Samsung rolling out Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy Camera
  UK users of the Samsung Galaxy Camera have started to receive the Android 4.1.2 update. The update doesn’t bring with it a slew of new features, but users have noticed a new Gallery app. The gallery app seems to be the same one found on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Since the gallery app on the Note II is one that was well received by the users, its nice to see Samsung bring it to their other devices. No other information is available about what the update brings, but we assume s...
Tencent Hires Peter Cheng, Former COO Of AdChina, As It Seeks To Bolster Advertising Revenue
Tencent, China’s largest Internet company by revenue, announced today that it has hired Peter Cheng, the former chief operating officer of AdChina, as the general manager of Tencent’s online media group advertising platform. Cheng will take charge of all Tencent’s advertising platform-related business and report to Liu Shengyi, the senior vice president of Tencent and president of the online media group. The move comes after Tencent warned of slowing advertising spending in the...
Teen brags on Facebook about drunken hit-and-run, gets arrested
Kicking off 2013 with a sizable amount of criminal stupidity, a teenager used Facebook to tell the world about his night of drunken reckless behavior.
Dark Souls 2 developers to increase focus on atmosphere
More information about the upcoming sequel to Dark Souls, unimaginatively named Dark Souls 2, has emerged. In an interview with 4Gamer, Dark Souls...
Corning to unveil Gorilla Glass 3 at CES 2013
  Corning, the makers of the scratch resistant Gorilla Glass for smartphones and other portable devices, has announced that they will be unveiling the third version of the Gorilla Glass at CES next week. It is a given that the third version should have improved strength. Additionally, Gorilla Glass 3 comes with tweaks at the molecular level, with the introduction of a proprietary feature called Native Damage Resistance (NDR). This feature is said to control flaws like knicks or scratch...
Tinder: Finding Traction On Campuses, Hatch Labs’ New Dating App Makes It Easy To Break The Ice
Regardless of what you think about digital dating sites, they encourage us to close our computers and get out there and meet new people. In short, they bring people together. The problem is, of course, that there are infinite variations on social and mobile dating, from compatibility engines and social, Facebook-based platforms to game-ified bracelets and live video dating. Then there are the quasi-dating, people-meeting sites like Grouper. Some work, most don’t. A new startup out of IAC&#...
Predictions state that Nokia may sell mobile division in 2013
It is the start of a new year, and everyone is busy making predictions like always. But one of the most shocking predictions comes from Forbes, which has projected that &l...
Amazon’s R&D Group Lab126 Embarks On Hiring Spree As Kindle Business Expands
Amazon’s Lab126, the secretive R&D group behind the Kindle, is apparently on a hiring spree, as noted by the EETimes, which speculates that the organization may be planning to spin out the lab as a stand-alone company. There are currently about 250 job openings available, with most based in Silicon Valley, but several in Hyderabad, India, one in Shenzhen, China and another in Tokyo. This is yet another sign that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is gearing up its mobile device busines...
2013 Porsche Boxster photos
Check out our photo gallery for the 2013 Porsche Boxster.
TC Cribs: A Trip To Airbnb’s Headquarters, Where The Coolest Rental Properties Are Re-Created
Welcome back to Cribs, the TechCrunch TV series that takes you inside the offices of the industry’s hot companies to see what it’s really like inside the belly of the tech innovation beast (and check out the free food and fun perks that often help power it.) In this episode, we visited the downtown San Francisco headquarters of Airbnb, where we received a tour from co-founder and CTO Nate Blecharczyk. Now, I have to admit that our expectations were pretty high — after all, by...
NHTSA misses rearview camera legislation deadline
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wanted to have a bill mandating rearview cameras in all new cars finalized by the end of 2012, but it will have to go on the agenda for 2013 instead.
Imagining The Future: Ray Kurzweil Has “Unlimited Resources” For AI, Language Research At Google
Last month, famed inventor, entrepreneur and futurist, Ray Kurwzeil, announced that he was joining Google as a director of engineering. In an email to TechCrunch, Kurzweil said at the time that he would be assuming a full-time position in Mountain View, focusing on “new technology development,” as well as machine learning and language processing. Joining other giants of technology at Google, like VP, Chief Internet Evangelist and “father of the Internet” Vint Cerf, the m...
Art.sy Now Showing Permanent Redirect To Artsy.net As Conflict In Syria Escalates
Art.sy, the New York City-based startup that has created a Pandora Radio-like discovery engine for artwork, has attracted some controversy over the years because of its domain name — .sy is the official domain suffix for the Syrian Arab Republic, a currently war-torn country which is the subject of several U.S. sanctions. Now, as violent conflict in Syria continues to escalate, Art.sy may be feeling some negative side effects. Yesterday, Art.sy’s main webpage went down, and the comp...
Marvel adds two more actors to potential Guardians of the Galaxy cast
Michael Rosenbaum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are the latest actors that Marvel Studios is considering for a role in the Guardians of the Galaxy cast.
Is There Any Reason to Actually Shut Down Your Computer?
With low-power standby modes and stable operating systems, it’s easier than ever to go days (if not weeks or months) without rebooting your computer. Is it still necessary to perform a full shut down? Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites. Don’t Have a False Sense of Security: 5 Insecure Ways to Secure Your Wi-Fi How to Clean Up the List of Apps that Have Access ...
Source: Shutterfly To Acquire Slick Photo Sharing And Storage Startup ThisLife
We’ve heard a rumor that Shutterfly, the photo and personal publishing company founded in 1999, is set to acquire online photo sharing and storage startup ThisLife. We’re hearing the acquisition price is around $25 million. The service was founded in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Matt and Andrea Johnson. While there are no shortage of cloud-based phot0 storage apps (including Shutterfly), ThisLife’s interface is pretty slick compared to some of the dinosaurs in the space. The s...
Panzer Dragoon successor Crimson Dragon appears and disappears on XBLA
Two and a half years after Microsoft first announced Crimson Dragon, a spiritual follow up to the classic Sega series Panzer Dragoon, the game still isn't out. A demo appeared on XBLA this week, but was taken down almost immediately by the the company.
French ISP Free Blocks All Web Advertising
Free, one of France's largest Internet providers, now blocks Internet advertising for all users by default. Not coincidentally, they're in a very public clash with Google. A French Internet service provider (ISP) with more than 5 million subscribers has taken the unusual step of blocking most web advertising. ISP Free is now blocking most advertisements to subscribers (Français) through an opt-out system; if Free subscribers wish to see web advertising, they will be required to change thei...
Indiegogo’s 2012 In Crowdfunding: Campaigns Raised 20% More Than In 2011, With Shorter Funding Periods
Crowdfunding site Indiegogo shared some exclusive details regarding their past year with TechCrunch, and the stats essentially back up what Matt Burns said about 2012: In many ways, this was the year of crowdfunding. Campaigns raised more money in shorter periods, with fewer people involved in their creation, and more than half met their funding goal. All told, campaigns launched in 2012 raised 20 percent more than they did on average in 2011, and ran for only 49 days. In 2011, the average campa...
Ubisoft wants to add Ghost Recon to its film production slate
As with Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon franchise will be hitting theaters at some point in the near future.