Turkey

  • Twitter Says It Is Standing By Its Users In Turkey, Hopes To Have Access ‘Returned Soon’

    Twitter Says It Is Standing By Its Users In Turkey, Hopes To Have Access ‘Returned Soon’

    Help appears to be at hand for advocates of free speech in Turkey, where Twitter access has been cut off after the Prime Minister accused it of helping people spread false information about him. Twitter has announced that it is standing by its users and working on restoring access soon. Read More

  • EarlyBird Raising $130M To Fund Startups In Turkey And Central Eastern Europe

    EarlyBird Raising $130M To Fund Startups In Turkey And Central Eastern Europe

    Earlybird, the Berlin-based VC that has focused on backing startups in Europe and other ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley, is today announcing its latest fund and geographical target. It is raising $130 million for the Earlybird Digital East Fund (EDEF) to invest in early and early growth startups in Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe. Around $110 million from institutional and… Read More

  • Turkish Police Shoot Down Drone As It Flies Over Protestors

    Turkish Police Shoot Down Drone As It Flies Over Protestors

    As personal drones become more usable – and more ubiquitous – I think we’ll see more and more scenes like this one. The video, taken in Istanbul by a protester named Jenk Kose, shows the quadcopter falling out of the sky after being shot at by the police. The quadcopter’s camera failed when it was hit but Jenk was able to save some of the footage. Read More

  • Video: Turkish Iron Man SURALP

    Turkey isn’t really the first country that springs to mind when it comes to robotics, but a research team at the Sabanci University in Istanbul has succeeded in developing what appears to be Turkey’s first humanoid. The so-called SURALP was in the making for eight years, and the university has spent $1 million to get it to its current form. Read More

  • Turkey: The land that embraced Facebook, FriendFeed and startups

    For the past couple of days I’ve been in Turkey, absorbing the tech scene in Istanbul (tomorrow I’m in Munich, Germany, for DLD). I was invited over by the Nubridge Venture Summit which brought together a panoply of European VCs to listen to Turkish tech companies set out their wares. What emerged is a picture of a country in high growth, as this economy and its entrepreneurs latch… Read More

  • How Facebook And FriendFeed Became Turkish Delights

    For the past couple of days I’ve been in Turkey, absorbing the tech scene in Istanbul (tomorrow I’m in Munich, Germany, for DLD). I was invited over by the Nubridge Venture Summit which brought together a panoply of European VCs to listen to Turkish tech companies set out their wares. What emerged is a picture of a country in high growth, as this economy and its entrepreneurs latch… Read More

  • Hey, Egypt, Greece, India… are you ready for some iPhone?


    Riddle me this… is it 3G? Vodaphone just announced that it will be selling the iPhone — an iPhone — in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. Man. Now that’s what I call a roll out. None of this pussy-footing around with Germany and the UK. That’s a man’s roll-out, friends. Now about… Read More

  • For non-chefs: Jennie-O turkies are cooked in a bag, no thawing required

    How many of you know how to cook? Like, if need be, you’d be able to whip out a full-course Thanksgiving meal for your family? If you can’t—I certainly couldn’t; we’d be eating Cap’n Crunch—then have a look at the Jennie-O oven-ready turkey. It’s a full-sized turkey in a bag that you stick in the oven with no preparation. There’s no… Read More

  • Watch With Built-In PayPass

    Over in Turkey, a local bank has a new promotion that is going to make credit cards a thing of the past. In a deal with MasterCard, the bank is now offering a wristwatch with a built-in PayPass credit card. All you have to do is just swipe your watch at a counter that accepts PayPass and you’re good to go. No need to sign anything as long as the price of your total purchase is under… Read More

  • Gobble Gobble PING! Assign An IP Address To Your Turkey

    After Thanksgiving, we know you’re sick of turkey. Trust us, we ate enough of that shit to fall asleep longer than Rip Van Winkle. But this is a gadget of utmost importance that should be considered for next Thanksgiving: The Stoker BBQ Controller. It comes with the usual probes you’d use to when cooking a gigantic animal, but also features a completely programmable computer… Read More