Drew Olanoff

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  • Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Amidst concerns over the gaming mechanics of a popular buzzy app called Stolen, its creators Hey Inc. has decided to shut down. They tweeted out the news today. Basically, the app allowed you to “own” peers with Twitter accounts, whether they signed up for the service or not. It was meant to be a fun game, but rubbed many people the wrong way. We've decided to shut down… Read More

  • Peach Gets An Unofficial Web And Android Version Called Nectarine

    Peach Gets An Unofficial Web And Android Version Called Nectarine

    If you haven’t tried Peach out because you don’t have an iOS device, a developer has ginned up something called “Nectarine,” which is an unofficial Android and web version of the service. It’s limited as far as what you can do and how you can interact, but you can definitely view your stream (in flipped order), like posts and comment on posts. It’s pretty… Read More

  • Snoop Dogg Would Like Bill Gates To “Fix His S*&t”

    Snoop Dogg Would Like Bill Gates To “Fix His S*&t”

    When something happens like, I don’t know, Xbox Live going down, what do you do? A lot of us run to Twitter to complain about it. Not because our complaints will be heard, but because hot damn sometimes it just feels good. Read More

  • Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    When you think about virtual reality, you probably think about visuals and imagery and immersive far-off places. However, the key to a really fantastic immersive experience is not only what you see, but what you hear. And not just what you hear, but how you hear it. Google announced today that its Cardboard SDKs for Unity and Android now support spatial audio. Read More

  • Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    According to a report by Re/Code, Google is doubling down on virtual reality, with its VP for product management, Clay Bavor, dropping his responsibilities for other apps like Gmail and Drive to focus solely on Cardboard and VR. Bavor has been with Google for over 10 years, so trusting this budding unit with him is a massive signal that Google is in it to win it as far as VR goes. Its success… Read More

  • Google I/O Will Hit Mountain View On May 18-20 At Shoreline Amphitheatre

    Google I/O Will Hit Mountain View On May 18-20 At Shoreline Amphitheatre

    We don’t have too many details yet, but Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai just let the world know where and when Google I/O will take place this year. The conference usually takes place in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, but it seems like the company wanted to bring it closer to them — and have it outdoors. Read More

  • 100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, has played around in the outskirts of Twitter, with nothing more than a screenshot and link being shared when you see a stream pop up in your timeline. That changes today as Periscope gets fully baked into the iOS version of Twitter and coming soon for Android and web. You might be asking “what took so long?” but since Periscope… Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    After an aggressive response to his company, T-Mobile, being called out for being anti-net neutrality on its new “Binge On” product by the EFF, CEO John Legere has backtracked a bit. In case you missed it, he flippantly asked “Who the fuck is the EFF?” during a Twitter Q&A last week. EFF supporters told him. In droves. Here was his apology today, which is, of… Read More

  • Hype Or Not, Peach Hit The Top 10 Social Networking App List Fast

    Hype Or Not, Peach Hit The Top 10 Social Networking App List Fast

    You’ve probably heard quite a bit about social networking/messaging app Peach. Some say it’s dumb, some say it’s great, and a lot say something in between. What do I feel about it? It feels fresh. Fresh in a way that Twitter, Path, WhatsApp and Messenger doesn’t feel. Mind you, it’s on a massive hype-train right now so take it all with a grain of salt. But by… Read More

  • Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Just like the Super Bowl, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl has become a tradition in my household. Every single year we’re treated to the most fluffy, cuddle-up-to-ity pups of all time. This year, Puppy Bowl XII will have a ton of extras in 360 degree video. Long live virtual reality. This year, the event will feature 84 puppies from 44 rescues across the United States and will… Read More

  • Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Hot off of raising a $24M Series B round and inking a deal with Target for its Bevel brand, Walker & Company Brands has launched a brand new product — Bevel Trimmer. The company calls it “the most advanced device for trimming and shaping coarse or curly hair” and comes with a fresh new partnership with rapper Nas. While Walker & Company might not be your typical… Read More

  • Peach Is A Slick New Messaging App From The Founder Of Vine

    Peach Is A Slick New Messaging App From The Founder Of Vine

    Chat chat chat, talk talk talk. We love it, you love it. Messaging apps are hot for 2016 (again) and there’s seemingly a niche platform for all of us. There are also big platforms for the rest of the world like Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, Snapchat and Hangouts (and tons more). One new app, Peach, is pretty interesting. Peach was created by the founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann. Read More

  • Over 200,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Stop Apple From Killing The iPhone’s Headphone Jack

    Over 200,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Stop Apple From Killing The iPhone’s Headphone Jack

    You may have heard the rumors that Apple might be doing away with the headphone jack on the iPhone to push forward the wonderful world of wireless listening. Awesome, right? Well, hold on. First off, as per usual, Apple has said nothing to confirm or deny this, so it’s just a rumor. Still, we’re treated with baffling headlines like this: This confusion is causing a bit of an… Read More

  • Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Welp, it happened. T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to field questions about the “Binge On” program the company launched. Is it great? Is it throttling? The EFF has its thoughts. The organization also decided to participate in Legere’s Twitter Q&A which led to this gem: .@EFF pic.twitter.com/pv6V4oOJwS — John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 7, 2016 “Who the… Read More

  • Futuristic ‘Uncanny Valley’ Explores The Potential Unintended Consequences Of VR

    Futuristic ‘Uncanny Valley’ Explores The Potential Unintended Consequences Of VR

    As we dip our toes into virtual reality more and more each day, one could imagine a far-off unintended consequence — the blurring of virtual and actual reality. A short film called “Uncanny Valley” explores that notion, with a bit of an “Ender’s Game” plot and feel. Here’s the setup from its creator, Federico Heller. In the slums of the future… Read More

  • Let’s Put Twitter Moments In The Hands Of Twitter Users

    Let’s Put Twitter Moments In The Hands Of Twitter Users

    Storytelling is fun, but it’s also not easy. You have to have an idea of what story you want to tell and what pieces to include to illustrate it. Sometimes it’s words, sometimes it’s photos, sometimes it’s videos, and sometimes it’s all of them. Read More

  • Apple Dives Deeper Into Artificial Intelligence By Acquiring Emotient

    Apple Dives Deeper Into Artificial Intelligence By Acquiring Emotient

    According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. The company confirmed the move to the WSJ. The San Diego-based company was founded in 2012 and has raised $8M from investors like Intel Capital and Seth Neiman, and had been tinkering around with products like Google Glass and other wearables. Most recently the company was… Read More

  • Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    The location aware app Foursquare, and its check-in sidekick Swarm, seemingly kills my phone’s battery. I mean, whenever I get within a block of the TechCrunch office, it lets me know all of the wonderful places around me that I can grab a coffee or whatnot. I even tweeted about how annoying the drain is: Foursquare should pay for my iPhone battery pack. — drew olanoff… Read More

  • Just How Good Of A PC Does An Oculus Rift Need?

    Just How Good Of A PC Does An Oculus Rift Need?

    The Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order at $599, but there’s been some confusion about what else you’ll need to plug it in and getting going once it hits your doorstep. Wait just a minute. You need a Windows PC to run Oculus Rift. https://t.co/jxq0qsAPHn — Steve Garfield (@stevegarfield) January 6, 2016 I still *regularly* see people react with "That Oculus… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea

    Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea

    As you know, reports are surfacing about Twitter’s interest in potentially monkeying around with the number of characters you can tweet…or share along with a tweet. 5,000? 10,000? Well, certainly more than the current 140 characters. As the day went on, Twitter’s stock hit an all-time low ($21.89) on the news that this change might be coming along, and its CEO Jack Dorsey took… Read More

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