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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • TC Droidcast Episode 41: Our USB-C Fantasy Future

    TC Droidcast Episode 41: Our USB-C Fantasy Future

    Google has updated its ambitious Chromebook Pixel, with longer all-day battery life and a lower price tag, but the USB-C ports for charging and I/O are what have us most excited on this week’s Droidcast. They lead us into a fantasist discussion of what might come via future use of the tech across smartphones, smartwatches and other devices, and you can join us on this wild ride. The… Read More

  • Meet Google’s New Chromebook Pixel

    Meet Google’s New Chromebook Pixel

     If you were hoping for a complete redesign, you’ll be disappointed, but just like the old Pixel, the new Pixel is the best Chromebook money can buy. And at the new starting point of $999, it’s a better value, too. Google has kept the best from the original Pixel and improved all of the issues we found with the first one — battery life being the most important of… Read More

  • Amazon’s Apple Watch App Will Let You Shop From Your Wrist

    Amazon’s Apple Watch App Will Let You Shop From Your Wrist

    Though online retailer Amazon wasn’t among one of the many applications Apple introduced this week as coming soon to its new wearable device, the Apple Watch, the company does have an Apple Watch version of its mobile shopping app in the works, we understand. The shopping app will allow consumers to search for products and even buy them from their wrist using Amazon’s… Read More

  • Square Buys Kili Technology For Payment Hardware; HQ To Become Toronto Office

    Square Buys Kili Technology For Payment Hardware; HQ To Become Toronto Office

    Mobile payments and retail tech company Square has acquired Kili Technology, a Toronto-based startup specializing in silicon, electronic and software design for improvement payment processing. The newly-acquired company will remain in Toronto, which will now act as a second Canadian office for Square, which had previously opened its country HQ in Waterloo, home of one of the most-respected… Read More

  • With $2M In Funding, Bento Creates A Smart And Personalized Android Home Screen

    With $2M In Funding, Bento Creates A Smart And Personalized Android Home Screen

    A new Android home screen app called Bento aims to provide a more personalized way of interacting with the their phones. By putting the services that they use most frequently front and center, as well as exchanging information between them, the app maker believes it can surface more relevant information and also save users time. Read More

  • Apple Expediting The Future Is No Betrayal

    Apple Expediting The Future Is No Betrayal

    Apple’s new MacBook, which limits input and output to a single USB-C port and a simple 3.5mm audio in/out jack, has been characterized by some as a move that’s antagonistic to the consumer. Critics point to the single port, as well as the performance limitations inherent in using an Intel Core M chipset for power management and fanless logic board design, as causes for complaint… Read More

  • VaporChat Scores $1.5M For Its Private Messaging App That Puts Users In Control Of Their Texts

    VaporChat Scores $1.5M For Its Private Messaging App That Puts Users In Control Of Their Texts

    A startup called VaporChat has raised $1.5 million for its newly launched mobile application which pushes the concept of “ephemeral” messaging further by not only allowing users to un-send text and photos, but also control whether or not message recipients can copy or save the content being shared over its service, and much more. Read More

  • Sneak Peek At Flipboard’s Apple Watch App

    Sneak Peek At Flipboard’s Apple Watch App

    Among the many new applications designed for Apple Watch, there are still a few big names who had yet to reveal how their apps will look and operate. One of those names is Flipboard, the social magazine app which is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows, and more recently, the web. The company offered a preview of their forthcoming Apple Watch app, which they’ll cover in more… Read More

  • Apple Pegged To Bring Force Touch Pressure-Sensitive Input To Next iPhones

    Apple Pegged To Bring Force Touch Pressure-Sensitive Input To Next iPhones

    Apple’s Force Touch tech, which it built into both the new 12-inch MacBook and the new Apple Watch, is also headed to the next iPhone, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Frankly, after trying the tech out in person, I’d be more surprised it wasn’t using Force Touch across all of its upcoming products. The pressure-sensitive input method allows for a… Read More

  • Full Recap of the Apple Event | TC Applecast

    TC AppleCast 8: Our Video Recap Of The Apple Event

    On Monday, Apple held a special event focused on the all-new 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display, and the Apple Watch, providing us a deeper look at the smartwatch’s software. The special event merits a special podcast, so we got Matthew Panzarino, Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell together to capture the magic on video. And there’s an audio version, too, so pick your… Read More

  • Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

    Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

    If the rise of anonymous apps has proven anything, it’s that humans can be ugly creatures when the social pressures that keep our baser natures in check are removed, and we’re allowed to share our darker sentiments and thoughts – sometimes, for nothing more than the cheap thrill of knowing they’ve caused others outrage. Case in point: Yik Yak, the latest app to… Read More

  • Try These Interactive Demos Of Apple Watch Apps Featured At Apple’s Events

    Try These Interactive Demos Of Apple Watch Apps Featured At Apple’s Events

    Apple has now spent a fair amount of time showing us how Apple Watch apps will work on its wearable, which launches on April 24 (with pre-orders starting April 10), but few have had a chance to try out the software for themselves. Dedicated watch app site WatchAware has spent considerable time and effort providing interactive teaser trailers that provide a basic idea how apps for Apple Watch… Read More

  • You Can Now Build Your Own Moto 360 Smartwatch On Moto Maker

    You Can Now Build Your Own Moto 360 Smartwatch On Moto Maker

    Motorola’s Android Wear smartwatch, which led sales of Android Wear devices during their first year of availability, is now part of Moto Maker, the custom hardware design platform that lets shoppers build their own looks for Moto devices. Moto 360 customization options include three different finishes, nine separate band styles and a number of different pre-installed watch face options. Read More

  • Google’s Redesigned Calendar App Comes To iPhone

    Google’s Redesigned Calendar App Comes To iPhone

    Google today launched the redesigned version of its mobile Calendar app on iPhone. The new app, which follows Google’s new Material Design guidelines, includes all the features Google previously announced when it launched its updated Calendar App for Android. Read More

  • Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

    Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

    Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events,” but the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time. Instead, it looks like the app has been published early by accident, as it advises users who download it to their phones that it’s a “confidential” app being tested internally at the company, and warns users… Read More

  • Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Discovering great apps is like finding a needle in a manure pile. The App Stores are overrun with crap, and anything decent has a dozen clones. But AppCrawlr lets you compare feature checklists and reviews to find the best app for any purpose. While a genius technology, AppCrawlr’s two-man operation never became a household name. So today, AppCrawlr announced it’s been acquired… Read More

  • Community-Based Shipping Service Roadie Launches Nationwide

    Community-Based Shipping Service Roadie Launches Nationwide

    Roadie, an alternative shipping service offering a cheaper way to get your items to a remote destination by piggy-backing on drivers heading in that same direction, is today rolling out across the U.S. Until now the service was only available in select states, mainly in the Southeast U.S. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and has been steadily expanding outward from there since its… Read More

  • Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Android Wear is reportedly getting some updates that will help it mirror or offer alternatives to some of the big wearable advantages Apple has made available on the new Apple Watch, including input and connectivity tweaks. The Verge reports that Google is planning to bring Wi-Fi support and gesture control to Android Wear, as well as UI changes that make apps easier to find and open without… Read More

  • Starbucks Expands Its Mobile “Order Ahead” Feature To Seattle And The Pacific Northwest

    Starbucks Expands Its Mobile “Order Ahead” Feature To Seattle And The Pacific Northwest

    Starbucks’ mobile ordering system, which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit to the store, pay from their phone, then skip the line when they arrive, is today rolling out to more locations across the Pacific Northwest, including Starbucks’ home base of Seattle. In total, there are now 650 more locations supported in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska, says… Read More

  • LaCie’s New USB-C Mobile Hard Drive Matches The New MacBook Perfectly

    LaCie’s New USB-C Mobile Hard Drive Matches The New MacBook Perfectly

    The new MacBook’s most curious feature might be its lack of ports – there are only two on the edges of the machine, one of the left for USB-C power, data and display connectivity, and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack on the right for use with any standard audio gear. The singular port means accessory makers will be vying for that coveted space, and LaCie wasted no time in outing a… Read More

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