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How male allies can support women in technology

Dec 31, 5:00PM

F 28, M 28, Climbing over wall, Munich, Bavaria, Germany There are so many reasons that men should get involved and be true allies to women in tech: It’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business. Diverse teams that reflect the end user create better results for customers. Male allies respect and appreciate their female teammates. They believe in equality. But you’re not a male ally until women in tech identify you as one. Read More

Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

Dec 31, 3:30PM

pokemon-go One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More

Kayako's CEO on building a bootstrapped business

Dec 31, 2:18PM

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-1-16-58-pm Kayako isn’t a new company — the bootstrapped business has been around for 16 years — but it does have an interesting story. Kayako has never taken outside funding. It has offices in three countries, is profitable and continues to grow. TechCrunch visited their London headquarters to chat with founder and CEO Varun Shoor to hear about Kayako’s history and his… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Obama imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence, Snapchat and Oculus eat up startups

Dec 31, 5:13AM

obama1-newsletter This year, Donald Trump’s U.S. election triumph sent Silicon Valley into a spiral of uncertainty, Facebook addressed its fake news problem, the IPO landscape saw little action and the UK separated form the EU. Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. and launched its Spectacles hardware product. Twitter is still fighting its abuse problem, Yahoo suffered two massive breaches and Samsung phones… Read More

2017 will be a strong year for venture capital

Dec 31, 2:00AM

money cash What does my crystal ball say about the outlook for venture capital in 2017? The building blocks of a better year are in place. Many venture capital firms are flush with cash, startup valuations have become more reasonable, technology industry M&A is robust and the technology IPO market is improving. Read More

Why you probably won't invest in the next unicorn

Dec 30, 10:00PM

unicorn-green Value creation in enterprise tech is often driven by a cohort of exits, while value creation in consumer tech is generally driven by large, individual exits — a phenomenon I recently dug into. What the data revealed is that there is of late a trend of larger consumer exits, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. If this trend continues, that’s very good news for… Read More

Meet the five startups vying for Best App at the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards

Dec 30, 9:09PM

crunchies-best-app 2016 sucked, if we’re being honest with ourselves. But the year wasn’t a total waste. The world of tech offered up a few shining stars in 2016, and in the era of apps, five standouts were nominated as finalists for The Best App of 2016 award. As the show grows nigh, we thought it might be helpful to let you get to know some of these startups. So without any further ado, here are… Read More

The top 10 best of VR in 2016

Dec 30, 8:30PM

virtualreality-kids-1 After spending the better part of 2016 researching, analyzing and experimenting in the Virtual Reality industry, here is what I’ve found to be the Top 10 VR experiences of the past year. This subjectively compiled list is informed by my own experiences spending more than 100 hours in Virtual Reality across all major platforms, as well as from observing first-time experiences, reactions… Read More

Uru finds the best places to introduce ads in online videos

Dec 30, 8:29PM

Uru New York City-based startup Uru is working on a new way for video publishers to make money. Imagine watching a normal-looking online video — except that on some of the surfaces (say, on the cabinet behind the stars of a cooking video), you’ll see logos or other art promoting a sponsor. Okay, that might actually sound a bit annoying, but Uru co-founder and CEO Bill Marino argued… Read More

Fam lets you do group videochats directly within iMessage

Dec 30, 6:03PM

Teenage girl breaking up with her boyfriend while sitting on a bridge near big boulevard. Casual clothing with shirt and jeans. In my opinion, one of FaceTime’s major flaws is the lack of group video chat. Sure, apps like Skype, ooVoo and now Messenger let you do group video chats, but it’s just not as seamless as FaceTime. And while Houseparty has also recently entered the group video chat race, they are focused more on providing a shared space for all of your friends to pop in and out of a video chat.… Read More

The real political divide is education

Dec 30, 6:00PM

Image: Getty Images/smartboy10/DigitalVision The two main political parties in this country are about to face a challenge that will create a complete realignment as politicians are forced to choose between robots and people. The real question, as the parties realign themselves, is who will be for the robots and who will be for the workers. Read More

Russia sanctioned and SpaceX looks back to the stars: It's The Daily Crunch

Dec 30, 5:49PM

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. Russia gets a parting gift from Obama, SpaceX wants to move back to more controlled explosions, plus internet matrimony. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December… Read More

Iran has banned Clash of Clans for promoting violence and tribal conflict

Dec 30, 5:03PM

clash-of-clans Earlier this week The Ministry of Justice in Iran blocked Clash of Clans because psychologists in the country believe the game promotes violence and what they are describing as ‘tribal conflict’. They also state that, among other findings, that the game negatively affects family life for youth, who psychologists believe are addicted to playing. I reported earlier this year that… Read More

LG's Hub Robot sounds like a mobile Amazon Echo

Dec 30, 4:24PM

lg-smartthinq-hub-1-1024x926 LG and Samsung have really taken advantage of the calm before the CES storm by teasing out their product announcements, one by one. LG’s certainly ahead in terms of sheer strangeness here, having already announced a floating speaker and a wearable speaker collar. The Seoul-based electronics giant will also apparently be showing off a bunch of robots at the show. It’s not the… Read More

SpaceX loads Iridium satellites for first Falcon 9 mission since explosion

Dec 30, 2:38PM

spacex-iridium The payload is now on board for SpaceX’s first return to launch following its September 1 explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on a launchpad during fueling. The proposed launch is currently awaiting clearance by the FAA for a launch window that opens January 7 and goes through January 9. A return to flight for SpaceX would be a big step forward in terms of the private spacefaring company… Read More

Blockchain technologies entered the trough of disillusionment in 2016, but 2017 will be brighter

Dec 30, 12:30PM

Bitcoin The blockchain industry is moving into the Trough of Disillusionment, marked by waning interest “as experiments and implementations fail to deliver.” During this time, many will fail and exit the market, while those that survive will continue to enjoy market success, secure investment dollars and march forward along a path to widespread market adoption. Read More

2016 Africa roundup: drone delivery, VC, unicorns, exits and Zuck

Dec 30, 7:30AM

zuck-juliana-rotich-gearbox-paygo-1 Twenty-sixteen was a pivotal year for African tech. The continent’s IT scene attracted major investment, produced its first $1 billion startup, launched a national drone delivery program, and drew one of Silicon Valley’s biggest icons to tour its innovation hubs. Read More

Few startups IPOed this year, but the ones that did soared

Dec 30, 5:59AM

twilio-ipo There weren’t many tech IPOs this year, but they performed well. Just 14 venture-backed tech companies went public, according to Dealogic. This compares to 25 last year and the 40+ we saw in each of the five years before.  The last time we had fewer tech IPOs was in the 2009 financial crisis. Macroeconomic concerns related to oil prices, China and the Brexit made it a suboptimal time… Read More

Samsung's new curved monitor coming to CES is somewhat tailored for gamers

Dec 30, 4:20AM

ces2017_ch711_curvedmonitor_attachment_8 Right before the New Year begins — and with it, CES — tech companies tend to out many of their upcoming wares before the show even starts. Take Samsung for example, with its new CH711 quantum dot curved monitor. The CH711 comes in two sizes: 27 or 31.5-inch displays, both with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. Samsung is touting the deep and distinct 1800R curvature of the… Read More

How fast is fast charging?

Dec 30, 12:16AM

Jaguar I-PACE concept at the 2016 LA Auto Show EVgo announced this month that it has broken ground on what will be the first public DC fast charging station, capable of up to 350 kw, in California — more powerful even than current charging champs Tesla Superchargers. The EVgo station will be ready to charge up near the World’s Tallest Thermometer (yup) in Baker, California, this summer. This begs the questions: How fast are… Read More

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