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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  • Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook’s new Slingshot messaging app, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today launched worldwide. Originally, the app was only available in select areas. Slingshot is another poke at Snapchat, which has proven to be a real threat to Facebook, especially given that Snapchat doesn’t rely on Facebook or integrate with their APIs in any way. Read More

  • Swapt Launches Out Of Beta To Bring You Accurate Apartment Reviews

    Swapt Launches Out Of Beta To Bring You Accurate Apartment Reviews

    Despite the amount of money that is invested into our housing situation, renters actually have very little information about a place before they sign a lease. Is the landlord always this nice? Is the building well-maintained? Have there been any robberies or bug problems? Without a full investigative report (which no one has time for), there’s really no way to get at this information. Read More

  • Aereo Prepares for Supreme Court Battle

    Aereo Loses In Supreme Court, Deemed Illegal

    Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the legal tussle between streaming TV service Aereo and major network broadcasters. SCOTUS ruled that the decision of the second circuit, which upheld that Aereo was within the bounds of the Copyright Act, shall be reversed. It was a 6-3 decision, with Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito dissenting. Read More

  • Withings New Smartwatch Looks Good Playing Dumb

    Withings New Smartwatch Looks Good Playing Dumb

    Here’s a curveball for you: Withings, which is an excellent fitness-based electronics company with all kinds of fun products like trackers and smart scales, has just bested all the smartwatch makers out there with the new Activité watch. At first glance, it looks like any other old analog watch. It has a clean white face, a leather band, and all the class and glamour of a night at… Read More

  • Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA accelerator powered by TechStars, focused exclusively on connected devices and hardware. Last year, Techstars and R/GA partnered… Read More

  • Yahoo Releases Aviate Homescreen For Android To Organize Your Life

    Yahoo Releases Aviate Homescreen For Android To Organize Your Life

    Yahoo has today launched a new smartphone UI experience called Aviate, which is available for Android phones (English speaking only). The idea is that the company can dip their toes in the mobile OS waters without going all-in on anything, as Yahoo works to strengthen its mobile portfolio. Read More

  • Inspiring Girls Through Google's Made W/ Code

    Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS

    This week, Google launched a new initiative called Made With Code, aimed at getting young women excited about learning to code and close the gender gap in the tech industry. The idea behind it is to show young girls that the things they love, from apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code, and they can apply the skills they learn to their own individual passions. Read More

  • Dattch Lesbian Dating App Launches On Android, Expands Into New York

    Dattch Lesbian Dating App Launches On Android, Expands Into New York

    Dattch is one of the first and only mobile dating services that caters exclusively to women, just in case there are folks out there who would prefer to book a date more than 20 minutes in advance. Today, Dattch goes live in New York after hitting the UK, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Florida. The app has also been released for Android in all available markets. And just in time for Pride… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    The podcast is packed this week, with six of us talking over each other about some of the most exciting news of the week. If you didn’t hear, Amazon launched its own smartphone called the Fire phone, complete with special shopping features and 3D effects. Adobe, meanwhile, introduced the Ink and Slide, a digital pen and ruler for artists and designers. And in true Facebook fashion… Read More

  • Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Last night I had a dream. In it, everyone in the world used just one word: Yo. “Yo” for hello, “Yo” for yes and no, “Yo” for I’m hungry. “Yo” for everything. So imagine my surprise this morning when I wake up to see that Colbert has turned my nightmare into a reality. Read More

  • Apple’s Activation Lock Brings Down iPhone Theft In Major Cities

    Apple’s Activation Lock Brings Down iPhone Theft In Major Cities

    Apple’s introduction of iOS 7 Activation Lock has actually led to a decrease in iPhone-related theft in New York, London, and San Francisco, according to NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves,” said Schneiderman in an interview with the New York Times. “If these can… Read More

  • Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    In an age when consumerism is almost the only path to survival, it’s pretty easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. And then you get more stuff, and wind up startlingly close to a hoarder’s lifestyle before deciding to sell a bunch of it. At first, the idea feels brilliant, until you start tabulating the time, effort and resources involved in selling off a bunch of old crap. Is it worth… Read More

  • Netflix Signs Exclusive Deal With Chelsea Handler For 2016 Talk Show

    Netflix Signs Exclusive Deal With Chelsea Handler For 2016 Talk Show

    Netflix has just announced an exclusive deal with the beautiful and brilliant Chelsea Handler for an upcoming series of talk show programming featuring the comedienne herself, of course. Both the network and Handler are keeping mum about how the show will be formatted, but they did explicitly state that it will “still encompass Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical… Read More

  • Yo

    Yo

    Yo. It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi”, if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple. If you haven’t been following along on Twitter, Yo is the hottest new app that will leave you scratching your head. The entire premise of the app is to send other… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire Phone Uses Depth And 3D Effects To Stand Out

    Amazon’s Fire Phone Uses Depth And 3D Effects To Stand Out

    We’ve been hearing about head-tracking technology on phones for a long time now. Some have ventured into this territory already, with Samsung releasing camera-based head tracking in earlier generations of the Galaxy S phones. Today, Amazon is trying out its own version of the gimmick with new 3D effects enabled by four cameras on the front of the phone. (We totally called this, btw.) Read More

  • The Most-Liked Instagram Photo In The World Took 4 Days To Edit

    The Most-Liked Instagram Photo In The World Took 4 Days To Edit

    Remember the time that Kim Kardashian proved that social media popularity has very little to do with talent by posting the most liked photo of all time? It was a photo of her and her brand spankin’ new husband Kanye West kissing at their wedding, and it stole the crown from Justin Bieber with 2 million likes in about 24 hours. Read More

  • HelloFresh Cooks Up $50 Million Series D From Insight Venture Partners

    HelloFresh Cooks Up $50 Million Series D From Insight Venture Partners

    As we inch ever closer to a truly Wall-E world, HelloFresh has secured $50 million in Series D funding led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from existing investor Phenomen VC. HelloFresh, an on-demand grocery-delivery service, currently sends over 1 million meals per month, and the “vast majority” of those meals are going to repeat customers. Read More

  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • Estimote, Knoll Partner To Bring iBeacons Into Office Space Planning

    Estimote, Knoll Partner To Bring iBeacons Into Office Space Planning

    betaworks-backed Estimote has today announced a partnership with Knoll to bring its iBeacon platform to the office space planning company. Estimote, a Disrupt and YC alum, offers a platform for developers to easily integrate iBeacon tech into existing apps and services, and at NeoCon 2014 (a trade conference for interior design) Knoll debuted one of the first retail installations of… Read More

  • Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Last year, Snapchat took its first big iterative step with the launch of Stories, which let users string together all of their snaps from the latest 24 hours into a single, fluid narrative. The company has since gone on to add text and video chat, transforming it from a simple photo-sharing app into a full-fledged messaging platform. And today, Snapchat is digging even deeper with the… Read More