Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler
Ryan has spent more than five years covering business, technology, and telecom-related subjects for a variety of publications based in New York and San Francisco. Ryan currently works as a writer for TechCrunch. CrunchBase profile →

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  • No More Cables: OSX Mountain Lion Will Support AirPlay Mirroring

    No More Cables: OSX Mountain Lion Will Support AirPlay Mirroring

    Apple has made a ton of announcements during the keynote to its Worldwide Developer Conference. But one of the coolest updates to its OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system is the addition of AirPlay Mirroring, which will let users directly stream content from their Macs to Apple TV and other supported devices. AirPlay Mirroring was first announced for the iPad at last year’s WWDC, but… Read More

  • Big Data Analytics Startup Datameer Brings Hadoop To The Desktop

    Big Data Analytics Startup Datameer Brings Hadoop To The Desktop

    Datameer was founded in 2009 to help businesses run analytics against large data sets with no programming required. With its latest release, Datameer is introducing two new versions of its data analytics software that can be run on the desktop or on an enterprise’s own server. The Enterprise version of its product is based on Apache Hadoop, and would work with any Hadoop distributor… Read More

  • Twitter’s Hashtag Pages Could Be The New AOL Keywords — But Better

    Twitter’s Hashtag Pages Could Be The New AOL Keywords — But Better

    Earlier today, Twitter made its most aggressive grab for TV marketing dollars, with the release of a TV ad during the Pocono 400 and the launch of the corresponding Twitter.com/#NASCAR hashtag page. I said at the time that the campaign reminds me somewhat of those AOL keywords that used to get tagged about during commercials and at the end of television episodes. See, once upon a time AOL… Read More

  • Andy Rubin Denies Plans To Leave Google, Claims 900,000 Android Devices Activated Daily

    Andy Rubin Denies Plans To Leave Google, Claims 900,000 Android Devices Activated Daily

    Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android unit, made one of his rare appearances on Twitter today, denying rumors that he’s leaving Google… And as usual, announcing new Android activation numbers. Rubin’s tweet came in response to a rumor floated by Robert Scoble earlier today, in which Rubin was reportedly leaving Google to head up a new startup called CloudCar. Based in… Read More

  • Twitter Uses Its First TV Ad As An Opportunity To Launch Hashtag Pages

    Twitter Uses Its First TV Ad As An Opportunity To Launch Hashtag Pages

    Twitter launched its first TV ad Sunday, and it was all about NASCAR. But beyond just getting the attention of NASCAR Twitter followers, the ad is also meant to show off what brands can get if they partner with the social network. Based on what we’ve heard, we’re pretty sure the ad Twitter ran on TNT during the Pocono 400 is all about calling attention to a revamped page… Read More

  • America’s Next Top Model Boosts Its Social Strategy With User Voting And Video Comments

    America’s Next Top Model Boosts Its Social Strategy With User Voting And Video Comments

    If you’re a fan of competitive reality shows like America’s Next Top Model, waiting for the next season can be a drag. But this off-season, while the show is recording, the producers have added a fan vote component that will allow viewers to weigh in on the photo shoots that the models have taken part in. It’s also going beyond just letting fans cast a vote and leave comments… Read More

  • Ringz.TV Brings A Whole New Look To Social Video Discovery On The iPad

    Ringz.TV Brings A Whole New Look To Social Video Discovery On The iPad

    The iPad is a wonderful device to watch videos on, and a number of startups are aiming to provide users with interesting new ways to discover the best videos to watch. Most of these apps — like Showyou, or Squrl, or Fanhattan, or Shelby.tv — have some sort of a social discovery component, which allows users to see what their friends are watching, and conversely, share other videos… Read More

  • The Next Stop For Uber? A Launch In San Diego

    The Next Stop For Uber? A Launch In San Diego

    Since raising $32 million last December, Uber has been on an expansion spree over the last several months, placing cars and dialing up service in cities all over the world. It was just a few days ago, after all, that Uber’s on-demand car service launched in Philadelphia. But it’s just added another U.S. launch city Friday: San Diego. With 1.3 million people in the city and 3.1… Read More

  • Pixorial’s Mobile Video-Sharing App Adds Real-Time Filters To Take On Socialcam And Viddy

    Pixorial’s Mobile Video-Sharing App Adds Real-Time Filters To Take On Socialcam And Viddy

    It wasn’t too long ago that Pixorial made the jump from being an online video sharing service to rolling out its own social, mobile video applications. Now, in its race to take on the competition and try to become the “Instagram for video,” Pixorial has added a few new feature to its app, including filters that let users spice up their videos in real-time. With the new… Read More

  • SocialFlow Lets Marketers Double-Down On Popular Tweets With Real-Time Analytics

    SocialFlow Lets Marketers Double-Down On Popular Tweets With Real-Time Analytics

    SocialFlow was founded to help brands manage their messaging on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. For $99 a month, it has a platform that provides a proprietary algorithms to determine when a company should send a particular message out, based on its content, and automatically Tweets it out or updates the company’s Facebook page. For social marketers, this Optimized Publisher… Read More

  • An Incubator Just For Media Startups: Turner’s Media Camp Accelerator Gets Underway

    An Incubator Just For Media Startups: Turner’s Media Camp Accelerator Gets Underway

    Earlier this spring, Turner Broadcasting announced that it would be launching an incubator, called Media Camp, specifically for startups in the media space. In March, it put out a call for applications, looking to find some startups to join its 12-week program. Now, after an extensive search, it’s ready to announce the lucky six companies that will gain access to a bit of funding and… Read More

  • Hark Strikes A Deal With Universal To Bring Your Favorite Movie Sound Bites Online

    Hark Strikes A Deal With Universal To Bring Your Favorite Movie Sound Bites Online

    Hark, the online repository for audio clips, is getting more studio content Thursday, with a deal that will bring sound bites from Universal’s film library online. Hark will get access to about 100 Universal films, which it will cut up into bite-sized audio clips and add to its sound bite library. That will include memorable one-liners from movies like Animal House, The Blues Brothers… Read More

  • Survey Says: Online Video Is Catching Up To TV In Ad Effectiveness

    Survey Says: Online Video Is Catching Up To TV In Ad Effectiveness

    Every year online video ad startup BrightRoll does a survey of advertisers to see how they’re approaching online video and what their budget plans are for the coming 12 months. And every year, respondents tend to get a little more into the whole online video thing. This year, respondents continue to be bullish on online video, in part because they’re starting to believe that it can… Read More

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    DJ Software Specialist Algoriddim Brings Video To The Turntable With vjay iPad App

    DJ software specialist Algoriddim has come out with a new app for the iPad, and man is it cool. The company already makes the incredibly popular djay app, which has been a mainstay for Mac-, iPad-, and iPhone-equipped DJs over the years. But its new vjay app adds a whole new visual element to the process of DJing, allowing users to easily create, remix, and share their own music videos. All… Read More

  • HBO Go App Lands On The Kindle Fire

    HBO Go App Lands On The Kindle Fire

    Ok, so HBO won’t sell its streaming, on-demand video service HBO GO as a standalone service to cord cutters and other folks who don’t want to pay a premium for it. We’ve established that. But for those of you who do subscribe to HBO through the typical cable channels, the cable network continues to add new devices and platforms that support it. The latest device to get the… Read More

  • How Much Would The Average Person Pay For A Standalone HBO GO Subscription? About $12 A Month

    How Much Would The Average Person Pay For A Standalone HBO GO Subscription? About $12 A Month

    Two years ago, HBO introduced HBO GO, giving fans a way to access all of their favorite programming online, on tablets and mobile devices, and increasingly on connected TV platforms. For those of us who have had a chance to use it, HBO GO is nothing short of a revelation, as viewers can watch pretty much every episode of every HBO original series ever made, as well as a pretty good selection… Read More

  • thePlatform Goes Mid-Market, Introduces mpx Essentials To Compete With Brightcove And Ooyala

    thePlatform Goes Mid-Market, Introduces mpx Essentials To Compete With Brightcove And Ooyala

    Before Brightcove, Ooyala, or KIT Digital, there was thePlatform: The online video platform was founded in 2000, long before online video was a thing. Since then, thePlatform has been mainly focused on the upper end of the market, helping cable companies, television networks, and other large media players to get their content online and on a number of connected devices. Starting at $499 a… Read More

  • Don’t Know How To Code? Use Scroll Kit To Build Your Next Website

    Don’t Know How To Code? Use Scroll Kit To Build Your Next Website

    So this thing called the Internet makes it easy for pretty much anyone to have a voice and get messages across. The problem is that building beautiful, intuitive websites typically requires some knowledge of code. New York City-based Scroll Kit is trying to change that, with an intuitive web app that allows anyone to build compelling experiences with no background knowledge necessary. Scroll… Read More

  • With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

    With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

    Last-minute hotel booking startup HotelTonight just announced that it raised a $23 million Series C round led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). The financing includes existing investors Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, and First Round Capital. In addition to the funding, HotelTongiht will be adding USVP general partner Rick Lewis to its board of directors. HotelTonight has rolled out a number… Read More

  • Cloud Gaming Company OnLive Adds LG Smart TVs And In-Browser Gameplay For Publishers

    Cloud Gaming Company OnLive Adds LG Smart TVs And In-Browser Gameplay For Publishers

    Two years ago, OnLive launched with a dramatic plan to upend the gaming industry: By putting game processing in the cloud and streaming over the Internet, it could enable a whole new realm of devices to access games that were previously only playable on high-powered PCs and gaming consoles. Now it’s expanding availability beyond its own desktop applications and streaming console to… Read More