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Microsoft Ends Support for ‘Windows Phone’ After Years of Battling to Compete With iPhone and Android

Microsoft Ends Support for ‘Windows Phone’ After Years of Battling to Compete With iPhone and Android

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SOURCE:macrumors.comToday, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, effectively marking the end of the "Windows Phone" era. Microsoft released Windows Phone in 2010 and, within three years, it became the world's third most popular mobile operating system. But the platform simply couldn't compete with the likes of Apple and Google and, as of earlier this year, iOS and Android accounted for a combined 99.6% market share. Microsoft continues to sell a limited number of mostly budget smartphones running its newer Windows 10 Mobile operating system, but the platform has only received minor updates in recent months as the Redmond-based company has shifted its focus towards the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge." Microsoft has stopped manufacturing its own Lumia-branded smart...
Today is the last day to get extra early-bird Disrupt SF tickets

Today is the last day to get extra early-bird Disrupt SF tickets

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comOkay Disrupt fans, you’ve procrastinated long enough. Today is the last day to get extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF 2017 — so if you want to go to the best startup show in San Francisco for the cheapest possible price, now is the time to act. Seriously, you need to go and get your tickets now. Like, now now. You can get your tickets here. Phew! Now that you’ve gotten the ticket and the pressure is off, here’s everything that extra early-bird ticket gets you. For starters, you’ll get to check out a few dozen promising early-stage startups as they pitch our panel of judges in the illustrious Startup Battlefield competition. Battlefield companies compete for the chance to win $50,000, the coveted Disrupt Cup and, perhaps most importantly, the attention of th
Facebook is rolling out its “Find Wi-Fi” feature worldwide

Facebook is rolling out its “Find Wi-Fi” feature worldwide

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comFacebook is expanding one of its newer features designed to help mobile users find accessible Wi-Fi networks. The company had begun testing a “Find Wi-Fi” option last year on mobile, which highlighted free, public Wi-Fi networks nearby. At the time, the option was only available in select countries, as something of a test. Today, Facebook announced users worldwide on both iOS and Android devices will soon gain access to “Find Wi-Fi.” The company explains the addition is useful for those times when you’re traveling, but especially so when you’re in an area where cellular data is “scarce,” it says. In developed markets like the U.S., that could mean more remote, rural locations, but in emerging markets, it’s an even more powerful tool as users often have limited
Cabin secures $3.3M for its “moving hotel”

Cabin secures $3.3M for its “moving hotel”

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comCabin recently announced that it had secured $3.3 million in seed financing for its sleeper-car buses. (I’ll explain that concept in a minute.) The funding was led by Founders Fund’s FF Angel, with participation from half a dozen other investors. This new round of funding will enable Cabin to expand its overnight transportation services regionally and nationally. Now, about that “moving hotel” idea. A full-size travel bus has been outfitted with sleeping berths lining a narrow walkway, like trains used to have. There’s a small communal lounge area for social insomniacs, wifi for solitary insomniacs, and earplugs and nighttime tea for all. There are attendants on hand and a bathroom on board, and each rider can bring two pieces of luggage for free. Right now, th
Expect more details on Tesla Model 3 launch this Sunday

Expect more details on Tesla Model 3 launch this Sunday

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comElon Musk should have more to share about the coming Tesla Model 3 launch on Sunday, July 2. The CEO responded to a Twitter follower seeking more concrete information about the Model 3’s exact release date. Musk and Tesla have previously said that the Model 3 deliveries are set to start in July, at which time we’ll presumably also get more details on the final design and specifications. Those first deliveries are likely part of an initial low-volume Model 3 production run destined for Tesla’s most faithful insider customers and employees, and will kick off configuration selection for members of the general public holding reservations for production units. Scaled production is set to ramp to a rate of approximately 5,000 vehicles per week by September, according
Chat app Kakao raises $437M for its Korean ride-hailing service

Chat app Kakao raises $437M for its Korean ride-hailing service

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comKorea’s Kakao, the country’s top mobile messenger company with some 50 million monthly users, has continued to diversify its business with a move to spin-out the unit managing its mobility services, which include a ride-hailing app that is beating Uber in Korea. The firm announced that ‘Kakao Mobility’ has now become an independent entity in a move that sees U.S. investment firm TPG put 500 billion KRW, or approximately $437 million, into the business. TPG’s portfolio includes Uber — Kakao Mobility’s most visible rival in Korea — as well as Airbnb and Spotify. This spin-out is aimed at fostering “swift decision making and aggressive expansion,” said Kakao, which merged with internet giant Daum in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2014. Kakao’s 36-year-old CEO Jimm
Elon Musk says The Boring Company’s first car elevator is nearly operational

Elon Musk says The Boring Company’s first car elevator is nearly operational

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comElon Musk’s tunnel venture The Boring Company is plugging away on its first tunnel section, and it’s not just a hole in the ground – the multi-co. CEO noted on Twitter that the car/pod elevator that will be used to bring vehicles below ground to the tunnel is likely going to be operational next week. In case you missed Musk’s big reveal for The Boring Company’s vision, the basic idea is that surface access points will allow cars and other vehicles to drive on to elevator panels from regular surface routes. Those will descend to a tunnel network, where the car or cargo will slide into the flow of traffic aboard a sled; no one’s actually driving in the underground routes, but instead these automated sleds are ferrying them around in tight synchronization with one
Atacama uses microfluidic technology to create moisture-control fabric that actually stays dry

Atacama uses microfluidic technology to create moisture-control fabric that actually stays dry

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comImagine sportswear that not only stays dry through the most sweat-inducing workouts, but also turns perspiration into a design element. Named after the driest desert in the world, Atacama uses microfluidic technology to create textiles that can do just that. The recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation, Atacama is also exploring how its technology can be applied in a diverse range of industries, including apparel, auto manufacturing, and healthcare. The medical industry started using microfluidics in the 1980s for “lab-on-a-chip” devices that allow researchers to use very small samples of blood and other fluids. By figuring out how to integrate microfluidics into textiles, Atacama can create activewear that feels more comfortable because almost
Delivery Hero’s valuation surpasses $5B following successful IPO

Delivery Hero’s valuation surpasses $5B following successful IPO

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comDelivery Hero’s valuation topped $5 billion after the food delivery firm went public in a listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange. The listing, announced earlier this month, came at a €25.50 share price, at the top of its pricing range. The share price quickly rose to reach as high as €26.90 — or up 5.5 percent — on the first day of trading, according to Bloomberg. That peak price gave six-year-old Delivery Hero, which is present in more than 40 countries, a market capitalization of around €4.5 billion, or approximately $5.1 billion. Delivery Hero earned around €465 million ($530 million) from the IPO, which it plans to use to repay loans and invest in growth. That’s in contrast to US food delivery outfit Blue Apron, which endured a rocky start to life on the N
Indian messaging app Hike may launch live-streaming following recent acquisition

Indian messaging app Hike may launch live-streaming following recent acquisition

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comHike, the billion-dollar messaging app chasing WhatsApp in India, may be preparing to enter the live-streaming space following a recent acquisition. The company, which is backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, has acquired India-based live-streaming app Pulse and at least two of its founding team, according to a report from Inc42. Hike declined to respond to our request for comment but, as Inc42 first noticed, the LinkedIn profiles of founders Prakhar Khanduja and Karthik Vaidyanath show that both have worked at Hike since February, on the growth team and head of engineering, respectively. Both men’s profiles report that InstaLively, the parent company behind Pulse, was acquired by Hike. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Hike did enter the live-streaming spa