Leap Motion shows off Interaction Engine for their VR hand-tracking tech
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 2:31 am

 VR makes the most sense when you don’t have to learn the controls and stuff just works. Today, Leap Motion dropped an early access beta version of their Interaction Engine which makes it easier for developers to build VR environments can manipulate sophisticatedly with their hands. In a blog post, the company calls the engine “a layer that exists between the Unity game engine… Read More

Crunch Report | New Tesla Model S Upgrade
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 11:14 pm

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The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 11:05 pm

 The world’s most prestigious startup school launched 48 companies today at part 2 of its Summer 2016 Demo Day. Nanoparticle analytics and delivery robots were amongst the products revealed in the B2B, biotech, enterprise, edtech, fintech, and hardware verticals. You can check out our write-ups of all 44 startups that launched yesterday, and TechCrunch’s picks for the top 7 from… Read More

Tech is primed for an upswing
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

 The past 15 months has created a lot of confusion around where the technology sector is going. I’m constantly being asked by entrepreneurs if the timing is right to start a new business and would I invest in these current markets? Yes and yes. Read More

Listen to the premiere of TCBC, a new podcast from TechCrunch
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 9:44 pm

 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. It’s something new we’re trying, and hopefully it helps bring home the stories we cover here at TechCrunch, giving you additional context that can be… Read More

Live video minus Facebook equals Alively
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:57 pm

 SMS is terrible, yet it’s still the way more than half of video gets shared on mobile. Meanwhile, Facebook is trying to turn everyone into famous broadcasters when most people just want to show close friends what they’re up to. That’s why Facebook’s product manager for Live, Vadim Lavrusik, defected from the social network to start his own video streaming iOS app… Read More

Narrative Science can now describe your Tableau charts for you
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:21 pm

 Tableau Software‘s shares soared 13 percent on Tuesday following the announcement that the data analytics provider has partnered with Narrative Science, a Chicago-based company that develops natural language generation (NLG) tools. The result of the partnership is Narratives for Tableau, a free Chrome extension that automatically creates written explanations for Tableau… Read More

White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:06 pm

 The country faces a plethora of issues that affect millions of people every day. Although there has been some progress as a society around pro-LGBTQ legislation and healthcare, there is a lot left to be done around poverty, criminal justice reform, federal statistics around LGBTQ people, youth solutions, mental health, the environment, education and inclusion in tech. Today at the White… Read More

New York Times journalists reportedly targeted by Russian hackers
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 6:18 pm

 The FBI is reportedly looking into hacking attempts against U.S. journalists that may have been orchestrated by Russian intelligence services. New York Times journalists were among those targeted, CNN and the AP report. The New York Times confirmed that its Moscow bureau was targeted, but said the paper has no reason to believe the attack was successful. It’s not yet clear why the… Read More

NSF puts $110 million toward building out the XSEDE national computing initiative
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:59 pm

 It’s in the country’s best interest to stay at (or at least near) the forefront of advanced computing techniques, and the National Science Foundation has just put $110 million down to make sure that happens. Read More

YC-backed CoinTent says it can help publishers deal with ad blockers
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:13 pm

 CoinTent might be the solution for publishers worried about the money they’re losing to ad blockers. The San Francisco-based company started with a focus on paywalls, but it’s recently moved into offering publishers (including GQ) a broader range of solutions to deal with ad blockers. That doesn’t just mean inserting more ads. CEO Bradley Ross described CoinTent as… Read More

Hollywood’s take on cybersecurity
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 It can be tough going to the movies as a cybersecurity expert. Films handling the very real issues of internet security and modern computer science are overwhelmingly unrealistic. As we get our tickets and popcorn ready for “Snowden,” it’s a good time to take a look at the handful of film and TV projects that actually got hacking, and the complicated business of security in… Read More

This all-analog DNA circuit calculates without going digital
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 4:43 pm

 It’s a sign that we’re living in the future when using our own genetic machinery as a form of calculator or storage is nothing new — but make no mistake, it’s still very early days in this field and there are plenty of surprises ahead. Today’s surprise, for instance, is the use of DNA to do exact arithmetical calculations entirely in analog. Read More

Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 4:31 pm

 Content management systems are boring until you have to use one. You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding. But what if you could roll your own CMS? And what if you made it really cool? That’s what Cory LaViska did. LaViska is the founder of SurrealCMS and has been making it… Read More

STX Entertainment acquires VR studio Surreal
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 4:25 pm

 Virtual reality is quickly earning a reputation in Hollywood beyond its nerdy niche, with many industry professionals shifting resources and attention to catching this platform wave early. STX Entertainment, the Hollywood TV and film studio behind flicks like Bad Moms and Free State of Jones, has just acquired VR content producer Surreal to begin powering some of their own efforts in the… Read More

EVEN Electric will sell only EVs, but not in the US
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 4:14 pm

 EVEN Electric may be based in Ottawa, Ontario, but it has its sights set on selling electric vehicles from multiple brands worldwide. The sales and distribution network — not a dealership — will have new and pre-owned EVs available via centralized processing centers in several countries. Buyers order their car online, and it will be shipped from the nearest processing center to a… Read More

Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 4:01 pm

 The joy that comes from listening to music with friends is something that’s been around ever since…well, ever since music. But today, thanks to digital services that let you listen anytime, anywhere, music is now more often a solo experience. A new app called Lisn wants to change that, by offering you a way to listen to music with a friend, no matter how far apart you are, and… Read More

A look inside Hyperloop One’s wildly fast future
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 3:52 pm

 What’s really going on at Hyperloop One – the futuristic transportation system proposing to shoot humans from point A to B at 750 miles-per-hour? The startup changed its name from Hyperloop Transportation to Hyperloop One and began testing in the Nevada desert this spring; announced $80 million in Series B funding; suffered an executive leadership shake-up and the former… Read More

Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 3:39 pm

 Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time on the Model S, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating production cars available. The 100kWh battery option isn’t just for speed,… Read More

New .blog TLD opens up early registration applications
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 2:21 pm

 One of the few new top-level domains that actually makes sense, .blog, is starting the process of registration. Automattic, which runs WordPress and a number of other useful web apps, owns .blog and is handling applications at get.blog. Read More

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