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Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs $18M to for its smart caller ID technologyHiya%2C%20a%20Whitepages%20spinout%2C%20nabs%20%2418M%20to%20for%20its%20smart%20caller%20ID%26nbsp%3Btechnologyhiya screensingridlunden

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:24:09 +0000

(image)  Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning analytics on a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether… Read More


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Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessageTruffle%20now%20lets%20you%20share%20your%20food%20tips%20via%26nbsp%3BiMessageRestaurantanthhaTruffle iMessage

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:28:22 +0000

(image)  While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. Read More


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Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employeesBlue%20Apron%20is%20laying%20off%20hundreds%20of%26nbsp%3Bemployeesmatt-salzbergmatthewlynley

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:49:55 +0000

(image)  As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple of weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6 percent of its staff as part of “a company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities.” Blue Apron was one of the big — and most anticipated — consumer IPOs of the year, but it’s also now one of the companies that… Read More


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eBay is having a pretty bad dayeBay%20is%20having%20a%20pretty%20bad%26nbsp%3BdayeBay-Berlinmatthewlynley

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:37:28 +0000

(image)  eBay is not having a great afternoon after posting a pretty ho-hum third quarter that fit roughly in line with analyst estimates, but perhaps not seeing the kinds of leaps that Wall Street is looking for heading into the fourth quarter. The company said it added an additional 2 million active buyers and now says it has 168 million global active buyers. But even with buyer numbers as large as… Read More


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Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accountsGmail%20launches%20its%20first%20public%20iOS%20beta%20to%20test%20support%20for%20third-party%26nbsp%3Baccountsgmail-app-icon-iossarahintampa

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:52:36 +0000

(image)  Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it’s testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google accounts, including those from Outlook (including Hotmail or Live), Yahoo, and elsewhere. The announcement, which was sent out via a tweet from the… Read More


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The Moto Z gets its very own Alexa smart speakerThe%20Moto%20Z%20gets%20its%20very%20own%20Alexa%20smart%26nbsp%3Bspeakernullbheater

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:38:34 +0000

(image)  It was just a matter of time, really. Motorola’s been teasing Alexa integration since Mobile World Congress in February. Back then, the company previewed a sort of “experimental” Mod for the Moto Z sporting Amazon’s insanely popular smart assistant. The add-on is finally really real and set to start shipping next month. The AI has already slowly made its way onto a… Read More


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Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription serviceWattpad%E2%80%99s%20storytelling%20app%2C%20now%20with%2060M%20monthly%20users%2C%20adds%20a%20subscription%26nbsp%3BserviceWattpadsarahintampa

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:49:37 +0000

(image)  Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories – including a fairly popular “chat fiction” app Tap, a rival to Hooked – is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application. The option, called Wattpad Premium, will remove the ads from Wattpad’s otherwise free app – a feature users have been requesting… Read More


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Pinterest opens up search advertising in its Ads ManagerPinterest%20opens%20up%20search%20advertising%20in%20its%20Ads%26nbsp%3BManagerpinterest search adsmatthewlynley

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:00:33 +0000

(image)  Pinterest began rolling out targeted ads based on searches for its partners earlier this year, giving it another moment in time to catch potential customers as they try to sniff out new things they might buy — and now everyone else will get a piece of that. The company said it is adding search ads to its Ads manager today, letting businesses target customers searching for potential… Read More


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WhatsApp joins other messaging platforms with live location sharinglivelocdevin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:20:57 +0000

(image)  Sharing your current location with someone is a great way to passive-aggressively explain that you’re on your way when they ask where you are. But it also has other uses, and WhatsApp has now joined rivals Facebook Messenger and iMessage in offering the feature (with its own somewhat unique twist). Read More


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Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobileMicrosoft%20looks%20to%20iOS%20and%20Android%20for%20its%20path%20forward%20in%26nbsp%3Bmobilecortana-icon-iosbheater

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:32:33 +0000

(image)  Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. What shape that strategy will take, however, has been pretty unclear in the wake of… Read More


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Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show appVine%26%238217%3Bs%20founders%20are%20back%20with%20HQ%2C%20a%20live%20trivia%20game%20show%26nbsp%3BappHQ Trivia Appjoshsc

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:16:57 +0000

(image)  “It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire meets Facebook Live. Read More


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SelfMade helps you post better photos onlineSelfMade%20helps%20you%20post%20better%20photos%26nbsp%3BonlineSelfMadeanthha

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:44:54 +0000

(image)  SelfMade brings professional photo editing to your phone — yes, literally. The startup, which is announcing that it has raised $11 million in funding, was founded by CEO Brian Schechter and CTO Zach Lloyd. Schechter was previously co-founder at IAC-acquired dating startup HowAboutWe, and he points to HowAboutWe as the starting point for his interest in photo editing. After all, he… Read More


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ZTE’s new foldable smartphone is actually going on sale next monthZTE%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20foldable%20smartphone%20is%20actually%20going%20on%20sale%20next%26nbsp%3Bmonthzte-axon-mbheater

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:07 +0000

(image)  The foldable smartphone has been strange sort of white whale for the mobile industry. You could fill a Raiders of the Lost Ark-sized warehouse will all of the attempts to bring the technology to the market. At the very least, ZTE’s new Axon M has one key advantage over many of its predecessors: it’s actually going on sale. And it’s coming to the US, no less. It’s… Read More


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Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button thoughLet%26%238217%3Bs%20talk%20about%20that%20Pixel%202%20contrast%20color%20button%26nbsp%3Bthoughpixel-2-xl-buttonetherin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:05:13 +0000

(image)  The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have one of the best features introduced on a smartphone in recent memory: That button. Admittedly, it’s just a superficial design decision, but it’s actually one of the most interesting, and most bold design decisions make in smartphones by a major consumer hardware company in a long time. Maybe that’s a depressing commentary on the state of… Read More


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Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLTwo%20sizes%20really%20do%20fit%20all%20with%20Google%26%238217%3Bs%20Pixel%202%20and%20Pixel%202%26nbsp%3BXLpixel-2-xl-heroetherin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:49 +0000

(image)  Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide everything anyone really needs in a smartphone. Other device makers have realized that different sizes appeal to different customers, but Google’s Pixel lineup offers a true choice, instead of… Read More


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Google Pixel 2 reviewGoogle%20Pixel%202%26nbsp%3BreviewIMG_3670bheater

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:29 +0000

(image)  Google wanted to announce more than just a boatload of products at its event the other week. The company hoped to foster a new conversation around consumer hardware, moving from a narrative about specs to one about artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Pixel 2 is the centerpiece of that idea. Read More


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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reaffirm Google’s top spot among smartphone camerasPixel%202%20and%20Pixel%202%20XL%20reaffirm%20Google%26%238217%3Bs%20top%20spot%20among%20smartphone%26nbsp%3Bcameraspixel-2-rear-cameraetherin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:10 +0000

(image)  Google’s changes to the Pixel cameras are mostly on the software side, but they gain some excellent additional abilities, including a new Portrait mode, as well as optical image stabilization to complement Google’s digital anti-shake for photos and video. Google spent a lot of time during its presentation crowing about the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL, since their cameras are the… Read More


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Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concernsApple%20responds%20to%20Senator%20Franken%26%238217%3Bs%20Face%20ID%20privacy%26nbsp%3BconcernsFaceID-waternelomas

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:43:51 +0000

(image)  Apple has now responded to a letter from Senator Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into its top-of-the-range iPhone X, due to go on sale early next month.  Read More


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Strava launches posts to bring athletes back for everything else beyond their workoutsStrava%20launches%20posts%20to%20bring%20athletes%20back%20for%20everything%20else%20beyond%20their%26nbsp%3Bworkoutsstrava flymatthewlynley

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:48 +0000

(image)  When you walk upstairs at the Strava offices over on Third Street in San Francisco, you’ll find boards as tall as your typical human. They’re covered with images — screenshots of Instagram posts, comments and a whole lot of paper cutouts of other social networks printed onto little sheets — and they served as the launchpad for Strava’s latest product as it tries… Read More


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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it runFacebook%20acquires%20anonymous%20teen%20compliment%20app%20tbh%2C%20will%20let%20it%26nbsp%3Brunfb-tbhjoshsc

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:04:32 +0000

(image)  Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand. Read More


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