• Pebble Time Smartwatch

    Pebble’s CEO Discusses The Company’s Second Product Launch

    With the most-funded project ever (with 24 days left to go in its campaign!), Pebble has managed to bring in nearly 60,000 backers to support their unique approach to the smartwatch concept. As other manufacturers look to bring devices for your wrist to market bearing marked similarity to their phones, Pebble has gone in the other direction, focusing on its seven-day battery life and a… Read More

  • Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a bit easier. The new look takes its cues from Google’s other services that have adopted… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft announced two new phones yesterday, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The inexpensive devices are designed to handle global communications, built with dual-SIM slots and the like. They also included something curious: Free Office 365 for a year. The company currently offers a Surface bundle that includes Office 365, and a cheap HP laptop recently shipped with the same. I confirmed… Read More

  • Curious About Apple Watch Apps? WatchAware Provides Interactive Previews

    Curious About Apple Watch Apps? WatchAware Provides Interactive Previews

    Apple’s first wearable is right around the corner, and the Apple Watch will likely debut along a very healthy selection of third-party apps. It might be hard to envision just how those apps will work, however, especially for potential buyers who don’t have the luxury of being able to wander over to an Apple Store and check one out in person. WatchAware, a new site from the… Read More

  • 42Floors Lays Off Half Of Staff As It Cuts Brokerage Team, Refocuses On Search

    42Floors Lays Off Half Of Staff As It Cuts Brokerage Team, Refocuses On Search

    42Floors, the startup that’s built a platform for finding and leasing commercial office space, has laid off around half of its staff as part of a plan to refocus on its core search business, TechCrunch has learned. A total of 14 people across 42Floors’ San Francisco and New York offices were let go today, we’re told. That’s around half of 42Floors’ workforce. The… Read More

  • YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved candidates are passed along to specific employers. Read More

  • “FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

    “FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

    Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s. Read More

  • Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter’s Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their phone… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    This week’s Droidcast is all about Mobile World Congress, where HTC unveiled some surprises in addition to the HTC One M9, and Samsung changed up its design strategy with a new take on the Galaxy that replaces boring old plastic with exciting metal and glass. Will the premium look make up for trade-offs in terms of user accessible storage and batteries, and can in-house processors push… Read More

  • Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house. Read More

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