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A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

The proliferation of smart home products means there's never been a better time to get on board, even if you're not that tech crazy or familiar with the market. Here's the list of things to get you rolling with your own basic setup, plus a few nice-t

Too Many Droids

This morning's Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks are, obviously, the most important videos of the last millennium (falcon.) What happens if the two were to hang out one night, maybe share a little bit of wine, and d

Preparing For An Acquisition

Silicon Valley is ground zero in the fight for technology talent and market share, and acquisitions are a great way to fuel that growth. Small acquisitions can help fill a business need quickly and are easier to close than big deals. Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 11.28.14

Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today, Friday November 28, 2014 at 1pm PT. Our Friendfeed chat Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show on Facebook G3 Read More

Mophie Powerstation Plus Review: Integrated Cable Is Both Blessing And Curse

Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery, and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you're searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds

About That Enterprise File Sharing Study

Earlier this week, TechCrunch published commentary on a report concerning the current popularity of various enterprise cloud file sync and share products, a group of services usually shortened to the acronym ‘EFSS.' Dropbox was far and away the

PayPal's Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption

Recently, PayPal announced several partnerships aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers. This was a significant announcement on multiple fronts as many had wondered if and

The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

You know all that crap that's listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It's ugly, and general

Find Your Zen With Desert Golfing

If you're looking for something to do while sitting around with family as you all process the remainder of the Thanksgiving meal still working its way through your digestive tract, I've got something for you that will take very little effort but stil

Here Star Wars, I Fixed Your ?Force Awakens' Lightsaber Crossguard For You

The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer features all kinds of things that make my diehard Star Wars soul quiver and dance, but the crossguard on the dark side lightsaber spotted in the teaser, while initially cool, increasingly isn't one of th

Digiarty Is Giving Away 1,000 WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper Software Licenses

A company called Digiarty is giving TechCrunch readers access to their WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper. Read More

Let's Make Bitcoin The Biggest Humanitarian Tool The World Has Ever Seen

News junkies of the world may be forgiven for becoming the latest tech skeptics: 2014 has been a year of global mayhem. Instead of creating a connected civic safety net, it seems like tech platforms simply amplified messages and images from ungoverna

Best Buy's Website Crashes Hard On Black Friday

WHOOPS. Seems Best Buy was ill prepared for today's post-Turkey shopping madness — at least online. has been down for nearly an hour now, on a sales day that the company likely hoped would be one of their best. It's unclear whethe

Line Purges Its Games Platform Again, Removing 15 Titles From Its Messaging Service

Today may be holiday time in the U.S., but it also seems to be a festive cleaning time in Japan. Line, the messaging app company with 500 million registered users, just announced the closure of 15 of its third-party games, that's nearly half of the t

You Can Now Watch The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Online

If you aren't heading to the movies today, you still won't miss out on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – it's available now over at iTunes to watch. The highly-anticipated sequel to the sci-fi trilogy from the late 70s and early 80s (a

Nintendo Patents Game Boy Emulation For Use In Mobile Devices, In-Flight Entertainment

A new patent published by the USPTO yesterday details an invention by Nintendo that would allow it to emulate its mobile game consoles, including the Game Boy line of devices specifically, in other settings, including on seat-back displays in airplan

Sony E-ink Watch Aims To Make Low?Power Screens The Next Big Thing In Fashion Fabric

Almost every tech hardware maker is basically racing smart watches out the door, but Sony is looking at how it can re-invent the basic timekeeping device itself with a new special project that was only just now revealed to be associated with the Japa

IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS

Black Friday is traditionally thought of as the first day of holiday shopping in the U.S., but with more buying options (and promotions) becoming available online, many are now starting their shopping a day earlier, on Thanksgiving. As a bellwether f

?Right To Be Forgotten' Guidelines Published By European Regulators

Europe's Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from individual Member States of the European Union, has now published guidelines on the implementation of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten' ruling, wh

Gimmie Raises $700,000 For A New Messaging-Based Lead Conversion Service

Gimmie, the mobile rewards startup that relocated to Singapore from the U.S. two years ago, has raised $700,000 in new funding and launched a new service aimed at turning first-time website visitors into customers using real-time messaging. Read More

Yandex Gives Its Browser A Minimalist Makeover

Russian tech giant Yandex has launched a refreshed version of its Chromium-based browser that's been designed to make the browser itself feel less visible to web users. Read More

Restaurant Guide Zomato Begins Dishing Up Ads In Its Mobile Apps

Global restaurant discovery service Zomato pulled in $60 million in fresh funding just ten days ago, and now it's time to ramp up its monetization efforts after the India-headquartered company introduced advertising within its mobile apps. Read More

Restaurant Guide Zomato Launches Mobile Ads And Prepares To Move Into Payments

Global restaurant discovery service Zomato pulled in $60 million in fresh funding just ten days ago, and now it's time to ramp up its monetization efforts after the India-headquartered company introduced advertising within its mobile apps. Read More

From The Farm To The Head Of Web Summit's Table

Earlier this month I was at Dublin's Web Summit, one of the largest global technology conferences in the world. That's a remarkable feat, considering only four years ago the same event drew only 400 participants – while this year I joined more

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackFriday!

We're bringing this podcast to you a little early so you can arm yourself before going into Black Friday! Join Greg Kumparak, Matt Burns, and Darrell Etherington as we skewer Zelda and talk about the best laptops for your money! We invite you to enjo

MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart's Vital Signs Easy

MOCAheart wants to make keeping track of your cardiovascular health as easy as pressing a button. The device, which is currently on Kickstarter, was developed by a team led by Naama Stauber and Dr. Daniel Hong, who was a physician at National Taiwan

The Uber Supper

As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin's stunning image of the infamous Uber “influe

Startup Weekend On The Turkish Border Unites Two Countries' Entrepreneurs

It's not unusual to encounter a Startup Weekend somewhere in the world. The trademarked event that brings together individuals eager to build and present it before a panel of entrepreneurship experts and investors is well known and widely replicated.


Time's running out. We fear. We long for escape. We all succumb to fire, disease, and sloth. There's not a lot to be thankful for. But it's getting better. We have mastered many infectious diseases and we can manage life expectancy and infant mortali

A Gift Guide For Watch Loving Ladies

While almost anyone can wear any watch – some watch companies aim traditionally female watches at men with small wrists – a dedicated woman's watch is beautiful, well-made, and timeless. Here are some of my favorites for the past year. Lo

These Aren't The Drones You're Looking For

As we approach the holiday season, San Francisco startup Doorman has been getting a lot of attention from the press — after all, by delivering packages when you're actually home, rather than when it's convenient for the delivery service, Doorma

Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will

Spend Your Black Friday Funds Helping Crowdfund A Mission To The Moon

You have enough towels already. And owning more gadgets just means more under-utilized stuff gathering accusatory dust. So why not spend the Black Friday funds you'd set aside to spend on sales tomorrow helping to crowdfund a mission to The Moon inst

Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets

Want to know just how many people actually care about what you're tweeting? A new Twitter experiment spotted by ex-Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver will show many you how users are clicking on the links in the updates you post, with a handy link dir

Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments

With their array of shiny new features, bigger screens, and better hardware, there's been no shortage of attention paid to the launch of the new iPhones. Early reviews seem to indicate that the company has, yet again, come through with another massiv

The Black Friday Survival Guide

It wasn't easy accumulating the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shopping center. I saw things that will haunt me the rest of my d

We'll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January

Windows 10 is already a known quantity to some degree thanks to the developer preview, but Microsoft is holding an event late in January to present its consumer features properly, according to a new report from The Verge. The January event will inclu

Bio-Fuel Powered Electric Triplane Launches On Kickstarter

We thought Triplanes disappeared after World War One. But a new startup aims to bring them back in a new hybrid electric aircraft, powered by biofuel. FaradAir is now raising money on Kickstarter to achieve its initial funding goals for its plane. Th

Space Age Is An Old-School Adventure Built For Mobile

Space Age is an old-school adventure game built for the iPhone and iPad from the developers of The Incident. Read More

The Most Popular Enterprise Sync and Share Product Might Surprise You

451 Research released a report this week with details on the enterprise sync and share market and what they found may surprise you. It certainly surprised me. That's because the most popular sync and share tool in the enterprise today is not Box or e

European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Other Google Services

A little Thanksgiving message from the European Parliament today: they support the idea of breaking up Google. While the search giant was not mentioned by name, members voted 384 to 174 (with 56 abstentions) in favor of a set of measures encouraged t

Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself

Holy autonomous micro-drones batman! Wondering how you're going to line up your next dronie? Aka a selfie taken from up high by a passing UAV so you don't get a photo of yourself remote controlling a drone… Well, never fear: a U.K.-based firm i

Le Wagon Is An Impressive French Coding Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

Coding bootcamps are nothing new, but they have always been more popular in the U.S. than in Europe. Last year, when Le Wagon started, it was a breath of fresh air. The team not only wanted to bring the concept back to Europe, but also wanted to add

Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok

Seoul-based startup Woowa Brothers, which operates food delivery app Baedal Minjok, has announced that it has raised a 40 billion won (about $36 million) round led by Goldman Sachs. The capital will be used to improve Baedal Minjok's technology and f

Tiger Global Raises $2.5 Billion For New Deals

Investment firm Tiger Global has aggressively pursued new deals this deal, and now it has a lot more cash to do so. According to an SEC filing, the firm closed $2.5 billion in new funding, that comes a little more than 6 months after it raised a $1.5

Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup's existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventur

Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli. A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here's what it looked like:   It led to the following URL: http://blogs.micro

9 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

It's been a shorter week because we're heading out early for Thanksgiving festivities, but a newsworthy one nonetheless. We give you our best stories of the week (11/22-11/26). Read More

The Snowden Effect, Quantified

The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possibl

Jigglist Lets You Find Places For Meetups Without Leaving Your Group Chat

Jigglist is a group chat app centered around finding places to go that are appropriate for the group that will attend. Read More
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