• Disrupt NY Hackathon — All The Prizes Plus Hardware!

    Disrupt NY Hackathon — All The Prizes Plus Hardware!

    Believe it or not, we’re just a week away from the start of the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon! As usual, TechCrunch will award a $5,000 to the winner of the Hackathon. And to whet your competitive appetites, we’ve partnered with some fantastic companies that have agreed to put up some great prizes for best use of their tools and technologies. Atlantic.net  Host your next… Read More

  • Victorious Launches Its First Apps For Online Stars And Their “Superfans”

    Victorious Launches Its First Apps For Online Stars And Their “Superfans”

    Victorious is launching mobile apps today built for Internet video stars Ryan Higa and The Young Turks. I assume this is good news if you’re a fan of Higa or The Young Turks, but even if you’re not, it’s the first public launch of apps from Victorious, making it the first real glimpse of what the company can do. Basically, Victorious works with stars from video platforms… Read More

  • The Basics Of Open Patent Licensing

    The Basics Of Open Patent Licensing

    A new trio of open patent licenses can help encourage innovation, reduce patent trolling, and help attract top engineering talent. These licenses aren’t just for idealistic hippies. They are legal tools that have been put into practice by software companies like Google, Twitter and Dropbox. Last month, I gathered a panel of experts at General Assembly in NYC to talk about open patent… Read More

  • With $2M In Funding From Upfront, Ferris Helps Users Edit And Share Videos Trapped On Their Phones

    With $2M In Funding From Upfront, Ferris Helps Users Edit And Share Videos Trapped On Their Phones

    Ferris is an app designed to make mobile videos actually watchable — and actually shareable. The app also enables users to collaborate on videos together, helping them to create stories around events a number of friends and family members attended together. Read More

  • Dropbox’s Collaborative Note-Taking Service, Dropbox Notes, Heads Into Beta Testing

    Dropbox’s Collaborative Note-Taking Service, Dropbox Notes, Heads Into Beta Testing

    Earlier this month, Dropbox was spotted testing an early version of an online note-taking service dubbed “Project Composer,” which appeared to have roots in the company’s 2014 acquisition of collaborative docs startup HackPad. Now Dropbox is rolling out this new service into private beta as “Dropbox Notes” and is inviting teams to sign up. Dropbox’s… Read More

  • The Couchlet Puts Your Power Where Your Posterior Is

    The Couchlet Puts Your Power Where Your Posterior Is

    Ready to get your mind blown? You better sit down. So Chris Hawker, creator of the Power Squid is back and he wants to put power… near your butt. His new product, the Couchlet, is a foldable USB power system that peeks up between your couch cushions or mattresses and lets you plug in while seated or lying down. I know, right? It costs $16. Heck, for a limited time it’s actually $16… Read More

  • The Glow App Now Tracks Male Fertility

    The Glow App Now Tracks Male Fertility

    Glow, the app that helps couples track fertility cycles, today released an update that will help couples keep track of men’s reproductive health as well as women. Male partners can now also have their own experience within the Glow app that helps them track their own health. Previously, a Glow user could invite their partner to connect, but that experience centered around providing… Read More

  • Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s New Mi 4i Packs A Gamut Of High-End Features Into A $200 Smartphone

    Xiaomi’s New Mi 4i Packs A Gamut Of High-End Features Into A $200 Smartphone

    Xiaomi today took the wraps of off its newest smartphone, the Mi 4i, at an event in New Delhi, India. The device, its first to be designed outside of China and first to run Android Lollipop out-of-the-box, will be available for 12,999 INR (around $205) from April 30. It is customized for India, but will sell in other Xiaomi markets too. Read More

  • Salesforce Makes Hard Push Into Human Resources With New Platform

    Salesforce Makes Hard Push Into Human Resources With New Platform

    Salesforce.com announced a new set of human resources tools today designed to improve employee engagement. The tools have been mostly adapted from existing Salesforce products and represent a significant departure from Salesforce’s traditional sales and marketing targets. “What we are doing is taking the best of our technologies and allowing customers to turn them inward… Read More

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