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Disgusting DNA app falsely claims it can tell how gay you are

In what’s an obvious scam, a developer going by the name Joel Bellenson who allegedly works for a company called Insolent AI, created and developed a DNA analysis app that can supposedly tell “how gay” you are. Of course it cannot. According to science – and the app’s own description on the marketplace it’s sold – there is no one gay gene. The only thing the “How Gay Are You” app can tell you about yourself, if you buy it, is that you make very poor purchasing decisions. You cannot tell how gay ...
Tags: Apps, Insider, Science, Tech


TikTok appears to have walked back its ‘shadow ban’ on Trump posts

TikTok users are reporting an unusually high number of posts showing up in their feeds related to Donald Trump. While the network has long been considered a haven for Trump supporters, until now they appeared to languish in an echo chamber. Now, as Trump‘s been eagerly announcing the mysterious progress he’s making in negotiations with China, posts about the president are apparently showing up everywhere on the Chinese-owned social network. #TikTok is being flooded with pro Trump videos. — Emily...
Tags: Politics, Social Media, Tech


Flowhub raises $23 million for its retail management software for cannabis dispensaries

As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. Looking to address that need, Flowhub , a cannabis retail management software vendor, has raised $23 million from a consortium of investors including e.ventures, Evolv Ventures (the Kraft Heinz-backed venture capital fund) and Poseidon.  The legal cannabis market is expected t...
Tags: Recent Funding, Startups, TC, Cannabis, Flowhub


Fortnite’s back as a Big Bang refreshes the whole game

After being dark for a day, Fortnite came back triumphant with a new map — effectively going from a black hole to a Big Bang as it introduces users to a new map and new gameplay. Fortnite‘s not the first game to radically alter its map, though it might be the first one that did so under the pretense of a universe-ending event such as the black hole, which lingered for over a day. The game‘s youthful audience and their parents were apparently so confused they were ringing up Epic’s customer suppo...
Tags: Gaming


Review: The ILife A9 robot vacuum looks fantastic, works great, and only costs $279

The ILife A9 is a recent addition to the over-crowded robot vacuum market, but it manages to stand out from the pack in several ways. Right up front, it’s priced under $300. This puts it in the “entry-level” category of robot vacuums, but it brings more to the table than most of its unremarkable competitors. It has all the usual features including dual suction settings, multiple cleaning modes, drop and collision-detection sensors, automatic mapping and charging, and an app for monitoring and sc...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Plugged, Robots, Tech


Every new device at Google’s big Pixel 4 event

Google held its big Made by Google event today, officially revealing the Pixel 4 and a handful of other new products today. Since the company has been pretty bad (okay, awful) at keeping secrets, we already knew many of the devices and features announced, but the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve. Here’s what you need to know about the new devices: Pixel 4 Okay, so this might be the most leaked phone in history, but let’s recap for you. The phone has a few highlight features, but t...
Tags: Insider, Plugged


Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch

Subscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. We’ve seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, all with the goal of changing the economics of news, information and entertainment. Every day, I get the fortune of talking with founders about their startups and writing about them on TechCrunch, but I’ve also been something of an intrapre...
Tags: TC


NASA engineer says Viking missions discovered life on Mars in the 1970s

Gilbert Levin, a NASA engineer who worked on the Viking missions, says he’s “convinced we found evidence of life of Mars in the 1970s.” In a Scientific American article published today, Levin explains how two separate craft landed on the surface of the red planet and conducted a series of tests to determine if there were was life. One particular test, based on the same experiment Louis Pasteur conducted to prove the existence of microbes, came back positive. The results were confirmed in a repli...
Tags: Science, Space, Tech


Hands-on with the new Pixel 4

After the onstage presentation at Made by Google 2019, we got our hands on a Pixel 4. In this video, you can watch us do a quick run-through of the major new features — like Motion Sense, which provides gesture controls that don’t require you to touch your phone, and improved Night Sight, which allows you to take high-quality photos in dark environments.   The Pixel 4 will start shipping on October 24, with a starting price of $799.  
Tags: Hardware, Mobile, Alphabet, Google, Pixel 4


AMC Theatres launches its own on-demand streaming service

AMC Theatres announced a new service today called AMC Theatres On Demand — a marketplace where members of AMC’s Stubs loyalty program can buy or rent individual movies to watch at home. The launch of an iTunes-style, a la carte movie marketplace seems almost quaint at a time when all the major media companies seem to be following Netflix’s lead and readying their own subscription streaming services. But it’s a noteworthy bet on a slightly old-fashioned model, and it’s also interesting as an effo...
Tags: Entertainment, Media, AMC Theatres


Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup?

For healthtech founders and funders, scientific claims and conclusions are more than policy — b usiness models depend upon the lucid appraisal of clinical problems, evaluating inadequacies in current standards of care, a clear understanding of disease pathways, and designing superior interventions.  At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the scientists that preceded them to obtain reliable evidence. When they promote their own innovations, credibility is a cr...
Tags: Biotech, Health, TC, Andreesen Horowitz, HealthTech


ZeroDown, valued at $150M, plans to take on Zillow

Days out of Y Combinator, venture capitalists valued ZeroDown, a financial and real estate technology startup, at $150 million. The company had the perfect match of experienced founders and eye-popping ambitions to carve a new path to home ownership. “I think we will be known as a company that makes it easier to buy a home in every single aspect,” ZeroDown co-founder and chief executive officer Abhijeet Dwivedi tells TechCrunch. The startup, which has raised $30 million in total equity funding a...
Tags: Real Estate, Startups, Venture Capital, California, Pinterest, Postmates, Redfin, San Francisco, Search Engine, Y Combinator, Zenefits, Zillow


Opening the Doors Of Creativity: 3 Pros And Cons Of Starting Your Own Web Design Business 

A dream is just an idea without a website. With more people (and businesses) starting their own websites to showcase their products, talents, and services, there is ample work for a strong web designer. Whether you hold professional web design qualifications or are a self-taught freelancer with the right know-how, there can be plenty of opportunities in starting your own web design business. Setting yourself up with a web design firm could be the million-dollar business idea you have been waiti...
Tags: Others, Starting A Business, Web Design


How Fitness Impacts Work Life

You already know that exercise is great for your body. But did you know it can reap benefits on your work as well? It may be hard to imagine squeezing a workout into your busy workday, but if you’re finding yourself stressed, unable to focus, and relying on way too many cups of coffee, then a quick workout might be exactly what you need. Exercise could be the secret weapon that blasts your career to the next level.  If you need more convincing before you’re willing to put on your trainer...
Tags: Others, Fitness, Personal Productivity, Work Productivity


When Do You Need The Services Of An Electric Provider

The electricity provider provides electrical connections to the homes and businesses. Victorian electricity providers provide a reliable source of electricity in an affordable range of prices.  The electricity consumption is increasing day by day, and the prices are also inflating due to high demand and low production. Electricity has been made a necessity for everyone in the recent era. Students need it to study for laptops and to make assignments; researchers need it to run digital programs, ...
Tags: Others, Electrical Services


Kabuto is building smart suitcases for geeks

French company Kabuto is launching a Kickstarter campaign today for the second generation of its smart carry-on suitcase. The company was previously known as Xtend. If you think about smart suitcases, chances are you picture a suitcase with a battery pack in it and that’s it. In other words, they are not that smart. Kabuto is packing a bunch of electronics to add some more features. At the top of the suitcase, you’ll find a fingerprint reader. You can unlock the suitcase with your fingerprint...
Tags: Europe, Gadgets, Startups, Kabuto


Are You Aware Of These Common Mistakes While Outreaching?

by Prince Kapoor For quite some time now, SEO tops the priority list for most companies. Why not? All of us want to be on the first page on Google, don’t we? Link Building is an invincible part of every SEO strategy. When the topic is link building, ‘outreach’ is the centermost point of discussion. If performed wisely, it can push you on the first line of Google search results. Well, a dream come true! Isn’t it? Since outreach is such an important aspect of link building, you can’t afford to ma...
Tags: Others, Online marketing, Search Engine Optimization, SEO


Important Ingredients For A Millennial-Friendly Workplace

The workplace setting is changing as millennials take over from baby boomers and look set to become the largest generation of workers. For forward-thinking employers, millennials are an appealing demographic that are often sought after for their fresh thinking ideas and energy. Therefore, it’s important that your office environment appeals to the younger generation. But how do you make sure your workplace is millennial-friendly? Here are some tips to create the right environment to attract the ...
Tags: Others, Millennials, Office Design, Workforce


Why You Should Use PowerPoint Add-Ins

PowerPoint is a straightforward system to use and a stable demonstration platform. Whether your lecture requires a visual kick, collaborative tools, simple access, or the possibility to share data after the first conference, PowerPoint is a great choice. It can even contribute to reducing speech anxiety by redirecting the audience’s eyes from the presenter to the display. Using a PowerPoint Add-in is another way to enhance your presentation. With an add-in, you’ll be able to maximize the usage ...
Tags: Others, PowerPoint, PowerPoint add-ins


Spearhead will give $1M to 15 founders to invest freely

Spearhead, an investment fund launched by AngelList’s Naval Ravikant and Accomplice’s Jeff Fagnan, plans to raise roughly $100 million for its third fund to provide founders $1 million each to invest in technology startups of their choosing. The firm, created in 2017, initially provided founders $200,000 in investment capital sourced from Spearhead I, a $25 million vehicle, followed by Spearhead II, a $35 million vehicle. The group now plans roughly $100 million to give its founders 5x more c...
Tags: Startups, TC, Venture Capital, Alex Wang, Angellist, Artificial Intelligence, Jeff Fagnan, Laura Behrens Wu, O.school, Shippo, Spearhead


An overview of Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ supporters — who’s in and who’s out

Facebook sent the world into a frenzy when it announced its intention to enter the payments space with the launch of its controversial ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra earlier this year. Initially, Facebook said it had garnered support from 28 companies, including some of the world’s top financial and technology giants. But, as soon as regulators and central banks caught wind of Facebook‘s plans they began to issue warnings and air concerns about Libra‘s potential effect on the world’s financial system; s...
Tags: Hard Fork


Google Stadia set to launch on Nov 19 — but not for everyone

Google today revealed the official launch date of its Stadia streaming service — at least, the date when those who’ve paid the Chromecast Ultra toll will get it. No word yet for the rest of us. The mention of Stadia was cleverly slipped in at the beginning of the event, and then quickly eclipsed by bigger news (which you can read about here, if you like). All Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of hardware, said on the topic was that “Stadia” would launch on that day. He left out that this only applies...
Tags: Google


MIT researchers unveil new system to improve fake news detection

Bad actors are increasingly using more advanced methods to generate fake news and fool readers into thinking they are legitimate. AI-based text generators, including OpenAI’s GPT-2 model, which try and imitate human writers play a big part in this. To mitigate this, researchers have developed tools to detect artificially generated text. However, new research from MIT suggests there might be a fundamental flaw in the way these detectors work. Traditionally, these tools trace back a text’s writing...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence


Google’s new Pixel Buds cost $179, have adaptive sound, and arrive next… spring

At its hardware event in New York City today, Google seemed a bit too excited about its upcoming earphones, the Pixel Buds. Sure, they’re smaller, and they’ll likely be better than the previous version – but they aren’t expected until next spring. The $179 earphones were merely previewed on screen at the event, where the company talked up the new design that allows the buds to sit flush in your ear, and “custom sensors, speakers, and battery” for improved performance. It’s hard to say what these...
Tags: Google, Plugged


Google’s new Pixelbook Go is a $649 laptop with 13.3-inch touchscreen

Google just launched its new laptop called the PixelBook Go with a 13.3-inch touch screen and runs Chrome OS. The Pixelbook Go weighs less than 900 grams and it’s just 13.3mm thin, making it quite easy to carry it around the town. The company claims the laptop can last for 12 hours on a single charge, and you can get two hours of battery time with just 20 minutes of charging. Google said the device has a specially designed keyboard that’s meant to make the least amount of sound when you type. It...
Tags: Plugged


Headless CMS company Strapi raises $4 million

French startup Strapi has raised a $4 million seed round led by Accel and Stride.vc. The company has been working on an open-source Node.js headless content management system. That’s a lot of technical words in a row, but it’s not that hard to understand what Strapi is. Content management systems, or CMS, are web applications that let you publish and manage content on a website. It can be a blog, a corporate websites with multiple pages, a portfolio, etc. The most popular CMS in the world ...
Tags: Developer, Europe, Fundings & Exits, Startups, CMS, headless CMS, Strapi


Here’s why the Pixel 4 won’t be coming to India

Google launched its new flagship the Pixel 4 today, but sadly the phone won’t be coming to India. The reason is the Soli Radar chip used in the new phones. The chip uses a 60 GHz ISM band which is not listed for commercial use in India as per National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP). The company said in a statement it decided to not launch the phone in India based on various factors: Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine a...
Tags: India, Plugged


How Small Steps Can Drive Big Results For Your Business

by Shawn Burcham, founder and CEO of PFSbrands and author of “Keeping Score With GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies For Success“ In business, it’s the major leaps that people notice and remember. Apple introduced the iPhone and the methods in which we communicate and gather information were changed forever. LEGO took some audacious steps over the last couple of decades and expanded its toy franchise into video games, TV and movies. Big steps. Big results. But not every move you make with your busi...
Tags: Thinking Aloud, Business Success, Shawn Burcham


Google announces the dual-camera, notchless, & face-unlocking Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Yes, Google has now officially launched the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. After months of leaks, the search giant has finally confirmed at today’s event what we’ve all known for some time now: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both have two rear cameras, a face unlocking feature, gesture controls, and a 90Hz display. The lack of the notch is one of the big evolutions of the Pixel 4. Last year’s phones (the surprisingly named Pixel 3 range) suffered with one of the worst notches I’ve ever seen on a phone. Hon...
Tags: Google, Plugged


China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring citizens — it’s a massive API

China’s emerging social credit system (SCS): rarely has a topic been more hotly discussed, and more poorly understood. When most people think about the SCS, they imagine it primarily as a scoring mechanism, a way for the central government to rank China’s citizens and companies based on their behavior. But that’s a skewed misconception of what social credit actually is. The social credit system, at its core, is perhaps better described as a data-sharing service; the more technical among you coul...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Privacy, Syndication