experts in… Read More

SOLS Lets You Buy 3D-Printed Insoles, Customized To Your Feet, Right From An iPhone App

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:59am
 SOLS, a company taking advantage of 3D-printing techniques to custom print shoe insoles that help alleviate foot and back pain, among other ailments, is today making its product available directly to consumers with the launch of SOLS Flex, a modern-day alternative to Dr. Scholl’s inserts which are personalized to the individual customer. SOLS previously worked with doctor’s offices… Read More

The TC Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To New Orleans This Week

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:51am
 TechCrunch is headed back to New Orleans, just in time for Nola Tech Week. In true TC fashion, we’ll be bringing the TC Meetup + Pitch-off with us, where ten companies will have the opportunity to pitch their wares to a live audience and a panel of local VC judges. These startups, which will be announced shortly, will have exactly sixty seconds on stage to pitch their product, after… Read More

B612 Foundation Loses Partnership With NASA; Asteroids Not a Significant Risk

Slashdot - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:46am
StartsWithABang writes: Yes, asteroids might be humanity's undoing in the worst-case scenario. It's how the dinosaurs went down, and it could happen to us, too. The B612 foundation has been working to protect us by mapping and then learning to deflect potential threats to our planet, but their proposed mission needed $450 million, a goal they've fallen well short of. As a result, NASA has severed their partnership, which is a good thing for humanity: the risk assessment figures show that worrying about killer asteroids is largely a waste.

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New certification will ensure HDMI cables can output 4K

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:45am
While many HDMI cables these days can spit out 4K, the results can be hit-or-miss (especially as you start exploring longer cable lengths). So the HDMI Licensing group, which manages the interface, has developed a new premium certification to make...

IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:35am
 This morning IBM announced plans to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based data storage vendor. The move appears to be a way to shore up IBM’s hybrid cloud storage chops. Terms of the deal were not available. Cleversafe was founded in 2004, and was well ahead of its time when it came to anticipating the big data revolution. According to its website, the company foresaw the coming data… Read More

ASUS' ZenWatch 2 launches in the Google Store

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:24am
Want a brand new Android Wear smartwatch while sticking to a tight budget? It's your lucky day. The Google Store has started carrying ASUS' ZenWatch 2, which offers the latest Android experience while starting at a very frugal $149 US. You don't ha...

Spotify's Android app now works with MirrorLink in-car systems

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:05am
If you've been looking for another way to access Spotify playlists in your car, you might be in luck. MirrorLink-compatible in-car systems play nice with the music streaming service thanks to a hand from an app called RockScout. The MirrorLink plat...

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached

Slashdot - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:03am
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that negotiators have finally reached agreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the U.S. and 11 other nations. The TPP has been in development for eight years, and has the potential to dramatically strengthen U.S. economic ties to east Asia. Though the negotiations have been done in secret, the full text of the agreement should be published within a month. Congress (and the legislative houses of the other participating countries) will have 90 days to review it and decide whether to ratify it. The TPP has been criticized in tech circles for how it regards intellectual property and facilitates website blocking, among other issues. Proponents will also have to answer broader questions about whether it stifles competition, how it treats individuals versus large corporations, as if it creates environmental problems. To give you an idea of how complex it is: "The Office of the United States Trade Representative said the partnership eventually would end more than 18,000 tariffs that the participating countries have placed on United States exports, including autos, machinery, information technology and consumer goods, chemicals and agricultural products ranging from avocados in California to wheat, pork and beef from the Plains states."

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Much Ado About Peeple

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:02am
 “Imagine every positive and ugly opinion about you— from your mother to that awkward co-worker you rejected at the company Christmas party— centrally located on one online profile. Sound scary? It is.” That’s the way people are characterizing Peeple, a year-and-a-half-year-old, Calgary-based company whose app is currently being beta tested by 35,000 people… Read More

Patreon Hacked, Gigabytes Of Data And Code Leaked

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:50am
 Maker-funding site Patreon was hacked last week resulting in the dump of gigabytes of code and user data. User passwords were encrypted using bcrypt which suggests they are mostly safe but some users have found their data in the trove. Founder Jack Conte wrote: There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some… Read More

Airpaper Will Cancel Your Comcast Service For You

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:31am
 There are few things in this (first) world that are worse than trying to cancel your Internet and cable service. In fact, Comcast has folks that are dedicated solely to the mission of retaining those who wish to graze in other Internet pastures, complete with a guidebook on how to keep a customer on the phone and persuade them to keep their Comcast service. We have seen this go horribly awry.… Read More

Tune in to our Microsoft event liveblog tomorrow at 10AM ET!

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:30am
First Apple, then Google, now Microsoft. Over the past month, we've seen some of the biggest tech companies either hold hold keynotes or just straight-up announce a ton of stuff. Now, rounding out the list, Microsoft is about to put on a big press...

Advertising Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Slashdot - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:21am
An anonymous reader writes: Malware called YiSpecter is infecting iOS devices belonging to Chinese and Taiwanese users, and is the first piece of malware that successfully targets both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, Palo Alto Networks researchers warn. What's more, the techniques it uses for hiding are making it difficult to squash the infection. YiSpecter's malicious apps were signed with three iOS enterprise certificates issued by Apple so that they can be installed as enterprise apps on non-jailbroken iOS devices via in-house distribution. Through this kind of distribution, an iOS app can bypass Apple's strict code review procedures and can invoke iOS private APIs to perform sensitive operations.

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Lunar Xprize hopeful pins plans on experimental rocket

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:20am
Going into space is risky enough, but two startup companies are taking it to a new level. Moon Express is trying to get to the moon and land a robotic rover that can travel at least 500 meters (0.3 miles) and send back HD video to earth. That's not...

The RoboBee Can Now Swim

TechCrunch - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:16am
 July 2024 – I am writing this so future humans will know our downfall. The first RoboBees were harmless. These tiny robotic bugs used to flit around with reckless abandon, spreading joy to the last of mankind. Researchers Yufeng Chen, E. Farrell Helbling, Nick Gravish, Kevin Ma, and Robert J. Wood from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University… Read More

Chromecast Audio review: Give your old speakers a new brain

Engadget - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:00am
It's been a little over two years since Google introduced the first Chromecast, a cheap and easy way to turn any TV in your house into a smart TV. The tiny little dongle has taken the market by storm, racking up sales of over 20 million since launc...