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How the world’s largest cannabis dispensary avoids social media restrictions –

Planet 13 is the world’s largest cannabis dispensary. Located in Las Vegas, blocks off the Strip, the facility is the size of a small Walmart. By design, it’s hard to miss. Planet 13 is upending the dispensary model. It’s big, loud and visitors are encouraged to photograph everything. As part of the cannabis industry, Planet […] → Read More

Tesla could soon sell and service its vehicles in Michigan –

Tesla reportedly reached a settlement with the State of Michigan regarding the sales and service of its vehicles. According to the AP, this settlement would end the automakers lawsuit against the state, which barred Tesla and others from selling vehicles directly to consumers. This would lead to consumers being able to purchase, take delivery, and […] → Read More

CES takes half-baked stance on cannabis –

A cannabis company won a CES award for 2020. Called Keeps, the desktop storage device features biometric security to secure cannabis products, and looks good while doing it. The CTA gave them an Innovations Award Nominee in October and then weeks later told the company they were unable to use the word “cannabis” when exhibiting. […] → Read More

GM to release an electric Hummer pickup, per report –

General Motors could be bringing back the Hummer brand. According to this report by the Wall Street Journal, an all-electric Hummer pickup will be sold under the GMC brand and LeBron James is enlisted to help market the vehicle. There are no details about the pickup’s capability including electric range or seating capacity. The move […] → Read More

Sony just announced a car –

Today at CES 2020, Sony unveiled a car. I’m surprised too. There are very few details about the Sony Vision-S sedan at this time. We’ll get more once we can see it on the show floor. According to the press account, Sony partnered with industry leaders to build this prototype, including Bosch, Continental, Genetex, Nvidia, […] → Read More

Audi AI:ME concept demonstrates innovative safety through lights –

The Audi AI:ME is a concept for future urban travel. The little car is autonomous, has a surprisingly spacious interior, and it’s equipped with a host of exterior lights designed to better communicate with the outside world. There’s much more to this concept than the size. The most exciting part are the exterior lights. They’re […] → Read More

Come to TechCrunch’s free CES Pitch Night –

CES is a magical place full of gizmos, gadgets and communicable diseases. TechCrunch is hosting another pitch-off event this year. Called Pitch Night, select early-stage companies will take the stage and have 60 seconds to present their wares to TechCrunch editorial and industry experts. This event is free. Obtain a ticket here. Want to pitch […] → Read More

Pax unveils a vape that increases transparency around cannabis consumption –

The new Pax Era Pro vaporizer packs a host of improvements and brings increased transparency to the user. Pop in a pod, and the smartphone companion app displays a wealth of information generally unavailable to the average user. The idea is to provide more peace of mind about what’s in each pod and this system […] → Read More

CES awards cannabis company then bans it from mentioning cannabis when exhibiting –

Keep Labs won an Innovation Award Honoree award for CES 2020 but is banned from saying the word “cannabis” on the CES show floor. Weeks later, the CTA, the trade group behind CES, told Keep Labs it could only exhibit if the company’s signage, marketing materials, and the product is free from cannabis product and […] → Read More

Apply to present your startup at TechCrunch’s CES Pitch Night –

CES is a magical place full of gizmos, gadgets and communicable diseases. TechCrunch is hosting another pitch-off event this year. Called Pitch Night, selected early stage companies will take the stage and have 60 seconds to present their wares to TechCrunch editorial and industry experts. This event is free. Obtain a ticket here. Want to […] → Read More

All the high-tech, powerful vehicles TechCrunch reviewed in 2019 –

TechCrunch occasionally reviews cars. Why? Vehicles are some of the most complex, technical consumer electronics available. It’s always been that way. Vehicles, especially those available for the consumer, are the culmination of bleeding-edge advancements in computing, manufacturing, and material sciences. And some can go fast — zoom zoom. Over the past 12 months, we’ve looked […] → Read More

Gift Guide: 10 gadgets for a smarter Smart Home –

When it comes to smart home stuff, once you start, it's hard to stop. As soon as you've got one light that you can turn on and off from your phone, you'll want five. As such, smart home gear can make great gifts for anyone who's already started making their way down that rabbit hole. → Read More

Samsung has sold 1 million Galaxy Fold smarthphones –

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, Samsung Electronic’s President Young Sohn revealed the company had sold 1 million foldable Galaxy Fold smartphones. Estimates from October pegged sales at that time at 500,000 units. “And I think that the point is, we’re selling million of these products,” Sohn said. “There’s a million people that want to […] → Read More

Eaze and Wayv founder explains how to raise money for cannabis startups –

Keith McCarty could have retired after Microsoft bought Yammer. Instead, he founded Eaze to address cannabis delivery. He lead the company through its B round and then stepped back, but last year, he founded Wayv, a new cannabis startup to address an even more significant challenge for the industry: supply chain logistics. So far, it’s […] → Read More

Wayv launches Payments, the first all-digital payment solution for the cannabis market –

Wayv is taking a big step towards mainstreaming the cannabis industry. Wayv Payments, launching today, is said to be the first digital, compliant payment solution for the cannabis supply chain. From growers to distributors to consumers, this solution should reduce the entire industry’s reliance on stacks of cash by providing a credit-card like transaction to […] → Read More

Video of Cybertruck driving on California highway reveals more questions –

Video of Cybertruck driving on California highway reveals more questions A video just surfaced showing the Tesla Cybertruck driving around LA. Elon Musk is purportedly driving, but it’s not confirmed that he was behind the wheel while this video was filmed. However the video reveals several things. Who's driving @ElonMusk or the Auto-Pilot?$TSLA — […] → Read More

Here’s the math behind Telsa’s dumb Cybertruck vs F-150 tow test –

A couple weeks back Tesla unveiled the its first pickup truck, called the Cybertruck. During its unveiling the company showed a butt-to-butt pull-off. Besides being a silly test, this particular demo was flawed in multiple ways, giving the Tesla a major advantage. Here’s the math to prove it. It’s likely Tesla will redo this test […] → Read More

Lucid Motors breaks ground on its $700 million Arizona factory –

Lucid Motors today is breaking ground on its manufacturing facility. Located in Casa Grande, Arizona, the factory will be used to build the Lucid Motor Lucid Air electric sedan. According to the company, production will begin in late 2020. This groundbreaking is the latest step taken by Lucid Motor towards getting the Lucid Air on […] → Read More

Top mobility VCs discuss their current investment strategies –

The mobility industry is rapidly shifting to readjust for an electric and autonomous future. Automotive companies are increasingly looking outside the manufacturing sector to fuel growth, and companies that used to bank on selling vehicles are now building mobility apps, scooters, and subscription services. Detroit is turning to to Silicon Valley for fresh ideas while […] → Read More

Ford VP challenges Tesla to a fair F-150 vs Cybertruck tow battle –

Elon Musk took a big swipe at Ford during the unveiling of the Cybertruck. Mid-presentation, he played a video of a Cybertruck pulling an F-150 in what was pitched as a head-to-head contest. Many have questioned if it was a fair fight (I don’t think it was)… including Sundeep Madra, VP of Ford X, the […] → Read More