Sphero raises $12M as it focuses on education

This year has been a rough one for Sphero. The Colorado-based toy robotics startup kicked off the year with dozens of layoffs, a result of tepid interest in its line of Disney-branded consumer products. Here’s a little good news, however. The company has raised another $12 million,

In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare

The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. A few weeks ago, Google was reported to be backing out of a Pentagon contract around Project Maven, which would use image recognition to automatically evaluate photos.

Open source sustainability

Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange,

Are scooter startups really worth billions?

It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months.

How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?

Bag Week 2018: Timbuk2’s Launch featherweight daypack is tough and tiny

If you need something small, lightweight and indestructible, Timbuk2’s Lightweight Launch Backpack ($129) might be right up your alley. The pack, constructed from famously tough Tyvek, can fit a 13″ laptop comfortably and plenty else. At only 18L, it sounds small,

Bag Week 2018: P.MAI’s women’s leather laptop bag is luxury packed with utility

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles,

Apple will repair busted keyboards on recent MacBooks and MacBook Pros for free

Back in 2016, Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro’s keyboard. It… hasn’t gone as well as they probably hoped. Complaints of failing keys quickly started popping up. Some keys had a tendency to get stuck in place; others move freely, but simply don’t respond. Two years and a lawsuit later,

This AR guppy feeds on the spectrum of human emotion

Indiecade always offers a nice respite from the wall of undulating human flesh and heat that is the rest of the E3 show floor. The loose confederation of independent developers often produces compelling and bizarre gaming experiences outside of the big studio system.

Comcast bids $65B for Fox assets, setting the stage for a fight with Disney

Comcast made good on its plans to make an offer for 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets today, with a cash bid of $65 billion, or $35 per share. That’s 19 percent more than the $52.4 billion that Disney agreed to pay in December. This follows yesterday’s U.S. court approval of the merger of […]

Democrats introduce an election security bill that proposes paper trails and mandatory audits

As primaries ramp up in states across the U.S.,concerns about election cybersecurity are mounting too. This week, a group of Democratic senators introduced a bill to mitigate some of the well-established risks that the nation’s uneven mix of voting machines and election systems poses. The new bill,

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SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft

walterbyrd (182728) writes in with news about the end of the line for a Novell anti-trust claim against Microsoft. "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday brought an end to Novell Inc's antitrust claims against Microsoft Corp that date back 20 years to the development of Windows 95 software.

Efforts To Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Are Already Underway

Jason Koebler writes: "Researchers are working to hybridize existing animals with extinct ones in order to create a '2.0' version of the animal. Using a genome editing technique known as CRISPR, Harvard synthetic biologist George Church has successfully migrated three genes,

家长不读书,所以孩子也不读书

当前有一种文化观念认为,电子产品正在让孩子们远离书籍。因为他们的眼睛整天就盯在手机上。技术恐惧者们甚至认为,我们正在抚养的下一代人完全不理解文学的价值。

科学家找到了寻找外星球生命分子的方法

据英国每日邮报报道,一支国际联合研究小组最新研制一种强大的甲烷检测模型,能够探测到系外星球上的生命体。这种最新探测模型聚焦于发现甲烷气体,这是地球最简单的有机分子,它被认为是潜在生命的信息。

[图表]移动客户端视频观看比例2年上涨532%

视频科技公司Ooyala指出,智能手机和平板电脑现已经在在线视频观看上扮演了极为关键的角色。根据该家公司最新公布的报告显示,2014年Q1,全球21%的在线视频都是通过移动手机或平板电脑进行的。

Cortana惊现小bug:真身难辨的「设置」

近日有细心的用户发现了 Cortana 的一个小 bug,当你对 Cortana 说「Open Setting […]

Tesla 宣佈延长 Model S 驱动机组保固期限

早前汽车网站 Edmunds.com 公佈了他们的 2013 年版 Tesla Model S(85kWh)长期使用报告,发现在一年半期间,Model S 的驱动机组曾因不同问题而更换了三次之多。看来 Tesla 的 CEO Elon Musk...

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4、产品规划的需求决策 了解和掌握产品规划的三个考虑因素以及四个设计理念,目的就是帮助我们更准确的决策需求,避 […]

起点中文网开始接入腾讯文学内容,网络文学市场未来一家独大?

根据新浪科技的报道,据腾讯文学发给文学作者的一封邮件中显示,盛大文学旗下的起点中文网开始作为第三方渠道接入腾讯文学。这是腾讯50亿元收购盛大文学的传闻扩散之后,双方首次正式的合作。

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