Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent also includes descriptions of other more advanced and fantastic… Read More
It’s a little more modest than the $100 million in funding announced last month, but Revel Systems, makers of an iPad point-of-sale product of the same name, is picking up yet more capital. This time, it’s a grant of $1.2 million, from Invest Northern Ireland, for Revel to open an office in the capital of Belfast.
The office in Northern Ireland will be used to expand the… Read More
Helpling, the Rocket Internet-backed cleaner-on-demand service, has tidied in a nice little sum of its own after announcing $17 million in fresh funding. Investors in this Series A round include Mangrove Capital, Phenomen Ventures, Point Nine Capital and Delivery Hero chairman Lukasz Gadowski. Read More
Opera — the Norway-based company that develops data-compressed web browsers, app storefronts, and other cloud-based services for mobile and other platforms — has made another acquisition to build out Mediaworks, its mobile advertising subsidiary. It has bought AdVine, a mobile ad network based in Cape Town, South Africa, Opera’s first acquisition in the region. AdVine… Read More
This year has been a tricky one for crowdfunding site Indiegogo, thanks to a rash of campaigns using its service to raise money for dubious projects, but it looks like it is responding with a new feature that offers backers more peace of mind about their investment. Read More
Dropbox’s frilly consumer brand and lack of hardcore enterprise security features has kept its “For Business” software from scoring more corporate clients. But an internal-only Dropbox launch plan attained by TechCrunch says that’s about to change with the release of a Dropbox For Business API. Scheduled to be announced Wednesday, the Dropbox For Business (DfB) API will… Read More
Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 34. While most browser updates these days aren’t all that exciting, this one includes a couple of interesting new features. What most users in North America will notice right off the bat, however, is that this is the first version of Firefox with Yahoo as its default search experience. Read More
The Progressive Policy Institute released a study today claiming that President Obama’s net neutrality plan would result in billions of dollars in taxes levied onto the consumer from both Federal and local governments. Read More
On our premiere episode of the TechCrunch GameCast, I was joined by PR guy (and former games journalist) Ed Zitron to talk about two of our favorite games that came out in November: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4. Read More
Will the public market welcome a company with expanding losses? Hortonworks is ready to find out.
Earlier today, the company priced its initial public offering, announcing that it will sell its shares for between $12 and $14 apiece. Early analysis pegs the company’s valuation at a per-share price in the middle of the proposed range of $659 million. Read More