Spotify confirms it’s testing real-time lyrics synced to music

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 22:12 GMT
Sarah Perez
With the launch of iOS 13, Apple added perfectly timed live lyrics to its Apple Music app. Now Spotify may do the same. Several users in international markets are now seeing a similar synced lyrics feature in their Spotify mobile app, where lyrics scroll by in time with the music. The feature is powered by […]

Quibi series from Steven Soderbergh starring Tye Sheridan focuses on smartphone survival skills

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 21:30 GMT
Darrell Etherington
People dramatically proclaim all the time that they don’t think they could survive without their smartphones, but a new series from the forthcoming streaming service Quibi from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman approaches smartphone survival in a much more literal way. The scripted series, which will premiere on Quibi at launch in April 2020, stars […]

Decide which type of investor to target for raising capital

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 21:20 GMT
Walter Thompson
Venture capital is just one of many options to finance your business, typically the most expensive. The broader question is: what type of capital should you raise, and from whom?

Consumer Reports puts Tesla Model 3, Model S back on its recommended list after reliability improves

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 21:01 GMT
Kirsten Korosec
Tesla gained ground and moved up four spots in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, thanks largely to improvements with the Model 3. Reliability has improved in the Model 3 and Model S enough that Consumer Reports can now recommend the two models. Consumer Reports announced Thursday the results of its Annual […]

Facebook quietly built “Popular Photos”, an in-app Instagram

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 21:00 GMT
Josh Constine
Facebook is copying Instagram while simultaneously invading its acquisition with branding and links back to the mothership. TechCrunch has spotted Facebook testing a feature called Popular Photos, which affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected pics from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience […]

The ONNX format becomes the newest Linux Foundation project

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 20:32 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
The Linux Foundation today announced that ONNX, the open format that makes machine learning models more portable, is now a graduate-level project inside of the organization’s AI Foundation. ONNX was originally developed and open-sourced by Microsoft and Facebook in 2017 and has since become somewhat of a standard, with companies ranging from AWS to AMD, […]

Daily Crunch: John Carmack steps down at Oculus

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 20:08 GMT
Anthony Ha
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’ Legendary coder John Carmack is […]

The new AirFly Pro is the perfect travel buddy for your AirPods Pro

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 19:02 GMT
Darrell Etherington
Accessory maker TwelveSouth has a solid lineup of gadgets, many of which fill a niche that their products uniquely address — and address remarkably well. The AirFly Pro ($54.99) is a new iteration on one of those, providing a way to connect Bluetooth headphones to any audio source with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s being […]

Netflix is making ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 18:06 GMT
Anthony Ha
Netflix has acquired the rights from Paramount to make “Beverly Hills Cop 4.” Deadline, which broke the news, said the studio has been trying to restart the franchise in several forms, including a TV show. Even with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Eddie Murphy attached to the sequel, Paramount might have been a little nervous […]

Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:45 GMT
Darrell Etherington
Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today. Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform as an alternative to options like long-term leasing. Express Drive members get unlimited miles, as well […]

Google finishes the install of its private Curie cable, announces Panama branch

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:30 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
Google today announced that it has finished the install and test of its private Curie cable. When it was announced, Curie, which connects the U.S. to Chile, was the company’s third private cable. Since then, it has announced two more, Dunant and Equiano, which will connect the U.S. to Europe and Portugal to South Africa. […]

Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:26 GMT
Arman Tabatabai
In part two of our survey that asked top VCs about the most exciting investment areas in real estate, we dig into responses from 10 leading real estate-focused investors at firms that span early to growth stages across real estate specific firms, corporate venture arms, and prominent generalist firms to share where they see opportunity […]

Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:26 GMT
Arman Tabatabai
The multi-trillion dollar global real estate market is getting flipped on its head. Business model innovation, data accessibility and the proliferation of mobile, SaaS and other cloud-native software have already given rise to a cohort of tech unicorns that sit amongst the world’s most influential real estate companies. Emerging technologies and growing capabilities across machine […]

Adobe announces GA of customer data platform

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:22 GMT
Ron Miller
The customer data platform (CDP) is the newest tool in the customer experience arsenal as big companies try to help customers deal with data coming from multiple channels. Today, Adobe announced the general availability of its CDP. The CDP is like a central data warehouse for all the information you have on a single customer. […]

Indian telcos Vodafone Idea and Airtel post $10.3 billion in combined quarterly losses

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:20 GMT
Manish Singh
It’s not a good day for two of the top three telecom operators in India. Vodafone Idea, India’s second-largest telecom operator by subscriber count, said its consolidated loss had widened to $7.14 billion in the quarter that ended in September in what is the largest-ever quarterly loss witnessed in the nation on Thursday. The announcement […]

Backed by Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Let’s Do This raises $15M from EQT

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:02 GMT
Mike Butcher
Back in September, endurance events marketplace Let’s Do This (a YC alumni) raised a $5 million seed round from a number of U.S. investors, including Olympic star Usain Bolt and tennis star Serena Williams. As much as I’d like to get excited, this is slightly par for the course for a lot of sports-oriented startups […]

Google Search now helps you pronounce ‘quokka’

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:00 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
Google is adding a nifty new feature to its search results when you look for the pronunciation of words. You’ll now be able to not just hear the correct pronunciation, but you can also now practice the right way of saying ‘quokka’ and get immediate feedback on the page. While you may not think you […]

Google brings RCS support in its Android Messages app to the US

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 17:00 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
Google today announced that it is now rolling out to all of its users in the U.S. support for Rich Communication Services messages (you can think of it as the next generation of SMS) in the Android Messages app, after already testing it with a small set of users in recent months. For Google, this […]

Amazon and Google double down on hands-free recipes to help sell their smart displays

Thursday • November 14, 2019 • 16:58 GMT
Sarah Perez
Amazon and Google have identified a solid use case for their smart speaker devices, powered by Alexa and Google Assistant, respectively: recipes. The companies this week have both announced new product features that aim to help users cook hands-free while guided by the voice assistant. Amazon this week rolled out a new feature integration in […]