Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next year

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Apple will add gold to the iPad’s monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg. “People familiar with the plans” reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new versions of Apple’s tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction. With the help of this aesthetic update and next year’s rumored introduction of iPads with a 12.9-inch screen, Apple may be able to appeal to a wider range of customers, including the business-oriented demographic.

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Firespotter Labs Becomes Switch, Providing A Cloud-Based Phone System For Google Apps

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switch_across_multiple_devices_300 Unified communications has long been touted as the future, but being able to provide access to all of one’s calls and messages on multiple devices is an idea that has just barely come to fruition. Now, the folks at Firespotter Labs think they’ve built a solution — a cloud-based platform for enterprise communications called Switch Read More

Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October

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city-of-hope-itunes Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and treatment center created to combat not only breast cancer, but also diabetes and other life-threatening diseases including lymphoma and brain cancer. The organization aims to make it easier to… Read More

76 of 79 deceased NFL players’ brains had evidence of degenerative disease

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New data from the United States’ largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for analysis after their death suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository, based in Massachusetts, found that 76 of 79 former pro players had evidence of the condition, which can be caused by repeated head trauma.

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YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model

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reddit The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.” So when he decided to lead Reddit’s $50 million Series B… Read More

A Messaging Giant Goes Public In Korea And DCM Reaps The Rewards

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moneybags As the mobile messaging company Kakao Corp. gets ready to celebrate the culmination of its long-awaited initial public offering on the Korean stock exchange, a world away, on Sand Hill Road, the partners at venture capital firm DCM are probably getting ready to do some celebrating of their own. Three years after its initial investment in Kakao, the venture firm will be able to harvest the… Read More

Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

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Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More

Go To TechCrunch Disrupt Europe: London For Free #TCDisrupt

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disrupteu14a TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to London this October, and to celebrate we’re giving away a free pair of tickets to the main event. All you have to do is fill out the entry form and come up with the best caption for this photo of Kyle wearing Google Glass. We’ll select the winning entry, and the winner will be notified by email. About TechCrunch Disrupt: Disrupt is one of the… Read More

BRAIN initiative is underway, funding new ways to map cells, circuits

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Scientists will aim to capture the workings of the human brain in comprehensive recordings, to watch the brain while in motion and to reimagine the world’s most complex biological organism as a buzzing network of interlocking circuits with the award of $46 million in study grants announced…

‘Rush Hour’ may be made into a TV show

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It’s probably impossible to replace the hilarious duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but someone’s going to try: Deadline reports that Rush Hour is now in the process of being adapted into a TV series. The show will be an action-comedy with hourlong episodes, and it’ll likely still be about a Hong Kong police officer getting stuck with a wild LA cop. The show happening isn’t a done deal just yet — it still needs to find a network — but Deadline suggests that it could be a hot property, so we just end up getting to see the remake.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence will reportedly be co-writing and executive producing the new series. Arthur Sarkissian, who produced the three Rush Hour films, and Brett Ratner, who just directed Hercules, will…

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The iPhone 6 Plus Is Great For Gamers

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iPhone 6 Plus gaming With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has stepped into the “phablet” category by scaling the hardware of the six up while (in some ways) scaling the software from the iPad down. The result is a device that you can use all day to do some of the quick tasks we always do on our phones while also consuming media as you would on a tablet. Read More

Make Bold Statements With Biz Stone’s Goofy New App “Super”

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Super Feature After trying to breed empathy with his Q&A app Jelly, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is back with a more light-hearted product called Super. I just stumbled into the unannounced beta of Super, which lets you share statements starting with “The Best”, “The Worst”, “I Wish”, “Check Out”, “Don’t Ever”, or a few other prompts. You… Read More

TC Cribs: Ticketfly, Where Meetings Morph Into Impromptu Jam Sessions

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Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 2.54.19 PM In this episode of Cribs, we headed over to Ticketfly, the startup that runs a ticketing platform for all kinds of live events.
As you can see in the video embedded above, going to visit Ticketfly HQ is kind of an event in itself. The place is decorated with nods to all sorts of famous venues, from the Louvre to the erstwhile NYC club CBGB, and musical instruments are never more than an… Read More

Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Vegas Downtown Project

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Foundation Interview: Tony Hsieh of Zappos.Com Tony Hsieh, the CEO and founder of Zappos has stepped down from his leadership role at the Las Vegas Downtown Project, according to Re/code. Hsieh created the massive $350 million project to revitalize several city acres east of Las Vegas Boulevard and convert the area into a tech hub. Hsieh’s announcement comes right on the heels of a massive 30 person layoff at the project. Hsieh… Read More

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