Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education

When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn’t want to be left behind — especially when that Google’s Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft’s big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $ 189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry. As you’d expect, the company […]

Sphero cuts jobs and refocuses on education

Sphero was supposed to have a banner holiday with a slew of toys themed around Star Wars, Cars 3 and Spider-Man on top of its own self-branded creations. However, things turned out very differently. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it recently laid off 45 workers and is restructuring around education. Holiday sales weren’t […]

Rocket Lab reaches orbit for the first time

Rocket Lab has reached orbit for the first time, even though it’s only the private space company’s second flight. Even more impressive? The test mission, dubbed “Still Testing,” had three customer satellites in tow: one is an Earth-imaging satellite, while the other two will track weather and boats. By successfully sending those satellites to orbit, […]

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ earns the lone streaming win at the SAG Awards

With each new awards season, more streaming series and movies make their way to the list of nominees. In fact, one category at tonight’s 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Female Actor in a Drama Series, was comprised entirely of nominees from Hulu and Netflix shows. At the end of this evening’s soirée though, the […]

Mo’Nique accuses Netflix of gender and race pay gaps

Pay gaps in the entertainment industry might not be limited to conventional productions. Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique has called for a boycott against Netflix after accusing the service of gender- and race-based pay gaps. It reportedly offered Mo’Nique $ 500,000 for a comedy special where Amy Schumer was offered $ 11 million (negotiated up to […]

Speedy DNA nanorobot could lead to molecular factories

DNA-based robots promise all kinds of microscopic machinery, but there’s a major obstacle: they’re slow. Existing designs that use biochemical processes for movement can take hours to shuffle molecules around, which makes them utterly impractical for anything time sensitive. That might not a hurdle for much longer. Scientists have developed a DNA nanorobot (specifically, an […]

Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars

Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness — you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent a disconnect between your sense of motion and what you see. The […]