• Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology

    Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology

    Google today is launching a trio of new photo apps – a part of new series of what it has dubbed photography “appsperiments.” (Get it? Ha ha.) The apps, some of which are available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, give Google a way to test out more experimental features to see how users respond, the company explains in an announcement on its Google Research… Read More

  • Popular podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ scores an FX development deal

    Popular podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ scores an FX development deal

    With narrative podcasting on the rise, it’s no surprise that TV execs have begun looking at the medium as a resource for new shows. If there is a surprise in all of this, it’s that Welcome to Night Vale didn’t get picked up sooner. The podcast has developed an organic fan base through platforms like Twitter, several touring shows, spin-off podcasts and two novels. Read More

  • Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

    Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

    Facebook’s “Poke” feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement – and is even considering expanding the set of casual greeting options to include others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug. Though Facebook had never really discontinued the age-old feature, which serves as a quick way to get someone’s… Read More

  • Is Trump a Twitter addict? Crunch Network

    Is Trump a Twitter addict?

    The president of the United States cannot seem to stop tweeting. Despite stern advice from his advisors and opprobrium from the world, not a day goes by that POTUS doesn’t escalate some tension in 280 characters. Each of us can relate to making a social media post we regret later and vowing never to do it again — but few of us do it on such a public scale. But is it addiction? Read More

  • Augmented reality treasure hunting app Seek pivots to become a hub for AR projects

    Augmented reality treasure hunting app Seek pivots to become a hub for AR projects

    One year after launching at South by Southwest with an augmented reality treasure hunting app, the Utah-based startup Seek has returned with an update transforming its service into a “YouTube for AR”. Rather than being focused on disappearing, site-specific augmented reality experiences, the company now wants to be a hub where developers can post their augmented reality projects… Read More

  • Zyper thinks ‘micro influencers’ are the future of online advertising

    Zyper thinks ‘micro influencers’ are the future of online advertising

    Advocacy marketing — the idea of getting existing customers to talk about your company and its products — is nothing new, but as marketing spend has shifted online, a number of startups have tried to figure out ways of making it more scalable. One such company is Zyper, founded by Amber Atherton, who previously featured in British reality TV show “Made in Chelsea”. Read More

  • Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

    Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

    The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not registered with the city. Since December 1st, you have to register your apartment with the city if you want to list it on an online renting platform. This way, city officials can more… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

    Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

    This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with the introduction of music alarms. According to Amazon, Alexa device owners can… Read More

  • Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

    Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

    After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of an Android 8.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peek of a fun little addition made possible through its ARCore technology, letting… Read More

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