The state of the smartphone

A few manufacturers have managed to buck global trends. Can 5G and foldables turn things around for the rest? Brian Heater @bheater / 22 hours Earlier this month, Canalys used the word “freefall” to describe its latest reporting. Global shipments fell 6.8% year over year. At 313.9 million, they were at their lowest level in […]

Announcing TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise this September in San Francisco

Announcing TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise this September in San Francisco

Of the many categories in the tech world, none is more ferociously competitive than enterprise. For decades, SAP, Oracle, Adobe, Microsoft, IBM and Salesforce, to name a few of the giants, have battled to deliver the tools businesses want to become more productive and competitive. That market is closing in on $500 billion in sales […]

DIY Food Photography Props on a Budget

With the rise of Instagram, every meal has become a potential subject for a photographer. We’re sharing our food through photographs like never before, and higher quality imagery gets more likes in the world of #instafood. But how do you create that styled look to your food photographs when you’re on a budget? Not everyone […]

Week-in-Review: The iPhone fades and SpaceX confirms an explosion

After a dozen years of riding high, the iPhone is showing signs of weakness in a struggling smartphone market where Apple is still managing to be the biggest loser. Here’s a snapshot of where things are… Apple hasn’t been broadcasting its quarterly unit sales the past few quarters, so we’ll have to lean on external […]

Microsoft makes a push to simplify machine learning

Microsoft makes a push to simplify machine learning

Ahead of its Build conference, Microsoft today released a slew of new machine learning products and tweaks to some of its existing services. These range from no-code tools to hosted notebooks, with a number of new APIs and other services in-between. The core theme, here, though, is that Microsoft is continuing its strategy of democratizing […]

iPhone hard hit as global smartphone shipments continue nosedive

iPhone hard hit as global smartphone shipments continue nosedive

The smartphone industry is in rough shape. Sundar Pichai used the word “headwinds” to discuss the company’s difficulties moving Pixel 3 units, but Canalys’ latest report is far more blunt, describing the situation as a “freefall.” Things are pretty ugly in the Q1 report, as smartphone shipments declined for the sixth quarter in a row. […]

Samsung Galaxy Fold review: future shock

Samsung Galaxy Fold review: future shock

The Galaxy Fold has been the most polarizing product I can recall having reviewed. Everyone who saw it wanted to play with the long-promised smartphone paradigm shift. The results, on the other hand, were far more mixed. If nothing else, the Fold has a remarkably high Q-Rating. Each person who saw me using the product […]