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  • Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    The idea of Apple Music struck fear in the hearts of listeners like me. The company had enough money to buy exclusives that could fracture and balkanize the world’s music catalog. The problem with exclusives on services like Tidal or Spotify is that only the tiny percentage of people who pay for their subscriptions can hear these songs when they want. It could have been the same… Read More

  • The PGA Tour Gets Its First Over-The-Top Subscription Service

    The PGA Tour Gets Its First Over-The-Top Subscription Service

    It’s been a good week for cord-cutting sports fans. Word has it that CBS will live stream the Super Bowl commercials for the first time. Disney is considering its options for making ESPN a standalone service (well…maybe five years from now.) And now, golf fans are getting a digital subscription service of their own, with the debut of the PGA TOUR LIVE’s new online and… Read More

  • Windows 10 Gets Its Own Shiny New Twitter App

    Windows 10 Gets Its Own Shiny New Twitter App

    If you’re on a PC, you might be following the Windows 10 news closely. One of the items that popped up last night was that Twitter had a brand new app coming tailored specifically for the platform. Read More

  • Snowball Debuts A “Priority Inbox” For Your Phone’s Notifications

    Snowball Debuts A “Priority Inbox” For Your Phone’s Notifications

    With a growing number of mobile applications available to download, and only a handful that see regular usage, push notifications have become one of the only ways for developers to grab users’ attention in order to get them to reopen their app and re-engage with their content. Unfortunately for app users, that means we’re often bombarded with notifications we don’t care about. Read More

  • Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smartwatch

    Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smartwatch

    Back in March the Vector — a smartwatch with an e-ink LCD screen — made its debut in a number of reviews in the tech press. Of note was the unusual 30-day battery life and a smartphone control app which worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. What wasn’t elucidated in detail at the time was that the startup not only planned to release an API to developers, allowing them… Read More

  • Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages

    Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages

    One of the most intense experiences you’ll ever have is visiting a country that speaks a language different than yours. There’s a host of tools you can use, but Google’s Translate product has leapfrogged just about everything out there over the years. Read More

  • Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Ordering your food or beverages by smartphone and then paying for it via an app is quickly becoming the new normal. Starbucks already allows for this across thousands of its stores in the U.S. Meanwhile, Burger King and Firehouse Subs announced integrations with MasterCard’s MasterPass digital payment solution just this week, and Taco Bell’s own mobile ordering solution is powered… Read More

  • VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    Pay-Per-Virtual Reality could become a thing thanks to AltspaceVR. The VR chat room and communication platform just raised $10.3 million to give us a digital place where we can hang out. But with this funding, which brings AltspaceVR to $15.7 million, comes a need to devise a business plan. While AltspaceVR is focused on growth now, its co-founder and CEO Eric Romo tells me it could… Read More

  • Little, A Hyperlocal Deals Service For India, Launches With $50M In Funding

    Little, A Hyperlocal Deals Service For India, Launches With $50M In Funding

    Some of India’s top entrepreneurs are pooling their resources to launch a marketplace that connects consumers with physical retailers via their smartphones. Called Little, the project is founded by Manish Chopra and Satish Mani — the same duo behind male-focused fashion startup Zovi. It’s kicking off with a $50 million funding round led by Indian payment and commerce firm Paytm. Read More