posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 London fashion startup Snap Fashion has extended its discovery platform into a visual search engine for men’s clothes, as well as women’s. The fashion app is available on Google Play and Apple iTunes. Snap’s visual algorithms were invented and coded by 27-year-old founder Jenny Griffiths, while completing a Masters degree in Computer Science. She says: “We wanted to… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 It’s been quite a year for Viber, and now the mobile messaging company is seeing out 2014 with arguably its most significant release to date: the launch of a social games platform. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 Search giant Baidu has made no secret of its ambitions to expand its business outside of China by way of mobile services. Now it’s struck a deal with Nokia that could help it with that by serving domestic users abroad. Nokia’s mapping and navigation business Here says that it will now power maps for Baidu outside of China, specifically aiming the service at the large number… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 The computer science gender gap struggle in Silicon Valley is real. A mere 17 percent of Google’s tech workers are women. It’s 15 percent at Facebook. Similar stats can be found at most of the larger tech companies. Girls Who Code is trying to reverse those digits with an announcement of a major expansion in partnerships today. The non-profit organization that aims to close the… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 The 3DRobotics Iris+ is the one that got away. Literally. I’ve flown my fair share of drones lately — anywhere from over empty football fields and beaches to small rivers. They all came back unharmed. But not the Iris+. It’s the first drone I tested that simply flew away from me. To be fair, chances are I got something wrong when that happened. I had taken the drone to an… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 iFit, an online fitness and weight loss community based in Taiwan, has raised a $3 million Series A led by Cherubic Ventures, with investors including Yuan-jin Capital, Sino Strategy Group, Alan Chien, and Ming-zhe Ou, the former general manager of Lenovo Taiwan. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 After prices spiked as high as four times the normal fare (with prices starting at about $100 AUD) during the ongoing Sydney hostage crisis, Uber has backed away from its surge pricing policy and is now offering free rides out of Sydney’s central business district (CBD). Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 An open letter to the CEO of Apple to change the company’s mind in how it handles the vetting of game content, as happened this week with Papers Please. Video games are an art form just like movies or music and deserve equal treatment. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 Xiaomi launched an air purifier last week, and now the Chinese company is putting hard cash behind its smart home push after investing over $200 million in appliance firm Midea. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 The Philippines last week topped international headlines as a typhoon ripped through the island nation, claiming dozens of lives and leaving a swath of destruction. The story has a ring of familiarity. Typhoon Hagupit (locally referred to as Ruby) followed a path dangerously similar to that taken last year by the infamous Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, which struck the… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 We take our phones with us pretty much everywhere these days. This gave the Iowa Department of Transportation an idea – put the state drivers license on an app. The app will hold all the same information found on a plastic license. State government authorities such as police and airport security will accept these digital licenses as valid ID. A PIN is used to verify authenticity of… Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 Just ten months after disclosing a £1.3 million seed round, UK car buying platform Carwow has made another fundraising pitstop. The London-based company has raised a £4.6 million Series A round, led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Episode 1 Ventures, and Samos Investments. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 Everywhere I look I see a unicorn. The trouble is, I’m starting to see the dark side of the unicorn: Venture capitalists and the limited partners who back them are simply on a quest to acquire unicorn logos. Read More

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on techcrunch
 TechCrunch recently sat down with Avery D’Alessandro to pick over his mobile app, ‘The Love of Sports.’ The application, recently launched, wants to connect sports fans on the go. Its premise is that if you are the social sort of sports-adjacent human, you most likely want to hang out with your friends at the game, or at the bar watching game. Another higher-level social… Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Last week on the TechCrunch GameCast, Darrell Etherington, Ed Zitron, and myself discussed storytelling in gaming, using recent releases as lenses to look at different approaches in vogue today. Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Home cleaning startup Homejoy plans to halt operations in Canada within a couple of weeks, though the company says this is only temporary. We were recently tipped off about the move, and a spokesperson confirmed it, saying that Homejoy will be focusing on growth in other markets for now. It has been expanding across Europe throughout this year. Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content appears on the site. The search giant shut down Google News there in response and no content is… Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint, and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting climate change. Then imagine entering your workspace to find your desk light on and the temperature just as you like it. These innovations are already at work in some modern buildings, in the shape of the… Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories – this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, wearables are estimated to be more than a $70 billion market by 2024, according to IDTechEx. Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
The rise of smartphone cameras decimated the entry-level digital camera market. In contrast, sales of DSLR and other high-end cameras have thrived. High-end cameras provide interchangeable lenses and have the raw performance demanded by serious photographers but, unlike the quality cameras being built in to nearly every smartphone, still don’t have good solutions for transferring… Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Artificial Intelligence has been in the media a lot lately. So much so, that it’s only a matter of time before it graduates to meaningless buzz word status like “Big Data” & “Cloud”. Usually I would be a big supporter. Being in the AI space, any attention to our often overlooked industry is welcome. But there seems to be more misinformation out there than… Read More

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on techcrunch
 Today’s venture capital landscape has never been more complex, and it will never again be this simple. It’s hard for entrepreneurs to navigate and VCs to differentiate. And while many believe increased competition has driven valuations up, that simply doesn’t tell the full story. Read More

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on techcrunch
 Don’t look at the clock. Do you know what time it is? Twitter sure as heck does. Turns out, people love to tweet about the time. So why not turn the Twitter firehose into a massive, crowdsourced clock? Read More

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on techcrunch
 The recent, successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are dare I say, cool again. Read More

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on techcrunch
 The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Bruce Richardson, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 12, 2014 in Menlo Park, California at the Salesforce Analyst Summit 2014. Analysts and Salesforce executives discussed the Summit’s theme of Continuous Transformation for 2020. Read More

Read More...