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Facebook sues BlackBerry, claims it stole voice-messaging tech – CNET

The suit comes months after BlackBerry sued the social network over mobile messaging tech.
Source: CNET

Apple Watch 4 wish list: These key changes could put it over the top – CNET

Three years after it was first released, the Apple Watch could finally get some of its biggest updates ever.
Source: CNET

Galaxy Note 9 vs. iPhone X camera showdown video – CNET

Both phones have dual rear cameras, portrait modes and cost $999.
Source: CNET

Scientists Turn A Frog Egg Into A Battery

Medical microbots might power themselves off our own cells, if this research pans out.
Source: Wired

MacPaw releases CleanMyMac X

Indie app maker MacPaw updated its Mac cleaning software with a new major version called CleanMyMac X (which is different from MacKeeper). It’s hard to believe, but CleanMyMac currently has 5 million users.

CleanMyMac X helps you remove unneeded files and get an overview of what is slowing down your computer. Most people don’t need this kind of apps. But if you know what you’re doing, it can speed up your maintenance process.

The app is now divided into four maintenance tasks. First, the app lets you scan your hard drive for gigantic cache files and unneeded language files. If you have a small hard drive, you can easily gain multiple GBs by cleaning up those big Spotify or Dropbox caches. The app also looks for iTunes data that you don’t need and mail attachments that you don’t need on your Mac. The company has built a database of rules to make sure that it doesn’t delete any of your personal files.

Second, CleanMyMac X now haw a malware scanning element. It can find adwares, spywares, miners and worms on your hard drive and help you get rid of them. You can also easily delete browser data and remove Wi-Fi networks you don’t trust so that you don’t automatically connect to them.

Third, the app provides a bunch of maintenance scripts to rebuild your Spotlight index, repair disk permissions, flush the DNS cache and more. You can also review apps and Launch Agents that automatically start when you reboot your Mac.

And fourth, CleanMyMac X now offers an update tab that lets you review all your installed apps to update them all. It works with apps that aren’t in the Mac App Store. You can also uninstall apps and their related support files using CleanMyMac X.

The app also comes with an updated menubar app so that you can view basic stats in one click — CPU, memory usage, network speed and more. This isn’t as powerful as iStat Menus, but it gets the job done.

CleanMyMac X costs $90, or $45 for existing users. You can also choose to subscribe to the app for $40 per year. MacPaw is also the company behind subscription service Setapp, and CleanMyMac X will be part of your Setapp subscription.

Overall, this update brings a couple of nice additions and is a nice evolution. Maybe you’re already using DaisyDisk, Hazel, Objective-See’s security apps, iStat Menus and other utilities that do some of CleanMyMac’s tasks. But CleanMyMac remains a nice package of utilities to take care of your device.


Source: TechCrunch

GM’s Mary Barra outlines EV plans as LG Electronics plant prepares to come online

GM is poised to build more all-electric vehicles as improvements continue at its recently expanded battery lab and a new LG Electronics plant in Michigan comes online, according to the automaker’s chairman and CEO Mary Barra .

The LG Electronics facility in Hazel Park will start making battery packs this fall to supply GM’s Orion Assembly Plant, where the automaker builds the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Barra wrote in a post on LinkedIn. The post, provided a progress report towards the company’s goal of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

“Over the last century, cars, trucks and crossovers transformed our lives by giving us the freedom of mobility. But relying exclusively on internal combustion engines to power this freedom presents challenges,” Barra wrote. “Today, we have a tremendous opportunity to help reduce these challenges by adding electric vehicles to our lineup.”

Much of the post was a recap, noting GM’s plan to launch 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023 and a production increase of the Chevy Bolt. The company also plans to deliver a prototype vehicle capable of a 180-mile range with less than 10 minutes of charging to Delta Electronics for official testing as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy initiative that was covered last month by Bloomberg.

There were a few new nuggets, namely that the LG Electronics plant would soon be producing battery packs.

Barra also said thanks to a recent expansion of its battery lab, GM is able to complete nearly all battery testing under one roof, which has reduced development time and cost. The lab, located in GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Mich., is now more than 100,000 square feet and includes new heavy and mild battery abuse test areas.

GM has planned additional major enhancements of the battery lab that will begin this fall and include adding with new test chambers and advanced equipment.


Source: TechCrunch

German mobility startup Wunder Mobility raises $30M Series B

Wunder Mobility, the Hamburg-based startup that provides a range of mobility services, from carpooling to electric scooter rentals, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. The round was led by KCK Group, with participation from previous backer Blumberg Capital and other non-disclosed investors.

The German company says the investment will be used to expand the company’s engineering team in its home country and to establish an international B2B sales organisation. Currently, Wunder Mobility has 70 employees working from four offices in Asia, Germany, and South America. The aim is to add another 100 employees over the next twelve months in the areas of product development and B2B sales.

Founded in Hamburg in 2014, but now with an international focus, including emerging markets, Wunder Mobility supplies software, hardware, and operational services for various “future-oriented” mobility concepts. These span smart shuttles, fleet management and carpooling, reaching more than two million users in a dozen countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, India, and the Philippines.

“We are enabling communities on four continents to address the global traffic challenge and to deploy more sustainable mobility options faster by hosting a full-stack urban mobility tech platform,” explains founder and CEO Gunnar Froh.

“Our three product lines either allow private people to share empty seats with people headed in the same direction (Wunder Carpool), match professional drivers with passengers in 6-10 seater vans (Wunder Shuttle), or give travellers the option to rent vehicles (electric scooters, cars) by the minute (Wunder Fleet)”.

In recent months, transport companies as well as customers from the automotive industry in Japan, Europe and America have committed to using Wunder technology. The company is already processing around one million trips per month worldwide.

To that end, Froh describes Wunder Mobility’s typical B2C customers as the emerging middle class in mega cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Manila or Dehli.

“Many of these customers commute to work every day for several hours, are often first-time car owners and are open to sharing empty seats in their cars in order save on gas and car expenses,” he says.

On the B2B side, the startup’s customers are large OEMs, and public transit companies or suppliers, such as the Japanese conglomerate Marubeni. “We are working with Marubeni on ambitious new mobility services worldwide,” adds Froh.

Meanwhile, Wunder Mobility’s competitors are cited as Via in New York on the shuttle side. In Europe it perhaps competes most directly with Berlin’s Door2Door, and Vulog in Paris.


Source: TechCrunch

Here are the six startups participating in Betaworks LiveCamp

Betaworks this morning revealed this list of six startups participating in its fourth Camp accelerator program. Launched in 2016, the program brings together a collection of young companies united under a single theme.

This time out, things are focused on live-streaming, for a program fittingly titled, LiveCamp. Betaworks settled on the topic based on the popularity of apps like Twitch and HQ Trivia. It’s admittedly a bit more nebulous than past topics like BotCamp, VoiceCamp and VisionCamp.

“When first settling on our next Camp program we knew that ‘live’ as a category would be a bit harder to define than our previous themes like voice-computing and augmented reality,” Betaworks’ Peter Rojas told TechCrunch, “but while these companies may each be building a wildly different product, they all share a common theme of bringing people together in real time for a shared experience.”

Betaworks has put together a nice little package for the half-dozen winners, including an 11-week in-house bootcamp and $200K per company. In addition, Betaworks will receive 8 percent common stock from each.

It’s a fittingly diverse array of companies, running the gamut from gaming to meditation to here’s the latest batch:

  • Bunch: An app that lets users play games over video chat, from HQ to Flappy Bird.
  • Cityrow Go: On-demand streaming of exercise — kind of a Peloton, but for rowing courses.
  • Content Flow: Live video streaming technology company, with a proprietary player.
  • Cultural Genesis: A digital gaming remix studio from Santa Monica, California.
  • Ghost Commander: A hybrid theater/gaming experience that lets users impact narrative structure.
  • Journey Meditation: On-demand and live-streamed meditation courses.


Source: TechCrunch

Are you TC Top Pick material? Apply to exhibit free at Disrupt Berlin

Calling all early-stage startup founders! Show of hands, please. Who among you wants to exhibit your outstanding technology — to thousands of influential tech leaders, founders and investors — at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30?

Here’s terrific news. We’re looking for exceptional startups to designate as TC Top Picks — and we’ll give each of the chosen few a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Interested? Then get moving and apply right here before the September 28 deadline.

We run a tight curation process over here at TechCrunch, and our discerning editors — in their search for exceptional founders — will vet every application thoroughly. And that alone provides value. Here’s what Luke Heron, CEO of TestCard.com, said about exhibiting in Startup Alley.

“TechCrunch uses a curation process regarding the companies it accepts,” he said. “So, exhibiting at Disrupt — among all these other fantastic startups — has a hugely positive impact when you’re fundraising.”

Your startup must fall into one of the tech categories below to qualify as a TC Top Pick, and we’ll choose up to five startups to represent each grouping:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

What exactly do you get with an Exhibitor Package? Happy to elaborate. It includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder Passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform), full use of the Startup Alley Exhibitor lounge and access to the Disrupt press list.

Who knows, you might even be selected as one of the Startup Battlefield Wild Card winners and compete in our $50,000 startup-pitch competition. How cool is that?

Top Pick designees also receive lots of media attention, including a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor, which we promote across our social media platforms. It’s the gift that keeps on giving long after Disrupt ends.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on November 29-30. You have an opportunity to showcase your startup to thousands of potential investors, founders, collaborators and customers in Startup Alley — for free. Apply here to be considered for a TC Top Pick. Your opportunity awaits — until it disappears on September 28.


Source: TechCrunch

Plastic waste could be used to fuel hydrogen cars – CNET

Hallelujah.
Source: CNET

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