Wireless charging firm Aira raises $12M – TechCrunch

Brian Heater 2021-08-03 09:00:55 techcrunch.com Founded in 2017, Arizona-based Aira didn’t waste any time proving out its technology. We’ve written about the company’s wireless charging a few times over the years, including the “FreePower” technology it has baked into…

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Nixie’s drone-based water sampling could save cities time and money – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-06-24 17:41:34 techcrunch.com Regularly testing waterways and reservoirs is a never-ending responsibility for utility companies and municipal safety authorities, and generally — as you might expect — involves either a boat or at least a pair of…

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Tiny handheld Playdate preorders open next month for $179, with 24 charming monochrome games to start – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-06-08 15:16:42 techcrunch.com Playdate, app and game designer Panic’s first shot at hardware, finally has a firm price and ship date, as well as a bunch of surprise features cooked up since its announcement in 2019. The…

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Apple announces iCloud+ with privacy-focused features – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-06-07 14:09:06 techcrunch.com Apple is rolling out some updates to iCloud under the name iCloud+. The company is announcing those features at its developer conference. Existing paid iCloud users are going to get those iCloud+ features for…

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Apple releases torrent of updates, and Wall Street yawns – TechCrunch

Alex Wilhelm 2021-06-07 15:55:48 techcrunch.com Today’s WWDC keynote from Apple covered a huge range of updates. From a new macOS to a refreshed watchOS to a new iOS, better privacy controls, FaceTime updates, and even iCloud+, there was something…

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Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote live right here – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-06-07 03:00:46 techcrunch.com Today, Apple is holding a (virtual) keynote on the first day of its developer conference, and the company is expected to talk about a ton of software updates. At 10 AM PT (1 PM…

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Kabuto releases a larger version of its smart suitcase – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-06-02 09:00:37 techcrunch.com Kabuto, the French startup that designs and sells smart suitcases, is releasing a new suitcase today. Called the Kabuto Trunk, this is the company’s biggest suitcase to date. Unlike smart suitcases from other brands,…

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Robots, meet world – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-05-24 15:09:41 techcrunch.com Research papers come out far too frequently for anyone to read them all. That’s especially true in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company.…

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Google is making a 3D, life-size video calling booth – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-05-18 15:26:28 techcrunch.com Google is working on a video calling booth that uses 3D imagery on a 3D display to create a lifelike image of the people on both sides. While it’s still experimental, “Project Starline” builds…

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Everything Google announced at I/O today – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-05-18 17:23:13 techcrunch.com This year’s I/O event from Google was heavy on the “we’re building something cool” and light on the “here’s something you can use or buy tomorrow.” But there were also some interesting surprises from…

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Watch Google I/O keynote live right here – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-05-18 03:01:51 techcrunch.com After skipping a year, Google is holding a keynote for its developer conference Google I/O. While it’s going to be an all-virtual event, there should be plenty of announcements, new products and new features…

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Xbox teams up with Tencent’s Honor of Kings maker TiMi Studios – TechCrunch

Rita Liao 2021-05-13 07:58:47 techcrunch.com TiMi Studios, one of the world’s most lucrative game makers and is part of Tencent’s gargantuan digital entertainment empire, said Thursday that it has struck a strategic partnership with Xbox. The succinct announcement did…

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Apple sales bounce back in China as Huawei loses smartphone crown – TechCrunch

Rita Liao 2021-04-28 23:36:03 techcrunch.com Huawei’s smartphone rivals in China are quickly divvying up the market share it has lost over the past year. 92.4 million units of smartphones were shipped in China during the first quarter, with Vivo…

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Introspective, detail-oriented and disaster-chasing AIs – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-04-20 13:33:09 techcrunch.com Research papers come out far too frequently for anyone to read them all. That’s especially true in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company.…

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Apple brings Touch ID to the Magic Keyboard – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-04-20 13:47:30 techcrunch.com Apple has unveiled a new, colorful iMac today with an Apple-designed M1 chip. But that was just part of the story as the company used that opportunity to release new Mac accessories. In addition…

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Apple to invest $1.2 billion in silicon design center in Germany – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-03-10 10:47:32 techcrunch.com Apple has announced that it plans to increase its corporate spendings in Germany. In particular, the company wants to set up a new facility in Munich, Germany. Called the European Silicon Design Center, the…

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