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Technically speaking, many of the first games I played were probably typing trainers. Typing to race a car, typing to snap up bugs there was nothing that words couldn’t fix, fuel, or fight. After Mavis Beacon, there was Typing of the Dead, which paired the thrill of zombie killing with the virtuous excuse of learning secretarial skills. Typing games combine the twitch reflexes of shooters with the careful pacing you need to get words right, while tapping into abilities that many people hone all the time. All of this is to say that “Tron, but with typing” is an excellent premise for a game. Sitting at your desk in front of a late 20th century PC, enter a world of blue cubes and neon lights where you’ll have to endlessly blow up words…
A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More
Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty’s archives to find images that you can legally share and embed for non-commercial purposes on blogs and social media. Or you can browse photo streams created by Getty editors in categories like news, sports, entertainment and “archival,” which highlights photos of historical significance.
2014 is the year of the emoji. Within the last year we’ve seen an emoji social network, emoji on Twitter, emoji music videos, and even an emoji city. And now, emoji is on your Pebble smartwatch. The feature comes as part of firmware 2.5,which you can install today. The new firmware also includes iOS 8 compatibility and a compass feature that lets developers create navigation apps of their own. In fact, there are already a couple to try, like Compass By Pebble and Where To? for iOS.
Last, but certainly not least, firmware 2.5 brings better notifications support for iOS users. Now, when you dismiss a notification on Pebble, it will also disappear from your iPhone or iPad’s notification center. It’s a huge addition that instantly makes…
They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some invaluable life lessons. Startups can make you more efficient than you’ve ever been, they can help you expand your responsibility and… Read More
The legendary Just For Laughs comedy festival has just begun dumping 500 hours of comedy videos on YouTube everything from young Jon Stewart to Chris Rock to the late Bill Hicks. The channel will post new videos three times a week, and is definitely worth checking back on. The festival’s clips give a rare glimpse into the early days of today’s top comedians, and some of the clips have never before been seen online.
Ever since it lost the exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the United States in 2011, AT&T has touted a key advantage that its network has over Verizon’s: the ability to talk on the phone while using data from another app simultaneously. More than three years later, Verizon customers will finally gain the same feature as long as they’re using one of a handful of new phones. “Advanced Calling,” as Verizon calls it, is now available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with two Android phones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2.
Oculus has announced a new prototype called Crescent Bay, another step towards the consumer version of its virtual reality headset. “It’s as big of a leap as we made from DK1 to DK2,” says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, referring to the first two versions of the Rift development kit. The new headset features 360-degree tracking, letting the Rift’s external camera track the back of the headset as well as the front, making it easier for people to move without feeling constrained by staying in the camera’s range. It’s supposed to have improved weight and ergonomics “it is much lighter. Thank god,” says Iribe. And for the first time, it includes integrated headphones. Crescent Bay was announced at the Oculus Connect developer conference in…
Oculus gave the world the first look at its new developer kit Crescent Bay today at Oculus’ Connect conference, which you can watch live here. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360 degree head tracking, and an integrated audio system. Plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large audience through mobile… Read More
Last week, in the fevered cauldron of iPhone 6/6+ reviews, iOS 8 rolling out and shiny new iPhone hardware going on sale it was easy to miss the glitch in Apple’s oh-so-choreographed release matrix: a bug in its new HealthKit develop tool. Read More
Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there’s now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery company AllYouNeed.com and LGS Sky Chefs to bring leftover airline food right to the door of anyone living in Germany – the service is… Read More
While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October.
A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies entering… Read More
Got a 3D printer? Want to make some money with it? Go talk to 3D Hubs, along “Startup Row,” over near the Maker Shed. 3D Hubs facilitates transactions between 3D printer owners and people that want to make 3D prints. Printer owners can join the Hubs listing in their city […]
Welcome back to The Weekender, and it’s been quite a week. We went to Iceland to test the new iPhones and ate cricket flour in Canada. In short, things got a little weird around here. In a good way. We promise. Take this opportunity to look back on some of our best work and some good reads from around the web. Then check out the fascinating things you can do this weekend just to kick back. Enjoy.
Out in Zone 5, Liz Barry of Public Lab is sensing strong interest in spectrometry. The reason: “It’s like a Tricorder for $10!” The Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, Public Labs seeks to change how people see […]