Disposable Software

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This happened in early 2012. We wanted to add some more features into an existing app built on Rails 2.3 about 2.5 years before (July 2009). We ended up in a situation that in order to proceed adding new features we had to upgrade to Rails 3.1. The primary reason being that we were using outdated technology and there is some difficulty in maintaining our legacy (read 2.5 years old) app by getting…

A User’s Guide To Disrupt London 2014

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Hard to believe that Disrupt London opens tomorrow! As always, TechCrunch has partnered with an amazing array of folks who promise to make your experience at the conference better than ever. Official Wifi Sponsor: Our wifi is sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield. You can find it using the network name “Cushman And Wakefield.” Official Hardware Alley Sponsor: Autodesk Manufacturing… Read More

Beats celebrates LeBron’s homecoming with another epic commercial

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You can try shutting Beats out of the NFL, but there’s nothing you can do about the company’s impeccable advertising. The new NBA season gets underway this month, and Beats has teamed up with the league’s biggest star, LeBron James, for its latest campaign. This long-form ad — which isn’t the first to come from Beats — focuses entirely on James’ homecoming and his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, you’ll see Beats?? earbuds showcased prominently the whole time; Beats very much wants everyone to know that LeBron wears them while training.

But beyond the product placement, we see LeBron’s intense gym regimen intertwined with flashbacks to his past: the Spring Hill apartments that served as his first “stable home”, LeBron…

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Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

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hack-0119 It doesn’t get more exciting than this. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers at Old Billingsgate in London for the Disrupt Europe Hackathon. They all have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours in an awesome dungeon-like venue to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack. We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 89 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo… Read More

Iranian Users Petition Microsoft For Greater Windows Support

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windows-101 Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system preview has attracted more than 1 million testers to date, and tens upon tens of thousands of votes on its user forums. Curiosuly, one dominating theme has emerged over the past few days: Requests for better support in Iran.
The Verge’s Tom Warren wrote a post last week detailing the top 10 Windows 10 requests, noting that users are… Read More

Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

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Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 12.42.25 Trying to figure out what film I want to watch at home from the thousands I can pick on various VOD services is a pain. The only thing more annoying is trying to find one that my husband and I can both agree we want to watch (love you, Marc). A app presented today at TC’s Disrupt Hackathon called Movie Nights has created a way to solve that problem: it lets two parties enter either… Read More

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

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Laplock Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works. At heart, Laplock is a menubar app for your Mac. You install it, enter your phone number and/or Yo account, and… Read More

Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images

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hack-0029 Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen — maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver’s license. The team, which built this service over the course of the last 24 hours during our Disrupt London hackathon,… Read More

Pizza, Beer, Glory, And The All-Night London Hackathon

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Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 11.44.47 AM Here in London, the Disrupt Europe hackathon is racing towards its conclusion, with its participants all prepping their presentations for judging later today. Last night, however, around midnight, fueled by a recent infusion of pizza and beer, TechCrunch went around to ask a few questions and cause a little mayhem. Between a spider robot, far too many blinking lights and house plants,… Read More

Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

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three-industries Mobile apps have come a long way since Apple launched the App Store in 2006, with over 5 million apps available across the leading app stores. While many factors have contributed to the growth, the ability to reach a global audience with a relatively small upfront investment has certainly been a significant contributor. The potential ROI if an app is successful is huge — just ask the… Read More

Google halts Nexus Player pre-orders as it awaits FCC certification

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When it comes to the living room, it seems Google just can’t catch a break. Pre-orders for the company’s latest effort, the Nexus Player, started briefly yesterday, but there was a bit of a problem. The device hadn’t yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That’s why Nexus Player pre-orders are no longer available. A message on the Google Play store explains, “This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.” Among other duties, the agency certifies devices that emit electromagnetic radiation, and such products must be approved before going on sale in the US.

It’s unclear why the Nexus Player hasn’t yet obtained…

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The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

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stacked-ai We are entering an exciting period for Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next 5 years. Read More

10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

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servers When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing dramatically. From cloud computing to big data analytics to ubiquitous mobile connectivity, corporate IT systems are getting faster, more efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to use. In the process, a new wave of tech companies has emerged… Read More

iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

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imac-retina Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display. The screen is the key ingredient here, despite changes under the hood, and after a couple of days of use, it’s still the screen that (stating the obvious here) catches my eye. Amid the flurry and elbow-throwing of the… Read More

A Guide To Co-Leadership: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Good, And How To Make It Work

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picardriker In September Larry Ellison stepped down from the helm at Oracle and appointed a co-CEO pair as his successors. Articles about the announcement spoke of such dual arrangements in discouraging and doubtful tones.
Meanwhile, in NYC, a well-regarded VC recently told me that she thought at least 50 percent of early-stage startup failures are rooted in co-founder conflicts. Read More

Watch Jony Ive explain Apple’s design process in a rare public interview

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Earlier this month, Apple chief designer Jony Ive appeared on stage for a rare interview during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. You can now watch the 25-minute-long interview on YouTube. Ive is characteristically deliberate with his words as he answers a number of questions posed by Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter. While Ive does let loose at one point, summarily criticizing those who mimic his designs, most of the interview provides a simple but intriguing view into a man who often keeps far from the public eye.

Ive certainly doesn’t let loose any of Apple’s closely-guarded secrets, but he does reveal a few details about the design process. A small team of roughly 17 is involved in the company’s core industrial design efforts,…

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Flickr’s iPad app is exactly what you’d expect – and that’s a good thing

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Flickr finally has an iPad app — just four and a half years after Apple’s tablet first hit store shelves. Fortunately, Flickr fans should be happy with the results. The new app takes cues from Yahoo’s revamped Weather, Finance, and Mail apps, which means lots of big, pretty photos, transparent menus, and skinny, sans serif fonts. That means it’s an attractive app, and it turns out it’s good at doing its job, too.

High-resolution photos are front and center, and they sure look good on those Retina display iPads. If you’re a Flickr user, everything you’d expect is here. You can comment, fave, and share photos. In addition, you can view the detailed information pages for photos to geek out on the camera settings used to take that killer…

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