• Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Read More

  • Singld Out, A DNA-Based Dating Service, Can Match You With Dates Who Will Smell Sexy

    Singld Out, A DNA-Based Dating Service, Can Match You With Dates Who Will Smell Sexy

    There are dozens, if not hundreds, of services out there to help you find someone you might like to have sex with. But there are very few that are run solely by two female founders, and even fewer that use “biological compatibility” as a criteria for matching two users. Meet Singld Out, a platform built for busy folks who are looking to love and need more than just a photo to… Read More

  • Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault

    Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault

    Consumer electronic companies are giddy. They can’t help themselves. They have a new thing. A new gadget. A new widget to sell to you. After years of notebooks, tablets and boring slabs of metal and glass, Samsung, LG, Motorola and all the rest finally have a chance to build something different: The smartwatch. This is going to be a mess. Read More

  • CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends

    CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends

    Making plans with friends can be like herding cats. Finding out who’s available when and trying to get everyone to agree on a place to meet at a certain time is one of the most problematic issues facing this current generation. Unfortunately, most of today’s messaging and calendaring options are insufficiently prepared to deal with this problem. But CalPal is. Read More

  • Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.  Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched… Read More

  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

  • Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook

    Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook

    Recently, I’ve been considering raising a seed round for my startup Foundersuite. So, to get my head in the game, I’ve been chatting up various startup friends who have recently been in the market for capital. Here are a few of the best tips for running an efficient fundraising round. Read More

  • Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States. Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily into adapting its Cortana digital assistant to… Read More

  • A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    Jack Conte is a busy guy. He and his partner, Nataly Dawn, are on tour with Pomplamoose, a band that rivals only OK Go in their dedication to weird and wacky video production and Conte is also co-founder of Patreon, a way to pay artists for their work. This interview, part of our back to school series, is aimed at getting to the bottom of what it means to be a musician in the Internet age and… Read More

  • Announcing The Full Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014
  • Cloud Note-Taking App Notability Launches On Desktop Just In Time For Students Heading Back To School

    Cloud Note-Taking App Notability Launches On Desktop Just In Time For Students Heading Back To School

    Notability has emerged as one of the favorite apps for students who wish to take notes during class while also recording audio of their lectures. The app, which was already available for the iPhone and iPad, is now bringing all the same functionality to the desktop, rounding out all the places where its users might want to access their notes. Read More

  • In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App Search which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links automatically open up your apps when tapped. Read More

  • How Municipal Broadband Dies

    How Municipal Broadband Dies

    Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” In response to that assertion, House Republican worked legislatively to curb the… Read More

  • Tilt, The Startup Formerly Known As Crowdtilt, Drops Fees For Groups Pooling Money

    Tilt, The Startup Formerly Known As Crowdtilt, Drops Fees For Groups Pooling Money

    Tilt, the group funding startup that recently chopped its name down from its former moniker “Crowdtilt”, announced today that it’s chopping its fees, too. The San Francisco company has dropped the fees on its “Collect” feature, which lets groups of people pool money together for shared causes or events, such as parties, group vacations, and gifts for friends… Read More

  • The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    I’ve stopped writing about a few things recently, mostly because of fatigue. First, I’m not that interested in merchants accepting bitcoin – these little blips are primarily PR moves and little else and I just don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC as the true believers. I’m also not interested in covering crowdfunded 3D printers. Same problem: fatigue… Read More

  • HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

    HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

    Let’s face it, HP was once the king of Silicon Valley, but over the last several years, the company has had issues due in part to the revolving door in the CEO office. While the company has finally gained some stability with Meg Whitman, the lack of consistent leadership has resulted in shifting priorities and changing strategies. And the products for which they were once so… Read More

  • Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

    Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

    Apple has sent out invites to a special event it’s holding on September 9, where we will almost certainly get our first official look at the next iPhone. The invites follow a previous report from Re/code pegging Tuesday, September 9 as the date, and the event’s timing is consistent with the launch of the iPhone dating back to to the iPhone 4S, when Apple began releasing new versions… Read More