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People are falling in love with a simple productivity system that just uses pen and paper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that <i>this</i> is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last.<p>But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and …

Productivity

Reports of the death of apps have been greatly exaggerated

David Spitz Contributor<p>David Spitz is the CMO of mParticle, a customer data platform for mobile marketers.<p>One of the problems with technology maturation frameworks like the Gartner hype cycle is that you never know where you stand. That is certainly the case with mobile apps today. Depending on …

Examining The Top 4 Fintech Predictions For This Year And Beyond

Alongside “Unicorn” and “Grexit/Brexit,” “Fintech” was considered one of the top 10 financial buzzwords of 2015.<p>But fintech isn’t a newcomer to this list — and for good reason. For a few years now, fintech companies have moved from the margins to the mainstream. They are building tech-enabled …

These tweaks to your morning routine will make your entire day more productive

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. …

Time Management

News Corp To Buy Unruly For $176M To Drive More Video Ad Views

London-based digital ad tech company Unruly, which sells video ad tech including services to track and step up engagement, is to be acquired by global media conglomerate News Corp in a deal worth up to £114 million ($176M), it was announced today.<p>The purchase price breaks down to an expected cash …

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

New iOS lets users halt ads on mobile devices, posing a challenge to publishers and Google<p>Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors.<p>The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due …

Mobile Devices

Construction drones can keep track of progress and lazy workers

Cameras that keep an eye on construction sites aren't anything new, but the folks in charge of building the new Sacramento Kings stadium in California are using something a bit more high-tech than usual. Several camera-equipped drones operated by a company called ImageInFlight patrol the site to …

The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner

To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this:<p>And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up “married people” into …

Ad Tech Startup C1X Raises $5.1M

C1X is announcing that it has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding.<p>Founder and CEO Mukundu Kumaran spent seven years as an engineering director at Yahoo. He said that during that time, he saw the complexity of the ad-tech industry, and now his vision at C1X is “to simplify how the basic …

How will ad-blocking software change the web-content industry?

On the last day of the June 2015 Developers’ Conference, Apple held a session (video here) to announce its “Content Blocking” feature:<p>Observers weren’t fooled by the last-day session placement and careful euphemism (“content” means “ads”). True to the “if it bleeds, it leads” dictum, we were …

Digital Advertising

“Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

Todd Gisby Contributor<p>Todd Gisby is the CTO of New Zealand-based startup StretchSense, which produces stretchable capacitive sensors for a range of industries.<p>From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the …

BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

The K-Y-A in KYA Anlytics stands for “Know Your Audience,” and founder and CEO Jeff Weisbein said that’s exactly what he’s trying to help online publishers do.<p>Weisbein has been in those shoes himself, having created and run the tech site BestTechie for more than a decade (though he took some time …

Analytics

Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries

Everyone has, at some time or another, experienced the frustration that comes from missing a delivery – that is, coming home only to find a delivery notice stuck to your door. A company called Doorman is trying to solve this problem by allowing customers to schedule their own deliveries as late as …

Startups

47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies.<p>With bigger and bigger batches, the …

Startups

Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

Gone, a service that launched out of Austin to help your sell your old crap, has today announced a partnership with UPS that will allow the company to rapidly scale nationwide.<p>Gone traditionally works by letting users snap pictures of their old gear, which is then automatically priced, picked up …

Eero Is A Smart Wireless Routing System That Wants To Do For WiFi What Nest Did For Thermostats

Have you tried to purchase or install a wireless router lately? I have, and it is hell.<p>First you have to make sense out of dozens of available options available on sites like Amazon.com or at your local Best Buy, trying to parse various Wireless Gigabit speeds and ranges and how many of those …

Smart Homes

The 22 best chart-heavy Twitter feeds you should follow—right this instant

If you’re keeping an eye on the developments in the economy and financial markets, a good chart is your best friend. Charts cut through the endless hemming-and-hawing of two-handed economists and two-faced market observers alike.<p>Basically, for most market and economic news, if you can’t chart it, …

Financial Markets

Hightower Raises $6.5M Series A For Its Commercial Real Estate Platform

Hightower, a “command center for commercial real estate,” today announced that it has raised a $6.5 million Series A round led by its existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Thrive Capital. Previous investors RRE Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, David Tisch, Lee Linden and Brandon Shorenstein …

YC Demo Day Session 3: UPower, Edyn, Craft Coffee, Immunity Project, And More

The crowd of founders, investors, and press has finished eating lunch here at Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Demo Day (quinoa, salad, some kind of beef stew thing, soda, and beer, FYI) and we’re back in the saddle for the third of four sessions of startup pitches.<p>We’re halfway through a historically …

Stash For iPhone Finds The Best Prices For Beauty Products And Personal Care Items, Makes Re-ordering Easy

A company called Stash wants to take the hassle out of shopping for beauty and personal care items, while also scouring the web to find the lowest prices and best products, as recommended by experts, including fashion and beauty magazines, websites and blogs. The company has been quietly testing …

Haptik, an app to chat with companies for support, to launch on March 31, 2014

<i>Update: The app has now launched. It can be downloaded here</i><p>The last few days have been full of discussions about the massive WhatsApp acquisition by …

If You like IFTTT Then You'll Really like Push.Co with Ifttt

Last fall, TNW Labs launched a new app called Push.co that allows you to receive news and other notifications on your iOS device. Starting today, the app now supports one additional service: IFTTT. With it, users can create their own recipes that will generate personalized push notifications at any …

8 SaaS Products for Managing Customer Data

Amassing customer data is pretty meaningless if you have no organized way to analyze it. There are so many tools out there for startup founders, however, that I wanted to find out which were actually being used to deliver the kind of practical insight a business owner needs.<p>So I asked eight …

5 Ways to Get Through Writer's Block or Content Marketing Fatigue

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When you’re facing a blank page with no idea what to write, it’s hard to imagine how you’ll ever get to the other side of a finished piece. I’ve gone through this a few times, so I thought it might be helpful to share the methods that have worked for …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Required Reading: The Economist’s Special Report On Tech Startups

It’s not every day we here at TechCrunch just point to someone else’s work and say, “Here, you should go read this.” But today’s an exception, because The Economist has put together a 16-page Special Report on the rise of technology startups around the world.<p>The report, which is written for the …

WaterField’s Staad Is A Durable And Gorgeous Low-Profile Backpack In Leather And Canvas

There have been so many permutations of the standard backpack at this point that it’s hard for a bag maker to come up with an original spin that adds anything to the formula. WaterField, a San Francisco-based manufacturer with a reputation for quality, has done an admirable job with their new Staad …

Layaway is last Christmas hope for consumers burned by credit cards

Christmas is on layaway for many Americans of modest means.<p>Burned by debt, and burdened by minuscule wage growth, the working poor are spurning plastic and returning to a retro way to stay on budget and put presents under the tree.<p>For many, it’s a no-brainer: You put the item on hold, the store …

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