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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball is a new iPhone app from Studio Neat, prolific fun guys and makers of cool things ranging from the Glif smartphone tripod mount, to the Cosmonaut stylus, to the Neat transparent ice cube making set. The app is thematically in keeping with their most recent product, including the ice kit and the Simple Syrup Kit, providing a repository and sharing tool for cocktail recipes so you… Read More

  • Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp’s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app. You might have heard of a similar startup called Magic that recently blew up. But Magic… Read More

  • Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram has a couple of new photo editing tools available in its mobile applications, out today on Android and coming soon to iOS: Color and Fade. Color lets you adjust the tone of both the highlights and shadows of your pics, adding a different cast to light for moody effects. Fade lets you wash out colors altogether, getting a more muted effect reminiscent of low-fi prints, with… Read More

  • Amazon Instant Video Finally Comes To Android Tablets

    Amazon Instant Video Finally Comes To Android Tablets

    Amazon Instant Video is a surprisingly solid Netflix-competitor — particularly if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, which makes much of the content free. Until today, though, the service had one glaring fault: if you wanted to watch it on an Android tablet that wasn’t Amazon’s Fire HD, you were pretty much out of luck. That fault is finally fixed. Read More

  • Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, a video sharing application which is a lot an Imgur for video, as it also has a strong connection with the Reddit community, has raised $3.2 million in new funding, the company is announcing this morning. Investors in the seed round include Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, First Round, Lowercase Capital, SV Angel, Mucker… Read More

  • Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo’s new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99. The newest piece of hardware from Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density on a 6-inch display, which matches the screen on the $199.99 Kindle Voyage in terms of resolution, and which should mean extremely crisp, pixel-free rendering of… Read More

  • Xiaomi Expands Its Online Retail Channels In India And Inks First Offline Sales Deals

    Xiaomi Expands Its Online Retail Channels In India And Inks First Offline Sales Deals

    Xiaomi is broadening its horizons in India with news that its Mi devices will soon be available through two of the country’s major e-commerce sites, and offline retailers for the first time. Read More

  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface 3

    Microsoft is back at the well with a new Surface device, the Surface 3. If you’re familiar with the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year, you understand the Surface 3: It’s like the Pro 3 but smaller and less expensive. The new Surface will cost you $499 at base, a sharp discount from the lowest-tier Surface Pro 3 which tips the scale at $799. Microsoft hopes that it can… Read More

  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More

  • Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

    Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

      In the largest funding round to date for a Thiel Fellow project, Ritesh Agarwal has raised $25 million from Lightspeed, Sequoia and others to build a branded budget hotel network across India. Called OYO Rooms, the company partners with property owners across India and makes sure that their facilities meet a baseline of requirements from linen quality to breakfast to Internet access for… Read More

  • Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to give software developers an easy way to… Read More

  • Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    When Google announced that Haier and Hisense were about to launch $149 Chromebooks — the most affordable Google-powered laptops yet — I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How much computer, after all, can you expect to get for $149? I’ve now had a chance to spend a few days with the Hisense Chromebook and the answer is: more than you probably expect. Read More

  • Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    While some among the handful of startups exploiting the revenue-generating opportunities that come from using an Android phone’s lock screen as an advertising medium have since refocused their efforts, one of the early movers in this space, Slidejoy, has just closed on its first round of funding. With $1.2 million in outside investment, Slidejoy will now continue to develop its app… Read More

  • At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    The iPad turned five on April 3, and while none could deny that the Apple tablet has been successful in the intervening half-decade, what’s more interesting is trying to pin down the chief cause of its continued ability to impress users and find a place in their computing workflow. I’d argue that the iPad’s primary success factor, as well as the reason behind both its… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More

  • OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

    OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

    Smartphone-maker OnePlus just released the initial version of OxygenOS, its forked version of Android Lollipop, optimized for its OnePlus One phone. News that OnePlus was working on the operating system broke in January, after a split with partner Cyanogen. Read More

  • Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    The arms race for eyeballs online has a new weapon: live video streaming, a la Meerkat and Periscope. This type of content is innately ephemeral. Blink and you’ll miss the stream. It absolutely demands you break away and gawp RIGHT NOW. It monopolizes your attention given its fleeting duration. Read More

  • Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Outside of a mobile application’s official product, there tends to exist a broader ecosystem catering the wants and unmet desires of its user community. For Instagram, there are apps to boost your followers; Tinder users could once peer into who likes them and undo their accidental swipes; and dozens Snapchat apps bloomed, allowing users to automatically save incoming photos or… Read More

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