Lumo Run’s new jogging sensor launches today – here’s how it stacks up

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FullSizeRender (12) TechCrunch first caught wind of Lumo’s smart pants with the running sensor last October. It was a breakout product from its posture trainer Lumo Lift and a first step into both connected garments and the running industry. You can check out our video review with Lumo co-founder Monisha Perkash here. Lumo’s pants needed the sensor to go in a special pocket to work when we last caught… Read More

TCV closes $2.5B fund, TCV IX, for growth-stage investments

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shutterstock money u.s. currency Technology Crossover Ventures, the VC that has backed the likes of Facebook, Spotify, LinkedIn, WorldRemit and Zillow as well as more nascent investments, has closed a fund that will see the company taking many more bets in the near future. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that it has now closed TCV IX, a $2.5 billion fund that it plans to use for growth-stage investments. “We… Read More

Third-party Pokémon Go tracking services get shut down

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A woman holds up her cell phone as she plays the Pokemon Go game in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, DC, July 12, 2016.
Pokémon Go mania is sweeping the US as players armed with smartphones hunt streets, parks, rivers and elsewhere to capture monsters and gather supplies in the hit game. The free application based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago has been adapted to the mobile internet Age by Niantic Labs, a company spun out of Google last year after breaking ground with an "Ingress" game that merged mapping capabilities with play. As of July 11, 2016 Pokémon Go had been downloaded millions of times, jumping topping rankings at official online shops for applications tailored for smartphones powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software.

(Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Pokévision, and other popular third-party tracking apps that helped Pokémon Go players discover which Pokémon were nearby and see their location on a map, have been shut down. The move follows comments from Niantic’s CEO John Hanke last week, where he referred to to the use of such sites as cheating, and hinted that the company was poised to take action against them. In an… Read More

LG’s new flagship will be the first phone to ship with Android Nougat

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Android Nougat Samsung’s all set to steal the smartphone spotlight tomorrow at its big Unpacked event, but LG’s kicking August off with an important announcement of its own. The electronics giant will attempt to send a shock to its struggling mobile device wing with the launch of the V20, a new flagship that will be the first handset to ship with Android 7.0. LG’s still keeping plenty… Read More

Miss Teen USA to keep crown despite use of racial slurs

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Miss Teen USA is shrugging off its champion’s repeated use of a racial slur on Twitter, disclaiming it as having occurred years before Texan teen Karlie Hay’s participation in the tournament.

Hay, crowned Saturday in Vegas, will continue to receive support for “her continued growth,” the organization told People Magazine.

The Miss USA Pageant was recently acquired by WME/IMG after the company cut a deal with the pageant’s co-owner Donald Trump last year, Variety reports.

In an Instagram post, Hay implied that the racist language was a result of her “personal struggles.”

“I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for,” Hay captioned a group photo of herself with the other Miss Teen USA contestants.

“Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person.”

If the old timey spelling of the word (contra “nigga“) deprives her of the worthless-anyway excuse that it’s merely the reclaimed vernacular of youngsters of all races, it seemed not to matter much to the organization, though it did say the slur “in no way reflects the values of the Miss Universe Organization.”

Here are the values of the Miss Universe Organization, reflected in the finalists’ stage:

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Via @XLNB, who anticipates the excuses:

Dogs left in car crash it into Walmart

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Photo:  Wayne County Sheriff's Department

Two dogs left in a car in the Fort Wayne, W. Va., Walmart subsequently crashed it into the supermarket. WSAZ reports that a witness thought someone was messing with her “until she noticed the face of the driver was a dog’s.”

She says a second dog was in the passenger seat, and after the wreck that dog somehow managed to roll the window down. The store paged the owner of the car, who turned out to be a woman the witness described as looking to be in her late 70s. The car owner said she left the car running while she went into the store so the dogs could stay cool, and the dog had managed the get the car out of park.

Python: Visualization With Bokeh

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The Bokeh package is an interactive visualization library that uses web browsers for its presentation. Its goal is to provide graphics in the vein of D3.js that look elegant and are easy to construct. Bokeh supports large and streaming datasets. You will probably be using this library for creating plots / graphs. One of its primary competitors seems to be Plotly.

Note: This will not be an in-depth tutorial on the Bokeh library as the number of different graphs and visualizations it is capable of is quite large. Instead, the aim of the article is to give you a taste of what this interesting library can do.

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