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Meetup redesigns its mobile apps to focus on your personal interestsMeetup%20redesigns%20its%20mobile%20apps%20to%20focus%20on%20your%20personal%26nbsp%3BinterestsMeetupanthha

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:00:07 +0000

(image)  Meetup is giving users a new way to find the meetups that give the company its name. The New York City-based company is launching new smartphone apps and a (partially) redesigned website with new branding, as well as a new way to browse meetup listings. “We killed the calendar,” CEO and co-founder Scott Heiferman said. Instead, Meetup will recommend listings for you based on your… Read More


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GoTenna Mesh keeps people connected even when they’re miles apart and off-gridGoTenna%20Mesh%20keeps%20people%20connected%20even%20when%20they%26%238217%3Bre%20miles%20apart%20and%26nbsp%3Boff-gridgotenna_mesh_hiker_1lorakolodnytcThe goTenna Mesh for off-grid communications.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:41 +0000

(image)  Today, goTenna is taking pre-orders for their new product, a device called the goTenna Mesh that lets smartphone users text and share their GPS locations, off-grid and across miles of terrain. The new device works like goTenna’s flagship product did in that it can be used where normal cellular, satellite or wifi services are not available. And like the company’s flagship goTenna,… Read More


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This crazy iMessage app lets you prank friends by putting words in their mouthThis%20crazy%20iMessage%20app%20lets%20you%20prank%20friends%20by%20putting%20words%20in%20their%26nbsp%3Bmouthscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-44-51-amsarahintampascreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-45-08-amscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-45-17-amscreen696x696-3screen696x696-4screen696x696-5screen696x696-6

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:57:29 +0000

(image)  Got iOS 10? Want to mess with your friends? A hilarious new iMessage App called Phoneys lets you prank others by sending stickers that look exactly like iMessage text bubbles. And thanks to the new layering feature in the updated version of iMessage, you can place these stickers – which say things like “My political views are totally wrong” or “I have terrible taste… Read More


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Google’s search app now sports an incognito modeGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20search%20app%20now%20sports%20an%20incognito%26nbsp%3Bmodegoogle-app-iossarahintampadevicetemplates

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:40:04 +0000

(image)  Looking to surf the mobile web privately, but generally prefer the Google Search app over standalone browsers like Safari or Chrome? Then you’ll appreciate the latest update to the Google Search app for iOS, which now introduces an “incognito mode” that you can further protect using Touch ID, along with a host of other changes. While private browsing has long been an option… Read More


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Where Pokémon Go is going, and Tesla’s trajectory: Listen to TCBC Episode 4 with Greg Kumparaktcbc-draft5cetherin

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:22:37 +0000

(image)  On this week’s episode of TCBC, after a brief Disrupt-induced hiatus, longtime TechCruncher Greg Kumparak dishes on Pokémon Go – what made it so appealing at launch, what’s going on with product development, and where he’d like to see it go in the future. Greg and I are both big Pokémon fans, so it’s a subject about which we have no shortage of things to say. Read More


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Blackberry bows out of making its own hardwareBlackberry%20bows%20out%20of%20making%20its%20own%26nbsp%3BhardwareBlackBerry Classic Frontnelomas

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:15:18 +0000

(image)  Former smartphone giant Blackberry has said it will no longer manufacture its own devices. Instead it intends to outsource hardware making to development partners, although the core focus of its business is firmly on software services at this point. Read More


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Airbnb revamps its app with new tools for hosts, improved messagingAirbnb%20revamps%20its%20app%20with%20new%20tools%20for%20hosts%2C%20improved%26nbsp%3BmessagingAirbnb appsarahintampasaved-responses-1980px-widecalendar-1980px-wide

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:04 +0000

(image)  Airbnb may not be ready to unveil its new travel services app, Airbnb Trips, just yet, but in the meantime the company is giving its flagship application a big makeover. The upcoming version of the main Airbnb app will introduce a number of new features for hosts, including things like message templates for quicker replies and a calendar that lets them easily see who’s staying when,… Read More


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Momento for iMessage turns your photos into GIFsMomento%20for%20iMessage%20turns%20your%20photos%20into%26nbsp%3BGIFsmomentosarahintampa1-exz4wwepqvslomwwy-u3mg

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:32:31 +0000

(image)  Although the iMessage App Store is currently dominated by sticker packs, there are a few clever apps breaking through. One such app is Momento, an iMessage-only app that automatically turns your photos from your Camera Roll into GIFs you can text to your friends. What makes the new app fun to use is that it doesn’t require that you do anything to create these GIFs yourself – it… Read More


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Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to successMapping%20startups%20hope%20they%20can%20chart%20a%20new%20course%20to%26nbsp%3BsuccessHERE Maps Earthmineshieberjsemanticsegmentationgif1

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:28 +0000

(image)  Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into… Read More


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If Google buys Twitter, there’s a perfect spot for it in YouTubeIf%20Google%20buys%20Twitter%2C%20there%26%238217%3Bs%20a%20perfect%20spot%20for%20it%20in%26nbsp%3BYouTubegoogle-acquires-twitterjoshscyoutube-community-tabyoutube-communitytwitter-share-price

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:50:05 +0000

(image)  If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten. YouTube lacks short-form, frequently updated content, but is synonymous with video and that popularity brings in lucrative ads. Twitter is struggling with growth and monetization, but it’s the pulse of the planet, generating tons of real-time content and engagement.… Read More


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AppLovin is selling a majority stake to Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4BAppLovin%20is%20selling%20a%20majority%20stake%20to%20Orient%20Hontai%20Capital%20for%26nbsp%3B%241.4Bapplovin1anthha

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:23:11 +0000

(image)  Mobile ad startup AppLovin announced today it has agreed to sell a majority stake of the company to Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4 billion. We first reported that AppLovin was in talks with a Chinese company for a $1.5 billion acquisition back in August. In his blog post announcing the deal, co-founder and CEO Adam Foroughi wrote: While this deal is a tremendous… Read More


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Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebookGoogle%20said%20to%20debut%20Android%2FChrome%20OS%20hybrid%20on%20tablet%2C%20convertible%26nbsp%3BnotebookAndroid apps on Chromeetherin

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:47:41 +0000

(image)  Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More


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Square hopes to ease the EMV transition with faster transaction timesSquare%20hopes%20to%20ease%20the%20EMV%20transition%20with%20faster%20transaction%26nbsp%3Btimesreader-04-b12e271801dbb3662ea9526c33ae8d34etherin

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:00:47 +0000

(image)  You’ve likely seen the headlines about consumer frustration with the transition to EMV payment cards in the U.S., most of which centers around how long the payments take versus good old-fashioned swiping. Those of us living in countries where EMV has been a fixture for a while might just shrug at this, but not Square: It’s focused on cutting transaction times to alleviate… Read More


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Google embraces the log-in, leaving cookies behind in new advertising updatesGoogle%20embraces%20the%20log-in%2C%20leaving%20cookies%20behind%20in%20new%20advertising%26nbsp%3Bupdatescrossdevice_halloween-ads-loop_128-1_091616_v2-1ingridlundenphones-homesdepot-image1

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:31:36 +0000

(image)  Google has been focusing for years on finding better ways to track and measure ads as we switch from one device to another to consume media like TV, music or written articles like this one. And now, to coincide with Ad Week in New York this week, Google is revealing its latest moves in that effort: over the next few months the company will expand Brand Lift from measuring online  video… Read More


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🎶 Can’t wear Snap sunglasses at night 🎶%F0%9F%8E%B6%20Can%26%238217%3Bt%20wear%20Snap%20sunglasses%20at%20night%26nbsp%3B%F0%9F%8E%B6corey-hart-sunglasses-at-nightjoshscmaster_vid_stills_4_press_02specs_coral

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:33:51 +0000

(image)  Unless you plan on bumping into stuff, don’t expect to record after-dark concerts and parties on your Snap Inc Spectacles. The company formerly known as Snapchat (they really should have just changed it to the  emoji, Prince-style) confirms to me its new camera glasses are not currently built to be worn at night. Their lenses are like normal sunglasses, so it’d be too shady to… Read More


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The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glassesThe%20hopes%20and%20headaches%20of%20Snapchat%26%238217%3Bs%20glassessnapchat-spectaclesjoshscsnap-spectacles-charging-casesnapchat-phone-vs-spectaclessnap-circularscoblebn-pv313_1016sp_8h_20160914152014spectacles-in-actionsnapincmaster_vid_stills_4_press_01snap-specssnapchat-spectacles-models

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:43:55 +0000

(image)  Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer? To quickly recount the basics, a video of… Read More


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Taking a swing for the Grammys with the new Lip Sync Battle appTaking%20a%20swing%20for%20the%20Grammys%20with%20the%20new%20Lip%20Sync%20Battle%26nbsp%3BappLip Sync Battlejmannes16Lip Sync Battle LibraryLenses Lip Sync Battle

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:01:47 +0000

(image)  The art of the lip sync has had a profound impact on the state of our…ok no, but dammit is lip synching fun. For those of you locked in a Faraday cage, pretending to sing has become all the rage these days. You have Michelle Obama doing it for Carpool Karaoke, Tim Cook using it to open up events, and of course the ever entertaining LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen using it as a platform… Read More


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