Drew Olanoff

Drew has returned to TechCrunch to build and engage with its community after serving as a senior writer.

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Thank you again for your support. We’re looking forward to hanging out with you more, even if it’s just online.

You can take my Dad’s tweets over my dead body

There are a few ways that people use Twitter, but for the most part the ones who have pushed the social platform into the national lexicon are regular users who like to communicate with each other usi

YouTube’s bully problems prove that community doesn’t scale

I have a confession to make. It’s something that I live with daily. It’s not that I’m not proud of it...it’s just that I’m never sure how people will see me after they know my “secret.”

Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

Amidst concerns over the gaming mechanics of a popular buzzy app called Stolen, its creators Hey Inc. has decided to shut down. They tweeted out the news today. Basically, the app allowed you to &#822

Peach Gets An Unofficial Web And Android Version Called Nectarine

If you haven’t tried Peach out because you don’t have an iOS device, a developer has ginned up something called “Nectarine,” which is an unofficial Android and web version of t

Snoop Dogg Would Like Bill Gates To “Fix His S*&t”

When something happens like, I don't know, Xbox Live going down, what do you do? A lot of us run to Twitter to complain about it. Not because our complaints will be heard, but because hot damn sometim

Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

When you think about virtual reality, you probably think about visuals and imagery and immersive far-off places. However, the key to a really fantastic immersive experience is not only what you see, b

Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

According to a report by Re/Code, Google is doubling down on virtual reality, with its VP for product management, Clay Bavor, dropping his responsibilities for other apps like Gmail and Drive to focus

Google I/O Will Hit Mountain View On May 18-20 At Shoreline Amphitheatre

We don't have too many details yet, but Google's CEO Sundar Pichai just let the world know where and when Google I/O will take place this year. The conference usually takes place in San Francisco at t

100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, has played around in the outskirts of Twitter, with nothing more than a screenshot and link being shared when you see a stream pop up in your timeline. T

T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

After an aggressive response to his company, T-Mobile, being called out for being anti-net neutrality on its new “Binge On” product by the EFF, CEO John Legere has backtracked a bit. In ca

Hype Or Not, Peach Hit The Top 10 Social Networking App List Fast

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about social networking/messaging app Peach. Some say it’s dumb, some say it’s great, and a lot say something in between. What do I feel about it? I

Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

Just like the Super Bowl, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl has become a tradition in my household. Every single year we’re treated to the most fluffy, cuddle-up-to-ity pups of all time. This yea

Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

Hot off of raising a $24M Series B round and inking a deal with Target for its Bevel brand, Walker & Company Brands has launched a brand new product — Bevel Trimmer. The company calls it &#8

Peach Is A Slick New Messaging App From The Founder Of Vine

Chat chat chat, talk talk talk. We love it, you love it. Messaging apps are hot for 2016 (again) and there’s seemingly a niche platform for all of us. There are also big platforms for the rest o

Over 200,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Stop Apple From Killing The iPhone’s Headphone Jack

You may have heard the rumors that Apple might be doing away with the headphone jack on the iPhone to push forward the wonderful world of wireless listening. Awesome, right? Well, hold on. First of

Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

Welp, it happened. T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to field questions about the “Binge On” program the company launched. Is it great? Is it throttling? The EFF has its thoughts. The organ

Futuristic ‘Uncanny Valley’ Explores The Potential Unintended Consequences Of VR

As we dip our toes into virtual reality more and more each day, one could imagine a far-off unintended consequence — the blurring of virtual and actual reality. A short film called “Uncann

Let’s Put Twitter Moments In The Hands Of Twitter Users

Storytelling is fun, but it's also not easy. You have to have an idea of what story you want to tell and what pieces to include to illustrate it. Sometimes it's words, sometimes it's photos, sometimes

Apple Dives Deeper Into Artificial Intelligence By Acquiring Emotient

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. The company confirmed the move to the WSJ. The San Diego-based company was founded in
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