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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

    Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

    Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you’re actually using at the time, says the company, while your other devices, including PCs, tablets or smartphones, will remain silent. Read More

  • OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More

  • Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing economy apps offer services that complement other apps… Read More

  • Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app… Read More

  • Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of 7 inches or larger are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities — and getting increasing traction the Asia/Pacific region… Read More

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on to in… Read More

  • Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. The Lux trades programmable colors for a cheaper… Read More

  • Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Fresh out this morning is a tablet optimized version of OneNote for Android, and several new features to OneNote for Windows. OneNote for Android tablets — you can snag it here — contains what Microsoft calls “handwriting support,” more formatting options, and interface tweaks to better suit larger tablet screens. In keeping with Microsoft’s cross-platform… Read More

  • HitchBOT Shows That Robots Can Trust Humans With Cross-Canada Journey

    HitchBOT Shows That Robots Can Trust Humans With Cross-Canada Journey

    A project cosponsored by a group of Canadian universities, startups and Microsoft Azure has resulted in a robot named HitchBOT successfully making its way across Canada, beginning its journey in Halifax on the country’s eastern coast and ending in Victoria, British Columbia on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The project saw a rudimentary robot depending completely on strangers willing to… Read More

  • PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps

    PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps

    Mobile commerce today is still challenging with complicated checkout flows that see users bouncing between screens, and having to tap out their personal information on tiny screens and keyboards. PayPal today is hoping to change that with the release of a new product called One Touch for merchants and app developers. Read More