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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Directr, an app that we’ve covered a few times since its launch back in 2012, has just been snatched up by Google. In an age of ultra-brief videos, Directr existed to help users and businesses shoot videos that were a bit longer than your average Vine — think ads, or promo clips, or family holiday videos. Read More

  • Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    News broke today that Microsoft is offering employees in China a Lumia 630 device to leave the company voluntarily. Microsoft’s mass layoffs are not going over smoothly in China. Reports of protest have cropped up, with workers reacting in anger about the company’s impending job cuts that will eventually total 18,000 across the company. When Microsoft purchased most of… Read More

  • Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More

  • Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

    Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

    London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals navigate public transport by mapping their location dynamically and providing audio cues to direct them through stations and onto trains via an app. Read More

  • The New Foursquare | Hands On

    This Is The New Foursquare

    After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making its biggest change to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand suns. Earlier this summer, Foursquare announced that it would be splitting its main app into two… Read More

  • The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Is Ready For Its Closeup

    The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Is Ready For Its Closeup

    Android Wear is already out in the wild, on peoples’ wrists and theoretically in their hearts, but the Moto 360, the round-faced smartwatch that has caught the eye of many a fashion-conscious consumer, is supposed to be coming something this month, and a new leak suggests it’s just about ready for prime time. The images come from Italian blogger Luca Viscardi (via AndroidWorld.it)… Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

    Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

    Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all non-U.S. litigation. The announcement came late Tuesday in a release first reported by the Financial Times. In the joint statement, the two tech giants said they “…have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States.” Read More

  • Sprint To Replace CEO, Drop Bid For T-Mobile Amid Tough Regulatory Climate

    Sprint will drop its efforts to buy T-Mobile amid a hostile regulatory climate and financing difficulties. The prospect of lowering the number of major mobile carriers in the United States from four to three proved unpopular among U.S. regulatory bodies. In addition to walking away from its merger efforts, Sprint will reportedly appoint a new CEO tomorrow, according to Bloomberg. The two… Read More

  • Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    A company known as Zip Phone is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the limited number of cellular minutes that come with their smartphone’s voice plan. That’s a more common problem outside of North America where unlimited calling plans are prevalent, though these consumers can still benefit from Zip Phone… Read More