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  • HTC drops price of Vive by $200 as it looks to compete with Facebook’s aggressive VR pricing


     Just as reality appears to be getting worse by the day, VR companies are doing the lord’s work and making the price of escaping it a bit more accessible. HTC is dropping the price of its Vive virtual reality system from $799 to $599 as the Taiwanese tech giant seeks to compete with aggressive price cuts coming from Facebook-owned Oculus and their Rift headset. At the beginning of the… Read More
  • N26 now has 500,000 customers for its bank of the future


     Fintech startup N26 is getting more and more customers. The company reported 300,000 customers back in March. It now has 500,000 customers across Europe.More importantly, growth seems to be accelerating as the startup announced that it was adding a thousand customers every day back in March. Now, around 1,500 customers sign up every day.“More than 60 percent of our growth is still… Read More
  • Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone


     Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Read More
  • Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what’s next for e-commerce?


    Even with advantages, can startups truly outsmart Alibaba and Amazon? The answer is yes, and the reason is the massive amount of growth that remains to be realized in e-commerce.Amazon and Alibaba may be gobbling up the lion’s share of the two markets, but e-commerce still amounts to just 8% and 16% of the total ~$9 trillion retail market in the U.S. and China respectively. Read More
  • For its latest trick, watch this Tesla Model X smoke a Lamborghini supercar


     The “Ludicrous” Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Spoiler alert: the Tesla beats it by .05 of a second, leaving the Lambo crying “Mercy”. At 5,4000 pounds,… Read More
  • Yesterday’s “plastics” are today’s crypto tokens


     What “The Graduate” can teach about today’s cryptocurrencies Read More
  • Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition


     Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year’s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at the Gamecom conference in Cologne, Germany to debut a limited edition version… Read More
  • Taxes in the gig economy


     The first generation of gig economy contractors is essentially riding shotgun as an entirely new industry defines itself. While they enjoy flexibility and a convenient way to supplement a primary income, they also must act as guinea pigs uncovering the shortcomings of the industry’s support network. One issue in particular has become a clear gap for gig economy workers: taxes. Read More
  • Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here


     Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany.The company already said on Twitter that we can expect to hear more details about pre-orders for the Xbox One X:#XboxOneX pre-order info is… Read More
  • Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS


     Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance, Google is paying a ton of money to remain the default search engine on iOS.As CNBC first reported, according to a Bernstein analyst, Google could pay as much as $3 billion a year just to remain the default option in… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang: Ah-Clem


    Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Philip Proctor, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor joins the Gang. Topics preclude: will the realDonaldTrump please step down, what is reality, Siri’s Easter egg, and other mysteries from the vaults of time. @stevegillmor, @FIRESIGNPHIL,… Read More
  • Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories


     Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More
  • Cryptowestworld


     Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there lived a mysterious, brilliant inventor, now lost to history, who created a kind of autonomous zone wherein the traditional rules of governments and law did not apply. It was scoffed at as escapism, but over time it drew an ever-growing crowd who used it primarily to indulge their greed and lust. A few, though, believed it could be more than an… Read More
  • The Daily Stormer was back online for a quick second


     Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer is running out of options to stay online. There has been a public outcry against tech companies helping websites, such as The Daily Stormer. On August 18th, the team behind The Daily Stormer found a way to put the website back online. But now that NameCheap has taken down the website’s new domain name, it is back offline for most people. If you want to host… Read More
  • Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO


     The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end.First reported by Kara Swisher, our sources are also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several weeks ago.Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was asked to resign in June… Read More
  • Leaked image suggests a new Nest thermostat is on the way


     Alphabet-owned Nest has taken some pretty safe choices in the IoT space, building products that rely on a their Internet connectedness to function. Their most recognizable product, the Nest Learning Thermostat hasn’t gotten a cosmetic upgrade since it was released nearly six years ago, though it has received some hardware tweaks to make setup and connection more simple. A leaked image… Read More
  • Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars


     You don’t need a fancy university degree to launch a startup and secure venture capital. But looking at the data on who gets funded, alumni affiliation sure seems to be a big contributing factor. Read More
  • The Huger Tech Racer electric skateboard proves fast doesn’t mean first place


     The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech. The board in question, named the Racer, is supposed to be the most bang for your buck, but with better performance than the two current leading electric skateboards — the Boosted Board and Inboard. Read More
  • Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects


     The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices. Read More
  • Crunch Report | Benchmark vs Kalanick Goes Sour


    Reddit is rolling out its own video platform, VR adtech company Immersv raises $10.5 million and Benchmark versus Kalanick goes sour. All this on Crunch Report Read More