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September 2018

As Magic Leap preps for its first developer conference, the focus shifts to content

By | September 26th, 2018|Technology|

Even as Magic Leap has cleared the milestone of its first hardware release, the augmented reality startup still has big challenges ahead as it aims to entice developers to build the content for its wild new device. The $2,295 Magic Leap One headset is a very polished-looking developer kit, but it didn’t ship with a [...]

Mars orbiter spots silent, dust-covered Opportunity rover as dust storm clears

By | September 26th, 2018|Technology|

Mars rover Opportunity has been operating on the surface of the Red Planet since 2004, but a dust storm this summer may prove to be the mission’s toughest challenges. The enormous storm caked Opportunity in dust and blocked out the sun, its source of energy — and there’s no guarantee the batteries aren’t dead for [...]

Qualcomm doubles down on claims that Apple stole chip secrets for Intel

By | September 25th, 2018|Technology|

If you happen to crack open that fancy little iPhone XS casing on your new phone, you’ll notice there’s a dwindling amount of Qualcomm chips in there and that they’re increasingly being replaced by Intel hardware. The swap is representative of the cooling state of affairs between the two as the companies’ legal teams battle [...]

Salesforce, AWS expand partnership with secure data sharing between platforms

By | September 25th, 2018|Technology|

Salesforce and Amazon’s cloud arm, AWS, have had a pretty close relationship for some time, signing a $400 million deal for infrastructure cloud services in 2016, but today at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s massive customer conference taking place this week in San Francisco, they took it to another level. The two companies announced they were offering a [...]

Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened

By | September 25th, 2018|Technology|

Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today’s bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for [...]

TC Sessions: AR/VR early-bird sale extended to Friday

By | September 25th, 2018|Technology|

You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here. Students, get your tickets for just $45 when you book here. What’s going to happen at TC [...]

VW’s Porsche drops diesel for good

By | September 24th, 2018|Technology|

Porsche will no longer make diesel-powered vehicles, opting instead to invest more money into electric and hybrid technology, the company said over the weekend. Porsche has never been as committed to diesel as other automakers under its parent company VW Group. Porsche has offered some diesel versions of its models, including the Porsche Cayenne. But [...]

Tile names GoPro vet CJ Prober new CEO, adds Comcast as investor and new product partner

By | September 24th, 2018|Technology|

There’s a changing of the guard, and a new strategic partnership, over at Tile, the startup that helps you keep tabs on the location of your things by way of small tracking devices. Today, the company is announcing that CJ Prober — a longtime exec at GoPro who had most recently been the COO, and [...]

It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad

By | September 24th, 2018|Technology|

Last year, an investor projected that Apple would be spending up to $4.2 billion on original content by 2022, but if the reports coming out now about what that content will look like are correct, the company may want its money back. A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to [...]