I wasn’t alone in suggesting that Samsung’s Animoji competitors were, well, creepy. AR Emojis sit firmly in the uncanny valley between face scans and cartoon characters — generally lacking the adorableness of Apple’s offering. They have, however, had one saving grace: Disney, the entertainment company that essentially owns all of your best childhood memories. Samsung teased the partnership this month at Mobile World Congress, during the big Galaxy S9 launch, but didn’t offer much in the way of specifics. There is, however, some good news on the front. Disney’s AR Emojis will be available at launch for the S9 and S9+ — which, as it so happens, is today. Right now, only Mickey and Minnie are available, accessible to phone buyers as a free download. More character offerings from such block
The U.S. Air Force wants to maintain its options: It awarded a total of $640 million in satellite launch contracts to both SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance (Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s joint space launch venture), with the goal of making sure it has access to at least two options for launching its payloads to space. SpaceX won a $290 million contract to launch three GPS satellites for the USAF by the end of 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports, and the ULA will receive $351 to launch two space craft from the air defence agency. On a per launch basis, SpaceX’s rockets cost around $70 million less, and that’s also part of why the Air Force went with two providers for this next spate of launches, too. The report notes that this is part of an ongoing cost reduction...
Over the course of the last few years, Cloudflare built a global network of data center locations and partnerships to expand its DDoS protection, security tools and website acceleration services. That kind of expertise is hard to beat, so maybe it doesn’t come as a surprise that even a global technology juggernaut like IBM today announced […]
Ola, Uber’s key rival in India, has taken its first step overseas after its service officially went live in Australia via a launch in Sydney. The company announced its plans to go Down Under at the end of January and in Sydney, which is its first full launch, Ola said it has signed up over 7,000 registered drivers. Initially, passengers will be able to enjoy free rides for a limited… Read More
Waymo’s autonomous trucking program is coming along – though we haven’t heard much about it since discovering it was a real thing last year, Waymo today announced that it’s launching a pilot program in Atlanta to focus specifically on self-driving trucks and automated logistics. The pilot is being done in partnership with Google, another Alphabet company and… Read More
One of Hulu’s big promises with its Live TV service was that it would take advantage of being a digital platform to offer new experiences to viewers that wouldn’t have been possible with traditional television viewing.An example of this Hulu touted ahead of launch was mobile push notifications for games – but in the many months following Hulu Live TV’s May 2017 debut,… Read More
TechCrunch is proud to bring Startup Battlefield Europe to Paris in partnership with VivaTech, which takes place on May 24th – 25. Thousands of founders, business leaders, investors, academics, students, and media will descend on the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles to see the future of tech. And TechCrunch will be there searching for the first winner of Startup Battlefield Europe. It… Read More
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MS-Sen-B: Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who has served since 1978, has been in ill health for a while, and Mississippi and national Republicans have been speculating for months that he'd resign this year. On Monday, Cochran's office announced he would indeed step down on April 1. GOP Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a successor, and that person will serve until a special election can be held. Campaign Action Mississippi has an unusual special election law. All the candidates will run on one officially nonpartisan ballot on Nov. 6, and
In the Committee of Supply speech today (6 March), Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, said the government will be “supporting the development of the Innovation Cybersecurity Ecosystem at Block 71”. This is Singapore’s first accelerator programme focusing on cybersecurity according to this report, and the first “cybersecurity start-up hub” in the region according to the accelerator’s website. The Innovation Cybersecurity Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71) is a collaboration between the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Cyber Security Agency (CSA), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singtel Innov8. The Cybersecurity Startup Hub According to Dr Yaacob, ICE71’s purpose is to “help pro...
SpaceX is setting up to launch its 50th Falcon 9 rocket, with a payload that also represents a new milestone. The two-hour launch window is set to begin at 12:33 AM EST (9:33 PM PST) so it’s a late one, but if you’re a fan of watching SpaceX make history, this is one to watch. The Falcon 9 launching tonight is carrying Hispasat 30W-6, a satellite destined for Geostationary… Read More