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How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink

Windows Ink isn’t Microsoft’s first stab at bringing stylus support to PCs — that would be Windows XP Tablet Edition — but it is the company’s most successful. It made stylus support a core part of Windows 10, and it’s a big reason you’re seeing so…

Harlan Ellison Is Sci-Fi’s Most Controversial Figure

But Nat Segaloff’s new biography captures the author’s big personality and enormous talent.

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We’ll recap this week’s news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.

Captains of Finance Dismiss Bitcoin at Their Peril

The technological revolution has been slow to arrive in finance, but it is surely coming.

Russian Spies Rush to Exploit the Latest Flash Zero Day and More Security News This Week

Another Flash zero-day, a Microsoft breach, and more of this week’s top security news.

Redesigning the TechCrunch app

 Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app earlier this month and we couldn’t be more exc…

Space Photos of the Week: 130 Million Light Years Away, Two Neutron Stars Collide

For the first time in human history and modern science, researchers have detected ripples in spacetime produced by the violent impact of two dense neutron stars

Gear for the Multi-Modal Work Commuter: Microsoft Surface Book, Tern Vektron E-Bike, Cole Haan, Nau, Topo Designs

When the trek to work involves multiple modes of transit, this gear will ease your way.

A Viral Game About Paperclips Teaches You to Be a World-Killing AI

_Paperclips_ is a simple clicker game that manages to turn you into an artificial intelligence run amok.

San Francisco Suspends Chariot Service in Inspection Paperwork Debacle

The Golden State yanks the van commuting service’s license after it fails three inspections.

The ‘retail apocalypse’ is a myth

If you read the business headlines, it sounds like brick-and-mortar retail stores are dying – a so-called “retail apocalypse.”Around 8,600 stores could close in the U.S. this year, according to a report from brokerage firm Credit Suisse.Some even sp…

CapHorn Invest raises $150 million fund to invest in B2B startups

 French VC firm CapHorn Invest recently closed a new $150 million fund (€130 million). Around 250 CEOs and executives of big established companies invested in the fund as limited partners. This is CapHorn Invest’s second fund. The firm plans…

Google’s annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it f…

Southeast Asia gaming and e-commerce firm Sea ends first day on NYSE up 8%

 Sea, the gaming and e-commerce company holding the first major U.S. IPO from a Southeast Asian tech firm, had a bumpy start to life on the NYSE after closing the day up around eight percent on its list price of $15. The company raised $884 millio…

This week on AI: Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more

Much of this week’s news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X — in particular, fears that the 8 isn’t selling as well as hoped, and that production won’t meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that ne…

Apple’s Upgrade Program offers a ‘head start’ on iPhone X

While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple’s installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…

Crunch Report | SoftBank Vision Fund Sequels

SoftBank is planning to create $100 billion Vision Fund sequels, Chariot is temporarily paused in San Francisco and Stitch Fix shows us what a good IPO looks like. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

After a brief hiatus, patent troll Uniloc is back and looking to milk Apple for claimed damages and fees related to allegedly infringed patents, this time involving Apple Watch GPS functionality.

Apple invites Upgrade Program members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’

We’re fully expecting the iPhone X pre-order and launch period to be chaotic, and Apple wants its iPhone Upgrade Program members to have the smoothest experience possible. For that reason, Apple is pushing IUP members to ‘get a head start o…

Vector plans three ‘microsatellite’ launches in Virginia

Virginia’s governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state’s spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare…

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple’s iPhone 8 and Google’s HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google’s framing of ‘c…

Apple enabling emergency AT&T LTE in Puerto Rico using Google’s Project Loon balloons

Apple is working with AT&T and Google parent-company Alphabet to enable emergency LTE in Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria last month. TechCrunch reports that Apple is issuing a carrier update this week using the servic…

Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China’s VPN ban

Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn’t pleased about pulling VPN software from the company’s App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country’s Great Firewall were left to their…

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store as a place where people can connect

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Chicago on Friday to mingle with customers at the grand opening of the company’s new Michigan Avenue flagship store, an event hyped earlier this week.

Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

 Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework th…

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