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AI’s next act: Genius chips, programmable silicon and the future of computing

Marshall Choy Contributor Share on Twitter Marshall leads product at SambaNova, bringing decades of deep enterprise hardware and software experience with industry leaders including Oracle and Sun. If only 10% of the world had enough power to run a cell phone, would mobile have changed the world in the way that it did? It’s often said the future is already here — just not evenly distributed. That’s especially true in the world ...
Tags: Column, Science, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Gpu, Oracle, Neural Networks, Google Here, Natural Language Processing, Moore, NLP, Dennard, Artificial General Intelligence


ANYbotics, Swiss company behind quadrupedal ANYmal robot, announces $20M A round

ANYbotics, the creators of ANYmal, a four-legged autonomous robot platform intended for a variety of industrial uses, has raised a $22.3M Swiss Franc (~$20M) round A to continue developing and scaling the business. With similar robots just beginning to break into the mainstream, the market seems ready to take off. The company spun out of ETH Zurich in 2016, at which point the robot was already well into development. ANYmal is superficially similar to Spot, the familiar quadrupedal robot from Bos...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Hardware, Funding, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Peter Fankhauser, Zurich, Boston Dynamics, Eth Zurich, Fankhauser, ETHZ, Swisscom Ventures, ANYbotics


AI construction startup Versatile raises a $20M Series A

San Francisco-based construction startup Versatile is announcing today that it has raised a $20 million Series A. The round was led by Insight Partners and Entree Capital, along with existing investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Root Ventures and Conductive Ventures. The round follows $8.5 million in funding, including a $5.5 million seed round that arrived in August of last year. The URBAN-X accelerator alum has developed a piece of hardware designed to be mounted to a crane. From th...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Versatile, Entree Capital, Insight Partners, Recent Funding, Insight Partners and Entree Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH Root Ventures, Meirav Oren


From surviving to thriving as a hardware startup

Nils Mattisson Contributor Share on Twitter Formerly at Apple, Nils Mattisson is now CEO and co-founder of smart home tech company Minut. More posts by this contributor The road to recurring revenue for hardware startups When a friend forwarded this tweet from Paul Graham, it hit close to home: Startups are subject to something like infant mortality: before they’re established, one thing going wrong c...
Tags: Startups, Column, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Paul Graham, Hardware Startup, Nils Mattisson, Apple Nils Mattisson


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will land on phones in Q1 2021

As promised, more info following yesterday’s Snapdragon 888 announcement. First off, as expected, the company’s next flagship SoC will arrive in the first quarter of next year. We’re still waiting on specific models, but as noted yesterday, the San Diego-based chip giant already has a lineup of smartphone makers planning to employ the 765 follow-up, including ASUS, Black Shark, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. The focuses are also what you’d expect:...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Xiaomi, San Diego, Gpu, Qualcomm, ASUS Black Shark LG, Motorola Nubia, Snapdragon 888


Why is my computer fan so loud? 5 ways to troubleshoot a noisy computer

There are severals ways you can troubleshoot a computer fan if it's loud. Bloom Productions/Getty Images Computer fans can run loudly depending on your computer's specifications, what the computer's used for, and how much it's used. There are several different troubleshooting methods you could use to deal with a loud computer fan. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. As a computer endures use, its fans may begin to work overtime and produce a loud noise. Th...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Trends, Hp, Pc, Computers, CPU, Computer Software, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Chrissy Montelli, Bloom Productions Getty Images Computer


Looking Glass’s next product is a holographic digital photo frame

Looking Glass’s technology is extremely cool, but has, thus far, been prohibitively expensive, ranging from $600 for its 8.9-inch product to $6,000 for the 15-inch model — and an undisclosed sum for its 32-inch 8K display. Portrait might not be the most technically ambitious or versatile product the Brooklyn-based startup has produced, but it’s easily the most accessible. At $349, it’s still not cheap (though it’s $199 if you get in early via Kickstarter), but it has to be one of the most aff...
Tags: Gadgets, Hong Kong, Portrait, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Brooklyn, Sony, Kickstarter, Looking Glass, Holograms, Shawn Frayne, Azure Kinect


Amazon announces a bunch of products aimed at industrial sector

One of the areas that is often left behind when it comes to cloud computing is the industrial sector. That’s because these facilities often have older equipment or proprietary systems that aren’t well suited to the cloud. Amazon wants to change that, and today the company announced a slew of new services at AWS re:Invent aimed at helping the industrial sector understand their equipment and environments better. For starters, the company announced Amazon Monitron, which is designed to monitor e...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Hardware, Enterprise, Tech, Sensors, Aws, Andy Jassy, Jassy, Monotron, Edge Computing, industrial IoT, Industrial Sector, AWS re:Invent 2020, AWS Panorama Appliance


AWS launches new services for its industrial customers

One of the areas that is often left behind when it comes to cloud computing is the industrial sector. That’s because these facilities often have older equipment or proprietary systems that aren’t well suited to the cloud. Amazon wants to change that, and today the company announced a slew of new services at AWS re:Invent aimed at helping the industrial sector understand their equipment and environments better. For starters, the company announced Amazon Monitron, which is designed to monitor e...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Hardware, Enterprise, Tech, Sensors, Aws, Andy Jassy, Jassy, Monotron, Edge Computing, industrial IoT, Industrial Sector, AWS re:Invent 2020, AWS Panorama Appliance


Qualcomm announces the new Snapdragon 888 chip

Qualcomm kicked off an all-virtual version of its annual summit this morning by announcing the launch of the the Snapdragon 888 platform. The chipmaker is clearly saving some key information for later in the virtual event, because it has yet to reveal a ton about its next SoC. We do, however, have an extremely modest quote from Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon to go on: “Creating premium experiences takes a relentless focus on innovation. It takes long-term commitment, even in the face of im...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, India, Tech, Xiaomi, Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Cristiano Amon, ASUS Black Shark LG, Motorola Nubia, Ashtha Asta


How to Upgrade Your PC With Your New Black Friday Buys

It’s one of the best times of the year if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your PC. Odds are good that you can score great deals on components from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (even if you’ll never get that flagship Nvidia or AMD graphics card in your holiday stocking). Whether this is your first time…Read more...
Tags: Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Hardware, Upgrade, Amd, Lifehacks, Computer Building


Gift Guide: 5 solid tech gifts to help decrease stress and increase sleep

Welcome to Techcrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. Even in a normal year, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing hellscape. In 2020, though — honestly, it’s hard to say what manner of climactic finale this historically rough year might have on tap. In honor of the one of the most epically rotten years on record, we’ve cobbled together a li...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Hardware, Sleep, Withings, Tech, Stress, Muse, Bose, Calm, Dreamlight, HBO Max With, Gift Guide 2020, Withings Sleep, Withings Health, Dreamlight Zen


Noise-canceling headphones that pair big sound with sweet silence

I never thought I’d need a pair of serious noise-canceling headphones. I don’t mind hours of droning white noise on international flights and generally don’t like feeling like my head’s been locked in an airless tomb, so I’ve always used open headphones that let ambient sound in. But 2020 broke me. I’ve always preferred the hushed, mild chatter of a coworking space to the distractions of home (no offense to my wife who has to be on Zoom all day, every day!). Stranded without the productivi...
Tags: Reviews, TC, Hardware, Siri, Tech, Headphones, Buying Guide, Sony, Bose, Audiophile, Noise Canceling, Sennheiser, Alexa Google


How Verge Aero’s drones pulled off an Election Day win as big as Biden’s

Carlye Wisel Contributor Share on Twitter Carlye Wisel is a theme park journalist reporting on everything from Mickey Mouse weddings to mid-pandemic roller coaster rides. Her podcast, Very Amusing with Carlye Wisel, explores untold stories and secrets behind how experiences are created at Disney and Universal theme park resorts. 2020 has felt excessively long, and Election Day was no different. A drawn-out, five-day statistic...
Tags: Column, Hardware, Disney, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Intel, United States, Drones, Philadelphia, Biden, Aero, Shooting Star, Mickey Mouse, Wilmington Delaware, Carlye Wisel


Gift Guide: Smart cooking gadgets for the smart cookies on your list

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. If you’re spending a lot of time at home this holiday season, you might as well spend at least some of that time in the kitchen making delicious meals. There are plenty of smart kitchen gadgets out there, but it feels like the best among them are really delivering standout experiences for s...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Low, Weber, Thermomix, Gift Guide 2020


Gift Guide: 7 perfect gifts for podcasters and streamers

So, this one is going to be a different from last year. Because everything is different from last year. I know 2020 has been a pretty big change for my own personal podcast. I always prefer conducting interviews in person when I’m able — in fact, around 400 or so episodes were done exactly like that. But face-to-face interviews are going to continue to be a non-starter for the foreseeable future, so I’ve had to switch the show to a virtual setup. It’s less than ideal for my own creative and aest...
Tags: Amazon, Podcast, Hardware, Podcasts, Tech, Podcasting, Logitech, Npr, Livestreaming, Amazon Logitech, Brian Heater, AKG, Zencastr, Gift Guide 2020, Zencastr Audio Technica ATH


Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features

I wasn’t super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon’s first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they’ve already been on the market for a while now, the company’s continuing to deliver some key updates, including today’s addition of new fitness features. Say “Alexa, start my workout” with the buds in, and they’ll begin logging steps, calories, distance, pace and duration of runs. Like many new software additions, thi...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Echo, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Alexa, Wireless Earbuds, Echo Buds, Amazon Echo Buds


Gift Guide: Which next-gen console is the one your kid wants?

This holiday season the next generation of gamers, bless their hearts, will be hoping to receive the next generation of gaming consoles. But confusing branding by the console makers — not to mention a major shortage of consoles — could lead to disappointment during the unwrapping process. Before making any big promises this year, you’ll want to be completely clear on two things: which console you’re actually trying to get, and how much of a challenge it might be to get one. By the way, it’s tota...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Gift Guide, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Hdr, Don, Valhalla, Sony Microsoft, Miles Morales


How China’s Realme sold 50 million phones in just over 2 years

Starting a new phone brand in 2018 might seem too late in an already crowded market, but Sky Li was convinced that consumers between 18-25 years old were largely under-served — they needed something that was both affordable and cool. A few months after Li founded Realme in May that year, the smartphone company organized a product launch at a college campus in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market. It brought its own production crew, built a makeshift stage and invited local rappers...
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Asia, Hardware, China, India, Smartphone, Xiaomi, Huawei, Qualcomm, Oneplus, Shenzhen, Vivo, Diwali, Oppo, Naoto Fukasawa


After Apple’s M1 launch, Intel announces its own white-label laptop

Its long fruitful relationship with Apple may be sunsetting soon, but Intel’s still got a fairly massive footprint in the PC market. There’s never a good time to get complacent, though (a lesson the company learned the hard way on the mobile front). This week the chip giant is debuting its own laptop, the NUC M15. More properly, the NUC M15 Laptop Kit; the device is actually a white-label system. It’s essentially a reference design so smaller device makers don’t have to commit to the long and...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Tech, Intel, MacBook Air, NUC, Apple Silicon Mac


Amazon’s drone delivery team hit with layoffs amid reorganization

Amazon has confirmed an early Financial Times report outlining layoffs at the retail giant’s Prime Air drone delivery program. “As part of our regular business operations, we are reorganizing one small team within our larger Prime Air organization to allow us to best align with the needs of our customers and the business,” spokesperson Kristen Kish said in a statement offered to TechCrunch. “For affected employees, we are working to find roles in the areas where we are hiring that best match ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Layoffs, Hardware, Tech, Amazon Prime Air, Faa, Financial Times, Personnel, Jeff Wilke, Kristen Kish, Amazon drone delivery


Verizon partners with Apple to launch 5G Fleet Swap

Apple and Verizon today announced a new partnership that will make it easier for their business partners to go all-in on 5G. Fleet Swap, as the program is called, allows businesses to trade in their entire fleet of smartphones — no matter whether they are currently a Verizon customer or not — and move to the iPhone 12 with no upfront cost and either zero cost (for the iPhone 12 mini) or a low monthly cost. (Disclaimer: Verizon is TechCrunch’s corporate parent. The company has zero input in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Mobile, Verizon, Internet Of Things, Hardware, Tech, General-motors, Smartphone, Smartphones, Verizon Business, Mobile Phones, Telecommunications, Detroit, Verizon Communications


Amazon’s smart glasses get an upgrade, as its smart ring is discontinued

As strange as they are, you would be forgiven for getting about the existence of Echo Frames. Amazon announced the smart glasses among a deluge of Alexa-focused products at an event last year that also included an even stranger smart ring. The experimental product was  Day 1 Edition device — meaning it was available to users on an invite-only basis — a kind of hardware beta test with a fairly wide net. “If customers liked them, we’d double down,” the company noted. “If not, we’d move on.” ...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Alexa, Frederic, Smartglasses, Echo Loop, Echo Frames, Echo Frames Amazon


This $99 gadget helps you make music, no skill required

At CES back in January, I met with a handful of founders who were/are crowdfunding musical instruments. It’s a fascinating category and one to watch if you have a passing interest in either music or technology. Like a vast majority of hardware startups, most companies in the space will build one product if they’re lucky — and even that can feel like something of a long shot. Coupling the Hail Mary pursuits of hardware development with an earnest attempt to reinvent the musical wheel feels like a...
Tags: Gadgets, New York, Hardware, Tech, Kickstarter, Nashville, Roli, Bach, Dan Deacon, Wendy Carlos, Artiphon, Brian Heater, ORBA, Mike Butera


Charge, please: Apple will pay $113M to settle 34-state ‘batterygate’ lawsuit

Apple has to 34 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations that it broke consumer protection laws when it systematically downplayed widespread iPhone battery problems in 2016. This is in addition to the half billion the company already paid to consumers over the issue earlier this year and numerous other fines around the world. The issue, as we’ve reported over the years, was that a new version of iOS was causing older (but not that old) iPhones to shut down unexpectedly, and...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Facebook, Lawsuit, Hardware, Government, Tech, Arizona, District Of Columbia, Brnovich, Batterygate, Facebook FTC, Mike Brnovich


Interlocking AIs let robots pick and place faster than ever

One of the jobs for which robots are best suited is the tedious, repetitive “pick and place” task common in warehouses — but humans are still much better at it. UC Berkeley researchers are picking up the pace with a pair of machine learning models that work together to let a robot arm plan its grasp and path in just milliseconds. People don’t have to think hard about how to pick up an object and put it down somewhere else — it’s not only something we’ve had years of practice doing every day, but...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Ken Goldberg, Science Robotics Where


Rapid Robotics raises $5.5M for pre-programmed manufacturing robots

Bay Area-based Rapid Robotics today announced it has raised $5.5 million in seed funding in a round led by Greycroft and Bee Partners. The announcement comes during what has been a solid several months for robotics funding, and more and more companies are looking to automate workforces as the COVID-19 pandemic has ground a lot of productivity to a halt. Manufacturing is one of the sectors of greatest interest on that front, as a business that can’t really afford to go on hiatus. That position...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, US, Tech, Manufacturing, Robotics, Greycroft, Bay Area, Jordan Kretchmer, Rapid, Bee Partners, Recent Funding, Rapid Robotics, Rapid Machine Operator, Westec Plastics


Daily Crunch: Reviewing Apple’s new Macs

We review each of Apple’s new M1-powered Macs, Twitter launches its new Stories-like format and Amazon launches a pharmacy service. This is your Daily Crunch for November 17, 2020. The big story: Reviewing Apple’s new Macs We’ve got three big hardware reviews today, each one highlighting a new Mac with Apple’s M1 chipset. First up, there’s the MacBook Air, which Brian Heater says offers strong performance gains and is probably the right Apple Mac for most consumers. Then there’s the new Mac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spacex, Hardware, Mac, Ipo, Tech, Earth, Lego, International Space Station, Nintendo, Airbnb, MacBook Air, Matthew Panzarino, Conan O'brien


Perkins, ACB, Benetech, Salesforce and more announce breakout sessions at Sight Tech Global

Sight Tech Global is little more than two weeks out, and today we published the detailed agenda for Dec. 2 & 3. The show runs from 8 a.m. to noonish Pacific standard time. If you have not already grabbed a free pass to the 100% virtual event, now is the time! Sight Tech Global will present 35 speakers in 15 sessions focused on the cutting edge of AI-related technologies and accessibility, especially for the blind and visually impaired. A few of the remarkably accomplished speakers include OrCam ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Hardware, Events, Tech, Diversity, Artificial Intelligence, Comcast, Silicon Valley, Voice, Voice Assistant, Geoff, Kai Fu Lee, Harvard Business School, Brad Turner, Roxana


Hey look, glow-in-the-dark PowerBeats

Now that Apple’s getting more serious about its own branded headphones, Beats have, perhaps, lost a little bit of luster within the company. The products are still wildly popular, of course, and the brand offers a lot more options than its parent. Powerbeats are one of the more utilitarian entries among the brand’s wireless offerings (though not quite to the extent of those new $50 models), trading the fully wireless form factor for a behind-the-neck cable and a lower price. Today Beats is offer...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Tech, Beats, Powerbeats, Yoon Ahn, Burna