As partygoers decend into DC for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, TechCrunch wanted to remind the nation’s policy wonks of the startups that are keeping America on the cutting edge of innovation. So, we’re inviting proud geeks to party with us at the swanky new headquarters of startup incubator, 1776.
On Friday, April 26th from 8pm-11pm, Aol founder Steve Case co-hosts the 1776 grand opening with patriotic-themed desserts, a full bar, and a (brief) thoughtful discussion on immigration, Internet taxes, and startups with Congressmen Darrell Issa and Joaquin Caster–after which there will be a rocking band and a lot of great friends who geek out over both open source and open government.
It turns out that the technology industry is kind of the cool kid in the nation’s capitol. Word got out about the event before this announcement and it was so popular, we sold out of our initial round of 600 tickets in 48 hours. So, we’re opening up a few hundred more. Go to 1776.Eventbrite.com and sign up as quickly as you can or you’ll miss out.
Thanks to Sponsors Steve and Jean Case, AT&T, and the Consumer Electronics Association.
Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that one of the most popular sports apps will support Research In Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry 10 platform. MLB Advanced Media, the developer of the most popular sports app, has given RIM quite a big present: MLB.com At Bat will be available for purchase on BlackBerry 10 smartphones by Opening Day.
For those who have been following BlackBerry 10 news, you’ll remember that the day in question is exactly one week away: January 30, 2013. Unfortunately, pricing for the app likely won’t be known until then.
In fact, details and available features will all be announced “at a later date” according to MLB. All we do know right now is that baseball fans will have access to At Bat’s scores, news, statistics, and so on, through “a user interface optimized for the new BlackBerry 10 mobile computing experience.”
Nevertheless, this is a very big deal for RIM given the popularity of the app. As the company’s executives have underlined many times, the company needs to have a large number of apps at launch, but it also has to have specific apps.
In other words, BlackBerry 10 is unlikely to catch up with Android or iOS in terms of app quantity, so RIM has to focus on app quality. That also means it needs to ensure popular apps are available as soon as possible, and ideally at launch.
It’s unclear what role RIM played in getting this particular app onboard: the press release doesn’t include quotes from any of its executives. Yet something tells me that the Canadian company made an effort given the app’s popularity.
“We are thrilled to work with MLBAM to bring its award-winning app, ‘MLB.com At Bat(r)’ to BlackBerry 10,” Martyn Mallick, Vice President Global Alliances and Business Development, said in a statement. “Fans can expect an application rich with content about their favorite teams and players, from opening day all the way to the World Series. MLB.com At Bat is a ‘must-have’ app for any baseball fan.”
See also – RIM extends BlackBerry 10 app incentive deadlines following ‘remarkable’ number of submissions and RIM doubles developer ‘Port-A-Thon’ rewards to $2 million in final push for BlackBerry 10 apps
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Google has updated its company jobs board with support for Google+ profiles, allowing users to see more relevant search results, star jobs they want to return to later on and receive curated email updates.
The changes, spotted by Google Plus Daily, hints at a larger push from Google into job listings and applications. We’ve already seen Google+ profiles inch into the company’s other mainstream products, such as Gmail and YouTube, so it’s not altogether surprising to see it used here in its company jobs board as well.
Users that look for an opening on the Google jobs board will be shown a new search results page that pushes Google+ profiles hard. If you’re already signed in with your Google+ profile, the page will show a blue bar along the top prompting you to connect the two. The same is true on the right-hand side of the page, where it lists some of the benefits of authorizing your account.
Depending on what you’ve written throughout your Google+ profile, you’ll be given a more tailored set of search results. As a blogger for The Next Web there weren’t that many changes in my search results, although I imagine that if you were a programmer or designer, the customized recommendations would be much more obvious.
Being able to star specific job openings is a nice touch, and one that will come naturally to anyone with a Gmail account. The link through to your Gmail account for email updates is also an obvious way for the firm to continue creating an internal ecosystem for its services and products.
Connections from Google+ are also shown on the right-hand side of the webpage, depending on what you’ve searched for. The idea is to remind users about who they can contact at Google should they wish to find out more about the listing. As a help page written by Google states though: “Keep in mind that this data is user-generated, so any person can list any employer, no matter whether or not they work for that employer — so use good judgement as to what information you share.”
Profiles that may be shown must have Google listed as their employer, have their privacy settings altered so anyone may see their employer, and also be in each other’s circles. That’s quite a specific set of parameters, although it does ensure that only Google employees are shown, and also that they’re not bombarded by complete strangers about a job opening.
The updated jobs board also has a share button next to every listing, allowing you to post it directly to Google+ without leaving the webpage. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Google, but by and large it works very well. More importantly though, when you click on a job posting there is an option to “Apply Now” using only your Google+ profile. It’s a feature found on LinkedIn, known as the “Apply with LinkedIn” button, and further hints at a wider job application role for Google+.
Of course, Google’s long term plans might just be to keep this entirely in-house. The firm’s new jobs board is an interesting development though, and adds some much-needed functionality to Google+ profile. Perhaps a competitor to job listing sites such as Indeed, Monster or Gumtree from Google isn’t such a far-fetched thought.
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While Apple is busy occupying the tech blogging space with its slew of announcements, Google has unveiled a minor bit of news of its very own. Its suite of office apps on Google Drive have been rebranded from Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations, to Docs, Sheets and Slides.
This rebrand is coinciding with another key announcement – these aforementioned products are now available as apps in the Chrome Web Store which, once installed, will present you with handy shortcuts when you launch a new tab in Chrome.
Also, if you’re a Chromebook user, you’ll now see these apps in your directory by default when the next Chrome OS update is unveiled in November.
Google Drive launched back in April, allowing for the opening of more than 30 types of documents directly from your browser, including video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, even if you don’t have the apps installed. Of course, Drive also interfaced with the then-called Docs applications, and actually usurped them all as the overarching brand.
Meanwhile, check out the original Google Drive promo video below.
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Poor Romain. Being TechCrunch’s only remaining intern, we had him brave the New York City night and blog from the iPhone 5 line. He did it like a champ. And now he’s sleeping. In his Aol cubicle.
He’s a grown man — a 22-year old Frenchman who’s braved multiple big cities on his very own — but I couldn’t help but worry about him the whole time. But lo and behold, here he is, sleeping like a baby.
And we’re glad to see it.
As you very well know, we’ve covered the iPhone 5 NYC launch to its fullest extent, with a live stream of the doors opening, a report on the lack of fanboys in line, a guide to getting the best value for your purchase, and updates from the line itself. Yes, from Romain.
So, as any good intern should expect, we stole it and took a panorama shot of him.
See more here: Sleep Tight, Sweet Romain. You’ve Earned It.