• The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

    The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

    Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland. Both my wife and I are Disneyphiles of sorts, and visit a dozen times a year or more. I have an appreciation for it because my daughter loves to go, but also because of how carefully the place is planned… Read More

  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More

  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More

  • Cozy Makes Its Rental Management Service Free

    Cozy Makes Its Rental Management Service Free

    Cozy, a Google Ventures-backed service that make the rental process easier for landlords and tenants, has made its current feature set available to all clients for free. In a blog post, Cozy CEO Gino Zahnd says that making these features free will bring in a wider audience for products set for launch in Q4 2014. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Cases Offer Comfort And Light Protection With Few Concessions

    Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Cases Offer Comfort And Light Protection With Few Concessions

    Apple launched both its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, and along with the new smartphones it also debuted new cases for each. The follow the simple precedent Apple set out when it created the iPhone 5s leather cases: simple, solid color designs that are thin and have no moving parts, yet offer a degree of additional protection to the fit and finish of your devices. The new cases for… Read More

  • SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

  • iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone
  • iOS 8 Review: Refinements And Relaxed Limitations Add Up For A Better Experience
  • iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best Smartphone
  • The FCC Received 3.7 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    The FCC Received 3.7 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    And lo, the final tally: As of Monday night, the FCC had received a total of “approximately” 3.7 million comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning net neutrality and the open Internet. That’s quite a haul. Read More

  • Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing

    Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing

    Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to everyone. But now Facebook is polishing off a new app codenamed “Moments” designed to make this micro-sharing much simpler… Read More

  • NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

  • Meet The Companies Of Startup Alley

    During last week’s Disrupt SF, hundreds of companies pitched their ideas, betas, wares, and software to those in attendance. TechCrunch staff ran around Startup Alley, armed only with a camera and mic to see what the buzz was all about. Highlights include #Paid, MonkeyLearn, TechCrunch’s Jon Shieber and Mike Butcher, several pavilions of startups from different parts of the world… Read More

  • Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

    Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

    In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel’s class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an instant hit in the tech community. Now, Masters and Thiel have transformed those class notes into a book: “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

  • Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a whiledating service for Chinese ex-pats to zoom lenses for next-gen smartphones. Read More

  • Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an eBook file that run when the book is examined via Amazon’s Kindle tools. It seems to be closed as of this writing but it can… Read More

  • 15 Of The Most Interesting Maps In Google’s New Maps Gallery

    Google Maps released the new Maps Gallery to the public today. Previously, individuals and organizations could publicly share their custom maps, but they were pretty difficult to find. This update gives anyone the ability to create maps and share them with the world. Read More

  • Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest… Read More

  • Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

    Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

    We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation. The buy makes sense for Citrix, which could use Virtual to emulate… Read More

  • LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More