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Google launches auto-delete controls for Location History on iOS and Android

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:03:34 +0000

Google has always argued that the data it collects does more than provide power for its targeted ad empire — it also makes its services more useful. But not everyone thinks that Google should be able to suck up a never-ending stockpile of personal data on its users. Today, Google is taking a step towards […]

This new experimental robot gripping arm can ‘taste’ what it touches

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:02:25 +0000

Okay do you know how we can taste things and that was pretty special? It’s not special anymore, because researchers at UC Davis working with colleagues Carnegie Mellon have developed a way for an experimental soft robotic gripper to ‘taste’ things as well, using bacteria engineered to allow it to detect a specific chemical. The […]

Network with CrunchMatch at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:00:50 +0000

Ready to tackle the colossus that is enterprise software? Join us and more than 1,000 attendees for TC Sessions Enterprise 2019 on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We’re talking founders, technologists and investors digging deep into the challenges facing established and emerging enterprise companies today. Get your […]

New tickets available to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:00:34 +0000

Could you use a little summer startup fun? We’re rolling out our next round of tickets to the TechCrunch Summer Party at Park Chalet, San Francisco’s coastal beer garden. If you want to join your startup peers to eat, drink and be merry, don’t delay. These limited-release tickets will be snapped up before you can say […]

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony pen letter highlighting ‘harm’ from Trump’s tariffs

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:44:44 +0000

It’s not every day the three biggest competitors in a space join forces to denounced political action. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Trump administration has had this impact on a category. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony (collectively known as gaming’s “big three) penned a joint letter noting the harm the industry stands to […]

Reddit quarantines its biggest headache

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:22:22 +0000

Reddit’s r/The_Donald subreddit has been a lingering issue for the site’s leadership. The community, which was organized in the lead-in to Trump’s presidential run, has come to represent much of the site’s failures in uniformly enforcing content policies. Add in Russian election interference and a dollop of racism, sexism and xenophobia and you have the […]

Gender & compensation at VC-backed startups – Where are we today?

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:09:42 +0000

Compensation is the most intimate way a company can interact with its employees. For far too long, compensation managers and committees have operated behind closed doors, keeping pay guidelines...

Daily Crunch: SF moves towards e-cig ban

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:47:19 +0000

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. San Francisco takes the final steps toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban vaping product sales San Francisco’s Board of […]

SF Pride says it won’t exclude Google from the Pride parade

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:43:43 +0000

Despite Google employees petitioning San Francisco Pride to exclude the company from participating in the Pride parade this weekend, SF Pride says Google will be allowed to march in the parade. Earlier today, about 100 Google employees urged SF Pride to ban the company from participating in this weekend’s Pride parade and drop the company […]

Report: SoftBank-backed Brandless gets a new CEO amid turmoil at the company

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:34:28 +0000

Brandless, a direct-to-consumer purveyor of food, beauty, and personal care products, says that every item it makes is non-genetically modified, kosher, fair-trade, gluten-free, often organic and, in the case of cleaning supplies, EPA “Safer Choice” certified. Beginning with its 2012 launch, items were also priced at $3 across the board. That changed in January, when […]

The next frontier for sneakerheads is trying on shoes virtually

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:13:21 +0000

Startups in the AR space see a bright future for bringing retail experiences into the home, but there haven’t been a ton of convincing examples of companies carrying out this vision effectively. Wannaby is using AR to help sneaker heads visualize their next purchase by letting them try on the shoes virtually. The company launched […]

Netflix and Ava DuVernay say ‘When They See Us’ viewed by 23M+ accounts

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:06:46 +0000

“When They See Us” has been viewed by more than 23 million Netflix accounts worldwide, according to writer-director Ava DuVernay, who tweeted that the streaming service had shared the numbers with her. “Imagine believing the world doesn’t care about real stories of black people,” DuVernay wrote. “It always made me sad. So when Netflix just […]

Twitter tests out another desktop redesign with trends on the right, navigation on the left

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:57:46 +0000

It was in January that Twitter announced that it would be rolling out a new, simplified desktop redesign to its users. Hopefully, no one was holding their breath for the big official reveal. Six months later, we can confirm that Twitter is… still rolling out tests as it tinkers with a new look for its Twitter.com […]

YouTube update gives users more insight and control over recommendations

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:38:29 +0000

YouTube today announced a series of changes designed to give users more control over what videos appear on the Homepage and in its Up Next suggestions — the latter which are typically powered by an algorithm. The company also says it will offer more visibility to users as to why they’re being shown a recommended […]

Oppo shows first under-screen camera in bid to eliminated the hated notch

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:32:33 +0000

Ever since the notch was first added to smartphones, everyone in the world except the deeply deluded and my editor have wished it gone. Oppo has done it — or at least shown that it can be done — with a demonstration unit at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai. iPhone users can console themselves that Oppo kind of sounds like Apple.

Verizon gets FCC approval for a 60 day network lockdown on new phones

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:30:39 +0000

Verizon (disclosure: the company that owns the company that owns TC) celebrated an FCC victory this week, as the agency approved a request for a temporary network lockdown on new phones. The carrier request the feature in February as part of a “safety check period.” The ruling presents a kind of temporary waiver on an […]

What is the Libra Association going to do, really?

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:26:16 +0000

When Facebook unveiled Libra a few days ago, the company also announced the Libra Association, a not-for-profit that will oversee all things Libra. Facebook wants to make sure that everyone is aware that Libra was created by Facebook but isn’t controlled by Facebook. And yet, given Facebook’s reputation, it seems useful to evaluate the project […]

Choose a dedicated digital camera for memories that matter the most

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:00:00 GMT

 For memories that really matter, you can't beat a digital camera.

TransferWise’s new debit card for the US fires the starting gun on a new war for travelers

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:25:07 +0000

International money transfer service TransferWise, has made a significant incursion into the US market today, launching a MasterCard debit card alongside a multicurrency account. Mirroring the card it has already launched in the UK and Europe last year, the card will work in over 40 currencies without balance limits, and conversion fees will be competitive […]

Shopify Ping adds support for Apple Business Chat and Apple Pay

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:11:07 +0000

Last year Shopify announced Shopify Ping, a free unified messaging platform for merchants to communicate directly with customers in a chat context. Today, it announced it’s adding support for Apple Business Chat to Shopify Ping. The real benefit to this is that users can not only use Apple’s business chat product to communicate with customers, […]

Tesla reportedly working on its own battery cell manufacturing capability

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:07:01 +0000

Automaker Tesla is looking into how it might own another key part of its supply chain, through research being done at a secret lab near its Fremont, CA HQ, CNBC reports. The company currently relies on Panasonic to build the battery pack and cells it uses for its vehicles, which is one of, if not […]

$600b 'mistake': Microsoft founder Bill Gates says losing to Android was his biggest failure

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 15:18:57 +1200

He's the second-richest person on the planet — but it's reassuring to know even Bill Gates makes the occasional stuff up.In a recent interview at venture capital company Village Global, the Microsoft founder opened up about his...

Watch: New tool lets NZ Space Agency track satellites launched from NZ

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:52:29 +1200

The New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) says it's continuing to build its capability as a regulator of space activity with a new pilot project which allows officials to see real-time information on the orbital position of satellites launched...

Total cellphone ban in schools in Victoria, Australia

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:32:08 +1200

In an attempt to combat cyber bullying and classroom distraction, cellphones will be banned from Victorian state primary and secondary schools in Australia from next year.Victorian Education Minister James Merlin told the Sydney...

U2 experiment shows how Viagogo was whipped into shape in UK: advocate

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:16:50 +1200

Comparing how U2's upcoming concerts are presented on Viagogo UK and Viagogo NZ shows how the ticket reseller can be whipped into shape, an industry activist says.After threats and cajoling from Britain's Competition and Markets...

Satellites launched from NZ to be tracked for traffic and debris purposes

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:52:31 GMT

NZ space agency's new satellite tool designed to help preserve space for future generations.

The app helping Kiwis clear their to-do list

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Got a job you don’t want to do? There’s an app for that.

Boy, 11, lucky to be alive after charging tablet burns hole through his bed

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:46:16 +1200

An 11-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after his charging Samsung tablet burned a hole through his mattress while he slept. The fire department was called to his home, in Staffordshire, England, on Thursday morning.The tablet...

A boom in hidden camera tech makes it difficult to spot devices — and the law is complex

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:54:24 +1200

Three women on holiday in Portugal discovered a carefully hidden video camera in the bathroom that was set to capture them while they showered.Rubee Woo took to Facebook to recount their horror find in an apartment rental in the...

Toyota NZ stops hybrid sales due to brake issue

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:20:54 +1200

Toyota New Zealand has temporarily halted all local sales of certain hybrid models, following concerns over a brake issue. The Corolla, RAV4, and Prius are among the impacted vehicles in the Toyota line-up, with the hybrid-based...

Is there any point spending $2000 on the latest iPhone?

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:20:18 +1200

Dropping $2,000 on the latest smartphone might not be the smartest way to spend your hard-earned cash, according to tech commentators. Technology commentator and journalist Bill Bennett says it really depends on what you're looking...

Vocus again tipped to offload NZ assets

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:35:28 +1200

The seemingly endless Vocus ownership soap opera has taken another twist.ASX-listed Vocus Group is again considering the sale of its NZ assets, according to a report in The Australian .The mooted buyer is Australian utilities...

New Sky TV boss dumps platform upgrade

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:55:00 +1200

New Sky TV boss Martin Stewart has cancelled the Android-powered "puck" promoted as a key part of the company's technology roadmap by his predecessor, John Fellet.The Apple TV-sized puck was going to deliver all of Sky TV's channels...

The banking advantages of Facebook and other tech giants

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 23:35:04 GMT

With huge numbers of users and troves of data, tech giants could rival banks.

YouTube's kid issues are serious - here's why

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:40:30 GMT

OPINION: YouTube's kid-friendly content is thriving, but it's still easy to go from a pre-school sing-a-longs to sexualised Toy Story parodies.

How a humble Perth boathouse became Australia's most unlikely tourist attraction

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 04:26:36 GMT

For decades it was an eyesore to which locals in Perth, Australia paid little attention - not anymore.

Givealittle: We'd say no to Israel Folau fundraising page

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 01:47:22 GMT

NZ crowdfunding website Givealittle would almost certainly refuse to host a fundraising page for sacked rugby player Israel Folau if asked.

Australian man claims he invented bitcoin, suing those who doubt him

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:44:19 +1200

At a convention on digital currency, rarely does an audience Q&A session include a question as incendiary as, "Why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference?" But that's how a discussion about bitcoin ended up last year in...

This cult videogame is facing copycats in China

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:08:19 +1200

In The Legend of Mir, warriors and sorcerers battle creatures from an ancient universe. Now, WeMade Co's long-time videogame hit is at the center of a string of legal battles that could serve as a rallying cry for foreign companies...

Libra could be the biggest innovation of a generation

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Facebook's libra cryptocurrency has solved the problems that have hamstrung bitcoin, but can it be trusted?

Google tracks us like the web's biggest snoop, so I ditched Chrome

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:45:51 GMT

Seen from the inside, Google's Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software.

Supercomputing is latest front in US-China high-tech battle

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:10:00 +1200

China's burgeoning supercomputer industry became the latest target of US trade restrictions as officials banned shipments to four Chinese technology companies and one research institute on the grounds that they threaten American national...

New technology for text after a decade

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Do you remember a time before SMS?

Christchurch Airport buys new driverless electric shuttle

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 02:44:04 GMT

Cantabrians keen to get on board a driverless shuttle will have their chance next week.

Auckland-based tech start-up Termius snares $4.1m in Silicon Valley capital raising

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 14:11:52 +1200

An Auckland-based tech start-up owned by two Russian emigre ICT engineers has raised $4.1 million in seed funding to pursue rapid revenue growth for Termius, an encrypted product that allows users to synchronise data across multiple...

Slack is the latest tech stock to have a strong US debut

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:14:09 GMT

The work messaging service grew 49% after it started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

How agri-tech innovation in NZ can help solve the world's most pressing problems

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 22:23:45 GMT

A Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm run by a Kiwi looks for agri-tech solutions to global problems.

Apple warns of MacBook Pro fire risk

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:34:58 +1200

Apple says a battery fault could cause some MacBook Pros to catch fire - and is offering to replace batteries on affected units free of charge."A limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat...

NZ's largest car-sharing platform adopts mobile phone 'digital key'

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:38:31 GMT

Users of Yourdrive now no longer need a key to unlock their vehicle: owners send a renters a code to their phone.

Has Instagram become the new human zoo?

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Taking pleasure in the decline of Instagram influencers isn't funny. It's just mean.

Facebook's currency could be the biggest thing since the internet

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Facebook's new currency could give you financial wings.

Horns are growing on young people's skulls, and phones could be to blame

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:29:54 GMT

Young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls, researchers suggest, because of so much time looking at screens.

Letters: Camera could fund roading

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:59:41 +1200

THE newly sealed Portal St is disintegrating on the corner with the double yellow lines near the bottom. I have an idea for funding repairs by virtue of the double yellow lines.WDC could do a 50:50 deal with the police, who could...

Teenage girl was 'cyber flashed' on a school trip in Australia

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 06:29:41 GMT

Young women are sent explicit photos from strangers via the AirDrop function on iPhone.

Startup lets you rent out your own car by the hour

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:09:49 +1200

YourDrive, a startup that lets people rent out their personal vehicles, has automated its service.Previously, it required the owner of a vehicle to hand over keys to a renter.Now, YourDrive will install a $250 hardware unit in...

Gaming and gambling link: Call for warning label over video game 'loot boxes'

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 02:10:41 GMT

Experts want games to have warning labels as study finds link between "loot boxes" and problem gambling.

Facebook's Sandberg says Libra coin is a 'long way from launch'

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:06:28 GMT

Concerns have already been raised by regulators about Facebook's proposed money plans.

Two new planets that could potentially support life found by Astronomers

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:36:18 +1200

Astronomers have announced two planets are orbiting a tiny, old star 12 light-years away that almost meet every requirement to support life, reports CNN.Scientists have estimated that the star is at least eight billion years old,...

Chicken-free Chicken maker Sunfed invades Australia

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:38:59 +1200

While James Cameron lectures New Zealand about moving beyond meat, a number of local startups are actually doing it.The largest, the Sir Stephen Tindall-backed Sunfed, has already been a hit locally. Tomorrow, it will launch...

Pushpay lifts earnings guidance, hunts for female director

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:31:27 +1200

NZX-listed Pushpay nudged up its earnings guidance at its annual meeting today, following a positive start to the year.The digital church collection payment operator now expects earnings before interest, tax, amortisation and fair...