• The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    Lego (or, if you’re pedantic, LEGO) is lots of fun. Lego Mindstorms is more fun. But what if you want to go to maximum fun? That’s where the Brick comes in. This $70 brick works with regular Lego and allows you to add unique features to your models including motor controls and light handling. The device is very similar to the actual Mindstorms brain but won’t take up most of… Read More

  • Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better
  • With New Filters, SocialRank Makes It Easier To Understand Who’s Following You On Twitter

    With New Filters, SocialRank Makes It Easier To Understand Who’s Following You On Twitter

    SocialRank, the startup that helps users find their most valuable Twitter followers, is launching version 2.0 today, which significantly expands what you can learn on the service. The company started out in 2012 as a side project for co-founders Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld, but they recently left payment startup Dwolla to resurrect the product and focus on it full-time. (They also raised… Read More

  • First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, a previous TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company which offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform… Read More

  • Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App Detour Steers You Away From The Typical Tourist Traps
  • Ad Analytics And Targeting Company Dstillery Raises $24M More For Mobile Growth

    Ad Analytics And Targeting Company Dstillery Raises $24M More For Mobile Growth

    Dstillery, the marketing company formerly known as Media6Degrees, is announcing that it has raised $24 million in Series C funding. This basically doubles Dstillery’s total funding. It raised a Series B almost four years ago — in fact, CEO Tom Phillips told me that the company was approaching profitability and hadn’t intended to raise more money at all. However, he said… Read More

  • Following Blockbuster Q2 Results, Twitter’s Stock Opens At Four-Month High

    Following Blockbuster Q2 Results, Twitter’s Stock Opens At Four-Month High

    Twitter is out of the woods — or so it seems. Following yesterday’s impressive earnings report, the company has had a quick and clear reaction from the stock market. Yesterday evening, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) was up 30 percent in after-hours trading. This morning, shares opened at $47.01, 21.8 percent above yesterday’s closing price of $38.59 — it’s a four-month… Read More

  • Fling Pulls Early Eyeballs With A Random Message-Bombing Feature

    Fling Pulls Early Eyeballs With A Random Message-Bombing Feature

    Make way for (yet) another messaging app. Fling, for that is its name, has a twist — as all messaging apps must now have — in the form of a random message-flinging interface which sends your photo or text (or captioned photo) to up to 50 other users anywhere around the world. Read More

  • Founders On Depression

    Founders On Depression

    Last month, I wrote a post asking people working in startups to seek help if they are dealing with depression. It was a personal plea, because I have dealt with depressive episodes since I was a teenager and hate thinking about other people suffering without support. The scope of my advice is limited, however, because I don’t have the experience of balancing the emotional and… Read More