CrunchWeek: Apple Music, Uber’s Engineering Push, And Shyp’s Challenge To The 1099 Economy

crunchweek-4-3 Happy Friday, everyone. We’re glad that you are with us today before we take off and drink beer celebrate America.
Our own Sarah Buhr took over the hosting slot this week, while Matthew Lynley and myself helped out. We dug into the release of Apple Music, Uber’s decision to absorb a large chunk of Microsoft’s Bing Maps team, and how Shyp, a startup, is helping shape the… Read More

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Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers

escalator Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want. Read More

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Want Google’s Cardboard VR Headset? OnePlus Is Giving Them Away For Free, If You Pay Shipping

cardboard Since about 10 seconds after Google launched its do-it-yourself Cardboard virtual reality headset, other companies have been selling pre-made clones — and Google is totally fine with that. The catch: many of the clones cost upwards of $20-30 bucks, and that’s before shipping. Paying that much for what is essentially a piece of cardboard can feel a bit silly. Looking to capitalize… Read More

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The Incredible 3D Printed Zoetrope

zoe-smooth Here’s a wonderfully neat project to perhaps spark some creativity as we head into this holiday weekend: the 3D printed Zoetrope. Take the concept of a flipbook — a series of frames displayed quickly to trick your brain into seeing an animation — and make it 3D, swapping out the still images for sculptures. Toss in a spinning platter and a strobe light (with the strobe… Read More

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PicoBrew’s Zymatic Beer Making Machine Made A Brewer Out Of A Noob Like Me

Zymatic by PicoBrew PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell and Avi Geiger.
The machine at the heart of their operation is The Zymatic—an apparatus that simplifies beer-making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating Wort (unfermented beer).
Did their device turn a beer drinker like me, with zero brewing experience, into a beer maker? Read More

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Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

CI_sS-hWoAAvffK For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lexus Hoverboard, Anki, And Bowling Central

Screenshot 2015-07-03 12.02.22 Happy Friday of a long weekend, everyone! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve chosen some extra fun topics for this week’s episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast. Lexus teased out a new hoverboard this week, because the world clearly isn’t weird enough yet. Anki is preparing to ship its second-generation robotic track cars very soon. And Bowling Central… Read More

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Greek Crisis Underscores Value Of Cloud In Startup Ecosystem

The Parthenon in Athens. There was a ton of fallout as the Greek economic crisis worsened this week week and the country struggled to come up with answers to its growing predicament. As Alexia Tsotsis explained  in an article on TechCrunch earlier this week: This week, the Syriza government failed in negotiations to receive a tranche of bailout money in time to make a $1.7 billion IMF payment on June 30th. Instead… Read More

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