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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  • Goat Simulator Is A Gloriously Weird Tribute To The Old ‘Tony Hawk’ Games

    Goat Simulator Is A Gloriously Weird Tribute To The Old ‘Tony Hawk’ Games

    While the free section of Apple’s App Store can sometimes make it seem like we’re living in an Idiocracy, some weird stuff occasionally finds a way to take off on the paid charts as well. The latest such oddity is Goat Simulator, a game that gives you a small town to wreak havoc in as the titular farm animal. Read More

  • Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

    Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

    Those who have to keep track of how they spend their time working during the day can’t do much better on iOS than Hours, Apple Design Award winner Tapity’s latest app. We recommended the app when it launched back in July, and now the Tapity team has released an update for iOS 8 that helps you keep on top of your tasks with even less hassle. Read More

  • I Drove Toyota’s Car Of The Future And It Was Boring

    I Drove Toyota’s Car Of The Future And It Was Boring

    While Tesla is getting everyone excited about the idea of sexy electric cars in every driveway, Toyota has been working on a different technological roadmap: the carmaker that made the hybrid category with the Prius thinks that the next generation of cars will be fueled by hydrogen, and it’s going to beat everyone to market with a model coming next year. Read More

  • Convo Brings Chat To Its iOS And Android Apps

    Convo Brings Chat To Its iOS And Android Apps

    Enterprise social network Convo has finally brought chat from its desktop and web apps to mobile. Today, the company is rolling out a new version of its app for iOS and Android that significantly changes its look while bringing real-time chat to its users when they aren’t sitting at their desks. Read More

  • Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse, the 2014 Apple Design Award winning long-form photo-sharing service from former Apple designer Mark Kawano, has launched its app for the iPhone. This comes almost four months after the startup raised $7 million in A-series funding from SherpaVentures and seed investors True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and Designer Fund in order to expand their reach beyond the iPad. Read More

  • 1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password, the app that keeps your accounts secure by generating long, complex passwords and letting you access them by a single password of your choice, arrives on iOS 8 today and brings with it extensions in certain apps (including Safari) and a new, low starting price: free. Read More

  • EyeEm iOS Update Makes It Easier To Choose Your Best Shot

    EyeEm iOS Update Makes It Easier To Choose Your Best Shot

    Photo-sharing service EyeEm has released an update to its iOS app that brings some niceties to the camera and camera roll interfaces. The changes make it easier to see which photos are worth uploading and to get them up with fewer taps and swipes. Read More

  • Cozy Makes Its Rental Management Service Free

    Cozy Makes Its Rental Management Service Free

    Cozy, a Google Ventures-backed service that make the rental process easier for landlords and tenants, has made its current feature set available to all clients for free. In a blog post, Cozy CEO Gino Zahnd says that making these features free will bring in a wider audience for products set for launch in Q4 2014. Read More

  • Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    Our Four Favorite Startups From The StartX Summer 2014 Demo Day

    StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a whiledating service for Chinese ex-pats to zoom lenses for next-gen smartphones. Read More

  • Y Combinator Will Teach A Class On Startups At Stanford This Fall

    Startup accelerator Y Combinator is an undeniably helpful resource for entrepreneurs looking for mentorship through the tough process of building a company. Unfortunately, it’s a very resource-intense program, in that the accelerator’s partners can only devote time to so many startups without being stretched too thin. Read More

  • Flickr Announces “20 Under 20″ Collection Of Young Photographers

    Flickr Announces “20 Under 20″ Collection Of Young Photographers

    In an effort to promote young artists using its service, Flickr has put together a collection of 20 artists under the age of 20 who have shown exceptional talent in their early work. Users can choose their favorite photographers from the group and nominate their work in three different categories: creativity, technical skills, and strength of overall portfolio. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is Most Interesting At The High-End

    The Apple Watch Is Most Interesting At The High-End

    While we got to see a number of features and a ton of variations of the Apple Watch at this week’s event in Cupertino, there was also quite a bit of info Apple chose not to divulge despite the presence of hundreds of interested techies. The most important was probably pricing: we know that the Apple Watch will start at $349, but we have no idea how high prices will go for the… Read More

  • Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming

    Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming

    Since its creation, Code.org’s mission has been to get coding into curriculums for students as schools nationwide. Today, the nonprofit group is launching Code Studio, a combined set of tools and curriculum to get students in kindergarten through high school interested in the underlying concepts behind coding through guided lesson plans. Read More

  • Watch All The Videos Apple Showed During Its Keynote

    Watch All The Videos Apple Showed During Its Keynote

    That was a lot to process at today’s event, and Apple had to break it all down with a series of videos strung throughout its keynote. For many (including yours truly), Apple struggled to provide a consistent stream of the event, so a lot of the shorter videos weren’t even seen by those following the announcements. Read More

  • The Apple Watch To Arrive In Early 2015 For $349

    The Apple Watch To Arrive In Early 2015 For $349

    It’s actually happening: Apple has announced its entry into the wearable space, the Apple Watch. The biggest questions on everyone’s mind this morning: when can we get it and how much will it cost? There isn’t just one Apple Watch hitting the market. There are two sizes coming and it’ll also be available in both 18k gold as well as steel. Read More

  • The New iPhones Come September 19 With Better Pricing For Storage

    The New iPhones Come September 19 With Better Pricing For Storage

    As with previous years, the new iPhone 6 launches for $199 on contract for the 16GB model. But if you want more storage, Apple is offering better pricing tiers than before: going up to $299 gets you 64 GB, and $399 gets you a whopping 128 GB of storage. The bigger iPhone 6 Plus offers the same storage options, though all prices are $100 higher, as the device starts at $299. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Is A 5.5-inch, 1080p Phablet

    At today’s event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., Apple announced two new sizes of iPhone. As per rumors we’ve been seeing since early this year, the new models come in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions, making this the first iPhone announcement in which Apple has announced more than one device size at a time. Read More

  • Put Your Videos Online in a Fraction of the Time with Quickfire.Tv

    QuickFire TV Helps Broadcasters Get The News Out Faster

    Getting video online before your competitors is more important than ever, for better or for worse. Launching today at the Disrupt Battlefield, QuickFire TV claims to transcode video ten times faster than similar services, providing news and sports organizations videos encoded for feedback on a range of devices minutes after it’s uploaded from source footage. Read More

  • FitLine Monitors Your App Usage Like A Fitness Tracker

    FitLine Monitors Your App Usage Like A Fitness Tracker

    FitLine is an app that collects your web and app usage and presents that data like the fitness tracking apps from Nike or Fitbit. It only collects how much time you’re spending on each activity at a high level, so it won’t know whose pictures you’re looking at on Facebook, just that you’ve had that tab open for 20 minutes. Read More

  • EyeEm Challenges Flickr For Providing New Media With Relevant Images

    EyeEm Challenges Flickr For Providing New Media With Relevant Images

    While services like Getty are available, I’ve personally never spent a dime for an image in an article I’ve written — it’s always been easier to do a quick search on Flickr or to shoot my own photos. Photo-sharing service EyeEm wants to offer publishers an option somewhere in between Flickr and paid photo services, and it’s partnering with the Huffington Post to… Read More