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Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems –

The Delta EcoFlow is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible claimed features. Most are true, some are not. Device like the Delta offer incredible battery storage capacity. Designed for more than just recharging phones and tablets, these can run refrigerators, pumps, power tools and medical equipment. They’re great for emergencies, camping and […] → Read More

Amazon unveils the $199 Echo Studio, its answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max –

Today at a special event Amazon unveiled a bevy of new Echo devices including several aimed a bit upmarket. The Echo Studio is Amazon’s answer to the Google Nest Max and Apple HomePod. It’s larger than a normal Echo, supports 3D audio and Dolby Atmos. The seems to have device five drivers: one, downward facing […] → Read More

Watch TC Session: Enterprise livestream right here –

TechCrunch is live from San Francisco’s YBCA’s Blue Shield of California Theater where we’re hosting our first event dedicated to the enterprise. Throughout the day, attendees and viewers can expect to hear from industry experts and partake in discussions about the potential of new technologies like quantum computing and AI, how to deal with […] → Read More

Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S: Spec for spec, price for price –

The Porsche Taycan is a missile aimed straight at Tesla. The German electric sedan packs everything needed to give the Model S its first real fight. The Porsche is just as fast, is sleeker thanks to a lower drag coefficient, and packs several technical goodies missing from Tesla’s sedan. Specs alone cannot properly illustrate a […] → Read More

Acer announces a $14,000 gaming chair because why not –

This isn’t a chair. This is a rig. It’s a throne. It’s gaming monster. The Acer Predator Thronos Air Gaming Chair is a $13,999 device has everything including a massage function. The Predator Thronos Air is a massive steel structure that encases gamers in an immersive experience. There are three monitor mounts, an adjustable keyboard […] → Read More

The Pad & Quill Gladstone Briefcase offers plenty of storage in a beautiful design –

Pad & Quill makes some of the most handsome leather goods for the modern world, and its Gladstone Leather Briefcase is no different. This bag harkens back to the day of gentlemen with newspapers tucked under their arms and an Ascot on their head. This bag has an air of permanence and longevity, and yet […] → Read More

Hear THX’s new Deep Note right here –

The THX Deep Note is changing and it can be heard here first. The iconic audio track has long proceeded movies certified by THX and features the now familiar crescendo that showcases the movie’s audio capability. This time around THX built the intro to feature 4k video as much as audio as it will be […] → Read More

WP Standard’s Weekender leather duffle is built for life –

Have you heard? It’s Bag Week! It’s the most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we’re bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks, to rollers to messengers to fanny packs. WP Standard makes exceptional leather goods and the company’s new leather duffle is no […] → Read More

The new Soundboks is a massive, pro-level, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker –

The new Soundboks is impressive. It has everything: a sturdy housing, Bluetooth, large battery, XLR-inputs, and several methods to connect multiple Soundboks. Indoor or out, the new Soundboks sounds great. The Soundboks isn’t shy. It’s an extrovert. This speaker will stand tall among strangers and be the loudest in the room. It doesn’t try to […] → Read More

Hear Hans Vestberg talk about the 5G opportunity at Disrupt SF 2019 –

The promise of 5G is staggering. With its ultra-high bandwidth and low latency, it has the potential to alter how consumers interact with technology. However, questions remain around its deployment, use cases, and marketing. We’re excited to have Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg sit down for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF to talk about the […] → Read More

The PureCam Connected Car Security System is a dashcam with extras –

Thanks to a rash of YouTube videos of traffic stops, wild crashes, and wacky antics, dashcams are becoming more and more popular with drivers. But does the world need one that shoots at 1080p and beams every minute of your drive back to a central storage device and can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot? PureGear […] → Read More

BMW 2019 i8 Review: Driving yesterday’s car of tomorrow, today –

The BMW i8 is a lovely vehicle to drive even though it’s lacking. It hugs the road and commands attention. It’s thrilling in a way that few cars can achieve without speed. Sure, it’s quick, but it won’t set track records or quarter mile times. It just feels great to drive. By the numbers, there’s […] → Read More

The future of car ownership: Cars-as-a-service –

Car shoppers now have several new options to avoid long-term debt and commitments. Automakers and startups alike are increasingly offering services that give buyers new opportunities and greater flexibility around owning and using vehicles. Cars-as-a-Service In the first part of this feature, we explored the different startups attempting to change car buying. But not everyone […] → Read More

Techstars Detroit announce first class after major refocus –

At the beginning of 2019 Techstars Mobility turned into Techstars Detroit. At the time of the announcement, Managing Director Ted Serbinski penned “the word mobility was becoming too limiting. We knew we needed to reach a broader audience of entrepreneurs who may not label themselves as mobility but are great candidates for the program.” I […] → Read More

The future of car ownership: Building an online dealership –

Buying a car is painful. Dealerships are the worst, and the options are endless. The rise of the Internet produced powerful tools for shoppers, but in the end, most buyers still have to trudge down to a car lot. For this series of articles, TechCrunch spoke with several founders and investors attempting to rethink car […] → Read More

Audi recalls its electric SUV over battery fire risk –

Audi today issued a voluntary recall in the U.S. for the E-Tron SUV due to the risk of battery fire. An Audi spokesperson told Bloomberg that no fires had been reported over the 1,644 E-Trons Audi has sold. According to the recall, Audi found moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness. […] → Read More

Review: The stunning 2019 Audi Q8 has a deal-breaking flaw –

The 2019 Audi Q8 is the shape of the future. It’s beautiful as it successfully merges the look of a sports sedan with the shape of an SUV. It has flowing lines, crisp angles and just the right look on and off the road. Inside, it’s comfortable though a bit smaller than the name suggests. […] → Read More

Audi proves two little screens are better than one big screen –

I’m spending some time in the new Audi Q8, and the car company equipped the crossover with its latest infotainment system. I love it, fingerprints, dust and all. The fingerprints are part of the story. I could have cleaned up the screens for the photos, but I thought it was essential to show the screens […] → Read More

Review: The 2019 Bentley Continental GT is beautiful, excessive and totally worth it –

The Bentley Continental GT is iconic. The vehicle has long stood for excess and opulence, and I knew that going in. I expected the Continental GT to be over-engineered and capable of high-speed thrills. And it is, but there’s more. The tester I’m driving costs $279,000. Of course it’s beautiful and fast and dripping with […] → Read More

Apple releases the $5,000 Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch, 6K display available this fall –

Apple is finally back in the monitor game. Today, at WWDC 2019, the company took the wraps off the Pro Display XDR to go along with a new Mac Pro. This is the first Apple monitor since the company discontinued the Thunderbolt Display in 2016. The screen is covered with a new type of matte […] → Read More