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SwiftConnect, which lets employees use their phones to access the office, raises $17M

Nov 24, 2022

The widespread adoption of flexible work has increased the challenge of managing access to physical, commercial buildings, given the dynamic nature of hybrid workspaces. With today’s staffers coming and going to the office on unpredictable timetables, it can be tough to keep track of which have access to rooms and office resources. In a recent survey conducted by HID Global, an independent brand of access control conglomerate Assa Abloy, 41% of businesses said they believed that their current ...read more

Duolingo’s owl will now shout fractions at you

Nov 24, 2022

Duolingo is launching its math app to the public, and months after a beta version joined the app store. The math app, named Duolingo Math, is the first subject expansion that Duolingo has made beyond its original roots of language learning and literacy. And yes, it has punny notifications and nudges from Duo, infamous owl-turned cube (along with other characters evolved into mathematical figures), per lead engineer Sammi Siegel. It is available on iOS today, while Siegel said Android is on the ...read more

AMD working on consumer-level CXL memory

Nov 24, 2022

Why it matters: A new standard to connect RAM more closely with other system components could reach consumers within the next few years. The shift should increase the efficiency and usefulness of more recent, faster storage and memory modules. However, it will require new hardware. During a webinar this week, AMD mentioned goals to get CLX memory technology into consumer products in three-to-five years. The company didn't outline its plans in detail but made a clear initial mission statement ...read more

Upcoming power consumption restrictions could limit sales of 8K TVs in the EU

Nov 24, 2022

In brief: Living on the cutting edge comes with the territory of being a technology enthusiast but new EU power consumption regulations on the horizon could seriously hamper innovation when it comes to next-gen displays. In March 2019, the European Union defined the energy efficiency index (EEI) for electronic displays based on screen area and power consumption. Per regulation, 8K displays and microLED-equipped devices sold from March 1, 2023 must have the same EEI as 4K displays. 8K displays ...read more

Tech Moves: Madrona hires former Bezos technical advisor; Seattle Children’s names COO

Nov 24, 2022

Wei Gao (left) and Anna Baird. (Madrona Photos) — Seattle-based firm Madrona Venture Group appointed Wei Gao as venture partner and Anna Baird as operating partner. Gao was most recently chief operating officer at Hopin, a London-based event management software provider. Prior to Hopin, Gao served 16 years at Amazon, including a stint from July 2018 to January 2020 as technical advisor to Amazon founder and then-CEO Jeff Bezos. She then became vice president of Amazon Grocery before mo ...read more

SK Hynix profits slump 60%, says US export restrictions could force Chinese plant closure

Nov 24, 2022

What just happened? Another memory chip giant is suffering the effects of "unprecedented deterioration" in consumer demand and US sanctions against China. SK Hynix said it would slash investment after third-quarter profits fell 60%, warning that the Biden Administration's restrictions could force it to close or sell a major plant in China. SK Hynix said it would cut 2023 investment by 50% following its Q3 profit crash, the result of high inflation and weak consumer demand. Exacerbating the co ...read more

Singapore may soon require retail investors to take test before trading crypto, prohibit credit cards

Nov 24, 2022

Singapore may soon require retail investors to take a test and not use credit card payments and other forms of borrowing for trading cryptocurrencies, the central bank proposed on Wednesday in a series of stringent measures as the island nation looks to make citizens aware of the risks surrounding volatile assets. The Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a set of consultation papers that it’s worried that many retail customers may “not have sufficient knowledge of the risks of trad ...read more

Apple begrudgingly admits that the iPhone will switch to USB-C

Nov 24, 2022

What just happened? Apple says it will comply with a European law that will force the iPhone to switch from a Lightning port to USB-C. The Cupertino executive didn't say precisely when the change will occur, nor did he confirm that the connector will be included in iPhones sold outside of the EU. With the EU law mandating all small chargeable electronics come equipped with the USB-C standard by 2024 virtually set in stone, attention has been on the company that will be impacted most: Apple. T ...read more

This candy bar running Doom is the best Halloween candy

Nov 24, 2022

In brief: Adafruit Industries recently published a helpful PSA to remind parents to carefully inspect their kids' candy this Halloween. Apparently their candy inspectors found a Milky Way running Doom. Crazy, right? Halloween is less than a week away and kids are no doubt gearing up for the big night of candy collecting. While arguments persist over costume choice or the best trick-or-treating strategy to maximize hauls, I think we can all agree that the long-running debate over the best Hall ...read more

Daily Crunch: After glitch causes a two-hour global outage, WhatsApp restores service

Nov 24, 2022

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Overheard at a VC/startup conference recently: Product market fit is like a product going around from weirdly shaped customer group to weirdly shaped customer group, like that old kid’s book “Are you my mommy?” Startups can be a little bit like that; sometimes the users can surprise you, and the product needs to ask a few different potential cus ...read more