Kyle Russell

Kyle Russell
Kyle Russell is a writer at TechCrunch. Previously, he reported on Apple, enterprise, and streaming media at Business Insider. CrunchBase profile →

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  • ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

    Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More

  • Nintendo Announces The “New Nintendo 3DS”

    Nintendo Announces The “New Nintendo 3DS”

    First released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS has been re-released both as the bigger 3DS XL and as the the cheaper, kid-friendly 2DS. In today’s “Nintendo Direct” video update, Nintendo announced the “New Nintendo 3DS,” an update to the platform that’s somewhere between a minor update and a full-fledged follow-up. Read More

  • Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Read More

  • Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

    Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

    Contact Center acts like speed dial built for the way we communicate with others on smartphones today. You’re given a set of customizable tiles that can be edited to show common functions, like calling, texting, or sending GIFs, or to show your favorite contacts. Read More

  • Leap Motion Launches VR Headset Mount For Its Hand-Tracking Controller

    Leap Motion Launches VR Headset Mount For Its Hand-Tracking Controller

    Today Leap Motion is launching a mount for its PC peripheral that lets you track your hands in virtual reality applications by attaching it to the front of the Oculus Rift or other headsets. This mount launches simultaneously with a new version of Leap Motion’s SDK that enables the device to keep track of your hands from headset’s perspective rather than below. Read More

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    StartX Opens Biolab For Stanford Startups

    StartX And QB3 Open A Biotech Lab In Palo Alto

    StartX, the nonprofit accelerator program spun out of Stanford University, is opening a biotech laboratory in conjunction with QB3, the institute focused on molecular biology research at the University of California. The space is intended for early stage medical and hardware tech companies, providing equipment useful for molecular biology startups and early stage hardware startups. Read More

  • VR Gives Game Developers A Chance To Take Streaming Time From Twitch

    VR Gives Game Developers A Chance To Take Streaming Time From Twitch

    The emergence of virtual reality over the next few years offers game developers an opening to take some of that streaming time back from Twitch by providing game spectators a far more immersive view of games than is available today. Read More

  • Bublcam 360 Degree Spherical Camera

    Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

    We had Bublcam CEO Sean Ramsay stop by the office to show off the current version of the device, which is available for preorder for $579. In our demo, we used the Bublcam to stream a live video, take a selfie, and record footage from around the office. Operating the camera with one button is easy once you know how long you need to press it for each function, and the color-changing LEDs let… Read More

  • Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Too Big To Fail

    Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Too Big To Fail

    Amazon is going to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in an all-cash deal. Today’s Amazon deal definitely doesn’t give off the same “this feels right” vibe as the Google rumor. While Amazon has Prime Instant Video, it doesn’t have offer any way for people to upload their own content — everything you can watch on the service has… Read More

  • Microsoft Research Shows Off “DeLorean,” Its Tech For Building A Lag-Free Cloud Gaming Service

    Microsoft Research Shows Off “DeLorean,” Its Tech For Building A Lag-Free Cloud Gaming Service

    When looking to the future of gaming, few concepts get people as excited as the mythical “Netflix for gaming.” It’s a concept that we’ve seen in multiple forms, from OnLive’s early efforts to Sony’s new PlayStation Now service. Read More

  • Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

    Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

    Product Hunt, the YC-backed social network for sharing links to interesting new startups and apps via a Reddit-like interface, has been banned from Reddit. We first got wind that links to Product Hunt could no longer be submitted to Reddit from a comment on a video published to YouTube by Google Ventures announcing that the search giant’s investment wing invested in Product… Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a first step to convincing developers that they should use it to send traffic between apps. Read More

  • Square Announces Analytics Tools For Merchants

    Square Announces Analytics Tools For Merchants

    With competition in mobile payments heating up, Square continues to expand its offerings for small businesses to other areas where local merchants are missing out compared to big retailers and franchises. Today the company is launching Square Analytics, a set of tools that tie in to its suite of register tools, which already includes Inventory, Invoices, and the recently launched Appointments. Read More

  • Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

  • PlayFab Raises $2.5M For Its Gaming Backend Service

    PlayFab Raises $2.5M For Its Gaming Backend Service

    Nowadays, most studios building games for mobile, PC, or consoles are actually building services: there are servers where gamers play together, leaderboards, in-app purchases to process, inventories to manage, character stats to keep track of, and more. While extremely helpful, most game engines don’t help you implement this side of things Read More

  • YC-Backed UPower Is Building Nuclear Batteries

    YC-Backed UPower Is Building Nuclear Batteries

    Despite the promise of bountiful, cheap, and clean energy, nuclear energy didn’t completely overtake fossil fuels like everyone expected in the middle of the twentieth century. Among other things, fear of radiation leaks and waste products that have to be buried for hundreds of years turned the United States away from adopting it for more than a fraction of our energy usage. Read More

  • Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    While communities built around GitHub and Stack Overflow have developers working together more than they ever have before, one group’s work is typically seen by too few, considering the impact it could have: researchers in academia, whose work at its most successful is typically discussed only at conferences or in journals. Read More

  • Switch Is TripAdvisor For Finding A Tech Bootcamp

    Switch Is TripAdvisor For Finding A Tech Bootcamp

    Thanks to the predicted tech talent shortage and uncertainty in other industries, the idea of switching careers to jump to the tech industry is an enticing prospect for many in these less-than-stellar economic times. Read More

  • Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

    Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

    With Whisper and Secret raising millions of dollars to build anonymous services, all kinds of apps are popping up that let you share things without attaching your identity. While most of the apps emerging try to build a community by letting you scroll through streams of anonymous messages, some developers are creating apps that let you reach out directly to people in your contacts. Read More