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  • Latin America’s chronic inefficiency could drive more O2O commerce growth Crunch Network

    Latin America’s chronic inefficiency could drive more O2O commerce growth

    There are numerous daily tasks that can be solved with ease in the U.S. In comparison, the lack of training, standardization and process in Brazil creates chronic inefficiencies in the service sector that push consumers to prefer and use mobile applications that provide everyday services in a standardized manner Read More

  • The dredge report: being an account of an expedition into the hyperreality of the California Delta Crunch Network

    The dredge report: being an account of an expedition into the hyperreality of the California Delta

    It has occurred to me that perhaps TechCrunch pays insufficient attention to slurry, sediment, silt, mud, and muck; to canals, earthworks, levees, dikes, dredges, and the Army Corps of Engineers; to the vast engineering works, with lifespans measured in decades, that literally reshape our world. So last weekend I boarded a bus hired by the Dredge Research Collaborative. Read More

  • Students are demanding the facts about coding bootcamps Crunch Network

    Students are demanding the facts about coding bootcamps

    It’s been a remarkable rise so far, but for coding bootcamps to become mainstream they must prove that the outcomes they advertise are real. In 2012 coding bootcamps began offering courses in software development and promising graduates new careers in technology. The schools, now backed by hundreds of millions in VC funding, will educate about 30,000 students in 2016, and rake in just shy… Read More

  • The app boom is not over Crunch Network

    The app boom is not over

    There’s a new wave of reporting focused on the post-app era. Recode announced “The app boom is over.” Quartz points out how most users never download any apps. Let me be very clear: The app boom is not over. There has never been a better time to be an apps developer. Read More

  • The last driver license holder Crunch Network

    The last driver license holder

    Say hello to Liam. He recently celebrated his first birthday. Not only is he a cutie, he is the last person to get a driver license. Impossible? Not in your lifetime? I don’t know if Liam will be the last person to get a driver license. It could be Sophia or Ethan. But one thing is certain: The last person to get a driver license is already born — the speed of technology… Read More

  • Can the smartphone cure Zika? Crunch Network

    Can the smartphone cure Zika?

    The smartphone has become the digital Swiss Army Knife of modern life. Beyond making phone calls, it takes pictures and videos, facilitates purchases, connects us to our social networks, helps us navigate around town and runs applications for almost any imaginable purpose — including one you couldn’t imagine. Read More

  • Is the future of VR NVIDIA, Sony and Apple? Crunch Network

    Is the future of VR NVIDIA, Sony and Apple?

    Virtual reality is all the buzz nowadays. And why wouldn’t it be when analysts like Goldman Sachs make estimates that the industry is poised to surpass the TV market in annual revenue by 2025. That would make virtual reality bigger than TV in less than 10 years. These estimates are so massive because the breakthrough technology has the ability to extend itself into so many markets… Read More

  • The automation of design Crunch Network

    The automation of design

    Murphy’s Law decrees: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For any of us whose livelihood depends on our labor, things going wrong could mean: “Anything that can be automated, will be automated.” Our labor or skill in exchange for pay has undoubtedly caused us to seek security in the notion that we’ll be forever needed. Read More

  • MassChallenge sets up camp in Switzerland Crunch Network

    MassChallenge sets up camp in Switzerland

    Lausanne, a small town in the Western part of Switzerland, has emerged as a surprising melting pot of innovative technology, and the latest feather in the town’s tech nest will be hosting the first Swiss chapter of MassChallenge. A large Boston-based accelerator program that is rapidly expanding across the globe, MassChallenge is a nonprofit and does not take an equity stake in… Read More

  • How new tech can improve the loan process Crunch Network

    How new tech can improve the loan process

    Anyone who keeps up with the stock market is likely aware that Lending Club is in hot water. Anyone with professional lending experience is likely unphased by this. Even so, peer-to-peer services remain popular. Because of that, traditional lenders are finally feeling pressure to use technology to improve their own processes, and we’re already seeing substantial progress throughout… Read More

  • The three ages of digital Crunch Network

    The three ages of digital

    We need to see the world in these three phases: before a full immersion of digital communications technology; when such technologies have faded into the background; and the mess between the two. Read More

  • Playing catch-up in hospital innovation Crunch Network

    Playing catch-up in hospital innovation

    Earlier this year, the White House made a bold bid against cancer, announcing a new, nationwide “Moonshot” initiative to do away with the disease — once and for all. However, for every moonshot, there is an endless list of insidious problems plaguing the industry that don’t make headlines, but are silently killing our system (and patients), inefficiency by small… Read More

  • New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection Crunch Network

    New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection

    Google, Facebook, Amazon and a myriad of other “edge providers” are not covered by the eventual privacy rules that will be drafted. Read More

  • How will Israeli innovation play into the global robotics industry? Crunch Network

    How will Israeli innovation play into the global robotics industry?

    In the last few months, a Singaporean University hired Nadine as a secretary, a Boston Dynamics employee pushed over his colleague Atlas who was moving boxes at a factory and Tally, a San Francisco Target employee, began checking to make sure all the products in Aisle 3 are fully stocked. Nadine, Atlas and Tally may live in different cities and industries, but they have several peculiarities… Read More

  • The implications of large IoT ecosystems Crunch Network

    The implications of large IoT ecosystems

    The Internet of Things genie is out of the bottle and growing at an accelerating pace. According to Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015. This number will soar to more than 20 billion by 2020. Here are some of the changes we’ll face as IoT becomes more ingrained in our lives — and how the tech community is getting prepared… Read More

  • Don’t buy into the myth of the “IPO window” Crunch Network

    Don’t buy into the myth of the “IPO window”

    Let me be very clear — when the right company wants to go public, market conditions just don’t matter. Read More

  • Could sensor technology determine the future of the NFL? Crunch Network

    Could sensor technology determine the future of the NFL?

    There’s something about football that enamors America. While other countries go crazy for soccer — and baseball is technically “America’s Pastime” — there’s no debating the fact that football is this country’s sport of choice. From the thousands of small high schools spread across the nation to the $7.3 billion operation that is the National… Read More

  • Resolving homelessness in the digital era  Crunch Network

    Resolving homelessness in the digital era 

    The explosion of tech companies setting up headquarters in major cities has encroached on the homeless population. Like San Francisco, the tech industry is growing rapidly in Seattle, and we too have the same dilemma. But unlike San Francisco, we have the opportunity to get ahead of this issue and truly make a difference. Read More

  • The Apple App Store graveyard Crunch Network

    The Apple App Store graveyard

    People just don’t seem to have the same excitement lately about Apple’s App Store or the Google Play platform. The air of hopelessness that surrounds the mobile app ecosystem is obvious and demoralizing. Read More

  • To compete with Google, think small Crunch Network

    To compete with Google, think small

    For companies serving enterprise customers, there are two ways to become a big fish: Go after other big fish or go after lots of small fish. Read More

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