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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

Apple updates CarPlay with new home screen and Siri Suggestions –

Today at Apple’s annual developer’s conference, Apple revealed the biggest update to CarPlay since its release. The revamped in-car system looks dramatically better, leaving behind the faux iPhone layout for something that looks better suited for us in cars. Until now, CarPlay was left largely forgotten since its debut in 2014. Most vehicles are now […] → Read More

Review: Ring’s new outdoor lighting products are brilliant –

Ring’s new outdoor lighting products are impressive. It’s rare, even in 2019, for something to work out of the box, but that’s what happened when I installed Ring’s outdoor lighting products. They just worked. You know the drill. You get a gadget and go to install it. Somewhere during the installation, it fails or hiccups. […] → Read More

Roland’s tiny R-06 recorder is better than your phone’s recorder app –

In an era when the smartphone can do everything, why do you need a standalone audio recorder? Roland, makers of music gear, might have an answer. Their R-07 voice recorder is about as big as original iPod and is designed for music recording, practice, and playback. It features two microphones on top as well as […] → Read More

Cruise releases video purporting 1,400 successful unprotected left hand turns –

Unprotected left hand turns are tough for robots and humans alike. The compounding variables of crossing in front of oncoming traffic make it one of the toughest maneuverers in driving. It’s one of the toughest challenges for self-driving platforms — even more so as drivers often look for non-verbal cues from other drivers to when […] → Read More

Indiegogo hires Reddit’s Andy Yang as new CEO –

Indiegogo has a new chief. Andy Yang will take over for outgoing CEO David Mandelbrot who is stepping down. According to sources close to the company, several other Indiegogo employees are also leaving. Indiegogo has yet to confirm this claim or state the number or reason for their departure. Mandelbrot announced the move on LinkedIn, […] → Read More

My desk doesn’t deserve the $600 Dyson Lightcycle lamp –

Like many of you, I’m assuming, my desk was purchased at Ikea and is the center of my life. Such as it is, the desk is littered with bits of crackers, memory cards, branded Moleskin notebooks and countless coffee cups. I’m not a slob. I just live here. The desk is clean enough. Then Dyson […] → Read More

Clinc raises $52m Series B as it marches towards IPO –

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Clinc is today announcing a $52 million Series B. The company behind the conversational AI platform netted cash from Insight Partners, DFJ Growth, Drive Capital, Hyde Park Venture Partners, and others. This round of financing brings Clinc’s total amount of funding to $60 million and will help Clinc scale its conversational AI […] → Read More

Rivian debuts a pull-out kitchen for its electric pickup trick –

Sometimes you need scrambled eggs. And with that thought, toady at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ, Rivian announced a major accessory for its electric pickup: A camp kitchen. The unit slides out from the Rivian R1T’s so-called gear tunnel that lives between the bed and cab. The kitchen includes storage and a stove that’s […] → Read More

Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon –

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024. Blue Origin is going to send humans to space […] → Read More

Mint House raises $15m to give business travelers a better hotel –

Hotels are convenient but rarely homey. Short term rentals through Airbnb or HomeAway are often comfy but can be a pain to book and check-in. Business travelers often have to pick the best of two lousy options. Mint House is summed up best by Tige Savage, Revolution Venture managing partner: “Mint House is the best […] → Read More

Fli Charge Technology acquired by Birch Lake to accelerate a wireless future –

Fli Charge Technology is today announcing it was acquired by an affiliate of Birch Lake Associates. As part of the purchase, industry veteran Khalid Zitouni is taking offer the chief executive position as the company looks to expand its reach for Fli Charge’s clever power delivery technology. TechCrunch first spied Fli Charge at CES 2018 […] → Read More

Marshall continues to impress with new retro portable speakers –

Marshall, the headphone company and not the loudspeaker company of the same vintage, today announced two new portable speakers. Like the company’s previous offerings, these speakers ooze a retro vibe. → Read More

Marshall continues to impress with new retro portable speakers –

Marshall, the headphone company and not the loudspeaker company of the same vintage, today announced two new portable speakers. Like the company’s previous offerings, these speaks ooze a retro vibe. → Read More

Watch Facebook’s F8 2019 keynote right here –

Facebook’s yearly developer conference kicks off today. The keynote starts at 1PM / 10AM with opening remarks from Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg. As in past years, the event will last several hours and feature updates from various Facebook departments. This year’s event comes as Facebook is attempting an ambitious transition to a privacy-focused messaging platform. […] → Read More