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Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generationLoop%20brings%20retro-styled%20entertainment%20to%20the%20grandparental%26nbsp%3Bgenerationloop-kitchen-lifestylehajejanWith four hours of battery life, Loop can travel all around the houseOoh! Pretty!

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:01:18 +0000

(image)  Content is consumed from the big screen in the corner and you’re probably on your smartphone morning, noon and night. Cramming itself into the gap in-between is Loop, a retro-looking device aimed at a generation that hasn’t quite embraced the clutch-your-device-at-all-times world quite yet. Loop makes communicating, playing media and looking stuff up easier when you have your… Read More

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:15:34 +0000

(image)  “It might shock you, but I let go of pretty much everybody. When we went from 34 employees to 4, everyone was sh*tting Twinkies. Everyone was scared to death.” For Steve Newcomb, the founder and CEO of Famous, “pivot” is not a strong enough word. “We did a reboot,” he tells me in a stylish penthouse office that shouldn’t exist. His $30 million-funded… Read More

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:33 +0000

(image)  Alexander Timm has been working in the insurance industry since he was 14. While that’s strange enough, what’s even weirder is that Timm really loves the work. He’s so enamored of the business that he’s founded his own insurance company, Root Insurance, to remake the process of applying for — and insuring — drivers. There’s a lot happening in the… Read More

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Xiaomi unveils concept phone with near bezel-less displayXiaomi%20unveils%20concept%20phone%20with%20near%20bezel-less%26nbsp%3Bdisplaymi-mix_06nelomasmi-mix_04mi-note-2_04

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:46:26 +0000

(image)  Chinese device maker Xiaomi has announced another clutch of mobile hardware, including a concept smartphone developed in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck. Read More

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HYPR raises $3 million to keep hackers from getting their hands on your fingerprintsHYPR%20raises%20%243%20million%20to%20keep%20hackers%20from%20getting%20their%20hands%20on%20your%26nbsp%3BfingerprintsFingerprintlorakolodnytcHYPR cofounders, CEO George Avetisov and CTO Bojan Simic.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:59:37 +0000

(image)  If your account gets hacked these days, the first thing you’ll do typically is reset your password, maybe beef up your security settings, and proceed to use the account or app again. But what if hackers get their hands on your fingerprint, iris or other biometric data? You can’t just change your fingerprints or eyes on a whim. That’s where a New York City startup called… Read More

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Twitter’s sales team is taking a hit in big upcoming layoffsTwitter%26%238217%3Bs%20sales%20team%20is%20taking%20a%20hit%20in%20big%20upcoming%26nbsp%3BlayoffsJack Dorseymatthewlynleytwitter rev growth

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:29:52 +0000

(image)  Well, now we know why Twitter decided to move its earnings report to before the market opens (when the West Coast will conveniently, largely be asleep). Bloomberg is reporting that the company may cut up to 8% of its staff, or around 300 people, and that the cuts could be announced as soon as this week. As usual these situations are very dynamic, so all of the above could shake out to be… Read More

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Google pollutes new Chrome tabs with ‘article suggestions’ – here’s how to disable themoldnewtabdevinThe original new tab page.The 'suggested articles' feature.disablenewtab

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:15:40 +0000

(image)  You know what people love? When you take something familiar and useful and replace it with content “for you” that you actually didn’t ask for. That’s one of the more visible changes in the latest version of Chrome for Android, which swaps out the bookmarks and recently visited items on the new tab page for “suggested articles.” Here’s how to get rid of it. Read More

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:40:59 +0000

(image)  This week on Technotopia I had the opportunity to speak Laura Dawson, an expert on all things publishing and the future host of a podcast dedicated to ISBNs. To say that she has her finger on the pulse of the publishing world is an understatement. Dawson knows the ins and outs of the big houses and she understands how they think. Interestingly, almost every publisher is well aware of the… Read More

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Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal payments in bots, will track your PayPal receiptsFacebook%20Messenger%20now%20supports%20PayPal%20payments%20in%20bots%2C%20will%20track%20your%20PayPal%26nbsp%3Breceiptsfacebook-messenger-paymentssarahintampapaypal-messenger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:30:13 +0000

(image)  PayPal is deepening its relationship with Facebook, and will now become one of the payment options within Messenger, among other integrations. That means customers who shop via the growing number of chatbots from online merchants will be able to transact on Messenger using PayPal’s payment service. In addition, as part of this deal, PayPal says it will make it easier to link your… Read More

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Android Pay expands its reach via new partnerships with Visa and MasterCardAndroid%20Pay%20expands%20its%20reach%20via%20new%20partnerships%20with%20Visa%20and%26nbsp%3BMasterCardpixel-silver-visa-masterpasssarahintampa

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:00:09 +0000

(image)  Google announced this morning two strategic partnerships with Visa and MasterCard aimed at expanding the reach of its mobile payments service, Android Pay. The company says that Android Pay users who are shopping online from their smartphones will soon be able to make payments on hundreds of thousands of new sites where either Visa Checkout or Masterpass are accepted at checkout. Visa… Read More

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LifeLock tries to regain consumers’ trust with a new credit card management app, IdentityLifeLock%20tries%20to%20regain%20consumers%26%238217%3B%20trust%20with%20a%20new%20credit%20card%20management%20app%2C%26nbsp%3BIdentityscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-10-32-39-amsarahintampahomeconnect

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:37:33 +0000

(image)  Identity theft protection company LifeLock is back today with the launch of a new mobile app designed for better credit card management, called Identity. The goal with the app is to offer consumers a single place where they can view the online accounts for their various credit cards, as well as update those accounts with new information, like their new address or credit card number, for… Read More

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Pokémon Go’s first ever in-game event ups the candy count for HalloweenPok%C3%A9mon%20Go%26%238217%3Bs%20first%20ever%20in-game%20event%20ups%20the%20candy%20count%20for%26nbsp%3BHalloweenpokemon-go-halloween-logoetherin

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:46:09 +0000

(image)  Pokémon Go players will get the chance to participate in the game’s first ever in-game event this Halloween, starting Wednesday October 26 and running through November 1. The event will feature higher encounter rates for spooky Pokémon, including Drowzee, Zubat, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter and Hypno, and trainers will also get more candy for catching, buddy training and… Read More

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NBA League Pass is launching Mobile View to make it more enjoyable to watch games on your phoneNBA%20League%20Pass%20is%20launching%20Mobile%20View%20to%20make%20it%20more%20enjoyable%20to%20watch%20games%20on%20your%26nbsp%3Bphonescreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-1-38-53-amfitztepper

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:00:12 +0000

(image)  Co-managed by Turner and the NBA, NBA League pass is the league’s product that lets users live stream every game all season long. The product costs $199.99 for every team or $119.99 for one team, and games can be watched on most connected devices including your phone, tablet or smart TV. But here’s the thing: the stream that League Pass gives you to watch on your 5-inch phone is… Read More

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Samsung is hoping to rekindle Note brand name next yearSamsung%20is%20hoping%20to%20rekindle%20Note%20brand%20name%20next%26nbsp%3ByearSamsung Galaxy Note 7nelomas

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:42:15 +0000

(image)  Samsung is stepping up its brand damage limitation efforts in the wake of the flaming battery disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone by offering owners of the recalled device in South Korea the ability to upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 device next year if they trade in their Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 now. Read More

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SoundShare’s new iMessage app lets you text your friends entire songsSoundShare%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20iMessage%20app%20lets%20you%20text%20your%20friends%20entire%26nbsp%3Bsongsscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-12-52-13-pmsarahintampaimg_0694img_0699img_0692img_0693img_0694img_0695

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:08:35 +0000

(image)  A new iMessage app from the music-focused social network SoundShare will now let you share entire tracks with your friends over text messaging. Of course, there are already a number of ways to text friends your favorite music, thanks to the launch of the iMessage App Store. Apple Music has a built-in iMessage app, for example, and Pandora also rolled out one of its own earlier this month. Read More

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Facebook Live broadcasting up 4X since May, gets TV and outdoor promoFacebook%20Live%20broadcasting%20up%204X%20since%20May%2C%20gets%20TV%20and%20outdoor%26nbsp%3Bpromofacebook-live-ads-gifjoshscBus AdBaggage Claim AdBus Shelter Ad - AnimalsBus Shelter Ad - FoodBus Shelter Ads - Friends

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

(image)  Facebook wants you to know Live broadcasting isn’t just for celebrities. Facebook has bought a new series of US and UK TV, web, billboard, bus, and baggage claim ads that suggest you go Live when you see something cool, want to show off a talent, or just have something important to say. The campaign could further accelerate the growth of Live, which has seen the number of people… Read More

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Facebook’s News Feed just got better on slower connectionsFacebook%26%238217%3Bs%20News%20Feed%20just%20got%20better%20on%20slower%26nbsp%3Bconnectionsfacebooksarahintampa

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:21:34 +0000

(image)  Facebook’s News Feed has now been made even better for users with slow network connections – a project the social network has been working on for some time by revamping its underlying architecture to improve the way stories are ranked and displayed in the Facebook mobile application. With the latest series of improvements, Facebook will select which stories to show you based on… Read More

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:59:05 +0000

(image)  Nintendo showed off its new console, the Nintendo Switch, for the first time, in a video earlier today. It’s basically a tablet to which you connect two controllers when you’re carrying it around, and then you use a regular controller when the tablet is plugged into the TV. In other words, it’s a kind of hybrid console where you can play both while you’re on the move… Read More

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Obama roasts Samsung over burning phonesObama%20roasts%20Samsung%20over%20burning%26nbsp%3Bphonesobama_miamidadedevin

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:00:42 +0000

(image)  The president just made a joke about Samsung’s ongoing exploding-phone problem during a speech. If this isn’t peak Note 7, I don’t know what is. Read More

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If Peter Thiel were on Amazon’s board, Jeff Bezos wouldn’t ask him to leaveIf%20Peter%20Thiel%20were%20on%20Amazon%E2%80%99s%20board%2C%20Jeff%20Bezos%20wouldn%26%238217%3Bt%20ask%20him%20to%26nbsp%3BleaveFounder And CEO Of Amazon Jeff Bezos Speaks On Advances In Artificial Intelligencematthewlynley

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:07:45 +0000

(image)  Peter Thiel, a very high-profile tech investor, has started to face some backlash about reportedly planning to donate $1.25 million in support of the Trump campaign. This has put a lot in the tech community in a very precarious situation. Thiel currently sits of Facebook’s board, and the tech community is largely outspoken against Donald Trump. However, many executives —… Read More

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