Worried about a slowdown? It already happened in 2016, says one new venture study

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:59 GMT
Connie Loizos
In today’s market, it’s hard to make sense of what’s what. Deals have grown incestuous for the first time, with outfits like GV investing alongside Uber last week — just months after its parent company, Alphabet, was at Uber’s throat. A $10 million-plus round of seed funding is no longer a joke. Venture firms continue […]

Midwest rising

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:36 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
Emerging venture capital firms in smaller American cities from Indianapolis to Princeton, NJ are attracting increasingly larger funding as investors see opportunities for returns beyond the coastal confines of the nation’s largest cities and the innovation epicenter of Silicon Valley. For the last four years, AOL co-founder Steve Case has been criss-crossing the country preaching […]

‘Underwater Pokéball’ snatches up soft-bodied deep dwellers

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:22 GMT
Devin Coldewey
Creatures that live in the depths of the oceans are often extremely fragile, making their collection a difficult affair. A new polyhedral sample collection mechanism acts like an "underwater Pokéball," allowing scientists to catch 'em all without destroying their soft, squishy bodies in the process.

Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:08 GMT
Greg Kumparak
An emergency alert goes out, trying to let you know about incoming bad news — a missile, a tsunami or something else terrifying. Your phone starts shouting… but it’s downstairs. A warning ticker pops on TVs, if you’re watching cable… but you’ve got your eyes glued to Netflix, or Hulu, or some other online streaming […]

Hyundai teams up with Amazon to offer virtual showroom

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:02 GMT
Sarah Wells
Next time you’re grabbing a new charging cord on Amazon, you might be tempted to grab a new Hyundai as well. Hyundai announced today a partnership with Amazon to create a digital showroom to allow customers to compare pricing and reviews, book a test drive and find a dealer in their area to purchase the […]

The Galaxy Note 9 is leaking out all over the place

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 23:01 GMT
Brian Heater
The Galaxy Note 9 won’t be announced until August. You wouldn’t know it by reading the internet, however. Every nook and cranny of the upcoming phablet has been bared for the world, in a series of leaks over the past several weeks. Sure, not all of them will pan out, but plenty have come from […]

Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child’s avatar to be raped in its game

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 22:06 GMT
Sarah Perez
There’s a special place in Hell for people who think it’s funny to rape a 7-year-old girl’s avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online game for kids, was hacked by an individual who subverted the game’s protection systems in order to have customized animations appear. […]

Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:50 GMT
Brian Heater
At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent off an Android flagship is a pretty tough deal to beat. I know of at least one TechCruncher who couldn’t resist the lure of that kind of […]

Coinbase didn’t get (or need) SEC approval for acquisitions after all, company says

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:39 GMT
Lucas Matney
Hmm. Well, after Coinbase confirmed to Bloomberg (and us) that they had received regulatory approval for some acquisitions that would let it eventually usher in trading tokenized securities on its exchange, the company is now walking back from which agencies it received approval. While a Coinbase spokesperson had initially indicated that the company had received […]

New law forces Airbnb to open its books to New York authorities

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:33 GMT
Devin Coldewey
The New York City Council has voted in favor of a new law requiring Airbnb and similar companies to share data on their users. The company has fought the law tooth and nail, but city authorities say it's basically common sense for the local government to be informed of the number and nature of residents using the service.

Facebook can now sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:19 GMT
Sarah Perez
Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram. The company has launched a feature in Messenger that pulls in your contacts from Instagram, if you opt to connect your account. The option appears in Messenger’s “People” tab, alongside the existing option to sync your phone’s contacts with Messenger. The […]

Rolls-Royce demonstrates robotic bugs as the future of engine maintenance

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:14 GMT
Sarah Wells
Rolls-Royce showed off its new vision for the future of engine maintenance this week at the Farnborough Airshow, and it might make your skin crawl. As part of its IntelligentEngine vision (which the company announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year), it demonstrated plans for both a robotic snake and swarm of cockroach-like miniature robots […]

Reddit expands chat rooms to more subreddits

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 21:03 GMT
Taylor Hatmaker
If you’d rather spend time chatting with strangers who share a hyper-specific interest instead of keeping up with your co-workers’ stale memes on Slack, Reddit is ready for you. The platform has quietly been working on a chat room feature for months now, and today it expands beyond its early days as a very limited […]

Gorilla Glass 6 is here to withstand your clumsy hands

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 20:45 GMT
Brian Heater
A bit of good news for the perpetually clumsy. Corning unveiled the latest version of its ubiquitous smartphone-encasing material today at an event in California. Gorilla Glass 6 is, naturally, designed to be more durable than its predecessor, introduced roughly this time two years ago. The big takeaways here are the ability to withstand drops […]

Fortnite maker Epic Games beefs up its Unreal game engine in new update

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 20:23 GMT
Lucas Matney
After a wildly successful last few months thanks to Fortnite, Epic Games is delivering some substantial new updates to its Unreal game engine, which supports a variety of cross-platform titles and experiences. Some features like smoother compatibility on mobile and better support for Switch come directly from the fact that they’ve had to iterate so […]

Funko is getting into Fortnite toys because it’d be dumb not to

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 20:14 GMT
Greg Kumparak
Funko. Even if you don't know the name, you've probably seen their toys. They're the ones that make those figurines with the big ol' heads that line the walls of half the stores at the mall — the ones that seem to exist for just about every pop culture-related license on the planet, from random 80's horror movies to mega properties like Star Wars or Marvel.

InkHunter heads to YC to build a try-and-buy tattoo marketplace

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 20:10 GMT
Natasha Lomas
InkHunter, an augmented reality tattoo try-on app that was born out of a 48-hour hackathon back in the altogether gentler days of 2014, has bagged a place in Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch, scoring itself the seed accelerator’s standard $120,000 deal in exchange for 7 percent equity. We first covered InkHunter in April 2016 when it […]

The best Amazon Prime Day deals you can still grab

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 19:34 GMT
Henry Pickavet
Amazon Prime Day this year, despite its slow start, broke records and boosted the fortunes of its competitors. And now that it's over, we found some deals you can still take advantage of.

Apple releases third iOS 12 beta to everyone

Wednesday • July 18, 2018 • 19:16 GMT
Romain Dillet
Apple just released the third version of the iOS 12 beta as part of the public beta program. It means that everyone can now install a development build of iOS 12, the next major version of the operating system for iPhone and iPad. Don’t forget this is still a beta version. Things will crash, things […]