David Lowry

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Rapper Spitting Dr. Seuss' 'Wocket in My Pocket' to Migos' "Walk It Talk It" Is F*cking Fabulous

Though it's not the first combination of children's books x rap, you can still add this video to the long list of brilliant viral concepts that seem …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Secret To Getting Your Song On Spotify Playlists

I get emails pretty much daily asking me if I offer playlist pitching services for independent (and major label for that matter) artists. I decline …

Social Media

No Worries 100

Voting

Google launches a paid enterprise edition of its Dialogflow chatbot builder

Google today announced the beta launch of its enterprise edition of Dialogflow, its tool for building chatbots and other conversational applications.<p>In addition, Dialogflow (both in its free and enterprise version) is now getting built-in support for speech recognition, something that developers …

Chatbots

These Are the Best Meals Under $40 in New York City

The 13th edition of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand guide for New York has been announced. The “cheap eats” version of the famous dining list describes 127 …

West Village

Walmart Labs open sources its tool for bringing React Native to existing mobile apps

Walmart is placing a big bet on React Native. With Electrode, the company’s Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com’s frontend and today the same group is also launching Electrode Native, its tool for bringing React Native to existing native apps on iOS …

Software Engineering

Microsoft launches new machine learning tools

Microsoft, just like many of its competitors, has gone all in on machine learning. That emphasis is on full display at the company’s Ignite conference this where, where the company today announced a number of new tools for developers who want to build new A.I. models and users who simply want to …

Machine Learning

Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. 'What is going on here?'

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.<p>Early one Monday morning, police and<p>FBIagents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the distinctive …

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.<p>If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching our new cover story on the dramatic impact he’s had on …

Books

SpeechCoach.ai helps you step up your public speaking game

Public speaking can be terrifying. Before every TechCrunch Disrupt, moderators are required to go through mandatory speaker training to ensure we’re not flaming disasters on stage. Our bosses bring in a real-life human to train us and point out how often we use filler words or simply don’t make any …

Disrupt NY

Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment

I found the old matchbook lying on a desk.<p>It was buried under some papers, beside a thick, water-logged book frozen solid in the January chill. I ran …

Washington D.C.

19 NYC Secrets Even New Yorkers Don't Know

When you're living in a city whose history dates back to the 1600s, every day is an opportunity to discover another mind-blowing piece of historical …

New York City

Art exhibit expressly for canine critics debuts in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — You won't find any pictures of dogs playing poker at DoGUMENTA.<p>A three-day art exhibition curated expressly for dogs is attracting hundreds of canines to a marina in lower Manhattan, where hounds and terriers are feasting their eyes, and in some cases their mouths, on nearly a dozen …

Art

Hundreds of vintage photos of lower Manhattan were just published online, and they’re amazing

New York never stops changing.<p>The constantly-evolving nature of the city is a big part of its charm. Trends come and go, neighborhoods ebb and flow …

MelodyVR signs Sony Music deal; 2017 launch still possible

British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has completed its set of major-label licensing deals, with Sony Music joining Warner Music and Universal …

Virtual Reality

Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new tunes and make recommendations, too. While it’s fair to say that Spotify is leading the market in terms of its influential playlist selections, …

Google Play

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Calls on Spotify, Apple Music And YouTube To Credit Songwriters

Martin Bandier, who as Sony/ATV chairman and ceo oversees the music industry's largest portfolio of music publishing assets, today attacked streaming …

Apple Music

Elon Musk says robots will beat humans at everything by 2030

The performance of humans’ puny brains will be outmatched by computers within just 13 years, billionaire Elon Musk has claimed.<p>The Tesla and SpaceX …

Elon Musk

Roomba creator wants to do for gardens what he did for your floors

Let's be honest: while planting your garden can be fun, weeding it usually isn't. Not unless you enjoy crouching down for long stretches, anyway. You might not have to endure the drudgery for too much longer, though. Roomba co-creator Joe Jones and Franklin Robotics are launching Tertill, a robot …

How Cold Brew Changed the Coffee Business

Summer officially starts this year on June 21, but that’s only the solstice, the day when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. Down on street level, summer really begins on the first humid, sun-streaked day, when even the thought of sipping a hot cup of coffee is too much to bear. It’s …

Coffee

Spotify partners with Capital One to offer half-price premium subscriptions

In an effort to grow its paid subscribers base, Spotify this morning announced a partnership with Capital One that will offer Spotify customers half off the price of their Spotify subscription if they pay with a Capital One Quicksilver or QuicksilverOne cards. The year-long partnership will …

Capital One

Why your next business phone will be an Amazon Echo

"The phone is already dead."That's what Microsoft visionary and HoloLens honcho Alex Kipman said this week.The "phone call is making a …

Amazon Echo

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

Pet portraits are the cutest when they're shot from below

In what's surely the cutest take on the traditional pet portrait, the photographer behind the Underlook series shoots his subjects from below.<p>Over …

'Every Noise at Once' has your weekend playlist covered (forever)

Quick, do you know the difference between Danish and German pop? How about pointing out the nuances that shift EDM music from the deep neo-synthpop genre into tribal house?<p>Yeah, me neither.<p>Engineer Glenn McDonald, in an attempt to chart different types of music, created a website back in 2013 that …

Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link – but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents’ app for configuring …

Apps

An Honest Review Of Google Home And Amazon's Alexa

After testing, playing with and angrily berating Google Home and Alexa, I think I’ve got a fairly good grip on how they both fare as personal assistants.<p>What I can say, unequivocally, is that they’re a YUGE improvement on what we’ve had to date, which is probably no surprise. The earliest versions …

Smart Homes

Here’s everything you can do at Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer

Searching for epic things to do outside in NYC? We may live in a concrete jungle, but thanks to some of the best NYC parks, there is no shortage of …

Are We Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Free Music Streaming?

"Our theory was simple," wrote Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify, in 2014, "offer a terrific free tier, supported by advertising, as a starting point to attract fans and get them in the door."<p>So what happens after everybody's crossed the threshold?<p>At the time Ek wrote that post he was …

Music Industry

Spotify is planning a direct listing of its shares — not an IPO

Instead, The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify is planning a direct listing in September which wouldn't involve raising any new money.<p>A normal IPO involves a company issuing shares of stock. But The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify will instead simply register its shares on a public …

Wall Street