Skype, Get Your Shit Together

Skype, Get Your Shit Together

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Skype is part of TechCrunch’s newsroom workflow. It’s the standard way that individual authors converse, share, collaborate and the like. We use other software to work as a team, but for one-on-one chats, Skype is our jam.

The downside is that it just doesn’t work very well. It’s become a running joke in the office: Skype’d it to you — So, you’ll get it tomorrow?

What is wrong with Skype? It can’t sync messages properly across devices, so god forbid if you use Skype on a Mac at work and a PC at home. File transfer remains ungodly slow. Messages often do not show up for some time on the machines of recipients, leading to confusion and, occasionally, bruised egos. And then there are Skype group chats that some of us can’t get into until the next day.

To quote my colleague Ryan Lawler, Skype “had one job!

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The Equil Smartmarker Records Everything You Write

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It’s been just over five months since we checked out the Equil Smartpen, a gadget that lets you record your notes and doodles to the cloud and even convert them to text. Today we’re checking out their new Smartmarker, which does the same thing but on any erasable surface.

Out of the box, the two most important gadgets are the plastic body that holds your marker and the base station that records your work. It can “see” what you’re working on for eight feet to the left and to the right, giving you plenty of space to work in knowing it’ll all be saved for later.

Writing with the Smartmarker feels like working with any other erasable marker because that’s exactly what you’re doing — instead of including a proprietary ink cartridge you have to swap out every few weeks, the Equil lets you drop in…

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LaunchKit Is A Toolkit For Developers Who Are About To Launch Their Apps

LaunchKit Is A Toolkit For Developers Who Are About To Launch Their Apps

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When you have an idea for an app, actually writing the app is often the fun part of the job. But once that’s done, you have to spend a lot of time on repetitive tasks like creating screenshots at the various resolutions Apple expects and setting up a landing page for your app. LaunchKit wants to make it easier for developers to get all of this done.

The company plans to launch a new tool for developers every couple of weeks. The team already launched an App Store screenshot template for Sketch earlier this year, for example, but this week, it launched a hosted version (so you don’t need to own the $99 Sketch app) that allows you to create App Store-ready screenshots (with captions) in minutes. You simply give it your high-res screenshot, add a caption, and it’ll automatically create App Store screenshots in all the resolutions Apple requires. The service is available…

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The best tech demos at TED

The best tech demos at TED

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Boaz Almog TED Talk For his next trick: Boaz Almog uses quantum locking to “levitate” a superconducting disk at TEDGlobal 2012. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Calling all self-proclaimed tech nerds! TED has long been known for demos that set everyone in the theatre a-buzz. Here’s a look back at some memorable tech demos from TED and TEDGlobals past, to get you excited for those coming at TED2015.

[ted_talkteaser id=1959]Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance
On stage at: TED2014
Hugh Herr’s lab creates bionic limbs engineered to help the wearer excel in the activities they love. For Herr, this is personal. In an incredible demo, he welcomes ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, to perform again for the first time.
[ted_talkteaser id=2109]Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?
On stage at:
TEDGlobal 2014
Currently, someone has to…

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