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Music video AR app Blin.gy shuts down

| September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Blin.gy, the app that let users insert themselves into their favorite music videos, is shutting down. In a Medium post, co-founder and chief executive officer David Hyman wrote that the startup, which launched as Chosen three years ago and raised at least $10 million, decided to close up shop after a potential acquisition fell through. Read More


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Pokémon Go creator’s next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience

| September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Niantic, makers of the hugely popular mobile game Pokémon Go, is developing a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the gaming experience, according to company CTO Phil Keslin. The executive had just exited the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, where he had spoken on a panel about the upcoming wave of AR applications, and the potential for the AR market in the wake of… Read More


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Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments





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ARAD helps developers get ads in their augmented reality apps

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments




 ARKit and other augmented reality tools are going to make the experience more and more popular among developers and users — but, like any new platform, there probably won’t be a sophisticated way to monetize them yet outside of paying for a download. A team of developers from Google and Snapchat at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 hackathon are hoping to take the learnings from… Read More


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To chat or not to chat? Shakespeare has the answer to your question

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Chatbots are vying to become one of the cornerstones of the messaging world: using AI tools like natural language and machine learning, developers are hoping to tap into the popularity of chat apps as a medium of communication to explore new ways to help you get information, buy things, plan your life and more by letting you converse with intelligent computers instead of humans. In the… Read More


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Alexa Shop Assistant directs you to the right aisle, answers product questions

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Can Alexa help shoppers in large, retail stores where store associates are spread out and often hard to find? That’s the premise behind the hack, “Alexa Shop Assist,” presented today at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 hackathon in San Francisco. According co-creator Lawrence Chang, the idea was prompted by real-world experiences he and fellow team members – James Xu,… Read More


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‪Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments




Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation. Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off. This weekend TechCrunch spotted that some Instagram videos in the feed were autoplaying with audio. Now Instagram has confirmed to us “this new update rolled out recently” and here’s how it works for all… Read More


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Patreon raises big round at ~$450M valuation to get artists paid

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments




 In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career. Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay a monthly subscription fee for special access to their work. In exchange, Patreon takes only a tiny 5% cut. With 50,000 creators and 1 million subscribers on board paying an average of $12 per… Read More


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Facebook “Snooze” button temporarily hides people in your feed

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Sick of a friend’s non-stop vacation photos? Bored of hearing about some business Page’s big launch? One of your groups won’t shut up about their upcoming get-together? Now Facebook has a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages, or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days. The Snooze button could deter people from permanently unfollowing, unliking,… Read More


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Microsoft’s AI camera app Pix is now a business productivity tool

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Microsoft Pix, the iOS camera app that leverages A.I. to help you take better photos, is venturing beyond being a tool for consumers with an update that now sees it able to assist with photos of business documents, whiteboards, post-it notes, and business cards. According to Microsoft, the additional support focused on office productivity made sense because people were already doing a lot… Read More


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YouTube’s app is dominating mobile video by monthly users, time spent

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments





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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a non-profit

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments




 WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to start his own non-profit business. Acton announced the decision on Facebook, of course: After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life. I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided… Read More


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Apple streamlines iTunes 12.7 by removing the App Store

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Apple has made a significant change to the latest version of iTunes for MacOS and Windows by removing the App Store. This serves two purposes. First, it means more traffic for the completely redesigned App Store, which debuts later this month with the launch of iOS 11. Second, it returns iTunes to its original function as an entertainment app. Read More


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How Apple TV 4K could outpace competition from Roku, Amazon and more

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 The Apple TV 4K is here, and it has both 4K resolution (as the name implies) and HDR support, which means it can work with the latest TVs, projectors and content formats for better picture, brighter colors and generally improved visuals. But neither 4K nor HDR are new tricks, and in fact this basically means Apple is catching up with a mature field where streaming customers have a lot of… Read More


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Apple slides through its iPhone X event without any major surprises for Wall Street

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 We’ve noted before that Apple tends to follow a pretty consistent trend: the company has a big iPhone event, and the stock price doesn’t really do all that much because everyone knows what to expect. That was particularly true in today’s case, as we knew pretty much everything about both new iPhones — and it means that Apple was able to play out the story that it set… Read More


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Apple is releasing macOS High Sierra on September 25

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Apple has been hard at work on four different operating systems — iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. And the company just updated its website after its iPhone launch event. It now says that macOS High Sierra is going to come out on September 25. macOS didn’t get any love this time around as the company didn’t even mention High Sierra once. Maybe there wasn’t enough time.… Read More


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iOS 11 is coming out on September 19

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Apple is announcing several new iPhones today. But if you already have an iPhone or iPad, chances are you’ll also get something new. The company just announced at its press conference that the new major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be released on September 19. You’ll be able to download it for free. Apple first unveiled iOS 11 at its WWDC event back in… Read More


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Sequoia-backed CurioPets is Pokémon Go meets Tamagotchi

| September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments




 As Apple gears up to launch its augmented reality-equipped iOS 11 tomorrow, startup CurioPets is fully prepared with its Pokémon Go-meets-Tamagotchi game. CurioPets, short for curious pets, is a multi-player, augmented reality pet simulator that launches tomorrow on iOS. Built with Apple’s ARKit, the aim is to encourage real-world exploration — similar to Pokémon Go — as… Read More


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Twitter has an unlaunched tweetstorm feature

| September 10, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Subverting the 140 character limit by chaining tweets together into a cohesive “tweetstorm” takes some know-how, or you’ll screw it up. Luckily Twitter has built but not yet launched a feature for easily composing tweetstorms. Hidden inside the current Android app is a way to write out a tweetstorm and see it broken into distinct tweets, then tweet them all at once.
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Tons of features of iPhone 8, iPhone X detailed in leaked iOS 11 build

| September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Another iPhone 8 leak ahead of Apple’s fall event next Tuesday when it’s official expected to unveil its new flagships: 9to5Mac has been digging through the Golden Master build of iOS 11, and pulled out a few new nuggets of intel about the incoming top of the range iPhone (code-named D22). Read More


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Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Some Facebook users have noticed a new section called “Movies” appearing in the mobile app’s main navigation. The feature offers a way to see which movies are playing nearby, available showtimes and a list of local theaters and their movie selections. The section is powered through an integration with Fandango’s booking service, so you can buy a movie ticket right from… Read More


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Meet the tech company that wants to make you even more addicted to your phone

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments





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WhatsApp’s first ads appear on Facebook and start convos with businesses

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments




 WhatsApp is preparing to finally monetize, and its first move follows the same strategy as Facebook Messenger. TechCrunch has discovered code in Facebook’s ad manager that lets businesses buy ads with the call to action “Send WhatsApp Message.” Read More


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HotelTonight to expand booking window to 100 days

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments




 HotelTonight, the platform that lets you make last-minute bookings at hotels, is today announcing that they’re expanding their reservation to up to 100 days out. The change doesn’t take effect immediately, but HotelTonight says that the expanded booking window will go live “in the fall.” As it stands now, HotelTonight only lets users book hotels within seven days of… Read More


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StatMuse lets you ask a sports question and hear a response from an NFL star

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments




 StatMuse, the sports statistics database that can be queried using natural language inquiries, just announced that it’s become the second startup accepted into the NFL Players Association’s accelerator. As a refresher the accelerator, called The One Team Collective, was built to help smaller startups get access to player licensing rights in return for equity. We first wrote… Read More


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Chatbot startup founder sees Southeast Asia potential despite slow start worldwide

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Chatbots may have underwhelmed thus far, but the impact of the technology still has bags of potential in international markets where mobile messaging has been mainstream for years. That’s the view of one startup that’s working to bring the benefit of bots to the mainstream in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country and the largest economy in the growing region… Read More


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Remember when WhatsApp didn’t want to make money?

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Amazon Alexa now responds to certain questions with skills that can help you when Alexa can’t

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Amazon is making it easier for Echo and Alexa-powered device owners to find voice apps that extend the functionality of its virtual assistant. The company recently launched a new feature that has Alexa making suggestions of third-party skills to try in response to certain questions. In other words, if you ask Alexa to do something that she’s not capable of, she’ll point you to a… Read More


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Alibaba debuts ‘smile to pay’ facial recognition payments at KFC in China

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments





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