April 2019

Dutch chipmaker NXP makes China push by backing radar company Hawkeye

By | April 17th, 2019|Technology|

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has come a long way since Qualcomm’s outsize $44 billion to acquire it fell through last year. In an announcement released on Tuesday, NXP said it’s agreed to back and partner with Hawkeye Technology, a Chinese company specializing in automotive radars, as part of an ambition to capture the rapid growth [...]

Aptiv takes its self-driving car ambitions (and tech) to China

By | April 17th, 2019|Technology|

Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company, is opening an autonomous mobility center in Shanghai to focus on the development and eventual deployment of its technology on public roads. The expansion marks the fifth market where Aptiv has set up R&D, testing or operational facilities. Aptiv has autonomous driving operations in Boston, Las [...]

Kindbody raises $15M, will open a ‘Fertility Bus’ with mobile testing & assessments

By | April 17th, 2019|Technology|

Kindbody, a startup that lures millennial women into its pop-up fertility clinics with feminist messaging and attractive branding, has raised a $15 million Series A in a round co-led by RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors. The New York-based company was founded last year by Gina Bartasi, a fertility industry vet who previously launched Progyny, a [...]

Daily Crunch: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

By | April 16th, 2019|Technology|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold After eight years of teasing a folding device, Samsung finally pulled the trigger with an announcement [...]

Electric car startup Byton loses co-founder and former CEO, reported $500M Series C to close this summer

By | April 16th, 2019|Technology|

The race is on for building and shipping more cost-effective electric cars, but today one of more ambitious startups in the field announced some significant changes that underscore some of the challenges in making that a reality. Byton, the Chinese electric car startup, today announced that Carsten Breitfeld, the former BMW executive and Byton co-founder [...]

JD founder cautions logistics business must tighten belt

By | April 16th, 2019|Technology|

Alibaba’s arch-foe JD.com has long prided itself on owning and controlling its logistics services: couriers are treated as in-house staff and paid a basic income. But that will end soon as costs keep piling up for the ecommerce giant. In an internal letter sent to the staff on Monday, JD founder and chief executive Richard [...]

New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in U.S. since last year

By | April 16th, 2019|Technology|

Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in EVs was heavily [...]

HBO’s mobile apps to gain a million new downloads courtesy of ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere

By | April 15th, 2019|Technology|

In addition to exciting its loyal legion of fans, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” premiere was also once again great news for installs of the network’s app for cord cutters, HBO NOW, which shot to the top of the App Store this weekend. The app this weekend saw a combined 300,000-plus new mobile subscribers in the [...]

Diving into Google Cloud Next and the future of the cloud ecosystem

By | April 15th, 2019|Technology|

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois and Ron Miller offered up their analysis on the major announcements that came out of Google’s Cloud Next conference this past week, as well as their opinions on [...]

Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

By | April 15th, 2019|Technology|

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired some core supporters [...]