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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

    Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

    Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house. But Descript, Mason’s new startup that’s spun out from Detour, isn’t designed to just… 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

  • Facebook Sound Collection lets you add no-name music to videos

    Facebook Sound Collection lets you add no-name music to videos

    The right soundtrack can make a boring video interesting. So after years of reported discussions with the record labels, Facebook is launching video editing tool Sound Collection for inserting into Facebook and Instagram clips “songs, vocals, noises, and instrumental tracks spanning genres like hip hop, pop, jazz, country, and more.” Read More

  • Meet ‘Genies,’ the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact news

    Meet ‘Genies,’ the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact news

    “We plan on making Bitmoji obsolete,” says Akash Nigam, CEO of Genies. Bragging about beating one of the world’s top apps before his has even launched is emblematic of Nigam’s and Genies’ brash style. But with $15 million in funding at a valuation over $100 million, top investors like NEA and Hollywood royalty like CAA are buying into the avatar startup. Read More

  • Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data

    Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data

    Samir Arora says it’s time for a new wave of applications that use reliable location data. Arora previously founded Mode Media (which he departed before its shutdown last year, though he remains involved in Mode Media Japan) and NetObjects before that. Today he’s unveiling Sage Digital, the startup that he’s hoping will provide the data for that new wave. Arora said Sage has… Read More

  • Pinterest brings on a new head of corporate and business development

    Pinterest brings on a new head of corporate and business development

    Pinterest today said it is hiring a new head of corporate and business development, bringing on former Facebooker Gary Johnson as it looks to continue to expand. The hiring comes at a time when Pinterest recently saw its president, Tim Kendall, depart to start his own company. Read More

  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on AI, VR and battery life

    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on AI, VR and battery life

    Qualcomm teased its new flagship smartphone chip at day one of its Summit in Maui, and, as expected, the company’s got a lot more to offer us on day two. The Snapdragon 845 is the latest premium processor, due out next year. And like its predecessor, the 835, you can expect the thing to be nearly ubiquitous on 2018’s flagship handsets — not to mention a few Windows PCs. Read More

  • Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in Boston

    Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in Boston

    Lyft is beginning its self-driving car pilot with self-driving car company nuTonomy in Boston as it looks to ramp up its self-driving efforts, and is now matching its riders with self-driving vehicles in parts of Boston, nuTonomy said today. Lyft announced its partnership with nuTonomy in June this year, indicating that the pilots would begin in the coming months. Read More

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