Opinion

  • Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Credit card fraud is a big problem, with an increasing number of companies launching products to patch the problems. The most recent example is Final, which today announced it is shipping its first consumer product: disposable credit card numbers. That’s lovely, but in doing so, it serves predominantly as an example of a company fixing a serious problem from the wrong side of the fence. Read More

  • Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    People who love Google+ sure love Google+. That hasn’t changed since Google first launched what at the time seemed like a credible Facebook competitor back in June 2011. If you’re a Google+ fan, today is a day to celebrate: Against all odds, your favorite social network turned five today. For everybody else, the fact that Google+ is still online may come as a surprise. The number… 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, sludge, 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

  • 360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    What do you do when nobody is paying attention to your shiny new line of cameras? You could put together a campaign that shows how good your tech is and how it is the perfect match to your target audiences. Or you could go the other way, enlisting a Trump impersonator and an inexcusable dollop of stereotypes to try to get the word out. Guess which option 360fly chose. Yeah. Let’s talk… Read More

  • The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    As the rumor mill continues to report that Apple supposedly is doing away with the headphone socket on its next-generation phones (more than 300,000 people already voiced their opinion), I found myself in a series of situations recently that illustrate exactly why the world isn’t quite ready yet… Read More

  • What the actual hell, Britain?

    What the actual hell, Britain?

    As I’m writing this, it looks as if Britain has voted to leave the EU.It’s hitting me like a ton of Europe-approved bricks, because this decision just simply doesn’t make sense. I strongly believes in democracy, and if this really is what the demos want, then so be it. But I just don’t understand how we got here. How this was even sort of remotely possible. Read More

  • A tronc is born

    A tronc is born

    The best satire is indistinguishable from the subject matter it addresses. And sometimes the subject matter is indistinguishable from satire. For the foreseeable future, the absurd rebranding of tronc and this astonishing video will exemplify the latter. Let’s just run through some of the highlights. Read More

  • Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet Crunch Network

    Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet

    Who’s afraid of AlphaGo? Everyone who’s anyone, you might think. Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking have all expressed concern about the “existential threat” of AI, just as “deep learning” neural networks are revolutionizing the AI field. Should we be scared for our jobs? Or even our species? Fear not, I have answers! They are, respectively… Read More

  • FFS, Facebook Crunch Network

    FFS, Facebook

    For your convenience. For your security. To better serve you. To offer you the best experience. To better fit our future plans. To comply with regulations. To optimize our resources. These are the blandly vicious lies that companies proffer when they want to take something away from you. I thought I was used to this game, but this week I was actually upset by it again. Et tu, Facebook? Read More

  • The tipping point for rebellion Crunch Network

    The tipping point for rebellion

    We are all getting lazy and spoiled. We’re not choosing simple over better, but easy over passably good. We’re self-sabotaging ourselves because effort is a price too great for anything. Read More

  • Vive la France! Vive la Tech!… But do these two great tastes taste great together? Crunch Network

    Vive la France! Vive la Tech!… But do these two great tastes taste great together?

    I spent last week on a junket in Paris, paid for by the French government, visiting the various hubs and spokes of the burgeoning French startup scene. I don’t think they’ll invite me back, after they read this. My considered assessment is that the French government, and to an extent the larger French tech scene, lacks ambition, boldness, and confidence, and their technology… Read More

  • Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

    Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

    Facebook is removing the messaging capability from its mobile web application, according to a notice being served to users: “Your conversations are moving to Messenger,” it reads. Welcome news to the millions like me who switched to the web app in order to avoid Messenger in the first place! Read More

  • What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets and the News Feed. But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and the recorded replay won’t entice viewers later. Facebook Live videos auto-play… Read More

  • Who’s afraid of the IoT? Crunch Network

    Who’s afraid of the IoT?

    It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More

  • The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode. Read More

  • 42: The answer to life, the universe and education Crunch Network

    42: The answer to life, the universe and education

    “We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics… it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. “Knowledge is not useful any more, because IT advances in revolutionary ways, not iterative ones… we ask our students not to learn, just to solve the problem.” Oh, yes, and… Read More

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