• Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

    Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

    Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. With self-claimed $4.4 billion in yearly cloud run rate  — expect a… Read More

  • iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available
  • CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

    CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

    CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a partnership with domain name registry Rightside. The additional capital comes from New… Read More

  • What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

  • Fitbit Won’t Work With HealthKit Because It’s Building An Apple Watch Competitor

    Fitbit Won’t Work With HealthKit Because It’s Building An Apple Watch Competitor

    A few weeks ago, Fitbit publicly admitted that it had no plans to follow the growing crowd of fitness trackers and apps that are rushing to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app. In response, it seems, Apple has pulled Fitbit devices from its retail stores. And now we know why — because Fitbit is building a device that will compete directly with the upcoming Apple Watch. Read More

  • OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour

    OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour

    If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then your luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only. The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October 27… Read More

  • The Best Panels, Talks And Startup Pitches From The First Day Of Disrupt London
  • Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets. Founded by Yigit Kipman, Ahmet Bati and Emrecan Bati, the company has received a $100,000 grant to expand through Europe… Read More

  • CareZapp Is Building A Support Platform For Home Healthcare

    CareZapp Is Building A Support Platform For Home Healthcare

    If you’re hoping to provide home care for a sick or elderly family member, startup CareZapp is building a technology platform to help. The company just took the stage as part of the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Europe. Co-founder and CEO Andrew Macfarlane told me that his interest in the field began with his mother’s death from cancer more than two decades ago, and the… Read More

  • Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition

    Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition

    Ooyala, the video company that was acquired by Telstra earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Videoplaza, a UK-based video advertising startup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we are trying to find out. It’s potentially a very valuable deal when you consider the reach of Videoplaza. The company says that more than half of all the broadcasters… Read More

  • InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant

    InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant

    “In the world of cloud computing, APIs are the new currency,” Microsoft’s VP of its developer division S. “Soma” Somasegar told me last week. But if that’s true, then how can you best create an API for your services? There are a number of API management services on the market — and some of them sold for a lot of money recently — but you… Read More

  • iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

  • Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

    Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

    Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the… Read More

  • MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again. You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it. What if you could just open an app on your phone, point your camera at your textbook, snap a picture and get the detailed instructions to solve your equation. This is exactly what PhotoMath does. The team is launching this app today at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Disease Diagnostic Group Can Diagnose Malaria in Seconds

    Disease Diagnostic Group Can Diagnose Malaria In A Second

    Malaria, a disease rarely found in the US, is a global epidemic, with 219 million cases reported by the CDC in 2010. Caused by a parasite and spread from person to person via mosquito, the disease easily go undetected in its early stages with symptoms that mirror those of the flu. Early detection of Malaria is critical to treatment but is done too infrequently or too late, usually due to… Read More

  • The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine

    The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine

    Healthcare in developing nations is a problem just aching for a solution. But it’s a big problem. Chipping away at that predicament is a company called Oscadi. Oscadi has created a piece of hardware, called Oscult, that allows you to perform an ultrasound by simply plugging their device into an iPad. The company claims that up until now, more than 60 percent of the world does not have… Read More

  • Better In-Game Advertising Through GiftGaming

    Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts

    Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

    Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

    If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day. Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More

  • Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

    Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

    Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just snagged a large handful of new brand partnerships from major players, including Sesame… Read More