Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

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http___makeagif.com__media_7-31-2014_IgcfAU What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear-ductless eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

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While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too.
That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders with city government workers in… Read More

The One-Horse Race: Android Represented 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2

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6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its relentless march for mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More

Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers

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chartboost-chukong Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to… Read More

The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

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philips-hue-tap The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More

Incubated: How The 500 Startups Accelerator Helps Startups Get Noticed

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500 startups incubated It’s only been around a short three years, but the 500 Startups Accelerator has already cemented its spot as one of the top programs for founders who are looking to improve their products and reach new users. On this episode of incubated, we take a closer look at how it does that. Read More

Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

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yelp-earnings Today after the bell Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $88.79 million, and a profit of $0.04 per share. The company had net income of $2.7 million in the period, up from a $878,000 loss in the year-ago quarter. Investors had expected Yelp to lose 3 cents per share on revenue of $86.32 million. The company’s revenue tally for its most recent… Read More

Max Levchin To Speak At Disrupt About Affirm, The PayPal Co-founder’s Latest Startup

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max-levchin-nsa We’re happy to announce that PayPal co-founder, Yahoo board member and self-proclaimed crypto-nerd Max Levchin will be returning to the Disrupt stage in September. Last year, Levchin spoke with TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis about the NSA, lessons he learned from PayPal and his fertility app, Glow, which now is doing rather well. But Levchin just can’t sit still and… Read More

Why OKCupid’s Experiments Aren’t The Same As Facebook’s

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11827393_807710acde_o OKCupid on Monday wrote a viral blog post where it admitted to experimenting on human beings, comparing tests it runs to improve its dating algorithms to the study Facebook did that took over the news cycle early this month. Today Reuters reported that like Facebook’s experiment, these tests could violate Federal Trade Commission regulations. “But guess what, everybody: if you… Read More

This Little Box Turns Your Existing iPhone Charger Into A Portable Battery

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nomad Does the world need another portable battery meant to charge your devices in a pinch? Probably not.
But I dig the minimalism of this one. Instead of requiring you to carry around yet another thing, it turns your existing iPhone wall charger into a backup battery.
One less thing to forget when you’re packing up the hotel room! Read More

Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

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creditkarma-bar Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis… Read More

Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

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bitcoin-perfecthue Wikipedia, the decentralized community-powered encyclopedia, is now accepting donations in bitcoin, the decentralized community-powered cryptocurrency. The Wikimedia Foundation partnered with Coinbase to process the donations. Also new today, Coinbase will waive processing fees for all registered non-profits.
Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back in March, Wikipedia… Read More

The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

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modbook_pro_x_hero_main Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

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Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 1.25.52 PM Comments submitted to the FCC regarding its notice of proposed rule-making on the net neutrality issue totaled 1,101,729 as of yesterday afternoon. An impressive number, but also a nearly unchanged figure.
On July 18, the final day of the first period of comment on the proposed net neutrality rules, TechCrunch reported that the FCC had received 1,062,000 comments. After a big week that saw… Read More

The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

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Screenshot 2014-07-30 12.13.27 Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device.
But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch? Read More

What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

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La French Tech Less than two months ago, French president François Hollande made a speech in front of the tech community at the Élysée to show his commitment to La French Tech. As a reminder, La French Tech is a publicly funded initiative to promote French startups under a single brand in France and abroad — or at least, that was the plan. For the last few days, sources have told me that the… Read More

Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App Detour Steers You Away From The Typical Tourist Traps

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Detour-1 Detour is basically the SF tech version of your typical walking tour. It’s an iPhone app designed to guide you through different parts of a city and introduce you to new places and people that live there. The app takes a very content-centric approach to that process, and the people you’re listening to are more like storytellers than they are guides. Read More

First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

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Gyft Presents During Startup Battlefield, Session Two Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, a previous TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company which offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform to… Read More

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