UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

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sm Ahead of the next General Election, over 150 UK tech startups and investors have backed a new “Startup Manifesto” aimed at lobbying the main UK political parties to shape policy towards a tech-driven society. The backers of the Manifesto, include a who’s-who of the UK tech scene including King,TransferWise, SwiftKey, Lovestruck, Funding Circle, MOO, Index Ventures,… Read More

The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smart Watch That Isn’t Ugly

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IMG_3222-2 While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smart watch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

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Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.58.00 PM One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More

3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

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3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

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bkpejahigaa7ts2-1 Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30th. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s… Read More

Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

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We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More

Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

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QuAIL_G_Banner_2 Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team – one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in… Read More

T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Raises $750,000 In Additional Funding

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Snaptee Snaptee, an app that lets users turn their smartphone photos into T-shirt designs, has raised an additional $750,000 from new investors SXE Ventures, Nest, Groupon Hong Kong co-founder Danny Yeung, and Joel Neoh, the CEO of Groupon Taiwan and Groupon Malaysia. The latest funding brings the total Snaptee has raised so far to $1.95 million. Read More

Samsung Level Headphone Series Review: Galaxy Owners Only Need Apply

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IMG_9161 Samsung is trying to add some additional cachet to its brand with a self-produced line of high-end audio accessories, dubbed “Level” by the Korean electronics giant. The Level series includes three different types of headphones, including an in-ear model, an on-ear version and an over-ear variety. The Level In, Level On and Level Over each offer a different experience, but they… Read More

Sonos Kills The Bridge And Goes Almost Totally Wireless

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IMG_2216 Wireless speaker company Sonos has updated its entire streaming system to allow for nearly wireless speaker connectivity. Until today, the only way to connect an entire home to the same speaker network was to use something called a Bridge, a $50 box that connected directly to your router via Ethernet. Now, however, the system can connect directly to your wireless router, bypassing the… Read More

The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future

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vetruvian-split The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. In the past, experts with spreadsheets and econometric models or social scientists with subscale studies and linear models may have been useful. These so-called experts extrapolated from what came before, but as the rate of change has increased, looking to the past is often no longer meaningful — especially in a world driven by new… Read More

Go To TechCrunch Disrupt For Free #TCDisrupt

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Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2013. Photo by Max Morse for Techrunch. Every day this week we are giving away a ticket to Disrupt San Francisco. We’ll announce the giveaways in various locations, so make sure you follow our social accounts for tips. You can earn extra entries to the contest by sharing the giveaway link with friends and following our social accounts. Today’s contest ends on 9/3 at noon PST (24 hours from now), but we’ll… Read More

Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Hacking

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Jennifer_Lawrence_at_the_83rd_Academy_Awards Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems themselves, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised, by attackers… Read More

Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach

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Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 11.40.39 AM Did you just get your credit card replaced after the Great Target Fiasco of 2013?
Don’t get too used to that new card. It’s starting to look like it’s that time again.
Home Depot has confirmed that it’s investigating some “unusual activity” with regards to its customer data, and the consistently spot-on Brian Krebs is saying that it’s a credit card breach. Read More

Google Forms Now Less Ugly Thanks To Addition Of Themes

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3 Google Forms, the service in Google’s online office suite that helps users collaboratively create web-based forms which can be shared with others, is finally getting a professional makeover thanks to the addition of themes. The company announced the new, custom themes today, which users are able to further edit by selecting their own fonts and colors, choosing a background, as well as… Read More

Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

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google-earnings2 This morning at its San Francisco offices, Google announced a rebrand of its enterprise products, renaming the set of tools and productivity services ‘Google for Work.’ The new nomenclature will stretch across the company’s various business tools, with each service picking up a ‘for Work’ appendage — Google now vends Drive for Work, Search for Work, and… Read More

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