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Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

fitbit Fitbit just filed an S-1 declaring its plans to go public. The filing states that the fitness-tracking company aims to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (that number could change). It also says the company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FIT”. Read More

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Anthony Ha

May 7th

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Hitting The Gym With Smart Apparel Startup Athos

athos If you’re looking for exercises and workout routines, there are plenty of apps that can help (in fact, FitBit just acquired one of them). But what about making sure that you’re exercising properly? How do you know you’re not working the wrong part of the body, favoring one side over the other, or doing anything else that might lead to an ineffective workout or even… Read More

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Anthony Ha

March 17th

Gadgets

Mobile

Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

Broadcaster Mini Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini. The Mini is part of a two-pronged refresh of the Broadcaster, which launched about three years ago and allows customers to livestream from any camera. Co-founder and CEO Max Haot told me the Broadcaster is a good entry point,… Read More

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Anthony Ha

March 2nd

Gadgets

Celebrate This Terrible Winter With The Highlights Of Amazon’s Summer Preview

Amazon Preview Summer Sand Sculpture Amazon.com hosted a summer preview event in New York City today, and I’ll be real honest: I thought there was going to be more tech stuff. Nonetheless, we soldiered on with a whirlwind tour of the cruelly summer-themed exhibits, highlighting new and popular products on sale on Amazon. Unfortunately, we couldn’t demo the chainsaw or the “Roomba for your lawn,” but I was… Read More

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Anthony Ha

February 19th

Gadgets

Luna’s Smart Mattress Cover Can Help You Sleep Better

Luna Bed Cover Luna co-founder Matteo Franceschetti presents a pretty appealing vision of what it can be like to go to bed: As you lie down, the lights, temperature (of both the bed and the room), and the music all adjust to a setting of your choice. Then as you fall asleep, they adjust again, perhaps turning off completely. Luna makes this possible through a smart mattress cover that’s now available… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 27th

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Tandem Raises $100M Third Fund To Back More Mobile Startups

Tandem lab Mobile startup accelerator Tandem is announcing that it has closed a third fund totaling $100 million — a big step up from its second, $22 million fund. Tandem has previously backed startups like Bash Gaming (acquired by GSN), lost-item tracker Tile, and PalyHaven (now known as Upsight). It invests $200,000 initially and also brings startups to its Burlingame, Calif. offices for a… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 15th

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Mobile

Gannett’s Next Oculus Rift Experiment Takes You Onto The Ski Slopes Of Vail

gannett oculus ski champions Last fall, Gannett unveiled its first attempt at journalism for the Oculus Rift — Harvest of Change, a series of stories in the Des Moines Register. Specifically, the series used Oculus to give readers a tour of the farm featured in one of the stories. Now the media company is launching its second experiment in this vein, this time taking viewers to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 11th

Gadgets

PicoBrew Automates Home Beer Brewing (And It’s A Great Excuse For CES Day Drinking)

PicoBrew If you’re a fan of craft beer, you might be tempted to try homebrewing — if only it wasn’t (to quote my colleague Ryan Lawler) “a pain in the ass.” Startup PicoBew has built a machine called Zymatic that should make the process a lot easier, automating the brewing process and making it more consistent. PicoBrew’s Greg White even pitched it (half-jokingly,… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 9th

Gadgets

Sutro’s Smart Device Helps Pool Owners Take Control Of Their Water Chemistry

sutro Sutro, a startup presenting at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield in Las Vegas, aims to remove one of the big headaches of owning a backyard swimming pool or spa. Now, I don’t own a pool myself (weird, I know), but co-founders Ravi Kurani and Amanda Nagai told me that owners are expected to constantly check and adjust the chlorine and pH levels of their pool — otherwise they… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 7th

Gadgets

Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

livemap helmet design As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap. The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see… Read More

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Anthony Ha

December 28th

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