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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Soundwave Focuses On Group Messaging And Playlists In Bid To Become Music’s Water Cooler

    Soundwave Focuses On Group Messaging And Playlists In Bid To Become Music’s Water Cooler

    Soundwave, the mobile app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, to help you discover more and better music, is rolling out a significant update today that sees it manoeuvre to try to become the ‘water cooler’ of what people are listening to right now. Read More

  • Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space under the Snapchat name. After being tipped… Read More

  • BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 launch, and for its new BlackBerry Passport hardware, and today that means a new feature reveal: The company detailed BlackBerry Assistant on its official blog today, and the feature looks unsurprisingly like Siri and Cortana for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The Assistant features the now-omnipresent… Read More

  • Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM. This ‘Netflix for ebooks’ would compete with existing… Read More

  • Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Plug Metromile’s free gizmo into your car and you can stop overpaying for car insurance if you’re amongst the 70% of people who drive under 10,000 miles a year. Today Metromile expands its per-mile car insurance to California following success disrupting traditional insurance in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois. It’s also revamping its free app that can tell you if something… Read More

  • Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon, you’re sitting outside at a café in Paris. You see this beautiful person who is about to leave, and you get a warm fuzzy feeling. Unfortunately, you don’t have time to introduce yourself, they’re already gone. Until now, the only thing you could do was maybe post something in the missed connections section of Craigslist or the… Read More

  • Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

    Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

    Google has teamed up with Udacity to make available a free course in Android development available to all – complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and forums. The course is called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” and it provides everything you need to learn how to make an Android app step-by-step; provided, that is, you already have a basic… Read More

  • Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Starting today, Nokia Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8 will begin to receive Windows Phone 8.1 along with a Nokia-sourced updated called Cyan. Microsoft recently purchased Nokia’s hardware assets. The 8.1 update will land in pieces, depending on the carrier in question. Windows Phone 8.1, announced in April, brings a number of updates to Microsoft’s mobile platform, including… Read More

  • BarkCam, BarkBox’s Instagram For Dogs, Is Now Available

    BarkCam, BarkBox’s Instagram For Dogs, Is Now Available

    Instagram is the Instagram for dogs in many ways, but BarkBox thinks it doesn’t go quite far enough. The company’s new app is BarkCam, an iOS title available now and designed to make it easier to capture and enhancify your doggy pictures. Why is the app better than Instagram for dog pics specifically? BarkBox says it’s because it can automatically play sounds that catch… Read More

  • cPulse Is An Android Smartphone Case That Packs 128 Multicoloured And Programable LED Lights

    cPulse Is An Android Smartphone Case That Packs 128 Multicoloured And Programable LED Lights

    As smartphone makers look to bring innovation even to the backside of our phones, adding all sorts of extra functionality to otherwise dormant real-estate, it’s perhaps no surprise to see third-party case-makers think along similar lines. But Codlight’s cPulse, which kicks off its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today, has to be one of the more ambitious and garish efforts to date. Read More

  • WunWun Slashes Pricing To Compete With Other On-Demand Delivery Services

    WunWun Slashes Pricing To Compete With Other On-Demand Delivery Services

    Going up against big players like PostMates, Uber Rush, and even Seamless, WunWun is looking to make even more of a dent in the on-demand delivery space with a switch-up on pricing. WunWun is a mobile app that asks you what you want, where you want it to be delivered, and simply asks you to push a button. WunWun helpers will get whatever you request, text you throughout the process with… Read More

  • Minuum Demos Non-Annoying Text Entry On An Android Wear Watch

    Minuum Demos Non-Annoying Text Entry On An Android Wear Watch

    The Android Wear devices currently available let you respond to texts as well as read them – but they employ either voice-based input or canned responses to do so, and neither is entirely ideal. A whole host of alternative keyboard makers will likely try to deliver alternate solutions, but Minuum is among the first to offer a working solution. In the video above, you can see how it… Read More

  • Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

    Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

    Snapchat has added a new feature to its app starting today that will offer special image filters depending on your location. All you need to do to activate them is swipe right from the preview screen after you take a photo, and you’ll receive a text or graphic sticker overlaid on your pic. The location-based filters were drawn up specifically for locations in LA and NYC to begin with… Read More

  • Google Enlists Novartis To Ship Glucose-Sensing And Autofocus Smart Contact Lenses In As Little As 5 Years

    Google Enlists Novartis To Ship Glucose-Sensing And Autofocus Smart Contact Lenses In As Little As 5 Years

    Google has announced a new licensing deal with big pharmacy corporation Novartis to bring its “smart” contact lenses, with the power to help diabetics track their blood glucose level, to patients. The commercial launch of the lenses will take place through Novartis’ Alcon eyecare division and Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez told the Financial Times that a timeline for… Read More

  • 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