SpeakSee makes it simple for a deaf person to join a group conversation

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 20:31 GMT
Devin Coldewey
There's a great deal of activity in the fields of speech recognition and the "internet of things," but one natural application of the two has gone largely unpursued: helping the deaf and hard of hearing take part in everyday conversations. SpeakSee aims to do this with a clever hardware design that minimizes setup friction and lets everyone communicate naturally.

Google rolls out Messages on the web for Android users

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 19:53 GMT
Sarah Perez
Messages, Google’s more recent focus for its scattered messaging efforts following its decision to “pause” work on Allo, is now available for web users. The company announced that it would begin rolling out Messages for web starting today, with the full rollout completing over the next week. The feature, along with others including GIF search, […]

Beat the clock and apply for TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2018

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 19:00 GMT
Emma Comeau
Time is running out on one of the best ways for an early-stage startup to experience Disrupt San Francisco 2018, September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. We’re designating 60 pre-Series A companies to be a TC Top Pick. If we select your company, you get to experience Disrupt SF in all its techno-glory for free. That’s right, […]

U.S. Armed Forces is getting a Space Force (over the objections of the Secretary of Defense)

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 18:45 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
President Donald J. Trump intends to create a new Space Force within the U.S. Armed Forces. The surprise announcement came today at the third meeting of the White House’s newly reconvened Space Council. “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal. It […]

Prisma co-founders raise $1M to build a social app called Capture

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 18:00 GMT
Natasha Lomas
Two of the co-founders of the art filter app Prisma have left to build a new social app. Prisma, as you may recall, had a viral moment back in 2016 when selfie takers went crazy for the fine art spin the app’s AI put on photos — in just a few seconds of processing. Downloads leapt, art […]

Photomyne raises $5 million for its A.I.-powered photo scanning app

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 17:22 GMT
Sarah Perez
Tel Aviv-based Photomyne, an A.I.-powered app that helps you bring your old photo prints online, has been benefitting from the subscription app boom to the tune of $5 million in Series A funding. Today, the app is used by a million people every month, and 250,000 people pay the $20 annual subscription for the expanded service. […]

Oval Money app launches its investment products for millennials

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 16:57 GMT
Mike Butcher
Back in April Oval Money launched with the idea of combining expense tracking, saving, and investing into one app, while also adding a social element by enabling its community of users to share tips and suggestions to one another. The idea is to help users grow their savings in less time by teaching them to […]

YouTube rolls its music subscription services into 12 more markets

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 16:37 GMT
Natasha Lomas
YouTube has rolled out its music streaming service to a bunch more international markets, adding 12 new countries today, and also launching the premium music video version of the service across the full 17 markets. In February CEO YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki discussed the company’s ambitious expansion plans for the service, saying it was intending to expand […]

Execs from DJI, 3DR and Skydio to discuss drones at Disrupt SF 2018

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 16:21 GMT
Brian Heater
Just how big are drones? According to Gartner, industry revenue topped $6 billion last year and is on track to hit $11.2 billion by 2020. Unmanned aerial vehicles are a huge industry with a broad swath of applications, from hobbyists to agriculture to the military. At Disrupt SF in September, we’ll be bringing together executives […]

The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 15:47 GMT
John Biggs
I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perhaps we can all get some perspective. The whole thing started in May when a self-published romance author, Faleena Hopkins, began attempting to enforce her copyright […]

Google’s Datally app adds more ways to limit mobile data usage

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 14:07 GMT
Sarah Perez
In November, Google introduced Datally, a data-saving app largely aimed at emerging markets where users often rely on prepaid SIM cards, and don’t have access to all-you-can-eat unlimited data plans. The app lets users granularly control which apps can use data, which resulted in a 30% savings on data usage during pilot testing and now […]

iOS 12 will automatically share your iPhone’s location with 911 centers

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 13:21 GMT
Sarah Perez
Apple this morning announced a new feature in iOS 12 which will automatically share your location with first responders when U.S. users dial 911 using their iPhone. The move is meant to address the problems with dialing emergency services from a cell phone, where outdated infrastructure has made it difficult to obtain a mobile caller’s […]

Toss, Korea’s top payment app, raises $40M from Sequoia China and Singapore’s GIC

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 13:20 GMT
Jon Russell
The largest payment app in South Korea, Toss, has pulled in $40 million in fresh investment from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and Sequoia China. The deal for Viva Republica, Toss’s parent company, comes just over a year after it raised $48 million from payment giant PayPal and others. There’s no valuation for this newest round, […]

This simple robot offers more cowbell

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 13:01 GMT
John Biggs
Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a […]

Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 13:00 GMT
Brian Heater
Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported an 800 percent year-over-year growth […]

Pokémon GO is finally going to let players trade Pokémon

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 13:00 GMT
Greg Kumparak
Just shy of two years after launch, Pokémon GO is finally about to roll out one of its most notably absent features: Pokémon trading. A staple of the series, trading lets players swap their Pokémon with another player in the never-ending quest to, well, catch ’em all. The trading mechanics will be tied into a […]

Bag Week 2018: WP Standard built the leather messenger bag you want

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 12:51 GMT
Matt Burns
Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. […]

Wearable X’s ‘smart’ new Yoga pant is aimed at the guys

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 12:20 GMT
Mike Butcher
A lot has been said about the coming future of wearables, but, it turned out, not a heck of a lot took off. It seemed most of us were happy with ‘wearing’ a smartwatch and leaving it at that. In fact, Apple’s recent announcements around the Apple Watch show that ‘wearables’ are not really about […]

Pulumi wants to let you manage your infrastructure with code

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 12:00 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that’s coming out of stealth mode today, wants to make it easier for developers and ops team to define their infrastructure by writing code. Instead of using a cloud-specific configuration language, the service’s tools allow developers to define the infrastructure for their applications in the same programming languages they already use […]

Blockchain startups woo enterprises with a private chain audit trail

Monday • June 18, 2018 • 11:55 GMT
Mike Butcher
By placing all the information about services or complex manufacturing and assembly processes on a private, permissioned blockchain, the idea is that a company can create an “immutable” audit trail of data. When you think about it, currently this involves a labor-intensive combination of paper and networks. But initial trials with private blockchains in the […]