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Another smart card bites the dust, as Plastc ends operations and leaves pre-orders unfulfilled
Plastc is throwing in the towel today. The smart card maker sent a message out to backers (that now also graces the startup’s homepage), announcing that it’s “exploring options” for filing Chapter 7 and more importantly, is shutting down all operations as of today. The company was apparently on... Read more
Blackstorm Labs and Rakuten launch R Games to build high-fidelity HTML5 games
Blackstorm Labs, a startup that’s working to build technology that brings developers tools to get out games and apps more quickly through HTML5, today said it is working with Rakuten to build a new entity called R Games that will serve as a hub for games in Japan and... Read more
Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch
The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte,... Read more
How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India
Melissa Jun Rowley Crunch Network Contributor Melissa Jun Rowley is a journalist, entrepreneur and activist focused on the intersection of storytelling, technology and social justice. As the founder and CEO of Humanise, Inc., she is developing The Toolbox, a data-driven humanitarian initiative created by musician Peter Gabriel. More posts... Read more
HTC has another tough quarter, with revenue down 13% YOY, but smaller losses
HTC’s latest financials make for another fairly dismal read for the mobile device and VR headset maker, though — crumbs of comfort — it’s making a slightly smaller year-over-year loss. Its operating loss for Q4 2016 was NT$3.6 billion ($116.8M) vs a loss of NT$4.1 billion ($133.1M) in Q4 2015. Revenue for... Read more
Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot
It’s been a rocky few months for Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google. It has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on... Read more
Oura Ring raises €5 million to take its smart jewelry mainstream
A Finnish startup called Ōura Ring has closed a series A round of €5 million to ramp up production of its smart, health-monitoring jewelry. Oura Ring’s Series A backers included MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito, Jaan Tallinn who was Skype’s founding engineer and a cofounder of Kazaa and... Read more
Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King
Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people  play lightweight games against friends. Candy Crush maker King.com is already testing one of these Instant Games called “Shuffle Cats Mini” in New Zealand, TechCrunch has discovered. And other studios including Big Viking also... Read more
LifeLock tries to regain consumers’ trust with a new credit card management app, Identity
Identity theft protection company LifeLock is back today with the launch of a new mobile app designed for better credit card management, called Identity. The goal with the app is to offer consumers a single place where they can view the online accounts for their various credit cards, as well as... Read more
Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly device
On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a... Read more