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One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

May 29, 2:00AM

chip It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming driver of innovation in the technology industry. Many components have made stunning advances to keep up with consumer demand to have sleeker, more powerful devices every year. For chip makers, the pressure has been to produce smaller, more powerful components for each… Read More

Apartments are the hot new tech sector

May 28, 10:00PM

apartments in china Welcome to the land technology forgot. High-end leases negotiated and signed via fax. Millions of dollars in apartment inventory tracked on whiteboards with dry-erase markers. Client histories recorded in longhand in legal notebooks and stashed in manila folders. Multi-family real estate (i.e. apartment buildings) is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now. Read More

Unicorns along the Wasatch: Utah's flourishing startup and enterprise scene

May 28, 7:00PM

salt lake city Silicon Valley has traditionally been the startup Garden of Eden, but it’s no longer the only game in town. Utah — specifically Salt Lake City and its ecosystem — has become a formidable breeding ground for startups, even developing its own unicorn herd. Read More

Gillmor Gang: Conventional Wisdom

May 28, 5:45PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 27, 2016. Too much Trump, TV, Twitter, and Gang thinks apps have jumped the shark. Gillmor says no way. Plus, G3 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @kevinmarks, @fradice, @kteare Produced & directed… Read More

What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games

May 28, 3:00PM

chronotrigger_scene_03 I’m writing this from a slightly saddened perspective, revisiting my favorite SNES RPGs and realizing something: I’ve been spoiled by modern UX design. The sentiment is pretty universal. Read More

'Gremlins' and 'Innerspace' director Joe Dante sees the good and the bad in CGI

May 28, 2:00PM

joe dante Director Joe Dante made some of the best-loved films of the 1980s, including Gremlins and Explorers, so I was eager to ask him about how movies have evolved. This weekend, Dante will receive the very first Sierra Spirit Award at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. Shira Dubrovner, the festival’s executive director, said Dante was chosen for his persistently independent attitude —… Read More

Who's afraid of the IoT?

May 28, 1:00PM

sig-fox It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More

Crunch Report | Try Amazon Alexa In A Web Browser

May 28, 3:00AM

Amazon Alexa can now be used in a web browser to test it out. Facebook starts selling offsite ads. Apple pay wants to expand into more countries in both Asia and Europe. Nick Denton from Gawker challenges Peter Thiel to a public debate and Twilio is looking to IPO soon. All this fun stuff on todays Crunch Report! Read More

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

May 28, 1:00AM

smart-garbage Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may not sound so impressive, but when the dumbest of items gains… Read More

Review: VAIO's Z Flip ultrabook shows little learned

May 28, 12:09AM

L1030057 It’s been a long journey for the VAIO brand: Sold off from Sony in 2014 to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, the deal saw all of its then-new products disappear. Read More launches for live streaming

May 27, 11:16PM is expanding beyond music videos with the launch of, its live stream platform. Users will be able to broadcast through the app, and the streams will be viewable on Launched last year, is growing fast, with about 80 million young teens using it around the globe. The app makes it easy to create music videos by allowing users to dub over their… Read More

13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week

May 27, 11:05PM

weekly roundup USE This week, Google successfully defended itself against the $9 billion fair use court case against Oracle, Snapchat’s financials were leaked, Twilio revealed its IPO filing and more. These are the top stories of the week to catch you up on all things tech. 1. Closing out a $9 billion case that has stretched across many years, a jury found that Google’s implementation of 37… Read More

Comixology CEO shows off new Unlimited subscription service

May 27, 11:00PM

comixology Comixology recently launched Comixology Unlimited, a subscription plan that offers unlimited access to thousands of digital comics for just $5.99 per month. Given the “all you can read” model, it’s natural to compare the new service to Netflix, but CEO David Steinberger told me that Amazon Prime’s video offerings are a closer match — and no, not because of the… Read More

The UE Roll 2 speakers bring rugged Bluetooth audio poolside

May 27, 10:58PM

UE Roll 2 The UE Roll 2 is fun. How do I know it’s fun? Look at all the press images on the side of the box. It’s gone skiing, bike riding, mountain climbing and rolling around in the mud with a bunch of attractive product models. Even more telling, the product ships with its very own miniature inner tube, which is a pretty fun thing to do. Also inside the box is a bright yellow USB cable and… Read More

Maison de Mode takes its online ethical luxury fashion brand to an offline pop-up in San Francisco

May 27, 10:36PM

Founders of Maison de Mode San Francisco’s fashion staple seems to be ripped jeans and a hoodie. But just between the edgy All Saints and Paris designer St. Laurent on San Francisco’s Maiden Lane is a rare, high-end fashion pop-up called Maison de Mode. The shop boasts ethical fashion for the luxury buyer with hard to find artisanal items from globally sourced brands you’d normally only find at its… Read More

HP sheds some more light on the Omen X VR PC backpack

May 27, 10:32PM

OMEN X VR Pack_Heroic_FrontLeft The Omen X by HP VR PC is nothing if not compelling. The company showed off a picture of the concept earlier today and let slip a smattering of details around the backpack PC, but not much else. No press release, no product page. It was a fairly usual announcement for HP. The hardware company’s VP of Consumer PC & Solutions Mike Nash agreed to shed a bit more light on the… Read More

SpaceX launches a communications satellite and sticks another landing

May 27, 9:58PM

SpaceXMay27Launch It’s been a good week for SpaceX. Earlier this week we learned that the company won a lucrative contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, the tight-lipped government organization that runs America’s reconnaissance satellites. Today, with the launch of Orbital ATK-built communications satellite THAICOM 8 from Kennedy Space Center’s Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX has… Read More

EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020

May 27, 9:15PM

eu comp council (2) European Union officials announced today that, starting in 2020, any research that owes its existence in some way to public funding must be freely accessible and reusable. Recommendations were also made to encourage investment and ease the passage of startup founders between various European states. The decision arose from a meeting of EU ministers at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels; in… Read More

Pierre Omidyar involved in effort to help Gawker in its appeal

May 27, 8:54PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar (L) and producer Jeffrey Skoll attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images) Well, this story keeps getting more and more interesting. According to a newly published account in the New York Post, Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, is involved in an effort to help Gawker Media in its appeal of a $140 million judgement that was awarded to Hulk Hogan following Gawker’s release of a sex tape involving the former wrestler. Specifically, First Look Media,… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 05.27.16

May 27, 8:09PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, May 27 2016, starting at 1pmPT/4pmET. Our live chat stream during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE G3’s archive on ustream G3’s Facebook page HERE Read More

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