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ByteDance and Microsoft offer a deal to allow TikTok to remain in the U.S., per report –

China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest its TikTok operations in the US, according to a report in Reuters. Under the deal, Microsoft would take over stewardship of the U.S.-based data of the popular video sharing service. The deal allows another company besides Microsoft to operate TikTok in the United States. This would allow the service […] → Read More

The Hummer EV is shaping up to be GM’s electric answer to the Ford Bronco and Tesla Cybertruck –

The video below contains the first glimpse at the upcoming electric GMC Hummer. The preview video is short, full of nonsense buzzwords, but still telling. It’s clear GM identified two main competitors against the upcoming Hummer: The Ford Bronco and Tesla Cybertruck. The Hummer EV was announced pre-COVID 19 during the Super Bowl. At the […] → Read More

GoPro launches a line of bags, water bottles, and a hat because why the hell not –

GoPro is now in the merch game with a new line of gear that prominently feature GoPro’s logo. From bags to hats, this gear is priced attractively and has the standard affair of features. But in the end, it’s about the GoPro brand. GoPro, even while struggling to remain relevant as sales drop, cultivated a […] → Read More

Submit your pitch deck to Disrupt 2020’s Pitch Deck Teardown –

We’re excited to announce a new event at Disrupt 2020. Called Pitch Deck Teardown, top venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will evaluate and suggest fixes for Disrupt 2020 attendees’ pitch decks. First impressions are everything, and pitch decks are often the first glimpse of companies by investors and business partners. It’s critical that these decks accurately […] → Read More

Watch the first TechCrunch Early Stage ‘Pitch Deck Teardown’ –

Have you ever taken something apart, like a clock or a motor? The method is particularly useful when it comes to learning how things work — or how they don’t, in some cases. During TechCrunch’s Early Stage event, two venture capitalists took pitch decks and evaluated them with a critical eye on content, presentation and […] → Read More

Ford takes cues from Tesla’s playbook with 1,400 HP electric Mustang Mach-E –

Speed sells. When Tesla launches a new vehicle or updates an existing vehicle, the car company often leads with 0-60mph time. These numbers often outclass those from gasoline cars thanks to how electric motors deliver power. These 0-60 times are often irrelevant to daily driving, and yet, Tesla, like most automakers, sees them as a […] → Read More

GM details 12 upcoming electric vehicles from Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, and Buick –

General Motors is on track to deliver 20 electric vehicles by 2023, the company said in its latest sustainability report. That includes models for nearly all of its brands, including Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, and Buick. Most of these vehicles utilize GM’s new modular EV architecture called Ultium. With this platform, GM says some vehicles will […] → Read More

Forget the Bronco’s off-road chops, look at this gadget mounting bar –

The 2021 Bronco knows you have gadgets, and it’s here for them. Located above the dash, before the windshield, is an accessory mounting bar. Mount your iPhone here. Attach your radar detector or GoPro or dashcam or whatever. It’s fantastic, and I hope similar solutions comes to more vehicles. The Ford Bronco has a lot […] → Read More

GoPro turns the Hero 8 Black into a $249 webcam –

The GoPro Hero 8 action camera can now be used as a webcam thanks to a software utility. The software, which is still in beta, lets users connect a Hero 8 camera through USB and use it as a webcam. Without this utility, owners had to use a combination of dongles and HDMI cables to […] → Read More

Ford’s Bronco relaunch demonstrates the power of nostalgia –

Ford is finally taking the wraps off the reborn Bronco next week. Literally. The company has teased the vehicle for months, showing a camouflaged SUV bouncing through rocky streams and charging over dusty hills. This week, the wraps come off and the sheet metal will finally be exposed. The launch of the Bronco looks to […] → Read More

Lucid to open 20 customer locations to help sell and service its electric vehicle –

The Lucid Air electric sedan will debut on September 9, 2020 and today the company is detailing its plan to sell and service those vehicles. The company says it will open 20 so-called ‘studio’ and service locations through 2021. These locations will be located throughout North America and feel similar to Tesla’s customer locations. Right […] → Read More

Hear Charles Hudson explain how to sell an idea (without a product) at Early Stage –

Startups often dance between selling dreams and building products, and we’ve enlisted the help of noted investor Charles Hudson to help founders sell an idea before they’ve built a product. Hudson is speaking at TechCrunch’s inaugural virtual event, TechCrunch Early Stage. The two-day event runs July 21 and 22 and will feature sessions targeting all […] → Read More

The Apple Watch can soon track sleep –

Apple just announced a long-requested feature to the Apple Watch. Sleep Tracking. With this new feature, users can not only track sleep but create what Apple says is a holistic approach to improving sleep. The sleep tracking function works in conjunction with an iPhone to help a person create a better sleep routine. This feature […] → Read More

Apple turns the iPhone into the key for your car –

Today at Apple’s annual developer’s conference — held virtually because of COVID — the company announced the ability to control a car with an iPhone. With an upcoming software update, the iPhone can soon unlock and start a car like a standard key. If your car supports it, that is. Details at still slim at […] → Read More

The EPA says the Tesla Model S Long Range can go 402 miles on a charge –

The Tesla Model S Long Range now has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles on a charge. This comes after a previous rating capped the Long Range variant at 391 miles — a rating Elon Musk took issue over, claiming the agency left the door open and the key in its tester overnight, draining the […] → Read More

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Superior comfort and performance –

What can I say? It’s a Bentley. It’s lovely. The Bentley new Flying Spur is a luxury super sedan. It packs a larger engine than most sports cars, has four heavenly seats, and glides over the road like soap on a shower floor. This example costs $279,000, so I would expect nothing less. This sedan […] → Read More

The Acura NSX: A great cell phone holder with wheels –

The Acura NSX is a fun sports car with a hybrid powertrain that lays out an impressive amount of power. But I’m not here to talk about the car’s performance. One of the car’s best features is its cell phone holder. It’s time for automakers to face the reality that cell phones are a critical […] → Read More

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