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Spotify In-Car Music Player is Coming – Competing with Apple, Google and Amazon In-Car Services

Spotify is planning to compete with Apple (with CarPlay), Google (Assistant and Android Auto), and Amazon (Alexa) with a new in-car music player with voice controls later this year. The Spotify in-car player will sync with car stereos through Bluetooth — much like a smartphone — and include buttons you can preset to correspond with your favourite playlists. The device will support voice commands like those currently offered in the Spotify mobile app. Hardware is a very difficult market to ente...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Hardware, Streaming, Android Auto, Digital Music News, Apple Google, Music Player, Amazon Alexa, In-car, CarPlay Google


Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers

The Harman Kardon Invoke was fine. But let’s be real — the first Cortana smart speaker was dead on arrival. Microsoft’s smart assistant has its strong suits, but thus far statement of purpose hasn’t been among them. CEO Satya Nadella appears to have acknowledge as much this week during a media event at the company’s Redmond Campus. “Defeat” might be a strong word at this stage, but the executive is publicly acknowledging that the company needs to go back to the drawing board. In its current ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Alexa, Nadella, Apple Amazon, Bixby, Harman Kardon Invoke, Alexa Assistant, Redmond Campus Defeat


Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc


Nike’s auto-laced future

Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe? Haven’t you heard of Velcro? How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down? That’s the gist of the instant response I got when I mentioned the new Adapt BB, a shoe from Nike with, yes, powered laces that tighten to a wearer’s foot automatically. The shoe is an evolution of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which is itself a commercialization of the Air Mag — a self-lacing vanity project that realized the self-lacing shoes mocked up for Back to the F...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Hardware, Shoes, Tech, Nike, Adidas, Nba, Silicon Valley, Jordan, Rice, Chang, Kobe, Bill Bowerman, Self-lacing Shoes


Akai Force: hands-on preview of the post-PC live-in-a-box music tool

The leak was real. Akai have a standalone box that can free you from a laptop, when you want that freedom. It works with your computer and gear, but it also does all the arranging and performance (and some monster sounds and sequencing) on its own. It’s what a lot of folks were waiting for – and we’ve just gotten our hands on it. Akai have already had a bit of a hit with the latest MPCs, which work as a controller/software combo if you want, but also stand on their own. The Akai Force (it’s no...
Tags: Music, Usa, Hardware, Fcc, Berlin, US, Tech, Usb, Previews, Gear, MPC, Force, Sata, Hands-on, Grid-controllers, Ableton Live


Google’s Pixel 3 Lite could bring back the headphone jack

Word about the next member of the Pixel family started leaking out just after Christmas. Now the rumored Pixel 3 Lite is getting some more time to shine, courtesy of a three minute YouTube video that highlights what appears to be a budget addition to Google’s flagship hardware line. Perhaps most interesting here (aside from the mere existence of a third Pixel 3 model) is the apparent return of the headphone jack. After making a stink about including the port on the first Pixel, the company q...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Pixel, Lite


Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly


The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for for the phone maker’s parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is readying itself for a wave of foldable smartphones? Nostalgia’s a bit of a mixed bag in consumer electronics. Take the recent returns of Nokia (good), BlackBerry (okay) and Palm (yikes). Slapping a familiar br...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Hardware, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Lenovo, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Motorola Razr, RAZR, Morotola


The Stylophone goes totally luxe with the GEN R-8

You’ve seen the Stylophone as the mass-produced, toy-like original. And you’ve seen it as a relaunched digital emulation and as an analog instrument. Now get ready for the Stylophone as premium boutique instrument. The Stylophone began its story back in 1967, and became one of the iconic electronic musical inventions of the 20th century – its appeal being largely to do with its simplicity and directness. The son of the original inventor, Ben Jarvis, went on to revive instrument under the origi...
Tags: Music, UK, Hardware, Tech, Gear, Stories, Analog, Retro, Princeton, CV, Sequencers, Step-sequencers, Music Tech, 60s, Create-analog-music, Eurorack


The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the consumer electronics world has to offer. And then something comes along to knock your socks off. Square Off was one such product, impressing the crowd at our meetup and walking away the winner of our hardware pitch-off. The company’s first product looks like your run of the mill wooden chess board. And that’s part of the charm. Turn it ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Hardware, Entertainment, China, Tech, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CES 2019, Bhavya Gohil, InfiVention, Maker Faire Rome


Apple’s battery cases return for the iPhone XS and XR

There’s no shortage of iPhone cases out there, of course. But for those who absolutely must have Apple’s stamp on their accessories, the company just dropped a couple of official charging cases for its latest round of handsets — the XS,   XS Max and XR. The cases, first spotted by MacRumors, maintain a similar design language as their predecessor, marking its return for the first time since the iPhone 7. The familiar battery bump is back, but it now encompasses the whole of the rear, which ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Hardware, Tech, Qi, Iphone Xs, iPhone Xr


Doogee is launching a modular rugged smartphone

The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee’s going to have difficulty rising above the din during a CES or MWC, even with an idea as interesting as the rugged, modular S90. The Chinese manufacturer has no shortage of interesting concepts, of course. And while the S90 appears to be a bit of a niche, it’s already surpassed its (admittedly modest) goal several times over. The pro...
Tags: Mobile, Motorola, Hardware, Tech, Kickstarter, Doogee


Doogee is launching a rugged modular smartphone

The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee is going to have difficulty rising above the din during a CES or MWC, even with an idea as interesting as the rugged, modular S90. The Chinese manufacturer has no shortage of interesting concepts, of course. And while the S90 appears to be a bit of a niche, it’s already surpassed its (admittedly modest) goal several times over. The pr...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Motorola, Hardware, Smartphones, Kickstarter, Doogee


Kano will start releasing Star Wars and other Disney-branded products later this year

Educational computing kit company Kano announced today that it has signed a two-year licensing deal to create Disney-branded products later this year. Details are still pretty scant on how precisely the deal with Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products will take shape, but the first product looks to be a Star Wars-themed kit due out in the second half of the year.  Kano, which is best known for its kid-centric computer kit, has already had success with third-party branding, includin...
Tags: Star Wars, Hardware, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Harry Potter, Pixar, Kano, Sphero, Alex Klein, CES 2019, Disney 's Parks Experiences and Consumer Products


A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019. Some leaders responded with their views on the business impact of the Trump era, pointing to specific policy positions such as tax code revisions, curbs on immigration, and the decision by federal regulators to roll back net neutrality requirements on telecom carriers.Alex Niehenke, a partner at Foster City, CA-based ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Net Neutrality, Internet, Entrepreneurship, China, Russia, Funding, Immigration, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Eu, Web


Enter to Win Over $3,000 Towards a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your new year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth over $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Fireclay Ti...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Fireclay Tile, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist


New Year, New Room: Enter to Win More Than $3,000 Toward a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your New Year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth more than $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Firecl...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist, Rejuvenation Fireclay Tile


KORG volca modular and volca drum are real – and now we’ve got details

Some things are too good, or too improbable, to be true. Apparently that doesn’t apply to KORG’s volca series. Because if the ultra-compact, affordable modular and drum were exactly what you wished for, well – they’re here. These will look familiar, because images of the top panels of these two pieces of kit hit the Internet in December. The funny thing was, a lot of people responded with “oh there’s no way that modular could be real.” Guess again. The newest volcas are a modeled drum/percu...
Tags: Mobile, Music, Hardware, US, Stories, West Coast, Analog, Compact, Modular, Korg, Create-analog-music, Edwards, Volca Series, Percussion, LPG, Peter Edwards


KORG’s minilogue xd is a new 4-voice synth with the best of the rest

KORG are introducing the Minilogue xd. It’s not just a Minilogue with some extras: it’s a new polysynth with the best bits of all the KORG analog range, including the prologue flagship, in a compact package. It’s like the hatchback of synths – the compact, mid-range priced synth that might just wind up being everyone’s favorite. It’s poised to be the Golf GTI of electronic instruments. It’s in the compact monologue form factor, with a US$649.99 price. And it’s coming soon (this winter, so…...
Tags: Music, Hardware, Keyboards, US, Tech, Gear, Stories, Analog, Synths, Music Tech, Korg, Create-analog-music, Polysynth, Minilogue, Duophonic, Prologue


Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies

As we continue the quest for better and more efficient sources of energy to link up our connected world, companies that are developing new power solutions are attracting attention. Today, a startup called Wiliot, which makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth networks to work without batteries or other traditional wired power sources, announced that it has closed a $30 million round of funding. The backers are a notable mix o...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, Hardware, France, Funding, Israel, Samsung, Tech, Intel, San Diego, Qualcomm, Sigfox, Avery Dennison, Tamir, Wiliot


Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes

Apple is finally launching HomePod in China, but the timing is tricky as the premium device will have to wrestle with local competitors and a slowing economy. The firm said over the weekend that its smart speaker will be available in Mainland China and Hong Kong starting January 18, adding to a list of countries where it has entered including US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. The Amazon Echo competitor, which launched in mid-2017, is already available to Chinese...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Hardware, China, Siri, Tech, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, Baidu


Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019

This week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed with many of the year’s biggest new devices. But over the last several years, The Sands has become the place where the real magic happens. The segment of the show known as Eureka Park is where the startups and accelerators congregate, often times showing off products that are still years away. A quick walk around the floor (insofar as someone can walk quickly with that much humanity slowly shuffling through the halls) sheds a lot of light ...
Tags: Hardware, Sleep, Tech, Meditation, Mental Health, Fda, Las Vegas Convention Center, Eureka Park, CES 2019


Sensel’s pressure-sensitive display tech works underwater

The Morph is a fun little computer peripheral. The small trackpad uses a series of silicone covers to recreate different interfaces, from a QWERTY keyboard to a drum pad. Ultimately, however, it’s the tech that drives the product — rather than the product itself — that may prove the most useful. Sensel was on-hand at CES this week, in a much larger booth than the year prior. The Morph took up a chunk of the area, including a musician using different pads to play songs live. But the startup’s...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Sensel, CES 2019


Anker’s PowerPort Atom is my permanent new travel companion

I had fight a couple of coworkers for this thing. It’s a strange thing to fight over, I realize, but we are strange people with a strange job. And more importantly, I won. I’m plugged into the PowerPort Atom as I write this. It’s keeping my 13-inch MacBook Pro alive via the plane power outlet tightly squeezed behind my legs. I travel a lot, and I try to travel light. Determining what goes into and what stays out of my carryon feels a bit like stocking delivery rockets for the International S...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hardware, Tech, Anker, Apple Chargers, CES 2019, PowerPort Atom


The NYT gets into voice with 5 new Alexa skills, including a daily briefing, quiz and more

The New York Times is expanding its efforts around audio programming and voice assistants, the company announced today. The NYT says it’s launching a daily flash briefing for Alexa devices, as well as an interactive news quiz, and – in an interesting twist – it will be introducing “enhanced coverage” in its Sunday paper that prompts readers to launch dedicated Alexa skills to learn more about the stories they’re reading. On weekdays, the Times will offer a short news briefing for Alexa device...
Tags: TC, Daily, Hardware, Michael Barbaro, Tech, New York Times, Nyt, The New York Times, Times, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Barbaro, Sebastian Modak, Monica Drake, New York Times News Quiz, Caryn Ganz


Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

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. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa


Gartner finds PC sales doldrums continued in 2018

Gartner released its quarterly PC sales survey for the fourth quarter of 2018 this week, and it was the same old story. PC sales plunged in the fourth quarter and were down 1.3 percent for the year. The three top players — HP, Dell and Lenovo — accounted for 63 percent of sales worldwide in the quarter. The company found in their preliminary sales research that worldwide sales totaled totaled 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter. That may sound like a big number, but it’s down 4.3 percent...
Tags: Apple, TC, Hardware, Microsoft, US, Tech, Gartner, Dell, Lenovo, Soho, HP Dell, Kitagawa, Mikako Kitagawa, PC Sales


Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes

Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or $1.48 billion, into the so-called “AIoT” sector over the next five years, founder and chief operating office Lei Jun announced on Friday. AIoT, short for “AI + IoT,” is an upgrade from devices connected to the internet, known as the Internet of Things. AIoTs are intelligent, run on automated systems and can learn from users’ habits, like ...
Tags: Asia, Hardware, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Xiaomi, Ikea, Baidu, Huawei, Operating System, Lei Jun, Smart Devices, Voice Assistant, Lei


A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019

That’s not the kind of headline one expects to write going into the week. But here we are. Universal Space’s analog Pong table is a mindblower in a whole unexpected way. The tabletop machine goes more retro than retro by bring pong into the real world through the magic of magnets (some day, perhaps, we’ll discover how they work). There’s a square “ball” and a pair of rectangular paddles on either side, moved back and forth by spinning a wheel. Like the classic game, spinning faster and hitti...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Hardware, Pong, CES 2019


THE BUREAU: Part Eleven, "Your Supervisor Disintegrates" — with a Gysin Dream Machine, an Altman Brain Machine, and Other Hallucinatory Hardware

Aloha, Office Participant! This is the second to last installment of the Bureau series. Today has you pondering life's meaning. Meditation is a helpful way to consider our role in the world and find deeper connections and ideas. Regrettably, the modern world is very loud and tangentially distracting, particularly with notification-driven devices. A long attention span to properly meditate can be very difficult to achieve. Let's begin by pressing play to enjoy some kaleidoscopic peace of mind: ...
Tags: Feature, Comics, Music, Technology, Hardware, News, Austin, Brain, David, Comic, Marseilles, Mitch, Sxsw, Bureau, Adafruit, Brion Gysin