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Some Pokémon Go players given lifetime bans are being let back into the game
Posted: 30 August 2016 | 2:25 am

 Did you get banned from playing Pokémon Go after downloading an app that you thought might make the game more fun? Well, it turns out that you might be able to get back into the smash hit title after all. Read More

You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded?
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 9:00 pm

 The funding environment is so overheated that it often seems like no idea is too silly to attract investment. You might be surprised by how many companies struggle to raise money — even those that manage to bootstrap their way to a million dollars (or more) in revenue. Read More

Alphabet’s David Drummond leaves Uber’s board amid mounting competition
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 8:05 pm

 David Drummond, who joined Uber’s board of directors in August 2013, stepped down several weeks ago, Uber has confirmed to TechCrunch. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. At first blush: no surprise whatsoever. Earlier this month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company’s first fleet of self-driving cars would begin running in Pittsburgh soon (as soon as this… Read More

ET is that you? Astronomers detect intriguing signal 95 light-years away
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 7:28 pm

 Are we alone in the universe? An international group of astronomers has detected an interesting radio signal spike, one that could possibly be of alien origin, from a star system located 95 light-years away. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe, a field known as SETI, find the powerful signal unique enough to warrant permanent monitoring of the… Read More

Sufferers of iPhone 6’s ‘Touch Disease’ may soon have a class action lawsuit
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 7:23 pm

 iPhones around the world are dying in a peculiar way, and Apple isn’t doing right by affected users, asserts a lawsuit filed over the weekend. The plaintiffs are three in number for now, but hope to elevate the case to class action status. Read More

In a first, FAA allows PrecisionHawk to fly drones where pilots can’t see them
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 7:04 pm

 The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission to a drone tech startup called PrecisionHawk to fly its unmanned aerial vehicles beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in U.S. airspace. The exemption represents a first in the country, and comes on the same day that the FAA implemented its Part 107 rules governing the way that businesses can use small drones, up to 55 pounds, in… Read More

Updates to Apple hardware this year will focus on power users
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 6:35 pm

 Apple’s roadmap for the rest of the year (and perhaps a bit beyond that) appears to take aim at big spenders and power users. Expect updates to the iPad, MacBook Air and Pro and Thunderbolt display. Read More

uSens shows off new tracking sensors that aim to deliver richer experiences for mobile VR
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 6:06 pm

 Startups in the VR space are increasingly growing confident that consumers will want to interact with objects in the virtual world the same way they do irl — with their hands. uSens is showing off the first line of its Fingo hand-tracking developer kits. The sensors have an eye toward mobile VR and integrate inside-out positional tracking tech, allowing an attached headset to track… Read More

For law enforcement, the rule must be no implementation without representation
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 5:36 pm

 Once again a powerful tool has been implemented against the public without its knowledge or consent. Which rather defeats the point of having a voluntary, civilian police force, doesn’t it? Read More

Revelator raises $2.5M to build a business platform for digital music
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 5:30 pm

 Bruno Guez has spent decades in the music business — he hosted a show on public radio, founded Quango Music Group and even worked as the creative director of music at Cirque de Soleil. Over that time, he said he’s watched as changes in the music industry outpaced the tools available to artists and labels. “There were no modern platforms for the B2B segment of the… Read More

Recapalypse now
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Over the last couple of years of boom times for venture capital-backed startups, round sizes ballooned and valuations filled with all that hot air. Valuations of new financings have started declining significantly since the beginning of the year, leaving a number of companies hanging on precariously high in the air without solid ground beneath them. Read More

NHTSA releases raw 2015 traffic fatality data, calls for tech companies to analyze
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 4:49 pm

 The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2015 was up 7.2 percent from the year prior, to 35,092, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is doing things a little differently this year with respect to that data, since it’s a troubling departure from the overall recent trend of a decreasing total number of annual traffic-related deaths. The NHTSA is today offering an… Read More

3D-print your own bones from everyone’s favorite fossil, Lucy
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 4:14 pm

 Admit it: You’ve always wanted your very own Australopithecus. Unfortunately, they’re extinct — but the best known representation of our 3-million-year-old ancestor, the famous fossil Lucy, is now more accessible than ever. Researchers have released high-resolution scans of some of her bones so amateur paleontologists around the world can print their very own. Read More

Listen to TCBC Episode 2: Brian Heater on IFA, Galaxy Note 7 and more
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 3:48 pm

 In case you missed the premiere last week, TechCrunch has a new podcast, and it’s TCBC, a show where I speak to a different writer on staff each week about their beat, the stories they’re following, and the tech news that’s most important to them right now. This week, it’s almost time for IFA, the CES of Europe (the other CES of Europe that isn’t MWC, at least).… Read More

New sensor system can predict when senior citizens are heading for a fall
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 3:17 pm

 Falling is awful. It causes irreparable harm to senior citizens and the fear of falling reduces senior citizen mobility drastically, creating a feedback loop that can be catastrophic. Now, thanks to a team at the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, caregivers can predict falls up to three weeks out, allowing for care and assistance before… Read More

Instagram Stories diverges from Snapchat by suggesting who to follow
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 3:00 pm

 Who decides who’s cool? Snapchat refuses to recommend accounts for fear of feeling heavy-handed. Maybe it learned from Twitter, whose old one-size-fits-none suggested user list immediately made it noisy, impersonal and ruled by an oligarchy. But Instagram is betting that algorithmically personalized suggestions could make its new ephemeral slideshow Stories feature addictive… even… Read More

Facebook’s Trending Topics algorithm already screwed up
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 2:55 pm

 Well, that was fast. Three days after Facebook said it would remove the human editors who curate the Trending topics section and replace them with a purely algorithmic system, the company trended a fake news story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. The mistake seems like an easily avoidable one — the story on Kelly, which claimed that she had been booted from the conservative-leaning… Read More

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 2:53 pm

 In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched in London last year. As The Digital Reader notes, even Governor Cuomo is in… Read More

Google’s new app Crowdsource asks users to help with translation, transcription & more
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 2:48 pm

 A new Google application called Crowdsource has quietly appeared on Google Play, asking users to perform brief tasks that will help improve the quality of Google services like Maps, translation, image transcription, and more. The app, surprisingly, doesn’t offer any sort of rewards or micropayments in exchange for users’ work, however – which means it won’t be much of… Read More

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hopes to show off his Jarvis-like home AI next month
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 2:46 pm

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is living at least a few years out ahead of anyone reading this post – the founding executive told an audience in Rome (via Verge) today that he hopes to demonstrate his home’s artificial intelligence system, which controls things like air conditioning, lighting and more based on things like face and voice recognition. Zuckerberg’s computerized… Read More

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