• This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: The Elvie, Nexus Player, And Parrot Headphones

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: The Elvie, Nexus Player, And Parrot Headphones

    It was a highly argumentative morning with the old gadgets gang, as we all have incredibly strong feelings towards media streamers and headphones, apparently. We start out with a relatively docile conversation about the Elvie, which is surprising considering the Elvie is a pelvic fitness wearable for women to get more out of their Kegel exercises. Then we move on to the Nexus Player, Android… Read More

  • Accounts Launches A New Address Book For iOS That Tracks Your Many Identities

    Accounts Launches A New Address Book For iOS That Tracks Your Many Identities

    An application called Accounts, live now on iOS to start, is a new attempt at developing a universal address book. While many competitors that have gone before it have focused on aggregating user accounts from the major social networks – like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Accounts is interesting because it’s trying to catalog the long-tail of users’ social networks. On… Read More

  • More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    The UK National Crime Agency has posted a notice describing a series of six arrests that coincided with the takedown of the Silk Road 2.0. Authorities have also taken down two other dark markets, Hydra and Cloud 9, both hidden on the TOR network. The six people arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs were a 20-year-old man from Liverpool city centre, a… Read More

  • Mac Achieves Highest U.S. PC Market Share Ever In Q3 2014 According To IDC

    Mac Achieves Highest U.S. PC Market Share Ever In Q3 2014 According To IDC

    Apple’s Mac marketshare hit record highs during the third calendar quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. Official numbers from the firm’s quarterly PC tracker show that Apple’s Q3 shipments topped 2.34 million Macs moved during the quarter in the U.S., giving it 13.4 percent market share and putting it in third place behind HP and Dell. That’s the best… Read More

  • Unfollow Your Most Annoying Facebook Friends And Pages With “News Feed Settings”

    Unfollow Your Most Annoying Facebook Friends And Pages With “News Feed Settings”

    Face it. You’ve accepted friend requests from some weirdos and over-sharers. Luckily, today Facebook’s launched a News Feed Settings tool that shows the friends and Pages taking up the most space in your Feed, and lets you quickly unfollow them without unfriending. There’s also a new flow for hiding specific posts from your Feed that lets you tell Facebook whether it’s… Read More

  • We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    Look, people, we’re giving you the chance of a lifetime here: this is Hardware Battlefield where participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected to… Read More

  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    Will Santa stuff children’s stockings with smartwatches this holiday season? That’s the hope for Filip Technologies which is today launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for kids at AT&T stores and online at ATT.com for the discounted launch price of $99.99. The watch, which is essentially a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is one of the first “wearables” aimed at… Read More

  • Confirmed: Yahoo Loses Amit Kumar, Its Small Business VP And GM

    Confirmed: Yahoo Loses Amit Kumar, Its Small Business VP And GM

    Yet more personnel changes afoot at Yahoo. Amit Kumar, pictured here, the company’s GM and VP running its small business division, has left the company. Re/code first reported earlier today sources saying that he would be leaving, and now we have confirmed directly with Kumar that he has already left: “Yes, I have left Yahoo and am now planning my next steps,” he writes in… Read More

  • Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9

    Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9

    The Android Wear smartwatch collection is expanding, with a host of new devices hitting pre-holiday season after their initial debut this summer. The Asus ZenWatch will be the next to go on sale, with a street date of November 9 for Best Buy initially, with a later launch date on Google Play in the U.S., at a price of $199. We first got wind of the Asus Android Wear device at Google’s I/O… Read More

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