Apple only announced one new piece of hardware at #WWDC19, but it was a doozy. After years of promising a refresh for the long-lamented Mac Pro line, the high-end desktop finally got its $5,999 modular upgrade.
The Pro Display XDR 6K monitor is also quite lovely. At $4,999, it’s $1,000 cheaper than the Pro — until you add back in the optional $1,000 stand.
There are some nice tricks here, too, like the ability to swivel to portrait mode for specific editing needs. Though once you start totaling up that Apple shopping cart, you may need to look into a second mortgage. #Apple#MacPro
LEGO Braille bricks are the best, nicest and, in retrospect, most obvious idea ever. Braille is a crucial skill to learn for children with visual impairments, and with these LEGO Braille Bricks, kids can learn through hands-on play rather than more rigid methods like Braille readers and printouts. Given the naturally Braille-like structure of LEGO blocks, it’s surprising this wasn’t done decades ago.
The truth is, however, that nothing can be obvious enough when it comes to marginalized populations like people with disabilities. But sometimes all it takes is someone in the right position to say “You know what? That’s a great idea and we’re just going to do it.” @lego#legobraillebricks
By now you’ve seen the first image of a black hole, but did you know a student was a key component to this scientific breakthrough? The algorithm that made it possible to produce the black hole image was developed by computer scientist Katie Bouman while she was still a graduate student at MIT. Bouman shared this photo on Facebook as the historical picture was processing. The algorithm, which Bouman named CHIRP (Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors) was needed to combine data from eight radio telescopes around the world working under the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration that captured the image. Bouman is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Event Horizon Telescope and will start as an assistant professor in Caltech’s computing and mathematical sciences department, according to her website. #blackhole#mit#science#tech
Unbound, the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield 2018 runner up, has officially launched its Palma product. Palma is a ring wearable vibrator for women that doubles as a piece of statement jewelry. @unboundbabes was founded by Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne Kinney. @polly_claire had beat stage 3 cancer, but the disease caused her to experience early menopause. She created this product in efforts to remove the stigma from women's sexuality, and out of desire to launch a sextech wearable for women created by women. #sextech#TCDisrupt#unbound
We’re partnering with @nvidia ahead of TC Sessions: Robotics + AI to host a pre-conference workshop at UC Berkeley on April 17. In this eight-hour, instructor-led workshop you’ll get an overview of the Robot Operating System(ROS) and its associated architecture, followed by hands-on simulation and coding experience using a live GPU-accelerated environment. At the end of completing your assessment, you’ll get an Nvidia Deep Learning Institute certificate. Tickets start at $299 and seating is limited so head over to TechCrunch.com/events to get your tickets today!
AirPods are far and away the leader in the world of fully wireless earbuds, but Apple’s latest competition is coming from inside the house. Apple-owned Beats have been inching toward a fully wireless solution and the company finally announced the Powerbeats Pro this week. At $250, the Powerbeats Pro aren’t cheap. That’s $50 more than AirPods 2. However, they do come equipped with Apple’s H1 chip, including quick syncing and “Hey Siri” functionality. Battery life on the Powerbeats Pro is a big selling point. Beats is promising a stellar nine hours of listening time with the buds themselves and a full 24 hours when combined with the admittedly large carrying case. The new buds are due out next month. What are you thoughts on Beats’ new fully wireless earbuds? #beats#wirelessheadphones#apple#audio#tech
Look out Netflix, Hulu and HBO. To close out Apple’s ‘Show Time’ event the company unveiled its highly-anticipated streaming initiative, Apple TV+. CEO Tim Cook said this will be an ad-free subscription, with everything available for online and offline viewing, in more than 100 countries. It’s coming this fall, but Apple hasn’t shared any pricing info. To highlight the caliber of filmmakers involved in this initiative, Apple showed off a promotional video featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Octavia Spencer, Ron Howard, M. Night Shyamalan, Sofia Coppola, Damian Chazelle, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey— who are, of course, all making shows for Apple TV+. Visit techcrunch.com to find more details on each new show. Photo credit: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images #appletv#apple#streaming#tim🍎
This could be a game-changer. Onstage at GDC, Google announced its latest big initiative, taking on the entire gaming industry with a live-streaming service called Stadia that will be launching this year. The service will let gamers leave their hefty GPUs and expensive systems behind. CEO Sundar Pichai says that the service can be used on devices with a Chrome browser and an internet connection. To Google that means Stadia will launch on desktops, laptops, TVs, tablets and phones. The service will work across platforms, so you won’t just be competing with other Stadia users. At launch, Stadia will support 4K at 60fps, with surround sound and HDR. They say they are also working on 8K 120fps support in “the future.” #google#stadia#gaming#streaming#tech
Apple announced a pair of updates to its tablet lineup today. First up is a brand new iPad Air. The iPad Air is a bit cheaper than the 11-inch iPad Pro and looks more or less like the previous generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The Air will come equipped with an A12 Bionic chip and will start at $499 with 64GB of storage. Next up is a much-needed refresh of the iPad mini, which hasn’t been updated for 3.5 years. The new iPad mini looks identical to the 2015 model, but everything has been updated inside the tablet. It now features an A12 chip (the system on a chip designed for the iPhone XS), a 7.9-inch display that is 25 percent brighter, a wider range of colors and works with True Tone. And it also works with the Apple Pencil. The new iPad mini will start at $399 with 64GB of storage. Swipe left to see how the new tables compare to the rest of Apple’s iPad lineup. #apple#ipad#tablet#tech#tim🍎