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The reality of VR/AR trial

Dec 24, 6:00PM

snap spectacles If you haven’t heard about VR/AR by now, your desert island must not have Wi-Fi. But there are millions of folks who know about VR/AR who haven’t seen it yet. User trial is on the critical path for VR/AR to go mass market. So what are the lessons from previous digital platforms about moving mass consumers from awareness to trial? Read More

Dutch regulators order T-Mobile to stop offering free music streaming over net neutrality concerns

Dec 24, 5:27PM

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR T-MOBILE - T-Mobile CEO John Legere introduces Binge On during the Un-carrier X press conference at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream video for free without using their LTE data. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/AP Images for T-Mobile) T-Mobile’s no-data-charge-music-streaming-thing has been going strong since 2014 here in the States, with the company adding services to the offering one by one. The Netherlands version of the promotion ran into significant headwinds this week, however, as regulators at the Dutch Consumer and Markets  (AFM) officially ordered the carrier to stop offering the “zero rating”… Read More

Withings products disappear from Apple stores following Nokia patent kerfuffle

Dec 24, 4:37PM

screen-shot-2016-12-24-at-11-28-03-am As much of the rest of us were gearing up for a relatively quiet holiday season, Apple and Nokia were getting ready to go to battle, reigniting a war that had seemingly gone cold in 2011 with a reported $720 million settlement for the use of a number of patents. Earlier this week, Apple filed suit in California, alleging that Nokia removed certain patents from the deal for the purpose of… Read More

Here's how to track Santa on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 4:14PM

santatracker2016 As per tradition, Google’s Santa Tracker is live today across Android, Google Maps, and, helping parents and children alike track Santa’s journey from the North Pole as he begins to deliver Christmas presents all over the world. iOS users can also keep an eye on Santa using the Google Maps app on their iPhone or iPad, plus Santa’s journey can be streamed to your… Read More

Count down the end of 2016 with 12 Days of Doug

Dec 24, 1:45PM

12-days-of-doug Is 2016 over yet? Watch 12 Days of Doug on TechCrunch for a new giggle-inducing gadget review everyday this year. What is left of it, at least. From handy kitchen helper to doo-dads that help you get clean, Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth has reviewed hundred of gadgets – including plenty of “real” ones like computers and phone – so he is clearly a trustworthy fellow who… Read More

Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot

Dec 24, 11:30AM

closing-downn It’s been a rocky few months for Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google. It has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. Read More

Phil Schiller says Apple is working with Consumer Reports in wake of MacBook Pro battery issues

Dec 24, 3:03AM

MacBook Pro In a year that’s been largely lackluster for Apple and downright bizarre for battery technologies, Consumer Reports’ refusal to recommend the new MacBook Pro feels like a too perfect microcosm of the past twelve months. In the wake of online complaints surrounding the recently refreshed laptop line’s longevity, the review stalwart handed the 15-inch version of the laptop… Read More

TechCrunch's Favorite Things of 2016

Dec 23, 11:03PM

stuff We made it! 2016, the year that might go down in history books as “The one where the simulation glitched out a little” is… just about over. We see a lot of stuff at TechCrunch. Lots and lots of stuff. Gadgets. Apps. Stuff that has inexplicably been made “smart”. Stuff that solves huge problems — and stuff that solves problems literally no one on earth… Read More

Responding to disaster with IoT and SDN mesh

Dec 23, 11:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/Steve Starr/Taxi Communication is always important, but during a disaster it becomes paramount. The internet is the backbone of contemporary communications, from email and Twitter to Instagram and WhatsApp. If we suffer an internet outage, we’re at a loss for how to communicate with the connected world. Read More

Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software

Dec 23, 10:45PM

jens nylander automile Automile, a fleet logistics and management startup, has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by SaaStr with participation from Salesforce Ventures, Niklas Zennstrom, Dawn Capital and Point Nine Capital. Automile provides customers with a box to install under the vehicle’s dashboard to track mileage, trips and provide route tracking. Automile ships its tracking device to customers… Read More

Tesla's latest Easter Eggs include a holiday light show and a trip to Mars

Dec 23, 8:27PM

holiday-model-x-compressor Tesla has a habit of including Easter Eggs (aka hidden software features) in its software updates, and the latest update includes two doozies. The first is a holiday light show for Model X owners that takes full advantage of the electric SUV’s folding gullwing doors, along with its turn indicators, fog lights, headlights and more. Plus a rousing soundtrack to get you in the holiday… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Tim Cook explains why he met with Trump, Uber stops self-driving pilot in SF

Dec 23, 8:05PM

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-44-44-pm Uber took its self-driving vehicle fleet to Arizona after being kicked out of San Francisco, Tim Cook cleared up why he met with Trump, and executive level shakeups occurred at Twitter this week. These are the top tech stories all in one place. Read More

After Super Mario Run, Nintendo plans 2 or 3 new mobile games per year

Dec 23, 7:58PM

img_1244 Super Mario Run may have its detractors, but it’s also managed to rack up nearly 10 million downloads per day in its App Store debut, officially topping 50 million downloads as of Friday. Those numbers, combined with its early revenue generating power, have Nintendo still keen on exploring more in mobile, with plans to release around two or three new mobile games per year beyond… Read More

Now Snapchat has "Filter Games"

Dec 23, 7:35PM

snapchat-games Snapchat wants you to play with your face, not just take pictures of it. New Selfie Lens filter games are starting to appear to users, creating an addicting new Snapchat feature that also inspires competition between friends and could become a powerful ad revenue driver. Snapchat confirms this is the launch of a new, native games feature. Back in March, Snapchat tested a limited run of a… Read More

Glu Mobile acquires QuizUp in deal valued at $7.5 million

Dec 23, 7:33PM

QuizUp Update 01 The developers of popular celeb-themed games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Glu Mobile, acquired Plain Vanilla Corp., and its mobile social trivia game QuizUp this week, according to an SEC filing. The deal was valued at $7.5 million, including forgiven debt, according to sources familiar with the deal. This is undoubtedly a disappointing fate for the… Read More

Our self-flying car future

Dec 23, 7:00PM

Cartoon illustration of a flying car passing above other land vehicles Self-driving cars might be exciting, but not nearly as much as what comes afterwards. Read More

Salesforce asserted itself in 2016

Dec 23, 6:33PM

Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Inc. Salesforce has always liked to think of itself as an industry irritant, the company that was bucking the status quo and making the established players feel uncomfortable. But this year as the cloud mainstreamed and Salesforce took off on a $10 billion run rate, you couldn’t help but feel that after 17 years in business, that Salesforce’s time had finally come. The company went on… Read More

Russian authorities are trying to unlock iPhone 4S from Russian ambassador's killer

Dec 23, 6:06PM

iphone-4s The off-duty police officer who killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey was shot by Turkish special forces minutes after the crime. He had an iPhone 4S on him, and now, according to MacReports and Habertürk, Turkish authorities asked for Russia’s help to unlock the iPhone. Given that it’s an iPhone 4S and it has a 4-digit passcode, it should be quite easy to unlock the device.… Read More

Here's what Pokémon GO is doing for its Holiday Event

Dec 23, 5:57PM

go-holiday After back-to-back Pokemon GO Halloween and Thanksgiving events, everyone was preeeetty sure Niantic would do something to bring players in through the Winter Holidays — but noone really knew what. Here’s what they’re doing: Read More

Arizona welcomes Uber's autonomy: It's The Daily Crunch

Dec 23, 5:18PM

daily-crunch-2x1 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here and be sure to take a look at the rest of our newsletters while you’re at it. Uber rage quits California, Pokémon Go hits the Apple Watch hype wall and Super Mario… Read More

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