Essential really wants to solve the screen notch problem

Essential really wants to solve the screen notch problem

In a way, Essential is something of a pioneer. Before the iPhone X helped the world reluctantly embrace the screen notch, the company proudly displayed one atop its first flagship. Since then, of course, it’s become a feature, not a bug, with a long list of companies rushing to embrace it on their latest flagship.…
Bose is carving out $50 million for startups using its new audio-focused AR tech

Bose is carving out $50 million for startups using its new audio-focused AR tech

The high-end audio technology company Bose is getting into the augmented reality game with a new product and a $50 million fund devoted to startups that will develop services for its new platform. While most of the industry is focused on a visually augmented experience, Bose is most concerned with the intersection of sound and vision.…
The changing face of transport, part three

The changing face of transport, part three

show chapters The way we move around towns and cities is changing: Here's how    5:50 AM ET Fri, 16 Feb 2018 | 06:27 To watch part one of this episode, please click here. To watch part two of this episode, please click here.

Elon Musk shares updated pedestrian-first Boring Co. Hyperloop transit plan

Elon Musk has shifted his pans for The Boring Company: While it will still focus on digging tunnels to provide a network of underground tubes suitable for use by high-speed Hyperloop pods, the plan now is to use that Hyperloop to transport pedestrians and cyclists first, and then only later to work on moving cars…
Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF

Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF

Snapchat and Instagram have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features after users saw an extremely racist GIF as an option to add to their images. Snapchat confirms to TechCrunch “As soon as we were made aware, we removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy until we can be sure that this won’t happen again…
Facebook launches AR effects tied to real-world tracking markers

Facebook launches AR effects tied to real-world tracking markers

Facebook’s augmented reality camera is evolving beyond selfie masks and randomly placed 3D objects to using location markers in the real world that trigger AR experiences in a precise location. Spotted today, Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing the feature in closed beta with promotions for the upcoming Ready Player One and Wrinkle In…
The changing face of transport, part two

The changing face of transport, part two

show chapters The way we move around towns and cities is changing: Here's how    5:49 AM ET Fri, 16 Feb 2018 | 08:11 To watch part three of this episode, please click here.
Android beats iOS in smartphone loyalty, study finds

Android beats iOS in smartphone loyalty, study finds

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 may not quite live up to the iPhone X when it comes to Samsung’s implementation of a Face ID-style system or its odd take on AR emoji. But that’s not going to matter much to Samsung device owners — not only because the S9 is a good smartphone overall — but…
False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature

False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature

The rapidity with which falsity travels has been proverbial for centuries: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Swift in 1710. Yet empirical verification of this common wisdom has been scarce — to our chagrin these past few years as lies in seven-league boots outpace a hobbled truth on platforms seemingly bespoke…
The Tesla Model 3 is a love letter to the road

The Tesla Model 3 is a love letter to the road

Tesla’s Model 3 is making progress heading out to customers (though not as much as either Tesla or those on the waiting list would like) and as a result, we got a chance to spend some time in one of the new production models that just rolled off the line. The Model 3 is a…