vivo NEX S in for review

Phone evolution is rapid – blink, and you’ll miss it. The top bezel, for example, was so thin, when the Galaxy S8 was introduced. It transformed into a cutout with the iPhone X, became smaller with the Huawei P20 and finally disappeared completely with the launch of the vivo NEX series. Okay, we may be […]

Facebook Messenger is getting autoplay video ads

Facebook seemingly took a look at its Messenger and decided it didn’t contain enough stuff already. Hence, the company is adding autoplay video ads to the chat app. The rollout has started already, but as usual it may be a while before you see them. Facebook Messenger started showing static ads last year, and now […]

Google Podcasts app now available on Android

Google has released its own podcasting app for Android, called Google Podcasts. The app is now available for free on the Google Play Store. There is no iOS app available at the moment nor have they announced any plans on releasing one. Google Podcasts is a very simple podcasting app. You can search and subscribe […]

Riskified prevents fraud on your favorite e-commerce site

Meet Riskified, an Israel-based startup that has raised $64 million in total to fight online fraud. The company has built a service that helps you reject transactions from stolen credit cards and approve more transactions from legitimate clients. If you live in the U.S., chances are you know someone who noticed a fraudulent charge for […]

Google injects Hire with AI to speed up common tasks

Since Google Hire launched last year it has been trying to make it easier for hiring managers to manage the data and tasks associated with the hiring process, while maybe tweaking LinkedIn while they’re at it. Today the company announced some AI-infused enhancements that they say will help save time and energy spent on manual […]

Apple slapped with $6.6M fine in Australia over bricked devices

Apple has been fined AUS$9M (~$6.6M) by a court in Australia following a legal challenge by a consumer rights group related to the company’s response after iOS updates bricked devices that had been repaired by third parties. The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) invested a series of complaints relating to an error (‘error 53’) which […]

Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video

Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform. Today the company announced a new set of interactive live and on-demand video features that let creators add quizzes, polls, challenges and gamification so players can be eliminated from a game for a wrong answer. The features could help Facebook achieve […]

IRL wants to get people together offline

Social planning apps are a dime a dozen, but none have risen to become a mainstay in our digital lives. IRL, founded by Abe Shafi and Scott Banister, is looking to break the pattern, focusing on positivity to get people excited about hanging out offline. When users first sign up, they’re asked a series of […]

Crate.io raises $11M and launches its hosted IoT data platform.

Crate.io, the winner of our Disrupt Europe 2014 Startup Battlefield competition, today announced that it has raised an $11 million Series A round. In addition, the company also launched its ‘Crate Machine Learning Platform’ today, a new hosted solution for businesses that want to use the company’s SQL-based database platform for working with IoT data. […]

Brex picks up $57M to build an easy credit card for startups

While Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi were giving up on their augmented reality startup inside Y Combinator and figuring out what to do next, they saw their batch mates struggling to get even the most basic corporate credit cards — and in a lot of cases, having to guarantee those cards themselves. Brex, their new startup,  aims […]

Keepsafe launches a privacy-focused mobile browser

Keepsafe, the company behind the private photo app of the same name, is expanding its product lineup today with the release of a mobile web browser. Co-founder and CEO Zouhair Belkoura argued that all of Keepsafe’s products (which also include a VPN app and a private phone number generator) are united not just by a […]

Why startups can’t afford to ignore customer retention

Venture-backed companies must walk the line between fast growth and efficient growth. Even as VCs value high-quality revenue, companies are still held to a minimum growth rate. We think of this threshold as the “Mendoza Line,” a baseball term we’ve adapted to track the minimum growth needed to get access to venture funding. Above this […]

Patriot Boot Camp wants to turn soldiers into entrepreneurs

From the earliest moments of boot camp, budding soldiers learn about entrepreneurship. They learn how to operate in unknown terrain, how to listen to signals and, perhaps most importantly, how to make things happen with extremely limited time and resources. Yet, when soldiers return home following a deployment, the transition to civilian life can be […]

You can’t hail an Uber via Google Maps anymore

A while back, Google introduced support for displaying ride sharing apps and their estimated rates right from Google Maps’ view of different transit and transportation directions. At first, Uber was the only ride sharing app to show up in Google Maps’ directions view. Later, Uber and Google Maps added support to fully request a ride, […]

SurveyMonkey has filed confidentially to go public

The IPO window continues to remain open as SurveyMonkey, which last raised money in 2014 at a $2 billion valuation, announced today that it has confidentially filed to go public. SurveyMonkey can file confidentially with the SEC through the JOBS act signed in 2012, which allows those companies to test the waters before they formally […]

The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over

I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perhaps we can all get some perspective. The whole thing started in May when a self-published romance author, Faleena Hopkins, began attempting to enforce her copyright […]

Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid

Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported an 800 percent year-over-year growth […]

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Review

The Bullets Wireless is OnePlus’ first foray into the world of wireless headphones. They are also only the third pair of earphones released by the company, the first two being wired. You could say the company is still relatively new at this, especially at wireless audio. But with headphone jacks quickly disappearing from phones, there […]

Weekly poll: vivo NEX phones, hot or not?

Jaws dropped as vivo unveiled the APEX with its pop up camera and under display fingerprint sensor. It was just a prototype, but the company quickly followed up with actual devices – the NEX S and NEX A. And these aren’t some halo phones like Huawei’s Mate RS Porsche Design, these are proper mass market […]

Top 10 trending phones of week 24

At a time when the number 1 and 2 remain the same as last week, a new number 3 is still exciting news. That would be the Samsung Galaxy J6, climbing two spots to join the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi 8 on the podium. The OnePlus 6 seems to be bolted in […]

Smartphone World Cup: Groups C and D

Here come the next two groups of our Smartphone World Cup (groups A and B are here. Group C The Apple iPhone X wasn’t the first phone with a notch, but it’s the phone that made all other notched handsets possible – once factories geared up for Apple’s demands, they also made the tech more […]

New Xiaomi devices get FCC certified

A couple of new Xiaomi devices have been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US. The FCC ids are 2AFZZ-RMSC3DG and 2AFZZ-RMSC3CG, while model numbers are M1804C3DG and M1804C3CG. The listings further reveal that both devices run MIUI 9. Sadly, nothing else is known about these devices currently, including what specs and […]

Event invitation reconfirms bezeless front for Nubia Z18

All Nubia Z18 leaks and teasers so far have pointed to a bezeless design. And now, an event invitation has surfaced to reconfirm a total lack of bezels. The Chinese text in the image translates into “open the future.” A schematic for the device also surfaced, revealing some of the design aspects, including rear-mounted fingerprint […]

Weekend APPetizers: Paul’s favorite apps

Weekend APPetizers (see what we did there?) is our latest feature where we tell you about some of our favorite apps that reside on our smartphones. Paul’s favorite apps Hi, I’m Paul, and my daily driver is an iPhone, so invariably a couple of these apps will not be available for you Android users out […]

First look at Instagram’s self-policing Time Well Spent tool

Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Last month after TechCrunch first reported Instagram was prototyping a Usage Insights feature, the Facebook sub-company’s CEO Kevin System confirmed its forthcoming launch. Tweeting our article, Systrom wrote “It’s true . […]

Check out our Nokia 8 Sirocco video review

HMD’s had a plan in place when it resurrected the Nokia brand – start from the middle and expand up and down. The Nokia 8 was its first flagship, but its 5.3″ screen felt a little small and the dual camera wasn’t great. But HMD had a do-over. The Nokia 8 Sirocco increases the screen […]

Sony is working on a new Xperia Home launcher

A few days ago, news broke about Sony discontinuing the development of its own Xperia Home launcher that ships with every Sony smartphone. The firm has also planned to close the Beta program for the launcher. The information seemed odd at the time, but now Erika Prymus, a developer part of the Xperia Home team, […]

Venmo is discontinuing web support for payments and more

PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app Venmo is ending web support for its service, the company announced in an email to users. The changes, which are beginning to roll out now, will see the Venmo .com website phasing out support for making payments and charging users. In time, users will see even less functionality on the website, […]

Adobe could be the next $10 billion software company

Adobe reported its Q2 FY’18 earnings yesterday and the news was quite good. The company announced $2.2 billion in revenue for the quarter up 24 percent year over year. That puts them on an impressive $8.8 billion run rate, within reach of becoming the next $10 billion software company (or at least on a run […]

Apple’s new Mac ads show that even Grimes uses dongles

Apple has launched a new advertising campaign for the Mac called “behind the Mac”. In this campaign, the company is sharing user stories of people using Mac for work, creative projects and accessibility reasons. The Mac is a versatile platform. People use it for boring tasks, such as checking emails and browsing the web. But […]

Gmail proves that some people hate smart suggestions

Gmail has recently introduced a brand new redesign. While you can disable or ignore most of the new features, Gmail has started resurfacing old unanswered emails with a suggestion that you should reply. And this is what it looks like: The orange text immediately grabs your attention. By bumping the email thread to the top […]

Lemonade files lawsuit against wefox for IP infringement

Lemonade, the insurance platform based out of NYC, has filed a lawsuit against German company ONE Insurance, its parent company wefox, and founder Julian Teicke. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of NY, alleges that wefox reverse engineered Lemonade to create ONE, infringing Lemonade’s intellectual property, violating the Computer Fraud and […]

Tainted, crypto-mining containers pulled from Docker Hub

Security companies Fortinet and Kromtech found seventeen tainted Docker containers that were essentially downloadable images containing programs that had been designed to mine cryptocurrencies. Further investigation found that they had been downloaded 5 million times, suggesting that hackers were able to inject commands into insecure containers to download this code into otherwise healthy web applications. […]

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera review

Looking at the title of the review, we can’t help but think a quick explanation is in order. Namely, one clearing up which product we are reviewing. We’ve seen horrible naming conventions in the smartphone realm time and time again, but as far as sheer complexity and confusion of choice goes, Xiaomi arguably takes the […]

Apple issues iOS update to prevent GrayKey hacking

Apple has rolled out a new security feature in its latest iOS 11.4.1 and iOS 12 developer betas that will prevent people from using GrayKey devices to gain access to locked iPhones. The feature will make it to future stable releases as well. GrayKey is a device that plugs into your iOS device over the […]

Samsung Gear S4 to come with bigger battery

We’ve heard a lot about Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 in the last few days so it’s time to turn our heads to the upcoming Gear S4. The smartwatch is reportedly being released alongside the Galaxy Note9 with some new tech on board. The source cites that the Korean giant is going to implement a new Panel […]

Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you

It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published today. But, […]

Samsung announces a push for renewable energy

Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started […]

Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down

A prominent figure that helped shape Facebook public perception over the course of the last decade is on the way out. In a Facebook post today, Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public policy, announced his departure. Schrage joined the company in 2008 after leaving his position in the same role at Google. He […]

Meet Atoms, the minimalist startup shoes you’ll actually wear

Step aside, Allbirds. Atoms come in quarter-sizes you can mix-and-match. Emerging from stealth today in a TechCrunch exclusive, this shoe startup’s obsession with satisfaction allowed it to replace my Nikes. I’ve spent the last two months wearing Atoms every day. They’re the first sneaker classy-looking enough for semi-formal occasions, but that I can comfortably walk […]

Oppo Find X’s full specs leak, look exciting

A Twitter post just revealed almost all of the specs of the upcoming Find X flagship from Oppo leaving only the design behind the curtains. At first glance, the Find X will feature specs that are pretty close to vivo NEX, which is normal given that both companies are closely related. Anyone excited about Oppo […]

Our Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) first look video is up

We’ve a new video for you and it’s dedicated to the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018). The first look brings up some of the key selling points of the Samsung’s latest mid-ranger. We discuss the phone’s rather sturdy aluminum build wrapping around the Infinity Display featuring Super AMOLED panel. The curved edges of the flagship S-series […]

Musical.ly kills its standalone live-streaming app Live.ly

Musical.ly is merging the functionality from its two-year old live-streaming platform Live.ly into its main app, and has disabled Live.ly’s standalone app as part of the transition process. The Live.ly app will eventually be pulled from the App Store and Google Play, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. Instead of being able to go live, Live.ly […]

Sphero raises $12M as it focuses on education

This year has been a rough one for Sphero. The Colorado-based toy robotics startup kicked off the year with dozens of layoffs, a result of tepid interest in its line of Disney-branded consumer products. Here’s a little good news, however. The company has raised another $12 million, bringing its total up to around $119 million, […]

This AR guppy feeds on the spectrum of human emotion

Indiecade always offers a nice respite from the wall of undulating human flesh and heat that is the rest of the E3 show floor. The loose confederation of independent developers often produces compelling and bizarre gaming experiences outside of the big studio system. TendAR is the most compelling example of this out of this year’s […]

N26 launches a revised metal card

Fintech startup N26 is updating its N26 Metal product and launching it tomorrow. You might remember that the company first announced its premium card at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in December 2017. Shortly after the conference, the card was available in early access for existing N26 Black customers. But the company had to go back to […]