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Last chance to get a table in Startup Alley at TC Tel Aviv 2018

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Startups, TechCrunch Tel Aviv 2018 is coming for you in just 2 weeks! As you may know, we’re hosting our  first inaugural day long conference at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on 7 June. The event will feature TechCrunch’s signature stellar programming on Mobility, and we will also have new expo area called Startup Alley,…

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Build your own L3-37 droid complete with voice interaction

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Robot maker Patrick Stefanski has created a 3D-printed – and animated – model of L3-37, the droid in the recent Solo movie. L3-37 is one of the funnest – and woks – droids in recent memory and this recreation is fun and ingenious. Stefanski used Alexa voice controls to let the robot head respond to…

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Keegan-Michael Key plays Skyrim on an Echo, pager and fridge

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For the first few moments of the Skyrim: Very Special Edition trailer, you kind of want it to be real. Hell, the game’s been ported to every of platform, and Alexa games are kind of thing now — or at least Amazon is trying to convince us of as much. Of course, the longer Keegan-Michael…

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Uber is looking to buy the bike-share company behind Citi Bike and Ford GoBike

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Uber is reportedly looking into buying Motivate, the company that makes Ford GoBike’s in the San Francisco Bay Area and Citi Bike over on the East Coast. This comes following reports of Lyft getting close to purchasing Motivate in a $250 million deal. Uber bought bike-share startup JUMP, a dockless, electric bike-share service, earlier this…

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IBM plans to hire 1,800 people in France for blockchain and AI

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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty is currently having lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. And Rometty talked with Le Monde and announced some new investments in France as part of the Tech for Good Summit organized by Macron. The company plans to hire 1,800 new people in France over the next couple of years.…

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Watch a truly driverless car navigate city streets

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Drive.ai, the company that’s gearing up to launch an autonomous ride-hailing pilot in Frisco, Texas, just released a video showing off its driverless capabilities. Drive.ai’s service will initially launch with safety drivers in July, but the goal is to ultimately operate the ride-hailing platform without a driver behind the wheel. In the video below, you…

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Apple Watch gets Walkie-Talkie mode

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At Apple’s annual developer conference today, the company showed off a new walkie-talkie feature for Apple Watch. The app is uniquely called Walkie Talkie. “It’s a fun, easy way to talk with friends and family,” Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch said at WWDC. The first time you use it, you send a request to…

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Lost in Space is coming back for a second season

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Netflix today announced that it will release a second season of Lost in Space, the big-budget sci-fi program that debuted in April. More Danger, Will Robinson. Lost in Space Season 2 is coming. pic.twitter.com/SBEbJaKUIi — Lost In Space (@lostinspacetv) May 14, 2018 The series is a revamp of the original show from the 1960s. Season…

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Longtime LG Group chairman Koo Bon-Moo dies at 73

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South Korean electronics conglomerate LG Group announced this morning that the company’s longtime chairman Koo Bon-Moo has passed away at 73. Koo’s death follows a year-long battle with brain disease, for which he had undergone surgery, according to Reuters. The executive stepped into the role in 1995 and served as a driving force in establishing…

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Apple offers a $50 credit for some out-of-warranty iPhone battery purchases

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If you bought a battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone last year, you may be eligible for a $50 credit from Apple. The company issued a new support page post this week, announcing the rebate policy, which applies to purchases made at authorized locations. The move is part of on-going restitution in the wake of an admission…

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