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  • OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired

    OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired

    One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make easier the lives of the visually impaired. Read More

  • Beeline is all about the journey to the destination

    Beeline is a handlebar-mounted gadget that uses a combination of Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS to direct you around town. Instead of giving you turn-by-turn direction like a traditional GPS, though, it simply acts as a compass to guide you to your destination. The Beeline team argues that this allows riders to be more present by letting them decide the best path to take. The project launched… Read More

  • Trouva brings UK boutiques online

    How do local boutiques compete with the Amazons of the world? The easy answer is they don’t. When you shop for quality and design over cheap and easy, it’s a different market entirely. But the popularity of online retail has created a need for boutiques to have a presence online. London startup Trouva is helping small boutiques open up their customer base to the global community. Read More

  • Kayako’s CEO on building a bootstrapped business

    Kayako isn’t a new company — the bootstrapped business has been around for 16 years — but it does have an interesting story. Kayako has never taken outside funding. It has offices in three countries, is profitable and continues to grow. TechCrunch visited their London headquarters to chat with founder and CEO Varun Shoor to hear about Kayako’s history and his… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s top 10 hardware startup videos of 2016

    TechCrunch’s top 10 hardware startup videos of 2016

    We made hundreds of videos in 2016 — and we’re proud of all of them. But some videos, like these, skyrocketed to the top of the video charts making them worth a second look. Featuring go-karts, toy robots, laser tag and more, here’s a rundown of the most-watched hardware startup videos in 2016. Read More

  • The top 10 TechCrunch news videos of 2016

    Whether they are deeply nostalgic or impossibly cutting edge, there’s some special witches’ brew of hard-to-replicate factors that leads certain videos to take off like rockets. From robots and explosions to self-tying shoes, here’s a rundown of the most-buzzed-about TechCrunch news videos of 2016. Read More

  • Count down the end of 2016 with 12 Days of Doug

    Is 2016 over yet? Watch 12 Days of Doug on TechCrunch for a new giggle-inducing gadget review everyday this year. What is left of it, at least. From handy kitchen helper to doo-dads that help you get clean, Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth has reviewed hundred of gadgets – including plenty of “real” ones like computers and phones – so he is clearly a trustworthy fellow who… Read More

  • The June Oven makes cooking an exact science

    The June Oven makes cooking an exact science

    Nothing in my home costs $1,500, so it’s tough to get past the sticker shock. Price aside, the June Intelligent Oven stands up to the hype. It is a classy looking appliance. The fit and finish of the product is solid and you can tell just by looking at it that it’s high-end. Read More

  • Apple’s MacBook Pro event recap

    In the second Apple event in the past two months, Tim Cook ceremoniously took the stage today at Apple HQ to keep us posted on what the company has been working on. The event opened with a moving message toward making Apple technology accessible to all without too much detail on how exactly that is going to happen. Followed by a not so humble-brag session about the positive reception of the… Read More

  • Zwift merges indoor fitness with massive multi-player online gaming

    At its core, Zwift is indoor cycling software. But layered on top of its functionality is a community that in the two years the company has been operating has grown in both scale and sheer strength. At an event at Rapha’s cycling in SF, I found myself surrounded by core users proudly flaunting their team names and meeting, often not for the first time. Even Barry Bonds showed up to… Read More

  • Did I time travel or play Animation Throwdown for the entire day?

    Animation Throwdown is a new game from Fox Entertainment that pits the company’s popular adult cartoons Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad and Futurama against each other. One hundred and twenty thousand people have rated this game. It has a four and a half star rating. 4.5 stars! Is it that good? I’d say so. You start the game by choosing a character… Read More

  • Ringling Bros. new space-themed show brings Cirque to the circus

    There are two things that pop into my head when I hear Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The first is “are they are still around?” And the second is “I really hope those animals are OK.” And I am pretty sure I am not alone with either sentiment. For the first time in 150 years, the historic entertainment brand is completely overhauling the show and building… Read More

  • Reigns is a medieval game of life or death (mostly death)

    Reigns is a new gaming app, currently featured as a favorite by Apple. You are a king and the answer to whether you live or die — and how — is in the cards. Quite literally. As ruler, you are presented with a deck. Each card is someone in your kingdom who is asking for help or notifying you of a problem on the rise. How you answer determines your fate. A swipe to the left is… Read More

  • Dunkers competes with one million downloads in its first week

    Dunkers, a new game by Colin Lane (known for Wrassling and other fun sporty games), has racked up 1 million downloads since it was released last week. The success in large part is thanks to heavy featuring from Apple; it has been featured more than 150 times worldwide. Currently in iTunes, it sits at No. 1 sports app, No. 4 sports game, No. 8 free game and No. 34 free app overall. The game… Read More

  • 10 quick tips for becoming a Pokémon Master

    Pokémon Go is officially the biggest mobile game of all time — at this point, you’re either playing or you’re sick of hearing about it. If you’re in that first camp, keep reading. We are only a week in and several members of the TechCrunch team are level 20 or higher. We have put a ton of mileage into the game. Hundreds of miles in fact. And here’s what we think… Read More

  • Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns on pioneering online-only video

    With more than 4.5 billion views and 8.5 million subscribers on YouTube, plus their own video platform, there is no arguing that Rooster Teeth has paved their way as one of the premier online entertainment content brands. Starting the company in the spare bedroom of Burnie Burns’ house 14 years ago — before YouTube, free video hosting or web encoding — Burns had a lot of ideas… Read More

  • Glu debuts new Dash game with Gordon Ramsay

    These days, if a celebrity launches their own game, it is likely with Glu Mobile. Known for their free-to-play mobile games, the publicly traded company lists more than 100 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, Guitar Hero and Deer Hunter. But since late 2014, the team has moved away from building known gaming titles to new personalized star-focused franchises. After topping… Read More

  • Slither.io is snaking its way on to homescreens

    Slither.io is not new, but it is crazy popular. The game has been sitting at number one on the iOS gaming charts for some time. Slither.io has been available for just over three months now and, according to the most recent ranking, the game still holds the number one game, action game, and simulation game spots in the U.S. Apple App Store. It’s also the number six free app overall… Read More

  • Ninja Dude vs Zombies game review

    Ninja Dude vs Zombies is an endless tap’n’slash arcade. You are a brave ninja trapped on a tower surrounded by hordes of bloody zombies. So of course, as with all things zombie related, the only way to survive is to kill those pesky zombies, who somehow have learned to climb the sides of your crumbling tower. The controls are simple. Just tap to play. Your weapon at first is a… Read More

  • VOEZ is an addictive anime-themed rhythm game

    VOEZ is a new game out of Taiwan that is climbing the app gaming charts. It is part Rock Band, part DDR, but in a karaoke-esque setting. Put simply, VOEZ is an anime-themed rhythm game. You need to tap, hold and swipe as colorful commands fall to the target line. There are only a few different moves, but the difficulty of the game increases as you move on to more and more intense tracks. One… Read More