Apple Showcases Watch Apps With Short, Sweet New Ads

 Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device. These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ads are likely the first step in a… Read More Read more »

Hawking, Musk Warn Of ‘Virtually Inevitable’ AI Arms Race

 Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for rampant destruction at the hands of “autonomous weaponry.” The letter, which was presented Monday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, specifically advised against… Read More Read more »

Today’s Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked

 It’s easy to forget that technology changes quickly when you follow this industry. When the first iPod was released in 2001, it was a much different world. Components weren’t powerful enough to create smartphones and tablets. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify didn’t exist. Microsoft had just released the original Xbox and Windows XP. Read More Read more »

Best Buy Will Begin Selling The Apple Watch From August 7

 Apple is preparing to expand the sales effort behind the Apple Watch after it was announced that Best Buy will begin selling it in its U.S. stores from August 7, making it the first independent retailer to stock the wearable device. Read More Read more »

Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

 How much do mobile users hate interstitial screens blocking their mobile browsing by urging them to down the native app instead? An overwhelming amount, judging by a study conducted by Google in July last year. Well, that and common sense when you think about the contrast between the aim of mobile computing (speed, convenience) and the point of interstitials (slow, distract). Read More Read more »

The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have

 Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a job opening over at Twitter. The blue bird is looking for its next CEO after longtime leader and all-around good guy Dick Costolo decided to step down after a successful run taking Twitter from mid-sized startup to public company. Read More Read more »

Startups And The Big Lie

 A startup is hemorrhaging cash, and the VCs have yet to agree on terms for a capital infusion. The clock is ticking until deadpool, first weeks away then days. The founders, stress levels increasing to stratospheric levels, continue to sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, potential employees, or clients. They have little choice. Funding is contingent on growth, but… Read More Read more »

It’s Time For “The Visual Internet”

 One of the amazing accomplishments of the smartphone is how it’s inspired us to take photos and share them — tons of them, with everyone. It’s estimated we have already taken more than a trillion photos in 2015. That would be more snapshots than have been taken in all of photographic history till now. We should be proud. But it isn’t enough to take a photo. We need to… Read More Read more »

CrunchWeek: Jet’s Launch, Amazon’s Epic Earnings, And Uber v. NYC

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 Hello compatriots, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we dig into Jet’s launch, just what it is, and why it wants to take on Amazon, big earnings from both Amazon and Apple, and, of course, the recent Uber drama in New York City. Read More Read more »

JDate Is Suing JSwipe Over The Letter ‘J’, Here’s What My Bubbie Would Have Said

 “Der oylam is a goylem.” It means “the world is stupid” in Yiddish. Today, Forbes unearthed a lawsuit from late last year that Jewish dating site JDate’s parent company filed against an app called JSwipe (also aimed at Jewish folk). It’s over the use of the letter J. The case is set to pick up again next month. Read More Read more »