• Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra Confirms “No Plans” To Push Its App Store Outside China

    Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra Confirms “No Plans” To Push Its App Store Outside China

    Rumors that Google feels threatened by the fast-paced rise of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which has built its own UI atop Android and in China also offers its own app store (rather than pre-loading Google Play), were presumably front of mind for Xiaomi VP and former Google employee Hugo Barra today. Read More

  • SMB Business Management Startup Booker Books $35 Million In New Funding

    SMB Business Management Startup Booker Books $35 Million In New Funding

    As more business moves online, service industry professionals are leveraging new tools to improve how they connect with their customers. To serve those customers, Booker has raised $35 million in new funding to help small- and medium-sized businesses providing services in the offline world to manage customer relationships online. Read More

  • PCH Buys Design Portal Fab In Stock And Cash Fire Sale

    PCH Buys Design Portal Fab In Stock And Cash Fire Sale

    In one of the craziest sell-offs in Silicon Valley history, PCH International has closed its acquisition of e-commerce site Fab. The deal, which we first reported back in November, was announced today as a stock-and-cash deal for an undisclosed amount. According to our sources, Fab was selling to PCH for around $15 million. That price is a fire sale for the remaining assets of the company after… Read More

  • Waze Becomes One Of Google’s Pre-Installation Options For Android Devices

    Waze Becomes One Of Google’s Pre-Installation Options For Android Devices

    Crowdsourced driving navigation app Waze is getting a boost from parent company Google at this year’s Mobile World Congress – the free app is now included in the section of apps that make up Google Mobile Services, or the pre-installation software bundle Google offers to smartphone and device OEMs building Android gadgets. The GMS designation means that Waze can join the likes… Read More

  • Pebble Reveals Pebble Time Steel And A Smartstrap System Open To Hardware Developers
  • Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell and total profit dropped 5.6% at S&S and approximately 12% for RPH. The potential culprits? A lack of blockbuster books and low ebook sales. While ebooks sales are still dwarfed by paperback and hardback sales, publishers are now seeing even less revenue from… Read More

  • Hands On With Jolla’s Sailfish Slate, The Tablet Without A U.S. OS

    Hands On With Jolla’s Sailfish Slate, The Tablet Without A U.S. OS

    Finland’s Jolla, the plucky startup that’s built its own mobile OS, called Sailfish, atop the Mer open source project, is showing off its forthcoming, crowdsourced tablet here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s the follow up to Jolla’s first device, the eponymous Jolla smartphone, which was released at the end of 2013. Read More

  • Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Blackberry was once the big dawg in mobile phones. It was in the hands of practically every knowledge worker on the planet, but its days of dominance began a precipitous drop after Apple brought the iPhone to market in 2007 and Android followed in 2008, and today it’s a tiny blip on the smartphone marketshare radar. That’s why it’s interesting that a new company, Silent… Read More

  • Here’s A Closer Look At The Montblanc Smart Band For Fancy Watches

    Here’s A Closer Look At The Montblanc Smart Band For Fancy Watches

    Montblanc, a Swiss luxury company, recently announced a little add-on to its mechanical watch line – the e-Strap, a small OLED system that displays notifications on the bottom of your watch band. I snorted at the concept back in January but now we get to nod sagely at the implementation. To be clear I don’t think Montblanc is doing anything wrong here. They know smartwatches… Read More

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