A new eyewear brand is taking on Luxottica with a single wire, some seed funding, and a sustainability story

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A U.K.-based startup has come up with a new design for high-end, direct-to-consumer sunglasses that are original, modular, and virtually indestructible. But to get their eyewear in the hands of consumers, they’ll have to compete with some industry giants, including Luxottica Group of Italy, whose brands include Ray-Ban and Oakley among others. Their company, Wires […]

This company wants to put “brains” in electric scooters and bikes to keep riders safer

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Superpedestrian, a Cambridge, Ma.-based company, has been known until now for its electric Copenhagen wheel, which a user attaches to his or her bikes and operates through an app. It’s essentially a circular unit that houses a motor, a battery and sensors and is placed in the middle of the rear wheel, measuring how fast and […]

Meet the judges and hackmasters for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech

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On May 25-26, hundreds of Europe’s best and brightest coders, hackers, tech makers and programmers will descend upon Paris to take part in TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech and compete for a €5,000 grand prize. But who are the people who will determine who gets that prize? Without further ado the judges for the TC Hackthon: Nicolas Bacca, CTO, […]

Luminaries from across Israel’s tech ecosystem are joining us onstage in Tel Aviv

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Tickets are going fast for our inaugural Tel Aviv event and no one should miss out on the opportunity to see some the nation’s rising stars discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for mobility technologies. Hear from some of the architects and creators of Israel’s latest technology marvels like Orit Nissan Messing, the co-founder and […]

‘Solo’ is a serviceable Star Wars story

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In the trailer for Solo, Chewbacca dangles for dear life from a high speed train barreling through a snowy landscape. “Chewie!” the young Han shouts, as the Wookiee’s head comes within spitting distance of a rocky mountainside, moments before everything goes black. For those with even a passing familiarity with the Star Wars universe, it’s […]

Parabola raises $2.2 million to simplify programming for employees stuck in Excel all day

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While knowledge workers are handling increasingly difficult tasks — ones that may be much easier to handle with just a Python script — Alex Yaseen thinks that in the future not everyone will actually need to learn how to code. Instead, he hopes that tools like the one he’s building, called Parabola, will bridge that gap […]

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