Daily Crunch: Google announces open-source chip project

November 8, 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google launches OpenTitan, an open-source secure chip design project The aim of the new coalition is to build trustworthy chip designs for use in data centers, storage and computer peripherals. The project will allow anyone to…

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Daily Crunch: Google is buying Fitbit

November 4, 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google is acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion Google will pay $7.35 per share for the wearables company — an all-cash deal that values Fitbit at $2.1 billion. While Google has invested plenty in its own in-house…

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Can a combined Google/Fitbit take on the Apple Watch?

November 4, 2019

In January 2014Initially, the company existed as a subsidiary of the newly-formed Alphabet Inc., but in early 2018, Google tightened its grip and integrated it directly into its hardware division. Over the next year and a half, Nest became the face and name of Google’s smart home offering, a division that’s grown quickly as Google Home/Google Nest has become one of the top two players in the U.S. smart home…

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Googles Fitbit purchase could reshape its healthcare ambitions

November 4, 2019

Google has reached into parent company Alphabet’s $121 billion cash reserves to spend $2.1 billion on Fitbit, a move into the key consumer health market that places them in more direct competition with rival Apple. For more than a year, Ftibit and Google have partnered on healthcare applications; last April, Fitbit announced that it would work with Google’s application programming interface to connect data with electronic medical records via Google’s…

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Google brings its Jacquard wearables tech to Levis Trucker Jacket

October 2, 2019

Back in 2015, Google’s ATAP team demoed a new kind of wearable tech at Google I/O that used functional fabrics and conductive yarns to allow you to interact with your clothing and, by extension, the phone in your pocket. The company then released a jacket with Levi’s in 2017, but that was expensive, at $350, and never really quite caught on. Now, however, Jacquard is back. A few weeks ago,…

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Huawei security threat derives from its sheer scale, says analysis

June 12, 2019

Cybersecurity report warns Chinese tech firms breadth exposes customers to risk Huaweis threat to national security is inextricably linked to the companys sheer scale, according to an analysis of the Chinese tech company from threat intelligence firm Recorded Future. Rather than focusing attention on any one area of the companys business, analyst Priscilla Moriuchi argues corporations, consumers and organisations should instead be wary of the pure variety of products and…

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NYCs contactless subway turnstiles open today with Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay support

June 2, 2019

After weeks of sporting “Coming Soon” screens, the New York City MTA’s OMNY pilot finally launched today. The system augments the city’s MetroCard swipes with new contactless screens that work with contactless prepaid credit and debit cards and a variety of different smart devices. We’ve highlighted the latter already. For starters, the system will work with Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay, which means it will be open to a…

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Report: Voice assistants in use to triple to 8 billion by 2023

February 16, 2019

The use of voice assistants is set to triple over the next few years, according to a new forecast from the U.K.-based analysts at Juniper Research. The firm estimates there will be 8 billion digital voice assistants in use by 2023, up from the 2.5 billion assistants in use at the end of 2018. The majority of those assistants will live on smartphones, where Google Assistant and Siri offer voice…

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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision

October 19, 2018

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate the plugging in of “healthtech” apps and services — to support tech-enabled “preventative, predictive and personalised care”. How such a…

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The new Wear OS starts hitting smartwatches

September 29, 2018

Google’s in a tough spot with Wear OS. It’s been four and half years since the operating system arrived as Android Wear, and while plenty of manufacturers have tried their hand at devices, the operating system has failed to make a large dent on the smartwatch category. Apple continues to dominate the space, while top competitors Samsung and Fitbit have opted to go in-house with their operating systems. modest 2.0…

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