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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead. Sources also say Twitter has been in touch with media companies that use Meerkat, going… Read More

  • Microsofties Were All Over That New Windows 10 Build

    Microsofties Were All Over That New Windows 10 Build

    Windows Phone users were understandably interested in the new code, as it represents Microsoft’s most complete vision to date of how Windows 10 — the company’s attempt at a universal platform — will update their handsets. Read More

  • TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    It’s Apple Watch pre-order day! The new device went on sale this morning at just after midnight Pacific time, and now shipping times are extending to at least June across the product lineup. Our guest today, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple (@jdalrymple), not only successfully ordered three but also went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to check out the in-store experience. I also managed… Read More

  • Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat wants to usurp Instagram as they way to share Coachella Music Festival adventure. So today it revealed a new style of Geofilters that change throughout the day to tell friends what they’re looking at. Rather than just a generic “Coachella” illustration that can be overlaid on photos or videos all day, Snapchat has different ones for each Coachella band that are… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Bringing The Love To Lots More Phones

    Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Bringing The Love To Lots More Phones

    It’s New Build Day for Microsoft kids, as the Redmond software shop dropped new code that will bring Windows 10 to a host of smartphones that were previously not able to handle to the beta operating system. The build, number 10051, brings a host of new features to Windows 10 for phones, including refreshed core applications and the Project Spartan browser that has already cropped up for… Read More

  • The High Score Selfie

    The High Score Selfie

    Well, it had to happen, if it didn’t already. Two-person indie game developer Nerd Agency has unleashed the ‘high score selfie’. The feature, which can be seen in the startup’s latest iOS game, Boom Bunny, lets you take a photo of yourself with your high score superimposed and — you guessed it — share it on social media. “We were seeing people… Read More

  • Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple has flipped the switch for pre-orders for the Apple Watch, letting customers purchase their device in advance via the Apple Store website and the Store app for iPhone and iPad. Previously, customers could “favorite” their preferred selection, picking from the three Watch collections and the various bands available for each, but now they can actually order a device, with… Read More

  • Jawbone Will Ship UP3 On April 20, Blames Water Resistance Problems For Delay

    Jawbone Will Ship UP3 On April 20, Blames Water Resistance Problems For Delay

    Jawbone has updated the ship date for the UP3 activity tracker, informing pre-order customers and prospective buyers that the wearable gadget will start heading out to U.S. buyers on April 20. The UP3 tracker, announced in November 2014, faced numerous delays, and cited manufacturing problems with an initial apology made back in February. Today, Jawbone cites problems with water resistance as… Read More

  • Condé Nast Hires Starwood’s Arlie Sisson To Lead Its New Emerging Products Group

    Condé Nast Hires Starwood’s Arlie Sisson To Lead Its New Emerging Products Group

    Magazine publisher Condé Nast is hiring a new vice president to run its emerging products group — Arlie Sisson, who’s joining from Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Sisson led Starwood’s strategy for native apps on mobile, and before that, worked at mobile startup Silver Chalice New Media. Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch buyers will have to queue virtually in order to buy the device, at least initially. A press release this morning from the company reveals that the first batch of Apple Watch orders will only be collected via the Apple Store application for iOS devices and the online Apple store site. Apple head of retail Angela Ahrendts confirmed this plan in the press release announcing pre-sales… Read More

  • Lyft Hires Amazon VP Rex Tibbens As Its New COO

    Lyft Hires Amazon VP Rex Tibbens As Its New COO

    Lyft has a new chief operating officer — Rex Tibbens, previously the vice president of Amazon Logistics North America. In a blog post about the hire, the company says Tibbens recently led the roll out of infrastructure for Amazon’s Prime Now service. In his new role, Tibbens is supposed to “help scale Lyft’s overall operations, expand customer support, and develop… Read More

  • Google Wallet Adds New Integrations With Shopify, Seamless, Dunkin’ Donuts And More

    Google Wallet Adds New Integrations With Shopify, Seamless, Dunkin’ Donuts And More

    Google has been stepping up its game in mobile payments the last several months, buying Softcard’s point-of-sale tech and making some international advances for its money transfer service. Today it’s adding another crucial piece to mix: some key integrations with merchants and merchant platforms. Customers that use Android apps from Dunkin’ Donuts and Seamless… Read More

  • TC Droidcast 44: Galaxy S6 Edge And Watches, Watches, Watches

    TC Droidcast 44: Galaxy S6 Edge And Watches, Watches, Watches

    This week, we talk a lot about watches since the first salvo of Apple Watch reviews are out, and we can finally compare it in practical terms to Android Wear. We also discuss the Galaxy S6, which has every sign of being the best Android smartphone available. Our discussion of Android Wear jumps off from Google’s official blog post about the platform today, which seems like a meek response… Read More

  • MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    A startup that wants to encourage kids to get excited about science and engineering, MudWatt, is now selling an affordable, fun (and, yes, a bit messy), science kit by way of Kickstarter that allows children to make electricity using just mud and electrodes. After the bacteria bloom in the mud, the kit can be used to power simple electronics, including a clock, thermometer and buzzer… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s newest iOS update is out, bringing support for over 300 new emoji, in line with the update that went out for OS X today, too. That means the new, more diverse and potentially more expressive emoticons will work across both platforms. iOS 8.3 also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements, addressing features ranging from Wi-Fi, app launching and Bluetooth to… Read More

  • Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS application that no longer requires users to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad in order… Read More

  • Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    “The secondary ticket market is a murky place – think touts, fake tickets and online fraud,” says Dingo co-founder Paul Roiter. His startup, which offers a so-called fan-to-fan ticketing app for iOS that lets you sell unwanted tickets, is hoping to change that. Read More

  • Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster launched a couple of years ago as a Netflix-style service for e-books, charging $9.95 a month for unlimited access to a library that has grown to more than 1 million titles. Today it’s expanding that model by launching its own e-book store. To be sure, if you just want to buy e-books one-by-one, I hear there are a few places where you can already do that. However, co-founder and… Read More

  • MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    Major League Baseball had a nice little opening day for itself yesterday as record numbers of people accessed games through live and on-demand video streams. In fact, a total 60 million people came through the virtual turn-styles using MLB.com, MLB.TV, the MLB At Bat mobile app and MLB.com-controlled social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The streaming numbers were up 60 percent… Read More

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

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