• Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    The next version of Apple Watch’s software will let you talk to Siri via your smartwatch in order to interact with third-party applications, according to new developer documentation from Apple released on Tuesday. This will let you do things like order an Uber, send a message through a chat application, make a payment, and more. The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected… Read More

  • Amazon adds ocean freight to the pieces of the shipping puzzle it controls

    Amazon adds ocean freight to the pieces of the shipping puzzle it controls

    Amazon has begun shipping products from Chinese merchant partners to its U.S. warehouses via ocean freighters, the Wall Street Journal reports. This is something it used to outsource exclusively, and another piece of the overall shipping and logistics picture that it’s now controlling directly, at least in part. Amazon doesn’t own ships, or employ crews, but it now acts as a… Read More

  • Apple reportedly close to India manufacturing deal in hopes of expanding reach in market

    Apple reportedly close to India manufacturing deal in hopes of expanding reach in market

    The world’s second most populous nation is on track to become its second largest smartphone market, soon surprising the US, according to industry analysts. For Apple, however, it’s been a tough market to crack. A newly published report from Canalys doesn’t even feature the company in a breakdown with Samsung in the top spot at 22-percent, in a market otherwise dominated… Read More

  • T-Mobile gives former AT&T customers a free year of Hulu, because DirecTV Now doesn’t work

    T-Mobile gives former AT&T customers a free year of Hulu, because DirecTV Now doesn’t work

    In December, T-Mobile ran a promotion which offered customers switching from AT&T a free year of AT&T’s new live TV service, DirecTV Now. The offer was meant to help stem the tide of potential customer losses, given DirecTV Now’s discounted pricing for newcomers, and its promises to zero-rate the streaming service on its network – meaning it wouldn’t count… Read More

  • Blackboard cofounder Michael Chasen takes CEO reins at PrecisionHawk

    Blackboard cofounder Michael Chasen takes CEO reins at PrecisionHawk

    Commercial drone tech venture PrecisionHawk has a new CEO—again. Red Hat Inc. cofounder Bob Young, who has served as PrecisionHawk’s CEO since July 2015, is handing over the reins to another veteran of enterprise software, Michael Chasen, a cofounder and former CEO of education tech giant Blackboard Inc. Verizon Ventures, an investment arm of TechCrunch’s parent company… Read More

  • The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a tremendously successful holiday shopping season, which saw not only a high volume of sales, but a key evolution in consumer demographics that’s driving sales from a broader cross-section… Read More

  • 3D TVs are dead

    3D TVs are dead

    Remember those heady days of yesteryear when everything was going to be 3D? Tangled in 3D! Puss in Boots in 3D! Video games in 3D! Those days are gone, friends, as LG and Sony quietly phase out the 3D features for their latest TVs. Buried in the releases that plagued CES was a notable absence – 3D TV capabilities. Industry experts are saying that 3D – which rose to prominence in… Read More

  • Pixie’s Points add AR to help find lost keys

    Pixie’s Points add AR to help find lost keys

    I’ve gotten better about not losing my keys. Could be that I’ve made more of a concerted effort not to lose them. Or it could be the fact that I live in a New York City apartment and there simply aren’t as many places to lose them. Could also just be the fact that I don’t drink as much as I once did. I tend to keep better track of things these days. I still have… Read More

  • I’ll see you tonight in New York at our Micro-Meetup

    I’ll see you tonight in New York at our Micro-Meetup

    In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 10 pitches on January 25 at 6:30pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor. This is an informal pitch-off but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually… Read More

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