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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:03 AM PST

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 app as they please. The app design is simple and it appears to be effective.… Read More

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

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:01 AM PST

 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 U.S., marking the first time an Apple Watch accessory will be able to be used as a… Read More

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

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:32 PM PST

 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, a startup dedicated to reducing stress… Read More

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

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:16 PM PST

 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 bid on a project… Read More

Amazon is putting Alexa in the office

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:57 PM PST

 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. At the AWS reinvent conference, Amazon will announce Alexa for… Read More

Alexa is arriving in Australia and New Zealand early next year

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:45 PM PST

 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 the meantime, it’s opening up its tools for developers, in order… Read More

Amazon adds in-skill purchases to Alexa

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:45 PM PST

 There was clearly a lot of ground to cover at tonight’s AWS re:Invent Alexa State of the Union — but lets 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 devices it’s been selling ahead of the holidays, but what of the lowly developer? The most… Read More

We’re hitting rock bottom in cyber — let’s do something

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 04:00 PM PST

 When it comes to the cybersecurity problem, where is rock bottom? Internet security is in a state of crisis. With their shocking scope and targeting of some of society’s most critical infrastructure, recent attacks are making some of the incidents that used to alarm us almost seem quaint by comparison. And yet, where is the outrage? Read More

Coinbase ordered to give the IRS data on users trading more than $20,000

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:56 PM PST

 Most digital currencies exist in a sort of twilight state just beyond the grasp of federal regulators, but the U.S. tax authority is starting to get savvy to this whole bitcoin thing. On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Coinbase must supply the IRS with identifying information on users who had more than $20,000 in annual transactions on its platform between 2013 and 2015. Read More

Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:19 PM PST

 As Twitter tries to figure out how to lock down the parts of its platform that enable harassment, as well as the spread of misleading information and illicit content, there have been a number of moments that highlight how the service, and its levers of control, are far from perfect. Read More

NASA is gearing up a new rover for a mission to find evidence of life on Mars

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 03:10 PM PST

 NASA is gearing up for its next mission to Mars with a more tricked-out, updated version of the Curiosity Mars rover, the agency announced recently. New hardware for the Mars 2020 mission includes seven new instruments, new wheels, a new drill to capture rock cores and a caching system with a miniature robotic arm to store the samples. Read More

Box is cash flow positive again, with 26% revenue growth

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 02:04 PM PST

 Box posted its third-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The cloud management business reported $129.3 million in revenue, up 26 percent from last year. This beat analyst estimates of $128.64 million. The company also reported an adjusted negative 13 cents per share, in line with Wall Street estimates. This compares to negative 14 cents from last year. Read More

12 of the best baby tech gifts for the little ones in your life

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 01:09 PM PST

 This baby tech gift guide is a new one for TechCrunch’s annual gift list but one that’s been on my mind for a little while now. Lately, I’ve been inundated with ads, tips, lists and articles of my own on items for baby in this modern tech age… so, I’ve scanned through it all, compiled a list of the top tech and wrapped it up just for you and your little ones. Read More

AWS in Vegas

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:34 PM PST

Don’t expect AWS to launch a blockchain service anytime soon

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:27 PM PST

 Bitcoin may be reaching for new heights, but don’t expect AWS to launch a service that’s based on the underlying blockchain technology anytime soon. During a press conference at AWS’ annual re:Invent conference in Last Vegas, AWS CEO Andy Jassy took a question on his team’s plans for a blockchain service. Jassy seemed anything but enthused about the prospect. Read More

New York’s Attorney General sets up a page to report fraudulent FCC comments

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:07 PM PST

 It’s no secret that among the millions of comments filed with the FCC regarding its plan to roll back net neutrality are a great deal of fake ones, some even using stolen identities. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been especially vocal about this problem, and since the FCC doesn’t seem to care, his office has set up a page to report fraudulent comments directly. Read More

Andy Rubin takes leave from Essential, as reports of an improper relationship at Google surface

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:27 AM PST

 Andy Rubin has taken a leave of absence from Essential. The phone maker’s founder and CEO will be taking time off from the company to “deal with personal matters,” a spokesman for the company confirmed with TechCrunch this morning. According to a statement, Rubin announced his intention at a board meeting earlier this month. “The board agreed,” the spokesman… Read More

Amazon is previewing an IOT security service

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:26 AM PST

 As one of its last announcement on a day chock-full with new tools and features, Amazon previewed a new security device for the internet of things. Called IOT Device Defender, the new service will monitor policies around devices to look for anomalies in device activity and support customized rules and auditing policies that a customer would want to put in place. The service will also… Read More

AWS adds dedicated analytics service for IoT data

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:25 AM PST

 It wouldn’t be a conference without some discussion of Internet of Things, one of the hot up and coming technologies. The thing about IoT is that it generates a ton of data and the question becomes how do you make sense of it all. To help, AWS launched a dedicated IoT analytics service called AWS IoT Analytics today at its re:Invent customer conference in Las Vegas. According to Tara… Read More

YouTube is launching its own take on Stories with a new video format called ‘Reels’

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 11:22 AM PST

 Even YouTube is adding Stories. The popular format introduced by Snapchat, then adopted by Instagram, Skype, Facebook, Messenger and even some dating apps, is now making its way to YouTube as a new feature the company is calling “Reels.” To be clear, Reels is YouTube’s spin on Stories, not an exact copy. And Reels won’t live at the top of the app, as Stories do on… Read More