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The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More

Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to m

The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number o

#Love: In The Time Of Spotify

If you look closely at what I've built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you'll see it all right there: what's in my head. I'm 23, and my idea of love isn't far from the chorus of R

Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel's Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn't bring every feature in League of Legends to your iPad, but as you play you realize that most

These Guys Turned A Rock Climbing Wall Into A Big Video Game

Indoor rock climbing is a pretty excellent sport. It's great exercise, it works your brain, and you can feel yourself getting better each time you reach the top. But once you've mastered the fastest/hardest/most creative routes up a given wall, that

The VP of Devil's Advocacy

In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same informatio

On The Importance Of Forgetting

The ongoing debate about Europe's so-called ‘right to be forgotten' ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the h

How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

Recruiting is broken. In fact, it is so broken that almost no one I have ever talked to about the subject has offered up a point of disagreement. Not one person has said, “I love recruiting” or “We find that recruiting works just gr

The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

When I met Pascal Lorne earlier this week, I expected to get an extended pitch for his social networking startup Let. And sure, he ran me through Let's features and pointed to its early signs of success, but he also detailed the bumpy road that he to

The Most Important M's In M-Commerce

Editor's note: Phil Carter is an associate at Trinity Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage consumer technology investments particularly in mobile-enabled marketplaces and services.  A few customer groups are driving a disproportionate share of g

Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the comp

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator's Dilemma

Elon Musk has defined the standard for a future mass-produced electric car – it must cost around $40,000, have a range of 200 miles, and be comparable to a BMW 3 series. BMW is now delivering its new i3 to the US market in accessible volumes. T

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7

Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0' companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector t

Hacking In The 80?s, Your Summer Movie Guide

We learn the best way to win the system in WarGames is to never let Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy start hacking in the first place, Ferris Bueller's parents should have just bought him a car, not a computer (he hacks into the schools' mainframe a

How Informed Consent Has Failed

“That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chi

The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

In 1957, eight entrepreneurs decided to do something that seemed crazy. They launched a new tech company called Fairchild Semiconductor in a small town south of San Francisco. The entrepreneurs had a difficult start, but Fairchild eventually became t

How To Save Books

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/mo

Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet's taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This

Apple Secretly Acquired ?Pandora For Books? Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

E-book data analysis company BookLamp may have been acquired by Apple, according to a source and several bits of corroborating evidence that point to the startup shutting down and its team's presence in the Cupertino area. BookLamp's “Book Geno

Automattic Experiments With Selfies App For Android

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance on Twitter pointed out the website for Selfies, a new social app from Automattic, best known as the company behind WordPress. I found it odd that the app was out in the wild and hadn't received any press coverage

This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel's WiFi Sucks Before It's Too Late

There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don't. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi? This site won't h

Amazon's Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

Amazon's Fire Phone is out today, and while it's got some interesting features that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Android phone, it doesn't seem like it will appeal to those who aren't voracious online shoppers. Now Amazon is releasing games

You Can Now Command The Tesla You Probably Don't Have With The Smartwatch You Probably Don't Have

Do you have a Tesla? Do you also have an Android Wear smartwatch? Do you wish they worked better together? Don't worry! Solving the #1 problem of Batmans everywhere, these guys have figured out how to let you control a Tesla Model S through a smartwa

CrunchWeek: Facebook's Big Earnings Win, Life On The D-List, And Uber's Summer Moves

Let's face it: We're right smack in the middle of summer, at the time of year when tech news slows to a crawl. But that didn't stop us from filming a wildly entertaining episode of CrunchWeek, because when the tech news gods give us lemons, we make l

Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations fo most commonly used languages. It's still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that ai

A Most Dangerous Machine

Facebook's News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I'm not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings

Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

MIT PhD Lyssa Neel is using socializing and accessorizing to get get girls interested in programming. Neel's invention, Linkitz, is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to rearrange, take apart and snap together electronic blocks that blink and

Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

A parent company isn't all that different from a real parent. They feed you, and give you money. They give you advice (sometimes more strictly than others). And, yes, they embarrass you. Speaking of, today our proud parent company Aol, with vast expe

Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long

Unlocking a smart phone to run on a different carrier. It seems completely innocuous, right? Something you'd do with a bit of time on your weekend just to see if you could. Surprise! It's illegal. And we're not talking jay-walking-when-no-one-is-look

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple's iWatch Patent, The MBA Sticker Ad, And The Defender

As the summer presses onward, so do we. A massive Apple patent surfaced this week, giving us our most detailed-look-yet at the company's focus for the much-rumored iWatch. And speaking of Apple, the company recently released an interesting commercial

Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services

When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December, the company did so with a plan to move beyond just offering cleaning services to its customers. It's starting to make good on that plan, with the launch of a beta test for other home

Google Docs Makes Collaborative Editing Easier For Word Users

At its I/O developer conference earlier this month, Google announced a major update to its suite of productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. The main feature there was the integration of QuickOffice, which now makes editing native Micros

Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Apple's Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Bose has sued Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung a

Greats Brand Sneakers Are Off To The Races Following $1.5M Funding Round

Greats Brand, aspiring to be the Warby Parker of mens' footwear, has revealed that the company broke $100,000 in sales in June, with a projected $1.6 million run rate for the year. Following a $1.5 million financing round, the shoe brand will, for th

How Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it's a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 an

JustReachOut Helps Startups Write Better Email Pitches

JustReachOut, a new startup out of growth hacking consultancy firm Criminally Prolific, recently launched a service that makes PR easier and more affordable for startups by combining its web services with some basic consultancy services. Read More

Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like ?Video Shorts? Section On Instant Video

Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program. But you might

Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester

Lyft has come to a bit of a resolution in the city and state of New York that will allow it to begin offering service in the city after two weeks of discussions with regulators there. But in striking a deal that will make it available in all five bor

Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester

Lyft has come to a bit of a resolution in the city and state of New York that will allow it to begin offering service in the city after two weeks of discussions with regulators there. But in striking a deal that will make it available in all five bor

Tapulous Founder Bart Decrem Has Raised About $1M For His New ?Hobby'

It looks like Tapulous founder Bart Decrem is ready for his next act, as the gaming exec has raised some money for a new venture, one which is simply called “Hobby.” Read More

Kuli Kuli Sprouts Its Own Seed Round Pitching A New Superfood

Watch out, kale, quinoa, and collards, there's a new green coming to the market that's looking to take the superfood crown, thanks to the efforts of Kuli Kuli, a new startup that's making a play in the $38 billion U.S. health and organic food market.

Overswipe's Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

There are a number of third-party applications that offer up a “secret folder” on your iPhone for hiding certain, ahem, private photos from prying eyes. But most of these require a bit of photo management to take place first – you h

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear And COO Kevin Lin To Speak At Disrupt SF

Twitch is coming to Disrupt SF in early September. The event, like everything Twitch does, will, of course, be streamed live. Twitch is a media monster. It's at the forefront of the exploding eSports industry. Just three years old, the video streamin

Amazon Fire Phone Goes On Sale Today At AT&T

Amazon revealed yesterday during earnings that while revenues are growing, so are losses. That's thanks at least in part to the development and production of the Amazon Fire Phone, which goes on sale exclusively at AT&T starting today. The phone

The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

Everyone's favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it's calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Andr

Elon Musk's Answer To Stephen Colbert's Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: ?We'll Do It?

Last night Tesla's Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX's recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usua

TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland's New Startup Generation

Finland has a rich heritage in technology. Whatever crisis of confidence the masters of Nokia had, eventually leading to its gutting by Microsoft, that long heritage has served it well, giving rise to a several generations of engineers and, increasin

Zenefits Adds Stock Options To Its Cloud HR Platform

Zenefits was founded to help companies manage all their human resources needs on its cloud-based HR portal. Today, its platform will make it even more attractive for startups to entice employees with stock options, by offering a feature that makes it
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