How to secure your data after the Cloudflare leak

securityhall Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its code caused sensitive data to leak from some of the major websites that use its performance enhancement and security services. Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid and 1Password are among Cloudflare’s millions of clients, and it’s possible that personal data such as passwords and cookies leaked from many client websites during the five months… Read More

Super Smash Borg Melee: AI takes on top players of the classic Nintendo fighting game

smashbros You can add the cult classic Super Smash Bros Melee to the list of games soon to be dominated by AIs. Research at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has produced a computer player superior to the drones you can already fight in the game. It’s good enough that it held its own against globally-ranked players. Read More

The NBA gets high-tech with VR, drones and futuristic dreams

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 6:  Richaun Holmes #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks against the Washington Wizards in a preseason game on October 6, 2016 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) This past weekend, something kind of incredible happened; basketball aficionados from across the globe were able to don high-tech goggles to live-stream stereoscopic virtual reality of a highly paid athlete receiving a bounce pass from a custom-designed drone to perform a highly technical slam dunk.
This is the NBA in 2017.
New technologies have always played a major role in how sports… Read More

Announcing the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund for Disrupt NY 2017

techcrunch disrupt cup battlefield After the success of the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund at Disrupt SF and Disrupt London, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering scholarships to Startup Battlefield companies at Disrupt NY 2017, taking place May 15-17. Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch Disrupt’s startup competition that takes place three times a year. Applications to participate in… Read More

Uber says it’s ‘absolutely not’ behind a smear campaign against ex-employee Susan Fowler Rigetti

Taxi app Uber has this week announced its development of a feature which will allow customers to plan rides 30 days ahead free of charge. Competitor app Lyft already has a plan ahead function, which Uber calls Scheduled Rides which it is currently testing in San Francisco. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Uber is under attack once again today as the Twittersphere quickly concluded it was behind a smear campaign against a former engineer for the company, Susan Fowler Rigetti, who dropped a scathing blog post earlier this week detailing sexual harassment claims while working at Uber over the course of a year. But Uber swears it isn’t them. Rigetti took to Twitter this morning to post… Read More

DARTdrones pitches Shark Tank to build a flight school for drone pilots

SHARK TANK - "Episode 818"- In a special episode featuring millennial entrepreneurs, one will make the deal that takes the award-winning "Shark Tank" across the $100 million threshold of deals made in the Tank, on "Shark Tank," airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.. (ABC/Michael Desmond)
MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHN, KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, ABBY SPEICHER (DARTDRONES), ROBERT HERJAVEC Entrepreneurs who pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank typically make packaged goods and apparel. Occasionally, the high tech breaks through. XCraft, the company behind the PhoneDrone Ethos, scored a rare investment from all of the judges on the ABC show last spring, for example. And tonight, drones are once again flying “in the Tank” as DARTdrones seeks funding to build… Read More

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

Internet of Things connecting in cloud over city scape. Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately create better, more equitable urban environments where people thrive. Read More

Extra early-bird ticket deadline extended until March 3

tc-disrupt-ny-17-flatiron-image Want to attend Disrupt NY 2017 but missed the early bird ticket deadline? You’re in luck! We’re giving you a few extra days to get your hands on deeply-discounted extra early-bird Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, March 3 to purchase. Extra early-bird tickets will set you back just $1,795 apiece, a full $1,200 off what they’ll cost at the door. You can get… Read More

Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

img_7839-jpg When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups. Read More

Tech companies are filing a brief supporting transgender youth in upcoming SCOTUS case

scales of justice Tech companies are preparing to go to bat for transgender rights when the Supreme Court takes on the issue next month. As Axios reports, led by Apple, a number of prominent companies will file a court brief arguing in favor of the 17-year-old lead plaintiff, transgender Virginia high school student Gavin Grimm.
Other companies that will reportedly sign on include Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM… Read More

Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game

show-tell Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More

VR social productivity app Bigscreen raises $3M in round led by Andreessen Horowitz

borderlands While there is much ink spilled over the hunt for VR’s “killer app,” over the past year a number of social apps have emerged out of the VR community that seek to highlight the unparalleled opportunities for collaboration offered by VR. One of the first to balance the potential for fun and productivity is Bigscreen. The company, which has achieved sizable popularity amongst… Read More