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Jun 4, 2020 10:38 AM ET

Sega’s tiny Game Gear Micro is 92% smaller than the original

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - But Japanese release spreads its 16 built-in games across four color variants. In honor of the company's 60th anniversary, Sega has announced the coming Japanese release of the Game Gear Micro. What Sega is calling a "portable mascot" will ship in Japan on October 6 for an MSRP of ¥4,980 (about $50). No release plans have been announced for other markets. The "Micro" moniker is well-earned here—the system measures just. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:36 AM ET

US cop hits Australian cameraman live on national television

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - “You heard us yelling that we were media, but they don't care,” reporter said. The prime minister of Australia has called for an investigation into the assault of an Australian cameraman that aired live on a national television news show on Tuesday morning, Australia time. That's Monday evening in Washington, DC, where the attack occurred. Amelia Brace, a reporter for Australia's Channel 7, and her cameraman, Tim Myers, were covering a protest. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:35 AM ET

Watch SpaceX launch its latest batch of Starlink satellites, including one with a sun visor

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - SpaceX just executed its most important and historic launch ever this past weekend, flying NASA astronauts for the first time. On Wednesday, it’s set to follow that up with a less significant Falcon 9 rocket launch, but one that’s still vital to the company’s future. This mission is the latest of SpaceX’s  Starlink launches, which the company is using to put up a vast network of small satellites to provide low-cost, high-bandwidth internet. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:35 AM ET

“Let’s start a riot”: Denver cop fired for inflammatory Instagram post

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Post was “inconsistent with the values of the Department,” investigation found. The Denver police department has fired an officer who posted a photo to Instagram with the caption "let's start a riot." "The officer violated the Department's social media policy, posted content inconsistent with the values of the Department, and the officer has been terminated," the department announced on its official Twitter account. Colorado Politics / Thomas McClay / Instagram The now-deleted post showed. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:35 AM ET

California’s statehouse is considering a controversial facial recognition bill

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - The local ACLU chapter calls it ‘dangerous and unnecessary tech’ As protestors square off against police across the country, California is readying a bill that could expand the state’s use of facial recognition, including for law enforcement purposes. Introduced as Assembly Bill 2261, the bill would provide a framework by which companies and government agencies could legally engage in facial recognition, provided they give prior notice. The bill has been moving. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:35 AM ET

Sega’s Game Gear Micro lives up to its name with a 1.15-inch screen

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Apparently 'mini' retro systems are just too big. Sega So what’s the next step after mini retro consoles? Apparently, Micro. For its 60th anniversary, Sega just unveiled this teeny tiny portable gaming machine, the Game Gear Micro. For reasons unknown to me, Sega has taken this shrunken down system to a size we’ve rarely seen before, capable of running on power from two AAA batteries or a USB connection. It’s available. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:33 AM ET

Daily Crunch: Zoom reports spectacular growth

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Zoom’s  latest earnings report was even better than expected, SoftBank announces a new fund to invest in founders of color and Google pulls a trending app that targets apps from China. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 3, 2020. 1. Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, posting $328.2M in Q1 revenue Zoom’s customer numbers were similarly sharp, with the firm reporting that it had 265,400 customers with more than. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:31 AM ET

University entrepreneurship — without the university

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Across the country, university campuses are in limbo. The California State University system has committed to online classes in Fall 2020. Northeastern University is reopening as normal. UT Austin is taking a hybrid approach: in-person classes until Thanksgiving break, then online classes during flu season. This presents a special set of circumstances for university entrepreneurs. The traditional resources and networks are nonoperational. But time and focus, historically the most scarce. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:30 AM ET

Paradox Interactive signs collective bargaining agreement with labor unions in Sweden

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - The new agreement covers all of Paradox’s Swedish workers Game developer Paradox Interactive, known best for publishing countless PC strategy games, has signed a collective bargaining agreement with two Swedish unions, Unionen and Saco, with over 200 members combined between the two groups. The new agreement will provide Paradox employees within Sweden with a formal avenue for “influencing their pay, benefits, responsibilities, and more,” and it’s set to be finalized. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:30 AM ET

New York delays contactless subway payments until December

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - OMNY machine installations were delayed due to COVID-19. The One Metro New York (OMNY) system was supposed to be available across NYC’s entire subway system by October, but coronavirus-related concerns forced the local government to halt its installation. According to The Wall Street Journal, the MTA had to suspend the installation of OMNY’s digital readers out of concern that workers could become infected by the virus. While work on the contactless payment system. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:29 AM ET

Snapchat is no longer promoting Trump’s posts

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Snap  announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media platforms have tended to only discipline popular accounts when they’ve violated the rules on their own. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:28 AM ET

Monzo to lay off up to 120 employees as the ‘economic situation’ remains challenging

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, continues to be faced with tough decisions linked to the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic downturn. Following the shuttering of its Las Vegas-based customer support office and almost 300 staff being furloughed in U.K., the company has announced internally that up to 120 U.K. staff are being made redundant. Reuters first reported the news just moments ago — which I have now confirmed based on my own sources. According. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:26 AM ET

Challenger bank Varo, soon to become a real bank, raises $241M Series D

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Mobile banking startup Varo Money has raised an additional $241 million in Series D funding, the company announced today. The investment was co-led by new investor Gallatin Point Capital and existing investor The Rise Fund, co-founded by TPG. Also participating in the round were Bono (yes, that one), along with entrepreneur, impact investor and movie producer Jeff Skoll; plus HarbourVest Partners and Progressive Insurance. To date, Varo has raised $419.4 million in funding. Launched. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:25 AM ET

Dyson shares new photos and videos of its canceled electric SUV

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - What exactly is ‘radical’ about it? Luxury vacuum magnate James Dyson has revealed new photos and a little more information about his company’s failed electric vehicle — a project into which he recently revealed he poured more than half a billion dollars of his own money. In a new blog post on his company’s website, Dyson shows off some of the first images and videos of the real prototype it made before the. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:25 AM ET

A few Nintendo Labo kits drop to $20 each on Best Buy

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Including the Nintendo Labo VR starter kit with a blaster. If you, or more likely your children, are looking for a way to mix up your gaming while you’re home social distancing, you may be interested in two deals Best Buy is offering on Nintendo Labo gear. Today, the Labo Toy-Con VR kit and blaster are on sale for $20, down from $40. The Toy-Con vehicle kit is also on sale for $20, down. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:24 AM ET

Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers & Pitches on June 10th

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Experience a whole new digital Disrupt with the Digital Pro Pass If you want to capture investor attention, you need a killer pitch. And that’s under normal circumstances. You’ve probably noticed that circumstances are anything but normal. With a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, you’ll need to up your pitching game and get ready to bring the heat. We can help. Register today for the second installment of our. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:23 AM ET

NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - When Spotinst rebranded to Spot in March, it seemed big changes were afoot for the startup, which originally helped companies find and manage cheap infrastructure known as spot instances (hence its original name). We had no idea how big at the time. Today, NetApp announced plans to acquire the startup. The companies did not share the price, but Israeli publication CTECH pegged the deal at $450 million. NetApp would not confirm that price. It may seem. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:20 AM ET

Andreessen Horowitz launches $2.2M fund to invest in underserved founders

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Andreessen Horowitz  announced today in a blog post that it is launching a fund designed to invest in underrepresented and underserved founders. The Talent x Opportunity (TxO) fund, which a16z says was in the works for six months, starts with $2.2 million in donations from the firm’s partners. TxO will be invested in a small group of seed-stage startups the first year and expand in size going forward. “We are looking for entrepreneurs. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:20 AM ET

Nintendo’s Donkey Kong statue was not actually stolen from its New York store

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Don’t worry, DK is safe Fear not: a large Donkey Kong statue at Nintendo’s New York City store has not gone missing after the building was broken into on Monday evening. A now-viral tweet claimed looters removed a life-sized model of the fictional gorilla during demonstrations in Manhattan earlier this week. The tweet featured real images of the Nintendo retail location with police standing outside and broken storefront windows. But it also contained. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:20 AM ET

TAG Heuer’s special edition smartwatch is made for the golf course

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Its launch coincides with the company's updated Golf app. TAG Heuer In March, TAG Heuer released the third generation of its Connected watches. The gadgets -- which are powered by Google’s Wear OS -- merge smartwatch functionality with the classic style of a chronograph timepiece. The company’s new Connected Golf Edition has a sportier look, with a white strap textured to look like a golf ball contrasted by green stitching. The accompanying TAG Heuer Golf. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:18 AM ET

Paperwork automation platform Anvil raises $5 million from Google’s Gradient Ventures

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - Remote work has changed the tools offices need for communicating asynchronously across meetings and chat, but not all collaboration takes place in neat little chat bubbles. Anvil is a San Francisco startup that’s aiming to transform how businesses collaborate around the humble PDF. Anvil’s automation platform levels up Google Forms and allows customers to digitize tiresome PDFs through dynamic forms that unify processes customers might have typically needed to use several. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:16 AM ET

For more equitable startup funding, the ‘money behind the money’ needs to be accountable, too

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - As protests continue across the U.S. and beyond, there has been chatter this week in Silicon Valley and the venture industry more broadly about race and which venture firms have done a better job of diversifying their ranks and founder bets. There have been mea culpas, promises by firms to hold themselves more accountable, vows to “listen and learn.” SoftBank and Andreessen Horowitz have even announced new funds to invest in startups led by. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:15 AM ET

Decentralized identity management platform Magic launches from stealth with $4M

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - For developers looking to quickly build identity management into their platforms, the most readily available options don’t stray far from the internet’s biggest, most data-hungry platforms. Magic, a small SF startup building a decentralized blockchain-based identity solution, wants to create a seamless experience that feels similar to login workflows from apps like Slack and Medium where users are sent a link to that they can click to immediately log-in. Magic’s. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:15 AM ET

Namco ports Pac-Man CE for the Xbox 360 to the NES for the Switch

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - An HD remake gets an 8-bit demake Namco has a new range of Famicom (NES) games coming out for the Nintendo Switch this month, and it includes an unexpected bonus: a NES demake of Pac-Man Championship Edition, the incredibly good reimagining of Pac-Man released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Pac-Man CE transformed Pac-Man from a plodding stage-based game into a fast-paced time attack where every round lasts five minutes and you’re racing to get the. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:15 AM ET

Lawsuit accuses Google of tracking users in Incognito mode

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - The proposed class action lawsuit is seeking $5 billion in damages. A proposed class action lawsuit filed against Google is accusing the company of violating federal wiretap laws by tracking users’ online activities even when they’re in Incognito mode. The complaint says the tech giant uses tools like Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, smartphone and PC applications, as well as website plug-ins, to monitor users even if they don’t click on Google-supported. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:13 AM ET

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant against Samsung heir Jay Lee

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - South Korean prosecutors said on Thursday that they have filed an arrest warrant for Samsung Group’s anointed heir Jay Y. Lee and two other former company executives as part of a sprawling investigation into an alleged accounting fraud and a controversial merger that shook the country. In May, Lee appeared before prosecutors to be questioned over the merger of two Samsung units. Prosecutors suspected that the value of Cheil Industries, an electronics. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:11 AM ET

RiskIQ adds National Grid Partners as securing data becomes a strategic priority for utilities

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - RiskIQ, a startup providing application security, risk assessment and vulnerability management services, has added National Grid Partners as a strategic investor.  The funding from the investment arm of National Grid, a multinational energy provider, is part of a $15 million new round of financing designed to take the company’s technology into critical industrial infrastructure — with National Grid as a point of entry. More than 6,000 companies use the company’s services, and. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Signal announces new face-blurring tool for Android and iOS

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - ‘2020 is a pretty good year to cover your face’ Encrypted messaging app Signal has announced a new face-blurring tool that will be incorporated into the latest Android and iOS versions of the software. Users sharing pictures through the app will be able to quickly blur faces, adding another layer of privacy to pictures, though not necessarily hiding the subject’s identity completely. In a blog post announcing the update, Signal co-founder Moxie. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:10 AM ET

The Morning After: Sega’s tiny Game Gear Micro appears

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - And Amazon's planning another big sale. Game  The next step for the retro console craze is here. Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary with this Game Gear Micro, which is unthinkably small. Of course, if the 1.15-inch screen strains your eyesight then you can always buy a four-pack of the retro handhelds. Sega That’s necessary, since it comes in four colors, each preloaded with a different set of games -- do. [more...]

Jun 4, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Google now highlights search results directly on webpages

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2020 - And scrolls down to the relevant part of the page Google is trying to make it easier to find the information you’re looking for on external websites by highlighting relevant sections in yellow, SearchEngineLand reports. The functionality works with Google’s Featured Snippets — the standalone boxes that appear at the top of search results that attempt to give you answers without having to visit a website beyond Google. Clicking the snippet still. [more...]