May 2018

Siempo’s new app will break your smartphone addiction

By | May 20th, 2018|Technology|

A new app called Siempo wants to un-addict you from your smartphone and its numerous attention-stealing apps. To do so, Siempo replaces an Android device’s homescreen, while also taking advantage of a number of design principles to push distractions further away, and give you more control over your notifications. The startup, which launched a few [...]

‘My Data Request’ lists guides to get data about you

By | May 19th, 2018|Technology|

GDPR is right around the corner, so it’s time to prepare your personal data requests. If you live in the European Union, tech companies have to comply with personal data requests after May 25th. And there’s a handy website that helps you do just that. My Data Request lists dozens of tech companies and tells [...]

Meet the judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

By | May 19th, 2018|Technology|

VivaTech is right around the corner, and I’m excited to introduce you to the third batch of judges that will come to Paris for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe. If you haven’t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup Battlefield is arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before everybody started doing a startup competition, there [...]

AI will save us from yanny/laurel, right? Wrong

By | May 19th, 2018|Technology|

If you haven’t taken part in the yanny/laurel controversy over the last couple of days, allow me to sincerely congratulate you. But your time is up. The viral speech synth clip has met the AI hype train and the result is, like everything in this mortal world, disappointing. Sonix, a company that produces AI-based speech [...]

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite takes a stellar first test image

By | May 19th, 2018|Technology|

TESS, the satellite launched by NASA last month that will search thousands of stars for Earth-like exoplanets, has just sent back its first test image. It’s just a quick one, not “science-quality,” but it does give you an idea of the scale of the mission: the area TESS will eventually document is 400 times the [...]

Baidu’s top AI exec is stepping down

By | May 18th, 2018|Technology|

Baidu’s stocks took a hit earlier today after the company announced that its Qi Lu is stepping down his job as President/COO after just a year and a half. In a press release tied to the news, the executive cited personal reasons for his decision to “transition” to a lesser role. “Baidu is a great [...] is using AI to make healthcare more efficient in Southeast Asia

By | May 18th, 2018|Technology|

AI is being applied across the board in many industries worldwide, and its scope of influence is only likely to continue to expand as Kaifu Lee, a noted AI expert who was formerly head of Google China, recently told TechCrunch. The main battle appears to be between companies in the U.S. and China, but this [...]

Elon Musk details his plan to rid LA of traffic with $1 rides on the Boring Co. ‘Loop’

By | May 18th, 2018|Technology|

This evening, Boring Company executives Elon Musk and Steve Davis offered a few more details about their plans to revolutionize LA urban transit, introducing the “Loop” which would eventually be composed of all-electric pods that transport up to 16 passengers at a time. Musk theorizes that the Loop could take Los Angeles residents from downtown LA [...]

House committee accepts amendment to uphold ZTE ban

By | May 17th, 2018|Technology|

The bizarre recent tale of ZTE is getting another wrinkle. Earlier today, a bipartisan House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted to accept an amendment to uphold sanctions against the company. The amendment to the 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill is, of course, being viewed as a rebuke of the president, whose tweets over the [...]

Snapchat Spectacles tests non-circular landscape exports

By | May 17th, 2018|Technology|

The worst thing about Spectacles is how closely tied they are to Snapchat. The proprietary circular photo and video format looks great inside Snapchat where you can tip your phone around but always stay full screen, but gets reduced to small circle with a big white border when you export it to your phone for [...]