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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  • 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

  • How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

  • The Tech Behind 50 Cent’s New SMS Audio Fitness Tracking Earbuds

    The Tech Behind 50 Cent’s New SMS Audio Fitness Tracking Earbuds

    50 Cent’s SMS Audio is holding an event in NYC tonight, but the cat’s out of the bag: the product to be unveiled is a new fitness tracking in-ear headset, which is entirely Intel inside – the technology used was originally developed by Indira Negi, an Intel engineer who created Intel’s smart earbuds reference design, which is what the SMS Audio product will basically… Read More

  • Y Combinator And Mithril Invest In Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup

    Y Combinator And Mithril Invest In Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup

    Building a nuclear fusion reactor that can generate more energy than is put in to make it work is one of the biggest challenges facing engineers today. Like quantum computing, decades of research have mostly resulted in proofs of concept, not hardware that can be rolled out commercially. Read More

  • AuditFile Raises $3M To Offer Task Management For Accountants

    AuditFile Raises $3M To Offer Task Management For Accountants

    To expand, the company is increasing the size of its sales force and building out its app so that it can be used for internal corporate audits, in the hopes that it can become a killer app for finance teams at Fortune 500 companies. Read More

  • YC-Backed VizeraLabs Projects New Materials Onto Any Surface

    YC-Backed VizeraLabs Projects New Materials Onto Any Surface

    At stores with Y Combinator-backed VizeraLabs’s projector installed, you can see what every fabric looks like on a display model instantly. The company wants to replace the books full of different fabrics you can look through at furniture retailers with a projector and pretty much any device that can connect to its growing database of materials and patterns in the cloud. Read More

  • Wibbitz Update Brings A Natural Voice To Its Video News Summaries

    Wibbitz Update Brings A Natural Voice To Its Video News Summaries

    Version 3.0 of Wibbitz’s mobile app launches today, and after a few days of use I can say that the company is doing a good job of steadily moving its app towards what I would consider the ideal version of its concept. Read More

  • YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    Over the last few years, technology has steadily worked its way into the concert-going experience. Apps make the ticket purchasing experience a simple affair, while the endless flood of social data gives promoters and bands the ability to target their marketing efforts at those most likely to enjoy their particular style. Read More

  • YC-Backed Rigetti Computing Raises $2.5M To Create Commercial Quantum Systems

    YC-Backed Rigetti Computing Raises $2.5M To Create Commercial Quantum Systems

    Once confined to research labs and science fiction, quantum computing is finally reaching a point where researchers aren’t simply trying to find out what’s possible, but looking at how they can actually work the technology into commercial hardware. YC-backed Rigetti Computing wants to be one of the companies that leads the effort to create an ecosystem around quantum computing. Read More