• Super Mario Run needs a constant internet connection to run

    Super Mario Run needs a constant internet connection to run

    It a bit of news that will surely shift the value proposition of Mario’s long-awaited iPhone debut for legions of underground commuters, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed this week that Super Mario Run will only work on a device with a constant internet connection. The legendary game creator chalked up the decision to security concerns, fears that an offline mode would make the game unstable… Read More

  • Occipital shows off a $399 mixed reality headset for iPhone

    Occipital shows off a $399 mixed reality headset for iPhone

    Mobile VR is an Android game, but as more and more rumors flourish about the next iPhone, some companies are looking to get developers ready to bring iOS users into the world of VR. Occipital announced today that it is launching a mixed reality platform built upon its depth-sensing technologies called Bridge. The headset is available for $399 and starts shipping in March; eager developers can… Read More

  • Samsung’s latest software update stops the Note 7 from charging altogether

    Samsung’s latest software update stops the Note 7 from charging altogether

    As the prolonged garbage fire that is 2016 draws to a close, Samsung seems to finally be putting the final nails in the coffin of the Note 7 saga. Admittedly, the last couple of months have mostly been a few isolated death rattles, but believe it or not there are still some devices in the wild, in spite of the company’s best efforts to get them all back. New numbers posted today have… Read More

  • Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape

    Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape

    Workplace by Facebook has been in general release for just two months now, but it’s clear that Facebook has big plans for its enterprise social product. Just this week, at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, the company announced a new platform to integrate enterprise applications with Workplace, putting it in direct competition with Slack, the enterprise social darling of the moment. Read More

  • Formation 8 founder Jim Kim and longtime VC Paul Lee partner on a new fund called Builders

    Formation 8 founder Jim Kim and longtime VC Paul Lee partner on a new fund called Builders

    Jim Kim, who most recently co-founded the venture firm Formation 8, is launching a brand-new venture firm called Builders that looks to be raising a $200 million fund, judging by a recent SEC filing. His co-founder is Paul Lee, who left the Chicago venture firm Lightbank in 2014 and last year launched a startup studio called Roniin. Read More

  • Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers has officially launched on mobile. As TechCrunch reported last month, Yahoo’s experimental app code-named Yahoo Hive had been rebranded as Yahoo Answers Now — a move that indicated Yahoo’s plans to bring its desktop Q&A site to the App Store. However, at the time, the app still required an invite in order to test it out — that restriction… Read More

  • Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook today announced it’s correcting a few more issues with its metrics in areas like audience estimation for ads, live video reaction counts and its Like and Share buttons. Though the fixes are referencing several of Facebook’s more high-profile products, the issues being addressed aren’t as significant as the ones Facebook identified earlier in 2016, when it discovered… Read More

  • Our robotic overlords have written us a Christmas Carol!

    Our robotic overlords have written us a Christmas Carol!

    As we roll toward the end of humanity and the moment of robot takeover, it’s important to start learning the songs and customs of our inhumane artificial overlords. Researchers at the University of Toronto, for example, showed an AI a picture of a Christmas tree and asked it to write a song about it. The result? A song that we will soon all be singing as we huddle in the dark while our… Read More

  • Podotree, Korean chat app Kakao’s content business, raises $107M at a $428M valuation

    Podotree, Korean chat app Kakao’s content business, raises $107M at a $428M valuation

    Kakao, the Korean mobile and web giant, is beefing up its social media and content businesses after its Podotree affiliate raised 125 billion won (around $107 million). The deal values it at 500 billion won, Kakao confirmed — that’s approximately $428 million. Read More

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