• ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    Let’s start with the obvious: Star Trek Beyond is a pretty good movie, but it doesn’t quite make it into the top tier of Trek films like The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact. Beyond, which opens today, starts with the crew of the Enterprise in the middle of its five-year, deep space mission. This is exactly what Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris… Read More

  • Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. Read More

  • Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship Crunch Network

    Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

    In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. And it’s with that framework in mind, rather than some of the other meanings that “hack” has represented over time, that I suggested during my recent TEDx talk that Pope Francis and… Read More

  • In school or a recent grad? Get your cheap student tickets to Disrupt SF now

    In school or a recent grad? Get your cheap student tickets to Disrupt SF now

    Are you an undergraduate or graduate student looking to attend the best startup show in San Francisco? Student tickets to Disrupt SF 2016 are still available at the deeply discounted rate of just $300. These tickets were previously only available to students currently enrolled in school, but we’re now expanding their availability to all of the recent graduates out there. If you graduated… Read More

  • Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?   Crunch Network

    Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?  

    Personal care; food; beverages — in category after category, the pattern is the same. We are seeing the systematic outsourcing of R&D to new retail and consumer brands just launching into the market. Read More

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

    NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

    Curiosity may be an older dog (the rover landed on Mars in 2012), but it’s still picking up new tricks. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed (via Verge) that the robot can now pick its own targets when choosing rocks to scan with its laser spectrometer, a task formerly reserved for remote operation by scientists back here on Earth. JPL created the software that now… Read More

  • 3Doodler’s CEO talks about what comes after the crowdfunding

    “You don’t just hand over a prototype to manufacturing and say, ‘make this,’ ” Maxwell Bogue explains, offering some off-hand advice to hardware startups. “Whatever you made is wrong. It’s just not mass producible, as much you think it is.” He speaks from experience. The first time I met Wobbleworks’ CEO, his office was a small cube in… Read More

  • Verizon is close to buying Yahoo assets: sources

    Verizon is close to buying Yahoo assets: sources

    The protracted question of who is buying beleaguered Yahoo may finally have an answer. According to three reports published today, and our own sources, Verizon (which owns TechCrunch by way of AOL) is now the most likely company to snap up the company’s core assets — which include its search, content, mobile and advertising business — and possibly also some real estate… Read More

  • Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s React project is an open source library that allows developers to quickly build apps and their user interfaces in JavaScript. But that’s a bit of an understatement, because besides JavaScript, you also have to learn a lot of tools to simply set up a React project. While Facebook has talked about its own tooling for React, most individual developers and startups… Read More

  • 100% Fun

    100% Fun

    If 2016 taught us anything it’s that the internet isn’t fun anymore. It’s not that a soulless network of computers interconnected via TCP/IP was ever supposed to be fun. It’s that eventually fun overlaid itself on that network and created a world where nearly everyone could interact without fear. Kids grew up in a world where it was easier to talk to someone in… Read More

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