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Brian Heater

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New York, United States

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Recent:
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Past:
  • PCMag
  • Engadget

Recent articles by Brian:

Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store

Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. → Read More

Tony Hawk goes mobile

For three years, Tony Hawk has been conspicuously absent from the video store shelves. For most game developers, that’s little more than a blip between titles. → Read More

Workers protest outside Minnesota Amazon warehouse

Yesterday afternoon, Somali-American workers marched outside of Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center, chanting “hear our voice. → Read More

Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential

In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. → Read More

The new Palm is almost the MP3 player I want

The iPod Classic still looms larger as my favorite gadget of all time. → Read More

Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates

TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straight forwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to be under 190 million units. → Read More

Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. → Read More

Tumblr’s back in the App Store following porn ban announcement

Tumblr is back. Sort of. The social blogging platform reappeared on Apple’s App Store this week, some three weeks after being pulled over child pornography concerns. → Read More

Google Assistant can now do British and Australian accents in the US

Even the old smart assistant needs a fresh coat of paint, from time to time. For those looking to switch things up a touch, Google announced today that Assistant is now capable of speaking in a couple of additional accents for U.S.-based users. → Read More

Here’s what you missed at Startup Battlefield Lagos

Yesterday TechCrunch held its first-ever event in Nigeria — our second in Sub-Saharan Africa. → Read More

Samsung refreshes its S Pen-packing convertible PC

Welcome, friends, to the consumer electronics dead zone. It’s that increasingly brief window between the last of the pre-holiday releases and the CES deluge. → Read More

New York Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize

Workers in a recently opened Staten Island Amazon warehouse have announced their intention to unionize. → Read More

Introducing the startups and agenda for Startup Battlefield Africa

At 9:30 AM local time, we kick off TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa, where 15 companies will take the stage, along with panels from industry investors, Main One, and speakers from Facebook (our partner on the event through the FB Start program). If you can’t be here with us in Lagos, Nig… → Read More

Original Content podcast: We sing the praises of ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Controversial opinion here: The Coen Brothers are very good filmmakers and their latest movie, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is also very good. → Read More

Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California

Qualcomm’s struggling data center business was hit another massive blow as the company laid off hundreds. The news, first revealed by the Information, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. → Read More

Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic

Andy Rubin’s Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. → Read More

Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may be coming to airports

According to a new report from Reuters, Amazon is looking at several top U.S. airports for potential locations for its cashier-free Go stores. → Read More

Microsoft calls on companies to adopt a facial recognition code of conduct

Over the summer, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for governments to take a closer look at how facial detection technology is being implemented across the globe. → Read More

Google partners with media outlets to provide on-demand news audio

Getting news in the morning has long been my most used feature on Google Assistant. Asking Home “what’s in the news” brings up a quick flash briefing from a handful of selected outlets. → Read More

Walgreens enlists FedEx to offer speedy drug delivery

Walgreens is gearing up for a battle with Amazon. The country’s second largest pharmacy chain announced this week that it it’s teaming up with FedEx to offer quick drug delivery. → Read More