April 2019

Ten steps to prepare for an exponential future

By | April 15th, 2019|Technology|

More posts by this contributor Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement If it feels like technological change is happening faster than it used to, that’s because it is. It took around 12,000 years to move from the agrarian to the industrial revolution but only a couple [...]

Original Content podcast: Making sense of the surreal terrors in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

By | April 14th, 2019|Technology|

Jordan Peele fans who go to his latest film “Us” hoping to find another “Get Out” may be disappointed: Where Peele’s directorial debut lent itself to straightforward political allegory, the follow-up feels murkier and stranger. “Us” is a nightmarish journey into a world invaded by sinister doppelgangers. The film does, eventually, offer a rationale for [...]

How do startups actually get their content marketing to work?

By | April 14th, 2019|Technology|

[Editor’s note: this is a free example of a series of articles we’re publishing by top experts who have cutting-edge startup advice to offer, over on Extra Crunch. Get in touch at ec_columns@techcrunch.com if you have ideas to share.]  Even the best growth marketers fail to get content marketing to work. Many are unwittingly using [...]

Get ready for a new era of personalized entertainment

By | April 14th, 2019|Technology|

Jarno M. Koponen Contributor Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization. He currently is product lead at Yle, one of the leading media houses in the Nordics. More posts by this contributor A new hope: AI for news media AI on your lock screen New machine learning technologies, user interfaces and [...]

Tesla is raising the price of its full self-driving option

By | April 14th, 2019|Technology|

In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities. Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1. Tesla vehicles are [...]

Niantic EC-1, Part 3 and what the data show are the best fundraising decks

By | April 13th, 2019|Technology|

Harry Potter, the Platform, and the Future of Niantic After deep dives into the story of Niantic’s spinout from Google and its creation and development of Pokémon GO, TechCrunch editor Greg Kumparak turns his attention to Niantic’s future, looking at how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is not just uniting wand-wielders, but also the company’s ambitions [...]

Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool

By | April 13th, 2019|Technology|

Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Linux.) In a blog about [...]

Data tells us that investors love a good story

By | April 13th, 2019|Technology|

And other secrets to a winning pitch deck, from DocSend Russ Heddleston Contributor Russ is the cofounder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe, and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More [...]

China’s startup ecosystem is hitting back at demanding working hours

By | April 13th, 2019|Technology|

In China, the laws limit work to 44 hours a week and require overtime pay for anything above that. But many aren’t following the rules, and a rare online movement puts a spotlight on extended work hours in China’s booming tech sector. People from all corners of society have rallied in support for improvements to [...]

Juul launches a pilot program that tracks how Juul devices get in the hands of minors

By | April 12th, 2019|Technology|

Juul Labs is today launching a pilot for its new Track & Trace program, which is meant to use data to identify exactly how Juul devices wind up in the hands of minors. Juul vaporizers all have a serial number down at the bottom, by the Juul logo. However, it wasn’t until recently that Juul [...]