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Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

mbandthumb Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things.
And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More

Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

contextly With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too.
Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More

CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

crunchweek Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference.
Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

 Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview at an MIT symposium, Elon Musk answered a question that took an unexpected turn. When asked about his views on artificial intelligence,… Read More

One Lap: The Orange Chef Preps At Full Speed

Every industry is ripe for disruption, and food preparation is no exception. Traditional recipes are static and driven by standard portion sizes. With experience, a good chef knows how to properly modify recipes according to objectives of taste and healthiness. But this process today is driven by intuition based on years of experience cooking and learning what works and what doesn’t. Read More

Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

rockem-uber-lyft Uber’s putting that $1.2 billion in funding to good use poaching execs from its top competitor. After hiring former Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden earlier this month, Uber has now scored Lyft’s former VP of Operations Stephen Schnell to work on international supply growth, according to Schnell’s LinkedIn. Bloomberg reporter Serena Saitto tweeted about the move earlier. Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech

gadgets141031 Fitbit announced a few new devices, including the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Surge, both of which we’re excited about. Plus, HP is doing all kinds of weird things, not least of which is the announcement of an odd new computer, projector type device called the Sprout.
Plus, we’re still fascinated with the Apple Watch so we’re talking about all things wrist this week. Read More

Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

Trent_Reznor_by_Rob_Sheridan Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

Mad Genius Radio Feels Like A Smarter Version Of Old-School Radio

Screenshot 2014-10-31 13.58.14 Mad Genius Radio is taking a somewhat old-school approach to streaming music.
In a world where most radio services use correlation algorithms to figure out what you want to hear, based on beats per minute and cadence and genre, without really thinking about the right rotation of new and old music. Thus, the stations you end up listening to the most become a bit stale.
But Mad Genius is… Read More

Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

screen-shot-2014-10-04-at-12-16-18-pm The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game.
Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed by extra-governmental individuals and groups, the FCC is considering a ‘hybrid’ approach to net neutrality. Others, including Rep. Read More