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Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watchNomos%20Glash%C3%BCtte%26%238217%3Bs%20Metro%20Neomatik%20is%20modern%2C%20slim%20and%20sophisticated%26nbsp%3Bwatchnomos-glashutte-metro-neomatiketherin

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:15:32 +0000

(image)  The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte, the German manufactory that produces exquisite timepieces with house made movements in… Read More


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A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent rulingA%20win%20for%20Apple%20in%20Beijing%20as%20court%20overturns%20iPhone%20patent%26nbsp%3Brulingiphone-6-6-plus-stacked-macrolorakolodnytc

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:27:47 +0000

(image)  Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili. The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6… Read More


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Stories are the new News FeedStories%20are%20the%20new%20News%26nbsp%3BFeedSnapchat Facebookjoshsc

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:45:44 +0000

(image)  If the camera is the new keyboard, then the future of social media will look more like a slideshow than a Word document. So while Snapchat invented Stories, we’ll have to get used to using them everywhere. Read More


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Facebook finally tests a GIF button for commentsFacebook%20finally%20tests%20a%20GIF%20button%20for%26nbsp%3BcommentsFacebook GIFjoshsc

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:05 +0000

(image)  After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF. Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments, a source told TechCrunch. We inquired with Facebook, which confirmed the GIF test is coming with this statement: “Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to… Read More


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This sensory wearable is designed for flirtingThis%20sensory%20wearable%20is%20designed%20for%26nbsp%3BflirtingRipplenelomas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:05:19 +0000

(image)  With people more likely to be locking eyes with their smartphone screens these days when they’re hanging around in public, the London-based designers behind this feathery wearable are worried that the chances for exchanging flirtatious glances with passing strangers is being engineered out of daily life. Or, let’s be honest, translated into monetizable swipes on Tinder et al. Read More


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CALA’s app fits designer clothing to your body using iPhone photosCALA%E2%80%99s%20app%20fits%20designer%20clothing%20to%20your%20body%20using%20iPhone%26nbsp%3BphotosiOS blog post herosarahintampa

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:45:00 +0000

(image)  A new startup called CALA aims to make it easier for new designers to break into the fashion business by offering everything needed to run their e-commerce operations – from production to delivery. In addition, CALA’s new mobile app where this apparel is sold is upending the traditional way garment sizes are created and fitted by way of 3D body scanning technology. The result… Read More


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Facebook Messenger rolls out mention alerts and message Reaction emojiFacebook%20Messenger%20rolls%20out%20mention%20alerts%20and%20message%20Reaction%26nbsp%3BemojiMessenger Reactionsjoshsc

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:05 +0000

(image)  Group chat will get a bit less chaotic with the global rollout of two Facebook Messenger features it was previously testing in Vietnam. Users can now @mention friends in a group chat to send them a special notification to reply to your message so they don’t miss it in a noisy thread. Meanwhile, Facebook is bringing its News Feed Reactions to Messenger. Read More


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Super Mario Run hits Android, rolls out version two on iOSSuper%20Mario%20Run%20hits%20Android%2C%20rolls%20out%20version%20two%20on%26nbsp%3BiOSandroid-super-mario-runsarahintampa

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:28:40 +0000

(image)  Super Mario Run hit Android a day early. Originally expected today, March 23, per Nintendo’s earlier announcement, the game arrived on the Google Play Store yesterday instead, along with an update on iOS. The iOS exclusive ran for three months, and brought the app over 78 million downloads, the gaming company said during its earnings in January. Of those players, more than five… Read More


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Walmart’s Vudu app now converts your physical movies to digital for $2 eachWalmart%26%238217%3Bs%20Vudu%20app%20now%20converts%20your%20physical%20movies%20to%20digital%20for%20%242%26nbsp%3Beachvudu-disc-digitaletherin

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:13:36 +0000

(image)  Want to build a movie library without having to re-purchase all the DVDs and Blu-rays you already purchased? Walmart’s streaming video service Vudu has you covered, with a new feature available via its iPhone and Android mobile apps. Read More


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Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car techDrivemode%20raises%20%246.5M%20from%20Panasonic%20and%20others%20for%20smartphone%20car%26nbsp%3Btechdrivemodeetherin

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:01 +0000

(image)  If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may be familiar with Drivemode: It’s one of the most popular apps for use in cars on Google Play, with over one million downloads and active users spread across 180 countries. The app is designed to reduce distractions for drivers via an eyes-free interface designed to access smartphone functions entirely via voice. Read More


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Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestionsFacebook%20tests%20an%20enhanced%20local%20search%20and%20discovery%20feature%20offering%20business%26nbsp%3Bsuggestionsfacebook-nearby-iossarahintampa

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:03:47 +0000

(image)  Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places – like “dinner nearby” or “bars nearby,” for example  – by entering a query in… Read More


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Viro wants to make mobile VR development a snap, and raises $2.5M to do itViro%20wants%20to%20make%20mobile%20VR%20development%20a%20snap%2C%20and%20raises%20%242.5M%20to%20do%26nbsp%3Bithelloworlddevin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:13 +0000

(image)  VR is all over the place, but sometimes it’s not where you most expect it. Plenty of apps out there might could do with a wee bit of VR to help show off an apartment or a bit of 3D content, but those experiences can be pretty labor-intensive. Viro is a new company that hopes to empower mobile developers to add VR to their apps simply and using familiar tools and code bases. Read More


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Google Duo adds supports for audio-only calls because why notGoogle%20Duo%20adds%20supports%20for%20audio-only%20calls%20because%20why%26nbsp%3BnotGoogle Duosarahintampa

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:24:15 +0000

(image)  Google’s standalone video-calling app Duo is no longer just for video calls. The company announced today it’s adding support for audio-only calls – a feature aimed at increasing the app’s adoption in emerging markets, where a strong, high-bandwidth network connection isn’t always available. The option is first rolling out to users in Brazil, with an expansion to… Read More


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Universe, a mobile-only website builder, lets you create pages in ‘under a minute’Universe%2C%20a%20mobile-only%20website%20builder%2C%20lets%20you%20create%20pages%20in%20%26%238216%3Bunder%20a%26nbsp%3Bminute%26%238217%3BUniverse - On the Webingridlunden

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:58:04 +0000

(image)  The business of platforms for developing websites and publishing online is a crowded one, with established players competing against newer entrants. Now make way for another one: Universe, a startup that hopes its mobile-first approach for building “light” websites on mobile can give it a unique foothold in the market. Read More


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Google Maps will let you share your location with friends and family for a specific period of timeGoogle%20Maps%20will%20let%20you%20share%20your%20location%20with%20friends%20and%20family%20for%20a%20specific%20period%20of%26nbsp%3BtimeIMG_5629sarahbuhr

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:14 +0000

(image)  Google Maps has today announced a new feature to allow you to share your location with others. Now Google Maps will let you tell your friends where you are and give them directions to your location. It will also let you pick a special friend (like a family member, spouse or love interest, for example) to share your location with long-term. Read More


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Instagram grows to 1M active advertisers, plans to add more data and direct bookingInstagram%20grows%20to%201M%20active%20advertisers%2C%20plans%20to%20add%20more%20data%20and%20direct%26nbsp%3Bbookinginstagram icon 2016 iOSanthha

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:04:54 +0000

(image)  Instagram’s advertiser base has doubled again. The Facebook-owned photo and video app is announcing that it now has 1 million monthly active advertisers, compared to 500,000 in September and 200,000 just over a year ago. Some of that growth can be attributed to the simple fact that a lot of people use Instagram — 400 million every day, as of January. But James Quarles, who… Read More


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Kindle for iOS finally gets the “Send to Kindle” feature, challenging Pocket and InstapaperKindle%20for%20iOS%20finally%20gets%20the%20%26%238220%3BSend%20to%20Kindle%26%238221%3B%20feature%2C%20challenging%20Pocket%20and%26nbsp%3BInstapaperkindle-ios2sarahintampa

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:39:31 +0000

(image)  Amazon has quietly rolled out the “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle for iOS application that allows you to save to the app articles and documents found on the web. That means your Kindle device or app can replace your preferred “read it later” application — like Pocket or Instapaper, for example — apps where regular web readers often store the longer… Read More


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Google launches the first developer preview of Android OGoogle%20launches%20the%20first%20developer%20preview%20of%20Android%26nbsp%3BOandroid-oreo (1)fredericlardinois

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:00:13 +0000

(image)  It’s been just about a year since Google unexpectedly announced the first preview of Android Nougat. Today, the company is launching the first developer preview of the next version of its mobile operating system, currently code-named Android O (but we’re really hoping it’ll become Android Oreo once it’s released). Read More


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Apple finally kills off 16GB iPhone SE, now you get 32GB for $399Apple%20finally%20kills%20off%2016GB%20iPhone%20SE%2C%20now%20you%20get%2032GB%20for%26nbsp%3B%24399iPhone SE - 12nelomas

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:04:52 +0000

(image)  Rejoice lovers of petite-sized iPhones, for Apple is granting additional storage bounty — announcing today it’s doubling the current storage capacity of the iPhone SE. Read More


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