Uber’s plan to fly you around

Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the stories we want to talk about and connect them to the culture in which we’re all trying to live. We first tackled the flying taxi phenomenon that isn’t really a phenomenon anymore.

Uber For X In A Tiny Plane

The first line of the email in my box read, “This is UberX for small planes.” Yet another Uber for X mystery startup in my inbox. Yay! (not really). But the idea of skipping the traffic to Tahoe was attractive enough to bite on this one. So four days later I found myself 2,

Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too.

I Flew to Work in the Uber for the Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east.

The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

The Federal Aviation Administration is formally deliberating on whether amateur pilots can use apps and websites to trade extra seats on flights they’ve planned in exchange for gas money. Amateur pilots aren’t allowed to profit from flying passengers,

Gett Tries To Lure Away Uber Drivers In NYC With Promise Of Higher Pay

Can you catch more flies with honey than vinegar? On-demand ride-hailing service Gett sure hopes so, and it’s sweetening the pot for drivers in New York City by offering them increased pay rates in an attempt to lure them away from the competition. Read More

With RogerVoice, Deaf People Can Make Their First Phone Calls

This is where technology shines — RogerVoice is not yet another Uber for X. It will potentially help millions of hard-of-hearing people by letting them make phone calls. Some of them might even make their first phone call through the app. To do this,

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week saw some major tech feuds: Uber vs. Lyft, Taylor Swift vs. Spotify, LinkedIn vs. Salesforce to name a few. TechCrunch also brought you coverage of the new Amazon Echo, the latest from Tinder and the new Microsoft Dropbox partnership. These are our best stories of the week (11/1-11/7).

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week, Google announced a major corporate restructuring, Samsung introduced two new flagship smartphones and Tinder took to Twitter in a full-blown PR meltdown. These are the stories to catch you up on everything that’s happened this week in the wonderful world of tech. 1. 

Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans

The subprime lending market that plunged America into the Great Recession is back and as unscrupulous as ever. Instead of mortgages, this time a bubble has formed around auto loans, and reliably ruthless Uber is in the thick of it.

Lyft-Off: Zimride’s Long Road To Overnight Success

When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands. But that wasn’t always the case. Read More

Disney‘s John Snoddy will talk imagineering augmented worlds at TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA this week

At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA on October 18, we’ll be joined by Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D Studio Executive Jon Snoddy.

TravelPerk grabs $44M to take its pain-free SaaS for business travel global

Only six months ago Barcelona-based TravelPerk bagged a $21M Series B, off the back of strong momentum for a software as a service platform designed to take a Slack-like chunk out of the administrative tedium of arranging and expensing work trips.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has died at age 65

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen passed away this afternoon in Seattle at age 65, owing to complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vulcan, the privately held company that Allen founded in 1986, three years after leaving Microsoft,

Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Twilio, the ubiquitous communications platform, today announced its plan to acquire the API-centric email platform SendGrid for about $2 billion in an all-stock transaction. That’s Twilio’s largest acquisition to date,

Disney-backed Jaunt lays off ‘significant’ number of employees as it moves away from VR

One of the top-funded VR content startups with backers including Disney and GV (Google Ventures) is laying off a “significant portion” of its employees as it pivots away from virtual reality. In a blog post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,

Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data

A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends,

This robot uses lasers to “listen” to its environment

A new technology from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will add sound and vibration awareness to create truly context-aware computing. The system, called Ubicoustics, adds additional bits of context to smart device interaction,

Watch every panel from TC Sessions: Robotics

Last week at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, TechCrunch held its second TC Sessions: Robotics event. It was a full day of panels and demos, featuring the top minds in robotics, artificial intelligence and venture capital, along with some of the most cutting-edge demonstrations around.

Coinbase’s first investment, Compound, earns you interest on crypto

Compound wants to let you borrow cryptocurrency, or lend it and earn an interest rate. Most cryptocurrency is shoved in a wallet or metaphorically hidden under a mattress, failing to generate interest the way traditionally banked assets do.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong to talk the future of cryptocurrency at Disrupt SF

Coinbase has come a long way since its launch in 2012. The company has raised more than $225 million and paved the way for cryptocurrencies to enter the mainstream by providing a digital currency exchange.

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照片拍摄于安徽黄山市黟县宏村

Calif. Court Orders Preservation of Disputed NSA Phone Records

An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from a report at PC World: "A court in California has prohibited the destruction of phone records collected by the government until further orders,

Cookies blocked, but fingerprints exposed: The new tech taking over online ad placement

The less blockable fingerprinting is the new tech to replace cookies in online advertising, but on which side of the cool/creepy line does it sit?Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/05/19/cookies-blocked-fingerprints-exposed-new-tech-take-over-online-ad-placement/

[开源项目-MyBean轻量级配置框架] 使用MyBean快速搭建分模块的应用程序(主页面的TAB)(DLL-MDI) - D10.天地弦

[概述] 抱歉由于上次开源比较匆忙,没有来的及做一个DEMO,里面也有些垃圾的文件没有及时清理。DEMO其实昨天晚上已经调通。

可口可樂空瓶的 16 種玩法

除了資源回收以外,在越南,可口可樂的空瓶有了更不一樣的用途,由越南的奧美廣告公司操刀,設計一系列工具套件組,往空瓶一栓就可以變成各種日常生活道具,例如園藝用噴水瓶、沐浴乳瓶、肥皂泡泡瓶、甚至削鉛筆機,有些真的相當實用,很有手作 DIY 風格,有些則是玩創意挑戰,鼓勵人們對生活擁有更多想像空間。

A closer look at how Windows Phone is still hampered by the app gap

The Windows Phone Store is sadly still a ghost town, and even the apps which do make it to Microsoft’s mobile platform suffer in terms of features.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/05/a-closer-look-at-how-windows-phone-is-still-hampered-by-the-app-gap/

Extracting Audio From Visual Information

rtoz writes Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments,

今晚超级月亮与英仙座流星雨共现 国际空间站成为最佳观测地点

本周对于天文爱好者来说可说是喜忧参半,喜得是两大天文现象将同时出现-超级月亮及壮观的英仙座流星雨。英仙座流星雨今年的高峰期在8月13日凌晨3时到下午4时左右。

OutputCache属性详解(三)— VaryByHeader,VaryByCustom - 释迦苦僧

目录OutputCache概念学习OutputCache属性详解(一)OutputCache属性详解(二)OutputCache属性详解(三)VaryByHeader :分号分隔的 HTTP 标头列表,用于使输出缓存发生变化。

宝马效仿特斯拉 计划建立超级充电网

据欧洲媒体worldcarfans12月2日最新报道:宝马北美电动汽车销售和战略负责人Jacob Harb向媒体透露,宝马计划推出类似于特斯拉超级充电站(Supercharger)的电动汽车充电网络。

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