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Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 new colleges

If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be able to join this great, lazy future of robotic delivery as Kiwi expands to them with a clever student-run model. Speaking at TechCrunch’s Robotics/AI Session at the Berkeley campus, Kiwi’s Felipe Chavez and Sasha Iatsenia discussed the success of their burg...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Startups, TC, Transportation, Berkeley Skydeck, Food Delivery, Robots, Skydeck, SkyDeck accelerator


Moog Matriarch puts all your analog sound shaping in one keyboard

Moog has taken the elements of their semi-modular line and given it a flagship – a patchable, calico-colored keyboard with sequencer, 4-voice paraphonic synth, and effects in one keyboard. The pitch: even before you plug in cables to the copious patch points here, you can quickly get evolving strings of dreamy chords (or rich melodies), complete with delay and modulation. Those extra (analog, they want you to remember) specs aren’t just about more features. They’re about dialing in imaginati...
Tags: Gear, Modular-Analog, Music tech, Tech, Analog, Create-analog-music, Duophonic, Grandmother, Hardware, Keyboards, Matriarch, Modular, Moog, Moogfest, Paraphonic, Patchable


Shopify unveils a new lineup of retail hardware

Shopify is expanding its efforts in brick-and-mortar retailer with the launch of its new retail hardware collection. The company is best-known as a platform for building online stores, but it also offers point-of-sale software for physical stores, and it launched a credit card reader a couple years ago. With the new collection — which includes a redesigned Tap & Chip Reader, as well as the Dock and Retail Stand — Shopify has created a more comprehensive solution for offline retail. Chief Product...
Tags: eCommerce, Hardware, Shopify


Samsung Galaxy Fold review: future shock

The Galaxy Fold has been the most polarizing product I can recall having reviewed. Everyone who saw it wanted to play with the long-promised smartphone paradigm shift. The results, on the other hand, were far more mixed. If nothing else, the Fold has a remarkably high Q-Rating. Each person who saw me using the product had at least a vague idea of what it was all about. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had that reaction with a non-iPhone device. That’s great from brand perspective. It...
Tags: Hardware, Mobile, Reviews, Foldables, Galaxy Fold, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Smartphones


LEGO Braille bricks are the best, nicest, and in retrospect most obvious idea ever

Braille is a crucial skill for children with visual impairments to learn, and with these LEGO Braille Bricks kids can learn through hands-on play rather than more rigid methods like Braille readers and printouts. Given the naturally Braille-like structure of LEGO blocks, it’s surprising this wasn’t done decades ago. The truth is, however, that nothing can be obvious enough when it comes to marginalized populations like people with disabilities. But sometimes all it takes is someone in the right ...
Tags: Education, Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Accessibility, Blindness, Lego, Vision Impaired


Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown reveals ‘alarmingly fragile’ display

While Samsung performs its own , the folks at iFixit had plenty to say about the Galaxy Fold in their own teardown. The writeup is a bit of a rollercoaster ride, admiring the “ambitious first-generation device,” while noting some clear flaws in the way the foldable was put together. There’s a full 19 step breakdown of the product that adheres to the site’s customarily thorough breakdown, but the key takeaway here is the “alarmingly fragile” display mechanism. “Alarmingly” isn’t the kind of word...
Tags: Hardware, Mobile, Galaxy Fold, Ifixit, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Pioneer Squid is a monster standalone sequencer for your gear

Forget for a second that Pioneer is the CDJ and DJM company. Their latest TORAIZ goes a radical new direction – making what might be the biggest mainstream hardware sequencer since the MPC and Octatrack. But a deep sequencer with MIDI and CV, for 599€ (awaiting US pricing details) – that sounds like a blockbuster. The rise of gear for making sound has left a fairly significant hole in the market. You’ve got tons of drum machines, tons of synths, tons of grooveboxes, and then a whole black h...
Tags: Gear, Music tech, Stories, Tech, Analog, CV, Deluge, Hardware, MIDI, Pads, Pioneer, Previews, Sequencers, Sequencing, Squid, Synthstrom


Founder of music tech forum has died; outpourings of support for Mike McGrath

One of the largest forums for music tech nerd-kind this week reports the loss of its founder: Muff Wiggler’s creator, Mike McGrath, has died. The Internet responds. I want to first say, my heart goes out to all of you who have lost a friend, a family member, a personal connection, or even a far-off but meaningful Internet connection. Muff Wiggler, the forum, has for more than a decade been the single most influential online community for people interested in modular synthesis, as well as a ra...
Tags: Music, Hardware, Tech, Web, Obituaries, Stories, Community, Portland Oregon, Analog, Kent, Modular, Synths, Music Tech, Create-analog-music, Eurorack, Mike


Alphabet’s Wing gets FAA permission to start delivering by drone

Wing Aviation, the drone-based delivery startup born out of Google’s X labs, has received the first FAA certification in the country for commercial carriage of goods. It might not be long before you’re getting your burritos sent par avion. The company has been performing tests for years, making thousands of flights and supervised deliveries to show that its drones are safe and effective. Many of those flights were in Australia, where in suburban Canberra the company recently began its first c...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Finland, Canberra, Robotics, Faa, Alphabet, Drone Delivery, Wing, Project Wing


A week with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

I know, I know. I will say this about the Galaxy Fold, however: it’s been a hell of a conversation piece. I’ve had a LOT of dialogues with strangers since I started using it as my day-to-day. And let’s be honest, that’s a big part of being an early adopter. The Galaxy Fold is also the most polarizing device I can recall have used. Everyone who sees the thing wants to play with it, but reaction has been very mixed. I was at a Fedex store the other day and ended up handing it off to two of the fou...
Tags: Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Tsa, Fedex, Foldables, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


The company behind Laundroid files for bankruptcy

At the end of the day, Laundroid amounted to little more than a fun show demo. The device was a bit silly and prohibitively large and expensive for most  to consider actually purchasing. All in all, it was a lot of work for the relatively simple task of folding laundry. Seven Dreamers, which has been a staple at trade shows in recent years, has filed for bankruptcy in Japan. No official word yet on whether the dream is fully dead, but things certainly look bleak for the company, which has racked...
Tags: Japan, Hardware, California, Tech, Laundry, Robotics, Foldimate, Laundroid


GV-backed KeepTruckin nabs $149M at $1.25B valuation

KeepTruckin, a developer of hardware and software that helps truck drivers manage their vehicles and cargo, has raised $149 million in Series D funding. Greenoaks Capital has led the round, with participation from existing backers GV, IVP, Index Ventures and Scale Venture Partners . The round values the business at $1.25 billion, according to KeepTruckin co-founder and chief executive officer Shoaib Makani. Since it was founded in 2013, KeepTruckin has accumulated 55,000 unique customers...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Uber, Hardware, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Transport, Venture Capital, Commuting, Gps, Logistics, Seattle, Driver, Carsharing, Khosla Ventures


Aptiv Expands Driverless Car Testing, Opens Chinese Mobility Center

Aptiv, a global automotive technology company, announced last week that it has opened a new innovation hub in China—the fastest growing front in the self-driving tech wars.The new entity is called the China Autonomous Mobility Center, and as a result of the move, Shanghai joins Aptiv’s roster of driverless car testing locations, which also include Singapore, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas. The company said the Shanghai center will concentrate on the development and application of its level 4...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, China, Trends, Software, Innovation, Shanghai, Mobility, Las Vegas, Detroit, Delphi Automotive, National blog main, Boston blog main, National top stories, San Francisco blog main


Samsung confirms Galaxy Fold delay, shares ‘initial findings’ on faulty units

Samsung has just confirmed that it will delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. Confirming this morning’s report, the company sent TechCrunch a statement noting that the foldable will not make its previously announced Friday ship date. Once again, no details on availability are forthcoming — which is honestly probably for the best, as the company assesses the situation. The news follows reports of malfunctioning displays from multiple reviewers. They were in the minority — ours is still working ju...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Samsung reportedly pushes back Galaxy Fold release

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Four days out from the Galaxy Fold’s official release date, Samsung is pushing things back a bit, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that cites “people familiar with the matter.” There’s no firm timeframe for the launch, though the phone is still expected “in the coming weeks,” at some point in May. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment and will update accordingly. When a number a reviewers reported malfunctioning displays among an extremel...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Asia, Hong Kong, Hardware, Samsung, Shanghai, Wall Street Journal, Richard Lai, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day six

I’m starting to get that thing where my iPhone XS screen feels super tiny when I switch back from the Fold to send a text message from my number. Someone recently asked me if I’m going to have trouble giving the device back to Samsung in a few days, and while the answer is a decided “not really,” the march toward even larger screens does feel inevitable — and I do believe folding phones will be an important part of that push. Of course, I also believe that we’re as close as a generation or two o...
Tags: Hardware, China, Samsung, Tech, Tsa, States, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four

Apologies for skipping day three. This kept me extremely busy yesterday. Though the Galaxy Fold remained a constant companion. Before you ask (or after you ask on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on that, A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the sample...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Google’s Ivan Poupyrev shows off Jacquard, which connects his Levi’s jacket to the cloud

Ivan Poupyrev, the technical projects lead at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division, just gave a TED talk that was simultaneously a presentation and a demo of new technology. Poupyrev was showing off Jacquard, a device that allowed him to use the sleeve of his jacket as a controller for his presentation slides. Google has talked about this work before, and there’s even a $350 Levi’s jacket available for purchase. But today, Poupyrev actually used Jacquard to control his presen...
Tags: Google, TC, Hardware, Tech, Ted, Canada, Sony, Levi, Anderson, Alphabet, Chris Anderson, Walt Disney Imagineering, Bret Hartman, Advanced Technology and Projects, Project Jacquard, Jacquard


Apple expands global recycling programs, announces new Material Recovery Lab in Austin

Apple announced today a further investment in its recycling programs and related e-waste efforts, which includes an expansion of its recycling program for consumers and the announcement of a new, 9,000-square-foot Material Recovery Lab based in Austin, Texas, focused on discovering future recycling processes. The company also reported the success of its existing efforts around recycling and refurbishing older Apple devices, and keeping electronic waste from landfills. The expansion of the recycl...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Hardware, Tech, Austin, Netherlands, Recycling, E-waste, MacBook Air, Apple Store, Earth Day, Austin Texas, Daisy, Lisa Jackson Apple, KPN, Environment Policy and Social Initiatives


Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day two

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the technical difficulties multiple reviewers have been experiencing with their units. This sort of thing can happen with pre-production models. I’ve certainly had issues with review units in the past, but these reports are worth mentioning as a note of caution with a product, which we were concerned might not be ready for prime time only a couple of weeks ago. At the very least, it’s as good a reason as any to wait a couple of weeks before more of these are...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Don, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wake-up (and have invested in some smart home technology), here’s some good news: Google Home now lets you use your Philips Hue lights to wake you up by slowly changing the light in your room. Philips first announced this integration at CES earlier this year, with a planned rollout in March. Looks like that took a li...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Hardware, Australia, Singapore, India, Tech, Companies, Home Automation, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Philips, Philips Hue, Lighting, Home Appliances


Microsoft’s more portable Surface Hub 2S ships in June for $9,000

We’ve known Microsoft had something new and Surfacey up its sleeve for this week. Turns out the company’s finally ready to unveil the long-promised Surface Hub 2S. The successor to 2015’s Windows 10-based interactive whiteboard is all about making things more portable. It’s a bit of a counterintuitive product category that brings nothing more to mind than a stationary wall mount, but at the price these things tend to run, versatility is key. In fact, the company brought Steelcase on as a part...
Tags: Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Surface, Surface Hub, Intel Core, Steelcase, APC, Surfacey, Intel UHD Graphics


Microsoft’s more portable Surface Hub S2 ships in June for $9,000

We’ve known Microsoft had something new and Surfacey up its sleeve for this week. Turns out the company’s finally ready to unveil the long promised Surface 2S. The successor to 2015’s Windows 10-based interactive whiteboard is all about making things more portable. It’s a bit of a counterintuitive product category that brings nothing to more to mind than a stationary wall mount, but at the price these things tend to run, versatility is key. In fact, the company brought Steelcase on as a partn...
Tags: Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Surface, Surface Hub, Intel Core, Steelcase, APC, Surfacey, Intel UHD Graphics


BLE Sending more than 20 Bytes of Data

Last year when I was designing the BLE App, one of the hurdle we faced was the packet size. I couldn’t send more than 20 bytes of data at once. So I had to created packets of 20 bytes and send them one by one, with some headers for packet information. On the receiver side I had to receive the data, organise the packets, remove the headers and stitch the data together. It’s not a very new problem, so I got to work and designed the packet creation algorithm. Format 1 initial BLE packet design...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Iot, Ble, Protocols, Google Science Journal


Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games to its drive — which is how we’ve been doing it on PC for quite some time. Announced during today’s “Inside Xbox” video presentation, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition — honestly, why not just give it a different let...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Xbox One, Tech, Sony, Xbox, Minecraft, Gpu, Gattis, Forza Horizon, Xbox One S, Jeff Gattis, Sea of Thieves Minecraft


Daily Crunch: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

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. Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold After eight years of teasing a folding device, Samsung finally pulled the trigger with an announcement at its developer’s conference late last year. But the device itself remained mysterious. Earlier this week, Brian Heater finally held the Galaxy Fold in his hands, and h...
Tags: Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Youtube, India, Disney, US, Samsung, Tech, Freedom Of Information, Hulu, AT T, U S Citizenship and Immigration Services, Notre Dame Cathedral, Zack Whittaker, Brian Heater


Logitech’s new remote ditches the touchscreen for Alexa

Logitech has a long history of serving AV nerds with its advanced line of universal remotes. In an age of eight million set top boxes, dongles and video on demand services, the Harmony line has done a good job streamlining users’ needs into a single device. As the name suggests, the Harmony Express isn’t designed for as serious a crowd as its predecessors. In fact, the new remote skips the more advanced stuff like touchscreens, in order to let Alexa do the heavy lifting. Amazon’s smart ass...
Tags: Amazon, Hardware, Tech, Logitech, Harmony, Alexa, Logitech Harmony, Harmony Express, Alexa VP Pete Thompson


Novation’s Bass Station II just got an Aphex Twin mode, crazy features

The Aphex Twin-ification of synths continues – and who’s complaining? Novation’s Bass Station II gets some mind-warping mental sound features, including key-by-key madness from Richard James. Bass Station II is the powerful analog monosynth from Novation, with sub oscillator, extra acid filter, ring mod, loads of hands-on controls, an arp and keyboard, and all the extras. And like Novation’s full range, it’s also been getting double-stuffed after the fact with extras via firmware updates. In...
Tags: Updates, Music, UK, Hardware, Keyboards, Stories, Richard, Firmware, Awesomeness, Synths, Sound-design, Richard James, IDM, Monosynths, Hella, Novation


Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day one

More like day 1.5, honestly. I spent most of yesterday sick in bed, with fever dreams of flexible displays. This morning, however, I’m already at the airport. Out if the the frying pan and into the fire, as it were. Point is, after spending an hour or so with the phone yesterday, I now find myself with the Galaxy Fold in hand (or hands, as the case may be). I’ll be using the foldable as my day to day phone as I travel to California for our robotics event. I’ll have a full review for you in a few...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, California, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Tsa, Airpod, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold is real. I’ve held it in my hands — a few of them, actually. Samsung’s briefing this morning was lousy with the things, in different colors and different states of unfolded. A month or so ago, this was anything but a given. After eight years of teasing a folding device, Samsung finally pulled the trigger at its developer’s conference late last year. But the device was shrouded in darkness. Then in February, it took the stage as the Galaxy Fold, but there was no phone waiting for ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Spotify, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Huawei, Mobile World Congress, Bixby, Samsung Huawei, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold, New York the Galaxy Fold