Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM
 Each week on Tuesday, John Biggs and I are lucky enough to get the opportunity to take over an hour of radio time on Sirius XM. We discuss the latest in tech
Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable
 Instagram never allowed URLs to work, until now. It wanted people browsing photos, not the web. But Instagram says its advertisers demanded more vivid ways to influence people that “lead
HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code
 “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a technology in five.” He
Newly Independent Social Monitoring Service Sysomos Launches Redesign, New API
 Sysomos was among the earliest players in the enterprise social media monitoring and analytics space (together with the likes of Radian6, which was later acquired by Salesforce). Five years ago, the Toronto-based
Smart Contact Cards Arrive In Yahoo Mail Featuring Automatically Updated Contact Info And Links(...)
 Yesterday, Google announced a well overdue overhaul of its Google Contacts service which introduced a redesign and a handful of new features, and today Yahoo is following
Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content
 Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users. Read More
SuperAwesome Continues Kids Marketing Land-Grab With Acquisition Of Spain’s Ad4Kids
 SuperAwesome, the ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to be on a mini-shopping spree. The London-headquartered company is acquiring Spanish startup Ad4Kids, a platform for mobile app developers
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The 10 best things we saw at Mobile World Congress
BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress is officially not over yet, but — as it happens every year — the big announcements are all behind usLooking back,
Fashion magazines worldwide can't get enough of the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is appearing in yet another fashion magazine, as we get ever closer to its April release.This time, its Chinese fashion magazine Yoho!, and
Facebook wants to bring free web access to 100 countries by end of year
BARCELONA — Facebook told a few members of the press this week that its Internet.org initiative, which aims get more of the worlds population online, is
A brief guide to screengrabbing etiquette
When someone sends you a ridiculous text or you see a hilarious Facebook conversation, its always tempting to share it with the worldHowever, just in case
Make music while sculpting a face using Oculus Rift and Leap Motion
What if you could make music while sculpting a human face with your hands in virtual reality? A new experiment, made available on the web by
Smart pizza button is the best invention ever
BARCELONA - These days, its not hard to order a pizza — you can do it over the phone, through an app, or even on your
Nvidia unveils $199 4K-ready Android-powered gaming console
Nvidia just unveiled a set-top box that runs Android TV. CEO and cofounder Jen-Hsun Huang announced the $199 device, called the Shield, at an event in
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Instagram ads are now clickable and can include image carousels
Instagram is making a small but important change to the way ads are presented on its platform: you can now click on them. These only work on the new carousel-style ads the platform is unveiling today, however. These ads allow
Google releases a new API for real-time messaging between services
Google is today launching a new tool to make it easier for applications and services on and off of its Cloud Platform to communicate with one another: Google Cloud Pub/Sub. The API – still in beta – is designed to
TweetDeck accounts are being scrapped on March 31, replaced by Twitter logins
TweetDeck has announced that by the end of this month, all users are required to log into the tool using their Twitter credentials. It’s scrapping TweetDeck-specific accounts on March 31. To switch your credentials, all you have to do is look for
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet: As close as it gets to an iPad on Android
Win a MacBook Pro!
Looking for the ultimate portable computing experience? Apple’s MacBook Pro is packed to the gills with powerful components and precisely engineered for top performance, making for a must-have laptop for gadget aficionados. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a high-resolution Retina display, a 2.6GHz
Here are the most addictive social Android apps in the US
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The 3 steps to success on YouTube
This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming 10th anniversary TNW Conference on April 23 & 24 in Amsterdam. Discount tickets to
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First Look: Making Soup and Fixing Robots With HTC’s Vive Virtual Reality Headset
The HTC Vive provides a good view of whats possible in the world of virtual reality.
Instagram ‘Carousel’ Feature Adds More Photos to Its Ads
More stuff to see, if you want to see it.
John Doerr Testifies in Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins: Day Two Liveblog
The day resumes with Doerrs continued questioning by the defense.
New Amazon Competitor Jet.com Hires E-Trade CMO
Shell take the somewhat made-up sounding title of Chief Customer Officer, but its a very real role.
Nvidia Announces a $199 Smart TV That’s Also a Game-Streaming Console
The Nvidia Shield runs on Android TV and can play both native Android games and PC games streamed online.
Google’s Gaming Guy on “Transmogrified Reality” and Lessons Learned From Glass
Head-mounted displays and interacting with the real world are actually really hard things to do well.
Jason Mackenzie, HTC America President, on Why His Company Is Getting Into Virtual Reality (Q&A)
Re/code talks with HTC America President Jason Mackenzie about the companys new direction.
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Why it makes sense that Huawei could make the next Nexus
Heres an interesting rumor out of China: iSuppli researcher Kevin Yang posted on Weibo on Wednesday that Huawei will be making a Nexus device this coming fall. The post has since been deleted…
Watch this: Hands free phone gestures from 2 meters away
Back in October, we saw how Elliptic Labs integrated ultrasound hardware and smart software to interact with phones and tablets though gestures. At the time, the company said its technology worked…
IBM acquires deep learning startup AlchemyAPI
So much for AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turners statement that his company is not for sale. IBM has bought the Denver-based deep learning startup that delivers a wide variety of text analysis…
Chrome Show: Remote Chromebook access arrives for all
The latest Chrome OS Stable channel update is here and with it comes remote access to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Until now you could only…
Google gets chatty about live migration while AWS stays mum
On Monday, Amazon wanted us to know that its staff worked day and night to avert planned reboots of cloud instances and updated a blog post to flag that information. But it…
Preview 27 different Apple Watch apps in your browser
Apps that run on Apple Watch will likely be a major focus of Apples upcoming event on March 9, but if you cant wait that long, check out App Advices new…
Internet retailers face looming duty to collect out-of-state tax
Online shopping is hugely popular but not with state governments. For years, states have complained the internet shopping boom is costing them billions in tax revenue thanks to a long-standing law that prevents them from…
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Samsung’s Smart Move: No More Smartwatches
Samsung executive vice president Young-hee Lee has revealed the company’s smartwatch strategy moving forward: Don’t release any. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal at Mobile World Congress, Lee explained Samsung’s new strategy regarding watches simply:We’ve been introducing more devices than
Mac OS X 10.10.3 Beta: New Photos App, New Emoji, And More
Mac OS X 10.10.3 beta Apple photoApple has released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.3 featuring multicultural emojis, easier logins for Google users that take advantage of two-step verification, and a new Photos app which
Why Google Should Make An Android Wear App For iOS
Heres a crazy idea. Maybe Google should submit an Android Wear app to Apples App Store—one that would allow Android-based smartwatches to work with the iPhone.If you believe a report from the French tech site 01net, Google might already be
You Think Private Clouds Are More Stable And Agile Than Public? Think Again
You cant really blame your IT staff for inflicting a private cloud—actually just a corporate data center with a fancy new name—on you. In some ways, their jobs depend upon it. Self-preservation is a powerful incentive.Of course, your CIOs job
How Facebook Is Taking On "Dangerous" Speech
Rumors spread quickly in Myanmar, a southeast Asian nation now fitfully recovering from decades of military dictatorship. Unleashed ethnic tensions have already led to bloody clashes between Burmese nationalists and Muslims.One of the nations most radical nationalists
In Arm Race With Apple, Pebble Opens Up A Smart New Front
The Pebble Time, the smartwatch startups third-generation device, has raised $12 million in preorders on Kickstarter since its debut last week. Get ready to watch that number tick up higher.On Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced
Huawei Just Made The Best-Looking Android Wear Watch Yet
The slickest, watch-iest Android Wear device so far made its appearance Sunday yesterday at Mobile World Congress. Made by the Chinese company Huawei and set for a June release in 20 countries around the world, the simply named Huawei Watch (say that 10
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Welcome Jay Ohms, programmer
Today we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Basecamp team: Jay Ohms joins us a our lucky 13th programmer. He’ll be working with our mobile team on Basecamp for Android. Android enthusiasts will know Jay as the one
VIDEO: Did y’all know you can share stuff…
Did y’all know you can share stuff directly to Basecamp from apps like Paper? Resident illustrator, Nate Otto shows it off.
Behind the scenes: From Herding Cats to Finishing a Project Together
Nate Otto and I made a new Basecamp homepage illustration based on a vector drawing I made in Adobe Illustrator. Initially I didn’t intend it to be hand drawn. I thought I’d refine the vector drawing. Somewhere in the middle
About five years ago I consciously willed an art career into existence. At that point I had been working a social services job for about five years. I initially took the job because it wasn’t specifically
When Disaster Strikes
Nearly 3 years ago we asked “What would happen if a truck crashed into the datacenter?” The resulting discussion could be summarized as “Well we would probably be offline for days,
37 pieces of life-changing business advice you'll have to see to believe
We write a lot of thoughtful stuff here on Signal v. Noise, but we noticed our headline writing hasn’t kept up with current trends. So, we’ve started revising all our past posts — you won’t believe what happens next!You might
The Big Rewrite, revisited
Of the many axioms in the world of software, few rise to the occasion of Thou Shall Not Rewrite Your Application. Spolsky called it the “single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make” in his seminal 2000 essay
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Empathy is a state of mind, not a specific technique
Editors note: this post was originally published on the authors blog, Exploring the world beyond mobile; this lightly edited version is republished here with permission.If I’m ever asked what’s most important
Four short links: 4 March 2015
Microservices in Go -- tale of rewriting a Ruby monolith as Go microservices. Interesting, though being delivered at Gophercon India suggests the ending is probably not unhappy.Watch & Wear (John Cross Neumann) -- Android watch as predictor of the value
7 user research myths and mistakes
I cant tell you how often I hear things from engineers like, Oh, we dont have to do user testing. Weve got metrics. Of course, you can almost forgive them when
Year Zero: Our life timelines begin
Editors note: this post originally appeared on the authors blog, Solve for Interesting. This lightly edited version is reprinted here with permission.In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will
Four short links: 3 March 2015
You Guys Realize the Apple Watch is Going to Flop, Right? -- leaving aside the guys assumption of its readers, you can take this either as a list of the challenges Apple will inevitably overcome or bypass when they release
What experts do: Curse of the intermediate
We all know the Curse of Expertise — that thing that makes most experts awful at imagining what its like to be a novice. The Curse of Expertise makes tech editors weep and readers seethe. “Where’s the empathy?!” we say,
Four short links: 2 March 2015
User Onboarding Teardowns -- the UX of new users. (via Andy Baio)Microsofts Productivity Vision -- always-on thinged-up Internet everywhere, with predictions and magic by the dozen.Machine Learning Done Wrong -- When dealing with small amounts of data, it’s reasonable to
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ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL Device Detection API for Scala
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Monitr Announces Finance API for Economic Trend Analysis
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Couchbase Unveils Mobile for Unity at GDC
Couchbase has released Couchbase Mobile for Unity, an embedded NoSQL database designed to help game developers build interactive, multiplatform games more rapidly.
TigerText Opens Its Secure Communications Platform to Developers
TigerText, a provider of enterprise-grade secure messaging solutions, has announced the launch of TigerConnect, a platform as a service (PaaS) that provides developers with a scalable infrastructure, cross-platform APIs and SDKs, and other tools
Dropbox Sparks Controversy With API Design Decision
Popular file storage and synchronization service Dropbox has sparked controversy with its decision to use the HTTP POST method with an API endpoint.
Google Releases Cloud Status Dashboard to Monitor Service Disruptions
Google has been steadily adding features to its Google Cloud Platform that allow developers to better understand how their applications are performing on the platform.
ArenaNet Announces Guild Wars 2 APIs and App Development Contest
ArenaNet has announced the availability of Guild Wars 2 authenticated account APIs (beta version), which developers can use with their GW2 third-party Web applications.
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