• YC-Backed Kickback Offers An Easy Way To Play Minecraft Competitively

    YC-Backed Kickback Offers An Easy Way To Play Minecraft Competitively

    From Starcraft to League of Legends, the e-sports market has gone through a massive expansion over the last decade in a half. Millions of dollars are now at stake over video games played in front of audiences of thousands, both at live events and in matches broadcast online. Y Combinator-backed Kickback is looking to expand the scope of that market by building competitive ecosystems around… Read More

  • Asus Republic Of Gamers G751 Review: Portable Gaming, Emphasis On The ‘Gaming’
  • This Guy Turned His Drone Into A Star Wars TIE Fighter

    This Guy Turned His Drone Into A Star Wars TIE Fighter

    Remember that custom Millennium Falcon quadcopter from a few weeks back? It better look out. The Rebel Alliance isn’t the only one with birds in the air anymore. As a followup to his Millennium Falcon project, French RC hobbyist Olivier_C has built a second quadcopter — but this time around, he’s building for the Empire. Read More

  • New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    Tinder’s “Rewind” functionality just went live, finally giving users the ability to go back in time and swipe right instead of left. The “Rewind” feature is included in the premium tier of the service, Tinder Plus, which was unveiled today and costs anywhere between $9.99 and $19.99 in the United States, depending on the age of the user. That’s right. Read More

  • Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    A pair of Twitter vets today launched a handy mobile application called OneShot that makes it easier to share screenshots of text to Twitter, along with your comment and a link to the page in question. The new app also optionally allows you to crop the image, highlight a selection of text, and even add a brightly colored background to make your screenshot stand out better when displayed in… Read More

  • Physical Keyboards Are Awesome

    Physical Keyboards Are Awesome

    If you visit the main TechCrunch office, you’ll note an open office filled with nerds, about half wearing headphones. Everyone is typing on Apple laptops, either by themselves, plugged into one monitor or several, or essentially ‘docked,’ with the user employing a standalone keyboard and touchpad to interact with the machine. Missing from that mix? Anyone using a fucking iPad… Read More

  • YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    Disrupt Battlefield finalist Valor Water is graduating out of Y Combinator just in time to help solve the world’s water crisis. Valor provides a suite of business-intelligence tools for water utilities. In a drought, consumers are encouraged to conserve water and they often do. In California this past December, conservation was up from 10 percent in November to 22 percent in December… Read More

  • You Can Now Embed Twitter Video On Your Website

    You Can Now Embed Twitter Video On Your Website

    Twitter has launched an embedding feature for Twitter-hosted videos, letting you put any movies shot using its native video capture and publishing tool on your site, complete with an embed button on Twitter’s on website. Clicking the “Embed Video” option in the “…” expanded options menu from a tweet featuring a native Twitter video will expose a snippet of… Read More

  • Google Launches New Analytics, Monetization Tools For Android Game Developers

    Google Launches New Analytics, Monetization Tools For Android Game Developers

    Google today announced a couple of new tools for game developers on its Android platform. These include new analytics to help developers better understand in-game player behavior, as well as a number of new monetization features through its AdMob platform. Google also launched a new game-centric Nearby Connections API for Android TV, its nascent smart TV platform. Read More

  • Hello Again, NASDAQ 5,000

    Hello Again, NASDAQ 5,000

    Update: The NASDAQ closed at 5,008.10, up 0.9 percent on the day. That the index closed over the 5,000 mark is even more interesting that it managed to break the level during intraday trading.  The NASDAQ Composite index, a barometer of sorts of the technology industry, traded north of the 5,000 mark today. It was the first time the Composite had traded at that level since the late 90s… Read More

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