• Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More

  • Automattic Experiments With Selfies App For Android

    Automattic Experiments With Selfies App For Android

    A couple of days ago, an acquaintance on Twitter pointed out the website for Selfies, a new social app from Automattic, best known as the company behind WordPress. I found it odd that the app was out in the wild and hadn’t received any press coverage, but according to the site’s FAQ, that was the point: to see what would happen if they just put it out there. Read More

  • This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

    This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

    There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi? This site won’t help you with all of those, but it will help you with that last one. Read More

  • Amazon’s Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

    Amazon’s Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

    Amazon’s Fire Phone is out today, and while it’s got some interesting features that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Android phone, it doesn’t seem like it will appeal to those who aren’t voracious online shoppers. Now Amazon is releasing games exclusive to its devices in order to draw in the lucrative gamer audience. Read More

  • You Can Now Command The Tesla You Probably Don’t Have With The Smartwatch You Probably Don’t Have

    You Can Now Command The Tesla You Probably Don’t Have With The Smartwatch You Probably Don’t Have

    Do you have a Tesla? Do you also have an Android Wear smartwatch? Do you wish they worked better together? Don’t worry! Solving the #1 problem of Batmans everywhere, these guys have figured out how to let you control a Tesla Model S through a smartwatch. Read More

  • Facebook's Big Earnings, Kim Kardashian Mobile Game, and Uber's Big Moves

    CrunchWeek: Facebook’s Big Earnings Win, Life On The D-List, And Uber’s Summer Moves

    Let’s face it: We’re right smack in the middle of summer, at the time of year when tech news slows to a crawl. But that didn’t stop us from filming a wildly entertaining episode of CrunchWeek, because when the tech news gods give us lemons, we make lemonade. Read More

  • Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

    Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

    Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations for most commonly used languages. It’s still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that aims to get more input from its users to improve its translations. The Google Translate Community, which is now open for everybody, gives… Read More

  • A Most Dangerous Machine

    A Most Dangerous Machine

    Facebook’s News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I’m not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself – that surely, I was following a nationwide news story… Read More

  • Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

    Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

    MIT PhD Lyssa Neel is using socializing and accessorizing to get get girls interested in programming. Neel’s invention, Linkitz, is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to rearrange, take apart and snap together electronic blocks that blink and buzz to change their behavior. This teaches them programming in a fun way, says Neel. Both boys and girls can play with Linkitz, but… Read More

  • Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    A parent company isn’t all that different from a real parent. They feed you, and give you money. They give you advice (sometimes more strictly than others). And, yes, they embarrass you. Speaking of, today our proud parent company Aol, with vast experience in the retail, online retail, online business, has launched an online storefront for its brands, including TechCrunch. Welcome… Read More