How Uber can permanently regain trust

Travis Kalanick Headshot The impetus, of course, is the now widely read account of former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti, who wrote over the weekend about the sexual harassment she endured during her year with the company, and her astonishment that Uber’s HR department repeatedly dismissed her well-documented claims in favor of keeping her manager on board. Rigetti – now an engineer at… Read More

Google’s latest research aims to make mixed reality videos a little less alien

image01 Consumer VR has been around for a nearly a year and there are a ton of questions floating around that still boggle even the sharper minds in the industry. One that’s been answered (to some degree), however, is how on earth developers can show consumers what VR is actually like without needing them to experience it in person. Researchers have made pretty quick work of answering… Read More

Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

Nintendo Classic Edition If you were lucky enough to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition this last holiday season, you were probably impressed (as was I) with the quality of the emulation — so much so you wished it had a few more games, or maybe even that there was an SNES version. Well, your dream is coming true — kind of, anyway. Read More

Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down eponymous social network

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-00-37-44 It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned. Subsequent to that, the small-time Asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this… Read More

Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

mbc As the TV show ‘Silicon Valley‘ has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next ‘product’ to be born into this satirical ‘vertical’ is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. The Maybe Capital Board Game launched this week on Kickstarter, and its launch… Read More

Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

mbc As the TV show ‘Silicon Valley‘ has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next ‘product’ to be born into this satirical ‘vertical’ is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. The Maybe Capital Board Game launched this week on Kickstarter, and its launch… Read More

Exyn unveils AI to help drones fly autonomously, even indoors or off the grid

Exyn Technologies AI software allows drones to fly without pilots where GPS and Wifi isn't available. A startup called Exyn Technologies Inc. today revealed AI software that enables drones to fly autonomously, even in dark, obstacle-filled environments or beyond the reaches of GPS. A spin out of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Labs, Exyn uses sensor fusion to give drones situational awareness much like a human’s. In a demo video shared by the company with TechCrunch, a… Read More

Trump’s new national security adviser is a futurist with warnings about technology

6485795015_df2dc42518_b A week after Michael Flynn’s abrupt fall from grace, President Trump will smooth things over with a national security adviser that at least some people can agree on. Called everything from a “warrior scholar” to the “rarest of soldiers,”, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is an about-face from the divisive Flynn, who resigned amid the escalating controversy over his… Read More