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Obama pledges $160M to develop 'Smart Cities' apps

The Obama administration announced Monday it will invest more than $160 million in a new "Smart Cities" Initiative to build apps aimed at helping improve the quality of life in local communities.<p>Among the initiative's goals are helping local communities tackle key challenge such as reducing traffic …

A former Apple executive is selling his incredible $35 million California smart home

He started designing the contemporary home with a bevy of automated features in 2005, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>But by the time it was completed — just a few weeks ago — he no longer needed the 10,000-square-foot mansion, as his kids are all grown up.<p>Located in Santa Barbara, California, …

Tim Cook gets mobbed during surprise NYC appearance

Tim Cook made a surprise appearance today at the Fifth Ave Apple Store in NYC ahead of his appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow night.<p>During his visit, Cook mingled with the customers, took selfies, and photobombed Eddy Cue before getting swarmed by a mob of fans anxious to get …

Why LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Is Teaching A New Class At Stanford

Silicon Valley isn’t the only place where you can successfully launch a startup. But it is arguably the best place for your scale-up.<p>This fall, Stanford students with dreams of making it in Silicon Valley may want to leave room in their schedules for a class taught by entrepreneur and investor Reid …

Burberry (yes, Burberry) comes to Apple Music

Apple Music just got a little classier.<p>Burberry will add its own curated music channel to Apple Music on Wednesday. The company becomes the first …

Researchers create a near-perfect sound absorbing system

We've come a long way since the days of pouring wax into our ears to block out siren songs. A team of researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed a sound-cancelling system that eliminates 99.7 percent of noise, no matter how quiet.<p>Typically, passive sound deadening …

Google celebrates 30th 'Super Mario Bros.' anniversary with tiny Easter egg

Thirty years ago, Nintendo released Shigeru Miyamoto‘s Super Mario Bros.’ and changed the video game world forever. Google is celebrating with a little Easter egg in its search results.<p>If you look up ‘Super Mario Bros’ (‘Super Mario’ and ‘Mario Bros’ also worked for me), a small ‘?’ block will …

LG sends out press invitations for a movie-related event on October 1

LG has sent out press invitations this morning for an event hosted in New York City, and it looks like there’s going to be a movie-related announcement of some kind. Besides the LG-made Nexus device that’s set to be announced by Google on September 29th, an LG “V” handset with an auxiliary ticker …

The Pod Pro Will Keep Both Your Apple Watch And iPhone Charged

Since Apple wants us to put their hardware all over our body, it’s becoming harder and harder to remember to charge everything. The number one reason that I don’t wear my Apple Watch is that the battery is dead. Have no fear, third-party device creators are here.<p>Nomad has announced its battery pack …

Smartwatches

Sleepy Hollow Oculus VR experience wins the first virtual reality Emmy

With advancements in technology such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Google Cardboard, virtual reality is slowly but surely making its way to the mainstream. That journey is getting one step closer to becoming a reality, as Fox’s <i>Sleepy Hollow VR experience</i> was just recently awarded a Creative Arts …

LAPD bets the next standard-issue police car will be an electric vehicle

A Tesla Model S is about as far from a Ford Crown Victoria as you can imagine, but the former might just replace the latter in the police fleets of …

Electric Vehicles

Porsche Mission E Concept puts Tesla Model S in its sights

Porsche might not be saying it directly, but anyone taking even a quick glance can see the Germans are taking aim at Tesla with the freshly unveiled Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With over 590 horsepower, this electric sedan doesn't have quite as much electric grunt as a Model S, …

Save your ears from Apple Music’s endless loops

Sometime in the last few weeks, I’ve had a big problem with Apple Music.<p>Whenever I’d start an album or playlist, I’d only hear the first song I chose, over and over and over.<p>I’d hit the Up Next list button and see the same song, endlessly repeated.<p>The fix is an easy one, but man did it frustrate me …

Apple begins notifying developers who won the Apple TV dev kit lottery

Apple has started emailing developers who won the Apple TV developer kit lottery today, according to several users on Twitter who received the message. Users who have been selected will be shipped a development model of the next-generation Apple TV to aid in the creation of their apps.<p>To claim the …

Pinterest open-sources Terrapin, a tool for serving data from Hadoop

Pinterest today announced the availability of Terrapin, a new piece of open-source software that’s designed to more efficiently push data out of the Hadoop open-source big data software and make it available for other systems to use.<p>Engineers at Pinterest designed Terrapin as a replacement for the …

Google Maps is testing climate change sea rise maps in some coastal areas [Update: Maybe not]

<b>Update</b>: Maybe not. A Google spokesperson just sent over the following information, suggesting that this might have been a glitch in the system after all.<p>The various types of data found in Google Maps come from a wide range of sources. Our basemap data – things like ocean, road networks, and place …

Casual Trading App Bux Raises $1.9M

Dutch startup Bux is on a mission to open stock trading to a much larger market — namely, those who have never traded before. Its casual trading app for iOS and Android attempts to gamify trading (as if it wasn’t gamified enough already) by letting traders start off with virtual currency before …

Nextbit Robin possibly headed to Verizon and Sprint

Nextbit’s Robin smartphone may still be in the crowdfunding stages, but the team behind the device is working hard to make sure everyone who wants the device can get one. In a recent update on its Kickstarter campaign, Nextbit has announced expanded availability for the device when it ships next …

Samsung fights back against the iPad, wants you to feel better

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>What do you do after Apple has made such a hullabaloo?<p>If you're Samsung, you keep on going and pretend that nothing happened. Oh, and you also tell people that your new tablet will make them feel so much …

Ultimate Ears' Boom 2 speaker cranks the volume up to eleven

How do you make the UE Boom, one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy, even better? You make it 25% louder, water- and dust-proof, and double …

Start A Fire Helps You Take Credit When You Turn Stories Into Viral Hits

If you’re the kind of person who shares TechCrunch articles on social media, a) thank you, and b) do you ever wonder how much traffic you’re bringing us?<p>Oren Barzilai, co-founder and CEO of Israeli startup Start A Fire, presented a more-or-less analogous situation to me. He said that when someone …

Social Media

Linux Light Bulbs Allow Devices To Talk To Each Other With Flashes Of Brilliance

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C- See? See the visible light carrying data quickly and easily from light bulbs to gadgets! -K-E-Y Why? Because light is ubiquitous! M-O-U-S-E!<p>Disney researchers are working on a new protocol – tentatively called the Linux Light Bulb – …

Internet of Things

Crazy Apple fans tried to sell their kidneys for iPhone 6s

How much do you want an iPhone 6s? Probably not as much as the two men in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province who reportedly attempted to sell their kidneys to buy Apple’s latest must-have handset.<p>The bizarre story claims that friends Wu and Huang decided to sell a kidney each to get the money for an …

BBC launches Doctor Who Game Maker to help teach principles of game design

The BBC has launched a new Doctor Who Game Maker tool, letting fans of the perennially popular show create and share their own games featuring the time-travelling doctor.<p>For the uninitiated, Doctor Who is a British science fiction series first produced by the BBC in 1963, and has emerged as one of …

iOS 9 review: an upgrade to jump for, or skip?

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The running app cards are bigger, making it easier to see what’s happening before tapping into an app.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/630f1aff8e93a6e2d0269d913e5e9cdede668b47/0_0_2100_1259/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>Public …

Apps

Nescafé declares the brand website 'dead' as it moves to Tumblr

Nestlé, one of the giants of the food industry, is trying hard to present a human face to its operations and products, and its latest move has been to convert its Nescafé.com website into a Tumblr blog. In announcing the news, Nescafé's marketing chief Michael Chrisment said that "the dotcom is …

Toshiba's latest laptop does convertibility on the cheap

With recent models from Dell and Lenovo tablet laptop hybrids <i>a la</i> Surface are suddenly <i>de rigeur</i>. If those models are outside your budget, Toshiba has just introduced its own low-cost Windows 10 model, the Satellite Click 10. It weighs in at a scant 2.2 pounds and when you detach the keyboard, …

Accel Partners Looks To Map The Marketing Technology Ecosystem

Accel Partners wants to solve the question for startups, “Who does this marketing thing I need?”<p>It’s doing that with an online tool called Growthverse, an interactive visualization of companies in the marketing technology ecosystem. It launched earlier this year but since receiving a lot of …

Venture Capital

Verizon, AT&T Get Own Spaces Inside 250 Best Buy Stores

With Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and now Verizon getting their own spaces inside Best Buy, the store is starting to resemble an Asian shopping mall.<p>Once again, Best Buy is carving out a section of its stores to serve as a dedicated showcase for brands willing to foot part of the bills.<p>This time it is …

Televisions