• Rise Of The Quants — Again

    Rise Of The Quants — Again

    I graduated from Stanford in the late 1980s with a dual degree in engineering and economics, and, like so many others of my day, I was drawn to Wall Street. Reaganomics was in full swing, Bloomberg terminals were still in their early days and popular culture was full of colorful characters like Gordon Gekko. Read More

  • Death To C

    Death To C

    Ladies and gentlemen, the C programming language. It’s a classic. It is sleek, and spartan, and elegant. (Especially compared to its sequel, that bloated mess C++, which shares all the faults I’m about to describe.) It is blindingly, quicksilver fast, because it’s about as close to the bone of the machine as you can get. It is time-tested and ubiquitous. And it is… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    On this week’s AppleCast, we get into the Apple Watch experience, since we’ve both now been actively using them for at least a few days. We expand on our thoughts regarding the device at length in our extensive review, but here on the podcast, we talk about very different aspects of the device, including how first-hand experience differed from what we thought we’d find… Read More

  • Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Location data is highly sensitive. It contains information about where we live, our daily habits and our network of friends. We discover new places to go; avoid traffic on the way there; swipe to meet new friends once we’ve arrived; and even turn up the thermostat before we get home. When data knows this much about us it requires careful protection. Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Secret’s Demise, Botched Earnings, And Microsoft Goes Viral

    Hello from New York, friends, where TechCrunch’s staff has taken up residence to put on a small confab that you might have heard of. This week, the lovely Anthony Ha, the brilliant Colleen Taylor and myself are on hand, and on foot, to dig our way through the week. This time around, Microsoft managed to go viral by promising to guess your age, Twitter and LinkedIn hit the skids after… Read More

  • The User’s Guide To Disrupt NY 2015

    The User’s Guide To Disrupt NY 2015

    The TechCrunch Disrupt NY Conference is almost upon us and we’ve partnered with some amazing companies to make your experience this year better than ever. Read More

  • Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is designed instead to support invite delivery entirely via SMS and MMS. This means recipients will… Read More

  • EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    Thanks to a little startup sprouting up from Boston, I was able to map out a small section of a neuron through EyeWire, a company that’s gamifying its neuroscience research in order to enlist the help of people from all over the world. To understand how the brain works, scientists need to figure out how electrical impulses travel through its vast network of 85 billion neurons… Read More

  • Apple Confirms Tattoos Can Affect Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor Readings

    Apple Confirms Tattoos Can Affect Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor Readings

    Apple has updated its Apple Watch support documentation, confirming that the device may have issues when worn by users who have wrist tattoos. The changes were added following a series of reports from new Apple Watch owners who found that their tattoos seemed to interfere with the smartwatch’s ability to track their pulse, or cause other problems. Apple now says that permanent and… Read More

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