• Opera Acquires Bemobi, A Netflix-Like Subscription Service For Premium Apps

    Opera Acquires Bemobi, A Netflix-Like Subscription Service For Premium Apps

    Browser maker Opera today announced that it has acquired Bemobi — a subscription-based mobile-app-discovery service with a focus on the Latin American market. Opera expects the acquisition to close in the third quarter of 2015. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More

  • Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

    Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

    Verizon announced a brand new line-up of monthly plans for new customers. Following T-Mobile’s model, plans are now a bit cheaper and easier to understand. But you should expect to pay more for your phone as Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent parent company) will sell you unsubsidized phones. Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week Apple.com got a significant redesign, a Time magazine cover featuring Palmer Luckey went viral, Netflix announced a huge perk for its employees, and we found out what it’s like to use Amazon Dash buttons. Here are the stories of the week. Read More

  • Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Kids are mean. Just ask any robot. Robotics engineers have discovered a tendency for little kids – kindergarteners and grade schoolers – to be abusive towards robots when they’re not near their parents. To prove this, the researchers sent a wheeled robot out into a mall and watched it perambulate around foot traffic. When a little kid approached with his or her parent, the… Read More

  • Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey As Next Twitter CEO

    Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey As Next Twitter CEO

    As Twitter marches closer to selecting its next CEO, outspoken early investor in the company Chris Sacca has made his personal choice known. Via Twitter of course: Twitter should name @jack as full-time CEO and promote @adambain to President and COO. @ev should become Executive Chairman of the board. — Chris Sacca (@sacca) August 7, 2015 In a multi-part tweet storm, Sacca backs up… Read More

  • Lyft Invites Us Into A Fuzzy Van For Outside Lands

    More than 200,000 music lovers are about to don their spirit hoodies and flower crowns for San Francisco’s popular Outside Lands music festival this weekend. That means lots of traffic, congestion and headaches for neighbors near Golden Gate Park. Ridesharing startup Lyft is helping to combat the problem by picking people up in several music-themed vans. Lyft partnered with Outside… Read More

  • Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Coaching, So Coach.Me Put Coaching In Your Coaching

    Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Coaching, So Coach.Me Put Coaching In Your Coaching

    You don’t just wake up an expert on how to write a crappy headline; someone has to coach you. Thanks to Panz, you are now reading this gem. Coaching is a big business, though, and there’s a platform for it called Coach.me that’s been seeing some pickup as of late. It was founded by former Odeo engineer Tony Stubblebine and incubated by Obvious, Inc’s investment arm. Read More

  • Glitter | TC App Review

    Glitter is a personal trading cards app, which lets users create mobile, tradable cards that feature all types of ‘ingredients,’ as the company calls it. You can make as many cards as you like, and send them to whomever you choose.

  • Drifter Is A Waterproof Speaker That Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind

    Drifter Is A Waterproof Speaker That Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind

    While a waterproof, buoyant speaker seems like a viable option for boaters, fishers, and generally wet sport enthusiasts, most of them are powered by Bluetooth, meaning that a very delicate and usually non-waterproof smartphone needs to be within close proximity. But the folks at Freedom Audio (formerly FreshETech) don’t believe that should be the case, and so they built the Drifter. Read More

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