• Instagram Thinks Outside The Square, Now Allows Landscape And Portrait Photos And Videos

    Instagram Thinks Outside The Square, Now Allows Landscape And Portrait Photos And Videos

    One in five photos or videos on Instagram show up with annoying whitespace around them because people use other apps to letterbox their landscape or portrait imagery to fit in Instagram’s square cropping. So today, Instagram for iOS and Android is dropping the requirement that all photos and videos be squares. Now when users upload photos, they can pinch or tap a format button on the left… Read More

  • Have You Tried Asking Siri To Give You A Hint?

    Have You Tried Asking Siri To Give You A Hint?

    Hey Siri, give me a hint. Apple just invited journalists to its annual September press event. It’s happening on September 9th at 10am. But the best part of this invite is the attention to detail and Apple’s Easter eggs. Read More

  • Apple Invites Press To iPhone Event On September 9th

    Apple Invites Press To iPhone Event On September 9th

    “Hey Siri, give us a hint” is about all the hints we’re going to get on what’s coming up at the next Apple event. And of course some artwork that four people in a basement will comb over thousands of times for hidden messages. Some say new iPhones, new Apple TVs and both. Read More

  • HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is getting a fun update — from now until September 8, users can enter a contest to visit to the Los Angeles set of Silicon Valley while the HBO show shoots its third season. To compete, you’ll need to redeem the code “HBONOW” in the HotelTonight app. Even if you don’t win, you can still swipe right or tap the globe… Read More

  • Apple Pay For Everyone! PayAnywhere Mobile Reader Hits Apple Stores in September

    It doesn’t happen that often, but once in a while I find myself in the wild without my wallet and really need to buy something. Because I absolutely never leave the house without my iPhone, I’ve gotten used to finding the nearest Walgreens, or Whole Foods, or Petco – or some other retailer that accepts Apple Pay – in order to buy what I need. And most of the time I… Read More

  • Google Rolls Out Personalized Storm-Tracking Information In Search Results

    Google Rolls Out Personalized Storm-Tracking Information In Search Results

    With the U.S. hurricane season about to kick off, Google announced today that it’s expanding the weather-related information that will appear in Google search results when web users search for information about particular storms or tornadoes. Now the search giant will also show searchers critical information like maps of your location and proximity to the storm in question, the… Read More

  • IoT And The Rise Of Subscription Marketing Crunch Network

    IoT And The Rise Of Subscription Marketing

    The ties that bind consumers to brands are growing stronger. At the same time, however, they are fading into the background, thanks to the Internet of Things. Today, a slew of devices, from refrigerators to thermostats, are connecting to the Internet. Soon, the signals from those devices will automate thousands of purchases consumers make. Read More

  • Deadline Extended: Only Two Days Left To Save $1,000 On Disrupt SF Tickets

    Deadline Extended: Only Two Days Left To Save $1,000 On Disrupt SF Tickets

    The window was supposed to close last week, but we’ve extended the deadline for early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF 2015 to this Friday, August 28. That means you have only three days left to save $1,000 on tickets to the show before the prices jump to the full retail price of $2,995. So head on over to our ticketing page now to get your early-bird tickets to Disrupt for just $1,995 apiece. Read More

  • Welcome to Include 2.0, TechCrunch’s Diversity Program

    Welcome to Include 2.0, TechCrunch’s Diversity Program

    In June of 2014, TechCrunch launched Include, a program designed to direct TechCrunch’s resources to improve diversity in the startup community. In year one, our approach was simple. The headliner was a $50k grant to support an organization making strides in line with Include’s mission. The recipient last year was Black Girls Code, a wonderful non-profit run by Kimberly Bryant… Read More

  • Narvar, A Service That Improves Online Post-Purchase Experiences, Raises $10M

    Narvar, A Service That Improves Online Post-Purchase Experiences, Raises $10M

    Narvar, a startup that enables companies to better engage with customers after online purchases, said it has raised $10 million. Narvar provides companies with software that improves the post-purchase experience. That can include a better interface when it comes to shipping, more detailed text updates, and then of course options to return products and buy new ones. Those updates can even also… Read More

  • Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    I can’t wait to see @alex crying tears of joy when Twitter finally releases a standalone Twitter DM app. This day hasn’t come yet, but it doesn’t mean that third-party developers aren’t already working on it. Meet Direct Messenger, an unofficial iOS messaging app for Twitter DM. This app packs a couple of nifty features, but also shows why we seriously need an… Read More

  • Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon has today announced that two new companies, Musaic and Rachio, are being added to the Amazon Echo platform with investments from the $100 million Alexa Fund. With the Amazon Echo, which is in many ways a first-of-its-kind device, Amazon is taking a different approach to building out the voice-powered home assistant’s feature set. Instead of trying to do it all, Amazon is… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • HandUp, A Startup Focused On The Homeless, Launches Donation Gift Cards For Those Living On SF’s Streets

    HandUp, A Startup Focused On The Homeless, Launches Donation Gift Cards For Those Living On SF’s Streets

    Two-and-a-half years ago, Rose Broome had a moment that most San Franciscans are all too familiar with. She passed a homeless woman on the streets, but didn’t know what the best way to help her would be. Most people might brush that thought aside, but Broome didn’t. “People are frustrated and confused. Then people who are homeless feel invisible or they feel like people… Read More

  • Tesla’s Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

    Tesla’s Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports’ Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

    Well, this is something you don’t see every day. According to a new report out of Consumer Reports, the Tesla Model S P85D,  all-wheel-drive electric sedan, performed “better in our tests than any other car ever has, earning a perfect road-test score.” Actually, it did better than that, scoring 103 points in a scoring system that, “by definition,” doesn’t… Read More

  • Apple Watch Not A Flop – Now #2 Wearable, Just Behind Fitbit

    Apple Watch Not A Flop – Now #2 Wearable, Just Behind Fitbit

    According to a new report out this morning from IDC, Apple is now the number two wearable maker, thanks to its Apple Watch, coming in just behind market leader Fitbit during the second quarter of 2015. And it’s a close race, the analyst firm found. Apple shipped 3.6 million units in Q2 2015, just 0.8 million units shy of Fitbit’s total 4.4 million units, the report states. Read More

  • Top VC Brian O’Malley On The Next “On Demand” Wave

    Top VC Brian O’Malley On The Next “On Demand” Wave

    Brian O’Malley is good at his job. He’s good enough, in fact, that two years, ago, Accel Partners plucked him out of his former firm, Battery Ventures, so he could bat for its team instead. As venture industry watchers know, these moves are rare, and they often pay off. Two famous examples include Sequoia Capital enticing Jim Goetz to leave Accel in 2004; Goetz has since led… 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

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