Internet

  • With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With Project Loon and Internet.org Companies like Google and Facebook are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to the internet, but with a modest $4.3 million in equity and debt the new startup PayJoy is solving an equally important problem — getting actual smartphones into those people’s hands. Co-founded by Mark Heynen… Read More

  • Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    You know the drill. Once a city has spoken with Google about bringing Fiber into their hood, there’s a process for the city to go through. A lengthy one. Checklists. The whole nine yards. Two new cities are exploring Fiber with Google and they are Chicago and Los Angeles. Yes, San Francisco has been skipped again and I’m going to go cry into my slow internet from… Read More

  • Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR

    Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR

    You’re strapped into a virtual reality delight and you want to Google something. What do you do? Now you can use a web browser built and optimized specifically for the Samsung Gear VR. The company announced the web browser today, and it’s called simply “Samsung Internet for Gear VR.” Read More

  • Neobase Wants To Become Your Private Home Communications Hub

    Neobase Wants To Become Your Private Home Communications Hub

    Earlier this year, Neone announced its plans to launch a private social network based on a small hardware appliance called the Neobase. The original Neobase Kickstarter didn’t succeed, but instead of giving up, the team decided to rework its original plan, and now Neone is back and ready to sell the Neobase directly to consumers. Read More

  • Data, The Speed Of Light And You Crunch Network

    Data, The Speed Of Light And You

    We — humanity, that is — created 4.4 zettabytes of data last year. This is expected to rise to 44 zettabytes by 2020. And no, I didn’t make up the word “zettabytes.” For scale, it is estimated that 42 zettabytes could store all human speech ever spoken. One zettabyte is around 250 billion DVDs — almost enough fit the whole Friends series. Read More

  • Study: Heavy Internet Use Linked To High Blood Pressure In Teens

    Study: Heavy Internet Use Linked To High Blood Pressure In Teens

    Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have found a link between heavy Internet use in teens and high blood pressure. Teens who spent over 14 hours a week on the Internet had “elevated blood pressure.” Of the 134 teens studied and defined as heavy Internet users, “26 had elevated blood pressure.” From the report: This is believed to be the first study to show… Read More

  • Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late Crunch Network

    Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late

    IPFS isn’t exactly a well-known technology yet, even among many in the Valley, but it’s quickly spreading by word of mouth among folks in the open-source community. Many are excited by its potential to greatly improve file transfer and streaming speeds across the Internet. From my personal perspective, however, it’s actually much more important than that. IPFS eliminates the… Read More

  • The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The other day I was writing an article and I wanted to link to a piece I wrote when I was at CITEworld in 2013 — just two years ago. I went searching for it, but soon discovered that IDG, the publication’s owners had taken the site down — and all of its content with it. While this was one small example, it illustrates the issues we have around content preservation on… Read More

  • OK Alphabet

    OK Alphabet

    “Finally.” “Moonshots.” “Sundar.” “Speed.” “Brilliant.” “YES!” These are all things that I’ve heard from insiders today in response to Google’s move to put itself, and its other units, under a new umbrella company called Alphabet. The news came in like a tomahawk, causing most of us to check the calendar and… Read More

  • How Gulf Countries Can Ignite Their Startup Revolution Crunch Network

    How Gulf Countries Can Ignite Their Startup Revolution

    There is hardly a day that passes without a new major initiative, announcement or bold proclamation by the Gulf economies of United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to promote tech startups in the region. Be it incubators, investment funds or free zones, you name it and they have it. Read More

  • China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    China already has some of the most stringent Internet restrictions in the world, but censorship is poised to become even more extreme. Sites and social networks will no longer just be surveilled by keyword filters and human monitors working remotely. China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced that police will be placed into the offices of major Internet companies. Read More

  • Google Loon To Cover Entire Country Of Sri Lanka With Internet

    Google Loon To Cover Entire Country Of Sri Lanka With Internet

    Google is working on many things, and that includes balloons that fly high in the sky to bring Internet infrastructure to locations that can’t be wired for it easily. Today, Sri Lanka announced that it’s the first country to ever get universal Internet access from Google’s Project Loon. Thanks to a partnership with Google, the country promises “affordable high-speed… Read More

  • It’s Time For “The Visual Internet” Crunch Network

    It’s Time For “The Visual Internet”

    One of the amazing accomplishments of the smartphone is how it’s inspired us to take photos and share them — tons of them, with everyone. It’s estimated we have already taken more than a trillion photos in 2015. That would be more snapshots than have been taken in all of photographic history till now. We should be proud. But it isn’t enough to take a photo. We need to… Read More

  • New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    The U.K. voted in a General Election on Thursday. The result ends five years of coalition government, and ushers in five years of true blue Tory rule. Here’s a quick round up of a few of the tech issues and areas that are going to be in play over the course of this Parliament. Read More

  • First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

  • In Emerging Markets, Internet Blamed For Having Negative Impact On Morality

    A new study out this morning from Pew Research takes a deep dive into the impact that Internet access is having on emerging markets, especially in terms of how it’s shaping public opinion. Today, tech companies like Facebook and Google have made significant investments in bringing Internet access to developing countries, the former with initiatives like Internet.org designed to offer… Read More

  • U.S. Relaxation Of Trade Restrictions With Cuba Includes Greater Access To Internet Services

    U.S. Relaxation Of Trade Restrictions With Cuba Includes Greater Access To Internet Services

    The U.S. and Cuba are easing their diplomatic relations, the White House is announcing today, marking a relaxation of a relationship that has remained tense since the Cold War. Part of that easing will include “new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications and their ability to communicate freely,” according to information shared by the White House about the scope… Read More

  • The Internet Is The Best Thing Ever To Happen To Songwriters

    The Internet Is The Best Thing Ever To Happen To Songwriters

    Ever since, Taylor Swift decided to give Spotify the boot, under the auspices of helping songwriters, there has been a conversation suggesting that there was somehow a golden age for songwriters when they controlled their own destiny –and the Internet killed all that. I’m here to tell you that there was never any such time and if anything, the Internet was the best thing that… Read More

  • US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet

    US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet

    The U.S. reiterated its stance in favor of a multistakeholder model for Internet governance today. Speaking before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said that the United States will “not allow the global Internet to be co-opted by any person, entity, or nation seeking to substitute their parochial worldview for… Read More

  • How The Internet Killed Profit Crunch Network

    How The Internet Killed Profit

    New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s destroying the very foundations of business. Software is indeed eating the world, in Marc Andreessen’s words, and we’re presented with an abundance of value being generated for consumers, but… Read More