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US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack

US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack We may have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of news involving tech giants sparring in courts over intellectual property infringement, but patents continue to be a major cornerstone of how companies and people measure their […]

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Cherry goes downmarket with its new Viola mechanical keyboard switches

Cherry goes downmarket with its new Viola mechanical keyboard switches Cherry has long been the de facto standard for mechanical keyboard switches. Since mechanical keyboards are, almost by default, significantly more expensive than membrane or dome-switch keyboards, that has kept the company out a large part of the market. Now, on the […]

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Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow

Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow At CES 2020, one of the more well-represented gadget categories was definitely consumer robots – but none was more adorable than MarsCat, a new robo-pet from industrial robot startup Elephant Robotics. This robot pet is a fully […]

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A ton of Ruckus Wireless routers are vulnerable to hackers

A ton of Ruckus Wireless routers are vulnerable to hackers A security researcher has found several vulnerabilities in a number of Ruckus Wireless routers, which the networking giant has since patched. Gal Zror told TechCrunch that the vulnerabilities he found lie inside in the web user interface software that runs on the […]

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Tesla to begin delivering China-built Model 3 cars next week

Tesla to begin delivering China-built Model 3 cars next week Tesla will start making the first deliveries of its Shanghai-built Model 3 sedans on Monday, Bloomberg reports. The cars are rolling off the assembly line at the new Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory, which is operational but which will also be expanding in future […]

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Uber’s ride-hailing business hit with ban in Germany

Uber’s ride-hailing business hit with ban in Germany Another legal blow for Uber in Europe: A regional court in Frankfurt has banned the company from sending ride-hailing requests to rental car companies via its app — with the court finding multiple competition violations. The ruling, over Uber’s dispatching process, follows a legal […]

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Mental health startup eQuoo joins UK’s NHS app library, closes in on seed round

Mental health startup eQuoo joins UK’s NHS app library, closes in on seed round UK-based mental health startup eQuoo has become the only game in the UK’s National Health Service App Library and is set to shortly close it’s seed funding round. The app is an emotional fitness game that aims to […]

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Audi experiments with a ride share service in Southern Germany using an EV and gasoline fleet

Audi experiments with a ride share service in Southern Germany using an EV and gasoline fleet Audi Business Innovation is testing out a ride sharing service in Southern Germany called BITS that uses both gasoline and electric vehicles in its fleet. To manage the service, Audi has turned to Fleetonomy, a fleet […]

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The Station: Canoo hits the road, Coup shutters and Samsung shifts

The Station: Canoo hits the road, Coup shutters and Samsung shifts Welcome back to The Station, the go-to newsletter for keeping up-to-date on what the heck is going on in the world of transportation. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Portions of the newsletter are published as an […]

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Volkswagen’s $800M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant

Volkswagen’s 0M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant Volkswagen said Wednesday it will build a battery pack assembly facility as part of an $800 million expansion project that will turn the Chattanooga, Tenn. factory into its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles. The Chattanooga factory expansion, which is includes […]

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