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the best way to tour the Mushroom Kingdom
Savor the opening minute of Mario Kart VR before your race starts, because it's the only time you'll get to properly soak in the Mushroom Kingdom in all of its virtual glory. I've been waiting a long, long time to give Mario Kart VR a go, and much to my relief, it's entirely worth the wait. Despite being in the pull of an invisible tractor beam, it is possible to create your own fun, too.
Factory reset: Tech startups raise big bucks to help companies cut waste
The company said that produce that has been given the Apeel treatment typically stays fresher for up to three times longer. The San Francisco-based startup offers a B2B marketplace that helps farmers sell surplus and imperfect goods to food and beverage companies. Clothes are not created in bulk before demand is established - each item is effectively made-to-order, thus cutting down on waste. Crucially, this also means improving a company's bottom line, which will be pivotal in garnering buy-in from more companies.
Only 48 hours left: Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin
The action you take within the next 48 hours could change your life. That's how much time you have left to apply to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, our world-renowned pitch competition, which takes place at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. They'll pick the founders of roughly 15 early-stage startups to go head-to-head in the Startup Battlefield competition. Plus, we live-stream the entire Startup Battlefield competition to a global audience on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
The overlooked opportunity in tackling public finance
Whether debts from states, cities, or counties, they're typically government guaranteed and paid back in full at the end of their term. What's also compelling - perhaps even more so - is that bonds can give residents an opportunity to help out the community where they live. You might be wondering at this point where the new opportunity lies and what role tech can play. Let's start with the moolah, which there happens to be a lot of sloshing around the municipal bond market.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti leak: This is one beefy video card
In the past, Nvidia has released the souped-up Ti version of its cards months after the non-Ti. The 2080 Ti, according to Videocardz, is rocking 11GB of the hyperfast GDDR6 memory with 4352 CUDA cores. The CUDA core is the heart of Nvidia's GPUs, and from a numbers standpoint, the 2080 Ti has 20 percent more CUDA cores than the 1080 Ti. Nvidia typically makes efficiency improvements to its chip architecture that could mean the 2080 Ti is more than 20-percent faster.
It's Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch
It's been a while since I defragged - years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don't really need to. That's what you can do with this Twitch stream, which has defrag.exe running 24/7 for your enjoyment. Afterwards I'd launch a state of the art game like Quake 2 just to convince myself it was loading faster. There isn't really just an endless pile of hard drives waiting to be defragged on decades-old hardware for our enjoyment.
it's just giving them what society won't
Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids. Fortnite is just the latest example of a pastime some kids spend more time on than is good for them. Parents need to understand why kids play as well as when to worry and when to relax.
Gfycat and Overwolf team up to make instant gaming GIFs
Gfycat has more than 2.5 million creators who have produced more than 40 million GIFs that reach more than 180 million monthly viewers. Gfycat and Overwolf today released a new integration that allows players to instantly produce high-quality GIFs of their best gaming moments in real time. Gfycat has been innovating GIFs for years, changing them from slow, smeared visuals into quality video loops, indistinguishable from full-quality footage.
Valve registers the domain for Steam.tv
It looks like Valve has registered for the Steam.tv domain, as SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik first spotted. By looking at the source data for the webpage, Djundik found that Steam.tv is probably a real Valve product, because steamcommunity.com owns its security certificate. I've reached out to Valve to ask for details about what this product is, and I'll update this story when and if I get an answer.
U.S. government wants Facebook to break Messenger encryption for a criminal investigation
The Messenger issue arose in Fresno, California, as part of an investigation of the MS-13 gang, one of the people said. Unlike the San Bernardino case, where the FBI wanted to crack one iPhone in its possession, prosecutors are seeking a wiretap of ongoing voice conversations by one person on Facebook Messenger. Facebook is arguing in court that Messenger voice calls are encrypted end-to-end, meaning that only the two parties have access to the conversation, two of the people briefed on the case said.
Y Combinator invests in non-invasive breast cancer screening bra EVA
While these numbers are stark, they do little to fully capture just how devastating a breast cancer diagnosis is for women and their loved ones. Cant says that EVA is not only an easy tool for self-screening but also fills in gaps in current screening technology. Today, women have fairly limited options when it comes to breast cancer screening. We need to identify a real-world solution to diagnosing breast cancer earlier, said Dr Kaszynski.
Tesla lost nearly $8 billion in shareholder value this week and its board should be ashamed
It could have happened around the time of the strange active shooter allegations that were made against a Tesla whistleblower. It could have happened after Musk called a diver involved in the rescue of trapped and starving children a pedo. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Musk for his public statements around privatization plans for Tesla that may or may not have been real.
The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way
Most mornings, after sifting through the night's mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and, I grind the beans by hand. Called the Automatica, this gadget, currently raising funds on Kickstarter but seemingly complete as far as development and testing, is basically a way to do pour-over coffee without holding the kettle yourself.
Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT
The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. The acquisition of MVMT will provide us greater access to millennials and advances our Digital Center of Excellence initiative with the addition of a powerful brand managed by a successful team of highly creative, passionate and talented individuals, Movado Chief Executive Efraim Grinberg said.
Motorola reportedly plans a Baidu smart speaker for China
According to AndroidPure, the Chicago-based Lenovo subsidiary is prepping an AI-powered home speaker - the Moto AI Assistant - for launch in China. Instead, it'll reportedly run some sort of Baidu software - likely Baidu's DuerOS, a suite of software developer kits (SDKs), APIs, and turnkey solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). If the rumors turn out to be true, the new speaker would be something of a coup for Baidu.
After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fans
Turnabout is fair play, as they say, so after Apple challenged Amazon's Echo smart speakers with HomePod, Amazon has decided to aggressively chase Apple Music users with its own streaming service. Apple's introduction of HomePod attempted to disrupt Amazon's charge, as the Cupertino company pitched its $349 speaker as the superior choice for music. Amazon's pitch is simple: Echo users will get access to a huge streaming library at a lower price.
YC-backed Mutiny helps B2B business personalize their website for each visitor
Mutiny, which is part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator, helps business-to-business, software-as-a-service companies present a message that's customized to each visitor on their website. There are A/B testing tools, but Razaei argued that they're really designed to test generic content and use very little audience intelligence. As for creating your own personalization tools, many companies will find that it requires way too much engineering effort. Mutiny can help surface the right content or the right message for the right customer.
6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients
Twitter tried to downplay the impact deactivating its legacy APIs would have on its community and the third-party Twitter clients preferred by many power users, by saying that less than 1% of Twitter developers were using these old APIs. Twitter is correct in its characterization of the size of this developer base, but it's overlooking millions of third-party app users in the process.
YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections
As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human efforts. The software also allows the drones to get much closer to the large structures that they are scanning so that the scanned images are as high quality as possible. Sterblue says their system can detect defects as small as 1 millimeter in size.
Mad Machines is launching its robotic Rocket League-like 'First on Discord'
The Discord Store is still in a limited soft launch in Canada, but developer Hero Blocks is already planning to bring its upcoming robotic-sports sim Mad Machines to that service as part of its First On Discord program. The Discord Store still doesn't have a launch data for the rest of the world, and neither does Mad Machines. Mad Machines has a Rocket League vibe, but instead of car soccer.

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