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Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

“Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or …

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Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com.

The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another …

Startups

Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes

Google’s ATAP unit today debuted Project Jacquard, the group’s effort to develop the technology that could soon make interactive textiles not just a novelty, but something that the global fashion industry could adopt.

According to ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev, the group asked how it could weave multi-touch …

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Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

Robots are supposed to be huge and hulking like Big Dog, but what happens when they are as light as a feather? MIT researchers recently demonstrated a tiny robot that can fold itself from a sheet of thin material, walk around and carry loads, and then dunk itself in acetone to completely …

Origami

Bold Knot Is A Cute Top-Up Charger Built By A Startup From The West Bank

The Bold Knot is a neatly designed top-up battery pack aiming to prevent smartphone users from running out of battery towards the end of the day. Plug it in and your beloved handset will get a fuel injection (equivalent to three hours’ extra talk time). The idea is to offer a more portable — and …

Startups

Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

Google’s ATAP team showed a working version of its Project Ara modular smartphone on stage at I/O today, with engineer Rafa Camargo snapping in a camera module and taking a quick photo on a device running the latest version of Android. It was a brief show of where the project’s at, and amazing when …

Mobile Photography

Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

Project Vault is a secure computer contained entirely on a micro SD sized device. Google’s ATAP said the micro SD format made sense because there’s already advanced security features on your phone, contained in the SIM card, which protects the things important to carriers. Vault is designed to be …

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Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

Google was showing off its Project Jacquard at I/O 2015, a connected fabric tech that lets you build connected surfaces right into your clothes, in a way that makes it easy to connect to devices and power, while letting clothes makers make stuff that actually looks good. It seems promising, …

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ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

Google’s ATAP Project Soli is an attempt to harness the power of hand and finger manipulation to make it easier to interact with ever-smaller devices and screens. It posits that instead of using tools, we should use our “hand motion vocabulary” to control devices, even when the devices aren’t …

Wearable Tech

Tiggly Words Teaches Kids To Read Using Real-World Toys That Work With An iPad

Tiggly, a company that makes a line of “iPad toys” that combine real-world objects with virtual play in mobile applications, has now rolled out its latest product: a new game and real-world toy combination it’s calling “Tiggly Words.” The idea is that young children can place the provided letters …

Toys

TwoDots Tops 30 Million Downloads, 5 Billion Games Played

Crossing 4.8 billion TwoDots games played, the creators of both Dots and its successor have admitted they are working on new games.

CEO Paul Murphy told TechCrunch that the company has shelved around six different games while continuing to build out new worlds on TwoDots, but that the company does …

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The Agenda For The Europas Conference: AI, Drones, Health, FinTech, Fashion & More

The Europas Conference & Awards for European Tech Startups is on on June 16 in London, and TechCrunch is the exclusive Media Partner. Think ‘a summertime Crunchies, with a daytime unconference attached, by a sunny River Thames’. The agenda for the event has just been released. You can find it here …

Europe

Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets. Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support. Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets. It is also adding free book excerpts for its entire catalog.

“Things are going well,” …

E-reader

Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

How much does a terabyte of photo storage cost? On iCloud, $240 a year. Dropbox, $100. Microsoft OneDrive, $84.

Google, $0. It’s free on desktop, Android, and iOS.

Today, Google announced its new Google Photos product, which offers unlimited free storage of photos and videos. The only limits are that …

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Google Updates Play Games With Improved Player Analytics

Google Play Games, Google’s cloud-based platform for game developers, got a number of updates at the company’s annual I/O developer conference today that should make the life of game developers a little bit easier. Play Games, which launched at I/O two years ago, will now offer developers a far …

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Google Play Gets More Family-Friendly With Content Ratings, Filtering By Age And Interest

In April, Google announced a new developer-facing program called “Designed for Families” which allowed mobile app publishers the option to undergo an additional review in order to be included in a new section focused on kids’ apps within Google Play. Today, the company officially unveiled that …

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Google Photos Breaks Free Of Google+, Now Offers Free, Unlimited Storage

Google officially announced its long-rumored revamp of its photo-sharing service, Google Photos, at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco today. The killer feature? Users can now backup up full-resolution photos and videos – up to 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos – to Google’s cloud for …

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Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps

Google just announced that turn-by-turn directions will soon be accessible from Maps even when you don’t have a data connection.

Rounding out a series of announcements about improvements to the offline experience of its major mobile apps for regions without reliable, fast wireless infrastructure, …

Google

Google’s Quest To Bring The Internet To The Next Billion People

For Google to continue to expand its global ambitions, it’s going to have to get more people on the Internet. And it’s going to have to make sure its products work in areas with spotty service and low-bandwidth connections.

Around 2.8 billion people currently have access to the Internet of the …

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Google Play Store Now Lets Developers A/B Test Their App Listing Pages, Customize Their Catalog Page

Google today at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco announced a number of new features for developers who want to sell their apps in the Google Play Store.

Developers who have a number of apps in the store can now customize their app catalog page that shows all of their apps in the Store, …

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Google Launches Android M Preview With Fingerprint Scanner Support, Android Pay, Improved Permissions And Battery Life

As expected, Google today announced the developer preview release of the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. With Android M (which will get its full name once it’s released to users), Google focuses mostly on fit and finish, but the company also added a number …

Google

Google Debuts New AdMob Tools For Ad Targeting, Native Ads, Scaling Apps And More

In addition to new products and media partnerships aimed to help app developers grow and manage their businesses, Google today also announced a new set of AdMob tools to help developers better target ads, serve native ads, and scale their apps more quickly with support from app sales teams.

The …

Google

Android Wear Puts More Information A Single Glance Away

Google just demonstrated the next evolution of Android Wear, its operating system for smart watches.

The focus of the updates shown here at Google IO (which will roll out over the next few weeks) is putting more information a single glance away. Google’s implementation has information stay on your …

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Google Takes Another Shot At Mobile Payments With Android Pay

At its I/O developer conference today, Google announced Android Pay, a new payments solution native to its mobile operating system.

In addition to making it easier to pay at a merchant’s point of sale via NFC, the new system lets merchants integrate payments directly into their apps for selling …

Google

Google Opens Inbox To All, Adds Smart Reminders, Trip Bundles, Undo Send And More

Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client the company launched late last year, is now open to all. Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by.

Google says it will also open up Inbox to all Google …

Google

Uber Adds New Features To Driver-Side App For Hearing Impaired Drivers

Uber is making changes to its driver-side app to provide better functionality for deaf and hard of hearing driver partners.

For years now, Uber’s driver-side app has used audio alerts to notify the driver when a passenger is waiting to be picked up. This put Uber’s deaf and hard of hearing drivers …

Uber

Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog

Google’s I/O developer conference for 2015 kicks off today, with a keynote that begins at 9:30 AM PT. Google typically uses this to make big, splashy announcements about its software platforms and products, and to go into additional detail about what the changes mean to developers especially.

We …

Google

Apple Is Working With Postmates To Offer Same-Day Delivery

Apple has partnered with on-demand delivery startup Postmates to offer same-day delivery of certain items in the Apple Store.

We’ve been able to order items from the nearest Apple Store on the Postmates app for a while. However, this is a pilot partnership between the Apple Store app and the …

Apple Store

Foursquare Ups Recommendation Game With Latest Update

Foursquare has today released an update that is meant to improve recommendations for users. Though it doesn’t look all that different, the app has been given an under-the-hood makeover.

Foursquare is now using even more information about you — places you’ve been, liked, saved, tastes, and people you …

Collaborative Filtering

What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right …

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