technology

  • One in three UK web users has tried to cut down on digital distractions

    One in three UK web users has tried to cut down on digital distractions

    There are signs that a growing number of Brits are feeling overwhelmed by the neverending demands of digital technology, with many web users attempting to reset the balance between their online and offline lives by taking a temporary break from connected devices. Read More

  • littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    We are big fans of littleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics — and lets them get creative with their new skills. Today, the company introduced its first STEAM kit. STEAM adds “Arts and Design” to STEM’s science, technology… Read More

  • The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology Crunch Network

    The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology

    “Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet,” wrote Tony Schwartz in a recent essay in The New York Times. It’s a common complaint these days. A steady stream of similar headlines accuse the ‘Net and its offspring apps, social media sites and online games of addicting us to distraction. There’s little doubt that nearly everyone who comes… Read More

  • Should Tech Companies Be Subject To The Fourth Amendment? Crunch Network

    Should Tech Companies Be Subject To The Fourth Amendment?

    As courts grapple with how to apply the Fourth Amendment’s privacy provisions to online crime fighting, it may become difficult for law enforcement and technology companies to collaborate to fight terrorism and other crimes. Read More

  • How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

    How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

    There are many visions of what our hyper-connected future might look like. We’re packaged countless variants on the shiny-techie-future vision theme every day as marketing departments lay it on thick to try to put gloss on their latest product and restless grease on the wheels of consumption… Read More

  • Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech Crunch Network

    Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

    The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • Google Promises Improved Voicemail Transcriptions, Cuts Error Rate By 49%

    Google Promises Improved Voicemail Transcriptions, Cuts Error Rate By 49%

    “Hi, My name is Melissa and also i’m calling on behalf of terribly a meeting a technology company at the forefront of, and both the city of entertainment. I wanted to follow up with you to make sure you saw love to hear announcement about their new H T M R html 5.” That gibberish is what Google Voice showed me as the written transcript of a recent voicemail. Given how… Read More

  • Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

    Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

    In what may be one of its first investments in a Series A round, the investment firm KKR has pulled from its $98.6 billion in assets under management to lead a $15 million investment in the fundraising platform, Artivest. Read More

  • The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions

    Recent news of Pinterest acquiring a two-person startup was probably a head scratcher for most of you. It shouldn’t be. Along with Kosei, Hike Labs was a focusedmicro acquisition intended to bolster Pinterest’s content discovery efforts. More companies should be following their lead. Read More

  • ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    Truly the bounty of technology’s cup overfloweth. Cannabis smokers of the world wishing they could share their buzz with others can do so via an anonymous geolocation app called Who Is Happy, on iOS and Android. Read More

  • Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App

    Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App

    Apple quietly bought Dryft, a startup that develops keyboard apps — an acquisition that appears to have occurred last year — TechCrunch has learned. The acquisition seemed to be confirmed by Randy Marsden’s LinkedIn profile, which lists him as joining Apple last September. Marsden, the chief technology officer of Dryft and also a co-founder of Swype, now leads development… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track Crunch Network

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

  • Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy Crunch Network

    Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy

    American cyber policy makers may well rue not paying heed to Burnham. The legal interpretations they currently espouse may soon turn around to bite them in the proverbial hypocritical posterior. The issue is put in stark relief by the recent announcement from Alibaba, the Chinese technology company that plans to open up a new data center in Silicon Valley. From a business perspective… Read More

  • London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

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