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 noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true. Enter the noPhone. Read More

  • OhMiBod & Autoblow 2 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Sex Toys

    This episode of Fly or Die, focused on two different sex toys, may seem straightforward, but John and I actually learned a lot. We realized that not all sex toys are created equal, especially when you’re weighing sex toys for girls against those for boys. Read More

  • This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

    This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

    CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. Read More

  • Best Buy Briefly Lists The Moto 360 Smart Watch For $249

    Best Buy Briefly Lists The Moto 360 Smart Watch For $249

    Best Buy may have inadvertently revealed pricing for the Moto 360 smart watch, set to be unveiled at a press event in early September. The big box retailer put up a listing for the smart watch on their website, which had a full list of specs as well as a $249 price tag. The page was removed shortly after appearing. Luckily, the folks over at DroidLife grabbed a screenshot of the listing. Read More

  • A Q&A With SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson After Selling To Samsung For $200M

    A Q&A With SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson After Selling To Samsung For $200M

    As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization. For a few hundred dollars, SmartThings can help pretty much anyone get started building out a smart, connected home, with more than 100,000 different devices (from light switches to… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Register, Skully, And Summer Time-Sinks

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Register, Skully, And Summer Time-Sinks

    This week, Amazon announced a Square competitor in the form of the Amazon Local Register, undercutting Square’s transaction fee. Meanwhile, the makers of the Skully smart motorcycle helmet finally opened up the pre-order, setting the Indiegogo record for the fastest funded company to hit $1 million in pre-orders. But as August permits us a bit too much time for introspection, we also take… Read More

  • Spring, David Tisch’s Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping

    Spring, David Tisch’s Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping

    For the past year, investor and serial entrepreneur David Tisch has been working with his brother Alan to build an enjoyable way to shop on mobile. Today, that fruits of that labor springs onto the scene. Read More

  • Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More

  • Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Robots are everywhere, including wandering around your hotel. Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. in their Palo Alto Aloft Hotel. Read More

  • OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    In this week’s episode of totally batshit crazy things some brands do to get attention, OnePlus (the maker of a new smartphone called The One) is kindly offering a bump on the waiting list for women who are willing to enter the equivalent of an online beauty contest. Because I literally can’t bring myself to describe a contest that is so demeaning towards women and generally… Read More

  • The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

    The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

    You know that part in the movie where they geeky librarian takes off their glasses, shakes out their hair, and instantly becomes super hot? I haven’t personally tried out the Glov (as it just launched for pre-order on Indiegogo), but I can only assume that it’s a bit like that: It looks awkward at first, but it feels really good once you get down to it. The Glov is meant to solve… Read More

  • Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    In the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, Tinder has some positive news to share around a recent hire. Jerry Heinz, former head of Engineering at Amazon, has recently joined Tinder as VP of engineering, overseeing the team of thirty as the mobile dating app continues to scale. Heinz led the effort around Amazon AppStream, and before that was the general manager for Test Drive, which was… Read More

  • Foursquare | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The New Foursquare

    As you might have noticed, Foursquare made some big changes this summer. The first was the introduction of a new check-in based social app called Swarm, and the second hit last week with the debut of the brand new Foursquare. Read More

  • Four Of The Best Investors In The Game Will Talk Trends At Disrupt SF

    Four Of The Best Investors In The Game Will Talk Trends At Disrupt SF

    We’ve had a lot of exciting guests cross our Disrupt stage — there was the time we had the HBO crew from Silicon Valley do an interview, and Ashton Kutcher is becoming a regular fixture, not to mention repeat appearances from Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer and Marc Benioff. But perhaps more exciting than anything is our investor panel, which pulls together some of the most… Read More

  • The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road

    The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road

    The stats around motorcycle safety in the United States are pretty bleak, but the folks at Skully are looking to give an added layer of safety to the bike-riding thrill-seekers of the world. The Skully AR-1 helmet started quite literally as a fever dream by founder and CEO Dr. Marcus Weller, who had been in multiple motorcycle accidents before. He dreamt of a helmet that could give him HUD… Read More

  • #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    The birth of the Read Receipt was inconspicuous enough. It started out in our work email, with easy opt-out options, and was meant to slightly increase productivity. Today, the Read Receipt is everywhere, oftentimes as a default, poking its devilish head into all parts of our life, from the mundane to the professional to the very personal. Though most people will tell you otherwise, the… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Food And Sex

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Food And Sex

    As the end of summer sends people on vacation and essentially stops time as we know it, a couple good distractions for this slow time include food and sex. That said, we take a look at the new Foursquare before awkwardly chatting about the new AutoBlow 2 and OhMiBod sex toys. Read More

  • Casper Mattress Startup Lands $13.1 Million Series A

    Casper Mattress Startup Lands $13.1 Million Series A

    Casper, the company looking to reinvent the way mattresses are made and sold, has closed a $13.1 million Series A round led by New Enterprise Associates, bringing its total funding to $15 million. Not unlike other up-and-coming ecommerce startups, Casper looks to cut out the commission-based middle man and sell well-made mattresses at a much lower cost. Read More

  • Our Favorites from DreamIt's NYC Class of 2014

    These Are Our Favorite Startups From The DreamIt NY Demo Day

    This week, we met 12 new companies that graduated from DreamIt’s NY Demo Day. We have the scoop on all of them here, from the shoppable Pinterest to an ID scanning app to a real-time CRM app for all businesses. But we also decided to take a lap around the room to meet some of our favorites. Read More

  • Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed

    Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed

    As August sets in and the tech world goes on vacation, it signals the return of the best part of every year: TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This is the big show, folks. This is the main stage. And luckily, we’ll have a true star of the tech world up on our stage in the form of Path founder Dave Morin. Dave Morin built Path as a way to fundamentally change the way we do social media. The… Read More