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App downloads soared in December — but so did marketing costs

App downloads set a new record for the third consecutive month in December, but the cost of acquiring loyal users also rose 20 percent from a year ago, according to data collected by mobile marketing tech firm Fiksu.<p>The results show that people are increasing their appetite for free iOS apps, but …

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LARRY PAGE'S NIGHTMARE: How Google's Dominance Comes To An End

Google generates an astonishing $3 billion in free cash flow every quarter, and is growing at a rate of 20% yearly.<p>It still dominates search — the way most of us find information online, and the most lucrative form of advertising ever invented. It's got the dominant smartphone platform, Android, …

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10 Really (Ahem) Creative Nike+ Running Routes

Admit it — no one <i>really</i> enjoys running. Thankfully, some dedicated runners have found a way to make it fun.<p>By using apps like Nike+ and MapMyRun, …

Dubai's Spectacular Fireworks Break Guinness World Record

Dubai started off 2014 with quite a bang: The city's New Year's Eve fireworks display broke the Guinness World Record for largest pyrotechnics show …

A guide to street photography: Gavin Harrison's smartphone art

<i>Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we'll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical</i> …

The Last Backpack You’ll Ever Have To Buy?

That’s the promise of the Better Backpack, a pared-down canvas bag designed to last.<p>I went through several backpacks as a kid. Between school, friends’ houses, soccer practice, and your average foolishness, they were invariably torn, beaten up, and in need of replacing by the start of the next …

Google+ Redesign Looks a Lot Like Facebook, Pinterest

Google announced on Wednesday at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco updates to its Google+ social networking platform, including a new …

Dubai Comes to Life in Mesmerizing Timelapse

Dubai is one of the world's most futuristic and visually striking cities. This timelapse video takes us on a stunning trip through its streets, …

Creepy Local Chiropractor Ad Will Make You Wince

Remember that amazing/weird/hilarious/musical local auto ad that set the web on fire a couple weeks ago? The guys who made that, YouTube duo Rhett & …

Watch the Stunning Trailer for Gran Turismo 6

It's official: Gran Turismo 6 will be arriving this holiday season, with the first demo becoming available this July.<p>At an event held to celebrate 15 …

Google Hangouts App: One Giant Leap for Chat Kind

Hands up if you've ever been in this situation: You start a conversation with a friend or family member at your desk on Instant Messenger. Away from …

Microsoft Internal Video Lampoons Chrome Ad

An internal Microsoft video spoofing Google's Chrome ads has surfaced, warning consumers that the browser will track them across multiple devices.<p>The …

30 Unconventional Business Cards

Yes, more traditional business practices are going digital these days. Though sometimes, a good ol' <i>physical</i> business card is just as effective for …

Is Marissa Mayer About to Buy Tumblr for $1 Billion?

In a deal that would vault Yahoo into the premiere league of social media, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is said to be closing in on a $1 billion …

Take An Early Look At Routehappy, The Travel Site That Highlights The Flights You’ll Actually Enjoy

Routehappy is about to launch a new way for travelers to search for flights — and TechCrunch readers can actually take a look now.<p>The idea, as explained to me by co-founder and CEO Robert Albert, is to move beyond the focus on price and schedule that you find on every other flight search site. …

Lumia 521 for T-Mobile arrives early at HSN on April 27th for $149.95, general availability on May 22nd

Wanting to get first dibs on the Lumia 521 for T-Mobile? If so, it looks that you may need to tune into HSN on April 27th, because -- strange as it sounds -- the television network is offering the earliest access that we know of. Here, you'll be able to score T-Mobile's variant of the Lumia 520 for …

Watch the first footage from Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera (video)

Noted Blackmagic Design shooter John Brawley has released the first footage from the company's upcoming $995 Pocket Cinema Camera that might leave your DSLR green with envy. Though it's always tough to judge compressed web footage, to our eyes it looks completely untouched by the moire, aliasing …

New York Times releases Google Glass app for early adopters

The first models of the Google Glass Explorer Edition have been rolling off the production line, and now the <i>New York Times</i> has launched its app for those lucky enough to have a device in hand. To get things going, users will have to link their Google account at a special webpage the <i>Times</i> has set …

Microsoft could make 3D Skype calls a reality with new meeting tech

A 3D telepresence technology that started life as a Microsoft research project may soon become an official product, a new job listing suggests. Microsoft has begun advertising for a new software development engineer who will be tasked with helping it develop hardware and software capable of …

Facebook’s Latest Home Commercial Is Just The Right Amount Of Weird

During the Facebook Home launch event, Zuck premiered the company’s first commercial for the product.<p>Complete with half-naked dudes stuffed into luggage compartments, surprise drag queens, and an unintentionally spooky child, it was… pretty bad. One guy in the audience behind me whispered “<i>Is this</i> …

Editorial: The imperialism of Facebook Home

Business battles are often ecosystem battles, in which brands develop a matrix of conveniently connected products and services, in an attempt to lock customers into a dependency. Offline companies follow this tack (think razors and blades). But the internet, with its many connection nodes, …

Facebook Home official, replaces your app icons with social info (video)

Today Facebook finally took the wraps off Home, a suite of apps and a home screen replacement for Android phones. It's not just a new UI for launching apps however; it replaces the lockscreen with Cover Feed and prioritizes updates from people instead of apps. There is a standard paginated …

Facebook Home to hit select phones on April 12th in the US

Facebook hasn't made Home official <i>just</i> yet, but we can tell you one thing for certain -- it'll be arriving on April 12th in the US. It won't be available on all Android devices that day, broader availability should be coming in the future. On day one it will show up as a download for select …

Facebook Home revamps any Android phone to make it about 'people, not apps'

Facebook's throwing its hat in the Android ring in a big, big way. Today at an event at the company's campus in California, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a deep software integration with Android that puts Facebook services front and center. Zuckerberg left the HTC First announcement to …

Now With 3 Million New Users, Google Reader’s Heir Apparent Feedly Relaunches On iOS & Android, Reveals How It Plans To Make Money

Feedly, the RSS feed-reading client that is rapidly becoming the one to beat following the planned Google Reader shutdown, is today launching new versions of its Feedly Mobile client for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets. This update, built-in response to user feedback, is …

Game Of Thrones Season 3 Premieres To Record Ratings, Piracy

Everyone, it seems, is a Game Of Thrones fan. The fantasy series, which was spawned out of a series of novels by George R. R. Martin and adapted for HBO, just aired its third season premiere last night and a whole bunch of people were watching. The show touted its largest-ever live audience during …

Mailbird, A Sparrow-Like Client For Windows, Is Making Email A Platform, Not Just An Application

Mailbird, a very Sparrow-like email client for Windows users, is launching into beta this week with plans to take its email desktop app beyond where Sparrow left off before being acquired by Google last July. The similarity between the two clients is striking, but co-founder and CEO Andrea Loubier …

'Facebook Home' leak suggests company will reveal Android homescreen replacement on Thursday

We're just a few days away from the Facebook Home event at which the social media giant is expected to release a true "Facebook Phone" by HTC. However, <i>Android Police</i> have apparently gotten their hands on a system software dump from the rumored device and have released a number of details about what …