Category: Technology Trends

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The best early Cyber Monday deals happening now

Welcome to the in-between of deals. Black Friday has come and gone. There were tons of great discounts, many of which even began well before the day after Thanksgiving, and our Verge Deals team worked to cover as many of them as possible. We even did a liveblog to bring you the latest up-to-the-minute updates. Read More…

The best deals you can still get on Amazon devices

Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are on sale starting at $35 | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’re looking to score a great deal on an Amazon device ahead of Cyber Monday, you’re in luck. Amazon is offering up to 50 percent of some of its most popular products, including the latest Read More…

The best deals you can still get on Microsoft devices

Microsoft is currently offering savings across the Surface lineup. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Many of Microsoft’s Black Friday deals are still live, offering some solid discounts on its line of Surface laptops and related accessories, with some models being discounted by as much as $600. Many of these models are Read More…

IoT data collector Samsara’s IPO will be fun to watch

Happy Friday! The TechCrunch crew is still in a modest period of repose thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we wanted you to have numbers to chew on all the same. So, this morning, we’re taking a brief look at Samsara’s IPO filing. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on TechCrunch+ or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. You may have heard of Samsara. Founded in 2015, it’s raised more than $900 million during its life as a private company, per Crunchbase data, including a simply massive $700 million round in 2020

Jefa raises $2 million for its challenger bank for women in LATAM

Fintech startup Jefa has raised a $2 million seed round to build a challenger bank with a product specifically designed for women living in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has managed to attract 115,000 women on its waitlist and participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield last year. Investors in Jefa include The Venture Collective, DST Global, Foundation Capital, Amador Holdings, The Fund, FINCA Ventures, Rarebreed VC, Siesta Ventures, Springbank Collective, Bridge Partners, Hustle Fund, Foundation Capital and Latitude. Several business angels also participated, such as Daniel Bilbao, JP Duque, Ricardo Shaefar, Jean-Paul Orillac and Allan Arguello. In addition to

Flowrite is an AI writing productivity tool that wants to help you hit inbox zero

When TechCrunch asks Flowrite if it’s ‘Grammarly on steroids’, CEO and co-founder Aaro Isosaari laughs, saying that’s the comment they always get for the AI writing productivity tool they’ve been building since late summer 2020 — drawing on early access to OpenAI’s GPT-3 API, and attracting a wait-list of some 30,000 email-efficiency seeking prosumers keen to get their typing fingers on its beta. The quest for ‘Inbox zero’ — via lightning speed email composition — could be rather easier with this AI-powered sidekick. At least if you’re the sort of person who fires off a bunch of fairly formulaic emails

Rensource-spinoff Sabi closes $6M bridge round, expands B2B retail platform outside Nigeria

Nigeria’s informal trade sector, worth over $244 billion, has more than 40 million micro, small and medium businesses. Most of these businesses operated offline until a few years ago when startups brought about digitization by providing infrastructure and a gamut of e-commerce and financial services. One-year-old Sabi — a spinoff from Rensource, an African energy company that offers power-as-a-service to customers — is the latest startup to raise funds to serve the informal sector. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it has raised a $6 million bridge round led by pan-African VC firm CRE Ventures. Sabi’s bridge round is coming

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