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  • Conan O’Brien Tries Out Tinder

    Conan O’Brien Tries Out Tinder

    For many of us in the tech world, the word “Tinder” has been a part of our vocabulary for years now. (And no, I don’t mean kindling for a fire.) Still, some folks are just now jumping on the bandwagon, not least of which is Mr. Conan O’Brien himself. Our beloved late-night host joined in the Tinder fun last night, and made quite a connection with a 74-year-old lady… Read More

  • The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

    The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

    By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in. The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own closed network on which they can communicate. Read More

  • PSY Taps JamCam To Crowdsource “Hangover” Music Video

    PSY Taps JamCam To Crowdsource “Hangover” Music Video

    JamCam is a fun little Vine-style app that lets you create short mobile videos that are automatically paired up with the music you’re listening to. The company has been quiet for a while, but has recently launched a contest where users can contribute a bit of video to PSY’s newest song “Hangover.” Of course, Hangover is no Gangnam Style, but the chance to submit video to… Read More

  • Evoke Is A New Induction-Based Vaporizer That Looks And Feels Like An Old-School Pipe

    Evoke Is A New Induction-Based Vaporizer That Looks And Feels Like An Old-School Pipe

    The Evoke is the latest electronic vaporizer to grace the industry with its presence, and I sincerely mean that. From the looks of things, the Evoke (from LotoLabs) is one of the first vaporizers I’ve seen that looks to the past for design inspiration, with a wooden, hefty look to it not unlike the tobacco pipes of the olden days. The company touts that its induction-based vaporizer… Read More

  • Pond5 Raises $61 Million Series A Led By Accel Partners, Stripes Group

    Pond5 Raises $61 Million Series A Led By Accel Partners, Stripes Group

    Pond5, Shutterstock’s rival in the digital media and video world, has today announced that the company has closed a $61 million round of funding led by Accel Partners and Stripes Group. Read More

  • WunWun Slashes Pricing To Compete With Other On-Demand Delivery Services

    WunWun Slashes Pricing To Compete With Other On-Demand Delivery Services

    Going up against big players like PostMates, Uber Rush, and even Seamless, WunWun is looking to make even more of a dent in the on-demand delivery space with a switch-up on pricing. WunWun is a mobile app that asks you what you want, where you want it to be delivered, and simply asks you to push a button. WunWun helpers will get whatever you request, text you throughout the process with… Read More

  • Adobe Ink & Slide | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Adobe Ink & Slide

    The Ink and Slide are Adobe’s first foray into the hardware world, comprising a special stylus and a digital ruler. Paired with the Adobe Line app, users can draw and use the ruler to create perfect shapes and straight lines. Read More

  • Floret Is A Gamified Dating App For Virtual Romance

    Floret Is A Gamified Dating App For Virtual Romance

    There’s surely no shortage of dating apps out there, but for those of us who wish to arm ourselves with every weapon in the potential arsenal, might I introduce Floret. Floret is a new dating app that focuses on a common problem known as the Stable Marriage Problem, which essentially means that elements in a group are matched based on preferences, without any two elements in the… Read More

  • The LifeTip Doesn’t Need To Touch You To Know Your Heart

    The LifeTip Doesn’t Need To Touch You To Know Your Heart

    You can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting a new wearable fitness tracker, and the latest to join the herd is called the LifeTip. Recently launched on Indiegogo, the LifeTip doesn’t require any contact with the skin to work, and hooks into a woman’s bra or a man’s shirt. It reads all the standard stuff — activity, calories burned, and steps — but… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Misfit, Android Wear, And Samsung Earnings

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Misfit, Android Wear, And Samsung Earnings

    After taking a week off for the holidays (sorry about that), we’re back to chat up the latest news in the Gadgets world. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much. That said, Samsung had some disappointing earnings, and Misfit forged a partnership with Beddit to get into the platform space. Plus, we simply can’t help ourselves from talking about smart watches, including the… Read More

  • Loverly Gets Editorial With Launch Of New Content Hub

    Loverly Gets Editorial With Launch Of New Content Hub

    Loverly, the one-stop online shop for brides planning a wedding, has made an investment in its editorial content with the launch of a brand new content hub on the website and mobile app. For the past six months or so, Loverly has been testing editorial content on the website with great success — the company says that 20 percent of the site’s traffic comes from editorial content. Read More

  • SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    Sonos has today announced yet another way for you to listen to the music you love, wirelessly of course, in your home. SoundCloud, the social sharing platform for audio, has joined Sonos as a music partner and goes live today as a beta for Sonos users. For those of you who are not familiar with Sonos, the company sells a wireless hifi speaker system taht includes multiple speakers and a… Read More

  • Burned

    Burned

    It’s hard to write a story without a protagonist, but here goes. In the past week, Tinder’s former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe filed a complaint with the California courts claiming that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against at work, stripped of her co-founder title, and pushed out of the company unfairly. The challenge in telling this story, as is very common… Read More

  • David Tisch’s Stealthy Mobile Commerce Product, Spring, Closes $7.5M Series A

    David Tisch’s Stealthy Mobile Commerce Product, Spring, Closes $7.5M Series A

    David Tisch has been quietly working on a project called Jello Labs for over a year. He hasn’t said much about what the product will be, other than that it involves mobile commerce. However, today we can shed a bit more light on the super stealth project. For one, the product is actually called Spring, with Jello Labs being more of a company name or a placeholder name. Read More

  • Yo | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Yo

    You might have heard of Yo. It’s a new app that has one singular function: it sends the word “Yo” to your friends. The app saw 50k downloads before ever officially launching and has received $1 million in funding. The idea here is that the sender, and the time of day, and the circumstances surrounding the Yo provide enough context to not need anything else. The company… Read More

  • Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs, the same folks who made this open-source Nest-like thermostat, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital, and with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SOSventures, and Collaborative Fund, as well as a host of angel investors. Read More

  • Apple’s Hamid Mohammadinia Joins The Vessyl Smart Cup Team

    Apple’s Hamid Mohammadinia Joins The Vessyl Smart Cup Team

    Mark One, the makers of the Vessyl smart cup, have brought on Hamid Mohammadinia as the new VP Engineering. Mohammadinia comes from Apple where he led Design for Manufacturing, with specific participation in the DFM of the iPod and the iPad, as well as other projects from Apple. Read More

  • Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company. Lua launched back in 2013 out of TechStars to bring better communication tools to… Read More

  • Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    TechCrunch has obtained an internal memo sent from Tinder CEO Sean Rad to employees in the wake of a new lawsuit waged against the company. The lawsuit focuses on the relationship between Whitney Wolfe and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, accusing him and the company of sexual harassment and sexism. Former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe has alleged that Justin Mateen, her ex boyfriend… Read More

  • Google Buys Songza

    Google Buys Songza

    Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout. Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stones writers, etc.). Read More