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Moto P30 looks like an iPhone X with a glamorous splash of color

Motorola's new high-end Moto P30 6.2-inch phone has launched in China, looking uncannily like the Apple iPhone X -- but with a cool ceramic and glass gradient back that helps it stand out from the notch-filled crowd.<p>Top-of-the-line for Motorola, a budget-phone biggie, means something different to …

Mobile Technology

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its …

Music

20 most important Macs of all time

Today marks 20 years since the launch of the Bondi Blue iMac, the product that helped set Apple back on the right course. The iMac definitely revolutionized the personal computer industry, but which other Macs rank as Apple’s most game-changing machines?<p>We went right back to the earliest Macintosh …

MacBook Air

Popular quiz app HQ Trivia goes big with new Apple TV app

One of the most popular new iPhone games of the last year is set to take over your living room.<p>HQ Trivia, the popular mobile trivia game that offers cash prizes to participants, is making the leap from the small screen to the big screen with its new Apple TV app that launched this week.<p>The company …

Smart TV

Coinbase Doubles Down on the Future of Digital Identity

Earlier this year, the executors of #DeleteFacebook engaged in a form of decentralized group therapy. Catharsis came in a zip file downloaded before …

Personal Data

Google One launches with cheaper cloud storage plans

For some reason, Google is rebranding Google Drive storage plans under the name Google One. Along with the rebranding, Google is also improving its pricing in ways that give customers more options and more storage at lower prices. It marks the service’s first price cut in four years.<p>Google One …

Google Drive

NVIDIA's Turing GPUs can process 8K video in real time

You and I won't likely be working with 8K video anytime soon, but a lot of the movies and YouTube videos we enjoy are shot in that format. NVIDIA announced that with camera company RED's help, it has solved one of the thorniest problems with 8K. The latest Quadro RTX Turing GPUs will support …

Alan Turing

Samsung's new DRAM chip will make phones run faster and longer

Samsung has been busy improving its microSD range, introducing SSDs with faster write speeds, and opening the world's biggest mobile factory, but the electronics maker doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon -- it's just completed tests on a 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM prototype, a faster, low power …

Batteries

Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain and Poland to coincide with Prime Day

FRANKFURT — Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion.<p>The Verdi services union called the one-day strike to back its …

Europe

How to use a blank home screen on iPad, and why you’ll love it

What’s on your main iPad home screen? Is it organized so that you can find your most-used apps quickly? Or have you decided to arrange the icons by color? Or divided up the grid by adding a row of blank spaces? Those are pretty neat ideas, but today I’m going to suggest you do something even more …

Space X/Boring Company engineers are being sent to help with Thai cave rescue

In a series of late-night/early morning tweets, Elon Musk offered up engineers from SpaceX and the Boring Company to help the soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave.<p>Musk began by suggesting a potential solution to help rescue the team and their coach who went missing late last month. As he noted, …

Crypto Visa card company Monaco just spent millions to buy Crypto.com

Highly-prized domain name Crypto.com has been sold!<p>Registered in 1993 by Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who sits on the board of directors of the Tor Project, the domain has attracted a vast amount of interest as you’d expect given the …

Belkin finally launches the first Apple-approved battery pack with Lightning input charging

At last, you can charge your battery pack with the same cable you charge your iPhone with<p>It’s taken a long time, but Belkin has finally released the first Apple-approved battery pack that features a Lightning port input for charging. In other words, instead of recharging your battery pack with a …

MoviePass surge pricing is here: $2 to $6 extra at peak times

MoviePass' promise of a movie every day for $9.95 a month is about to change.<p>MoviePass just announced that it's rolling out its peak pricing starting today. The new policy will charge you extra if you plan on seeing a popular movie during a sought-after time slot. In the example given, MoviePass …

Netflix will remove user reviews from its website next month

Aside from a looming 'Ultra' tier that could raise prices while restricting features like 4K, HDR or simultaneous streams, Netflix has recently notified users of one feature that's definitely going away: written user reviews. While Netflix dropped the five-star rating system from its apps early …

5 mistakes to avoid when buying a refrigerator

A refrigerator is a big, expensive purchase. Choose wisely and you'll sing your fridge's praises for a decade or more. Choose poorly and you'll be cursing it for just as long. Still, there's no need to stress out over this decision. Sure, shopping for a large appliance doesn't happen everyday. …

Vitalik Buterin: “I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible”

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin talked about a wide range of topics during an interview with Jon Evans at TechCrunch Sessions: Blockchain. He was surprisingly balanced and stated multiple times that everyone has different needs and it’s hard to live in a world where everything is centralized or …

London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate

The technology is being trialled in the UK but has so far led to zero arrests<p>The head of London’s Metropolitan Police force has defended the organization’s ongoing trials of automated facial recognition systems, despite legal challenges and criticisms that the technology is “almost entirely …

Surveillance

This amazing new web tool lets you create microsites that exist solely as URLs

Long live the open web<p>Former Google designer Nicholas Jitkoff, who’s now the vice president of design at Dropbox, has created a really nifty new web tool he’s calling itty bitty sites, or self-contained microsites that exist solely as URLs. You can create your own by following this URL: …

QR codes

Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence

Facebook took down a post containing passages from the Declaration of Independence, saying they were hate speech. It has since apologized — though the algorithm may have been justified in flagging the material.<p>A Texas newspaper called the Liberty County Vindicator decided to celebrate July 4th by …

Gear for making outdoor fitness more enjoyable

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch earn affiliate commissions.</i> <i></i><p>Exercising outdoors comes with space, terrain and, if you’re lucky, a nice breeze that you don’t get in …

Google says no one is reading your emails, except...

Google would like you to know that no one is reading your emails on Gmail without your permission. While that may be true, things aren't that …

Microsoft’s rumored $400 Surface could come with much less powerful chips

Rumors about a new line of cheaper Surface tablets that could compete with Apple’s lower-cost iPads began to surface in May, and now sources speaking with <i>WinFuture.de</i> have divulged divulged that the cheaper models might run on Intel’s less powerful Pentium chips.<p>Earlier <i>Bloomberg</i> reports and an FCC …

Polk Command Bar review: smarter than it sounds

Another take on Alexa in a soundbar<p>The Polk Command Bar is about as subtle as those “As Seen on TV!” stickers slapped on products in the discount aisle at your local big box retailer. But instead of that catchy infomercial product slogan, the design of this $299 soundbar blares “Now with Alexa!” …

Keep your Gmail from prying eyes

A new report says that Gmail users may have unwittingly given third-party apps the ability to read their Gmail. Here's what you should know and how you can check which apps have access to your inbox.

Apps

Huawei gets its first smartphone with 8GB of RAM

Even the Huawei Porsche phone doesn’t have 8GB of RAM<p>Huawei just unveiled the Honor 10 GT, which will be its first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. Its predecessor, the Honor 10, which launched in April for China and in May internationally, only had options for 4GB or 6GB of RAM.<p>Besides the extra RAM, …

Mobile Technology

Your phone isn’t listening to you, researchers say, but it may be watching everything you do

There’s a new conspiracy theory in town<p>You’ve seen the YouTube videos. It’s a shaky-cam iPhone shot with a wide-eyed someone giggling under their breath “cat food,” or some other miscellaneous thing they allegedly never talk about or search for near or on their device. The climax of this plot line …

Apps

Dell will again become a publicly traded company in $22 billion buyout

Dell returns after five years as a private firm, and founder / CEO Michael Dell remains in charge<p>Dell is returning to the public market in a $22 billion stock buyout that will still leave CEO / founder Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake firmly in charge, as reported by <i>The Financial Times</i>. …

IT

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 could be unveiled next month

All signs point to August<p>Nvidia launched its current generation of GeForce gaming GPUs more than two years ago, and we might just see the next generation, rumored to be named the GeForce GTX 11 Series, in August. While Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the next GeForce GPUs would be “a long time from …

Microsoft’s $400 Surface tablet hits the FCC, could launch soon

Microsoft has been reportedly working on a cheaper $400 Surface tablet, and it appears to have passed through the FCC this week. The filing itself (spotted by <i>WinFuture</i>) only reveals a low-powered charger, presumably for a smaller Surface device, but not many other hardware details. <i>Bloomberg</i> …