• Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    ToyTalk, the makers of kids entertainment applications for iPad, has just released its first paid application with the launch of a character-driven touch and play app called SpeakaLegend. But the team may have even bigger news on the way in the form of licensing deals for its speech recognition tech with some of the best-known children’s brands, we hear. This startup is a fascinating… Read More

  • What $1 Million Won’t Buy You

    What $1 Million Won’t Buy You

    What’s the value of talent today in Silicon Valley? This year, a startup with revenues of $10 million wanted to find a new chief executive following its Series B raise and offered $450,000 in compensation (5% of revenues). Another startup, quickly growing and approaching an IPO, did a search for a CEO to lead it onto the public markets. In addition to a hefty compensation package, the… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.26.14

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.26.14

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded. Read More

  • Microsoft Discloses New Data On Government Requests For User Information

    Microsoft Discloses New Data On Government Requests For User Information

    Microsoft today disclosed data concerning global government request for its users’ data, and information about their accounts in the first half of 2014. The total number of requests, and the number of accounts impacted were similar to the six month period that concluded 2013. In total, between January and June of this year, 34,494 requests were sent to Microsoft, impacting 58,562 accounts. Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    Today in devices that use stepper motors to make beautiful music we present to you this Arduino-powered, Raspberry-Pi containing music box that uses simple stepper motors to grind out merry tunes and a pair of servos to supply a percussion backup. The box, created by Jeremy Weatherford, is surprisingly simple. The Raspberry Pi contains the music and activates the stepper motors at the right time. Read More

  • Moving Beyond Same-Day Bookings, HotelTonight Launches Its 7-Day Reservation System

    Moving Beyond Same-Day Bookings, HotelTonight Launches Its 7-Day Reservation System

    HotelTonight is moving beyond the same-day hotel bookings that it’s known for. TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook reported earlier this week that this move was in the works, but HotelTonight is confirming the news, and the updated apps offering hotel booking up to seven days in advance are scheduled to go live … now. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Bendgate, iOS 8.0.1 Bugs, And BlackBerry Passport

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Bendgate, iOS 8.0.1 Bugs, And BlackBerry Passport

    As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the iPhone’s launch has brought with it a series of backlashes. It was discovered that Apple’s larger iPhone, the 6 Plus, may bend under direct, persistent pressure over a prolonged period of time. Turns out, it wasn’t a huge deal. However, a bug in iOS 8.0.1 that killed wireless connectivity and TouchID kind of was a… Read More

  • Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes may be a product of the analog era, but they continue to stick around – literally, that is – covering walls, windows, monitor screens and more, remaining an office worker’s go-to-tool for small scribbles, quick thoughts, and ideas. Now the company behind Post-it, 3M, is hoping to port Post-it notes to the small screen, with a new mobile app that lets you… Read More

  • Apple’s Expanded iPhone 6 Availability Draws Big Crowds

    Apple’s Expanded iPhone 6 Availability Draws Big Crowds

    Apple’s iPhone 6 launch maybe be its queueiest yet, according to droves of fans lining up around the world for round two of the new device’s global debut. Today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale in over 20 new countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi… Read More

  • [Update] Sorry, But Could You Think Of A Worse Combination Than These Two Brands?

    [Update] Sorry, But Could You Think Of A Worse Combination Than These Two Brands?

    It looks like some folks want Yahoo to spend its Alibaba money on AOL (and, <a href="It looks like some folks want Yahoo to spend its Alibaba money on AOL (and, by extension, us.*) As you've probably read elsewhere, activist investor Starboard Value, has sent an open letter to Marissa Mayer (Hi, potential new boss… Loved your work at Disrupt), imploring her to just pull… Read More

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