Opinion

  • The Honeywell Bubble Count Revisited Crunch Network

    The Honeywell Bubble Count Revisited

    I am a tall straight white cisgendered Canadian man in excellent health, i.e. I won pretty much every available lottery on the day I was born. People expect me to excel at things, or at least they don’t expect me not to. Concierges at five-star hotels are eager to help me, and rarely even ask me whether or not I am a guest. Read More

  • The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The other day I was writing an article and I wanted to link to a piece I wrote when I was at CITEworld in 2013 — just two years ago. I went searching for it, but soon discovered that IDG, the publication’s owners had taken the site down — and all of its content with it. While this was one small example, it illustrates the issues we have around content preservation on… Read More

  • Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Earlier today, Rovio said it would lay off 260 employees. This was fascinating news to the Internet, given Rovio’s status as one of the vanguards of mobile gaming as the iPhone and Android exploded. But in reality, all games eventually fade into obscurity, and even viral phenomenons like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Candy Crush Saga and FarmVille become distant memories among the… Read More

  • Don’t Be Apple Crunch Network

    Don’t Be Apple

    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected. So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world? Read More

  • Terms And Conditions Are The Biggest Lie Of Our Industry

    Terms And Conditions Are The Biggest Lie Of Our Industry

    THE LEGAL AGREEMENTS SET OUT BELOW GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS TECHCRUNCH POST (“TECHCRUNCH”). TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS, CLICK “AGREE.” IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT CLICK “AGREE,” AND DO NOT USE THE SERVICES. Read More

  • INNOVATE2016: Larry Downes
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    INNOVATE2016: Silicon Valley Is A Political Issue In The 2016 Election

    Why should Silicon Valley care about the 2016 election? According to Georgetown University’s Larry Downes, it’s going to be an election in which the most disruptive technologies – from the Internet of Things to drones to Bitcoin to Uber – are becoming political issues. Read More

  • Bluetooth Suppositories And Other Teledildonics You Didn’t Know You Needed Crunch Network

    Bluetooth Suppositories And Other Teledildonics You Didn’t Know You Needed

    Let us talk frankly about technology and sex, which are, as the old ad has it, two great tastes that taste great together. Let’s talk about vibrators, and teledildonics, and orgasms, and KinkBNB, and VR porn, and “Uber for escorts.” And let’s talk again about how our collective inability to about our collective inability to think about, talk about, and invest in sex in… Read More

  • In The Age of Disruption, Customer Love Is More Important Than Ever

    In The Age of Disruption, Customer Love Is More Important Than Ever

    Think about how frustrated you were the last time you waited for your cable guy to show up, or how annoyed you got when you settled into the back of a cab, only to have the driver tell you he wouldn’t take a credit a card. What about the time you had to pay a hefty fee for the right to text and use data on your smartphone outside of the country? These scenarios are probably all too… Read More

  • OK Alphabet

    OK Alphabet

    “Finally.” “Moonshots.” “Sundar.” “Speed.” “Brilliant.” “YES!” These are all things that I’ve heard from insiders today in response to Google’s move to put itself, and its other units, under a new umbrella company called Alphabet. The news came in like a tomahawk, causing most of us to check the calendar and… Read More

  • The Thin Black-Clad Line Crunch Network

    The Thin Black-Clad Line

    We live in a cyberpunk novel. Every major nation-state clandestinely develops (and/or purchases) carefully targeted malware, and constantly probes—or penetrates—other nations’ defenses while desperately evaluating their offensive capabilities. Criminal undergrounds ransom ordinary users’ computers for bitcoin. Fortune 500 companies are breached almost monthly. Read More

  • Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Greetings from the gaudy hellscape of Las Vegas, and that overcrowded maelstrom of surly hackers known as DEF CON! What follows is a brief rundown of the talks here (and its big corporate sister Black Hat) that seemed particularly interesting. Short version: software is eating the world; software can be hacked; ergo, the world can be hacked. Be afraid. Read More

  • Yuck It Up, Humanity, Because VR Is Going To Make Things Really Weird

    Yuck It Up, Humanity, Because VR Is Going To Make Things Really Weird

    The Internetogencia was all in a tizzy this week as it commented on a cover photo from Time magazine extolling the simple joys of VR. The cover, if you haven’t seen it, features the disheveled founder of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, who looked like a jolly baby as he bumbled around a virtual seashore. In short, it was WhiteGuysWearin’OculusRifts on the cover of a major news… Read More

  • Should Software Companies Be Legally Liable For Security Breaches? Crunch Network

    Should Software Companies Be Legally Liable For Security Breaches?

    It’s a truism that all software has bugs and security holes. It’s another that license agreements invariably make software vendors immune to liability for damage or losses caused by such flaws. But, to my surprise, Black Hat’s founder and keynote speaker are arguing that software product liability, presumably mandated by governments, is inevitable. If they’re right… Read More

  • Did Virtual Reality Just Have Its Google Glass “Shower” Moment?

    Did Virtual Reality Just Have Its Google Glass “Shower” Moment?

    If you followed the Google Glass saga, you remember that everything started out pretty hunky dory. There was an exciting demo that included people jumping out of a plane. Then there were developers in line to pay $1,500 to have a play with them and build apps for the hardware. It was a developer-only program. What could go wrong? The “shower incident.” That’s what. Read More

  • Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched Crunch Network

    Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched

    Thursday was, I think, a historic day–though whether it becomes a memorable milestone like the launch of the Altair 8800, or an obscure footnote à la CP/M, remains to be seen. Thursday was the day that the Ethereum Project finally launched, after much sound and fury, including raising ~US$10 million (in Bitcoin.) It’s a fascinating, wildly ambitious project, and it is vaporware… Read More

  • Maybe There Doesn’t Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything

    Maybe There Doesn’t Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything

    Should Apple be concerned that a number of popular app makers like Facebook, Google and Snapchat have yet to embrace its Apple Watch platform with apps of their own? That’s a question raised by a recent New York Times piece detailing how many developers are taking a “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to Apple’s new wearable. Read More

  • Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    If you want to stream your music instead of buy tracks, there are more options than you can shake a stick at. You’ve got Spotify, Rdio, XBox Music (Microsoft), Amazon, Apple Music and Google Play just to name a few. One of the players, Google, which happens to have the world’s biggest search engine, has chosen to only recognize a few of them. Read More

  • Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

    Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out. The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse app developer) PERSONALLY emailed Twitter and complained about the lack… Read More

  • Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post Crunch Network

    Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post

    Most people don’t understand how technology works. When they flip a light switch, or tap their phone, what happens next is essentially magic to them. Oh, they may be able to handwave a bit about electrons and volts and microprocessors and radio waves and packet-switched networks, but they’re just mouthing the words. They don’t actually understand any of those things. Read More

  • We’re All Doomed, Or, Towards A Border Gateway Super Posse Crunch Network

    We’re All Doomed, Or, Towards A Border Gateway Super Posse

    Everything is broken. Just ask any security engineer. Way back in 1998, the members of the hacker collective L0pht testified to Congress that they could take down the entire Internet in 30 minutes by abusing BGP, the Border Gateway Protocol, an obscure but critically important routing system. That was seventeen years ago and BGP is still vulnerable. Everything is terrible. Read More

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