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  • Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.”The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around …

  • Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For iPhone @ TechCrunch - 1 hour 2 minutes ago
    Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For iPhone

    A new mobile application called TripCast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting …

  • Curious Launches Categories, Courses, And A Crafting App For Mobile

    Curious, the video-enabled tutoring and teaching service for anyone who thinks that curiosity may be bad for cats but great for people, is launching some new features, a new crafting app, and a wholly redesigned website.The company’s site now is organized into categories and courses for the massive number of tutorials on …

  • Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters …

  • Chartbeat’s Campaign IQ Dashboard Offers A Less Wonky Way To Measure Ads

    Real-time analytics service Chartbeat has been banging the drum for the past few months about the need to focus less on clicks and more on attention, when it comes to measuring the success of content and especially ads. Now the company is moving further in that direction with the launch of a new tool called Campaign IQ.Chartbeat …

  • This May Be The Best Look Yet At The New iPhone

    It’s happening. Apple’s invitation to a September 9 event has officially gone out. At least one next-gen iPhone will be unveiled in a few short days. However, new photos have emerged on Chinese site WeiFeng that appear to show components that match up almost identically to previous leaks for a 4.7-inch iPhone. If these …

  • Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

    Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages …

  • Here’s An Affordable Mid-Range Electric Bike Conversion Kit To Speed Up Your Commute

    Micah Toll’s Barak Electric Bike Conversion Kit turns ordinary bikes into electric ones.Toll, a mechanical engineer who wrote a do-it-yourself e-bike guide, says with seven years in the e-bike industry, he’s seen the best and worst. With that knowledge, he wanted to create a mid-range e-bike kit with a balance of quality …

  • Taking Massage-On-Demand Nationwide, Zeel Rolls Out In Miami, LA, and SF Bay

    It’s a year later than they had initially planned, but Zeel is finally expanding its massage-on-demand service beyond New York to more cities in the U.S. — rolling out in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami.It’s the next step toward creating what Chief Executive Samer Hamadeh says is at least a billion-dollar business. …

  • Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps

    Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained post the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with …

  • Mikael Hed Steps Down As CEO Of Wavering Angry Birds Maker Rovio, Pekka Rantala Steps In

    A changing of the guard at Rovio, the Finalnd-based creator of the catapulting Angry Birds series of casual games that has seen its profit fall by more than half in the last year: its CEO Mikael Hed is stepping down and “passing the hoodie”, in the words of the company, to Pekka Rantala, who most recently has been the CEO …

  • Plasticity Labs Raises $2.1M To Boost Employee Morale

    Plasticity Labs, a company that uses data analytics to measure workplace morale, announced that it has raised $2.1 million led by Fibernetics Ventures. The funds will be used for sales and development.Plasticity was founded in 2012, three years after co-founder and CEO Jim Moss, a former professional lacrosse player for …

  • Tencent, Baidu And Wanda Form $814M Joint Venture To Take On Alibaba

    Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form an RMB 5 billion (about $814 million) e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s dominance. Wanda, a real estate and movie theater chain group, will hold a 70 percent stake, while Tencent and Baidu will each hold 15 percent.The …

  • Cocktails, Wireless Power And The Giant Disrupt Battlefield Stage

    Presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield is always an adventure, even with months of preparation. From last-minute hardware issues to the occasional tear, you never know what can happen when you combine cocktails, wireless power and a massive audience.In our Road To Disrupt series, we’ve revisited a few of …

  • Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

    Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today.Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver …

  • Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta @ TechCrunch - 18 hours ago
    Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

    Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer.Typically, when you give your laptop to somebody else, it’s pretty trivial for the other person to access your personal data, too. Now, the Chrome beta features …

  • Google Chrome For Mac Will Finally Go 64-Bit, Improving Speed And Decreasing Memory Usage

    Just about every Mac you’d see in operation nowadays has a 64-bit CPU tucked inside. Apple started making the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit nearly a decade ago, after all.And yet, Chrome has always stubbornly insisted on running at 32-bit on OS X. That’ll change soon.Two days after declaring the Windows’ version of 64-Bit …

  • Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if …

  • Hacking The Bottom Line @ TechCrunch - 19 hours ago
    Hacking The Bottom Line

    Editor’s note: Andre Durand is the founder and CEO of Ping Identity.Where is your data, and how quickly can you safely reach it?These questions are top of mind now that cloud and mobile apps like Dropbox, Google Apps and iCloud, as well as mobile banking apps pervade our everyday lives at home and at work. By 2020, there …

  • Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about …

  • Singld Out, A DNA-Based Dating Service, Can Match You With Dates Who Will Smell Sexy

    There are dozens, if not hundreds, of services out there to help you find someone you might like to have sex with. But there are very few that are run solely by two female founders, and even fewer that use “biological compatibility” as a criteria for matching two users. Meet Singld Out, a platform built for busy folks who …

  • Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago
    Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault

    Consumer electronic companies are giddy. They can’t help themselves. They have a new thing. A new gadget. A new widget to sell to you. After years of notebooks, tablets and boring slabs of metal and glass, Samsung, LG, Motorola and all the rest finally have a chance to build something different: The smartwatch. This is …

  • Google Stops Showing Authorship In Search Results

    Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results.The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through the process back then), but over time, it …

  • CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends

    Making plans with friends can be like herding cats. Finding out who’s available when and trying to get everyone to agree on a place to meet at a certain time is one of the most problematic issues facing this current generation. Unfortunately, most of today’s messaging and calendaring are insufficiently prepared to deal …

  • Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot. Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed …

  • Instagram Is Down (Update: Back up!) @ TechCrunch - 22 hours ago
    Instagram Is Down (Update: Back up!)

    Don’t worry, it’s not just you. For the second time this year, Instagram is down hard.At least on my end, it’s completely down. You might be able to get to Instagram.com, but the app has been rendered mostly useless. Seems it’s been that way for about an hour. Their support team confirms the outage:Instagram is experiencing …

  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, …

  • Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook @ TechCrunch - 22 hours ago
    Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook

    Editor’s note: Nathan Beckord is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company that developed the first collection of software tools to help entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow their businesses.I’ve been considering raising a seed round for my startup Foundersuite. So, to get my head in the game, I’ve …

  • Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States.Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily …

  • A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    Jack Conte is a busy guy. He and his partner, Nataly Dawn, are on tour with Pomplamoose, a band that rivals only OK Go in their dedication to weird and wacky video production and Conte is also co-founder of Patreon, a way to pay artists for their work. This interview, part of our back to school series, is aimed at getting …

  • Announcing The Full Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 2:12 PM EDT
    Announcing The Full Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014

    TechCrunch Disrupt hits San Francisco September 6-10 at its new home at Pier 48, and we’re excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. General admission tickets are still available.Luminaries like Peter Thiel, Vinod …

  • Cloud Note-Taking App Notability Launches On Desktop Just In Time For Students Heading Back To School

    For the last few years, Notability has emerged as one of the favorite apps for students who wish to take notes during class while also recording audio of their lectures. The app, which was already available for the iPhone and iPad, is now bringing all the same functionality to the desktop, rounding out all the places where …

  • Microsoft Azure Now Supports Google’s Kubernetes For Managing Docker Containers

    Back in June, Microsoft announced that it would bring support for managing Docker containers with the help of Google’s open-source Kubernetes tool to Azure and today, it is making good on this promise. Most of the work on this integration was done by Microsoft Open Technologies, the company’s subsidiary for working on  …

  • In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:48 PM EDT
    In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links automatically open …

  • How Municipal Broadband Dies @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT
    How Municipal Broadband Dies

    Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.”In response to that assertion, House Republican …

  • Tilt, The Startup Formerly Known As Crowdtilt, Drops Fees For Groups Pooling Money

    Tilt, the group funding startup that recently chopped its name down from its former moniker “Crowdtilt”, announced today that it’s chopping its fees, too. The San Francisco company has dropped the fees on its “Collect” feature, which lets groups of people pool money together for shared causes or events, such as parties, …

  • The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:46 PM EDT
    The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    I’ve stopped writing about a few things recently, mostly because of fatigue. First, I’m not that interested in merchants accepting bitcoin – these little blips are primarily PR moves and little else and I just don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC as the true believers. I’m also not interested in covering crowdfunded …

  • HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
    HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

    Let’s face it, HP was once the king of Silicon Valley, but over the last several years, the company has had issues due in part to the revolving door in the CEO office. While the company has finally gained some stability with Meg Whitman, the lack of consistent leadership has resulted in shifting priorities and changing …

  • Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:06 PM EDT
    Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

    Apple has sent out invites to a special event it’s holding on September 9, where we will almost certainly get our first official look at the next iPhone. The invites follow a previous report from Re/code pegging Tuesday, September 9 as the date, and the event’s timing is consistent with the launch of the iPhone dating back …

  • Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:05 PM EDT
    Contact Center Has Changed The Way I Use My iPhone

    Like Apple Maps and Notes before it, I’ve finally found an app that performs the functions of my iPhone’s phone app better than Apple’s native offering. For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with Contrast’s Contact Center, and based on my usage I don’t think I’ll be going back any time soon.Launching today, Contact. …

  • Microsoft Updates OneDrive Apps, Makes Play For Android Prosumers With Business Partitions

    OneDrive, Microsoft’s rebranded cloud-based storage and file sharing service that competes against Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Box and Dropbox, is issuing an update to its mobile apps today, part of the company’s bigger push to differentiate the service from the rest of the pack and attract more users. While the iOS, …

  • Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8 @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 11:28 AM EDT
    Minuum Previews Its Size-Shifting Virtual Keyboard For iOS 8

    Toronto startup Minuum is readying its iOS 8 custom keyboard software, now that Apple has made it possible for developers to create that kind of app. The system-wide Minuum virtual keyboard is nearing completion, just in time for the launch of iOS 8 in September, and its developers are looking for those eager to be among …

  • Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Last month, Visa launched a new payment option designed for e-commerce transactions called Visa Checkout, which eliminates the need for entering in a 16-digit card number during the checkout process in favor of a username and password combination. Today, the company is announcing partnerships with a number of top acquirers …

  • Simple File-Sharing Tool CloudApp Rolls Out Version 3.0, Adds Team Collaboration

    CloudApp, a visual collaboration tool that began as a one-man project and has now grown to nearly 2 million users, is out today with its latest release, CloudApp 3.0, which is the first to include support for team collaboration. The expansion makes sense, as the service today caters more to creative types, including designers …

  • Infamous First Light Review: Good Things Happen When DLC Doesn’t Feel Like DLC

    There’s rarely a modern game franchise that manages to catch and keep my attention, but Sucker Punch’s PlayStation-exclusive Infamous is among those. The tale of ordinary humans getting and coming to grips with super powers in an open-world environment is always captivating, and that’s true even with the new Infamous: First …

  • Ticket Search Engine SeatGeek Raises $35M Round From Accel And Some Big-Name Athletes

    SeatGeek, a company that describes itself as “the web’s largest ticket search engine”, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding.The round brought was led by Accel Capital, with Accel’s John Locke’s joining the board of directors. Accel is a big name in the tech world, but the round also included …

  • VHX Updates Its Admin Panel To Make Do-It-Yourself Videos Sales Even Easier

    A little more than two years ago, VHX launched a platform that is designed to allow pretty much anyone to begin selling their videos online. Now it’s making that process easier, with an update to the admin consoles of its site, providing the tools independent producers need to successfully sell their wares online.Thanks …

  • Leap Motion Launches VR Headset Mount For Its Hand-Tracking Controller @ TechCrunch - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
    Leap Motion Launches VR Headset Mount For Its Hand-Tracking Controller

    Today Leap Motion is launching a mount for its PC peripheral that lets you track your hands in virtual reality applications by attaching it to the front of the Oculus Rift or other headsets. This mount launches simultaneously with a new version of Leap Motion’s SDK that enables the device to keep track of your hands from …

  • You’ve heard of the Internet of Things. Well how about the Internet of Shit? Enevo is a startup which has created a ‘sensor-based’ waste collection system to track… yes, you get the idea. It’s today announced $8 million of funding from Earlybird, Lifeline Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Draper Associates and Risto …

  • Q&A Startup Quora Unifies Its Design Across Devices And Launches An iPad App

    Quora wants to be the place where people share their knowledge with the world, and that means being on all the devices that people around the world use. To date, that’s meant the web, mobile web, and some native apps for iPhone and Android.

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