English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. That wouldn’t just give VIPKID unicorn status — it also … Read More

Apple could announce the next iPhone on September 12

Mark down September 12 in your calendar as Apple could be unveiling the next iPhone at 9 AM on that day. Mac4Ever wrote a report saying that it confirmed with telecom companies that Apple should hold a press event on … Read More

Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles

Musical.ly, an app best known for its lip-syncing music videos, but which has more recently begun to air shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, is today rolling out an overhaul of its mobile app that will put an increased emphasis … Read More

Apple said to be prepping self-driving employee shuttle service

Apple’s first real-world use of some of the autonomous driving technology it’s working on could be a self-driving shuttle, according to a new report from The New York Times. The Times’ detailed progress (and some missteps) in Apple’s self-driving car … Read More

New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The new sensors, created by Kyung-In Jang, professor of robotics engineering at South … Read More

Julia and Kevin Hartz on Eventbrite’s Future | Disrupt SF 2014

Eventbrite’s Julia and Kevin Hartz talk to Mike Butcher about Eventbrite’s next moves, the long tail of organizers, and why they’re not super worried about the competition. » Subscribe to TechCrunch Today: http://goo.gl/eg167 TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most … Read More

Latch adds HomeKit-approved smart lock to its enterprise suite

Smart access startup Latch, which targets the enterprise market in the U.S., selling smart lock hardware and access control services to building owners and operators, has added a third product to its portfolio. The ‘Latch C’ is notable as its first … Read More

Crunch Report | Google Pays Apple Lots of $$$ for Search

Crunch Report | Google Pays Apple Lots of $$$ for Search 10 minutes ago by Khaled “Tito” Hamze Wal-Mart takes a cue from Amazon and applies for its own drone-deploying blimp patent 2 hours ago by Sarah Buhr Elucd’s polling pushes for … Read More

Of course Bonnie Tyler has the No. 1 song on iTunes right now

[embedded content] Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee have nothing on Bonnie Tyler and her classic song Total Eclipse of the Heart. And today that hit song from 1983 is on top of the iTunes charts, eclipsing (thank you) Despacito claim … Read More

How to get Android Oreo now, if you have a compatible device

If you’re “hungry” for Android Oreo (this is a great joke what are you talking about), AND you have one of a very small list of compatible devices, you can get it right now. You’ll need either a Nexus 5X, … Read More