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  • Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

  • Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher — to give users of Google’s mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer. Read More

  • The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    Apple unveiled new gadgets on stage today, but they didn’t discuss one of its most interesting new innovations – the Apple SIM. As detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the new SIM card lets you switch between participating carriers, which include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. So far, those are the only carriers who have signed on, but Apple is likely… Read More

  • Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

  • Apple Built A SIM Card That Lets You Switch Between AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

    Apple Built A SIM Card That Lets You Switch Between AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

    Whoaaa — here’s an interesting bit that went unmentioned in today’s Apple announcement: Apple has seemingly built a SIM card that lets you swap between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile without having to swap it out (or, more likely, track down/purchase a new SIM card when you want to switch carriers). Read More

  • Twitpic Couldn’t Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All On Oct 25th

    Twitpic Couldn’t Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All On Oct 25th

    The reports of Twitpic’s survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo sharing service today announced that didn’t happen and it’s game over on October 25th. Users can now export their photos until the 25th, at which point they’ll vanish into the… Read More

  • Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    The new iPad Air feels a lot like the old iPad Air, and that’s a good thing, But it’s amazing the difference that shaving just a little more off of the thickness of the device can do, in terms of its overall presence in the hand. This iPad Air definitely feels more portable, and I’d imagine will be a lot more comfortable to hold over longer periods, thanks to the additional… Read More

  • Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Today’s the day for Apple’s special October event, at which we’ll most likely see the launch of new iPads, new Macs and OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system. The event is happening live from Apple’s own Cupertino HQ, in their Town Hall Theater, and it all starts at 10 AM PT/1PM ET. We’ll be live blogging all the news as it… Read More

  • GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its first steps into the digital realm with the debut of a new iOS application – the company’s first – GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, as well as a “digital playground” called Bloxtown.com. The new app works as… Read More

  • Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are… Read More

  • Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Adds Analytics And Android Support

    Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Adds Analytics And Android Support

    Taplytics, a Y Combinator-backed A/B testing service for mobile apps, is announcing two big additions today — support for Android apps and an analytics product called Taplytics Insights. Service like Taplytics allow developers to test variations of their app interface and code, and to make those changes without going through the App Store approval and update process. There are a number… Read More

  • BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media. The BBC today started a new account on Facebook-owned WhatsApp to update people with the latest information about Ebola. The BBC says its service is aimed primarily at reaching WhatsApp… Read More

  • Moto Phones | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto X

    The Moto X (2nd gen) is a welcome addition in a world full of big phones. It’s relatively slim and compact and, just like its predecessor, comes with options for customization for the back panel. But going beyond that, the $500 phone comes unlocked and is spec’d to impress, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Plus, it… Read More

  • Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    In the race to become one of the top tableside tablet providers, Silicon Valley-based E la Carte has just scored another notable restaurant deal to follow that of the Applebee’s win from last year: the company says today that it’s preparing to install its tablets at over 200 U.S. Johnny Rockets locations starting next month. The deal was struck after a relatively brief… Read More

  • Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s a 9-inch slate, built by HTC — a company that’s an unusual choice, given the ample field of OEMs available. The Taiwanese gadget-maker got out of the tablet game a few years ago, but now it’s back with a 9-inch Nexus special that looks kind of like an oversized Nexus 5, albeit with an brushed-metal aluminum rim in place of the… Read More

  • Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google… Read More

  • Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Who says the iPad isn’t for creation? Design platform Canva, which first launched last summer to offer an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface anyone can master, has now brought its technology to the iPad. Today, the company is debuting its first mobile application with Canva for iPad – an app that includes access to over a million stock photographs, graphics and fonts that can… Read More

  • Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Wants To Become Your Phone’s Default WiFi Manager

    Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Wants To Become Your Phone’s Default WiFi Manager

    Instabridge, an Android app that wants to replace your phone’s default Wi-Fi manager and give you access to a crowdsourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots, has bagged a $1 million seed round. Funding is being led by European VC Creandum, with participation from GP Bullhound, and a number of angel investors, including Niall Murphy (former CTO of TheCloud), Scott Bannister and Felix Hagnö… Read More

  • Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    iBeacon, the Bluetooth Low Energy technology that is being used by businesses to push offers and other messages to customers’ smartphones when they are in the physical vicinity of a small pinging device, is starting to see some decent traction. Businesses like Shopkick (recently acquired by SK planet for $200 million) have now rolled out some 7,500 of the devices across its retail… Read More

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