• Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable

    Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable

    Instagram never allowed URLs to open until now. It wanted people browsing photos, not the web. But Instagram says its advertisers demanded more vivid ways to influence people who “lead to meaningful results for their businesses.” Brands want measurable impact, not to be breezed by. Meanwhile, Instagram new ads court e-commerce companies that need people to click-through and buy… Read More

  • HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a technology in five.” He had just walked me through one of the best demos I had ever seen. It was the HTC Vive, a sensor-studded helmet with dual hand controllers that allowed me to enter almost… Read More

  • Yahoo Mail Gets Automatically Updating Smart Contact Cards

    Yahoo Mail Gets Automatically Updating Smart Contact Cards

    Yesterday, Google announced a well overdue revamp of its Google Contacts service which introduced a redesign and a handful of new features, and today Yahoo is following up with some contacts-related news of its own. The company is now rolling out new “Contacts Cards” in Yahoo Mail, which are small cards that pop up when you hover over a person’s name in a message, showing… Read More

  • Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content

    Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content

    Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users. Read More

  • SuperAwesome Continues Kids Marketing Land-Grab With Acquisition Of Spain’s Ad4Kids

    SuperAwesome Continues Kids Marketing Land-Grab With Acquisition Of Spain’s Ad4Kids

    SuperAwesome, the ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to be on a mini-shopping spree. The London-headquartered company is acquiring Spanish startup Ad4Kids, a platform for mobile app developers to cross-promote their ‘kid-safe’ apps, in an all-cash, otherwise undisclosed, deal. It adds to a spew of recent acquisitions and acqui-hires by SuperAwesome… Read More

  • Felicis Leads $6.3M Series A Round In Employee Survey Startup Culture Amp

    Felicis Leads $6.3M Series A Round In Employee Survey Startup Culture Amp

    Culture Amp wants to provide a cost-effective solution to conducting employee surveys and getting real, actionable insights back from them. And while it’s already attracted a number of major clients along the way, the company hopes to expand further thanks to $6.3 million in Series A funding led by Felicis Ventures, with participation from Index Ventures and Blackbird Ventures. Read More

  • Dual-Screen YotaPhone 2 Comes To The U.S. This Summer Via Indiegogo

    Dual-Screen YotaPhone 2 Comes To The U.S. This Summer Via Indiegogo

    The YotaPhone 2, an innovative Android smartphone with a standard full-color display on the front, and a low-power e-ink screen on the back, will finally make its way to the U.S. market beginning this summer with an Indiegogo campaign kicking off soon. The company will use the crowdfunding site to sell the device outright, with special pricing available for early bird backers who fund the… Read More

  • AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer. Specifically, AmbyGear’s… Read More

  • Google Glass Is Alive And Well And Living In The Enterprise

    Google Glass Is Alive And Well And Living In The Enterprise

    Rumors of Google Glass’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Google Glass is not dead. It’s not hospitalized. It’s not gravely ill. It is not even convalescing. In fact, it’s alive and well, hard at work and living in the enterprise. The enterprise, you say? What came over it? Google Glass had its day with the consumers and it was over it. It got tired of the ridicule… Read More

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