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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

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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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Flex is an alternative to tampons you can have sex while wearing

Flex Feminine Product Things can get messy if you have sex on your period, so many couples avoid it. But The Flex Company wants to replace outdated pads and tampons with a sleek, disc-shaped blood blocker. Flex can be worn during sex to prevent making a mess. The Flex discs are disposable, can be worn for up to 12 hours and even come in a stylish little packet. They’re doctor-approved to be… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 31st

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Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

Airware Airware used to sell drone operating systems. Now it’s swiveling to sell the whole flying kit and caboodle: drone hardware, the software to control them, and the cloud where their data goes. It discovered that big enterprise companies didn’t know how to piece together drone systems themselves, so they were slow to adapting to the tech that could save them money and keep employees… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 31st

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The top 8 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

ycombinator-bestof2 Supersonic planes, food harvesting robots and instant HIV diagnosis were some of the ideas that wowed us on Demo Day 2 for Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch. We queried investors and TechCrunch’s writers to come up with our top 8 picks from all 59 startups that presented. Check out our coverage of the 60 YC startups from Tuesday, plus our 7 favorites. Additional reporting by Megan… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 24th

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The top 8 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 2

ycombinator-bestof2 Supersonic planes, food harvesting robots and instant HIV diagnosis were some of the ideas that wowed us on Demo Day 2 for Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch. We queried investors and TechCrunch’s writers to come up with our top 8 picks from all 59 startups that presented. Check out our coverage of the 60 YC startups from Tuesday, plus our 7 favorites. Additional reporting by Megan… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 24th

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Face-plant into this airplane tray table pillow

Woollip You don’t have to be a circus freak contortionist to sleep on a plane thanks to Woollip. Now you can dive face-first into an inflatable travel pillow that’s made to sit atop your tray table. Woollip just hit Kickstarter for $30 and plans to ship in July. Most travel pillows sit behind your head or around your neck. But when you’re sitting upright, that makes you more likely… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 22nd

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