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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • UK Menswear Brand, The Affair, Wants To Make Privacy Tech A Fashion Statement

    UK Menswear Brand, The Affair, Wants To Make Privacy Tech A Fashion Statement

    Is privacy tech cool? UK menswear clothing brand The Affair reckons it’s spotted an opportunity to capitalize on our post-Snowden milieu, replete as it is with paranoia and mistrust about the electronic devices/surveillance tech we carry on our person, by adding a fabric Faraday cage into an Orwellian-inspired menswear line as a fashion statement. Read More

  • Analyst Expects iWatch In Two Sizes, 128GB iPhone And iPad Air 2 Reveal Next Week

    Analyst Expects iWatch In Two Sizes, 128GB iPhone And iPad Air 2 Reveal Next Week

    In general, the anticipations of analysts are things you can safely ignore, but a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) is worth a look, especially given his track record of successfully predicting Apple’s product roadmap – and according to Kuo, there’s a lot in store for us next week at Apple’s special event, including a new iPad. So far… Read More

  • Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

    Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

    I can’t quite put my finger on why I keep using this new app called Steven – yes, Steven, like a boy’s name – but I do. The app itself is sort of silly – it offers you a way to log your activities and location using emoji, optionally add photos, plus view and respond to posts from other friends, also through the use of emoji. Why? Well…why not? The app may… Read More

  • Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it’s been working on boosting the iPhone’s navigation abilities with augmented reality features. The patent describes a way that the iPhone could use its camera in combination with on-device software to generate virtual maps of your surroundings, which are overlaid on a real feed, and which can do things… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Way To Make Sapphire Screens Even Stronger

    Apple Patents A Way To Make Sapphire Screens Even Stronger

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could help explain leaked videos showing a front screen material that is incredibly durable, and resistant to bending, scratching and shattering. The screen is thought to be based on manufactured sapphire, a material that has a toughness rating above glass, but a new patent reveals how Apple might be stacking the odds in its favor with a process… Read More

  • Cleaning Startup Homejoy Launches Its First iPhone App

    Cleaning Startup Homejoy Launches Its First iPhone App

    Two years after Homejoy first launched its home cleaning service, the startup is releasing an iPhone app — its first native experience for smartphones. It seems a little crazy for a current-day, consumer-facing startup to wait that long to build a real presence on mobile, particularly when you’re talking about a company as well-funded as Homejoy. Read More

  • Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP

    Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP

    xAd, a mobile ad startup that specialises in serving media specific to a user’s location, is today announcing $50 million in funding — significant not only for the size of the round, but also for the context around the money coming into its coffers. xAd is already profitable, growing fast, wasn’t in the market for raising financing (it has “several million dollars… Read More

  • HTC Adds Another Mid-Tier Handset, With Support For 64-Bit

    HTC Adds Another Mid-Tier Handset, With Support For 64-Bit

    The gadget releases have been coming thick and fast out of the IFA consumer electronics tradeshow in Berlin this week, especially yesterday from Samsung and Sony. Today it was Microsoft’s turn to unbox some new kit. Smartphone maker HTC has also today fired out an IFA release, although the company is still battling to turn its business around so has a more modest offering of just the… Read More

  • Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft, now the proud owner of Nokia’s mobile making division, has unboxed a trio of new mid-tier Windows Phone handsets at its IFA press event taking place in Berlin today — including a slimline, photo-focused device it’s dubbing an “affordable flagship”. Aka the Lumia 830. And — following in the footsteps of many an Android OEM — a… Read More

  • Rdio’s Redesigned Desktop, Web And Mobile Apps Put The Focus On Free Radio

    Rdio’s Redesigned Desktop, Web And Mobile Apps Put The Focus On Free Radio

    Streaming music startup Rdio is overhauling its look across platforms, and adding more robust personalization features powered by its own growing in-house music intelligence data science team. The new Rdio also puts its free radio experience front and center, and the company wants users to know it’s one of the only places out there to go for free, streaming cross-platform radio with over… Read More