pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

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 U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More

Bang & Olufsen’s David Lynch speaker is perfect for playing 50s crooners and loud electrical noises

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 Fresh off the satisfyingly frustrating Twin Peaks revival, director David Lynch is lending his name to an extremely limited edition Bang & Olufsen speaker. It’s a weird collaboration from a weird director and a company with some of the industry’s weirdest speaker designs. A branding opportunity made in weirdo heaven. The speaker is essentially a B&O Play A9 draped with… Read More

Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

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 Building a token sale is at once quite simple – you build a token and sell it – and quite complex. A number of issues crop up immediately including, but not limited to, the need for an expensive team of lawyers, marketers, social media experts, and, until now, an expensive crew to build your smart contract. CoinLaunch, a project by repeat entrepreneur Reuven Cohen, aims to reduce… Read More

Lyft adds in-app navigation for drivers via Google Maps

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 A little while ago Uber announced new in-app navigation as a convenience feature for drivers, and now Lyft is also integrating turn-by-turn navigations right into its Driver app. Lyft is tapping Google Maps for its in-app directions, however, which means drivers should get the same experience and quality of directions as they would from Google’s own maps application. Lyft Navigation means… Read More

After raising $16M in funding, CastBox plans to fix podcast discovery

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 More people than ever before are listening to podcasts, but as they soon find out, discovering new ones is a cumbersome process that lacks the serendipity users take for granted in other apps. CastBox wants to fix that by becoming “the YouTube of audio.” The podcast player for iOS and Android, which has raised $16 million in funding so far, is launching a new audio search… Read More

Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

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 No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only eight of my 2,800 friends have Stories up right now, and three came from the new “cross-post from Instagram Stories” feature. It’s slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that’s proven wildly popular elsewhere, and lives prominently at the top of perhaps the world’s most-used app. Read More

Google, IBM and others launch an open source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains

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 Thanks to containers and microservices, the way we are building software is quickly changing. But as with all change, these new models also introduce new problems. You probably still want to know who actually built a given container and what’s running in it. To get a handle on this, Google, JFrog, Red Hat, IBM, Black Duck, Twistlock, Aqua Security and CoreOS today announced Grafeas… Read More

Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

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 In the music streaming era, access to data is king. Artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release, and what else their fans are into, among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also giving artists a way to update their profile and connect with… Read More

DJI’s new interchangeable lens drone camera takes aim at film makers

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 DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that its a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography – in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. The Zenmuse X7 camera has… Read More

Here’s the list of NBA games that will be streamed in VR this season

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 Last year the NBA launched a program where they streamed one regular-season game in virtual reality each week, all season long. Today they announced that they’re doing it again, starting with a free preview on October 21st when the Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. Just like last year, games were selected to give all 30 teams the opportunity to play in VR at least once. There are… Read More

MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s giant robots are finally fighting next week

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 MegaBots’ dream of a televised giant robot fighting league has been a bit slow going. No surprise, really. Building a mech takes time and money, and building enough to facilitate a league takes a lot more of both of those things. In the meantime, the Bay Area-based robotics company has created a web series documenting the progress of its suit and appeared at Disrupt, all while… Read More

CarHopper raises $1.5 million to let travelers rent ultra luxurious cars

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 The sharing economy continues to bear fruit. CarHopper, a platform for luxury car rental, has raised a $1.5 million seed round to expand to new markets. CarHopper started out as a peer-to-peer platform for luxury car owners — think Lexus, Mercedes and BMW all the way up to Ferrari and Rolls Royce — to rent out their rides to others. But in its infancy, the company realized that… Read More

Plex launches its live TV streaming service on Roku

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 Plex is bringing its live TV streaming service to the U.S.’s most popular media player platform, with today’s announcement of its arrival on Roku. Launched earlier this year, Plex’s software offers cord cutters a low-cost way to set up more of a DIY streaming TV service as an alternative to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, or any of the other now numerous subscription-based options… Read More

SonicCloud raises $4M to bake a hearing aid into phone calls through an app

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 One night in Larry Guterman’s freshman year, he was at a loud party in a gym — and ended up with what he says was “ferocious” ringing in his ears afterward. But trip after trip to an audiologist, he said, came up without helpful results even though his hearing seemed to be headed south. Then, one day, he said he picked up the iPhone and listened to the speakers.… Read More

Zenkit wants to combine the best of Wunderlist and Trello

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 Zenkit, the project management service from German software producer Axonic, has recently made a name for itself as an alternative to Trello and similar Kanban-style systems. Today, it’s expanding its service with the launch of a new task management feature that more closely resembles Wunderlist, the extremely popular to do list app that Microsoft acquired in 2015 and that it will… Read More

New Cloud Foundry project helps its developers run their cloud apps on their laptops

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 Writing applications for large cloud-based platforms often means that you, as a developer, write your code, push it to a development environment in the cloud, test it, and then do it all over again as you iterate. And if some code that you have already deployed starts misbehaving, you can’t easily troubleshoot on your own machine either, of course. With CF Local, the Cloud Foundry… Read More

Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids

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 Just as pre-teens in the 1990s were warned away from dialing 1-900 numbers, kids now need to learn how to navigate social media responsibly. Kudos, an app for kids aged eight to 13 with around-the-clock moderation, positions itself as a safe introduction to social media that also teaches its young users, some of whom were born before the first iPhone was released, how to be “good… Read More

Watch every panel and session from Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

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 On October 11, TechCrunch and Facebook hosted Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The Startup Battlefield pitch-off competition featured startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders served as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall winner. We also had… Read More

Movies Anywhere brings your movies from Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes together into one app

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 Being able to buy a digital copy of a movie in a second through something like Google Play or iTunes or Amazon is great.
Keeping track of where you bought each movie, though, is pretty busted. When you’re buying based on where it’s cheapest or which device you’re currently watching on, it’s easy to end up with a bunch of movies sitting behind a bunch of different… Read More

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