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The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

top-7-yc-demo-day In-flight VR entertainment and security guard drones were amongst our favorites from the 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. After querying investors and our writers, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the first half of the batch, plus an honorable mention. Check back later for all the startups and our picks from… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 23rd

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40 photos from Facebook’s “Area 404” mad science laboratory

Facebook Hardware Lab Take a tour of Facebook’s new 22,000 square foot hardware lab where it’s building drones, satellites, lasers, VR headsets, and the machines that store the world’s biggest collection of photos. Click the arrow to the right or scroll down on mobile to see what’s behind the Area 404 security doors. Read More

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Josh Constine

August 3rd

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Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab

fb-area-404 This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers. The problem with moving faster than most companies is that Facebook was plagued by delays whenever it had to outsource prototyping and testing of its gadgets and gizmos. With so much hardware on its 10-year roadmap, and quarter after quarter of profits stacking up, it made sense… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 3rd

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Facebook open sources 360 Surround camera with Ikea-style instructions

Facebook 360 Surround build gif Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More

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Josh Constine

July 26th

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Facebook open sources 360 Surround camera with Ikea-style instructions

Facebook 360 Surround build gif Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More

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Josh Constine

July 26th

Gadgets

Boosted’s v2 electric skateboards go 12 miles with swappable batteries

v2_boosted_product-shots2 The Boosted Board is the best electric skateboard on the market, but its biggest flaw is a troublingly low range of 6 miles per charge. Today, Boosted opened pre-orders of its Gen 2 boards for $999 to $1599, solving the problem with extended and swappable battery options that let them go almost twice as far. For $99 extra you can upgrade from a 7-mile to a 12-mile battery, or you can buy an… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 19th

Gadgets

Wireless charging startup uBeam accused of being the next Theranos

power-cord-blue uBeam could be vaporware, according to a blogger claiming to be uBeam’s former VP of Engineering. They accuse the startup of being unable to fulfill promises made about its technology. uBeam says it’s building a device that could wirelessly charge your phone or other electronics from several meters away. But in a series of blog posts about the startup, the author asserts that… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 11th

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Press a button, play a chord on Magic Instruments’ digital guitar

magic instruments 90% of people who try to learn guitar quit in the first year. So when Brian Fan wanted to start strumming out lullabies for his baby daughter, he reinvented the instrument itself. Suddenly, a single finger on a button could replace four on different strings, and anyone could learn to play popular songs in a few minutes. Meet the Magic Instruments Rhythm guitar. It might look like a toy video… Read More

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Josh Constine

April 19th

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Press a button, play a chord on Magic Instruments’ digital guitar

magic instruments 90% of people who try to learn guitar quit in the first year. So when Brian Fan wanted to start strumming out lullabies for his baby daughter, he reinvented the instrument itself. Suddenly, a single finger on a button could replace four on different strings, and anyone could learn to play popular songs in a few minutes. Meet the Magic Instruments Rhythm guitar. It might look like a toy video… Read More

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Josh Constine

April 19th

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The 5 top startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

ycf (1) Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designed to let the startup school help idea- or prototype-stage companies, beyond the full-fledged businesses in its main accelerator. The 8-week full-time fellowship mostly offers remote guidance,… Read More

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Josh Constine

April 1st

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