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After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth

Jun 26, 8:30AM

oil rig Politicians responding to the oil troubles are heeding calls for a new way forward, centered around startups. And the efforts to foster a new approach are led by an ambitious ex-business exec, the Crown Prince of Norway and a handful of contrarian entrepreneurs. Read More

The hungry consumer and the software pivot

Jun 26, 2:00AM

cherry pie with spoon The internet has become a lonely space, and consumers are hungry for something new. We don’t talk much anymore about new processors, video cards and faster dialup modems — at least not like we used to. The technology industry, specifically the internet, continues to become further standardized and isolating, which makes it harder for new players to get an edge. Read More

Telecoms open shop on Madison Avenue, but will brands buy?

Jun 25, 11:00PM

new york city skyline Many companies have transformed and realigned their focus with great success. Avon transitioned from peddling books door-to-door to marketing beauty products. Wrigley started as a soap and baking soda company. IBM originally sold massive mainframe computers and calculators. Now, telecom companies are making similar pivots into a lucrative industry. The battle du jour is about customer data… Read More

Governments must embrace the Information Age or risk becoming obsolete

Jun 25, 8:00PM

Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia Thirty-six years ago, futurist Alvin Toffler wrote The Third Wave, outlining the inevitable transition from a “Second Wave,” characterized by an industrial society, to a “Third Wave,” characterized by what he calls the “Information Age.” The Information Age is defined by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through… Read More

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher's pet at 1/4 of US schools

Jun 25, 7:09PM

seesaw-banner Seesaw’s educational app lets students save and share their assignments with their teachers, parents, and fellow classmates. They just snap a photo or video, draw, or write. But rather than just the finished product, students can add audio narration or doodled annotation to show how they got there. This lets teachers identify where students went wrong when they make mistakes. Seesaw… Read More

Novelist John Sundman talks CRISPR, genetics, and logic bombs

Jun 25, 5:49PM

61+tk+GPfML._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Novelist John Sundman is a national treasure. His best work, Acts of the Apostles, predicts CRISPR, advanced genetic engineering, and chip-based Trojan Horses and his writing is at once dense and thrilling. I got the chance to talk with him this week for the Technotopia podcast. Sandman lives on Martha’s Vineyard and has been a tech contractor as well as a volunteer fireman and carpenter. Read More

Seoul's new traffic signs warn of the dangers of texting while walking

Jun 25, 4:30PM

Smiling young business woman in subway station, South Korea. (Leonardo Patrizi/Getty Images) The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced traffic and pedestrian signs alerting the danger of using smartphones while walking on the street, soon to be installed in five areas of the South Korean capital. The safety campaign, implemented together with the National Police Agency, specifically targets kids, teenagers and young adults, the main users of smartphones in the country. “The… Read More

You can help stop human trafficking with the TraffickCam app

Jun 25, 3:37PM

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 8.27.28 AM TraffickCam is an app developed by the Exchange Initiative, an organization fighting back against sex trafficking. The goal of the new app is to build a national database of photos of the insides of hotel rooms to help law enforcement match images posted by sex traffickers to locations. The app will also be useful to help locate victims — and the people who put them in their predicament. Read More

Latin America's chronic inefficiency could drive more O2O commerce growth

Jun 25, 1:30PM

Sao Paolo motoboy -Mid-Res There are numerous daily tasks that can be solved with ease in the U.S. In comparison, the lack of training, standardization and process in Brazil creates chronic inefficiencies in the service sector that push consumers to prefer and use mobile applications that provide everyday services in a standardized manner Read More

The dredge report: being an account of an expedition into the hyperreality of the California Delta

Jun 25, 1:00PM

purple-dredge It has occurred to me that perhaps TechCrunch pays insufficient attention to slurry, sediment, silt, sludge, mud, and muck; to canals, earthworks, levees, dikes, dredges, and the Army Corps of Engineers; to the vast engineering works, with lifespans measured in decades, that literally reshape our world. So last weekend I boarded a bus hired by the Dredge Research Collaborative. Read More

Students are demanding the facts about coding bootcamps

Jun 25, 11:30AM

hackathon women who code It’s been a remarkable rise so far, but for coding bootcamps to become mainstream they must prove that the outcomes they advertise are real. In 2012 coding bootcamps began offering courses in software development and promising graduates new careers in technology. The schools, now backed by hundreds of millions in VC funding, will educate about 30,000 students in 2016, and rake in just shy… Read More

The app boom is not over

Jun 25, 11:00AM

app-boom There’s a new wave of reporting focused on the post-app era. Recode announced “The app boom is over.” Quartz points out how most users never download any apps. Let me be very clear: The app boom is not over. There has never been a better time to be an apps developer. Read More

The last driver license holder

Jun 25, 1:00AM

liam Say hello to Liam. He recently celebrated his first birthday. Not only is he a cutie, he is the last person to get a driver license. Impossible? Not in your lifetime? I don’t know if Liam will be the last person to get a driver license. It could be Sophia or Ethan. But one thing is certain: The last person to get a driver license is already born — the speed of technology… Read More

"Let me see your phone"

Jun 25, 12:37AM

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 5.29.28 PM Here’s one for your Friday. An older video, unearthed by Twitter user @iamjamajesty a few days ago has been blowing up on the network. This group poem, performed by Morgan “MoMo” Butler and Malachi Byrd, is one of the best expressions I’ve seen of love and trust in the digital age. “Settings>Privacy Settings>System Services>Location… Read More

Faraday Future says it is also making an autonomous car

Jun 25, 12:26AM

Faraday Future concept car CES 2016 Chinese-backed electric car maker Faraday Future says it is working on a self-driving vehicle. The company not so secretly owned by LeTV joins a growing list of tech companies making autonomous cars, including Google, Tesla, Apple (big rumor) and even IBM now powers a self-driving bus. Faraday revealed its first concept car, the FFZERO1, at CES earlier this year — an electric car with… Read More

Ladar Levison finally confirms Snowden was target of Lavabit investigation

Jun 24, 11:09PM

snowden-selfie Ladar Levison’s three-year fight for freedom to speak about the government order that shuttered Lavabit, his secure email service, is finally over. Levison was finally able to confirm today that Lavabit was targeted by the government during its investigation into the Edward Snowden leaks. Although Apple’s legal battle to keep its users’ data encrypted is more widely… Read More

Why a Palantir IPO might not be far off

Jun 24, 10:43PM

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 3.22.04 PM Earlier this week, BuzzFeed got its hands on a stock purchase offer arranged by Palantir for its employees, one that asked current and former employees to agree to a host of stipulations. Among them, the 12-year-old, data analytics outfit asked former employees to renew their non-disclosure agreements, agree not to solicit Palantir employees for 12 months, and promise not to sue the company or… Read More

JBL's Charge 3 waterproof speakers are big on battery and bass

Jun 24, 10:13PM

JBL Charge 3 I do the same thing every time I get a waterproof device – I take it home, fill up the sink and dunk it. It’s a strangely cathartic, a sort of gadget baptism, and nicely refreshing for someone who spends so much of his time cautiously handling expensive hardware devices. The only thing that beats it are those companies with rugged gadgets that demand you bang them with a hammer.… Read More

What UK startups make of the shocking Brexit vote

Jun 24, 8:31PM

torn-uk-flag Shock, disbelief and disappointment were common sentiments echoed by the startups TechCrunch spoke to, many of which had scrambled emergency meetings this morning to consider their immediate steps in the face of a seismic shift in the political and economic landscape of both the U.K. and the European region as a whole. Read More

Can the smartphone cure Zika?

Jun 24, 8:00PM

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MARCH 04:  Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species which transmits the dengue virus, chikungunya fever and zika is photographed on March 04, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images) The smartphone has become the digital Swiss Army Knife of modern life. Beyond making phone calls, it takes pictures and videos, facilitates purchases, connects us to our social networks, helps us navigate around town and runs applications for almost any imaginable purpose — including one you couldn’t imagine. Read More

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