Passbase grabs $3.6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks

Digital identity startup Passbase has closed a $3.6 million seed round, led by Cowboy Ventures and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp and other European investors. The 2018 founded startup bagged a $600k pre-seed round earlier this year for its full-stack identity engine with a privacy twist. The latest tranche of funding will go on growing the team and sales channels in the US and Europe, says co-founder Mathias Klenk. “Our goal is to build an API-first company, so building a strong core organization is key for us to be able to fully focus on securing partnerships with complementary services,” he tells TechCrunch. “By the end of next year, we aim to have our consumer application rolled out so that individuals …

Jony Ive Has Left the Building He Designed

“I want to buy from somebody who’s fanatic, not indifferent. You know they’re going to put that amount of care into the details.” It’s always been about the details with Jony Ive, who as of today is no longer the resident god of design at Apple Inc. Sure, when discussing the amazing string of products he’s worked on, Ive often will talk about the big sweeping concept behind this or that stunning device—the iMac, the iPod, the iPad, the iBook, the iPhone, and even some stuff that doesn’t begin in “i.” But you wind up talking about a screw you can’t see, or a subliminal curve, or some exotic polymer that produces the perfect stately gloss. That “fanatic” quote, extracted …

Jony Ive, Apple designer behind iPhone and iMac, to exit company after 30 years

Ive to remain very involved with Apple as he launches new creative company Jony Ive, the chief architect of groundbreaking and distinctive designs from the iMac to the iPhone, announced on Thursday that he is leaving Apple after nearly 30 years. Ives departure, which was announced in an exclusive interview with the FT. This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change. Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apples revival cannot be overstated, chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. Apple will continue to benefit from Jonys talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team …

People Are Making Fun Of Apples New $999 Monitor Stand And Mac Pro With 30 Hilarious Memes

There’s always a lot of fanfare about the latest Apple releases; they were the ones that first made a real ‘event’ out of their new products. Predictably, this brings out the haters too, eager and ready to mock the latest piece of overpriced and overhyped tech. The latest memes center around the new Mac Pro, which people are poking fun at for its resemblance to a cheese grater. Mac Pro starts at a hefty $5999 and is best enjoyed with a new Pro Display XDR, that starts at $4999 and comes without a stand. Which you will need. How much can a stand be, I hear you ask? That’ll be $999, please. So $12K all up, and it will all …