• HBO’s Silicon Valley Could Go To Burning Man Next Season

    HBO’s Silicon Valley Could Go To Burning Man Next Season

    Mike Judge has never been to Burning Man, but that could change this year. We hear the HBO Silicon Valley creator may be going to do some research on what many believe is an essential experience for Silicon Valley insiders. One of those insiders is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who derided Judge at the premiere of the HBO show, saying he’d never been to Burning Man and therefore… Read More

  • Access To User Data: If Microsoft Wins, Do Startups And Innovators Lose?

    Access To User Data: If Microsoft Wins, Do Startups And Innovators Lose?

    With user trust at an all-time low, keeping the FBI’s hands off foreign users’ data seems like good business sense for US companies. Microsoft says it’s “fighting the feds over your email, but it also happens to be fighting to support the Microsoft business model. If your business isn’t like Microsoft (and if you’re a tech company that’s less than 10… Read More

  • Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    The Tor Project, an effort to allow users to browse the Internet anonymously, thinks that it is receiving tips from spies focused on finding its flaws. Tor’s Andrew Lewman alleges that the folks tasked with finding ways to break Tor, are supplying the group with the information that they uncover. Not all, of course, but according to a quote published by the BBC, Lewman claims that… Read More

  • Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable OS for all 3D printers, ensuring that any time you click a button to print a 3D model… Read More

  • Clones Of “Flappy Bird” Sequel “Swing Copters” Flushed From App Stores

    Clones Of “Flappy Bird” Sequel “Swing Copters” Flushed From App Stores

    The mobile app stores are dealing with the app cloning problem at last, it seems. Earlier this week, “Flappy Bird” creator Dong Nguyen released the sequel to his insanely popular, but frustrating game, which had once led to dozens upon dozens clones from developers hoping to cash in on the trend. With Nguyen’s new game, “Swing Copters,” the cloners quickly… Read More

  • Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit

    Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit

    Google has acquired Gecko Design, a firm operating out of Los Gatos, California, to help with its Google X special projects laboratory. The acquired company has done design work for a number of high-profile clients, including Aliph (Jawbone), Dell, HP, Slingmedia, OLPC and FitBit. It did all of the mechanical design work behind the original activity tracker FitBit debuted at TechCrunch50 in… Read More

  • Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Will Be Our Guest At Disrupt SF 2014

    Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Will Be Our Guest At Disrupt SF 2014

    Airbnb is valued at $10 billion. Behind it all is Brian Chesky, who along with co-founders Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk, has transformed the company from focusing on cheap airbed rentals to building what is now a global hospitality brand. He’ll be joining us at Disrupt and you should, too! Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: A Few Of Our Favorite Things

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: A Few Of Our Favorite Things

    In the depths of August, much of the tech world is simply waiting for the fall to begin. In the first half of September alone, we’ll have new devices from Apple, Motorola, and Amazon. But for now, it’s a waiting game, so we’re taking a look back at our favorite gadgets of the year. We’ve narrowed it down the <a Amazon Fire TV, the Android TV, and the Canary home… Read More

  • Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    When Microsoft signaled that it would move to a more rapid release cycle for Windows code, it meant it. The coming technical preview of Windows 9 — the operating system codenamed ‘Threshold’ — could contain a rapid-upgrade feature to keep users who are stress testing the software up to date. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, current internal testers of Windows 9… Read More