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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Electric Objects Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build Displays For Digital Art

Electric Objects 05 Startup Electric Objects aims to build displays for Internet art, separate from devices like laptops and smartphones that it says are “designed for distraction.” Today it’s launching a Kickstarter campaign for its first wave of displays, dubbed the EO1. Founder and CEO Jake Levine, who was previously the general manager of Digg (at Betaworks), elaborated in the video… Read More

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Anthony Ha

July 8th

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Wearable Solar’s Prototype Dress Combines Fashion With Phone-Charging Capabilities

Solar Dress Here’s an unusual way to keep your smartphone charged — with a solar-powered dress. That’s what fashion designer Pauline van Dongen is developing with her startup Wearable Solar. She brought a prototype dress to Brooklyn’s Northside Festival last month, where I had a chance to see the dress in action. Read More

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Anthony Ha

July 6th

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Google Glass Aims To Entice Travelers With New TripIt, Foursquare, And OpenTable Integrations

google glass opentable A day after Google announced that it will sell Google Glass to anyone in the United States, the company is unveiling some new "Glassware" (basically, Google Glass apps) that's supposed to be particularly useful for travelers. This isn't the first travel-related Glassware. The company announced Word Lens for Glass last fall, so if you saw a sign written a language that you didn't understand,… Read More

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Anthony Ha

May 15th

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