• BlackBerry In Consultation Period To Close Swedish Operations [Updated]

    BlackBerry In Consultation Period To Close Swedish Operations [Updated]

    Earlier this week smartphone maker BlackBerry confirmed it acquired Israel’s WatchDox to build out its security software business, but it looks like it may be downsizing elsewhere. According to reports from Swedish news sites, BlackBerry is closing down its software design operations in Sweden — a business that grew out of its acquisition of UI startup The Astonishing… Read More

  • Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by… Read More

  • Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    TechCrunch is headed back to Austin and Seattle in late June and we’re looking for a few good startups to pitch at the event. Is that you? Apply below. In past events in both of these cities people have shown up in droves, and with that sort of love we just can’t stay away. The Austin meetup happens on June 23 and Seattle on June 25th. We can’t wait. The goal is to bring… Read More

  • Apple Begins Offering Virtual “Personal Setup” Appointments To New Watch Owners

    Apple Begins Offering Virtual “Personal Setup” Appointments To New Watch Owners

    As a number of early customers will receive their Apple Watch smartwatches today, Apple has also begun to send out email invitations offering “personal setup” appointments that take place via video sessions with an Apple Specialist. The sessions allow customers to learn about their new device and be walked through its features, as well as have the opportunity to ask… Read More

  • Investors Swing For The Fences With $1B In Sports Tech Deals

    Investors Swing For The Fences With $1B In Sports Tech Deals

    From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, technology is transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. With all of this momentum VCs are swinging for the fences. Investors have spent over $1 billion in venture deals for sports-related startups over the past year — and everyone wants in on the action. Read More

  • Apple Watch Ad Philosophy

    Apple Watch Ad Philosophy

    Three new Apple Watch ads are hitting today and they stray far from the ascetic materials-oriented introduction spot. All three focus on showing the Watch integrating into regular human life rather than floating on an endless sea of white. These spots emphasize things I’ve noticed about the Watch so far, namely that it’s going to work best when it organically insinuates itself… Read More

  • Watch The First Donut In Space

    Watch The First Donut In Space

    It’s hard to believe that a month ago humans were unable to launch a donut into space. It was March 2015 and the world was in turmoil. Space travel was but a dream for even the richest pastry and we humans would never be able to grasp the concept of – let alone plan the injection of – a pastry in space. How things have changed. Benjamin and Alexander Jönsson are brothers… Read More

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