August 2018

The FDA OK’d an app as a form of birth control

By | August 14th, 2018|Technology|

Don’t want to get pregnant? There’s a Food and Drug Administration approved app for that. The FDA has just given the go ahead for Swedish app Natural Cycles to market itself as a form of birth control in the U.S. Natural Cycles was already in use as a way to prevent pregnancy in certain European [...]

What the rumors say about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3

By | August 13th, 2018|Technology|

Now that the Note 9’s all good and official, it’s time to move onto the next major smartphone. The Google Pixel 3 leaks haven’t quite hit the fever pitch we saw with Samsung’s device ahead of launch — though there’s still time. After all, it seems likely the latest version of Google’s flagship Android handset [...]

Chromebooks could dual-boot Windows 10 soon

By | August 13th, 2018|Technology|

Chrome OS has come a long way in the past few years. Even so, it’s still not the full-fledged operating system many of us required on our desktop machines. Google is reportedly looking to address that, in part, by adding the ability for users to dual-boot in Windows 10. According to XDA-Developers, the company is [...]

Three Indonesian tech unicorns unite to back digital insurance startup

By | August 13th, 2018|Technology|

It’s almost unheard of to see three unicorns join forces to fund a startup, but that’s exactly what has happened in Indonesia. Ride-hailing company Go-Jek, e-commerce firm Tokopedia and travel booking startup Traveloka — each of which is valued in the billions of U.S. dollars — have come together to provide a Series A funding [...]

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Disenchantment’ offers tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventures

By | August 13th, 2018|Technology|

Disenchantment is the latest animated series from Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. The show premieres on Netflix on August 17, and we talk about our initial impressions on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast. Our guest host Brian Heater is a big fan of Groening’s previous creations, and he also [...]

24 hours left to apply to Startup Battlefield Latin America

By | August 12th, 2018|Technology|

The clock is ticking: only 24 hours left to submit your application to compete in the first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America on November 8, 2018, in São Paulo, Brazil. Is your startup one of Latin America’s best? If so, don’t waste another minute. Apply right here, right now before the 24-hour clock runs out. Don’t miss your chance [...]

Spotify runs test in Australia, allowing users to skip ads at any time, potentially boosting targeting and revenues

By | August 12th, 2018|Technology|

If you want to test out a feature on a large, well-known, global, platform, there’s a very simple solution: Test it in Australia. At a population of 24 million and with a predominantly Western culture, it’s a large enough test bed and small enough market, so ideal for testing new features before (maybe) rolling them [...]

Supergiant VC rounds aren’t just raised in China

By | August 12th, 2018|Technology|

In the venture capital market, big is in. Firms are raising significant sums to finance a growing number of large startup funding rounds. In July, there were 55 venture rounds, worldwide, which topped out at $100 million or more, totaling just over $15 billion raised in nine and 10-figure mega-rounds alone. This set a record for [...]

Voatz: a tale of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea

By | August 12th, 2018|Technology|

Let’s get the fish in the barrel out of the way. Voatz are a tech startup whose bright idea was to disrupt democracy by having people vote on their phone, and store the votes on, you guessed it, a blockchain. Does this sound like a bad idea? Welp. It turned out that they seemed awfully [...]

Blind loyalty

By | August 11th, 2018|Technology|

There is a secret behind every open office in Silicon Valley — and it isn’t the drain on productivity. Tech companies have been the vanguards for pushing corporate culture forward toward “radical transparency.” Mark Zuckerberg works in a fully transparent four-walled glass office surrounded by the rest of Facebook. Valve got rid of managers and [...]