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 […]

Snapchat now lets you unsend messages

Snapchat users will soon be able to unsend messages to their friends. An update releasing in the next few weeks will enable this feature. Once the update has rolled-out, you will be able to long-press on any message, whether it’s a text, image, video, sticker or voice note, and get the option to delete it. […]

Amino raises $45M to bring fan communities to smartphones

Amino has raised a big Series C round of funding — $45 million from GV, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Time Warner Investments, with Hearst Ventures joining as a new investor. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson has described Amino as a way to help people who have “passionate niche interests” find others who […]

Instagram adds shopping tags directly into Stories

Instagram’s shoppable tags are about to pop up in Stories. The company started testing the feature back in 2016 with a limited set of 20 partners. Since then it’s been a hit, expanding broadly to regular brand posts in the feed. Starting today, hitting a little shopping bag sticker in a Story will lead you […]

Macy’s acquires minority stake in tech retailer b8ta

Macy’s has partnered with b8ta, the retail-as-a-service startup that originally started as a way to let people try out new tech products. Macy’s has acquired a minority stake in b8ta and will use the startup to enhance The Market, an experiential-based retail concept at Macy’s. By partnering with b8ta, Macy’s envisions being able to scale […]

Exotec Solutions raises $17.7 million for its warehouse robots

French startup Exotec Solutions raised a $17.7 million funding round (€15 million) from Iris Capital with existing investors 360 Capital Partners and Breega also participating. The startup has built an automated robot called the Skypods to optimize e-commerce warehouses. It’s easy to forget about it when you click on “buy now”, but there are a […]

Facebook still wants to be a media company

Facebook may have disbanded its “Trending” news section, but the social network is not abandoning its media company ambitions, despite whatever CEO Mark Zuckerberg said to Congress. In fact, the opposite of “not being a media business” is now occurring: Facebook is directly paying news publishers to create video, even as it claims its focus […]

Bitcoin price falls but doesn’t flatline

Those not looking at the Bitcoin markets lately will either gasp or smile. Bitcoin, down from its all time high of around $19,000, is now floating at $6,785 as of this writing. To many this means that either the Bitcoin experiment is over or, to many more, that it has just begun. There are plenty […]

Chinese electric car startup Byton raises $500 million

Byton, a Chinese electric car startup, has secured a $500 million Series B funding round to fuel the development of smart, connected cars. Investors include FAW Group, Tus-Holdings and CATL. Byton also announced the opening of a new HQ in Nanjing, China. This is on top of Byton’s research and development center in Santa Clara, Calif. […]

Canvs brings its emotion analysis tool to surveys

Jared Feldman, CEO of Canvs, said he has a big goal: “I think there needs to be a Google for emotions … where you can see how people feel about everything.” Feldman argued that creating such a product, Canvs can not only help businesses make better decisions, but also contribute to “a more empathetic world.” […]

Top 10 trending phones of week 23

After a period of relative stability out top 10 trending chart has been seeing some intense action in the past month. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro is now having its turn in the lead, dethroning last week’s champion – the Mi 8. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro staged an amazing fightback to capture the […]

Sunday debate: Bigger battery or slimmer phone?

Great design often requires sacrifices. What do you look for in a modern-day smartphone: a sexy, slim profile or some more juice, regardless of a little extra heft and potentially lesser looks? Ro and Victor discuss. Victor: “With great power comes great responsibility” “Progress” is quite a fickle term in the mobile realm. It wasn’t […]