Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook
Jordan Crook is a writer/reporter based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about things teens like. She snaps innocent selfies and vines nudes. She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn. She is now a writer at TechCrunch. CrunchBase profile →

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  • The Hackathon Never Sleeps

    The Hackathon Never Sleeps

    It’s been a solid 12 hours since TechCrunch Hackathon commenced, and things are getting a bit loopy. For the most part, this place is pretty quiet. We have a few sleepers in corners, and just about every cushy object in this building has been occupied. But the vast majority of hackers are wide awake, coding away. And with good reason — $500,000 is at stake, among other awesome prizes. Read More

  • Who Said Hackers Don’t Have Style?

    Who Said Hackers Don’t Have Style?

    Hackers aren’t necessarily known for their sense of fashion. Usually, it’s all about the code. They might as well be wearing jumpsuits — or their birthday suits, for that matter. But here at the Disrupt Hackathon, some of our hackers are trying to prove the world wrong. There is some sartorial splendor afoot, and it’s coming in the form of headwear. That’s right. Read More

  • The Disrupt Hackathon In San Francisco Has Officially Begun

    The Disrupt Hackathon In San Francisco Has Officially Begun

    Every hacker is different, and that’s exactly what we expect to see when this is all through. Something new, something different — all with the potential to disrupt. So far about half of registrants have made it into the venue, with the rest still signing in. Laptops are already fired up, hackers are putting their heads together, and the energy in the room is palpable. Read More

  • The Disrupt Hackathon Is Powering Up!

    The Disrupt Hackathon Is Powering Up!

    It’s nearly noon and the Disrupt Hackaton Hackers are converging on the Design Center like zombies hunting only one thing: caffeine. We’ll bring you posts from the floor as the festivities start but we thought it would be nice to see the building in its pristine state before countless cups of coffee, pizza rinds, and soda pop cans litter the landscape like the detritus from… Read More

  • Samsung Responds To More OS Acquisition Rumors: Nope, We’re Not Buying MeeGo Either

    Samsung Responds To More OS Acquisition Rumors: Nope, We’re Not Buying MeeGo Either

    MeeGo is up in the air. Nokia turned its back on MeeGo a while ago. Intel, meanwhile, promises to continue to support the open-source community, but reports claim that it has decided to temporarily suspend development of the platform. And so begins the rotation of a mighty rumor mill. Read More

  • Apple FTW, German Court Upholds Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban

    Apple FTW, German Court Upholds Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban

    Apple and Samsung have toured the globe over the course of their patent war, leaving a number of loose ends in their wake. We’re still unsure just what could happen in Japan, Australia, and even here in the U.S., but in Germany a conclusion has finally been reached. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned in Germany, as a Dusseldorf court upheld the EU-wide preliminary… Read More

  • Samsung’s New Windows 8-Powered Tablet May Debut As Early As Next Week

    Samsung’s New Windows 8-Powered Tablet May Debut As Early As Next Week

    Though Windows 8 is slated for a Fall 2012 release, we may get our first official taste of it next week. Samsung is reportedly building a new tablet based on the Windows 8 operating system, which is set to be unveiled at Microsoft’s BUILD developers’ conference. The conference will be held September 13-16 in Anaheim, California. Read More

  • Samsung Nexus Prime Support Page Pops Up, Rumored Specs Trickle Out

    Samsung Nexus Prime Support Page Pops Up, Rumored Specs Trickle Out

    If the model number GT-i9250 means nothing to you, you best brush up on your mobile news. It’s supposed to be the next Google phone, the Nexus Prime, and the first phone to run the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich. But the rumor mill has had its way with this one. We’ve heard juicy bits that seem entirely plausible and others that are downright false. Today’s bit would be… Read More

  • HP Releases The Updated DM1 Ultraportable Laptop

    HP Releases The Updated DM1 Ultraportable Laptop

    HP’s PC business may be up in the air right now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any more HP notebooks. The company today announced the updated DM1 ultraportable laptop with a new, fresher look. Starting at $399, the DM1 comes with either an Intel second-gen Core processor or an AMD E-series processor. AMD models will also include AMD Radeon HD discrete graphics. Read More

  • Nintendo Gets Sued Over The Wii

    Nintendo Gets Sued Over The Wii

    Ever heard of the Wavit remote? It’s totally okay if you haven’t; that’s not what this story is about. The Wavit Remote’s makers on the other hand… Well, they’ve decided to up and sue Nintendo over the Wii. Not only that, but they’ve included other retailers and manufacturers — including WalMart — in the complaint as well. And… Read More

  • Velocity Micro Introduces Two Sub-$300 Android Slates

    Velocity Micro Introduces Two Sub-$300 Android Slates

    Two new little Android tablets have joined the ever-growing tablet race, this time from Velocity Micro. Both the 8-inch Cruz T408 and the 10-inch Cruz T410 are nice enough, but what’ll really catch your eye are the pricetags. The Cruz T408 and T410 are priced at $239.99 and $299.99 respectively — a comfortable price point for anyone looking to get a starter slate. Read More

  • South Africa Wants Access To BBM Messages

    South Africa Wants Access To BBM Messages

    “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” And then times got worse, and worse, and worse. At least for RIM. After jumping through hoops for the Saudi Arabian government, and then doing the same in India, South Africa has decided to get in on the fun and ask for access to BBM messages. The government’s reasoning was security-related, of course, but also had to do… Read More

  • Hands-On With The Motorola Droid Bionic For Verizon

    Hands-On With The Motorola Droid Bionic For Verizon

    Today Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid Bionic. It took its sweet time getting here, but it’s finally official and set to hit shelves September 8. We are forevermore free of writing posts about how long its been delayed. Instead we get to write about the phone itself, which is much more enjoyable for everyone involved. Read More

  • Australian Judge Asks For iPad Sales Stats In Galaxy Tab Case

    Australian Judge Asks For iPad Sales Stats In Galaxy Tab Case

    In its unending quest for tablet market supremacy (as if it hadn’t yet achieved such a feat), Apple has been asked by the Australian court to provide iPad sales data from the U.S. and the U.K. Samsung originally sent Apple three modified Galaxy Tabs with the hopes that the fresh “redesign” would coax Apple into dropping the case. As we expected, that didn’t happen. Read More

  • GameStop Affirms Popularity Of Mobile Gaming; Plans To Sell iPhone, iPod, And iPad

    GameStop Affirms Popularity Of Mobile Gaming; Plans To Sell iPhone, iPod, And iPad

    Still think mobile gaming isn’t a big deal? GameStop disagrees. Though they may not be as in-depth or graphically stimulating as console or PC-based games, mobile gaming is accessible to everyone. My grandma can’t play L.A. Noire, but she’s beat every level of Angry Birds. So it only makes sense that GameStop has decided to put a couple new devices on its shelves: the… Read More

  • Baidu And Dell Team Up To Take On Tablets, Phones In China

    Baidu And Dell Team Up To Take On Tablets, Phones In China

    Hot on the heels of Baidu’s new mobile OS launch, reports are circulating that the Chinese search giant is partnering with Dell to build tablets and mobile phones. China is a goldmine in terms of potential consumers. With over 900 million mobile subscribers, China is becoming one of the fastest growing tablet markets, as well. As the Google of the Eastern world, Baidu should have no… Read More

  • Blu Cigs Smart Pack Alerts You When Other e-Smokers Are Nearby

    Blu Cigs Smart Pack Alerts You When Other e-Smokers Are Nearby

    So it looks like people are ready to slap the word “social” onto just about anything. Case in point: Blu Cigs Smart Pack. It’s a new offering from electronic cigarette maker Blu Cigs that comes with a homing device to find nearby e-cig smokers and Blu Cigs retail locations. Despite the fact that it sounds pretty ridiculous, I find this to be a rather clever move. Read More

  • Parrot’s AR.FreeFlight Quadricopter Piloting App Is Now Free On Android

    Parrot’s AR.FreeFlight Quadricopter Piloting App Is Now Free On Android

    If you keep up with the TC/Gadgets crew you know we can’t resist a good R/C anything. We’ve reviewed AR remote control cars, and just recently a Syma S107 R/C chopper, but those are toys compared to what launched today: AR.FreeFlight. AR.FreeFlight is a free augmented reality piloting application you can use with the Parrot AR Drone quadricopter, which will basically make you… Read More

  • Review: Microsoft’s Touch Mouse And Explorer Touch Mouse

    Review: Microsoft’s Touch Mouse And Explorer Touch Mouse

    I got a chance to play with two of Microsoft’s three touch mouse offerings — the Explorer Touch Mouse and the flagship Touch Mouse — and as far as ideas go, they’re absolutely wonderful. But in terms of execution, the whole “touch” part didn’t exactly impress. When compared to your standard desktop mouse, these two offerings from Microsoft could easily… Read More

  • Baidu Looks To Leapfrog Google With Cloud-Based Mobile OS (Update)

    Baidu Looks To Leapfrog Google With Cloud-Based Mobile OS (Update)

    Chinese search giant Baidu is reportedly developing a cloud-based smartphone platform in attempt to dip its toes into the mobile pool. Mobile internet users in China totaled 233 million in 2010, projected to reach 957 million by 2014. For some perspective, the total population of both the European Union and the United States was approximately 800 million last year. So in China, mobile is less of… Read More