Drew Olanoff

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

The Latest from Drew Olanoff

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

Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

The location aware app Foursquare, and its check-in sidekick Swarm, seemingly kills my phone’s battery. I mean, whenever I get within a block of the TechCrunch office, it lets me know all of the

Just How Good Of A PC Does An Oculus Rift Need?

The Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order at $599, but there’s been some confusion about what else you’ll need to plug it in and getting going once it hits your doorstep. Wait just a

Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea

As you know, reports are surfacing about Twitter's interest in potentially monkeying around with the number of characters you can tweet...or share along with a tweet. 5,000? 10,000? Well, certainly mo

Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like

So, Recode reported today that Twitter was tinkering around with the idea of expanding its 140 character limit to a number a bit higher….10,000 characters. But what, you ask (and I’m glad

Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Screen, Its Home For Original Content Like ‚ÄúCommunity”

According to a report by Variety, and confirmation by Yahoo, Yahoo Screen has closed its doors with its content being split among its various magazine properties. Screen launched in 2013 as a place to

Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

A few days ago, Samsung shared a few items that they’d be showing on the floor at CES in Las Vegas. One of them, which barely caused a blip on the radar was the “rink.” It’s Sa

Oculus Pushes Back Touch Controller Launch To Second Half Of 2016

Sometimes timing creeps up on you and you have to move things back. It's an ugly reality for hardware creators, but it happens. Today, Oculus announced that its Touch controllers will be shipping i

We’re Close

All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before

Slack’s New TV Commercial Is Adorable And Effective

If you're in the tech world, then you know exactly what Slack is and does. As you eke outside of our little techosphere, however, you might get some puzzled faces when you talk about your favorite wor

Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

During all of Twitter’s changes this year, one move stuck out as quite significant…its Chief Communications Officer Gabriel Stricker announced that he was leaving the company. A “shi

Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

On Christmas day, the world was given a gift by Oculus, UNINTERRUPTED, and LeBron James during the Warriors and Cavaliers game. The two companies paired up to launch a LeBron James experience in VR c

Reminder From Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey: “First To Market Is Hard”

On the day before Christmas, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to amp folks up about what’s to come sometime in Q1 next year, the consumer version of the Rift. There are tons of quest

Oculus Founder: Rift Launch “On-Target” For Q1 2016

One of the most asked questions about the Oculus Rift is “when are we getting them?” and the founder of the company continues to update those who are waiting patiently. According to a seri

Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

It seems like 2015 was the year of the “emoji.” I mean, a damn emoji was the “word of the year.” This year is ending with a massive bang on the App Store thanks to Kim Kardashi

Instagram Makes It Easier To Share From Boomerang

Right before the holidays, Instagram snuck in an update for its most second-most popular spun-out app, Boomerang. The app currently sits in the top 250 on the App Store’s free apps. The changes,

Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

We’ve gotten a fair bit of play out of Google’s latest $35 Chromecast leading up to the holidays. The games are pretty fun, and you can’t beat it for the price. In time for said holi

Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

If you’re developing a launch title for the upcoming Oculus Rift, you may have gotten a little good news in your inbox this evening. The company says that it’s still shipping Rift hardware
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