• Minuum’s iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You See A Lot More Screen As You Type

    Minuum’s iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You See A Lot More Screen As You Type

    Apple’s new relaxation of the ban on third-party keyboards means there’s now a plethora in the store, but a couple stand out. I wrote about Fleksy earlier, but Toronto startup Minuum has also launched an iOS 8 keyboard extension, and their approach is unique. The team’s goal was to engineer a usable, one-line keyboard, and that’s what they’ve delivered on iOS… Read More

  • Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and, now Tumblr, as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their… Read More

  • 1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password, the app that keeps your accounts secure by generating long, complex passwords and letting you access them by a single password of your choice, arrives on iOS 8 today and brings with it extensions in certain apps (including Safari) and a new, low starting price: free. Read More

  • BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Opens To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

    BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Opens To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

    In the rush of new services for consumers that are concerned about their data privacy, make room for another messaging app. Peer-to-peer file distribution service BitTorrent is today announcing the public availability of Bleep — its encrypted P2P chat app for voice calls and texts that is still in alpha — with Mac and Android apps now available to download, in addition to… Read More

  • Facebook Says Don’t Panic Because Its iOS 8 App Won’t Actually Track Your Location More

    Facebook Says Don’t Panic Because Its iOS 8 App Won’t Actually Track Your Location More

    iOS 8 changes location tracking permissions from “Yes/No” to “Always/While Using The App/Never”, meaning that technically Facebook has to change the location permission for people who’ve turned on Nearby Friends. To pre-empt and thwart any freak outs, it published a blog post today explaining it’s not tracking users any more than it already did, and not at… Read More

  • Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

    Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

    Apple has just had a splashy September launch event for the iPhone 6, but it is also gearing up for an October event to showcase new iPad and Mac hardware, plus OS X Yosemite. Bloomberg is reporting a “mid-October” launch event timeframe, and AppleInsider echoes those claims, while Daily Dot’s Michah Singleton says that October 21 will be the specific day. We’ve also… Read More

  • France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer. While the name of the CDO is still unknown, a source told me that current Etalab director Henri Verdier should get nominated later this week. Back in February, I interviewed Henri Verdier about Etalab’s work on Data.gouv.fr… Read More

  • Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci has found some powerful allies for his music production storage and collaboration startup Splice, which launches its public beta and remixable music player today. Superstar DJs Tiësto and Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, manager Scooter Braun, and agencies WME and AM Only have invested in Splice’s new $4.5 million Series A led by True Ventures… Read More

  • iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to… Read More

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