Apple releases torrent of updates, and Wall Street yawns – TechCrunch

Apple releases torrent of updates, and Wall Street yawns – TechCrunch

Today’s WWDC keynote from Apple covered a huge range of updates. From a new macOS to a refreshed watchOS to a new iOS, better privacy controls, FaceTime updates, and even iCloud+, there was something for everyone in the laundry list of new code. Apple’s keynote was essentially what happens when the big tech companies get … Read more

Apple Watch gets a motion-controlled cursor with ‘Assistive Touch’ – TechCrunch

Apple Watch gets a motion-controlled cursor with ‘Assistive Touch’ – TechCrunch

Tapping the tiny screen of the Apple Watch with precision has a certain level of fundamental difficulty, but for some people with disabilities it’s genuinely impossible. Apple has remedied this with a new mode called “Assistive Touch” that detects hand gestures to control a cursor and navigate that way. The feature was announced as part … Read more

Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’ – TechCrunch

Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’ – TechCrunch

After a steady stream of studio acquisitions in late 2019 and early 2020, Facebook has been a little quieter in recent months when its came to bulking up its VR content arm. Today, the social media giant breaks that stream, announcing their acquisition of Downpour Interactive, the developer of the popular VR first-person shooter Onward. … Read more

Google denies Pixel 5a 5G cancelation, confirming it’s coming this year – TechCrunch

Google denies Pixel 5a 5G cancelation, confirming it’s coming this year – TechCrunch

Sometimes you’ve just got to confirm an unannounced product to put the rumors to bed, I guess. That was Google’s strategy this afternoon, following earlier rumors from Android Central that a chip shortage had put the kibosh on the mid-budget phone. In a comment to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson noted, “Pixel 5a 5G is not … Read more

Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it – TechCrunch

Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it – TechCrunch

As impressive as the cameras in our smartphones are, they’re fundamentally limited by the physical necessities of lenses and sensors. Metalenz skips over that part with a camera made of a single “metasurface” that could save precious space and battery life in phones and other devices… and they’re about to ship it. The concept is … Read more

out of the studio and into the streets – TechCrunch

out of the studio and into the streets – TechCrunch

We crawled into an abandoned school bus, trespassed through dilapidated hallways, dodged fleeting thunderstorms, and wandered the empty streets of Chinatown late into the evening. For two summery weeks, I couldn’t have been happier. New York City was in lockdown. I’d been quarantined in my dinky apartment, disheartened and restless. I was anxious to do … Read more

Rode’s Wireless Go II delivers key upgrades to the best mobile mic for creators – TechCrunch

Rode’s Wireless Go II delivers key upgrades to the best mobile mic for creators – TechCrunch

Rode Microphones has a new and improved version of its much-loved Go portable mic, the Wireless Go II, which uses the same form factor as the original but adds a list of new and improved features. Most notably, the Go II offers two transmitter packs that can simultaneously talk to a single receiver, letting you … Read more

Xiaomi further localizes India supply chain via BYD, DBG partnerships – TechCrunch

Xiaomi further localizes India supply chain via BYD, DBG partnerships – TechCrunch

China’s Xiaomi had dominated the Indian smartphone market for three consecutive years until recently losing the top spot to Samsung. It has played by the Indian government’s rulebook to support domestic manufacturing, making smartphones in India rather than shipping them from its home country of China. Now it is further ramping up production in India … Read more

Stoke Space aims to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed – TechCrunch

Stoke Space aims to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed – TechCrunch

Many launch providers think reusability is the best way to lower the cost and delay involved in getting to space. SpaceX and Rocket Lab have shown reusable first stages, which take a payload to the edge of space — and now Stoke Space Technologies says it is making a reusable second stage, which will take … Read more

Orca wants to give boating navigation its ‘iPhone moment’ – TechCrunch

Orca wants to give boating navigation its ‘iPhone moment’ – TechCrunch

Boating is a hobby steeped in history and tradition — and so is the industry and those that support it. With worldwide connectivity, electric boats, and other technological changes dragging the sector out of old habits, Orca aims to replace the outdated interfaces by which people navigate with a hardware-software combo as slick as any … Read more