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Mushroom leather, tiny Zika detectors and lab-made breast milk debut at IndieBio’s third demo day

IndieBio Demo Day 3, Folsom Street Foundry July 14, 2016 The accelerator’s demo day has grown so big we’re now live streaming it on TechCrunch. But it was just a couple years ago that the only pure biotech accelerator launched out of SOS Ventures. Many accelerators and venture firms have started to take a keen interest in the space since then, but Indiebio is still the one many look to in the industry for weird and interesting ideas like… Read More

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How far does the Pokémon brand have to carry Pokémon Go?

pokemon go brick walk How far can the Pokémon brand carry Pokémon Go? Will its popularity fade after that initial burst of activity thanks to the power of its brand? That’s a huge question that’s circulating now that the game has immediately popped to the top of the App Store and has cemented itself as one of the most successful game launches of all time. The mechanics of the game are fundamentally… Read More

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Apple needs single sign-on to solve the tvOS adoption problem

tablo-apple-tv Analyzing activity from nearly 300,000 users, we found that tvOS apps retained poorly compared to their phone- or tablet-based sister apps. We concluded that any updates to tvOS must focus on solving this retention problem if tvOS is to be a success. At WWDC, Apple announced changes to the way tvOS works and integrates with other Apple products. Will these changes solve the tvOS retention issue? Read More

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Pinterest acquires the team behind Highlight and Shorts

highlight map Pinterest today said it was acquiring the team behind Math Camp, the creators of Highlight, and will be sunsetting its applications Roll and Shorts in the next few weeks. The acquisition shouldn’t seem like a twist — Highlight captured a ton of buzz at SXSW a few years ago, but the reality is Highlight and Math Camp’s later applications never really blew up in such a way… Read More

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Pokémon Go installed on more devices than Candy Crush, LinkedIn, Lyft, Tinder & more

pg Still fascinated by the viral spread of Pokémon Go? So are we. The app on Monday topped Twitter’s daily users, and has people spending more minutes per day playing the game than browsing Facebook, reports have indicated. Now comes word that game has also topped Pandora, Netflix, Google Hangouts, and Spotify, in terms of daily active users, and is installed on more devices than… Read More

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NVIDIA releases its own VR game ‘Funhouse’ to the masses through Steam

balloon_knight_4_1467835130 As of this morning, NVIDIA is in the game publishing business. In its own weird, roundabout sort of way. The company has pushed its first title out to Steam, offering players seven mini-games under the Funhouse umbrella (with a total of ten planned for eventual roll out). But while the Funhouse is as fully playable as one would expect from a Steam-distributed title, it is as much a showcase… Read More

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Pokémon Go continues its worldwide march, now live in the UK

pokemondowningst One of the more interesting side effects from the explosion of new mobile AR game Pokémon Go is physical movement: a lot of people are finding themselves walking miles and miles (and miles) more than they normally would as they search for PokéStops, load up on PokéBalls, and (of course) track down more Pokémon. Now the game itself — which originally launched in Australia, New… Read More

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Lightroom for iOS receives the gift of universal RAW support

Raw-Lr-Import Adobe’s Lightroom is a widely used tool among photographers, but the mobile version has always been hampered by poor RAW support — until now. Previously limited to DNG files, Lightroom for iOS now has the ability to open and tweak any RAW file that the desktop version can. Read More

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