Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

Matthew Panzarino

TechCrunch

Woburn, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Panzer:

Apple adds two brand new Siri voices and will no longer default to a female voice in latest iOS –

Apple is adding two new voices to Siri’s English offerings, and eliminating the default ‘female voice’ selection in the latest beta version of iOS. This means that every person setting up Siri will choose a voice for themselves and it will no longer default to the voice assistant being female, a topic that has come […] → Read More

Apple invests $50M into music distributor UnitedMasters alongside A16z and Alphabet –

Independent music distribution platform and tool factory UnitedMasters has raised a $50M series B round led by Apple. A16z and Alphabet are participating again in this raise. United Masters is also entering a strategic partnership with Apple alongside this investment. If you’re unfamiliar with UnitedMasters, it’s a distribution company launched in 2017 by Steve Stoute, […] → Read More

TechCrunch, still not dead –

You may have seen an article over at Axios today about the rebrand of many of the Verizon Media products under a new Yahoo+ banner. I would like to congratulate all of the teams that have worked hard to build a cohesive brand identity and a new plan for a bunch of great properties with […] → Read More

Apple discontinues original HomePod, will focus on mini –

After 4 years on the market, Apple has discontinued its original HomePod. It says that it will continue to produce and focus on the HomePod mini, introduced last year. The larger HomePod offered a beefier sound space but the mini has been very well received and clearly accomplishes many of the duties that the larger […] → Read More

Memes for sale –

The creator of the Nyan Cat, Chris Torres, has organized an informal collection of meme originators – the creators or original popularizers of meme images — into a two-week-long auction of their works. Under the hashtag #memeconomy the creators of memes like Bad Luck Brian, Coughing Cat, Kitty Cat Dance, Scumbag Steve, Twerky Pepe and […] → Read More

Welcome Tage Kene-Okafor, Mary Ann Azevedo, Sophie Burkholder and a guy named Drew –

There are some additions to the TechCrunch team that I’m happy to announce. First, Kirsten Korosec, who has been with us for more than two years, was promoted to Transportation Editor. Kirsten has done amazing work, helping to elevate our foothold in the transportation space and making our Mobility events some of the most successful […] → Read More

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature will be enabled by default and arrive in ‘early spring’ on iOS

Apple has shared a few more details about its much-discussed privacy changes in iOS 14. The company first announced at WWDC in June that app developers would have to ask users for permission in order to track and share their IDFA identifier for cross-property ad targeting purposes. While iOS 14 launched in the fall, Apple […] → Read More

Sneaker enthusiast group SoleSavy raises $2M, setting the stage for a community-driven commerce boom –

SoleSavy, a community built around buying hot sneakers and related items that are increasingly hard to acquire at retail, raised $2M in a round that closed late last year. SoleSavy is a group of communities that is currently mostly hosted on Slack. SoleSavy’s co-founders Justin Dusanj and Dejan Pralica founded the company in 2018 as […] → Read More

This is not a review of Apple’s new AirPod Max headphones –

I’ve had Apple’s AirPod Max headphones for less than 24 hours, so there is no way I would attempt to write a review of any sort. But I do have some of those oh so popular these days “first impressions” to share. Mostly on build quality, but I’ll throw a few first listen thoughts at […] → Read More

The crowd goes wild for Yiming –

This excerpt follows a high-growth period for Douyin, detailing how it gained around 200 million daily active users within a year via a loyal creator community, viral memes, algorithmic recommendation and aggressive ad spending. → Read More

Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away –

Survival and strategy games are often played in stages. You have the early game where you’re learning the ropes, understanding systems. Then you have mid-game where you’re executing and gathering resources. The most fun part, for me, has always been the late mid-game where you’re in full control of your powers and skills and you’ve […] → Read More

Apple Magsafe Duo Charger Review: Useful, but expensive and underwhelming –

In addition to the new iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I was able to try out Apple’s new MagSafe Duo Charger. It’s a folding dual travel charger that will hold both an iPhone using MagSafe and an Apple Watch using its more traditional magnetic charger. Does it work? Yep, works exactly […] → Read More

iPhone 12 mini Review: Tiny package, big bang –

Reviewing the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at the same time has been an exercise in extremes. I noted in my earlier reviews of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro that it was difficult to evaluate the middle of the lineup without having the extreme ends of the scale available […] → Read More

Review: The iPhone 12 Pro Max is worth its handling fee –

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is probably the easiest of all of the new iPhone 12 models to review. It’s huge and it has a really, really great camera. Probably one of the best cameras ever in a smartphone if not the best. For those of you coming from an iPhone “Max” or “Plus” model […] → Read More

Apple search crawler activity could signal a Google competitor, or a bid to make Siri a one-stop-shop –

Encouraged by the spate of antitrust activity brewing in both the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill, Apple may be developing a search competitor to Google, according to a report in the Financial Times. That would be a move ripe with irony as the push for an end to anti-competitive practices is seemingly creating greater […] → Read More

With backing from Mr. Beast and Nadeshot, Backbone One could finally crack competitive mobile gaming –

I get to play with a lot of new hardware from startups and it runs the gamut from super polished to barely working, neither of which is a value judgement! But every once in a while I get to mess with a new piece of kit that is just so fully realized that I am […] → Read More

Review: iPad Air, smooth criminal –

The 2020 iPad Air comes at an interesting time in Apple’s release cycle. The iPad Pro is still strong from a specs perspective but is now technically a half generation or so behind in CPU. The new pro models won’t arrive for (theoretical) months. So what you end up with is a device that shares […] → Read More

Review: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, two gems, one jewel –

There’s an odd tension in only being able to review half of the new iPhone lineup. Though this review is focused on breaking down the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, we all know that the iPhone mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are sitting out there in the wings. Fortunately, we can extrapolate […] → Read More

Crypto-driven marketplace Zora raises $2M to build a sustainable creator economy –

Dee Goens and Jacob Horne have both the exact and precisely opposite background that you’d expect to see from two people building a way for creators to build a sustainable economy for their followers to participate in. Coinbase, crypto hack projects at university, KPMG, Merill Lynch. But where’s the art? “Believe it or not, I […] → Read More

eBay takes a bite at StockX and GOAT with sneaker authentication for sales $100+ in the U.S. –

eBay is announcing today that it’s going to start authenticating sneaker sales over $100 in the U.S. This is a clear bite into the dominance of StockX and GOAT in the limited sneaker universe. The authentication will be done by Sneaker Con, the company that runs, well, Sneaker Con. Founded by Yu-Ming Wu and Hayden […] → Read More