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Google’s Datally app adds more ways to limit mobile data usage In November, Google introduced Datally, a data-saving app largely aimed at emerging markets where users often rely on prepaid SIM cards, and don’t have access to all-you-can-eat unlimited data plans. The app lets users granularly control which apps can use data, which resulted in a 30% savings on data usage during pilot testing and now […]
iOS 12 will automatically share your iPhone’s location with 911 centers Apple this morning announced a new feature in iOS 12 which will automatically share your location with first responders when U.S. users dial 911 using their iPhone. The move is meant to address the problems with dialing emergency services from a cell phone, where outdated infrastructure has made it difficult to obtain a mobile caller’s […]
Toss, Korea’s top payment app, raises $40M from Sequoia China and Singapore’s GIC The largest payment app in South Korea, Toss, has pulled in $40 million in fresh investment from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and Sequoia China. The deal for Viva Republica, Toss’s parent company, comes just over a year after it raised $48 million from payment giant PayPaland others. There’s no valuation for this newest round, […]
This simple robot offers more cowbell Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a […]
Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported an 800 percent year-over-year growth […]
Pokmon GO is finally going to let players trade Pokmon Just shy of two years after launch, Pokmon GO is finally about to roll out one of its most notably absent features: Pokmon trading. A staple of the series, trading lets players swap their Pokmon with another player’s in the never-ending quest to, well, catch’em all. The trading mechanics will be tied into a new […]
Bag Week 2018: WP Standard built the leather messenger bag you want Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. […]
WearableX’s ‘smart’ new Yoga pant is aimed at the guys A lot has been said about the coming future of wearables, but, it turned out, not a heck of a lot took off. It seemed most of us were happy with ‘wearing’ a smartwatch and leaving it at that. In fact, Apple’s recent announcements around the iWatch show that ‘wearables’ are not really about just […]
Pulumi wants to let you manage your infrastructure with code Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that’s coming out of stealth mode today, wants to make it easier for developers and ops team to define their infrastructure by writing code. Instead of using a cloud-specific configuration language, the service’s tools allow developers to define the infrastructure for their applications in the same programming languages they already use […]
Blockchain startups woo Enterprises with a private chain audit trail By placing all the information about services or complex manufacturing and assembly processes on a private, permissioned blockchain, the idea is that a company can create an “immutable” audit trail of data. When you think about it, currently this involves a labor-intensive combination of paper and networks. But initial trials with private blockchains in the […]
Kaspersky pulls plug on Europol joint venture after EU parliament vote to ban its software Fresh political woes for Russian security firm Kaspersky, which has reacted angrily to a vote in the European Union Parliament last week to ban its software — on the grounds that it has been “confirmed as malicious“. Kaspersky denies this characterization of its software, saying it’s “untrue”. It has also retaliated by pulling the plug […]
Plum, the fintech chatbot that helps you save, adds theme-based investing Plum, the fintech startup co-founded by early TransferWise employee Victor Trokoudes, is continuing its mission to help you manage your finances and save money. The AI-powered Messenger chatbot already offers savings functionality, including round-ups and regular savings, and today is launching an investment tool that lets you choose fund investments based on themes, such as […]
Tray.io raises a $14.3M funding round led by GGV Capital Companies spend a lot of time and money manually transferring data between services, while developer resources are constantly in demand. Firms like Mulesoft, Informatica, Boomi, Tibco, Workato, Zapier and others via for business against the likes of Informatica, Boomi and Mulesoft. UK/US startup tray.io, a next-generation cloud integration provider, raised a $5m in a Series […]
Razer leads $3.3M investment in Australia’s Esports Mogul Razer, the gaming hardware company that went public in Hong Kong last year, is resuming its investment strategy after it led a $3.3 million deal for Australia-basedEsports Mogul. Esports Mogul is, as the name suggests, focused on e-sports. The company operates a platform for organizing e-sports competitions — called Mogul Arena — and a gaming […]
Zenaton lets you build and run workflows with ease French startup Zenaton raised $2.35 million from Accel and Point Nine Capital, with the Slack Fund, Kima Ventures, Julien Lemoine and Francis Nappez also participating. The company wants to take care of the most tedious part of your application — asynchronous jobs and background tasks. While it has never been easier to develop a simple […]