Author: Matt Burns

Have a robotics or machine learning startup? Pitch at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

TECHCRUNCH Have a robotic startup or project? We want you on stage at TechCrunch Session: Robotics this July 17 at MIT. We’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. If selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. Use this form to apply. This opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. Pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at Disrupt SF. Selected participants will reveal their company to the...

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The touchscreen Amazon Echo could launch on Tuesday

TECHCRUNCH Amazon could be about to launch Echo with a touchscreen as soon as tomorrow. The word comes from the WSJ citing sources familiar with the matter. The new model would feature a 7-inch touchscreen, display answers to verbal questions and feature internet-based telephone calls. Last week several sites posted images of a device they claimed to be the upcoming Echo touchscreen speaker. The reaction was mixed. Some praised the capabilities added by the touchscreen while others blasted the device, saying it’s ugly and looks dated. Either way, such a device with the described feature set would put Amazon in...

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Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event

TECHCRUNCH Israel is full of companies addressing the growing concern of drone security and we’re excited to announce the CEOs of Convexum and Regulus Cyber will speak on the topic at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off. Consumer-grade drones are increasingly becoming a security concern as their prices drop and capabilities increase. Governments and private organizations are looking for ways to secure operations. Both Convexum and Regulus address the problem though through different means. Gilad Sahar’s Convexum developed a platform that takes over a malicious drone to allow it be landed safely while Yonatan Zur’s Regulus Cyber protects drones...

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Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

TECHCRUNCH Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this move by Parrot reinforces their abilities outside of just taking areal photographs. The company says it identified these professional activities as the best suited to take advantage of Parrot’s drone offering. The Bebop and Disco addresses different markets as they’re fundamentally different drones. The Bebop is Parrot’s...

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Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

TECHCRUNCH Microsoft wants in on the Google Home and Amazon Echo party. Harman Kardon makes this Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it’s powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice platform. The device apparently launches this fall and could be officially revealed later this week. Called the Invoke, the product page for the unannounced product was discovered by Thurrott.com before it was pulled. According to Thurrott’s report the cylinder speaker has a light ring on top, 360 degree sound and supports Skype calling and the ability to ask Cortana questions. If the device launches as advertised, Skype calling could be...

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Elon Musk reveals more details about the Model Y crossover

TECHCRUNCH Tesla is building a new vehicle platform for its upcoming crossover vehicle. Instead of repurposing the underpinnings of the Model 3 or Model S, Tesla is building something completely new for the Model Y. This comes from Elon Musk speaking on the company’s investor call. Building a new platform takes time; Musk said the Model Y is expected to hit assembly lines in 2020, but could be as early as 2019. And yes, with the Model Y, Tesla’s model line will look like this: S, 3, X, Y. Building a new platform is a long game for auto...

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Fitbit stock jumps 10% after beating in Q1 with 3 million devices sold

TECHCRUNCH Fitbit shares are up 10% on the news (PDF) that the company beat Wall Street’s expectations for the company. Fitbit today reported a loss of 15 cents per share rather than 18 cents per share. Reported revenue also came in above analysts expectations: $299 versus $280.8. This release shows Fitbit is keeping pace with the market and turning past customers into repeat customers. That’s key to Fitbit’s long term success. According to the company’s press release, Fitbit sold 3 million devices in the first quarter of 2017. Of the new sales, 36% of the activations came from customers...

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Here’s how to pitch or demo at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

TECHCRUNCH Have a robotic startup or project? We want you on stage at TechCrunch Session: Robotics this July 17 at MIT. We’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. If selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. Use this form to apply. This opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. Pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at Disrupt SF. Selected participants will reveal their company to the...

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