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Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.56.41 PM In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More

Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

sidecar-selection Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute.
Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More

You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 1.26.53 PM Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality!
Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version?
It’s done. Read More

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

Dacuda 3DAround Gif Small What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

picard Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows.
You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know:

This bug is being… Read More

Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

golden-ticket Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive three invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads

gadgets141024 You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week.
We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John Biggs, Matt Burns, and Jordan Crook.
Have a good… Read More

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

att lock The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Read More

The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

facebook-groups2 About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member… Read More

Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

terminal Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While there are other somewhat comparable startups like Docker,… Read More