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Here’s what you missed at TechCrunch Shanghai 2017

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. This week saw TechCrunch land in Shanghai for yet another great event. While Shenzhen — the site of our previous China show — might be the hardware capital, Shanghai has a potent mix of hungry entrepreneurs from all over --> READ MORE

Final round of Disrupt Berlin hackathon & spectator tickets now available plus sponsor prizes

By |November 30th, 2017|

 The countdown for the Berlin TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is ticking down rapidly, with only 2 days to go! We’ve released the last batch of hacker tickets, so get yours now so you can join the fun! If you’re not a hacker but want to see the full 60-second pitches on Sunday, you can also get your --> READ MORE

Atomico just released its third ‘state of European tech’ report and it holds some surprises

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Atomico, the 11-year-old European venture firm, has released the third edition of its State of European Tech report in an effort to shine a light on what’s happening in Europe, and it’s full of interesting data, beginning with the fact that 2017 has been a record year for Europe, with more than $19 billion invested --> READ MORE

Google’s newest app stops you burning through your data package

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Google’s newest app for emerging markets is a service that helps control data usage on a smartphone and get more for your top-up credit. Datally, which is available for Android devices worldwide from today, applies granular control to enable a user to monitor use of data on their phone and cut data usage on any --> READ MORE

FDA clears AliveCor’s Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch

By |November 30th, 2017|

 The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor’s Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch. Europe has been able to use a version of the Kardiaband for Apple Watch for some time now but, thanks to the new FDA approval, the device can now be used in the --> READ MORE

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global raises $30M so you can work less and sleep more

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Arianna Huffington wants you to work smarter, not harder. She believes a corporate mentality that rewards burning the midnight oil is actually reducing productivity, by causing burnout. Lack of sleep could be costing the U.S. economy $411 billion per year, it turns out. So last year, the HuffPost founder and Uber board member, launched Thrive Global, --> READ MORE

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to bid for Chicago airport link project

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Elon Musk’s Boring Company, a project that plans to use futuristic underground pods to transport cars across long distances without traffic congestion, is starting to take shape. Fresh from raising $300,000 from the sale of hats — an ‘initial hat offering’ — and getting permission for projects in Maryland, Musk has confirmed that the company will --> READ MORE

Amazon is putting Alexa in the office

By |November 30th, 2017|

 The interface is evolving. What has long been dominated by screens of all shapes and sizes is now being encroached upon by the voice. And while many companies are building voice interfaces — Apple with Siri, Google with Assistant, and Microsoft with Cortana — none are quite as dominant as Amazon has been with Alexa. --> READ MORE

Alexa is arriving in Australia and New Zealand early next year

By |November 30th, 2017|

 One more bit of news out of tonight’s Alexa State of the Union Keynote at AWS Re:Invent in Vegas. Amazon is finally bringing its voice service to Oceania. After several months of rumblings, the company announced today that Alexa will be arriving in Australia and New Zealand at some unspecified point in early 2018. In --> READ MORE

Amazon adds in-skill purchases to Alexa

By |November 30th, 2017|

 There was clearly a lot of ground to cover at tonight’s AWS re:Invent Alexa State of the Union — but let’s be real, the most important bit was how the company plans to make a little money for its developers. After all, Amazon appears to be raking in the dough, with all of the Alexa --> READ MORE