Hey, Hackers! Register Now For The Disrupt Europe Hackathon In London

crowd shot at Disrupt SF Hackathon 2014 For the second year in a row, TechCrunch is jumping across the pond and bringing the iconic Disrupt Hackathon to Europe. We’re heading your way, London! Read More


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Ig Nobel honours slippery banana peel, toast Jesus

The 2014 Ig Nobel winners are in, celebrating the best scientific achievements "that first make people laugh, and then makes them think".


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Interview: Owen Paterson, Godzilla production designer

The multi-award winning Australian production designer talked about the latest Godzilla film and even gave us a hint or two about his upcoming work on Captain America 3.


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China blocks private search engine DuckDuckGo

The privacy-friendly search engine DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China, company CEO Gabriel Weinberg has told Tech in Asia. Weinberg said he was unsure of when the blockade began, but Chinese censorship monitor Greatfire.org suggests it started early this month. In China, where local search operations […]

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Google and HTC ‘close’ to launching the Nexus 9

HTC has been rumored to be partnering with Google on the next Nexus tablet for a while now, and today we’re hearing more confirmation on that front. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that Google has selected HTC over other manufacturers for its upcoming tablet, with HTC executives flying to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to work on the project.


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How to buy items from Yahoo Auctions Japan if you are not Japanese

I recently started to collect retro video games, mostly classic 16-bit stuff. One of the issues here, after you have made up your mind about the console systems you want to collect is to decide whether you want to limit the collection to a certain region. Do you only want to collect European PAL games, […]

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Watch a tiny robot fly an aircraft nearly as well as a real pilot

Pibot flying a simulator using real controls

Autonomous aircraft are likely to be the future of air travel, but we’re not quite there yet; even with autopilot systems in place, most airplanes are designed with human pilots in mind. South Korean researchers may have a clever robotic stopgap, however. Their tiny PIBOT automaton uses a mixture of flight data and visuals to fly using real controls. It still needs intervention shortly before touchdown, but it can otherwise take to the skies as well as many organic air crews — it may even be a bit better in a few areas, since it uses its camera to align neatly with the runway on takeoff and landing.

This pint-size machine is only flying a simulator right now, and it’s certainly not going to captain an airliner any time soon. However, its creators are only getting started. Besides giving PIBOT enough skill to tackle every stage of flight, they’re already translating its skill to real (if remote-controlled) aircraft. It’s not hard to envision a future where robots stand in for flesh-and-bone pilots in aircraft that can’t easily be retrofitted to fly on their own.


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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drop and drown tests results are in

The new iPhones are out in the wild, but not everyone is taking the best care of the coveted new devices. Check out the latest torture test results.


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Price the Device Challenge

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Yahoo has reportedly bought its first startup from India, cloud docs specialist Bookpad

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India looks like it has netted its third notable startup exit this year, after Yahoo swooped to purchase Bookpad, a one-year-old company that hosts cloud-based documents, according to local media. Economic Times reports that the deal is worth $8.3 million, while rival publication Times of India speculates a much higher price of $15 million. The acquisition — which is still to be confirmed by the US internet giant — would represent Yahoo’s first in India. It comes some nine months after Facebook bought its first startup from India — Little Eye Labs — in a deal worth $10 million-$15 million; Google was also active in…

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