Point-and-shoot cameras have been a hit with consumers for more than a century, and they keep getting better. But it doesn’t matter, they’re doomed anyway. Even awesome image quality and all the features in the world can’t save them from the mighty smartphone.
Modern game consoles are much more powerful than yesterday’s Pong-pads, but their setup and business model remain virtually identical to the Ataris and Colecovisions of yore. But all of that’s about to change – this coming generation of game consoles will be the last to resemble anything you remember.
Everyone knows optical storage discs are on their way out in the long run, but ironically, the the biggest, newest format of them all could become extinct before the rest. Here’s why Blu-ray might join VHS in the dustbin long before DVDs or CDs give up the ghost.
With TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 in full swing this week, it’s only a matter of days before a new winner is crowned. We decided to check in with previous Disrupt winners to see how they’ve fared since their victories – and try to determine how it means to ace a high-profile startup contest.
The ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch has tagged 13 companies against the ropes. But this week we’re trying something new, taking a close look at technologies on their way out. First up, the QR Code, a concept that was always more flash than bang.
In a Santa Monica Airport hangar on Thursday, Amazon announced its latest round of Kindles and related services. Overall, they look pretty impressive.
If there’s one thing the DeathWatch knows, it’s that all things must come to an end. So we’re pausing to review the fortunes of our first 13 unlucky inductees. The fates of some of them may surprise you.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the most influential piece of recent legal work you’ve probably never heard of. Can a Free Trade Agreement really threaten Internet freedom, redefine copyright and alter the course of global healthcare? You bet.
Zynga’s Mafia Wars, Farmville and Bubble Safari are enormously popular pastimes that helped define social/casual gaming. But faced with a changing market and an unpopular leader, can Zynga innovate its way out of the hole it keeps digging for itself?
Sooner or later, the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks story will be a major motion picture. It has all of the elements of an edge-of-your-seat thriller: a charismatic leader (with great hair) going up against government corruption, a precipitous fall from grace, a seedy sex angle, and a dramatic last stand. We’ve assembled a rough cut out of scenes from…
Over the weekend, cloud gaming company OnLive went through a sort of quasi-bankruptcy, selling off its assets and leaving its investors, employees, and stockholders out in the cold. The only possible winners? OnLive’s very small number of users.
When Motorola Mobility was plummeting to its doom in 2011, Google rode to the rescue. Now, with massive layoffs and a proposed sale of critical assets, the knight in shining armor seems hellbent on tearing its acquisition to pieces as part of its restructuring process. Is Motorola nothing more a legal hedge for the search giant, or is there a way…
In the six years since Jeff Howe coined the term ‘crowdsourcing’ in Wired Magazine, the phenomenon has grown into several distinct, maturing industries that give businesses and workers almost limitless flexibility. But crowdsourcing also significantly changes the relationships betweeen employers and workers – and not necessarily for the…
While Apple Store employees are all getting raises, Best Buy workers are getting pink slips. Is it all over for the last of the big box electronics mega-chains, or will a last-minute offer from its billionaire founder help Best Buy reinvent itself?
In June, the disruptive, addictive, social gaming juggernaut Zynga vowed to transform the way games are built and consumed. By July 31, after a precipitous stock tumble, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and other leaders are facing a class-action lawsuit for insider trading from angry investors who saw their fortunes evaporate while executives cashed out…
The open-source, crowd-funded, cloud-gaming Ouya console has covered all the right buzzwords. But can a $6 million Kickstarter project really compete with gaming giants Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo?
The game publisher that brought the world Madden NFL, The Sims and Battlefield has shed nearly 60% of its value in the last year, and its stock is down more than 80% from its all-time high. Why are investors so sour? Because despite being one of the world’s largest game publishers, EA still doesn’t seem to understand its customers or business.
While “Over The Top” technologies like Netflix and Hulu are clearly the wave of the future, the market has bludgeoned Netflix over the past 12 months, knocking 75% off its value. Is this punishment for Netflix’s bad behavior, or a readjustment for the entire OTT market?
Unlimited streaming made Netflix the Blockbuster-buster, but the company’s value has dropped 75% in the past year after its price hike/Qwikster fiasco. Can original content and overseas expansion reverse the slide?
The dresses in the commercials may be magenta, but the ink on the balance sheets is red. T-Mobile USA continues to slip behind its rivals. Can the rebel mobile carrier find a new CEO to bring it back to prominence before Deutsche Telekom hangs up?