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  • Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    More consumers were unwrapping new “phablet” devices this holiday season, according to a report out this afternoon from Flurry. The big-screened form factor, whose name is a mashup of “phone” and “tablet,” accounted for 27 percent of a new device activations in the week leading up to Christmas – a doubling of its share from the year prior, and up from… Read More

  • Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    The subject of contention is Free Basics, Facebook and Internet.org‘s app that offers free data access but only to a limited section of the Internet. Free Basics is available in roughly 35 countries through Facebook’s partnerships with mobile carriers who see it as a way to persuade people to buy data plans. But Facebook’s control over the technical guidelines for what… Read More

  • Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    On Christmas day, the world was given a gift by Oculus, UNINTERRUPTED, and LeBron James during the Warriors and Cavaliers game. The two companies paired up to launch a LeBron James experience in VR called “Striving for Greatness” with a fantastically iconic commercial for Samsung’s Gear VR, a hot ticket item this holiday season. [Correction: The VR experience… Read More

  • Twitter’s Fiscal 2015: Up, Flat, And Down

    Twitter’s Fiscal 2015: Up, Flat, And Down

    Twitter did not have a lovely 2015. The world-famous social company saw its revenue rise, its usage flatten, and its share price fall. The company failed to change the arc of its own narrative during the year: Strong financial performance, but continued failure to grow its user base, the latter of which the market appears to weight more strongly. It brought in a new CEO to turn things… Read More

  • Bessemer Venture Partners’ Ethan Kurzweil Talks Video In 2016

    Bessemer Venture Partners’ Ethan Kurzweil Talks Video In 2016

    2015 was a big year for video — especially when it came to user-generated video. Now there are services like Periscope and Meerkat, which are enabling users to broadcast the world around them live. We also saw YouTube launch a subscription model. And, according to Bessemer Venture Partners’ Ethan Kurzweil — who led the firm’s investment in Twitch — we’re… Read More

  • Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

    Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

    It seems like 2015 was the year of the “emoji.” I mean, a damn emoji was the “word of the year.” This year is ending with a massive bang on the App Store thanks to Kim Kardashian and her…assets. Fire up the App Store on your devices and here’s what you’ll see for the top paid app: The app, KIMOJI, costs $1.99. What do you get? Well, emojis having to… Read More

  • OTOY Looks To Give Developers The Tools To Build Lifelike Real-Time 3D Environments

    OTOY Looks To Give Developers The Tools To Build Lifelike Real-Time 3D Environments

    Around ten years ago, Jules Urbach was sitting at the table at his mom’s house, coding away, when there was a knock at the door. His mom answered, but the visitor was for him. Directors J.J. Abrams and David Fincher had some questions about a rendering technology Urbach was working on, which had the potential to make movie scenes look much more realistic with shorter load… Read More

  • Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

    Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

    We’ve gotten a fair bit of play out of Google’s latest $35 Chromecast leading up to the holidays. The games are pretty fun, and you can’t beat it for the price. In time for said holidays, a few more games are being shoved out to keep your family yelling at the screen. Angry Birds Friends and Driver Speedboat Paradise are two of the titles, created just for Chromecast… Read More

  • Alto Mail Is AOL’s Modern Take On Email On Your Phone

    Alto Mail Is AOL’s Modern Take On Email On Your Phone

    Meet Alto Mail, a new mobile app to manage your emails on your phone. The app was created by AOL (TechCrunch’s parent company) but supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, iCloud and AOL Mail. While it shares many features with Google’s Inbox app, it doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. At its core, Alto Mail remains an email app, and a pretty good one. Read More

  • Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

    Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

    If you’re developing a launch title for the upcoming Oculus Rift, you may have gotten a little good news in your inbox this evening. The company says that it’s still shipping Rift hardware out to developers in the run up to launch, with the final hardware making its way into developer’s hands now, albeit still in an early build state. It’s tied to the Rift SDK 1.0. Read More

  • Foursquare Raising Round To Capitalize On Data Business

    Foursquare Raising Round To Capitalize On Data Business

    We’re hearing a lot of chatter that Foursquare is in the process of raising a new fundraising round that will be a down round. If the round gets completed at a lower valuation than the last one, that’s not too shocking. The current investment environment has led many startups to pack on the pounds to prepare for leaner days potentially ahead. At this juncture, the rewards of… Read More

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