olympics

  • Google is stepping up its game for the Rio Olympics

    Google is stepping up its game for the Rio Olympics

    Hard to believe, but the Olympics are less than a week away, and all of that training you’ve been doing, sitting on the couch watching various sporting events, is finally about to pay off. And Google would like to help facilitate the realization of those long standing goals. Like pretty much every other company in the world, the search giant is working an angle for the Rio events. Read More

  • Halo has been testing its brain stimulating wearable with Olympic athletes ahead of Rio

    Halo has been testing its brain stimulating wearable with Olympic athletes ahead of Rio

    A couple of months after taking to the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in Brooklyn to show off their neuropriming headset,  Halo Neuroscience revealed that a number of Olympic athletes from various countries have been using the system to prep for next month’s Rio games. According to the hardware startup, track and field stars Hafsatu Kamara of Sierra Leone, Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and… Read More

  • Samsung’s Olympics-themed Galaxy S7 Edge goes on sale for $850

    Samsung’s Olympics-themed Galaxy S7 Edge goes on sale for $850

    Sure, you like the Olympics. But do you, you know, like-like the Olympics? As in, would you pay a $100 premium for a special limited edition version of the Galaxy S7 Edge in order to proudly display your devotion to the 2016 summer games to the world for the next two or so years? As previously noted, Samsung created a special, limited edition version of its high end smartphone with the… Read More

  • The US women’s Olympic volleyball team is using a wearable by VERT to monitor jumps

    The US women’s Olympic volleyball team is using a wearable by VERT to monitor jumps

    The road to the Rio Olympics for the U.S. women’s volleyball team has included grueling six-hour practice sessions, sparking the need for players to train smart — not just hard. After all, one critical injury could derail the team’s chances of a successful showing on the world stage. That’s where a tiny wearable by VERT comes into play. Read More

  • Samsung created a special Rio Olympics version of its Galaxy S7 Edge

    Samsung created a special Rio Olympics version of its Galaxy S7 Edge

    Sure the actual Summer Olympics only last for 16 days, but now you can carry your allegiance to the games around in your pocket for the next two or so years until you upgrade your phone (just in time for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, no less). To mark the Rio games, Samsung is issuing a commemorative Olympic Games Limited Edition of its Galaxy S7 Edge handset, handing out 12,500 of… Read More

  • Swatch’s Bellamy NFC payment watch is hitting Rio in time for the Olympics

    Swatch’s Bellamy NFC payment watch is hitting Rio in time for the Olympics

    Sure, there are still plenty of hurdles left when it comes to pulling off the Olympics in Rio this summer, but paying for stuff apparently won’t be among them. Visa is announcing its third wearable payment option set to coincide with the games, joining the aforementioned ring and a band co-branded with Brazilian bank, Bradesco. The Swatch Bellamy, a partnership between the credit… Read More

  • NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

    NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

    NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage, but for the first time, the Rio broadcasting network is shedding some real light on how it intends to do so. The plan revolves around Gear VR — exclusively, in fact. Owners of Samsung’s headset (and compatible Galaxy phones… Read More

  • Visa made an NFC mobile payment ring for Olympic athletes in Rio

    Visa made an NFC mobile payment ring for Olympic athletes in Rio

    This is probably pretty far down everyone’s list of necessary Olympic athletic equipment to pack for the 2016 Rio games, but Visa’s gonna be Visa, because it’s everywhere you want to be and life takes Visa, etc. The credit card giant is offering up a new NFC-enabled payment ring to Team Visa athletes, no doubt inspired by the fact that those super aerodynamic track and… Read More

  • Watch Fifth Grader Ari Get Fitted For A New 3D-Printed Hand

    Watch Fifth Grader Ari Get Fitted For A New 3D-Printed Hand

    During the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last week, a fifth grader named Ari stopped by a booth set up by Google. The booth had information about its “Impact Challenge” for disabilities. What Ari didn’t know is that her life would change before she left the games. Read More

  • The First Truly Social Olympics: Tell Me How You Really Feel

    The First Truly Social Olympics: Tell Me How You Really Feel

    It’s a brave new world my friends. There were more tweets sent in a single day during the Olympics last week than there were during the entire 17-day competition in Beijing in 2008. In 2010, during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, there were around 307,000 mentions of the term Olympics during the opening weekend of the event, as opposed to 3.5 million this time around. And we may not even… Read More

  • Twitter’s Succès De Scandale: Olympics Suspension Fiasco Drove Signups

    Twitter’s Succès De Scandale: Olympics Suspension Fiasco Drove Signups

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity. A source tells TechCrunch that mainstream news coverage of the temporary suspension of an NBC Olympics coverage tweeter / hater gave Twitter’s signup rate a boost. The same source revealed that the debacle led to internal communication within Twitter, describing the scandal as having a silver lining: “A good thing”. Why? Well… Read More

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