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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • A history of HTC in 12 devices

    HTC on Friday basically sold a huge portion of itself to Google, which is clearly hoping to use the company’s talent for hardware in its own push for self-branded devices. It’s the end of an era for a major company that has been a friend to Google and Android for a decade — perfect timing for a little retrospective on HTC’s many and varied devices. Read More

  • WhatsApp blocked in China, though past bans proved temporary

    WhatsApp blocked in China, though past bans proved temporary

    WhatsApp has been widely blocked in mainland China by the country’s government, with text messaging as well as photo and video sharing not currently functional. However, WhatsApp had previously been blocked in the country and saw those blocks lifted within a few days, so it’s unclear how long the chat app may remain inaccessible. Read More

  • Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website

    Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website

    Pinterest today announced a partnership with Target to integrate its visual search technology known as Lens into Target’s apps, and later its desktop website. The deal, which represents the first time the company has integrated Lens into a retailer’s app, will allow Target shoppers to snap a photo of any product, and then find similar items available for sale at Target. The… Read More

  • Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale

    Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale

    Over a year after Google showed off its “connected” jean jacket designed for bike commuters at last year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company today is unveiling the final product, which goes on sale on Wednesday for $350. Designed in partnership with Levi’s, the new smart jacket takes advantage of technology from Google’s Advanced Technology and… Read More

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

    iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

    If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they aren’t without their flaws. Read More

  • Preschoolers get their own Pokémon game with launch of Pokémon Playhouse

    Preschoolers get their own Pokémon game with launch of Pokémon Playhouse

    A new app called Pokémon Playhouse from the Pokémon Company, released this week, is bringing Pikachu and friends to preschoolers. Unlike the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo by way of the Pokémon Company, this latest game is not focused on capturing Pokémon, battling and raids. Instead, it’s filled with activities appropriate for… Read More

  • ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers

    ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers

    ipsy, a subscription service that delivers a collection of products to its users every month, has spent the last six years building up a community with millions of people obsessed with beauty products. And now that the company has more than 3 million subscribers — with a $10 per month subscription cost — it’s ready to get a little bit more aggressive by getting directly… Read More

  • Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

    Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

    There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More

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