• Apple Lets You Preserve Your Musical Taste With A U2 Album Removal Tool

    Apple Lets You Preserve Your Musical Taste With A U2 Album Removal Tool

    Apple listens to user feedback, which is evident by the introduction of a new tool that lets users remove the U2 album Songs of Innocence from their iTunes library entirely (via 9to5Mac). The album was given away to all of the over 500 million iTunes registered users as part of Apple’s new iPhone 6 launch last week. But some users (like our own Matt Burns) weren’t thrilled to find… Read More

  • JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Bros. Studios, which is the parent company to JibJab.com and the StoryBots apps, has made its first major purchase in its 15-year history, with the announcement that it’s acquiring a startup called Make Believe Labs, whose product “Hello Santa” we reviewed last year. The company’s three founders will now join JibJab and continue to run their service from… Read More

  • Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

  • Ridesharing Service Sidecar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

    Ridesharing Service Sidecar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

    San Francisco-headquartered ridesharing startup Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services like Uber and Lyft, announced this morning it has raised an additional $15 million in funding. The new round comes from existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, and includes participation from new investor and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Previously, Sidecar had… Read More

  • The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The 64GB SKU of the Surface 2 is sold out on Microsoft’s website, and, according to a sales person that Neowin spoke to, it likely won’t be restocked. The sales rep said the company is looking to get rid of inventory of the older device and “focus on the newer version of Surfaces.” Read More

  • Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    RJMetrics, a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by August Capital (which, in addition to being a big-deal venture capital firm, also hosts TechCrunch’s annual summer party), with August partner Eric Carlborg joining the RJMetrics board of directors. Read More

  • How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

    How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

    In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, designed more to make you aware of how often you’re using your smartphone. Read More

  • Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly-released app was Impala — an app for iOS and… Read More

  • Forget Siri, Fetch Is A Real Personal Assistant, Contained In An App

    Forget Siri, Fetch Is A Real Personal Assistant, Contained In An App

    Fetch, a mobile app that serves as a personal buying assistant by allowing you to submit text or photos then have results returned to you by a professional shopper, is expanding beyond product search with a new release out now. In the updated version, which also works over SMS, you can use your buying assistant to book flights, hotels, and rental cars as well as buy movie tickets, event… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Safe $2.5 Billion Bet On Minecraft

    Microsoft’s Safe $2.5 Billion Bet On Minecraft

    Microsoft expects to break-even on its $2.5B purchase of Minecraft maker Mojang in 2015. It’s easy to say that buying Minecraft is a safe bet for Microsoft. The deal was announced this morning following a week of unsubstantiated reports and wide-eyed speculation. Most of the commentary revolves around “one-hit-wonders” like Angry Birds that eventually fall flat and take… Read More

  • First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India

    First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India

    Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at Rs 6,399/$105. Hardware partners for this first wave of affordable ‘Droids are Micromax, Karbonn, Spice and chipmaker MediaTek. Read More

  • Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 cameraphone. Inside is a massive image sensor on par with top-tier pocket cameras, yet the whole package is still rather svelte. With the DMC-CM1 Panasonic is returning to the smartphone market in an important way. Two years ago Panasonic pulled the plug on its smartphones following disappointing sales of the Eluga handsets. Quite frankly, those handsets were not… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

    Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

    Microsoft has confirmed that Mojang and Minecraft will join its ranks, but it’ll continue to make the game available across iOS, Android and PlayStation as well as on Xbox and PC, the company announced today. Microsoft says that they started their conversation around bringing the title to the Xbox console, and from there witnessed their tremendous success and decided to make the… Read More

  • Canon Launches A DSLR Built For Speed And A Competitor For Sony’s RX-100

    Canon Launches A DSLR Built For Speed And A Competitor For Sony’s RX-100

    Canon has a slew of new gear out launching today, but among those the most noteworthy are its new 1-inch sensor compact camera, which will go head-to-head with Sony’s RX-100 series, and the new 7D Mark II, a worthy successor to Canon’s top-end crop sensor DSLR. Canon GX 7 Sony has managed to keep its own spot atop the heap of compact sensor cameras thanks to the extremely… Read More

  • Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple has sold a record number of iPhones during its initial pre-order weekend sales, topping the charts with 4 million units moved between when it kicked off pre-sales early Friday morning and the end of the same day. The store experienced some technical problems owing to volume, but that didn’t stop the 6 Plus from selling out quickly, followed by the iPhone 6 later in the morning. Read More

  • Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    As part of its ongoing Spyfiles series of posts, Wikileaks has released the back and front-end systems used by multiple governments to spy on journalists, dissidents, and others. The files appear to be weaponized Windows malware although the software, called FinFisher, also works on OS X. From the post: FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is… Read More

  • B2B Marketplace Kinnek Raises $10 Million From Matrix To Help SMBs Find And Purchase Supplies

    B2B Marketplace Kinnek Raises $10 Million From Matrix To Help SMBs Find And Purchase Supplies

    B2B marketplace Kinnek wants to connect SMBs with suppliers that will offer up the goods they need and provide competitive prices for them. Based on its growth in recent months, the company has raised $10 million from Matrix Partners and others to continue expanding its marketplace into new verticals and markets. Read More

  • Cloudyn Scores $4M As Cloud Administrative Services Continue To Grow

    Cloudyn Scores $4M As Cloud Administrative Services Continue To Grow

    Cloudyn, a cloud administrative service that helps companies monitor and optimize cloud utilization and cost across different infrastructure providers, announced today it had received $4M in Series A funding led by Titanium Investments with additional funding from existing investor RDSeed. The funding brings the total amount raised to date to $5.5M. As a condition of the… Read More

  • The #Gamergate Answer

    The #Gamergate Answer

    In response to my article last week I got a fair degree of heated comments, but most civil ones said that the gamergate issue was about journalistic integrity. Is it? Or is it actually about the culture of games? And how does that affect the industry going forward? Read More