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Pax launches desktop app, bypassing Apple’s vaping ban –

Pax today is announcing a new app for its cannabis vaporizers. The service offers access to device controls, cannabis strain information, and safety features. The company previously launched an Android and iPhone app with similar features, but Apple later removed the version on the App Store, stripping iPhone users of features and information. Pax is […] → Read More

2020 Lotus Evora GT Review: A thrilling, analog weekend racer –

Why’s this on TechCrunch? We hear that occasionally when posting things outside of our general programming. Generally, there’s a tech hook; there isn’t here with this $100,000 2020 Lotus Evora GT. The Lotus Evora GT is supersized go-kart with nary an advanced technical feature. And I love it. While most cars are coming equipped with […] → Read More

Where these 4 top VCs are investing in manufacturing –

Even though it’s a vast sector in the midst of transformation, manufacturing is often overlooked by early-stage investors. We surveyed top VCs in the industry to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing. Traditionally, manufacturing companies are capital-intensive and can be slow to implement new technology and processes. The investors in the […] → Read More

Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust –

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with Steve […] → Read More

GoPro releases a flashlight for some reason –

Today GoPro entered the cutthroat business of personal lighting. This is the GoPro Zeus Mini and looks like a rad little light though it’s a curious product from an action camera company. The waterproof Zeus Mini costs $69.99 and ships with a magnetic spring clip. GoPro says the light is also compatible with all of […] → Read More

DJI Mavic Air 2 Review: Fantastic drone, despite obstacle avoidance blindspots –

I’m supposed to get photos as soon as I take something out of the box. I know better. The rule is not to play with the gadget first. I’m going to crash the drone; I always do. I crashed the DJI Mavic Air 2 and broke a landing peg. I flew the drone before I […] → Read More

Where these 6 top VCs are investing in cannabis –

The cannabis market was in the midst of a correction when the COVID-19 crisis hit and could emerge stronger than ever. After a breakthrough period of growth, cannabis startups entered 2020 with depressed values and an uncertain future. Now, with millions sheltering in place, many companies are seeing unprecedented demand and growth opportunities as many […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg on May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT –

On May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT, we’re hosting an Extra Crunch Live session with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution. This chat is the latest in our growing series featuring notable investors, entrepreneurs and technologists. Previously, TechCrunch editorial staff sat down (virtually, of course) with Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang, Sequoia’s […] → Read More

Mnuchin: California should prioritize helping Musk reopen Tesla –

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin sided with Tesla in its ongoing fight with Alameda County. Speaking to CNBC, Mnuchin said that California needs to work with Tesla so Musk can quickly and safely open Tesla’s Fremont factory. This comes after Musk sued the county it operates in to allow Tesla to restart manufacturing operations. In […] → Read More

DJI’s latest industrial drone has 55 minute flight time, 15 km video range –

DJI took the wraps off its latest drone today. Targeting industrial users, the Matrice 300 builds on the company’s Matrice platform, and sports a host of improvements from longer battery life, object detection sensors on all six sides and a 15 km video transmission range. The Matrice line has long been DJI’s all-in-one industrial product […] → Read More

As COVID-19 dries up funding, only drought-resistant cannabis startups will survive –

The COVID-19 crisis is creating an untold amount of uncertainty through every business sector, but for cannabis startups, it’s exacerbating a critical market that was already in decline. TechCrunch spoke to Schwazze CEO Justin Dye following his company’s recent rebrand. He joined the company when it was Colorado’s Medicine Man Technologies (MMT) in late 2019 […] → Read More

Grenco Science acquires Stündenglass, a contactless water pipe company founded by ex-Apple employee –

Grenco Science just added a new product to its wide-ranging offering of vaporizers and ancillary products. Stündenglass was founded by Tracey Huston and produced a wild-looking water pipe that uses kinetic motion, water, and opposing airflow to create a unique, contactless experience. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed though the purchase price […] → Read More

Porsche unveils CarPlay-equipped radios for vintage Porsches –

Own a classic Porsche? Who doesn’t? The German automaker today unveiled a line of head units designed to replicate the vintage look while still featuring modern connectivity such as Bluetooth, DAB+, and Apple CarPlay. These radios are official Porsche hardware and are available in 1-DIN or 2-DIN variants, allowing them to fit in vehicles from […] → Read More

Cannabis group Medicine Man Technologies rebrands as Schwazze, announces sweeping acquisitions –

One of Colorado’s fastest-growing cannabis companies has a new look. Medicine Man Technologies (MMT) is announcing a new brand, Schwazze, which will be an overarching parent company for MMT and its collection of brands. The publicly-traded company is now listed under the OTC ticker symbol “SHWZ.” Schwazze refers to a cultivation process, and the company’s […] → Read More

Ford goes drag racing with 1,400 HP electric Mustang Cobra Jet –

Ford today took the wraps off an electric Mustang prototype. Called Mustang Cobra Jet 1,400, it carries Ford’s long tradition of drag racing the Mustang. But for the first time, a quiet electric power plant is spinning the slicks instead of a roaring V8. This one-off prototype is said to hit mid-eight second quarter-mile times […] → Read More

The $99 Mendel Air Sensor uses data to help you grow better veggies (or weed) –

The Mendel Air Sensor app is the first app I open every morning. Before Reddit, before Gmail, before NYT. I roll over, grab my phone, and check my plants. I don’t know if there’s a higher honor I can bestow on an app. The Mendel Air Sensor is a game-changer for indoor growers. It offers […] → Read More

Nintendo Switch update adds ability to transfer game downloads to SD card –

Nintendo just released the 10.0.0 firmware for its Switch gaming console and finally added a feature users have wanted since the system launched. The update allows downloaded games to be transferred to an SD card, giving users flexibility and freedom. Previously, Switch owners had few options if their console ran out of storage space. The […] → Read More

Tesla shows how it’s building ventilators with car parts –

Tesla is among a group of automakers retooling facilities to build ventilators for the COVID-19 crisis. In the following video, the company provides a behind-the-scene look at its ventilator design process. Like Ford and General Motors, Tesla engineers are building its vent with parts for its vehicles. The reason is simple: car parts are available. […] → Read More

27 TV show recommendations from TechCrunch while you’re stuck at home –

With shelter-in-place orders worldwide, it’s never been a better time to curl up on the couch and loss oneself in a TV show. That’s what we’re doing. Some TechCrunch staffers are watching perennial favorites like The Wire or The West Wing or Gilmore Girls. Others are trying new shows like Devs or McMillions. The Covid-19 […] → Read More

Detroit to be first to deploy Abbott Labs’ 5-minute COVID-19 test, mayor says –

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show that the city of Detroit is on track to be the first city to deploy Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test. The mayor said the test would be available for first responders. The goal, he said, was to test those first responders who are self-isolating […] → Read More