How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot | TechCrunch

In a phone call this week, Monsieur’s chairman Paul Judge told TechCrunch that the company has completed a pilot at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and has been showcased by the National Restaurant Association, which has led to a surge in orders from restaurants and hotels. At the moment, Monsieur has several million dollars of orders in the pipeline in addition to the Kickstarter orders, and is on track to ship upwards of 1,000 units.

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3 Apple faces class action lawsuit over employment practices

Previously, the case had been filed by four people working across the company's divisions, in both the headquarters and its retail arm. Now that it's been certified as a class-action suit, the potential pool of plaintiffs could grow considerably, with the risk of becoming a headache for the firm.

Former Autonomy CFO Seeks Rejection of HP Settlement

“The lawyers who spent more than a year documenting the errors and misrepresentations of HP executives in their acquisition and integration of Autonomy have been bought off by the promise of tens of millions of dollars. HP and its executives, who squandered billions of dollars and produced a report whitewashing the whole affair, avoid answering a single question. And the shareholders who have borne the losses get nothing, and learn nothing about what really happened. Three years on shareholders deserve more than this, they deserve answers.”

The Black Entrepreneur Trying to End Startup Racism Is Almost Out of Cash

Because of its broad-based approach, D.C. Challenge has been successful in attracting at least one potential participant who is not African-American: Erik Kugler, the white co-owner of a local bike shop called Bicycle Space. Kugler, 49, seems to be the team’s most promising prospect of the four groups they met on Wednesday (the remaining three comprised African-Americans); he confidently describes the research he has already done on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and says he is also considering both platforms to host his campaign for custom, high-end bicycles. Interestingly, Kugler found D.C. Challenge appealing precisely because of its connection to minorities.

OS X Yosemite Beta Preview | Mashable

OS X Yosemite Beta Preview | Mashable

J.J. Abrams gives first look at 'Star Wars' X-wing fighter - CNET

It's the last week for the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, which gives "Star Wars" fans the chance to appear as an extra in "Star Wars Episode VII" and meet some of the cast and crew on set. To mark the occasion and plea for additional donations, J.J. Abrams released a special video message from the set, where he appeared next to an X-wing fighter that will appear in the movie.

An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D | TechCrunch

While the app is designed for iPad, a good hacker will be able to rig it for use on any iOS device, including a smartphone. It can technically hook up with any iOS device that has a Lightning dock connector. Occipital is also considering making a sensor to fit specifically on phone cameras so users can make 3D models of any object on the go and then upload that to the cloud to, say, 3D print it at a later date. While Structure Sensor will be required to scan images, users can still download Itseez3D to view sample models.

Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes

So why is this relevant today? Because Netflix announced its first price increase since the 2011 debacle with its last earnings in April . This time around, the company grandfathered existing subscribers into the old price, reducing the risk of mass cancellations. However, the fact that the company also saw 1.69 million new subscribers across its domestic and international markets also shows that the moderate price increase — new members pay $9 instead of $8 per month for the company’s most popular plan — didn’t really discourage many to sign up. Or as CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells put it in their earnings letter to shareholders :

A North Korean Architect’s Crazy Visions of the Future | Design | WIRED

All the creations have an innocent, retro-futurist vibe. They could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks. This isn’t necessarily surprising. As Bonner points out, many of the buildings in North Korea, erected after the destruction of the Korean War, were similarly influenced by the futuristic leanings of that era. And though the idea with this project was to emphasize local materials and traditional techniques, the buildings are a distinctly local product in another sense: the architect who created them has never left North Korea. “The images are likely to have had only a minor influence from the outside world,” Bonner says.

Airware raises $25 million to build the operating system for drones

Lots of different industries are interested in the potential for drones to improve their businesses, from agriculture to mining to merchants like Amazon. There is a wide range of powerful units that can be bought off the shelf. The challenge for most companies is creating the software, sensor packages, and safeguards they need to make drones a practical reality for their day-to-day work.  Airware , a drone startup based in San Francisco, hopes to solve those problems by providing an aerial operating system. Today it announced it had raised $25 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins to grow its staff and launch its product to the wider public.

Security researcher suggests 600M iOS devices have Apple-created backdoors for data

During a conference session, a security research called attention to what he says are several backdoor services put in iOS by Apple that may make it easier for your data to be accessed.

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch

I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.


We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected. 

Tesla Motors Idles California Plant To Prepare For Model X Production

Simon Sproule, a spokesperson for Tesla Motors, said that the goal is to boost production by 25% when vehicle assembly resumes on August 4th. Tesla will be modifying the factory’s body and general assembly line, which will cost about $100 million. The modification will allow Tesla Motors to build the Model X crossover SUV on the same line as the Model S sedan. This is Tesla’s single biggest investment in the Fremont plant since it started operations. Assembly workers will be able to take vacation time or come to the plant for maintenance and training during the production halt.

New iPhone 6 Photos hint at light-up Apple logo for Notifications [updated]

These photos have fueled speculation that the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone could light up when you receive new text messages, phone calls, emails or other notifications. It is possible that Apple could extend the feature to developers to implement in third-party apps.

Facebook Explains Why It Wants to Be a Retail Store | Business | WIRED

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without leaving Facebook. The button provides an added level of convenience for those who spend so much of their time on Facebook already, and it marks the beginning of a new stage in the company’s evolution into a significant money-making machine.

In China, Mobile Becomes Number One Way of Going Online

As mobile becomes the number one way for internet users in China to go online, dissecting what they use the platform for is definitely going to be key for companies to figure out how to retain users, and it seems like we can expect the rivalry between Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to heat up going forward.

That Horrible Moment When You’re Stuck On The Bowl Without Toilet Paper | TechCrunch

You’ve been there. You’re at a friendly gathering, slowing removing yourself from the crowd to take care of personal business in the restroom. Your mind wanders as you relieve yourself, only to notice but a shred of soft Charmin left on a cardboard roll. A hasty, anxious look in the cabinets and under the sink yields nothing, and creative problem solving takes over. Time is ticking. A knock at the door sends panic straight to your core.

This New Wearable Device Says It Helps Lower Stress At Work--We Put It To The Test

"If you're wearing something, you want it to provide value all of the time you're wearing it, not just the 10% of the time that you're walking," says Moraveji. "The business emerged as a wearable that would provide value when you're at the computer, which is a lot of the day, or when you're commuting, or in the car, or all these other places in our lives."

Here's What This Apple Shareholder Thinks About That Apple Quarter...

iPhone sales in China and other emerging markets were pretty good. This is encouraging, because Apple has been getting its clock cleaned in these markets, in part because it only sells high-priced phones. In recent years, however, Apple has pushed some lower-price phones—the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5C—and these are helping drive unit sales. Apple's China sales, which analysts were hyperventilating about, did benefit from the one-time addition of the massive China Mobile as a distribution partner, which won't be repeatable. So, in terms of "same store sales," the numbers weren't as good as they looked. But they were okay. Alas, the strong growth of China and the BRICs reveals that iPhone sales in the US and developed markets was weak. These markets are mature, though, and the iPhone 6 upgrade cycle is coming...

Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm | TechCrunch

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology,” Anthony said in a statement. “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers. I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices. These will be huge areas for the future.”

Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices.

Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official | TechCrunch

Facebook now owns Oculus . The $2 billion acquisition deal  of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000.

Meeting Mobile’s Growing Demands and Challenges

We will be discussing these issues and more on Tuesday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Please join us to discuss your thoughts, experiences, successes, and mistakes with BYOD strategy. Use and follow the hashtag #BYOD4Biz to join the discussion.

Music data startup Senzari unveils new engine for better music analysis

For example, using the, customers can perform complex types of analysis like triangle counting, in which the system can look at all artists that a user wants analyzed and from there determine how artist A is connected to artist B who is connected to artist C, and so on. From this type of analysis, Bellumio said, a user can learn who is the most connected musical artist of all time (it’s apparently Frank Sinatra, by the way, according to a demonstration of the engine by Senzari).

Don't regret regret

We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.

What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

"Nothing in those three tweets constitutes either a defense of, or explanation for, the killing of tens of non-combatants," Mason wrote. "But in the space between them, anybody following the Gaza conflict from both sides would have seen tens of independently shot images and accounts of civilian death and the destruction of housing and civilian infrastructure. The incident shows who is winning the social media war over Gaza. It is evidence of a massive change in the balance of power between social media and the old, hierarchical media channels we used to rely on to understand wars."

Immersive Infections | TechCrunch

All of the images I painted for you above will be possible within the next 10 years, immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money.

Why Louisiana Is the Next (and Better) Hollywood

Since time immemorial, there’s been talk of the “new Hollywood.” But 2013 is the first year another city fully surpassed it in sheer number of productions, leaving the film industry fractured. Movies are being made in Louisiana, mainly New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, thanks to a mixture of tax credits, attractive filming locations and a growing pool of local on-set talent.

The Digital Video Advertising Report: Growth Forecasts And Viewability Scandals

Video ad views exploded in 2013, topping over 35 billion views in December, averaging over 100% year-over-year monthly growth during the year.

One Fast Cat: A hamster wheel for kitty - CNET

The wheel is designed for maximum kitty comfort, with a 1.2m (4ft) diameter and a tread width of 25.4cm (10in) so that puss can jog comfortably without having to worry about falling off or hurting her back. The tread is also covered in closed-cell EVA foam for comfort and to keep claws from snagging, and the entire construction is made from recycled plastic.

Alaska Airlines Has a Machine That 'Prints' Pancakes

The airline's lounges have pancake "printing" machines that work at the push of a button, originally offered in Seattle and now with expanded hours of operation in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. While a printed pancake is far from gourmet, it doesn't look any worse than a lot of airline fare. The airline says it was the first to bring the pancake machine to airport lounges.

Should I Teach My Kid To Code?

My children are still too young to read about Cody Coder or his counterpart Holly Hacker, but as a parent my immediate reaction to the e-books is one of resistance. As I watch my 2-and-a-half-year-old son skillfully scroll through my iPad, choosing between episodes of Thomas & Friends and Pingu , and my 5-month-old daughter already casting mesmerized glances at my iPhone, I hesitate to give them another reason to be glued to a screen. Go outdoors! Jump in a pool! is my perhaps futile idea of how kids should spend their free time. It’s the same reason I silently sigh when I drive by the signs for tech camp at UCLA that are all over the streets near our house. Whatever happened to spending the summer roasting marshmallows?

Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year

Jeff Bridges is more committed to promoting this classic YA adaptation than just about anything he's done lately; he's been trying to get this movie made for so long that he once planned to have his father Lloyd Bridges play the "Giver" role, lost the rights, aged out of the role he picked for himself, gained the rights back and now is taking on the title character himself. Again, this won't be a news-heavy panel, but the footage will roll — and the Dude will abide at 1:30 in Hall H.

Apple's Latest Earnings Report Hints at New Products

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

2 Ukrainian Military Jets Shot Down Near MH17 Crash Site

Pro-Russian separatists, who have been fighting with Ukrainian forces for months in the east. They have strategically stationed fighters throughout eastern Ukraine — setting up check points on main roads to cities and establishing barricades on town streets. They've scaled up their aerial operations as well, shooting down a dozen Ukrainian military aircraft, including two last week just days before MH17 was downed.

A man's fighting ability is written in his face

You're the one claiming that "all...research goes out the window." If you had simply mentioned those that buck the trend (GSP, Silva and others come to mind), I probably would have responded with a little less snark (trust me that this is not my "asshole" response). I'm not sure where you got that the researcher(s) claimed that a wider face makes (causes?) one to be a better fighter. The researcher(s) simply noted the correlation. And, yes. Obviously there are a great many more attributes to someone being a great fighter than their facial structure (again, not sure where anyone said otherwise). Have a great night.

Following Login Changes, Facebook Extends Social Login Dominance

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Before Accepting a Job, Run a Reference Check Your Potential Boss

Yes, this is an extra step in the interview process, especially when all you want to do is negotiate that big salary and sign on the dotted line. But, as Reese puts it, "Your job hunt should never be thought of as anything but a two-way decision. You will be investing your time, skills, and passion into a company and spending untold hours and energy working with a future boss. Make sure you're making a good investment by asking the right questions and doing the right research."

Got Fake Facebook Fans? How to Protect Your Facebook Page |

Thank you Sam and congratulations on your ‘big influx of clients!’ I love it! Wow, what a great question, and one that I am actually currently struggling with a client who bought only about 1,000 Fans a while ago. This is a tough one because clients are many times unwilling to part with their FB Pages, especially if they spent a large amount of money building those pages. It also greatly depends upon how much presence and influence the FB page already has. You must weight their current situation, reach and influence (as well as current real Fans) with the prospect of starting over at essentially zero – nada. There are other considerations as well, such as transferring the brand, potentially losing the custom URL, reprogramming all and any links to that current FB Page. There’s a lot to consider.

Jon Stewart Wants You to Help Buy CNN With a $10 Billion 'Kickstarter'

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Porn filter shunned by UK net users

The vast majority of new broadband customers in the UK are opting out of "child friendly" filters when prompted to install them by service providers.

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy Google products necessary.

Google Acquires Finnish Startup to Address Smartphone Fragmentation

Google has acquired a Finnish firm specializing in mobile 3D graphics analytics, a move that will help the search giant tailor its software to a variety of hardware smartphone options.

10 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better

If you're serious about regulating your sleep, Pzizz may be worth the download. This app claims to be the solution to insomnia. Due to its scientifically proven techniques that combine NLP (neurolinguistic programming), binaural beats and sound effects, the app is on the pricier side. With several sounds available, this software will mix a new playlist every time, so you never hear the same tune twice.

What’s Up With That: Why Does Sleeping In Just Make Me More Tired? | Science | WIRED

If everything’s just fine with your sleep zone but you still can’t get under the eight hour mark, you might need to go see a doctor. It could be a symptom of narcolepsy, which makes it hard for your body to regulate fatigue and makes you sleep in more. Sleep apnea is a potentially more serious disorder where you stop breathing while you slumber. It’s typically caused by an obstructed airway, which leads to snoring. However, in a small number of sufferers, the brain simply stops telling the muscles to breathe, starving the brain and eventually forcing a gasping response. In addition to all the other terrifying aspects of this disease, it’s not doing your quality of sleep any favors.

The Defender Is What You Get When You Combine A Camera, Automated 9-1-1, And Pepper Spray | TechCrunch

In just a day, the Defender has already reached its $100,000 Indiegogo goal, but that is thanks mostly to a $100k order from Mitco Global, a strategic partner which will distribute 1,010 units through its retail partners. The Indiegogo campaign offers the opportunity for security companies, vendors, and general customers to get in on the action, with early adopters pre-ordering the device (and a year of monitoring) for $159.

51 Vine Loops Are Making Me Loopy
52 Apple Has Paid $20 Billion To iOS Devs, Half Of It In The Past Year | TechCrunch
53 Misleading Interface Design
54 15 Sci-Fi Books That Predicted the Future
55 An Artist Built a Working Microscope Using Only Legos
56 The Department of Dirty wants to censor your internet
57 New Video Games Teach Caring And Compassion
58 Transit
59 Apple: OS X Yosemite public beta arrives Thursday
60 For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App | TechCrunch
61 Comic-Con 2014: What to Expect
62 One million people are getting early access to Apple's Mac OS X Yosemite this week
63 The Best Typefaces from June 2014
64 BoardRounds Helps Hospitals Follow Up With Patients After They Leave The Emergency Room | TechCrunch
65 You Can Now Pay 99 Cents to Read 15,000 Marvel Comics Online | Underwire | WIRED
66 For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App | TechCrunch
67 Nootrobox Launches Its “Smart Drugs” Subscription Service | TechCrunch
68 Survey: Book Buyers Leaving Amazon Because of Hachette Dispute
69 Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web | TechCrunch
70 Are the Amazon Fire Phone's innovations enough to compete with iPhone and Galaxy?
71 'Mighty Kacy' Demolishes 'American Ninja Warrior' While Making Show History
72 Microsoft's profit takes hit on Nokia $MSFT
73 LinkedIn Will Acquire Business Marketing Company Bizo For $175M | TechCrunch
74 Vision Without Execution Is Just Hallucination
75 The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | Gadget Lab | WIRED
76 Google Opens $1M Contest To Shrink A Power Inverter | TechCrunch
77 Google Acquires Helsinki Based drawElements for 8 Figures
78 In tech, some minorities are too minor. This group wants to change that.
79 FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera | TechCrunch
80 Life-size Vadermobile set to cruise Comic-Con - CNET
81 Amazon Fire Phone review: It's not for me, but Amazon Prime or Kindle Fire users will like it
82 Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
83 Lavish CEO Pay Has Virtually Nothing To Do With How Well A Company Performs
84 Google Offers $1 Million Prize For Anyone Who Can Build A Better Power Inverter
85 Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone | TechCrunch
86 Is Seven Hours A Night The Optimal Amount Of Sleep?
87 6 things to remember about iPhone 6 rumors - CNET
88 Take A 99-Day Break From Facebook--And Let The World Know
89 Apple acquired 29 companies since fiscal 2013, five of them in 2014
90 How Thousands Of Dutch Civil Servants Built A Virtual 'Government Square' For Online Collaboration
91 Google Announces $1 Million Engineering Challenge
92 GameStop offering 50% off The Last of Us Remastered with PS3 copy trade-in
93 Apple TV Is A Huge Cash Cow, Which Is Why Apple Is In No Rush To Make It Better
94 Realm: a Refreshing Mobile Database for iOS Developers
95 Anniversary For iPhone Offers A Moment Of Nostalgia In The Age Of Disposable Photos | TechCrunch
96 Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable | TechCrunch
97 Did Dwayne Johnson reveal the DC Comics character he’s playing?
98 Amazon's first phone may Fire up smartphone market
99 Nvidia Shield Tablet: Mobile Gaming Strategy Gains Clarity
100 Why It Took So Long for the World’s Fiercest Supercars to Go Hybrid | Autopia | WIRED