Matt Burns

FarmLogs Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

Tractor_working_on_Woodyhyde_Farm_-_geograph.org.uk_-_431838 Nearly 12 months ago, FarmLogs announced it raised a $4 million series A. And today the company is back with a $10 million series B to keep pushing farming into the digital age. Read More

Vinli Partners With Dash To Make Cars Even Smarter

screen-shot-2014-10-03-at-8-34-35-am Vinli is building an app ecosystem for vehicles and just partnered with one of the biggest players in the growing space: Dash. The two competitors are joining forces to jointly advance their market. I spoke to Vinli’s CEO Mark Haidar and Dash’s CEO Jamyn and they’re both very excited to have each other in their lives. Haidar confessed that Dash “is the best connected… Read More

HBO GO Finally Comes To Amazon Fire TV

Gadgets_FireTV_STILLS_02 Amazon just made good on its promise. HBO GO is now available on the Amazon Fire TV and will hit the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Best yet, the app fully supports Amazon’s impressive voice search that let’s users find content with a button built into the Fire TV remote. Read More

Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX In Latest In-Vehicle Tech Platform

SYNC 3 Home Screen Ford today took the wraps off Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package that’s, as you’d expect, faster, sleeker and much improved from the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. But the biggest change is under the hood: Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read More

Techstars Lands In Detroit

andysacks1232 Detroit has a new resident: Techstars. The noted startup accelerator is today announcing Techstars Mobility, a program designed to advance young mobility and transportation companies in the Motor City. Together with Ford, Magna and Verizon Telematics, the program will give 10 startups deep access into the motor industries. Read More

After School App Again Pulled From The App Store After More School Shooting Threats

after-school The anonymous posting app After School is again no longer available in the App Store. The app was pulled sometime late yesterday as threats of school violence continues to pop up even after the creators took steps to better filter the content. Read More

Meet The Judges Of Hardware Battlefield 2015

robot-2015 We’re excited to announce the all-star investors, founders and makers judging the startups in the second annual Hardware Battlefield. From Martha Stewart, to 50 Cent, to Yves Behar, and many more, we’ve lined up 13 individuals who know what it takes to make a successful product and company. Over the three days of International Consumer Electronics Show, these judges will work… Read More

After School Is Back On The App Store, But With Changes To Curb Cyberbullying

after-school After School is back. The anonymous message board application returned to the App Store several hours after it disappeared earlier today. The app is still marketed to students and allows for the anonymous posting of messages. But an Apple spokesperson tells me that the developer made changes to prevent inappropriate and offensive content. Read More

After Multiple Reports Of Cyberbullying, After School Disappears From The App Store

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.05.47 PM Another haven for cyberbullying is gone. The app After School we reported on yesterday is no longer available in the Apple App Store. It’s unclear at this time if it was pulled by Apple or taken down by the publisher. Apple is investigating the removal of the app and the app publisher has not responded to multiple requests for comment from TechCrunch. We noticed that the app was no… Read More

With Nook Device Sales Down 60% On The Year, B&N And Microsoft End Partnership

nook-color-xl Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its commercial agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales and segment revenues fell sharply year over year. B&N states that ending the partnership gives the company greater “operational and strategic flexibility.” No longer partners in the Nook business, Microsoft… Read More