Comcast has confirmed that it's going to buy Time Warner Cable to form a huge, tangled monster of awfulness. Hooray! You want out? Lucky for you there are some alternatives to doing business with your monopolistic cable-internet master if you try hard enough. Here are your options, and good luck making your escape. Read more...
In the heart of old Shanghai is a magnificent villa that serves as the workplace of Guo Jingming, a provocative young film-maker. "Tiny Times", his recent blockbuster, follows the travails of some fashionable college girls (pictured, in the walk-in closet of one of them).
Organovo's 3D-printed mini-liver just shattered its own record, carrying out the same cellular functions as a natural human liver for 40 days in the lab. That may not seem like a lot — human liver cells are replaced about every 300 to 500 days — but the company's previous millimeter-sized liver slivers only managed five days.
For more than 40 years, American ground forces have relied on the AC-130 gunship for protection and close air support. However, the venerable AC-130H Specter variant, which has been deployed in every major combat operation since Vietnam, is beginning to show its age.Read more...
Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An incredible feat.Read more...
The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the dwarfish Goodyear blimp.
An app that lets people play the stock market without the risk of losing any real money has turned its virtual cash game into a pile of actual Benjamins, by closing out a $10 million funding round — one of the largest Series A rounds for a consumer startup in the region, it claims.The app in question, TradeHero, is made by a Singapore-based developer MyHero.
Temnos is launching a new platform today that it says will give online publishers important data, which in turn will allow them to make their content more engaging. It’s also announcing that it has raised $1.25 million in funding.
While it’s been obvious for the last few years that Android and iOS have created a two-horse race in the world of smartphone OSs, is it possible that a third could emerge?Microsoft, especially with its recent deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile hardware business, has tried.But perhaps that third horse is going to be an Android variant.The team running Cyanogen, Inc. has been behind one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world — Cyanogen Mod. They’ve just raised $7 million in funding raised by Benchmark Capital to turn what has been a hobby project into a real business pioneering a direct-to-consumer route for delivering a mobile OS.Consumers frustrated with the standard flavor of Android can flash their devices and replace their software experience with Cyanogen Mod, which boasts additional security and personalization features along with better speed.
That is why Apple is releasing two new iPhones this month instead of just one, including a cheaper model aimed at less wealthy countries where new Apple phones have been desired but are out of reach because of their price. The lower-cost model, the iPhone 5C (the C for color) comes in a plastic case and has the same features as the now-discontinued iPhone 5.
Extreme Reality, an Israeli startup that provides 3D motion analysis for use with standard 2D cameras, has raised a new $10 million Series D round from existing investor Marker LLC and one of its client partners, which it declined to name, bringing the total funding for the six-year old company to $24 million.
Amazon.com tightened the requirements for one of its most popular shipping methods Tuesday morning.
The change is to Super Saver Shipping, which for a over a decade mailed items free as long as the order met a $25 threshold.
The new threshold: $35. Amazon gave no reason for the change.
Apple has been counting on a long-awaited agreement with China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular operator, to reverse its fortunes in China. If the muted reception Friday, when customers were finally able to buy iPhones from China Mobile, is any indication, the companies may have to work harder to whip up enthusiasm, Eric Pfanner reports.
According to sources at AllThingsD (which TechCrunch now confirms) Pinterest has closed on a significant new round of financing: $225 million in new funding, with Fidelity Investments in the lead. TechCrunch sources are now confirming the full AllThingsD report. The funding values Pinterest at $3.8 billion, an exceptionally rich valuation for the young company.
T-Mobile has cranked up its offensive against AT&T, issuing a bizarrely tongue-in-cheek press release fabricating quotes from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega as it snipes at its rival's $450 "buy back" campaign to get former subscribers to return. The release , published as AT&T announced its Q4 2013 financial results, credits its own "Uncarrier" movement as motivating AT&T to offer to pay customers if they come back from their T-Mobile contacts. AT&T's offer means that anyone who left the network because they were tempted by T-Mobile's commitment-free plans or recent LTE speed increases, can choose to come back and have up to $450 in early-termination fees and such repaid. It echoes T-Mobile's own "Uncarrier 4.
Apple’s new iPhones took a step closer Wednesday to being offered by the world’s biggest cellphone carrier, China Mobile, when the Chinese government approved the handset to run on the carrier’s next-generation network, Eric Pfanner reports .