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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  • New Apple Patent Describes Kinect-Style Control System

    New Apple Patent Describes Kinect-Style Control System

    I realize that patent speak is super verbose for a reason, as those applying want every little nook and cranny of their technology/invention protected. But… well, just look at this: “A three-dimensional imaging and display system is provided in which user input is optically detected in an imaging volume by measuring the path length of an amplitude modulated scanning beam as a… Read More

  • Snow Fight iOS Game Makes It Feel Like Christmas Every Day

    Snow Fight iOS Game Makes It Feel Like Christmas Every Day

    This morning I was feeling particularly dreary. The weather is gloomy today in the Big Apple, grey and rainy, and it’s chillier than it was yesterday. I found a little comfort in the fact that the holidays are on their way, but looking out the window it simply doesn’t feel like Christmastime. Disheartened, I opened up my trusty MacBook Pro and started in on my least favorite part… Read More

  • Apple’s Hiring To Improve Siri, Possibly Readying API For Third Parties

    Apple’s Hiring To Improve Siri, Possibly Readying API For Third Parties

    While Siri is no doubt one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen on a phone, we’re all still dealing with some form of disenchantment. Siri blows your mind that first day, and then it feels like you spend the rest of your time chasing that magic, repeating things so she’ll understand, waiting for her to get over “trouble connecting to the network,” etc. Read More

  • Down From Olympus: What’s Going On At The Beleaguered Camera Company?

    Down From Olympus: What’s Going On At The Beleaguered Camera Company?

    Riding high from a series of mid- to high-level successes in its 2010 and 2011 camera line, Olympus execs could be excused for feeling good. However, as 2011 winds down, Olympus is not in the news for medical imaging devices or micro 4/3s lenses. Instead, it’s in the news for a scandalous affair that threatens to sink the company and has already claimed the company’s board. It was… Read More

  • Archos G9 Tablets To Taste Ice Cream Sandwich Early Next Year (Video)

    Archos G9 Tablets To Taste Ice Cream Sandwich Early Next Year (Video)

    I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that you had perhaps forgotten about the Archos G9 tablets. They haven’t seen much coverage of late, though we did get our hands on one back in October. In our review we found them to be fun but ugly, with various ports and a somewhat untrustworthy build quality, though solid enough for casual use. But the 8- and 10-inch G9 slates may be due for a… Read More

  • Boost Mobile Gives Customers A New Way To Add Credit: Facebook

    Boost Mobile Gives Customers A New Way To Add Credit: Facebook

    In the few months I lived across the pond (where prepaid phone plans are more popular than contracts, go figure), I learned something important about adding credit to your plan, or “topping up” as the Brits would say: it’s a pain in the arse. Some carriers let you add credit by sending a text, which is pretty awesome, but the more options customers have the better. That… Read More

  • BBC’s Global iPlayer Heads To The iPhone, iPod touch

    BBC’s Global iPlayer Heads To The iPhone, iPod touch

    While not everyone would agree, I’m firmly of the belief that news (and most everything) sounds much better delivered in a British accent. The BBC’s new global iPlayer app, which has launched in more than 11 western European countries, offers up much more than just your daily news, but is chock-full of fun words like “arse,” “blimey,” and one of my… Read More

  • Sprint: No LTE-Friendly Hardware Until Second Half Of 2012

    Sprint: No LTE-Friendly Hardware Until Second Half Of 2012

    Today Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer said that the company plans on launching 15 LTE-capable devices next year, though they may be coming a little later than expected — the latter half of 2012, to be exact. The company had originally hoped for mid-summer launches with its first LTE-capable hardware, though either date is much later than the competition. Verizon is clearly up and running in… Read More

  • iRobot, Makers Of The Roomba, Launch An iOS Game?

    iRobot, Makers Of The Roomba, Launch An iOS Game?

    Every once in a while, a pitch hits our collective TechCrunch inbox that is equally ridiculous and intriguing. In a situation like that — one full of hilarity and intrigue — how can we not post it? That said, I really don’t know what’s going on over at iRobot, as the makers of the very popular robotic vacuum, the Roomba, have decided to branch way, way out there and… Read More

  • 50 Cent Debuts His Company's New Headphones

    50 Cent Debuts His New Cans: Street And Sync By 50 (Video)

    While we weren’t “In Da Club”, the Candy Shop, or the Disco Inferno, 50 Cent himself made some time this morning to meet us in downtown Manhattan and show off his brand new line of headphones. If you don’t already know, 50 originally tried to get the ball rolling in the audio biz with Sleek Audio earlier this year, until some licensing issues led him to become CEO of… Read More

  • LG Nitro HD Review: You Win Some, You Lose Some

    LG Nitro HD Review: You Win Some, You Lose Some

    I find myself looking at the Nitro HD with mixed feelings. In some ways, it’s exactly what I’ve been asking for from LG, and in others it simply brings about disappointment. The software, in particular, failed to impress me. Hopefully a much more clogged 4G LTE network from AT&T (compared to the like, seven people that are using it now) will still find a way to outweigh the lag… Read More

  • Fanhattan Beefs Up Selection With New Content Partners: Crackle, Lifetime, And PBS

    Fanhattan Beefs Up Selection With New Content Partners: Crackle, Lifetime, And PBS

    I’ve always enjoyed using the Fanhattan app. It’s smart, available on both iPhone and iPad, and just makes getting to what I want to watch easier. Period. But there was one small gripe I had. In fact, it’s not even a gripe. It’s just how we all feel about anything good: we want more. Fanhattan has this great Smart Browse system that lets you filter down content by… Read More

  • LG Nitro HD For AT&T: Hands-On

    LG Nitro HD For AT&T: Hands-On

    Tonight at LG’s media event in New York City, we were lucky enough to get some quality time with the LG Nitro HD. The third in AT&T’s line of LTE-capable phones, the Nitro HD was announced earlier this week with a launch date of December 4 for AT&T. Some of its spec highlights include a 4.5-inch 720p display (like the HTC Rezound), a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an… Read More

  • Sprint Inks Deal To Support Clearwire With $1.6 Billion

    Sprint Inks Deal To Support Clearwire With $1.6 Billion

    Clearwire’s WiMax network. Without it, Clearwire would have had to choose between paying up on a $237 million interest payment or continuing to build out its LTE network — a necessity in terms of competition for both Clearwire and Sprint. The deal consists of Sprint paying $926 million for unlimited 4G WiMax services between 2012 and 2013. In the meantime, Sprint is also pledging… Read More

  • AT&T On The FCC Staff Report: Nuh-Uh!

    AT&T On The FCC Staff Report: Nuh-Uh!

    So remember that staff report the FCC released a few days ago? It was basically a novella-length rant on how horrible the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would be, and how many of AT&T’s arguments were flawed. Releasing the document in the first place was a bit unorthodox, as AT&T had withdrawn its application before the FCC had opened the report up to the public. The FCC offered… Read More

  • The White Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Will Hit AT&T Shelves December 4

    The White Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Will Hit AT&T Shelves December 4

    White phones can be hit or miss. The white BlackBerry Pearl, for example, is an ugly phone. Period. But some white phones can be sexy little beasts, as is the new snow-white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. That’s right, just a few weeks after hitting AT&T shelves in black, a white version of the phone will be made available on December 4. Read More

  • Curly Cables, Where Have You Been All My Life?

    Curly Cables, Where Have You Been All My Life?

    Some of my favorite “inventions” are the simple ones. The ideas that are so obvious that we overlook them entirely. This new Kickstarter project, the Curly Cable, falls squarely into that category. Honestly, why hasn’t this been created yet? The Curly Cable is an iDevice charge/sync cord that looks an awful lot like the telephone cords of yore, when you were chained to the… Read More

  • Android Smartphone Round-Up: November Edition

    Android Smartphone Round-Up: November Edition

    Falling Leaves. Black Friday. And Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. These are the cornerstones of the month of November. Releasing new phones, however, is not. Unfortunately, this means that our Android Smartphone Round-Up for November is a bit lean, but we’ve still managed to pick out a few handsets worth your valuable consideration. Without further ado, these are our favorite… Read More

  • Sony’s Latest Retail Strategy: Follow Apple’s Lead

    Sony’s Latest Retail Strategy: Follow Apple’s Lead

    Sony is making a big push in retail these days, as COO Phil Molyneux outlined this morning at a press conference in New York City. As he explained Sony’s retail plans to us, in that lovely British accent, one thing kept popping up in my mind: Apple. Sony’s retail strategy, in many ways, seems to be taking cues from Apple’s in-store success over the past few years. Read More

  • Even After Withdrawing Its Application, AT&T Hits Another Huge Hurdle In T-Mo Deal

    Even After Withdrawing Its Application, AT&T Hits Another Huge Hurdle In T-Mo Deal

    In the wake of withdrawing its application to acquire T-Mobile, AT&T has hit yet another obstacle otherwise known as the FCC. See, before AT&T pulled its application, the FCC had big plans to put the deal before an administrative law judge, effectively prolonging the process and magnifying the details of the merger. As part of those big plans, the FCC had compiled an 109-page report… Read More