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Kraftful raises $1M to help smart home companies make better apps –

If a thousand companies make their own smart light bulb, do a thousand companies also have to design a light switch app to control them? Kraftful, a company out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class, doesn’t think so. Kraftful builds the myriad components that an IoT/Smart Home company might need, puzzle piecing them together […] → Read More

Here are all 21 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s latest batch –

We’re down in Sunnyvale, CA today, where Alchemist Accelerator is hosting a demo day for its most recent batch of companies. This is the 23rd class to graduate from Alchemist, with notable alums including LaunchDarkly, MightyHive, Matternet, and Rigetti Computing. As an enterprise accelerator, Alchemist focuses on companies that make their money from other businesses, […] → Read More

Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices –

As we learned back in October, Microsoft has been cracking away at not one, but two dual screen devices: Surface Duo, and Surface Neo. Surface Duo will run Android, while the Surface Neo will run on a special fork of Windows 10 dubbed “Windows 10 X”. This morning the company is pulling back the […] → Read More

LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another $54M –

This week, LaunchDarkly announced that it has raised another $54 million. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners and backed by the company’s existing investors, it brings the company’s total funding up to $130 million. For the unfamiliar, LaunchDarkly builds a platform that allows companies to easily roll out new features to only certain customers, providing a […] → Read More

Formlabs CEO on the state of 3D printing and its remaining challenges –

3D printing isn’t the buzzy, hype-tastic topic it was just a few years ago — at least not with consumers. 3D printing news out of CES last week seemed considerably quieter than years prior; the physical booths for many 3D printing companies I saw took up fractions of the footprints they did just last year. […] → Read More

Hipmunk’s co-founders tried to buy it back before the shutdown –

In a little over a week, the travel metasearch engine Hipmunk will shut down. It’s an abrupt and disappointing end for a product acquired by SAP Concur around three and a half years ago. It didn’t have to go this way, though. We’re now hearing that Hipmunk co-founders Adam Goldstein and Reddit CEO Steve […] → Read More

Four years after being acquired, Hipmunk is shutting down –

If you’re still using Hipmunk for trip planning, it’s time to find another site. Sooner than later, really. The Hipmunk team announced this afternoon that it’ll be shutting down in just one week’s time. Come January 23rd, says the blog post, both the Hipmunk website and app will be shuttered. The team also tweeted: We’re […] → Read More

Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting downloadable expansions this year –

If you’ve already completed your Pokédex and battled your way up to become the Champion of Galar, you might’ve figured you were just about done with Pokémon Sword/Shield. Surprise! More is on the way — for a price, that is. This morning Nintendo announced that it’s working on not one, but two downloadable expansions for […] → Read More

Here’s everything Google announced at CES 2020 –

Another year, another blast of Google Assistant news on the first official day of CES. Google slimmed things down a touch for CES this year, though they’ve still got a big presence here. While they didn’t build a whole damn amusement park ride this time around, they’ve still got a massive two story booth (complete […] → Read More

Adobe CTO says AI will ‘democratize’ creative tools –

Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis sees a shift happening. A shift in how people share content and who wants to use creative tools. A shift in how users expect these tools to work — especially how much time they take to learn and how quickly they get things done. I spoke with Parasnis in December to […] → Read More

TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2019 –

Each year the TechCrunch staff gathers together to make a big ol’ list of our Favorite Things from that year. As always, we’re keeping the definition of “thing” very… open. Maybe it’s a physical thing. Maybe it’s a thing you listen to, or watch. Maybe it’s a thought, or a genre, or a mode. We […] → Read More

Gift Guide: 13 last-minute subscription gifts for the people you totally didn’t forget –

WHOOPS. You forgot to buy a gift for someone on your list. Maybe you've been too busy at work. Maybe you just found out that the cousins are coming after all. It happens. What can you do? → Read More

Coral raises $4.3M to build an at-home manicure machine –

Coral is a company that wants to “simplify the personal care space through smart automation,” and they’ve raised $4.3 million to get it done. Their first goal? An at-home, fully automated machine for painting your nails. Stick a finger in, press down, wait a few seconds and you’ve got a fully painted and dried nail. […] → Read More

MindAffect wants to let us control devices with our minds –

MindAffect, a team which presented in today’s TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, wants to explore whats possible when we can control the devices around us with our minds — and to let others explore the possibilities, too. MindAffect was selected as a wildcard entry into the Startup Battlefield from the companies exhibiting at the show. One […] → Read More

Hawa Dawa monitors air quality block-by-block to help cities make decisions –

If city governments had a block-by-block understanding of their city’s own ever changing air quality, how might it impact the decisions they make? Thats the concept behind Hawa Dawa, the first company pitching today in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield. Hawa Dawa combines data sources like satellites and dedicated air monitoring stations to build […] → Read More

Y Combinator will now run its online Startup School multiple times per year –

Back in 2017, Y Combinator began offering a 10-week, once-a-year online course called Startup School. Part forum community and part video classroom, the program offers a variety of lectures on topics like raising money or evaluating startup ideas, as led by YC partners and other entrepreneurs from their network. Three years and 40,000+ students later, […] → Read More

Niantic is working with Qualcomm on augmented reality glasses –

We’ve known for a while that Pokémon GO creator Niantic feels a bit limited in what it can do with augmented reality today. Between the latency limitations of 4G cellular networks and the need for players to wave a smartphone around to do anything in AR, the tech just isn’t where Niantic wants it to […] → Read More

Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually worth considering –

Ah, Black Friday. The day of a zillion “deals” — some good, many bad, most just meant to clear the shelves for next year’s models. Hidden amidst ten thousand “LOWEST PRICE EVER! ONE DAY ONLY!” e-mails, though, are a handful of solid sales on legitimately good stuff. → Read More

Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are down for many around the world –

If you’re having issues with various Facebook -owned services this morning, you’re very much not alone. There appears to be a major outage impacting Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook itself. A sudden influx of Down Detector user reports suggest that the outage started at roughly 6 am P… → Read More

Elon Musk says sledgehammering Cybertruck led to the onstage window failure –

After pounding the side of his new Cybertruck with a sledgehammer with not a mark left behind, Elon Musk turned his focus to the “Tesla Armor Glass”. As we all saw, the glass did not fare so well. A toss of a steel ball into the window caused it to splinter, catching everyone on stage […] → Read More