• App Fatigue Crunch Network

    App Fatigue

    In the 1980s and 1990s it was all about shrink-wrapped software … ah, those were the days. Software was sold on big and small pieces of plastic and shiny CDs. The 1990s brought in the wave of early Internet to the consumer. The Internet provided a new means for accessing software. You could finally download bits and pieces. But it wasn’t until early 2000 that the average… Read More

  • Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s latest payments reader is coming to an Apple store near you, the company tells TechCrunch. The devices will retail for $49 and be available online and in-store throughout the U.S. Launched last fall, Square’s new contraption is NFC-enabled and works with Apple Pay. Now the standard in many countries, it accepts EMV chip cards, which are more secure than credit cards… Read More

  • Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google announced its plans to support podcasts in Google Play last October, and now it appears that the feature is ready to launch. A handful of users are reporting they’re seeing the new Podcasts section pop up in their Google Play Music app’s left-side navigation menu, underneath the section for Top charts, New releases, and their Music Library. This is clearly not a… Read More

  • Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Imagine you’re Edward Snowden with a Facebook profile. You text an ace reporter at the Guardian and have a new bit of information to share: you totally found a great new coffee place in the heart of Moscow where the CIA can’t poison you with thallium. How do you send that news securely over Facebook Messenger? Crypter is the answer. Created by a Max Mitchell, a student at… Read More

  • EU-US Data Transfers Won’t Be Blocked While Privacy Shield Details Are Hammered Out, Says WP29

    EU-US Data Transfers Won’t Be Blocked While Privacy Shield Details Are Hammered Out, Says WP29

    The Article 29 Working Party, the body made up of representatives of individual European Member States’ data protection authorities (DPAs), has said today that it will not be taking enforcement action against companies that are using alternative transfer mechanisms in the wake of last year’s Safe Harbor strikedown. Read More

  • Stop Throwing Tech At Flint. It Won’t Help. Crunch Network

    Stop Throwing Tech At Flint. It Won’t Help.

    I advise a lot of water tech entrepreneurs because I’m a masochist and because water tech is my first love. Recently, a lot of them are coming back to me with the Flint Water Crisis front and center in their pitch decks. So are a bunch of new water startups, all touting filters, sensors, or some gadget promising to solve the current emergency and prevent others like it from happening. Guys. Read More

  • Index Ventures Has A New, $550 Million Fund, And A New Partner

    Index Ventures Has A New, $550 Million Fund, And A New Partner

    When yesterday, the keyboard developer Swiftkey was reported to be acquired by Microsoft for $250 million — about 10 times what it raised from investors — it seemed just another success in a string for Index Ventures, the venture firm with offices in San Francisco, London, and Geneva. Indeed, the now 20-year-old venture firm has had a very good run of things, with eight… Read More

  • Fitbit Announces The Alta, A $130 Customizable Fitness Band

    Fitbit Announces The Alta, A $130 Customizable Fitness Band

    Meet the new face of Fitbit. Called Alta, this new $130 fitness tracker is set to invigorate the company’s aging product line — if it’s not too late. The Alta is packed with the standard array of Fitbit abilities, lacking only heart rate monitoring. Inside the band is activity tracking, sleep tracking, move reminders, a clock and smartphone notifications. The Alta even has… Read More

  • Review: Doppler Labs AR Listening System Signals The Future Is Here

    Review: Doppler Labs AR Listening System Signals The Future Is Here

    For years now, we’ve though of Augmented Reality in the context of our vision — Google Glass started the trend, and the Microsoft HoloLens enforced it. But the folks at Doppler Labs believe the future of augmented reality starts with the ears. It’s Here. The Doppler Labs Here buds, live in-ear audio tuners that let you tune and tweak your own hearing experience, have… Read More

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