Tilt My Blinds Lets You Retrofit Your Existing Blinds To Make Them Smarter

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15d1e4dae1ae5c68645c8f309c9753ab_large Tilt My Blinds, which is currently on track to be successfully crowd funded on Kickstarter, offers a clever way to get in on the home automation action by letting you control your blinds’ ’tilt’ mechanism via a smartphone app, dedicated wall switch, or its own built-in light sensor. No longer will you need to get up, walk across the room and awkwardly reach for the cord to let… Read More

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Devices During Launch Weekend

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iphone-6-6-plus-stacked-macro Apple has officially confirmed a total of 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales during their initial weekend on sale. This is a new record for an iPhone launch, besting the 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c sales from that launch last year, and far outpacing the 5 million new iPhone 5 devices sold back in 2012.
Analyst estimates for launch weekend sales ranged from between 7-8 million from… Read More

Twitter Tests A “TestLab” For Features Before They Roll Out To The Public

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.21.46 Twitter, regularly tinkering with the look and features of its news-sharing platform to drive more usage, could be experimenting with yet another way of introducing people to new things that it’s trying out. A new TestLab account has appeared on the service that encourages users to follow it to test out early releases of new features. It has only tweeted once since first appearing… Read More

Skype Gets An iOS 8-Friendly Update With Interactive Notifications

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skype-new Microsoft’s Skype messenger got a major update for iOS 8 today, which includes all-new interactive notifications that take advantage of what Apple has made possible with its latest OS update. The new notifications in Skype let you respond to various activity directly from notices as they appear, including text-based messages, voice and video calls. It makes Skype a much more… Read More

Handy Acquires London-Based Home Services Startup Mopp To Quickly Grow Its UK Business

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Handy_App_iPhone6 (1) A few months ago, on-demand home services startup Handy opened up its first international office and launched services in London. In an effort to quickly grow its business there, today the company is announcing it’s acquired local competitor Mopp, which also provides home cleaning services in select U.K. markets. Read More

Two-Factor Authentication Startup Duo Security Raises $12 Million From Benchmark

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duo security Five-year old startup Duo Security has emerged as a leader in providing secure but easy-to-use two-factor authentication technology to a fast-growing number of enterprise customers. To bolster its growth, the company has raised $12 million in Series B financing from Benchmark, and has added general partner Matt Cohler to its board. Read More

Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.28.57 “We need density in the cluster!” as an entrepreneur raising a Series A round in London said to me only last week. Her frustration was born of the fact that while many VCs have headed towards seed investing, and some have raised later-stage Growth funds, the fabled Series A has become a gradually rarer entity. It’s a problem we thought we’d solved in Europe until… Read More

How an onion can help your development team be more productive

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Onboarding new team members is hard!In my career I’ve been involved in many projects, I’ve been in leadership positions, simple team member positions, and I’ve worked as a consultant to teams. One thing that I have noticed time and time again, is that adding capacity to teams is one of the hardest things to do, and it’s basically something that often we don’t give much thought to.

Last night on ‘Doctor Who,’ two parts ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ to one part time travel

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The Doctor: “Question one: robbing banks is easy if you’ve got a TARDIS. So why am I not using it?”

Clara: “Question two: where is the TARDIS?”

The Doctor: “Okay, that probably should’ve been question one.”

For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. This week it’s “Time Heist” (warning: spoilers ahead). Check out our previous recaps: “Deep Breath,” “Into the Dalek,” “Robots of Sherwood,” and “Listen.”

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Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

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jasdfjksdf-11 Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30th? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as long-expected: According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available to you until October. So put your laptop down and pout, because the wait might be longer than you expected. Component to his report on the… Read More

Why I love Linux — even if I no longer use it

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That Netflix is coming to desktop Linux soon is great news. Considering the OS only holds about 1.6 percent of overall desktop marketshare, it’s an important moment for those who use Linux in their home lives that Netflix’s engineers are even exploring the idea. It’s not like they had to, right?

Thinking about this, I remembered how much I loved (and still love) Linux. And I had to reminisce. I remember being a pimply high school kid circa 2002 and configuring Gentoo Linux by hand — kernel and all — onto my little beige eMachines computer, losing days of actual productivity in the process. And loving it. I remember diving into forums and arguing, however ineptly, over the merits of KDE over Gnome. I remember never quite mastering the…

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Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

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ios_8_messages_selfie Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. This one: Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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As we reflect on the week, we give you the 11 best stories from 9/13-9/19. 1.  It was announced that Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977, has relinquished his CEO title. He is to be replaced by a co-CEO structure consisting of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. 2. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gone public, opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange at… Read More

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