Xfinity Mobile customers can now bring their own Android device to the carrier

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If you’re a Comcast subscriber but you’re not yet using Xfinity Mobile, the company’s wireless subsidiary, you might be able to switch over and reap some substantial savings without having to buy a new device.

The company just added BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) support for its first set of Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+S8, S8+, Note 9 and Note 8 have all been cleared for use on this Verizon-based network. There’s also a $100 prepaid Visa card incentive for those porting their numbers to a new line of service.

Customers without a compatible device can still trade in their phone for a gift card toward buying a new phone, such as the Samsung Galaxy A50, LG G8 ThinQ, or iPhone XS, which can be purchased on Xfinity’s website.

Comcast said more Android devices are expected to receive BYOD support “later in 2019,” but it’s not yet clear how many or which devices will be available. iPhone devices newer than the iPhone 6, on the other hand, have enjoyed such compatibility since Xfinity Mobile’s launch early in 2018.

Launched as a free service for Comcast internet subscribers, Xfinity Mobile is a viable option to eliminate or at least shrink your cellular bills, especially if you don’t use much data. Offering no line access fees for up to five lines, unlimited talk and text, and 100MB of shared data, the only monthly fee for Comcast customers is any data use over 100MB.

Subscribers have two options for purchasing more data: per gigabyte, at the rate of $12 per GB or $45 per line for unlimited. Keep in mind, if you’re using more than 3GB of data each month ($36) then the fourth gigabyte will put you over the cost of unlimited. Xfinity’s Unlimited plan isn’t really “unlimited,” as it’s capped at 20GB of 4G LTE. After that, upload and download speeds are reduced, though you won’t be charged any money.

The other downside is video streaming is limited to 480p when you’re on an LTE connection — you will need to connect to an Xfinity WiFi hotspot around the country to stream at 720p, and doing so will also mean data won’t be counted to your 20GB cap.

With unlimited talk, text, and data plans for $45 a line, Xfinity Mobile’s low cost and expansive network comprised of Verizon’s reliable towers and 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots make signing up a no-brainer for many Comcast subscribers and could potentially sway consumer’s decisions for internet providers wherever Xfinity internet service, and therefore Xfinity Mobile, is available.

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Get an Apple Watch for $50 off — and then some — with this Prime Day hack

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Your (slight) patience will be rewarded.
Your (slight) patience will be rewarded.

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TL;DR: You can save $50 on the multi-functional Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter model — and another $19.01 if you opt for no-rush shipping at checkout. 

Patience is a virtue, and this Prime Day, it can pay off big. 

So far, we’ve seen some pretty stellar deals on Apple essentials including this Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter watch marked down $50 for a total of $349. Amazon is sweetening the deal by discounting the watch another $19.01 for shoppers who opt for free no-rush shipping at checkout. Seeing as though you’ve lived your entire existence without the watch, waiting a few extra days to save an additional $19.01 shouldn’t kill you (but hey, you do you). 

You’re probably familiar with the specs of the popular Apple wrist gadgets, but a refresher never hurts. This particular model boasts a waterproof design, automatic workout detection, and a health monitor to serve as your wellness companion in all elements. 

Of course, you’ll stay plugged-in with all your notifications, calls, and alerts at the ready. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a 30 percent larger screen than previous models to display all the news you need with even more clarity. 

Head to Amazon to get the Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter watch while it’s still on sale for $349, and go for the free no-rush shipping to snag another $19.01 off, for a grand total of $329.99.

Highlights from Facebook’s Libra Senate hearing

Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets, the head of Calibra David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committee today.

Calibra will be interoperable so users can send money back and forth with other wallets, and Marcus committed to data portability so users can switch entirely to a competitor. But solely embedding Facebook’s own wallet into its leading messaging apps could give the company a sizable advantage over banks, PayPal, Coinbase, or any other potential wallet developer.

Other highlights from the “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations” hearing included Marcus saying:

  • The US should “absolutely” lead the world in rule-making for cryptocurrencies
  • “Yes” Libra will comply with all US regulations and not launch until the US lawmakers’ concerns have been answered
  • “You will not have to trust Facebook” because it’s only one of 28 current and potentially 100 or more Libra Association members and it won’t have special privileges
  • “Yes I would” accept his compensation from Facebook in the form of Libra as a show of trust in the currency
  • It is “not the intention at all” for Calibra to sell or directly monetize user data directly, though if it offered additional financial services in partnership with other financial organizations it would ask consent to use their data specifically for those purposes.
  • Facebook’s core revenue model around Libra is that more online commerce will lead businesses to spend more on Facebook ads

But Marcus also didn’t clearly answer some critical questions about Libra and Calibra.

Unanswered Questions

Chairman Crapo asked if Facebook would collect data about transactions made with Calibra that are made on Facebook, such as when users buy products from businesses they discover through Facebook. Marcus instead merely noted that Facebook would still let users pay with credit cards and other mediums as well as Calibra. That means that even though Facebook might not know how much money is in someone’s Calibra wallet or their other transactions, it might know how much the paid and for what if that transaction happens over their social networks.

Senator Tillis asked how much Facebook has invested in the formation of Libra. TechCrunch has also asked specifically how much Facebook has invested in the Libra Investment Token that will earn it a share of interest earned from the fiat currencies in the Libra Reserve. Marcus said Facebook and Calibra hadn’t determined exactly how much it would invest in the project. Marcus also didn’t clearly answer Senator Toomey’s question of why they Libra Association is considered a not-for-profit organization if it will pay out interest to members.

Senator Menendez asked if the Libra Association would freeze the assets if terrorist organizations were identified. Marcus said that Calibra and other custodial wallets that actually hold users’ Libra could do that, and that regulated off-ramps could block them from converting Libra into fiat. Buthis answer underscores that there may be no way for the Libra Association to stop transfers between terrorists’ non-custodial wallets, especially if local governments where those terrorists operate don’t step in.

Perhaps the most worrying moment of the hearing was when Senator Sinema brought up TechCrunch’s article citing that “The real risk of Libra is crooked developers”. There I wrote that Facebook’s VP of product Kevin Weil told me that ““There are no plans for the Libra Association to take a role in actively vetting [developers]”, which I believe leaves the door open to a crypto Cambridge Analytica situation where shady developers steal users money, not just their data.

Senator Sinema asked if an Arizonan was scammed out of their Libra by a Pakistani developer via a Thai exchange and a Spanish wallet, would that U.S. citizen be entitled to protection to recuperate their lost funds. Marcus responded that U.S. citizens would likely use American Libra wallets that are subject to protections and that the Libra Association will work to educate users on how to avoid scams. But Sinema stressed that if Libra is designed to assist the poor who are often less educated, they could be especially vulnerable to scammers.

The hearing is ongoing and we’ll continue to update this article with more highlights

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AI solves Rubik’s cube in under a second


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Solving Rubik's cubes at inhuman speeds might be a worthwhile hobby for algorithms.
Solving Rubik’s cubes at inhuman speeds might be a worthwhile hobby for algorithms.

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If civilization as we know it ends at the hands of artificial intelligence, at least we know those hands are really good at solving puzzles.

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine programmed a machine learning algorithm that can solve that most beguiling of human puzzles, the Rubik’s cube, in less than a second. 

That’s all well and good, but robots have been solving Rubik’s cubes for a while. What makes this one special is that it learned how to do it by itself, “without any specific domain knowledge or in-game coaching from humans,” according a press release from the university.

The algorithm, dubbed DeepCubeA, was the subject of a study published this week in Nature Machine Intelligence. Unlike some previous robot or AI efforts to quickly solve Rubik’s cubes, DeepCubeA had to learn from scratch. It passed the test with flying colors, solving 100 percent of the tests given to it and finding the fastest route to the end goal 60 percent of the time.

If you want to know what it looks like to see our future robot overlords solve a Rubik’s cube, this is what another research project from 2018 looked like.

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To put it in a slightly different perspective, the UC Irvine researchers said their AI can solve a Rubik’s cube in about 20 moves. Humans who are good at solving the puzzle boxes, meanwhile, still take about 50 moves. 

Whether it’s a prelude to a horrible dystopia or a sign of a glorious tech future, DeepCubeA is definitely impressive at this moment. The press release noted that Rubik’s cubes can’t really be solved with random movements, so the AI had to learn and reason its way to success.

By comparison, there are plenty of humans who could stare at one of those things for hours without finding a solution. We might be doomed.

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Congress wants to block the Trump administration from weakening Huawei restrictions

A group of senators introduced a bipartisan piece of legislation Tuesday that would limit the Trump administration’s abilities to scale back pressure on the Chinese tech giant Huawei without an act of Congress.

The Defending America’s 5G Future Act, led by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), would block the Trump administration from single-handedly allowing Huawei to conduct business with American companies. If approved, it would also keep the Commerce Department from removing the Chinese company from its “Entity List,” codifying a recent Trump administration executive order. That list prevents companies like Huawei from purchasing US tech without government approval.

The group of lawmakers signed onto the bill have long sought to block Chinese telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE from the American market. Senators like Marco Rubio (R-FL) helped to spearhead efforts last summer, and called the administration’s recent moves to scale back on Huawei a “catastrophic mistake.”

Rubio, along with Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are co-sponsoring the Senate version of the legislation, which will also be introduced in the House.

“We must make a concerted effort to confront the threat China poses to U.S. national security, intellectual property, and technology,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said. “Our bill will prohibit U.S.-based companies from doing business with Huawei until they no longer pose a national security threat.”

Earlier this summer, Trump announced that the administration would start granting exemptions for Huawei to allow it to continue to do business with US companies, but that move quickly drew ire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who believe these Chinese companies pose significant national security threats.

“Huawei isn’t a normal business partner for American companies, it’s a front for the Chinese Communist Party. Our bill reinforces the president’s decision to place Huawei on a technology blacklist. American companies shouldn’t be in the business of selling our enemies the tools they’ll use to spy on Americans,” said Cotton.

Amazon knocks 29% off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones for Prime Day

While Apple has its loyal enthusiasts, Android continues to rule the smartphone market, with more and more companies releasing their own lineup of budget, midrange, and flagship devices. American software giant Google has also joined the mobile scene by rolling out its excellent Pixel devices. If you’re planning to get your hands on a Pixel phone, now’s the best time as Amazon is offering the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (unlocked versions) on sale just for Prime Day. And if you’re in the market for a Google Pixel 3XL with 64GB we found a deal for you.

Both phones are factory unlocked which means you will not be tied to any carrier. This is a plus point for frequent international travelers since they can simply secure a prepaid SIM card and avoid excessive roaming charges. An unlocked phone also costs less than the accumulated monthly lease payments with your chosen provider.

Google Pixel 3 — 29% OFF

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The Google Pixel 3 may not amaze you in terms of its design, but it’s a smartphone packed with performance. Google gave it a 2,260p x 1,080p resolution that compares well to the iPhone XS. Whether you’re reading your eBook, gaming in the dark, or watching a movie, its display looks great and adjusts automatically to suit the environment. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor paired with a 4GB RAM that fires up any app or game without a hint of lag.

What’s exciting about this model is the incorporation of Google Assistant. The A.I. smarts are very useful as they’re integrated with the phone’s camera, calling function, music player, messages, calendar, and much more. Its camera is also very solid, thanks to newly added features such as Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight. Other impressive camera functions are the Portrait Mode and the wide-angle lens.

You can order the 128GB version of the Pixel 3 for only $639 instead of its usual $899 price tag during this Prime Day sale, saving you $160.

Google Pixel 3 XL — 29% OFF

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If a bigger screen is what you’re after, you may want to try the Google Pixel 3 XL. It has a larger screen of 6.3 inches compared to the Pixel 3, and is designed with a massive notch on the top-front. You can access the notification shade by swiping up or down, which eases usability on its large screen. Google also beefed up this phone with a sharp 2,290p x 1,440p resolution and rich dual front-facing speakers, making video and movie watching a delight.

The Pixel 3 XL is run by the same chipset as the Pixel 3 – which means that apps open quickly, and games perform smoothly. Other noteworthy features are the solid software, fantastic camera, and the aforementioned integration with Google Assistant, which overall make using the Pixel 3 XL  fun and convenient. Battery life is probably its weakest link, but the fast wireless charging feature goes a long way to make up for that.

The 64GB version of the Pixel 3 XL normally rings it at $899, but for Prime Day you can have it for just $639.


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Quirk wants to make cognitive behavioral therapy more accessible

Quirk, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to more people suffering from anxiety or depression.

CBT aims to lessen or stop harmful behavior by changing the way people think, stopping them from falling into established patterns of negatively distorting their reality to justify or account for unhelpful habits.

“CBT has 40 years of research behind it,” says CEO and founder Evan Conrad. “I’ve had severe panic attacks my whole life and saw different therapists who tried what I now know is CBT. I assumed it was a pseudo science. It wasn’t until 10 months ago that I re-discovered CBT on my own and learned about its efficacy. It’s the gold standard.”

The app helps users practice one of the most common exercises in CBT: the triple-column technique.

Here’s how it works:

Users jump into the app whenever they have anxiety or a depressive thought to record it. They then identify any distortions that apply to that thought, such as Catastrophizing, Magnification of the Negative, Fortune Telling, or Over-Generalization, among others. From there, the user can challenge the thought with reasons why that thought might have been illogical to begin with. Finally, the user replaces the thought with something more reasonable.

For example, if I was worried about not getting a response to a text, I might believe (irrationally) that it has something to do with how that person feels about me, rather than the more obvious explanation: they’re just busy.

The hope of CBT is that identifying thought distortions, and manually replacing them with beliefs grounded in reality retrains the brain to experience the world in a realistic way and relieves patients from their depression and/or anxiety.

Conrad says that he went from having two anxiety attacks a week to two every six months.

The problem that Quirk is trying to solve is two-fold. First, people may not know the benefits or the empirical data supporting CBT. Secondly, the process of manually recording this on pen and paper can be more tedious and feel less private out in a public space.

Quirk’s attempt to solve these problems is to make CBT accessible to more people and to make the process of doing CBT slightly more private.

We asked Conrad about the potential negative affects of practicing CBT without the oversight of a mental health professional.

“As for self-administered CBT, we’ve run this by a number of therapists and all of them have said it’s generally a net-benefit,” Conrad said via email. “What would be harmful is if someone with a severe condition decided that they should use Quirk instead of seeing a therapist. But in practice we’ve seen the opposite effect. People who would have otherwise done nothing about their condition use Quirk as ‘first step’ towards therapy or will use Quirk when they would otherwise have no option (either because their isn’t a treatment in their country/area or because they can’t afford it).”

Dr. Daniel A. Fridberg, a practicing CBT psychiatrist from the University of Chicago, says that the triple-column technique is a great CBT exercise, but that it’s just part of the whole package of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He also said that the only way to know if a product like this can do harm is through a study, but that CBT itself is an evidence-based psychotherapy and has been proven effective.

“CBT is an effective, time-limited, reasonably cost-effective psychotherapy for things like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc,” said Dr. Fridberg. “The problem is that finding a good CBT therapist who delivers evidence-based treatment isn’t always easy in smaller communities where there isn’t easy access to a research hub. In some respects, an app that is packaged in an attractive way, gets people’s attention and promotes CBT as effective is a good thing.”

Dr. Fridberg also stated that anyone suffering from an issue that’s disrupting their day-to-day functioning should seek professional help.

Conrad says that he hopes Quirk can be a jumping off point for folks suffering from anxiety and depression, with the app suggesting that those suffering seek professional help in conjunction with using the app. He also shared that Quirk hopes to be able to connect users to professionals in their area as soon as they have the scale to do so.

Quirk costs $4/month for users.

Best Prime Day deals 2019: Amazon Echo, laptop and smartwatch discounts

The second day of Prime Day Deals has begun, with Amazon updating deal prices every hour or so. The retail giant has been slashing prices on 4K TVs, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and wireless earbuds today — sometimes to new lows. Amazon devices are still getting steep price cuts, as well, with discounts on Amazon Echo smart speakers, Fire TVs, and Ring Security cameras. Though the first day of Prime Day is over, tons of more deals are launching throughout today, including wireless headphones, and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles.

While browsing for deals on Amazon’s site, it’s important to keep tabs on their Lightning Deals. That’s where the e-commerce juggernaut will continue to release new deals, but they won’t last as many expire or sell out fast.

Walmart is also having a massive sale. In an attempt to compete with Amazon, the retail giant launched its own deals event and will have them remain active through Wednesday, July 17, to outlast Amazon’s 48-hour deals event by an extra day. Which is why Prime Day is the largest summer shopping event, second only to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Below, we’ve curated a hefty sampling of today’s best Prime Day deals for 2019. If you see something you like, act fast. Many products are selling out very quickly.

Best Prime Day deals right for July 16

Prime Day 4K TV Deals

Score a great deal on a 4K TV. Amazon (and Walmart, of course) dropped a bunch of Prime Day 4K TV deals from top brands like Samsung, Vizio, and TCL. Most of the TVs on sale are smart with built-in apps for streaming like Roku, Fire TV, and Netflix.

Prime Day Laptop Deals

Activate your back-to-school computer shopping now with these great Prime Day laptop deals. Discounts have been applied to laptops from top brand like Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and HP. In addition to laptops, you’ll also find great deals on graphics cards, mice, monitors, and more today.

Prime Day Smartwatch Deals

There’s a lot of the summer left to get fit and stay that way into the Fall. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are great companions to support your workouts or to simply stay more connected without looking at your smartphone. These are the best Prime Day smartwatch deals from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin.

Prime Day Smart Home Deals

In the war between Google and Amazon, consumers win with Prime Day smart home deals. Amazon has dropped prices on all of its Echo devices, and Walmart did the same with Google Home devices. A bunch of other smart home products including security cameras and kitchen appliance are also getting price cuts.

Prime Day Gaming Deals

Like Walmart, GameStop is capitalizing on Prime day with competitive deals. From Xbox to Nintendo Switch to PS4, these are the best Prime Day gaming deals.

Prime Day Headphone Deals

There are some decent deals on wireless headphones and earbuds right now from Sony, Apple, and Beats, but the best Prime Day headphone deals will keep on coming.

Prime Day Apple Deals

Prices on top Apple products like iPhones, MacBooks, and Apple Watch don’t typically take nosedives, but we’re seeing significant price cuts. These are the best Prime Day Apple deals from multiple retailers.

Prime Day Smartphones Deals

Now is a great time to update the one device you use the most — your smartphone. Prime Day smartphone deals include discounts on unlocked Samsung Galaxy’s, iPhones, and other mid-range devices.

Prime Day Camping Deals

The summer is far from over with plenty of time left to take advantage of the outdoors. These are the best Prime Day camping deals to help you get more out of the warming months.

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Tips for shopping on Prime Day 2019

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Considering Prime Day deals are already here, right now is the best time to sign up if you haven’t already. If you want to avoid paying for a full year of this service, you can always become a Prime Member by picking up a free 30-day free trial.

Prime Day may be known for its deals, but like any buying holiday, it’s up to the consumer to shop responsibly. To help you out, here are some tips for spotting good deals and avoiding pitfalls so you can make the most of your Amazon Prime membership:

Make sure you aren’t the victim of a phishing scam

Some Amazon Prime members have recently been victimized by a phishing scam just in time for Prime Day. There are some ways to avoid this, but you should watch out for anything suspicious to make sure you don’t get your information stolen.

Filter your deals through a trusted source

The easiest way to ensure you find the best possible deal is to have someone do all the hard work for you. If you bookmark this page for later, we’ll have our entire editorial staff digging through the depths of Amazon to deliver the savings to you. If you have trust issues, though, we’ll let you in on few of the tricks and techniques we use for spotting great deals.

Do a quick Google search

One quick Google search on a specific product will often pull up pricing information across the board. If it’s actually on sale, then prices from the likes of Walmart, Best Buy, and the manufacturer page will likely be higher.

Check price histories

There’s a website called CamelCamelCamel that tracks and displays the price history of any item sold on Amazon. Though this only works for Amazon products, it’s an easy way to see whether you’re getting the best deal historically.

Read the warranty

Warranties, in general, are a way of making you feel safer about making a purchase. But if you don’t actually read what your warranty entails, you may regret it later when it becomes necessary.

Read the fine print and comments

A lot of retailers will hide important details where you are least likely to look. Most commonly, this happens with third-party sellers who are trying to get a leg up on their competition by offering deep savings on refurbished tech.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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Apply to TC Top Picks before the deadline & exhibit free at Disrupt SF 2019

Does your company have what it takes to be part of an elite cadre of early-stage startups and exhibit for free at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? There’s only one way to know for sure, but time is running out. Apply to be a TC Top Pick now — before the application window closes for good at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on July 19.

Why should you apply? For starters, it doesn’t cost anything, and all TC Top Picks receive a free Startup Alley Exhibition Package good for one full day of exhibiting in Startup Alley, the heart of every Disrupt. It’s the intersection of tech present and tech future — where more than 1,200 pre-Series A startups and sponsors exhibit their products, platforms and services. It’s a breeding ground of opportunity, and you never know who you might meet and where that connection might lead.

TechCrunch editors vet all applications and choose up to five startups in each of these (and only these) tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact/Education.

TC Top Picks also receive three Founder passes and plenty of other perks, starting with the VIP treatment. You’ll exhibit in a dedicated space within Startup Alley, and we promote the Top Pick startups in our pre-conference marketing. Everyone wants to see who made the cut, including journalists covering the show and investors looking to add to their portfolios.

In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, a TechCrunch editor conducts a live interview with each Top Pick on the Showcase Stage in Startup Alley. We record the interviews for posterity and promote them across our social media platforms. That’s the kind of marketing tool that keeps on giving.

Take a page from DiaMonTech’s playbook. The company, the maker of a non-invasive glucose monitoring device, earned a Top Pick designation for Disrupt Berlin 2018. Markus Teuber, head of strategic partnerships, had this to say about the Top Pick experience.

“Exhibiting as a TC Top Pick helped us build credibility right away, and it still pays off during pitches as an anchor point for further discussion. The interview and media coverage helped us generate awareness for our groundbreaking approach, and it also helped us identify leads and build substantial cooperation agreements.”

Pro Tip: Every startup that exhibits in Startup Alley has a shot to win a Wild Card entry to Startup Battlefield. Yet another great reason to apply to be a TC Top Pick.

Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place October 2-4. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to place your startup in the Disrupt spotlight. Apply to be a TC Top Pick before the deadline clocks out precisely at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on July 19. Show us what you’ve got!

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast

Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new camera packs a walloping 61-megapixel sensor, and will retail for $3,500 when it goes on sale this September.

The camera’s image resolution is a “world first” for a 35mm equivalent full-frame digital sensor, Sony notes, and that’s not where the improvements on this successor to the wildly popular A7R III ends: The A7R IV also has 10fps rapid shooting with continuous autofocus and autoexposure tracking capabilities; 567 phase-detect autofocus points that cover 74% of the frame; real-time eye autofocus tracking for stills and movies, which can handle both human and animal subjects; 4K movie recording without any pixel binning and with S-Log 2/3 support for editing (although without a 60p mode, as it caps out at 30p); ISO range of 100-32000 (and 50-102400 expandable); battery life of around 539 shots with the EVF or 670 shots without, and much more.

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This Sony camera is clearly a shot across the bow at recent entrants into the full-frame mirrorless camera market including Nikon and Canon, and it looks like Sony will be upping one of its biggest advantages by offering even better subject-tracking autofocus, which is a category where it already has a strong lead. The high-resolution sensor is another area where the competition will be left behind, since the Nikon Z7 captures at 45.7 MP and the Canon R maxes out at 30.3 MP.

Real-time eye autofocus in movie recording will also help a lot for video shooters, after Sony introduced it to still shooting for the A7 and A7R III via a firmware update in April. Touch tracking allows shooters to just tap the thing they want to maintain autofocus on using the back display LCD while shooting, and a new digital audio interface added to the camera’s hot shoe connector means recording with shotgun mic that support the feature without any additional cable clutter.

The A7R IV also offers five-axis in-body image stabilization, a 5.76 million-to UXGA OLED EVF, boosted weather and dust resistance, wireless tethered shooting capabilities and dual UHS-II SD card slots for storage.