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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • InkCase Plus Adds A Second, Standalone E-ink Screen To Your Android Phone

    InkCase Plus Adds A Second, Standalone E-ink Screen To Your Android Phone

    Meet InkCase Plus: a second companion screen for your Android smartphone that’s designed to slot into a case so you can stack one pane atop the other, sandwich style. Currently it’s just a Kickstarter prototype, with its makers looking for $100,000 in crowdfunding to get the device to market. Read More

  • Google Search On Mobile Now Warns When A Site Won’t Work On Your Device

    Google Search On Mobile Now Warns When A Site Won’t Work On Your Device

    Google is on track for mobile search queries to overtake those on desktop this year, and today it took one more step forward in how it is will control that experience on behalf of its users — for better or for worse. The company has announced that it will now flag to its users when websites listed in their search results may have elements that will not show up on a users’… Read More

  • Floret Is A Gamified Dating App For Virtual Romance

    Floret Is A Gamified Dating App For Virtual Romance

    There’s surely no shortage of dating apps out there, but for those of us who wish to arm ourselves with every weapon in the potential arsenal, might I introduce Floret. Floret is a new dating app that focuses on a common problem known as the Stable Marriage Problem, which essentially means that elements in a group are matched based on preferences, without any two elements in the… Read More

  • Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird

    Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird

    Gamers looking for a new way to spend time waiting in line or on a commute should go check out Timberman, the latest indie game to take the App Store by storm. According to App Annie data, the game has made its way to the top 5 apps overall in more than 20 countries and is the most-downloaded game in eight countries as of yesterday. Read More

  • Google Brings Ingress Location-Based Game To iPhone And iPad

    Google Brings Ingress Location-Based Game To iPhone And iPad

    Google has brought its Ingress game to iOS, with a launch of the app for iPhone and iPad released late yesterday. The app has been available for two years now, and has managed to accumulate over four million downloads on Android. Google’s Niantic Labs is likely hoping to be able to boost usage by expanding its offering to the iOS cloud, because even the Google crowd can’t deny… Read More

  • The LifeTip Doesn’t Need To Touch You To Know Your Heart

    The LifeTip Doesn’t Need To Touch You To Know Your Heart

    You can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting a new wearable fitness tracker, and the latest to join the herd is called the LifeTip. Recently launched on Indiegogo, the LifeTip doesn’t require any contact with the skin to work, and hooks into a woman’s bra or a man’s shirt. It reads all the standard stuff — activity, calories burned, and steps — but… Read More

  • Google’s Leaked Play Store Redesign Foregrounds Media And Summaries

    Google’s Leaked Play Store Redesign Foregrounds Media And Summaries

    Google has a new look for all of Android coming with Android L, the final public release of which should arrive sometime this fall. The latest version sports something called ‘Material Design,’ a new set of principles for user interface creation that’s meant to make software better for touchscreens and high density displays. The Play Store wasn’t updated in the… Read More

  • Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

    Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

    Apple has published a statement via its Chinese website as a follow-up to a report on the state-run CCTV last week that claimed its devices could present a state security risk according to researchers. The statement, available in both Chinese and English, details Apple’s efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected, and reiterates that Apple does not store or track user locations… Read More

  • Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    You can watch the World Cup final game on ESPN or Univision, but Snapchat is transporting all its users to Brazil today through clips of people celebrating in the streets or cheering from the stadium. With this bold test of its new collaborative Our Story feature, people in Rio De Janeiro can submit snaps to Riolive2014 which are curated by Snapchat into a feed anyone around the world can… Read More

  • Lyft Will Not Launch In New York Today, Company Says It Will Work With Taxi Commission

    Lyft Will Not Launch In New York Today, Company Says It Will Work With Taxi Commission

    New Yorkers hoping to catch a ride with Lyft today are out of luck. The company said via email and on its blog that it’s putting off its NYC launch. Lyft had announced launch plans for Brooklyn and Queens earlier this week, and it said yesterday that it would move forward with those plans despite the fact that the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission said the service did not… Read More

  • Instagram Direct | Fly or Die

    Instagram Direct Isn’t Dead, The Messaging Feature Has 45 Million Users

    Seven months after launching Instagram Direct, 45 million of Instagram’s 200 million users are actively sending or opening Direct messages, the company tells me. This 23% monthly usage rate indicates Direct is far from stillborn. While I haven’t seen or heard of many friends using the ephemeral private sharing channel, it may be quietly gaining steam with those who use Instagram… Read More

  • XKit, The Tumblr Client For Power Users, Arrives On iOS

    XKit, The Tumblr Client For Power Users, Arrives On iOS

    A well-liked Tumblr extension called XKit, which adds more functionality to the social blogging service, has just made its way to mobile in the form of a paid iOS app. Though there have been some reports of flattening Tumblr traffic following its acquisition by Yahoo, the platform today hosts close to 200 million blogs, which are updated over 94 million times per day. Among these bloggers is… Read More

  • Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

    Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

    Apple has faced a fair amount of state-sponsored criticism in China, a market where the prevailing powers have a stated goal of promoting more home-grown network and IT solutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iOS 7 poses a threat to national security because of its ‘Frequent Locations’ feature, which identifies and provides users a map of their oft-visited… Read More

  • CEO With A Heart Of Gold, Neil Young Takes The Reins At PonoMusic, Tech Vet John Hamm Remains Investor

    CEO With A Heart Of Gold, Neil Young Takes The Reins At PonoMusic, Tech Vet John Hamm Remains Investor

    A changing of keys and tempo, at PonoMusic, the venture founded on the premise of a high-fidelity digital music service and music-playing device. Neil Young, the iconic musician who founded Pono and saw it raise over $6.2 million on Kickstarter after aiming for only $800,000, is stepping in as its new CEO as John Hamm steps down. Hamm will remain an investor in the company, the company noted in… Read More

  • Science Inc. Acquires Armenian Mobile App-Maker Inlight

    Science Inc. Acquires Armenian Mobile App-Maker Inlight

    Looks like Science Inc. is getting more serious about mobile development — the startup studio is announcing that it has acquired an eight-person company based in Yerevan, Armenia called Inlight. That company developed the iOS app of the same name, a social newsreading service targeting women. Science CEO Mike Jones and Chief Business Officer Peter Pham (pictured above at TechCrunch… Read More

  • Michael Acton-Smith To Step Aside As CEO Of Mind Candy As Moshi Monsters Struggles

    Michael Acton-Smith To Step Aside As CEO Of Mind Candy As Moshi Monsters Struggles

    Mind Candy, led by star gaming property Moshi Monsters and founder Michael Acton-Smith, has been seen as one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But as many others in the space know all too well, game fads come and go, and so things are changing. Today Mind Candy is announcing that Acton-Smith is stepping down as the company’s CEO, while Divinia Knowles… Read More

  • JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

    JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

    ReservationHop and MonkeyParking, the two startups last week called emblems of exploitative #JerkTech, have both changed their ways. ReservationHop announced Tuesday a “soft pivot” away from its site that stole and resold dinner reservations without compensating restaurant owners. Meanwhile, MonkeyParking has complied with its cease-and-desist order from San Francisco by… Read More

  • Men’s Style Startup Dash Hudson Raises $400K Led By Former Groupon CTO Paul Gauthier

    Men’s Style Startup Dash Hudson Raises $400K Led By Former Groupon CTO Paul Gauthier

    Dash Hudson, a startup aiming to make twentysomething men a little less clueless about style, is announcing that it raised $400,000 in seed funding. More impressive than the amount of funding was who participated — co-founder and CEO Thomas Rankin said the round was led by Paul Gauthier, Groupon’s CTO from 2010 to 2013, as well as founding CTO at search pioneer Inktomi. Other… Read More

  • Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Clears Senate Committee

    Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Clears Senate Committee

    A bill that will allow consumers to transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers more simply was amended and approved by a Senate committee Thursday. The House passed similar legislation in February, and the bill is now expected to see a full Senate vote. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was first introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar. But an even more lucrative opportunity could be bringing these “out-app purchase” ads to mobile. Read More