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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Voice Polls Becomes An Efficient Platform For Market Research Polls

    Voice Polls Becomes An Efficient Platform For Market Research Polls

    Voice Polls has come a long way. Formerly named Poutsch, the startup is moving away from its consumer-only focus to create an interesting market research tool. With the 2.0 release, you can pay to ask a panel of users, and users can now get paid to answer these polls. First, let’s talk about the product. Voice Polls is now available on iOS, Android and the web. It’s a simple… Read More

  • Texting Turns 22

    Texting Turns 22

    Half a lifetime ago a 22-year-old Neil Papworth sent the first ever short message service (SMS). His fifteen-character missive – ‘merry christmas’ – was sent to colleague Richard Jarvis on December 3rd, 1992. Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Developer Preview Program. Read More

  • Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

    Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

    Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion that instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque will provide a… Read More

  • Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

    Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

    The HTC Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet running pure, unadulterated Android, and it’s a very capable piece of hardware, made better because it’s running Lollipop, which is a big step up for Android overall. Google has just begun shipping Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio accessories, too, which give the tablet a magnetic cover with a built-in keyboard, complete with mechanical keys… Read More

  • Why LiveRail Ditched An IPO To Sell Its Video AdTech To Facebook For ~$500M

    Why LiveRail Ditched An IPO To Sell Its Video AdTech To Facebook For ~$500M

    “The company was profitable. We probably would have pursued an IPO. The business was accelerating”, LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne tells me in his first interview about how his company was acquired by Facebook in July for what multiple sources say was $500 million. Still, rather than go public, Trefgarne said his team realized that “If we work hard at Facebook, we have a… Read More

  • Apple Stores Will Host Free Coding Workshops For Second Annual ‘Hour of Code’

    Apple Stores Will Host Free Coding Workshops For Second Annual ‘Hour of Code’

    Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer… Read More

  • Disney Will Launch Its First Imagicademy Learning Apps On Dec. 11

    Disney Will Launch Its First Imagicademy Learning Apps On Dec. 11

    Disney just unveiled its digital learning initiative Imagicademy, which will launch on December 11. The company first mentioned Imagicademy last month, but without any real details. As outlined at a press event today in New York, it’s a suite of mobile learning apps for kids, along with an app where parents can follow along, give their kids a virtual high five, and see recommended… Read More

  • LG G Watch R Review

    LG G Watch R Review

    The G Watch R is LG’s second Android Wear smartwatch, which is impressive given that the platform has only been available to the general public for about half a year, and other big Android OEMs haven’t yet shipped a first device. The original G Watch felt very much like the wearable hardware equivalent of a “FIRST” Internet comment, however, delivering little in the way… Read More

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