#CESCrunch

  • Vegas Tech Fund

    Vegas Is In Search Of A Tech City, Not Just A Quick Jackpot

    Last week, tens of thousands of people came to Las Vegas for CES, where they spent their time milling around the Convention Center and comparing selfie sticks, fancy TVs and robots, trudging to the dozen or so other distantly-placed hotels where related events took place, and apparently drinking a lot. We went off the beaten track to take a gander at another aspect of tech life in… Read More

  • Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    We saw a number of companies launch apps for video stabilization in the last year — including Instagram’s Hyperlapse for iOS — and Apple brought stabilized video to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera. Now,  Imint wants to do something similar for Android phones with the launch of Vidhance Mobile. Before you get too excited, though, it’s worth noting that Imint… Read More

  • Meet The Hardware Battlefield 2015

    Meet The Hardware Battlefield 2015

    Today, we are tickled to introduce the Hardware Battlefield 2015 participants. The 14 startups represent what we at TechCrunch feel are the most interesting, most promising early stage hardware companies being built. Whether drones, connected homes, robots or 3D printing are your fancy, we’ve got you covered with this batch. Over the past month these companies have been working tirelessly… Read More

  • Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just… Read More

  • Nest Gives Google A Head Start On The Future Of Hardware

    Nest Gives Google A Head Start On The Future Of Hardware

    CES may be finished for another year, but one of the biggest themes of the show — that anything (cars, watches, mirrors, tables and more) is fair game as ‘hardware’ — is just taking off. And today’s news of Google buying Nest for $3.2 billion underscores how Google wants to be the player at the front and center of that. Read More

  • Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs — maker of the eponynous personal assistant app — has been in the news of late because of a leaked video that shows a mobile app personal assistant customized to run on Yahoo services. While that app and their association remain the subject of “ongoing conversations,” Robin Labs has come to CES in Las Vegas with other news: it’s raised funding from… Read More

  • Twitter CEO Says He Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

    Twitter CEO Says He Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

    Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, says that it’s easy enough for consumers to opt out of tailored ads on Twitter, but he does not know how many actually go through the process of doing so. “You can opt out of tailored ads and content,” he told an audience today. But asked how many percentage-wise have done so, he would not say: “I do not know how many people have opted… Read More

  • Gartner: 2.5B PCs, Tablets And Mobiles Will Be Shipped In 2014, 1.1B Of Them On Android

    Gartner: 2.5B PCs, Tablets And Mobiles Will Be Shipped In 2014, 1.1B Of Them On Android

    As the worlds of communication and technology increasingly become mobile-first, the traditional desktop PC continues to go the way of the dodo bird. The analysts at Gartner are today publishing their annual devices forecast, and they project 2014 to be another banner year for mobile — and its biggest player, Android. There will be 2.5 billion PCs, tablets and mobile handsets shipped… Read More

  • Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Hours after LG unveiled its webOS-powered smart TV interface at CES, Panasonic has spilled the beans on its own mobile-inspired TV plans — announcing a partnership with Mozilla to use the latter’s Firefox OS (FFOS) and open Web standards ethos to open up the living room’s primary screen. Firefox OS can currently be found cooling its heels on some low-end phone hardware… Read More