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pitch techcrunch during mobile world congress at our meetup on feb 28


hey, barcelona! here’s a reminder!techcrunch is holding a mini-meetup during mobile world congress, on tuesday feb. 28. we will hold a “pitch-off” of startups at the event.grab tickets here.you can apply to pitch your barcelona-based startup here.we’ll select approximately 10 great barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of vcs and techcrunch editors in 60 seconds or less why their startup is awesome. you’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event, techcrunch disrupt, in berlin on december 4-5.first placea table in startup alley at techcrunch disrupt berlinsecond placetwo tickets to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinthird placeone ticket to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinwant to sponsor the event? email [email protected] you in barcelona!featured image:






pitch techcrunch during mobile world congress at our meetup on feb 28


hey barcelona! here’s a reminder!techcrunch is holding a mini-meetup during mobile world congress, on tuesday feb. 28. we will hold a “pitch-off” of startups at the event.grab tickets here.you can apply to pitch your barcelona-based startup here.we’ll select approximately 10 great barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of vcs and techcrunch editors in 60 seconds or less why their startup is awesome. you’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event, techcrunch disrupt, in berlin on december 4-5.first placea table in startup alley at techcrunch disrupt berlinsecond placetwo tickets to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinthird placeone ticket to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinwant to sponsor the event? email [email protected] you in barcelona!featured image: p






techcrunch meetup and pitch-off during mobile world congress, feb 28


techcrunch is holding a mini-meetup during mobile world congress, on tuesday feb. 28. we will hold a “pitch-off” of startups at the event.grab tickets here.you can apply to pitch your barcelona-based startup here.we’ll select approximately 10 great barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of vcs and techcrunch editors in 60 seconds or less why their startup is awesome. you’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event, techcrunch disrupt, in berlin on december 4-5.first placea table in startup alley at techcrunch disrupt berlinsecond placetwo tickets to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinthird placeone ticket to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinsee you in barcelona!featured image: kanuman/shutterstock






techcrunch meetup and pitch-off during mobile mobile world congress, feb 28


techcrunch is holding a mini-meetup during mobile world congress, on tuesday feb. 28. we will hold a “pitch-off” of startups at the event.grab tickets here.you can apply to pitch your barcelona-based startup here.we’ll select approximately 10 great barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of vcs and techcrunch editors why their startup is awesome in 60 seconds or less. you’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event techcrunch disrupt in berlin on december 4-5.first placea table in startup alley at techcrunch disrupt berlinsecond placetwo tickets to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinthird placeone ticket to attend techcrunch disrupt berlinsee you in barcelona!featured image: kanuman/shutterstock






10th annual crunchies awards | techcrunch


refunds for tickets purchased to the 10th annual crunchies will be issued, minus 50% of the ticket purchase price, through january 1, 2017. refund requests must be received in writing at [email protected] after january 1, no refunds will be issued.






tel aviv, we’re coming back for a techcrunch meetup + pitch-off


it’s safe to say that we had a blast last year at our tel aviv meetup. to nobody’s surprise, we’re holding a techcrunch meetup + pitch-off again in june. save the date as june 28, 2017 is going to be a great time for the tech community in tel aviv.what do we have in store exactly? let’s be honest, techcrunch doesn’t come often enough to israel. so we’re going to use this opportunity to bring the entire tech ecosystem together.during the pitch-off, a dozen local startups will all compete and pitch for 60 seconds in front of judges. those local vcs and techcrunch editors will then ask some tough questions.at the end of the night, we’ll crown the winners. we’ll give them the opportunity to come to the big show — techcrunch disrupt berlin in december 2017. i’m sure you can’t wait to apply for






dyson opens new singapore tech center with focus on r&d in ai and software


dyson is expanding its footprint in singapore, with a new technology centre opened today by the maker of vacuums and other smart home electronics. the uk company will be investing $561 million as part of its commitment to the new facility, which hosts working labs where research and development teams can pool their cumulative hardware and software know-how to help advance the company’s growing ambitions.if you’re only passingly familiar with dyson’s work, you might be wondering what a company that makes vacuums needs with a half-million dollar tech facility with a focus the company says is on “artificial intelligence, machine learning and software development. but dyson has always emphasized its tech edge in the domestic cleaning hardware market, and it’s only doing more to push that advan






dyson opens new singapore tech center with focus on r&d in ai and software


dyson is expanding its footprint in singapore, with a new technology centre opened today by the maker of vacuums and other smart home electronics. the uk company will be investing $561 million as part of its commitment to the new facility, which hosts working labs where research and development teams can pool their cumulative hardware and software know-how to help advance the company’s growing ambitions.if you’re only passingly familiar with dyson’s work, you might be wondering what a company that makes vacuums needs with a half-million dollar tech facility with a focus the company says is on “artificial intelligence, machine learning and software development. but dyson has always emphasized its tech edge in the domestic cleaning hardware market, and it’s only doing more to push that advan






twitter’s blackbirds launch bot for black history month


twitter’s employee resource group for african-americans, blackbirds, is launching a twitter bot for black history month. the group is the first erg at twitter to use the tool, which twitter launched in november.to chat with the bot, all you have to do is direct message @blackbirds. from there, the bot will tell you one of four things: a today in #blackhistory fact, a community event in cities like new york, san francisco or atlanta (#forthecause), tips on #selfcare or notable moments and content from prominent black people on twitter (#fortheculture).but based on the way blackbirds designed the bot, people will only be able to interact via quick replies, as all of the answers have been pre-loaded. if people respond with something racist, the bot won’t recognize it as a valid response.welco






startup battlefield application deadline extended for disrupt new york


startup life is tough and hectic. you’re busy. we get it. that’s why we extended the startup battlefield applications for techcrunch disrupt new york. you now have until february 28th at 12pm pt to get your startup application in. apply now!why apply? well, the numbers are in and they speak for themselves. as of january 2017, the techcrunch startup battlefield companies have raised over $6.9 billion dollars with 94 exits. that’s right, $6.9 billion. companies that have launched on our stage include mint.com, dropbox, twilio, and trello (which just sold to atlassian for $425m). not to mention disrupt ny alum vurb which sold to snapchat for $110m, and beam (acquired by microsoft).companies that participate in startup battlefield pitch their product to top investors and entrepreneurs at techc






applications to the d.c. and miami pitch-offs close in less than a week!


you have approximately four days to apply to the pitch-offs in d.c. and miami. i tell you this because inevitably, at every single meetup, some founder walks up and asks if they can pitch because they missed the application window. please don’t be that person.be the one that gets up on that stage and turns skeptics into customers in a matter of 60 seconds.the pitch-off will showcase ten startups. each will have exactly one minute to pitch their product to the audience and a panel of expert judges, including local vcs and tc editors.first place will get a table in startup alley at tc disrupt new york in may. second place gets two tickets to the conference, and the audience choice winner takes home one ticket to the big show.apply here!beyond the actual pitch-off, tc meetups are fun for all.






applications to the d.c. and miami pitch-offs close in less than a week!


you have approximately four days to apply to the pitch-offs in d.c. and miami. i tell you this because inevitably, at every single meetup, some founder walks up and asks if they can pitch because they missed the application window. please don’t be that person.be the one that gets up on that stage and turns skeptics into customers in a matter of sixty seconds.the pitch-off will showcase ten startups. each will have exactly one minute to pitch their product to the audience and a panel of expert judges, including local vcs and tc editors.first place will get a table in startup alley at tc disrupt new york in may. second place gets two tickets to the conference, and the audience choice winner takes home one ticket to the big show.apply here!beyond the actual pitch-off, tc meetups are fun for a






buy tickets to the crunchies using our facebook messenger bot


here’s a fast and easy way to buy tickets to the 10th annual crunchies awards in san francisco: techcrunch’s messenger bot. type the word “crunchies” into our messenger botor click here to purchase tickets with just a few clicks.after purchasing the ticket, the bot will also send a scannable qr code. everything is done within messenger. take a look at how it works.to get back to the tickets, type “crunchies” into the bot. it will give a list of options to chose from, including the ability to see tickets.although prices to the crunchies will increase later this week, we’re keeping the discounted price exclusively on the bot. hopefully the discount will give everyone a little extra incentive to give the bot a try.the techcrunch bot is one of the first few messenger bots to allow payments, an






buy tickets to the crunchies using our facebook messenger bot


here’s a fast and easy way to buy tickets to the 10th annual crunchies awards in san francisco: techcrunch’s messenger bot. type the word “crunchies” into our messenger bot or click here to purchase tickets with just a few clicks.after purchasing the ticket, the bot will also send a scannable qr code. everything is done within messenger. take a look at how it works.to get back to the tickets, type “crunchies” into the bot. it will give a list of options from which to choose, including the ability to see tickets.although prices to the crunchies will increase later this week, we’re keeping the discounted price exclusively on the bot. hopefully the discount will give everyone a little extra incentive to give the bot a try.the techcrunch bot is one of the first few messenger bots to allow paym






here’s how to watch super bowl highlights in vr during the game


fox sports just announced that they will be streaming super bowl highlights in “near real-time” in vr via their fox sports vr app.specifically, the app will show somewhere highlights consisting of 16-20 of the best plays of the game in vr. these plays will be uploaded in near real-time, so you can ideally see a great play on tv and throw on a headset to check it out from different angles.of course these replays will be nowhere near as fun as actually watching the game live in vr, which won’t be possible this year. but it’s better than nothing, and at least signals a continuing trend of networks finally warming up to allowing their content to be shown in vr. plus, the super bowl is an inherently social viewing experience that most of us watch with friends, so you probably don’t want a heads






brilliant’s control is poised to become a main control hub for smart home device


with the surge of the smart home appliances and gadgets, the brilliant control is a san mateo, california-based startup’s answer for the all-in-one smart home control panel. the control is designed to easily replace a conventional light switch, with an installation designed to take no longer than 5-10 minutes.in my mind, the most important aspect about a product like this is m compatibility with other smart home devices. it turns out that brilliant has ticked the boxes on most of the recognizable household names, including nest, sonos, philips hue, ring, smartthings, wink bulbs, honeywell and some security systems.the control can speak and control those devices using on-screen sliders, function ons — and yes, it supports dimming. ifttt support is included, as are companion ios and android






you could be the wildcard at the d.c. and miami pitch-offs!


we’re headed to d.c. and miami for the tc meetup + pitch-off, and this time we’re doing things a bit differently.as part of the id-fire pitch-off, we’re choosing a wildcard startup from our audience of attendees. that means that entrepreneurs attending the event can still wind up pitching their product on stage, even if they aren’t selected (or never applied) for the pitch-off.if you don’t know what i’m talking about, allow me to rewind.the tc pitch-off is a startup competition, where ten pre-selected startups pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges and the audience at the event. judges include local vcs and tech leaders, as well as tc editors.first place wins a table in the startup alley at tc disrupt ny in may. second place gets two tickets to the conference, and the audience choic






techcrunch takes manhattan. again. | techcrunch


after spending 2016 in brooklyn, techcrunch is returning to manhattan for disrupt ny 2017. for this year’s show, we’ll be taking over the beautiful pier 36, a m ive, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility right on the east river.pier 36 hosts 700,000 visitors per year, and has been home to some major events like the 2015 pandora holiday concert, the 2012 volkswagen beetle unveiling, and the 9/11 day of service on the 15 year anniversary of 9/11 this past year.pier 36 has 70,000 square feet for us to play in, including a 15,000 square foot deck overlooking the east river, with breathtaking views of downtown manhattan and the statue of liberty.we are thrilled to call pier 36 our home for disrupt ny 2016, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the space. soon, we’






working with major studios, thetake launches ai image recognition engine for bus


thetake, a site which launched as a way for consumers to buy that thing they saw in that movie, is set to begin selling an automated version of its service directly to businesses.the new york-based company is pitching studios and entertainment sites on a machine learning system that can identify products and locations as a way to generate revenue from product placements and experiential travel based on set locations.the new product is based on a year’s worth of work that thetake’s development did to train a proprietary machine learning algorithm to identify images using a different technique than the industry standard, according to thetake’s chief executive ty cooper.initially, the team behind thetake would manually enter all the datasets and use an off-the-shelf computer visualization too






outlook for ios adds support for third-party extensions


microsoft launched a major update to outlook for ios today that, for the first time, brings add-ins to a mobile version of outlook. while microsoft prefers the word “add-ins,” these are essentially third-party extensions for outlook.microsoft worked with the likes of evernote, giphy (yay!), nimble, trello and smartsheet to connect their services with outlook and integrate them into the email and calendar experience. in addition, microsoft also built its own integrations with dynamics 365 and microsoft translator. support for more of these extensions is on its way. the company also notes that outlook for android will “soon” get the same functionality. to enable these new features, simply head into the settings menu and look for the add-ins option.the company also notes that outlook for andr






lego life is a new social network where kids can share their creations


club penguin may be shutting down, but there’s a new social network for kids arriving today from lego. the company known for its physical blocks and building sets is launching lego life, a safe, online space where kids can share their lego creations, and connect with a broader community. available as an ios and android application, the social network is aimed at those under the age of 13, with protections in place to ensure the site remains child-friendly.according to the company, the idea for the network  e about by watching how kids shared their creations in the lego club magazine’s “cool creations” section, and posted stories and p os of their lego building to the company’s message boards. lego life means to translate that same activity to an online world, while also offering tools to i






lego life is a new social network where kids can share their creations


club penguin may be shutting down, but there’s a new social network for kids arriving today from lego. the company known for its physical blocks and building sets is launching lego life, a safe, online space where kids can share their lego creations, and connect with a broader community. available as an ios and android application, the social network is aimed at those under the age of 13, with protections in place to ensure the site remains child-friendly.according to the company, the idea for the network  e about by watching how kids shared their creations in the lego club magazine’s “cool creations” section, and posted stories and p os of their lego building to the company’s message boards. lego life means to translate that same activity to an online world, while also offering tools to i






techcrunch include crunchie award goes to project include


project include set out in 2016 to change the way the tech industry approaches diversity. rather than identify underrepresented groups that are often the target of unfair hiring practices or the victims of discrimination on the job, the organization is attempting to teach ceos and their teams how to foster environments of inclusion.the 10th annual crunchies award winner of the techcrunch include award was started by erica joy baker, bethanye mckinney blount, tracy chou, laura i. gómez, y-vonne hutchinson, freada kapor klein, ellen pao and susan wu. tech, often thought of as the playground of the white, straight, cis male, has been called out in recent years for excluding the talents of underrepresented groups. for project include, the idea is to provide guidance in a collaborative fashion






today is the last day to save on crunchies tickets


techcrunch is getting ready to celebrate some of the most compelling startups and innovations of 2016 at the 10th annual crunchies awards. will you be joining us?the crunchies are just one short week away, and if you want to party in style for the cheapest possible price at the event best described as the oscars of tech, the time to act is now. today is the last day to save 10 percent on crunchies tickets, so it’s probably a good idea to stop whatever you’re doing and get your tickets now.you can get your crunchies tickets here.the crunchies will take place monday, february 6 at the beautiful san francisco war memorial opera house. the doors will open at 7 pm, with the main event kicking off at 8. after the awards have been handed out, the opera house will serve as a festive playground for






the davinci iq is a cyberpunk vaporizer with a nice draw


the sky above the port may be the color of television, tuned to a dead channel, but in most er dens it’s usually all psychedelics and healthy snacks. and what better way to partake in your favorite psychoactive substances than with a true cyberpunk’s vape?the davinci iq is a black slab designed to heat herbs to temperatures between 230 and 430 degrees fahrenheit. a grid of bright led lights embedded into the case show the current path – heat signature that can be set between one and four – or temperature. a separate app lets you further control the settings by igning various configurations to various situations. finally a boost mode gets the most out of the herb as quickly as possible.the $275 iq looks like a futuristic stun gun or ai cartridge and the entire package is self-contained and






the davinci iq is a cyberpunk vaporizer with a nice draw


the sky above the port may be the color of television, tuned to a dead channel, but in most er dens it’s usually all psychedelics and healthy snacks. and what better way to partake in your favorite psychoactive substances than with a true cyberpunk’s vape?the davinci iq is a black slab designed to heat herbs to temperatures between 230 and 430 degrees fahrenheit. a grid of bright led lights embedded into the case show the current path – heat signature that can be set between one and four – or temperature. a separate app lets you further control the settings by igning various configurations to various situations. finally a boost mode gets the most out of the herb as quickly as possible.the iq looks like a futuristic stun gun or ai cartridge and the entire package is self-contained and clean






apple’s new ‘s on iphone’ billboard ads were all s during the same night


apple is introducing a new billboard paign today. the various “s on iphone” ads have been quite effective. somehow, seeing a giant p o on a billboard and thinking that it was s with the phone you could have in your pocket works quite well.of course, apple works with professional p og hers who know what they’re doing — my p os look nowhere as good. with the iphone 7, apple thought it was time to try something new.so the company asked various p og hers around the world, from shanghai to south africa, to capture some p os during the same night. on november 5, 2016, they all grabbed an iphone 7, their favorite accessories and captured some great s s. here are a few samples:one-night-iphone_p o-3one-night-iphone-low-light-4one-night-iphone_p o-1one-night-iphone_p o-2one-night-iphone-low-light-2






apple’s new ‘s on iphone’ billboard ads were all s during the same night


apple is introducing a new billboard paign today. the various “s on iphone” ads have been quite effective. somehow, seeing a giant p o on a billboard and thinking that it was s with the phone you could have in your pocket works quite well.of course, apple works with professional p og hers who know what they’re doing — my p os look nowhere as good. with the iphone 7, apple thought it was time to try something new.so the company asked various p og hers around the world, from shanghai to south africa, to capture some p os during the same night. on november 5, 2016, they all grabbed an iphone 7, their favorite accessories and captured some great s s. here are a few samples:one-night-iphone_p o-3one-night-iphone-low-light-4one-night-iphone_p o-1one-night-iphone_p o-2one-night-iphone-low-light-2






techcrunch include crunchie award goes to project include


project include set out in 2016 to change the way the tech industry approaches diversity. rather than identify underrepresented groups that are often the target of unfair hiring practices or the victims of discrimination on the job, the organization is attempting to teach ceos and their teams how to foster environments of inclusion.the 10th annual crunchies award winner of the techcrunch include award was started by erica joy baker, bethanye mckinney blount, tracy chou, laura i. gómez, y-vonne hutchinson, freada kapor klein, ellen pao and susan wu. tech, often thought of as the playground of the white, straight, cis male, has been called out in recent years for excluding the talents of underrepresented groups. for project include, the idea is to provide guidance in a collaborative fashion






disrupt ny startup battlefield applications are due in two weeks


applications for startup battlefield at disrupt ny are now open and due on february 18. that’s just over two weeks away. we’re searching for new, up-and-coming startups to launch and compete on the  techcrunch disrupt ny stage.why apply? your team will get to pitch for six minutes and then face q&a from an all-star list of judges. past battlefield judges have included roelof botha (sequoia capital), fred wilson (union square ventures), and eileen burbidge (p ion capital). all battlefield sessions are live streamed to a vast, global audience via techcrunch, facebook, twitter/periscope, and youtube. the disrupt london battlefield finals last december saw 80,000 viewers on facebook live alone.the battlefield winner takes home the renowned disrupt cup, a check for $50,000, and priceless ex






disrupt ny startup battlefield applications are due in two weeks


applications for startup battlefield at disrupt ny are now open and due on february 18. that’s just over two weeks away. we’re searching for new, up-and-coming startups to launch and compete on the techcrunch disrupt ny stage.why apply? your team will get to pitch for six minutes and then face q&a from an all-star list of judges. past battlefield judges have included roelof botha (sequoia capital), fred wilson (union square ventures), and eileen burbidge (p ion capital). all battlefield sessions are live streamed to a vast, global audience via techcrunch, facebook, twitter/periscope, and youtube. the disrupt london battlefield finals last december saw 80,000 viewers on facebook live alone.the battlefield winner takes home the renowned disrupt cup, a check for $50,000, and priceless exp






twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its chief hr officer has already left


twitter’s vp of diversity and inclusion jeffrey siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources officer renee atwood has already left, techcrunch has confirmed.“renee has left the company for personal reasons,” a twitter spokesperson told techcrunch. “we thank her for her contributions during her time at twitter and wish her all the best in the future.”twitter doesn't have quite as many white employees as it did last yearsnap says "diversity is about more than numbers"apple shareholders make another push to increase diversity at the senior and board levelsgoogle's head of diversity is leaving the companyatwood joined twitter in august 2016 from uber, where she was global head of people and places. twitter ceo jack dorsey sent a note around the company






pal-v begins pre-sales of its flying car – starting at $400,000


if you still feel like you were somehow “promised” flying cars based on popular science magazine covers in the 1960s then you’re in luck, because dutch company pal-v is now accepting pre-orders for its liberty vehicle, which it calls “the first certified commercial flying car ever.” the three-wheeled ‘car’ has a retractable top-mounted rotor, making it more like a motor trike with gyrocopter skills than a car, per se.still, it does both drive and fly, which is double what most cars or aircraft can do reasonably well, and if you want the future now, pal-v is willing to give it to you – at a price, and you still have to wait a little while longer to actually take delivery. pricing begins at $400,000, but that’s for a base model before taxes. if you want the proper trim and kit, you’ll spring






twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its chief hr officer has already left


twitter’s vp of diversity and inclusion jeffrey siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources officer renee atwood has already left, techcrunch has confirmed.“renee has left the company for personal reasons,” a twitter spokesperson told techcrunch. “we thank her for her contributions during her time at twitter and wish her all the best in the future.”twitter doesn't have quite as many white employees as it did last yearsnap says "diversity is about more than numbers"apple shareholders make another push to increase diversity at the senior and board levelsgoogle's head of diversity is leaving the companyatwood joined twitter in august 2016 from uber, where she was global head of people and places. twitter ceo jack dorsey sent a note around the company






leica’s m10 is an extravagant era that’s more artisan than professional


if you’re looking for a great era with interchangeable lenses, i advise you to look at canon and sony offerings so you can start building personal expertise. but if you can already shoot and want something unique, then by all means buy a leica — like the company’s latest, the m10 — which costs about as much as a ducati motorcycle.historically, m series eras have been credited with image quality, lenses and aesthetic that can’t be found anywhere else. with the m10, i found this to stay true — mostly.price as reviewed: $6,495 body-only, $4,995 for f/1.4 35mm lens, $529 for visoflex (type 020)using itto be able to use a leica era effectively, you need to know all your manual era controls — apertures, shutter speeds, focusing, iso, exposure compen ion and white balance. autofocus isn’t availab






leica’s m10 is an extravagant era that’s more artisan than professional


if you’re looking for a great era with interchangeable lenses, then i would immediately advise you to look at canon and sony offerings so you can start building personal expertise. but if you can already shoot and want something unique, then by all means buy a leica — like the company’s latest, the m10 — which costs about as much as a ducati motorcycle.historically, m series eras have been credited with image quality, lenses and aesthetic that can’t be found anywhere else. with the m10, i found this to stay true, mostly.price as reviewed: $6,495 body-only, $4,995 for f/1.4 35mm lens, $529 for visoflex (type 020)using itto be able to use a leica era effectively, you need to know all your manual era controls — apertures, shutter speeds, focusing, iso, exposure compen ion and white balance. a






nissan’s x-wing rogue is the crossover suv the galaxy needs right now


x-wing-inspired 2017 nissan roguethe x-wing-inspired 2017 nissan rogue has thrusters, blasters, side mirror rebel logo projectors and an astromech droid. the custom vehicle is not for sale.x-wing-inspired 2017 nissan roguethe x-wing-inspired 2017 nissan rogue has thrusters, blasters, side mirror rebel logo projectors and an astromech droid. the custom vehicle is not for sale.nissan rogue: rogue one star wars limited editionbased on the extensively redesigned 2017 nissan rogue compact suv, just 5,400 copies of the nissan rogue: rogue one star wars limited edition will be produced – 5,000 for customers in the united states and 400 for canada. in addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible death






leica’s m10 is an extravagant era that’s more artisan than professional


if you’re looking for a great era with interchangeable lenses, then i would immediately advise you to look at canon and sony offerings so you can start building personal expertise. but if you can already shoot and want something unique, then by all means buy a leica — like the company’s latest, the m10 — which costs about as much as a ducati motorcycle.historically, m series eras have been credited with image quality, lenses and aesthetic that can’t be found anywhere else. with the m10, i found this to stay true, mostly.price as reviewed: $6,495 body-only, $4,995 for f/1.4 35mm lens, $529 for visoflex (type 020)using itto be able to use a leica era effectively, you need to know all your manual era controls — apertures, shutter speeds, focusing, iso, exposure compen ion and white balance. a






winkbeds’ new mattress has built-in heating and cooling


winkbeds, a direct-to-consumer mattress company that competes with other mattress startups like casper and tufts & needle, is launching a mattress with built-in heating and cooling functionality.the device is called coolcontrol, and is actually sits below winkbeds’ mattress in lieu of a box spring. each base contains four fans that work to in air from your bedroom.these fans have built-in copper plates that either warm or cool the air depending on the temperature set by the sleeper. there is also a base unit which plugs into the fans and collects the temperature commands – which can be programmed using a wireless remote or ios app. the whole setup is powered by one power cord, which the company says uses about the same amount of electricity as a table lamp.this warm or cool air is then






zenefits names jay fulcher as new ceo


zenefits officially has a new boss in town. jay fulcher, the former ceo of ooyala and agile software, is taking over for david sacks, the wall street journal first reported. fulcher is the third person in the last 12 months to serve as chief executive officer of zenefits.last february, zenefits then-ceo parker conrad exited the company amid the company’s compliance and regulatory issues. in an attempt to get zenefits back on track, david sacks, the coo at the time, took over as ceo. then, this past december, sacks said he would step down and was actively looking for a replacement.the appointment of fulcher is apparently the “last step in a planned transition that began one year ago this week,” sacks wrote in an email to zenefits employees obtained by techcrunch. he went on to say that he f






13 tech-inspired valentine’s day gifts for your significant other


valentine’s day is fast-approaching, so we polled techcrunch to find the best gifts and tech-inspired ideas to make this year’s valentine’s day more fun. because nothing ruins the moment more than unw ping a fitness tracker, we’ve put this guide together as a launching-off point. the rest of the night is up to you.the links in these guides contain affiliate codes (disclosure). 






twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its chief hr officer has already left


twitter’s vp of diversity and inclusion jeffrey siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources office renee atwood has already left, techcrunch has confirmed.“renee has left the company for personal reasons,” a twitter spokesperson told techcrunch. “we thank her for her contributions during her time at twitter and wish her all the best in the future.”twitter doesn't have quite as many white employees as it did last yearsnap says "diversity is about more than numbers"apple shareholders make another push to increase diversity at the senior and board levelsgoogle's head of diversity is leaving the companyatwood joined twitter in august 2016 from uber, where she was global head of people and places. twitter ceo jack dorsey sent a note around the company l






evolve’s gt carbon fiber electric skateboard is fast but far from the best


with all the noise in the electric skateboard market, new boards need to have a unique or better approach to the category of “last-mile vehicles” to attract new riders. yet, despite recent recalls, boosted remains the champion of the niche, with inboard quickly catching up.but what if you want something faster, made of carbon fiber and kevlar, but with an extended range? evolve skateboard’s gt board is an attempt at being that sort of board, but it’s not quite there yet.price as reviewed: $1,959 at evolve skateboardsvideousing iti have to give it to evolve: they designed a sleek electric skateboard. carbon fiber and kevlar might not cater to everyone’s tastes, but it’s the thinnest board deck i’ve seen. considering the battery and electronics are sandwiched inside, i’d even say it’s impres






sous vide startup anova gets acquired by appliance giant electrolux


sous vide kickstarter darling anova announced over the weekend that swedish appliance giant electrolux has agreed to purchase the cooking hardware startup for $250 million.the anova brand will remain intact under the deal, retaining its name and the leadership of co-founder and ceo stephan svajian, existing as a part of the larger electrolux umbrella.“with electrolux, we’ll have the resources and reach to continue to change the way people cook,” svajian writes in the post. “electrolux is committed to helping anova continue its mission of building the anova kitchen — a kitchen where devices are precise, dead-simple to use, affordable, and connected in a meaningful way to help people cook like pros every day.”svajian told techcrunch on a call today that the move cements electrolux’s interest






ers launch major attack against paypal users


ers have launched a major attack against paypal users that’s meant to trick the company’s customers into providing information that could end up costing them money and their identity.the internet security company eset says that ers have designed fairly slick malicious email that ask paypal users to provide their credentials to continue getting access to their accounts. customers who do so are diverted to a different website that tries to coerce consumers into giving up more private information, including their social security number. ers used a similar email “phishing” paign to steal information from people with gmail and yahoo accounts.“we’ve seen these for years but this one is particularly well done, it’s quite convincing in the way it uses the language and the imagery of paypal”, said