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Oculus partners with Xiaomi to launch the Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone

 Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra made a surprise announcement during Qualcomm’s press conference at CES. Barra previously led Xiaomi’s international efforts. So it wasn’t that surprising to see him announce a new partnership between Xiaomi, Qualcomm and Facebook. Read More
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Watch Sony’s CES press conference live right here

 Sony is holding its traditional press conference at CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center starting at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern, 1 AM in London. The company is closing the press day of CES, and you should expect some exciting new devices from Sony. The company has a wide range of products, including some top notch cameras, some interesting phones and the usual TVs and Bluetooth speakers.… Read More
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Nokia introduces a new sleep sensor that works with IFTTT

 Nokia’s health division, which is the result of the Withings acquisition, is announcing some new stuff at CES in Las Vegas. First, there’s a new sleep sensor called Nokia Sleep. In addition to monitoring your sleep, the device can help you trigger actions using IFTTT when you get in and out of bed. Withings already had a sleep-focused device called the Withings Aura. It was a… Read More
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Kuzzle is building the backend for the Internet of Things

 Meet Kuzzle, an all-in-one backend solution for connected devices and beyond. The French startup is giving you a scalable solution so you don’t have to develop everything from scratch yourself. Think about it as Firebase but for different use cases. Read More
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Next INpact launches a browser extension to see who is tracking you online

 French tech media company Next INpact just launched an interesting project today. Kimetrak is a simple browser extension that lets you see how your favorite website is tracking you and selling your privacy. The upcoming ePrivacy and GDPR regulations in Europe have been a wake-up call in many ways. Arguably, bitcoin-mining scripts and Spectre JavaScript examples also have made people realize… Read More
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Another macOS password prompt can be bypassed with any password

 MacRumors spotted a bug report that affects the current version of macOS High Sierra. In System Preferences, you can unlock the App Store preference pane by typing any password. Apple has reportedly already fixed the bug in beta versions of the next macOS High Sierra update. While this bug is nowhere as serious as the infamous root login bug, this one is quite embarrassing. Read More
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Watch Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s CES keynote live right here

 All eyes are on Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today. While the issue isn’t limited to Intel chips, the company has been under the spotlight for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Krzanich sold quite a few Intel shares back in November. And let’s just say that the timing feels a bit weird. Let’s hear what he has to say on the vulnerabilities. Today’s keynote is also… Read More
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A major kernel vulnerability is going to slow down all Intel processors

 A significant vulnerability has been discovered in all Intel processor chips and it’s going to have a huge impact going forward. The Register first noticed this major design flaw in Linux kernel patch notes. All operating systems will have to be updated (Linux distributions, Windows, macOS…). And the worst part is that this patch is going to affect your computer performance. Based on a… Read More
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Shadow launches its cloud computer for gamers in California

 French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, is about to expand its cloud gaming service to the U.S. Customers who live in California can pre-order starting today, and they’ll be able to access the service on February 15th. The rest of the U.S. will be able to subscribe later this summer. Shadow is currently live in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. For a flat monthly… Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge is all about fixing Facebook before it implodes

 Mark Zuckerberg is arguably the public face of the internet we never chose, but also the one we deserve based on the time we all spend using Facebook products. At some point, Facebook became so big that Zuckerberg’s personal challenges became news. And this year’s personal challenge is not personal at all — it’s all about work. In 2017, Zuckerberg wanted to meet and… Read More
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Ethereum breaks new record by reaching $1,000 for the first time

 Ethereum tokens (ethers) have reached $ 1,000 on multiple major exchanges for the first time ever. This is an all-time high and the result of a multiple-day rally. The total market capitalization of ethers currently available is now $ 100 billion. And yet, ethers only represent around 13 percent of all cryptocurrencies out there. 2017 may have been a huge year for cryptocurrencies across the… Read More
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Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

 The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not registered with the city. Since December 1st, you have to register your apartment with the city if you want to list it on an online renting platform. This way, city officials can more… Read More
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Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

 High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More
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Algoriddim releases djay Pro 2 with AI-powered features

 DJ software maker Algoriddim is releasing djay Pro 2 for macOS today. It’s a major update to the company’s flagship app. It still features what made djay popular in the first place, such as Spotify integration and a native look-and-feel. But it also adds many small and big improvements that turn it into a powerful DJ app for your next house party. djay has been around for more than… Read More
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Apple invests $390 million in TrueDepth component maker Finisar

 Apple announced a substantial investment in Finisar. Apple is giving Finisar $ 390 million to build a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar is going to hire 500 people to work on the laser sensor in the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X. Today’s investment is part of Apple’s commitment to invest $ 1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced… Read More
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N26 partners with Younited Credit to launch credit offering in France

 German startup N26 is now live in 17 European countries, but many features first launched in Germany and never made their way to other markets. The startup is slowly expanding core features to other key markets. That’s why the company is partnering with Younited Credit to launch consumer credit in France. It works pretty much like the existing credit feature in Germany. In the app, you… Read More
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Le magasin qui met en scène vos Instagram

La marque de lunettes “Privé Revaux” vient d’ouvrir un pop up store à New York pour les fêtes de fin d’année.

Située en lieu et place de l’ancien magasin Asics proche de Times Square, ce magasin est singulier car il met en scène vos prochaines photos Instagram de votre essayage de lunettes.

En entrant dans le magasin, vous avez accès facilement à tous les modèles de lunettes de la marque, mais surtout, à différents univers dans lesquels vous pouvez poser pour quelques photos.


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Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

 There’s a glimpse of hope in new media as Axios just raised $ 20 million less than a year after its launch, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company already had a pretty big list of investors, and most of the startup’s existing investors are putting more money into Axios. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures are co-leading today’s founding… Read More
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Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

 Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple’s new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith’s “Palace” on her… Read More
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Let’s talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

 Everyone loves drones, including companies with very specific needs. Drones once were the hot new thing and the perfect birthday gift. But drone makers are now realizing that there’s a bigger opportunity with commercial use cases, from farming to inspection. That’s why we’re excited to announce that three founders of three amazing companies in the drone industry will join us… Read More
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Revolut now has a million customers for its banking alternative

 Fintech startup Revolut has reached a big milestone. The company now has over a million customers across Europe two years and a half after launch. The company says that customers have saved $ 160 million in foreign exchange fees compared to a traditional bank account (£120 million). The startup tries to match the interbank rates as much as possible and charges 0.5 percent on your transaction… Read More
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Analyst says Apple could have sold 6 million iPhone X units during Black Friday weekend

 Apple hasn’t shared any exact number, but Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang calculated that Apple may have sold as many as 6 million iPhone X units this weekend alone, StreetInsider reported. With such a big number, it’s hard to grasp Apple’s success with the iPhone X. Last quarter, Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones when you combine all iPhone models. In other words,… Read More
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Pixelmator Pro wants to be the Photoshop killer on macOS

 The team behind Pixelmator is releasing a brand new app today called Pixelmator Pro. As the name suggests, it is a more powerful, refreshed version of the company’s original image-editing app. You can buy it today for $ 60 on the Mac App Store or try it for free. I’ve been using the app for a couple of days, and it excels where the original Pixelmator used to excel. It is a fully… Read More
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Apple releases a macOS security update to fix huge login security flaw

 Apple has just released a security update for macOS High Sierra and you should update right now (Apple will automatically push the security patch later today). This update fixes yesterday’s very concerning vulnerability that let anyone log into your Mac without your password. In order to install the update, open the Mac App Store and click on the “Updates” tab. Interestingly,… Read More
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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017 is… Lia Diagnostics

 Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win €42,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More
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Amazon introduces an AWS graph database service called Amazon Neptune

 Amazon is in the middle of its AWS Re:INVENT keynote right now, and the company just announced a brand new database service. Amazon Neptune has been specifically designed for relationship graphs. So if you’re thinking about building a social network feature, Neptune can help you. The issue with traditional relational databases is that they’re not made for complex social graphs… Read More
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Quick Insurance wins the Disrupt Berlin 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

 Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars. Some of them slept on the floor in a corner, while others drank too much Red Bull. We could all feel the… Read More
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Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

 Apple released an iOS update in the middle of the night (Cupertino time). iOS 11.2 brings Apple Pay Cash, but the feature is not live yet. The company still needs to flip a switch on its servers to enable it. Today’s update also enables support for faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you have an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X as well as a wireless charger that supports 7.5W or more, your… Read More
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Joueur aux courses de voitures chez Cadillac

Le Cadillac House est un lieu a part. Un showroom de voitures, dans une ambiance détendue et dans lequel l’art et la mode tiennent une place importante.

Dans cet univers décalé, autour de l’automobile, il n’est donc pas étonnant de pouvoir aussi jouer aux courses de voitures en partenariat avec Visionaire World.

Un employé de Visionaire World est bien sur la pour vous aider à mettre en place la voiture et vous pouvez suivre la course sur le circuit ou grâce aux différentes caméras qui filment en direct la compétition.

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Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS

 Amazon is hosting AWS Re:INVENT today, its developer conference for all things AWS. And the company just announced a promising new service called Amazon Transcribe. The service is now available as a preview and goes beyond many automated transcribing services. Now that video and audio have overtaken the web, it has become harder to parse information inside those media formats. One way to do it… Read More
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Doctolib raises another $42 million for its medical care scheduling service

 French startup Doctolib is raising money for the second time in the past twelve months. The company is building a sort of Salesforce for the healthcare industry with a big emphasis on bookings. Doctolib just raised $ 42 million (€35 million) from Eurazeo and existing investor Bpifrance. The startup announced another round of funding back in January 2017. If you combine those two rounds,… Read More
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Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

 French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn’t send anything to the cloud as it works offline. If you want to understand how a… Read More
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Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone

 French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, announced at a press conference that it is launching new offers, updating specifications and the ability to become a client and buy a subscription without any waiting list. Shadow is a gaming PC in the cloud for a monthly fee. The company has been running thousands of computers with an Intel Xeon processor and an Nvidia GTX 1070 in a data… Read More
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DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence

 Meet DreamQuark, a French startup that wants to help banks, insurance companies and asset management firms with all of their artificial intelligence needs. DreamQuark crunches your data, creates models based on machine learning and lets you apply those models on all past and future data points. Many banks still rely on COBOL code to compute all sorts of financial operations. COBOL is a… Read More
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Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

 Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been focusing on live… Read More
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GoCater spins out from La Belle Assiette to build a corporate catering marketplace

 GoCater is a marketplace with hundreds of catering companies accessible from a single platform. It makes it much easier to organize events in your company. As for caterers, it’s a great way to find clients and optimize your workflows. The startup first started as a spinoff from La Belle Assiette. I’ve covered La Belle Assiette multiple times over the years. and the company is… Read More
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Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

 Meet Zyl, a smart photo app to view, manage and share all your photos. Formerly called Comet, the French startup is now using deep learning to go beyond the endless grid of photos and replace the default Photos app on your phone. While Zyl started as an app to create collaborative photo albums, the app has expanded beyond this simple social feature to take care of everything you’d do… Read More
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Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

 Apple has released a brand new ad for the iPad Pro. It features a young girl and a rose gold iPad Pro running iOS 11. And Apple’s pitch is quite clear here — the iPad is the future of computers. The company even thinks there will be a time when a young person doesn’t know what “computer” means. There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young… Read More
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Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

 KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a new report about Apple’s plans for next year. According to him, the company is going to release three new iPhone devices next year. They’ll all have edge-to-edge displays with a notch. The successor of the iPhone X could be roughly the same size and shape. According to Kuo, this new iPhone would feature a 5.8-inch display with a density… Read More
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Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

 Henri Seydoux first founded Parrot in 1994. But the company has drastically evolved over time and managed to remain relevant more than 20 years later. Less than ten years ago, Parrot started working on consumer drones. And now, the company is in the middle of another shift as it focuses more than ever on commercial drone use cases. That’s why we’re excited to announce that… Read More
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Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

 Instagram is testing a new feature with a small fraction of its user base. As spotted by Pippa Akram and The Next Web, some users can now search for a hashtag and follow this tag in particular. Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I've followed 2 but can't find what that means!! pic.twitter.com/LlCBk4Wmfv — Pippa Akram… Read More
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ChartMogul grabs $2.2 million to build the financial dashboard of your subscription business

 What do you do when you want to create a software-as-a-service startup but it feels like everything has been built already? You build a product that helps existing SaaS startups. That’s what ChartMogul is currently doing with its subscription analytics platform. The company just raised $ 2.2 million from Alven Capital, with existing investors Point Nine Capital and angel investors also… Read More
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Apple offers more bonds to finance its $300 billion capital return program

 Apple just started selling new bonds in order to finance a share buyback program and dividends for shareholders, as Bloomberg spotted in a filing. This is counterintuitive, as Apple is sitting on a big pile of cash and probably doesn’t need to issue bonds. But most of the company’s cash is outside of the U.S. Read More
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Apple has reportedly relocated its international tax residency to Jersey

 Last year, the EU ordered Apple to pay up to $ 14.5 billion for illegal tax benefits in Ireland. The company smelled something fishy when Commissioner Margrethe Vestager started the investigation in 2014, as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed in the Paradise Papers. Apple relocated its tax residency to the tiny island of Jersey. Read More
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N26 announces plans to launch in the US by mid-2018

 European fintech startup N26 has plans to expand beyond Europe. The company’s co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing today at the Money20/20 conference that N26 is going to launch in the U.S. around mid-2018 and has hired a handful of people who are already working in New York. Read More
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N26 is launching its bank in the UK in 2018

 Fintech startup N26 is announcing yet another international expansion move. The company plans to launch its bank of the future in the U.K. at some point during the first half of 2018. As N26 already has a German banking license, the company can also operate in the U.K. Without getting a separate license. British customers will get an account in GBP, a debit card and personal account… Read More
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Shift Technology raises another $28 million to prevent fraudulent insurance claims

 Shift Technology is raising a Series B round of $ 28 million from Accel and General Catalyst. Accel had already led the company’s previous round. Existing investors Elaia Partners and Iris Capital are also participating in today’s round. Read More
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Melonport and ICONOMI founders come to Disrupt Berlin to talk about the future of ICOs

 Are ICOs here to stay? After producing so many headlines in 2017, the future of token sales is still filled with uncertainty. That’s why it’s going to be exciting to listen to Melonport co-founder and CEO Mona El Isa and ICONOMI co-founder Tim Zagar at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin talk about cryptocurrencies, token sales, their own ICOs and their perspective on the evolution of… Read More
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iAdvize raises $37.6 million for its customer engagement platform

 French startup iAdvize raised another $ 37.6 million (€32 million) from Idinvest, Bpifrance and Quadrille Capital. The company wants to convert casual website visitors into clients. Thanks to iAdvize, companies can track what you’re doing and engage with you to convince you that you should open a bank account, buy a coat or upgrade your subscription. With today’s funding round,… Read More
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12 neat hidden features in the iPhone X

 With the iPhone X, Apple has had to rethink many of the iOS core gestures. The new device features a brand new design with a taller display, Face ID and no home button. If you plan on buying a new iPhone X, it’s going to take a while to get used to these new metaphors. So here’s a list of some not-so-obvious features in the iPhone X. Matthew Panzarino also wrote a thorough review… Read More
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