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Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

Flipboard, an online and mobile service that allows readers to explore content from around the web in a beautiful magazine-style layout as well as create topical, mobile magazines of their own, is today expanding its curation abilities with the debut of “Private Group Magazines.” As the name …

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Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company is taking on startups like TaskRabbit

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial …


August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a …

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Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify

In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

Almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the …

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Uber For Kids: Shuddle Raises $10 Million To Replace Mom's Minivan

In an age of “Uber for X” startups, it was inevitable that we’d start to see ride hailing services splinter into more specialized use cases.

Running to the head of that line is Shuddle, a new Uber-like service that arranges car rides for busy families. The app, launched officially last October, …


Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online

Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.

We first spotted the news in a tweet before the company announced the acquisition in a post on its website.

TheFind bills itself as "the only way to search the entire shoppable web." Its proprietary search engine lets you type in something you're …


Ikea: 7 Predictions For What Your Home Will Look Like In 2020

From silicon furniture to the death of storage, Marcus Engman of Ikea Sweden talks to us about the near-future of your home.

There's a good chance that Marcus Engman is directly responsible for at least one piece of furniture in your house—and if you're a millennial, maybe all of it. As head of …


How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone

Researchers have been putting up fliers around college campuses and city centers to get people to participate in medical studies for decades. But the methods for obtaining this type of quantitative data has always been a challenge and has been largely unchanged.

But now Apple is involved.

As a part …


Now anybody can use Robinhood, the no-fee trading app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen

It's sleek. It's easy to use. It's designed to give first time, small-scale investors a leg up on Wall Street hotshots.

And after months of waiting, it's now open to anyone who wants to join.

Robinhood, a zero-commission brokerage app for iPhone that launched in December to a 700,000-person waitlist, …

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These 4 Challenges Could Keep Smartwatches From Succeeding

Most of the gadget-buying public has yet to feel, use, or touch a smartwatch. And I may be taking a leap here, but I’m going to assume that, were you to ask these folks their thoughts on the nascent category, most of them have gotten by just fine without one, thank you very much.

Of course, this …

80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 …


Turn Your Old iPhone Into A New, Braun-Inspired Radio

In a new body, a used-up iPhone becomes a brand-new radio.

Your old iPhone might not run the latest apps or hold a charge all day, but it’s still an amazing little machine, capable of upgrading almost any appliance in your home, if only there was a way to make that happen.

The iReadyO radio ($83), a …


YouTube Kids app comes out to play

As expected, Google unveils its kid-friendly YouTube app, but it's out already on both Android and Apple's iOS.

Google on Monday unveiled its new …


11 Google apps you probably didn’t know existed

Google introduced a brand new standalone app called YouTube Kids today, initially available in the U.S. only, which is its first product “built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” according to the Internet giant.

From Maps and Gmail to Translate and YouTube, Google already offers a myriad …


IFTTT rebrands with 3 new apps that make your life easier with one touch

IFTTT is taking its automating superpowers to a whole new level.

The company expanded its automation platform in a big way on Thursday with three new standalone apps and a rebranded flagship app.

IFTTT, which stands for "if this, then that" (pronounced like "gift" without the "g"), allows users to …


YouTube is 10 years old, but what will it look like in 2025?

YouTube’s first video may have been uploaded on 23 April 2005, but the website’s domain name was registered on 14 February. Hence the 10th birthday milestone this past weekend at a time when Google’s online video service is more popular than ever.

From zero to one billion viewers in a decade is some …


The Major Impact 3-D Printing Could Have on Tech--and Cooking


As the technology becomes more and more commonplace, here's a look at what kind of impact it might have.

Printed pastries with individually tailored nutrient levels. Ravioli that assemble themselves. Wedding cake toppers that are exact, tiny, renditions of the happy couple. It's all …


Pinterest, Apple Team Up To Promote 'App Pins'

Finding good apps on Apple’s App Store is tricky when the place is teeming with 1.4 million apps. Apple does a good job of curating “featured” apps on the front page of its store, but run a search for something like “health” or “games” and the stream of results is endless and confusing.

If only …

5 can't-miss apps: Paper, SwiftKey, uHealth and more

With news swirling around Twitter's most recent earnings and CEO Dick Costolo's comments about taking on trolls, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps.

Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

This week's list includes SwiftKey's …


Why Alibaba's Tea Delivery Test Is Not The Future Of Drone Delivery

Two Decembers ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive.

“If you can guess what it is … I will give you half my fortune.”

The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon’s proposed …


How to share your saved images on Snapchat

Snapchatters rejoice! It is possible to send an image from your Camera Roll in Snapchat.

With the ephemeral messaging app's Chat functionality, you can send photos and screenshots to your friends directly from your smartphone's photo gallery.

Learn how to send a saved image on Snapchat with our …


Is Keeping Things Simple the Wearable Industry’s Way Forward?

Humans have a natural characteristic of living inside their own head and think that the way it works in their head is similar to how it works in …

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles




It’s the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of …

Hotel chain utilizes modern tech to transform the check in experience

Loyalty rewards program debuts new technology: the first-ever keyless room entry

Imagine the typical check-in process of your holiday vacation: after …

Five habits for executives to become more digital

Need to catch up to the digital revolution? Here’s our cheat sheet for the C-suite. For many consumers, being digital is second nature. Activities …

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BMW gives you what you've always wanted: automated parking via smartwatch

BMW Smartwatch activates the fully-automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant. The system recognizes the structural features of the car park and …