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Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

 What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract more visitors and earn more money to fund culture. “We wanted to make heritage more… Read More

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How Slack uses a raccoon to keep distractions on Slack at bay

 Slack has undoubtedly changed how employees at many companies communicate. But more and more, it feels like Slack’s focus on immediate responses is far more distracting than the asynchronous emails it often replaces. As Slack CTO and co-founder Cal Henderson noted at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, we still have to figure out how Slack can fit into many a company’s culture and how… Read More

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Volkswagen’s MOIA debuts its all-electric rideshare vehicle

 Some carmakers are talking a lot about the potential of shared mobility services and alternatives to car ownership, but Volkswagen’s MOIA is actually going a step further, with a brand new vehicle it’s unveiling today that’s focused entirely on this new market. The all-electric car, which made its debut at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, is designed to provide maximally… Read More

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People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain

 Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain. And like most viral sensations that catch on in the tech world, it’s blowing up fast. Built by Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio AxiomZen, the game is the latest fad in the world of cryptocurrency and probably soon tech in general. People… Read More

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There will be a plug-in Hybrid Jeep Wrangler in 2020

 The Jeep Wrangler, the car most people are probably thinking of when they hear about “a Jeep,” will take a leap forward into the world of alternative powertrains in 2020 when it gets a plug-in hybrid variant. The PHEV version of the Wrangler was announced at the LA Auto Show this week (via Roadshow) alongside an EcoDiesel and standard gas versions. There’s not much… Read More

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Unicorn Battle uses buzzwords to measure a startup’s ‘unicornibility’

 When startup founders pitch at a TechCrunch event, they usually don’t just get on-stage and starting shouting out buzzwords. Today, however, one of the teams at the Disrupt Berlin hackathon really did begin their presentation by rattling off words and phrases like “Internet of Things!” and “bitcoin!!” As they did, a unicorn puppet would pop up on their screen… Read More

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Parking Insider is a mobile wallet dedicated to helping you avoid parking tickets

 Parking Insider is smart app with a mobile wallet expressly dedicated to enabling its users to quickly and seamlessly pay for parking spots — by the minute. The app — cobbled together last night at TechCrunch Berlin’s 24-hour hackathon — also invites users to earn free minutes of parking by snapping pictures of free parking spaces, photos that it will use to create a… 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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Watch the Disrupt Berlin Hackathon LIVE right here!

 They’ve worked through the night. They’ve toiled over their computers, powered by energy drinks and beer, to build something brand new in a matter of 24 hours. And now, the fruits of their labor are coming to you live. This is the Disrupt Berlin 2017 Hackathon, and it kicks off TechCrunch’s fifth annual European Disrupt conference. You can watch the whole thing live right… Read More

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20 critical startup truths no one will tell you

 Some knowledge is so important, everyone assumes everyone already knows it. But they don’t, especially in the tech world where things move so fast that most people are faking. But Stripe’s Patrick McKenzie spends his time helping the payment platform’s startup customers survive, and now he’s laid out 20 crucial learnings everyone should read. Click or scroll through… Read More

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