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Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leadsRiley%20raises%20%243.1M%20to%20help%20real%20estate%20agents%20rate%20and%20respond%20to%20their%26nbsp%3BleadsRiley foundersanthhaRiley screenshot

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:20:56 +0000

(image)  Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads. Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied several times with different products and ideas before getting in.) The startup is announcing… Read More


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Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpieceTips%20for%20mastering%20Magikarp%20Jump%2C%20the%20next%20Pok%C3%A9mon%26nbsp%3Bmasterpiecemagikarp master 7matthewlynley

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:29:58 +0000

(image)  The Pokémon company has come out with another true masterpiece. It’s called Magikarp Jump, which came out for iOS and Android earlier today. It’s about training Magikarp, the most beloved Pokémon in the universe, to jump as hard as it can and squash the hopes and dreams of its opponents. Here are some tips to get started. Read More


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Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activityCloak%20%26amp%3B%20Dagger%20is%20a%20newly-discovered%20Android%20exploit%20that%20lets%20hackers%20hide%20malicious%26nbsp%3BactivityScreen Shot 2017-05-25 at 8.40.16 AMjohn

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:47:12 +0000

(image)  Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have released a full report on a new attack vector that affects Android up to version 7.1.2. The exploit, called Cloak & Dagger, uses Android’s design and screen behaviors against users, effectively hiding activity behind various app-generated interface elements that lets a hacker grab screen interactions and hide activity behind… Read More


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Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigationGatwick%20Airport%20now%20has%202%2C000%20beacons%20for%20indoor%26nbsp%3BnavigationAugmented reality being used in Gatwick's North Terminalnelomas

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:32:22 +0000

(image)  Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons — giving smartphone users located-locked pings to fix onto to know where they are. Read More


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Xiaomi’s new Mi Max 2 smartphone claims a two-day batteryXiaomi%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20Mi%20Max%202%20smartphone%20claims%20a%20two-day%26nbsp%3BbatteryMi Max 2_05Jon

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:25:09 +0000

(image)  Fresh from announcing the Mi 6, its latest flagship smartphone, last month, Xiaomi gone and unveiled another new phone. The Mi Max 2, announced today at an event in Beijing, will be available in China from June 1 priced upwards from RMB 1699, that’s around $247. Xiaomi claims it sold over three million of the original Mi Max, which is headlined by its big screen. The main selling… Read More


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Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS appAmazon%20adds%20shoppable%20stickers%20to%20its%20iOS%26nbsp%3Bappamazon-stickerssarahintampa

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:28:36 +0000

(image)  Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up in a more surprising place: Amazon’s mobile app. Following a recent update, Amazon has added support for stickers within its iOS app’s camera feed – the feature that allows you to search for… Read More


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Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in TrendingFacebook%20shrinks%20filter%20bubbles%20with%20alternate%20news%20sources%20in%26nbsp%3BTrendingFacebook Trending Carouseljoshsc

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:00:55 +0000

(image)  You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers. Meanwhile, Facebook is giving more exposure to Trending Topics on mobile. Rather than only… Read More


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Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for familiesCircle%20with%20Disney%20raises%20%2410%20million%20for%20its%20parental%20control%20device%20for%26nbsp%3BfamiliesLifestyle 5sarahintampa

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:47:33 +0000

(image)  Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was another private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More


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Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled carRobotic%20toymaker%20Sphero%20unveils%20Ultimate%20Lightning%20McQueen%20%E2%80%94%20a%20chatty%2C%20smartphone-controlled%20carUltimate Lightning McQueenanthhaLightning McQueenUltimate Lightning McQueenUltimate Lightning McQueenUltimate Lightning McQueen

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:09 +0000

(image)  While Sphero has released a whole lineup of robotic, Internet-connected toys, it remains best-known for its BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today it’s launching its next Disney tie-in — Ultimate Lightning McQueen. This is a car that you can control from your iPhone or Android, based on the Owen Wilson-voiced character from Pixar’s Cars franchise. (Cars 3 is… Read More


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Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement toolsPinterest%20opens%20up%20autoplay%20videos%20in%20home%20feed%20and%20search%20with%20new%20measurement%26nbsp%3Btoolspinterest video auto playmatthewlynley

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:00:12 +0000

(image)  Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as it continues to bulk up and woo advertisers with a different pitch from Facebook and Google. Pinterest has had to make the argument to advertisers that its 175 million users behave differently on Pinterest when compared… Read More


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Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver LakeUnity%2C%20whose%20software%20powers%20half%20of%20all%20new%20mobile%20games%2C%20lands%20%24400%20million%20from%20Silver%26nbsp%3BLakeUnity-moneyconnieloizos

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:40:22 +0000

(image)  Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, CEO John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read More


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Crunch Report | Microsoft Announces New Surface ProCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20Microsoft%20Announces%20New%20Surface%26nbsp%3BProCrunch Report May 23anthha

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:48 +0000

(image)  Microsoft announces new Surface Pro, Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, Uber underpaid NYC drivers, Snapchat allows custom stories for friend groups and Pinterest adds dish recognition. All this on Crunch Report. Read More


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1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents1Password%20adds%20a%20travel%20mode%20to%20frustrate%20snooping%20customs%26nbsp%3BagentsLock screen - iPhone 7devin

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:29:58 +0000

(image)  If you travel a lot, especially internationally, a new worry being added to the pile is the threat of being forced to unlock your phone for a customs agent. 1Password has a handy solution for this in the form of Travel Mode, which temporarily deauthorizes a device to access your passwords and accounts. Read More


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Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctorWarby%20Parker%26%238217%3Bs%20Prescription%20Check%20app%20lets%20you%20skip%20the%20eye%26nbsp%3BdoctorWarby Parker Prescription Checkjoshsc

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:25:18 +0000

(image)  Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Check app that uses your phone and computer in tandem to administer a 20-minute series of eye tests, which are then reviewed by a doctor who makes the final call on your prescription. Read More


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Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performanceEmbrace.io%20raises%20%242.5M%20to%20track%20mobile%20app%26nbsp%3BperformanceEmbrace.io teamanthhaEmbrace.io screenshot

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:06:47 +0000

(image)  Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away. The company just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, BoxGroup and others. CEO Eric Futoran (pictured… Read More


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Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera searchPinterest%20brings%20full%20dish%20recognition%20to%20its%20Lens%20camera%26nbsp%3Bsearchpinterest recipe searchmatthewlynley

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:00:34 +0000

(image)  In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding to its Lens camera search the ability to recognize complete dishes. Next time you’re at a restaurant and you find something delicious, Pinterest is now going to give you a way to take a quick photo of that dish through its Lens feature and find recipes related to it. Read More


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Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locationsInstagram%20launches%20Story%20Search%20for%20hashtags%20and%26nbsp%3BlocationsInstagram Location and Hashtag Storiesjoshsc

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:01:03 +0000

(image)  Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same. Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag, and see a Story compiled from Story posts by other users that include that location sticker, hashtag sticker, or hashtag in the caption. Location… Read More


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Zenefits introduces level-funded insurance plans and more mobile updatesZenefits%20introduces%20level-funded%20insurance%20plans%20and%20more%20mobile%26nbsp%3Bupdateszenefits mobile updatematthewlynley

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:51 +0000

(image)  Zenefits, in a further attempt to continue to find its way into small businesses as a human resources management service that can outmaneuver larger and more complex platforms, is releasing a suite of new updates today. Much of these updates revolve around trying to simplify the process of managing an employee base, from benefits to payroll, to something as simple as a few taps on an app.… Read More


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Chinese trio carve up a quarter of global smartphone sales in Q1: GartnerChinese%20trio%20carve%20up%20a%20quarter%20of%20global%20smartphone%20sales%20in%20Q1%3A%26nbsp%3BGartnerOppo Chinese popular appsnelomas

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:14:59 +0000

(image)  The global smartphone market grew 9.1 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to Gartner’s latest stats, and growth is being driven by a trio of Chinese device makers. Read More


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Apple and Nokia bury patent hatchetApple%20and%20Nokia%20bury%20patent%26nbsp%3BhatchetNokia Shutterstocknelomas

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:09:56 +0000

(image)  Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already. Read More


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