Natasha Lomas

Natasha is a reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She arrives after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for silicon.com (now folded into TechRepublic.com). At silicon she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues, and has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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  • Critical Flaw IDed In ZigBee Smart Home Devices

    Critical Flaw IDed In ZigBee Smart Home Devices

    Security researchers have identified a critical vulnerability in devices using ZigBee, a wireless standard used for connectivity in multiple Internet of Things and smart home devices — raising the specter of hackers breaking into your smart home and doing what they like with your connected locks, alarm system and even controlling your lightbulbs. Read More

  • Monument Valley-Maker Moves Into Mobile Health With Moodnotes

    Monument Valley-Maker Moves Into Mobile Health With Moodnotes

    Q: What do you get if you cross seasoned psychological cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques with modern app design? A: Moodnotes: aka the lovechild of London-based digital product studio ustwo — maker of minimalist mobile game Monument Valley, among other apps — plus LA-based m-health app maker Thriveport. Read More

  • Blockfeed App Surfaces Hyper Local News

    Blockfeed App Surfaces Hyper Local News

    This New York city-based startup is aggregating local news sources, from small blogs to established newspapers, geolocating relevant news stories to a hyper local location — such as a particular street or block — and then serving those stories to readers based on where they happen to be at the time they open the mobile app. Read More

  • U.K. Web Users Now Prefer To Do It With Smartphones

    U.K. Web Users Now Prefer To Do It With Smartphones

    U.K. web users now see their smartphone as the most important device for getting online, overtaking the previous most popular device, the laptop, according to a study of Brits’ digital habits. Read More

  • Runtastic Acquired By Adidas For $240M

    Runtastic Acquired By Adidas For $240M

    Long time fitness app maker Runtastic has been acquired by sportswear brand adidas Group. The news was announced today in a blog post. The deal values Runtastic at €220 million ($240 million). The transaction was signed and closed today. The European app maker, which was founded in Austria back in 2009, before the quantified self movement got into its full stride, has more than 20… Read More

  • Machine Learning Used To Predict Fine Wine Price Moves

    Machine Learning Used To Predict Fine Wine Price Moves

    Curiosity about the limits of machine learning led former trader, UCL academic and startup founder, Dr Tristan Fletcher, to apply techniques more typically found in normal asset class trading to the alternative and, on the surface, more chaotic arena of fine wine pricing. Read More

  • Samsung Pay Heads To Samsung’s Smart TVs

    Samsung Pay Heads To Samsung’s Smart TVs

    Last March Samsung announced Samsung Pay — a mobile payment offering which it hopes will go head to head with Apple Pay. The service has still not rolled out yet but Samsung is expanding its payment push to smart TVs, with the launch of Samsung Pay on TV — which it says will be coming to ‘select’ 2014 and 2015 Samsung smart TVs, initially in 32 countries. Read More

  • Go Off-Grid With Silent Pocket’s Leather Goods

    Go Off-Grid With Silent Pocket’s Leather Goods

    Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? Of course you do; you use the Internet… So what’s the answer to pervasive tracking technologies? Well, one answer — at least when you’re able to step off grid entirely because you don’t need to use your kit for a bit — is to put your devices (and connected cards) inside a faraday cage to isolate them from… Read More

  • Battery Attributes Can Be Used To Track Web Users

    Battery Attributes Can Be Used To Track Web Users

    A team of European security researchers has published a paper analyzing how the battery life of mobile devices could be used to track web browsing habits of Firefox users on Linux, using the HTML5 Battery Status API. Read More

  • Google Ventures Joins $60M Round For Members-Only Travel Site, Secret Escapes

    Google Ventures Joins $60M Round For Members-Only Travel Site, Secret Escapes

    U.K.-based members-only luxury travel site, Secret Escapes, has pulled in a $60 million funding round, with investment coming from new investor Google Ventures, along with existing investors including Index Ventures and Octopus Investments. Read More

  • Twitter Judges Tweeted Jokes Copyrightable

    Twitter Judges Tweeted Jokes Copyrightable

    Tweeted a great joke lately? Was it A) a brilliantly original observation all of your own? Or B) a funny tweet you saw on Twitter and pilfered, sans credit? If the answer is B) your joke theft might result in your tweet being blocked on copyright grounds — if the original composer of the joke reports your theft as copyright infringement to Twitter. Read More

  • Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

    Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

    How much do mobile users hate interstitial screens blocking their mobile browsing by urging them to down the native app instead? An overwhelming amount, judging by a study conducted by Google in July last year. Well, that and common sense when you think about the contrast between the aim of mobile computing (speed, convenience) and the point of interstitials (slow, distract). Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPhone Sales, Tesla ‘Ludicrous Mode’, And GoPro/Meerkat

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPhone Sales, Tesla ‘Ludicrous Mode’, And GoPro/Meerkat

    This week, Tesla introduced a new mode for the Model S called Ludicrous mode, which will take the car from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds. Which is ludicrous. Meanwhile, Apple reported its Q3 2015 earnings, falling just under expectations for iPhone unit sales, though still growing the category by 35 percent YOY. Plus, GoPro announced a deal with Meerkat that will let users stream live from… Read More

  • How Amazon Could Drive Blended Reality Into The Living Room

    How Amazon Could Drive Blended Reality Into The Living Room

    Amazon has been amassing computer vision expertise for a long time. And continues to do so. A LinkedIn search for computer vision jobs at the company currently returns more than 50 posts — mostly split across research and software engineering roles. But is there more than meets the eye to the ecommerce giant’s interest in technologies that can sense the world around them? Read More

  • Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

    Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have linked musical taste to thinking style, with possible implications for how future algorithms might better tailor music recommendations. Not to mention the flip side: how music streaming services could psychologically classify their users, based on what they like to listen to. Read More

  • Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

    Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

    Falling in step with various recent industry moves, Microsoft has set up a formal process for removing links to so-called ‘revenge porn’ from its Bing search engine, allowing victims to notify it via a dedicated web form to have access to the content cut off. Read More

  • Adblock Plus Talks Content-Blocking And The Tricky Shift To Mobile

    Adblock Plus Talks Content-Blocking And The Tricky Shift To Mobile

    Adblock Plus has built a business out of helping web users ditch overly annoying ads and other unwanted digital content on the desktop by taking money from companies willing to conform to its “acceptable ads” manifesto in order to be whitelisted and have their marketing let through the gate. Downloads of its desktop extensions remain at a “steady clip” of millions per… Read More

  • Byline Wants To Crowdfund Media Pluralism

    Byline Wants To Crowdfund Media Pluralism

    “Journalism is clearly in big trouble. The business of the news media. And we think we have a model that has potential and could really help certain forms of journalism — niche topics, local journalism, investigative journalism, impassioned campaign-type journalism, war reporting perhaps even,” says Tudor, laying out the Byline pitch, after I ask whether it’s building… Read More

  • Apple Watch Sales Estimates Remain Low

    Apple Watch Sales Estimates Remain Low

    Analyst house Canalys is the latest to attempt to estimate demand for Apple’s debut wearable, the Apple Watch — forecasting Cupertino shipped 4.2 million over Q2, the device’s launch quarter. It notes this would mean shipments outstripped earlier-to-market wearables such as the (lower-priced) Fitbit, as well as all other extant smartwatches. But it would still constitute… Read More

  • BikeTag Is A Smart Safety Sensor For Cycling

    BikeTag Is A Smart Safety Sensor For Cycling

    Hardware startup Tagit Labs is building a tracking and safety device for extreme sports, focused initially on cycling. Co-founder John Anthony is a competitive cyclist himself, so knows a thing or two about being knocked off his bike. Read More