• Microsoft Woos Enterprise With Start Button In Windows 10

    Microsoft Woos Enterprise With Start Button In Windows 10

    Microsoft announced Windows 10 the other day. Putting aside the fact they skipped version 9, and all of the jokes that could evoke, the announcement appeared to be one long apology to the enterprise. We’re sorry we dissed you in version 8 and we want to beg you to take us back. And we brought your favorite Start button. Remember, the one you’ve lived with and loved since 1995? Read More

  • Science Inc.’s Refame Connects Influencers With Advertisers On Vine And Instagram

    Science Inc.’s Refame Connects Influencers With Advertisers On Vine And Instagram

    Startup studio Science Inc. is announcing its latest project — Refame, a marketing platform for social apps Vine and Instagram. Science’s approach to startups is pretty diverse — it launches new companies, invests in others, and also acquires teams and products. In this case, it’s launching Refame as part of Science Growth Labs, the organization’s division for… Read More

  • Just Say No To This Sexual Consent App

    Just Say No To This Sexual Consent App

    It’s an oft-trotted-out tech truism that there’s an app for everything. But when a pitch for a smartphone application for sexual consent lands in the inbox, well yes, it can certainly feel like there is indeed an app for everything. Read More

  • Kickstarter Chairman Perry Chen’s Next Act Is The Non-Profit Website Dollar A Day

    Kickstarter Chairman Perry Chen’s Next Act Is The Non-Profit Website Dollar A Day

    After handing over the reins at Kickstarter and assuming the role of chairman at the wildly successful crowdfunding company, Perry Chen’s next online act is launching Dollar A Day, a site aimed at educating the public on the wide world of non-profit giving and volunteering. Dollar a Day began as a mostly volunteer project that Chen started with a few other friends from the tech industry… Read More

  • Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    After weeks of backlash over Facebook’s real name policy, namely from members of the LGBT community who have had their Facebook pages suspended due to drag names, Facebook has met with members of the community and apologized for any hardship they might have caused. Facebook’s VP of Product Chris Cox made a statement today on Facebook apologizing (on behalf of the company, it seems)… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

  • Fab’s Jason Goldberg Talks Design And The Art Of The Pivot At Disrupt Europe

    Fab’s Jason Goldberg Talks Design And The Art Of The Pivot At Disrupt Europe

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is taking place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab your ticket right here. A free Hackathon kicks off the event, which you can apply for here. Then, on the following Monday and Tuesday, we’ll have Startup Battlefield and an awesome lineup of speakers and panels. Among them will be Jason Goldberg, co-founder and CEO of design portal Fab, and… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    Korean owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have noticed that their brand new devices sport an unusual feature – a gap between the bezel and the screen that can fit a business card. The Gal Note 4, which hasn’t reached our shores, sold out on launch day. Now the gap appears to be a perfectly normal occurrence. Samsung even addresses the gap in their documentation, noting that… Read More

  • Skylanders Trap Team Review: Good Storytelling And Simple RPG Mechanics Succeed

    Skylanders Trap Team Review: Good Storytelling And Simple RPG Mechanics Succeed

    The ‘Toys to Life’ category has been a much-needed savior for the gaming and toy industry alike, bolstering sluggish sales for both by anticipating a huge demand for real-life action figures that can be ‘brought to life’ for use in digital games. Activision’s Skylanders series pioneered the concept, and the originator is back with Trap Team, a new installment with… Read More

  • Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Earlier this year, Google announced massive price drops for all of its cloud computing services that were quickly matched by Amazon, Microsoft and others. Today, during Google’s Atmosphere Live event, the company’s senior VP Urs Hölzle announced yet another — but smaller — round of price drops centered around the company’s Compute Engine cloud computing service. Read More

  • Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

    Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

    Quantcast is announcing that it has acquired Struq, a London-based company that offers cross-device retargeting and personalization for advertisers. Quantcast may be best known for its data about Internet traffic, but it seems to have built a thriving ad business as well. The company’s announcement emphasizes the ways in which Struq technology can expand Quantcast’s ad platform… Read More

  • You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More

  • You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    Keven Bates, the creator of the Arduboy programmable business card, has taken his upcoming project and stuffed it into the coolest bracelet you’ll see all week. The wearable, made of copper and exposed circuitry (do not get it wet, naturally) can play Tetris on a tiny LCD screen. You move the blocks by tapping the sides of the bracelet and it scrolls the falling parts across multiple… Read More

  • Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Running watches can either be dead simple – see Timex’s Ironman line – or complex. Garmin usually errs on the side of complex. Their latest running watch, the 920XT, will be available before the holiday and promises enough bells and training whistles to help you go from couch to (probably not) a 100 miler in a few weeks. The new Forerunner looks similar to the previous… Read More

  • Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

    Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

    Inbox, the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email’s aging underpinnings, is today taking steps to make it even easier for developers to get started with the launch of open source email apps. The company is also announcing the pricing for its hosted version of the Inbox API for the first time… Read More

  • Digital.nyc Launches To Be The Hub For New York Tech

    Digital.nyc Launches To Be The Hub For New York Tech

    New York is spreadin’ the news about its burgeoning tech scene. Earlier today, IBM, Gust, and the city of New York announced the launch of Digital.nyc, a single destination for anything you’d want to learn about technology and entrepreneurship in the Big Apple. It’s the first site from the city to be based on the new “.nyc”domain registry. These local domains… Read More

  • Video Discovery App Showyou Launches A Platform For Subscription VOD Channels

    Video Discovery App Showyou Launches A Platform For Subscription VOD Channels

    Over the past several years, Showyou has been in the business of helping users find interesting videos that might appeal to them. Now it’s preparing to flip its model just a little, with the introduction of a new way for content owners to find viewers and get paid for their videos with the launch of a subscription channel store. Read More

  • Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

    Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

    Tile, the lost-item tracker that raised millions in crowdfunding wants to give objects a voice by connecting them to the web. To capitalize on the growing demand for Tile’s small, square-shaped devices that attach to bags, bikes, keychains and more, the company has raised $13 million in funding, in a $9.5 million Series A round led by GGV Capital, a firm known for its global ties, and… Read More

  • Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More