Original Content podcast: Looking into the dark future of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’

Netflix has delivered another six glimpses into Black Mirror‘s often-bleak view of technology and humanity.On the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, one of your regular hosts, Anthony Ha,

Bitcoin, Ethereum and almost every other cryptocurrency is plunging

Look away now if you own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. This won’t be breaking news to you if you are invested, but today has seen the entire crypto market fall by double-digit percentages. The price of bitcoin slumped by 15 percent to drop below $12,000 for the first time since December 4.

Apple asked to respond to China consumer group about slowing older iPhones

Apple is now facing questions about how it slows down older iPhones in China. The Xinhua state news agency reported yesterday that the Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple asking it to explain the performance hit and any remedies it is offering to consumers. Read More

Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in. Before now,

AngelList launches Syndicates in India

AngelList has expanded its syndicates program to India in the latest overseas move for the US crowdfunding platform. The launch comes some 18 months after we reported that AngelList had hired Utsav Somani to launch the service and develop its business generally in India,

Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs. Period.

Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

Tech.co, an online platform and events organizer for startups, announced today that it has been acquired by digital marketing firm MVF. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More

Apple’s MacBook Air turns 10

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs triumphantly held up a manilla interoffice mail envelope to a round of applause at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. It was a silly gimmick, but it got the point across. A year after introducing the Macworld crowd to the iPhone,

Equity podcast: 2017’s top tech acquisitions and what’s in store for 2018

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we took a look back at the year’s M&A market, which brought some big wins and some low lights. Equity this week was Katie Roof, Alex Wilhelm, and Jamie Leigh,

New bill bans US government agencies using contractors with Huawei or ZTE tech

There’s more misery ahead for Huawei, which just saw AT&T pull out of a deal to carry its first smartphone, and fellow Chinese tech firm ZTE. The duo are well known for their growing smartphone businesses worldwide,

GM and Cruise reveal their fourth-generation, steering wheel-free Cruise AV

GM and Cruise are making progress on their plan to deploy autonomous vehicles on roads for the public: Today, it’s showing off its fourth-generation Cruise Autonomous Vehicle (AV), which comes just a few short months after it first revealed its third-generation vehicle.

为什么中国人要感谢影子银行?

中国人应该感谢影子银行,因为影子银行填补了传统银行的空白,服务于那些受忽视的中小企业和消费者。

GSMA Official, Battery, MetroTube, extras+info and Glance receive updates

Many updates have been rolling in at the Windows Phone Store lately. We just spotted an update for the Waze app, and we will also get into the other apps which bumped up their version numbers, and brought along some new features.GSMA Official

With licensing cuts and lots of free services, how will Microsoft make money?

10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work As a Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile's Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer video explains the basics.Read more...

Attenborough's Next Amazing Nature Documentary Will Play on Oculus Rift

Sir David Attenborough is the grand master behind epic nature documentaries like Planet Earth and Blue Planet. His productions take us deep into entirely new worlds that few humans have ever visited. His next project will do that even more convincingly,

速成工具不能让人变艺术,但至少不会表达无能,微漫又一个漫画自制工具

即便技术如此机智,我依然认为艺术掌握在少数派手中,但是技术起码能让普通人不那么表达无能,拿漫画创作而言,很多速成工具比魔漫相机,Bitstrips 都能快速把人嵌入到一个虚构的场景中,以更好得表达自己的心情、态度及个性。

参议院或将在国会休会前通过NSA改革法案

在令人失望的监听改革失败后,有迹象显示参议院可能将在8月国会休会前通过新修订的《美国自由法案》(UFA)。 在该议案的最后文本公布之前,一切分析都是无意义的。

[图]用“慢递”换视频服务 亚马逊Prime服务新选项上线

尽管亚马逊推出的包邮会员制度Prime服务年费从79美元上涨到了99美元,但依然受到了众多用户的青睐,用户在选购产品之后可以选择标准发货、免费两天内送达和支付额外费用享受当天送达服务,现在亚马逊为其再次添加了一项新的服务“免费非极速发货(大约需5到7天)”,而作为回报亚马逊每次“慢递”都会提供价值$1的亚马逊Instant视频服务的代金券。

This Tiny Prefab Hut on Wheels Is Adorably Twee

Tiny lodging is a big deal in dense cities where space is minimal, demand is maximal, and rent is astronomical. If, however, you want to keep the "let's get small" vibe in the great wide open, these teensy prefab Shepherd Huts just might be the mini getaway of your dreams. Read more...

15 gifts without screens your kids will actually love

With more kid-friendly technology available than ever before, finding a gift that will pry your kids away from smartphones, tablets or computer screens might seem like a daunting task.But there are plenty of inventive toys out there that will capture kids' attention without gluing them to a screen.

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