The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conference

EU Reconsiders Intelligence Cooperation With US After Spying Reports

German Chancellor Merkel is angry with President Obama; so furious that she’s publicly calling the European Union to reconsider its intelligence cooperation with the United States, after reports

Forget Calories, New Gadgets Redefine How To Lose Weight And Be Athletic

A treasure trove of new health devices unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show promise to make us healthier by more accurately measuring what makes people thin and athletic. Calorie counting, for in

BodyMedia’s Jewelry Upgrade Makes Data-Driven Weight Loss Super-Chic

Being geeky is awesome; number-obsessed performance geeks should be able to wear their devices loud and proud. Last year saw an explosion of calorie-tracking wearable devices, but none of these plasti

HealthSpot, A Hospital-In-A-Box, Beams In Doctors To Relieve Emergency Room Overcrowding

The Affordable Care Act will flood the resource-strapped national emergency room system with 30 million more insured citizens, increasing already-long wait times to see a doctor. A new hospital-in-a-b

What To Expect From Congress In 2013 On Immigration, Privacy, And Patent Trolls

Beyond their own pet projects, members of Congress often know little more than the public about what the legislature will actually accomplish in a given year. The International Consumer Electronics Sh

FCC Announces Plan To Help Conference Wi-Fi Actually Work

The government wants to help ensure that conference Internet Wi-Fi actually works. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a new plan to open up a portion of the wireless spectrum for faster and mor

Associated Press Is Running Sponsored Tweets From Samsung During CES

Just in time for the CES show, a major media outlet is spinning out a little business out of Twitter. The Associated Press today <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2013/A

As Demand For Tablets, Smartphones And Connected Screens Soars, Pure Play Devices Under Threat, Says Accenture

Attention dumbphones, point-and-shoot cameras and music players: sorry to tell you this, but it looks like your days may be numbered. According to a <a target="_blank" href="www.accenture.com/consumer

It’s An Android World After All: Polaroid Launches $150 Kids Tablet, Expanding Its New Lease On Life As A Digital Media Company

Polaroid’s newish image as a digital media company got one more boost today, with the launch of a new, $150 Android tablet aimed specifically at children. Simply/obviously branded the “Pol

SigFig: CES Gets Public Investors Excited About Companies, But Stock Prices Don’t Go Up

The <a href="http://www.cesweb.org/">Consumer Electronics Show</a>, the turgid January gadget fest in Las Vegas, has been widely seen in the industry as a great place to show off your wares if you're

What Is A 3D Printer Good For? Stop-Motion Cartoons Featuring Princesses, Of Course!

Makerbot creator Bre Pettis and his musician friends from <a HREF="http://www.bryanscary.com/">Scary Car</a> made this cute little video featuring 3D printed action figures being created in (near) rea

An Interview With DECE/UltraViolet President Mitch Singer Goes Horribly Right

Our readers are probably familiar in passing with UltraViolet, a new content rights management system that is supposed to unify the rights architecture on the web, allowing cross-platform sharing and

CES 2012: Graphing The Tweets

As <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/12/ces-a-wonderful-example-of-not-knowing-when-to-stop">I noted earlier this week</a>, I'm not a fan of all of the "Company X Won CES!" jibberjabber tha

PrimeSense Demos A Gesture-Based Next-Gen TV Interface

We've all seen the Kinect, or at least heard about <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/10/31/kinect-sdk-launches-in-early-2012-we-peer-at-past-hacks/">its wonders</a>. Well, the same company tha

Wimm Labs VP Tim Twerdahl Shows Off The Android-Powered Wimm One Smart Watch

There are plenty of smart watches out there in the world. The iPod Nano doubles as one, and the new MotoACTV watch is a pretty solid offering, as well. But over at Wimm Labs, they're taking the concep

Viewsonic VP Mike Holstein Demos New Android, Windows Tablets

When I think of tablets, I think of the usual suspects -- Apple, Motorola, Asus, HTC, and the like. Viewsonic never really comes to mind, but that hasn't stopped them from pushing out their own tablet

Our Favorite CES 2012 Interviews, Videos And Events

CES was a blast this year. It was the best show in recent memory. Everyone from the press to vendors were upbeat and seemingly truly happy to be there. Attendance was up. The show was the largest ever

Ooma CEO Eric Stang Shows Off The New HD2 VoIP Handset

At CES 2012, there are quite a few products that would totally change the way you do things (or at least save you some money) that just don't get enough coverage. We reported on <a href="https://beta.

Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy On Getting Into Hardware: “Don’t Ship Before It’s Ready”

If you were paying attention last week, you can probably surmise that we have about a billion hours worth of footage to process from last week's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/ces2012/">CES Inte
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