Alex Thorne

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André Benjamin: “There’s Not Much Difference” Between Playing André 3000 and Playing Hendrix

Though André Benjamin — best known as André 3000, one half of OutKast — has mostly stayed out of the spotlight for the last few years, he’s back: …

Mysterious Selfie.com reveals itself as an app for starting video conversations

But is there room for another selfie-based social network?<p>The story of Selfie is long, arduous, and more than a little absurd. It culminates today in the release of Selfie, an iPhone app for posting video clips of up to 24 seconds of yourself talking about whatever you like, and replying publicly …

Google's 'Ingress' will soon let players build scavenger-hunt missions across the globe

Google’s alternate reality, multiplayer mobile game <i>Ingress</i> has found a pretty large audience in the last year — more than seven million people have installed it on their Android or iOS phones, up from the four million who were playing as of July, when the iOS app was released. Now, the game is …

Road Trip: California's Pacific Coast Highway

Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.<p>An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. …

Iran-6 power talks turn into mostly Iran-US show

India's Modi jabs at Pakistan, encourages yoga in U.N. address

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday he wants to hold bilateral talks with neighboring Pakistan “without a shadow of terrorism,” a day after Pakistan’s prime minister expressed frustration with stalled talks over Kashmir.<p>In his first address to the U.N. …

At U.N., India's Modi Discusses Pakistan, Terrorism, And Peace

Saying his country is prepared to resume peace talks with Pakistan, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the U.N. General Assembly Saturday that the discussion must take place "without the shadow of terrorism."<p>Modi spoke at the U.N. one day after Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, …

Kickstarter outlines what project creators must do if they don't deliver on promises

If you help fund a project on Kickstarter and that project fails, Kickstarter has no legal obligation to intervene.<p>That’s what Kickstarter describes in an update made to its terms of service today. According to the changes, “Anyone who backs a project is accepting the creator’s offer, and forming …

27 Things Everyone In London Should Do This Fall

From strolling through Shoreditch to check out edgy new street art to eating at the city's best restaurants during the London Restaurant Festival, here are the best things to do in London this fall.<p><i>Did we miss your favorite London fall activity? Sound off in the comments below.</i>

England

Seven Hidden Gems for International Travelers

As an international business traveler, I have had the opportunity to observe cultures, dine on cuisine, and see some of the most breath-taking places all around the world.<p>The idea that there are "hidden gems" that no one knows about, but that you can visit easily as a general tourist, is a bit of a …

Here Are The Top Places You Need To Visit In The US, According To Pinterest Users

Since then, users have created 4 million Place Boards and uploaded over 1 billion Place pins into the system.<p>Thanks to that data, Pinterest was able to put together a list of the top 20 most popular places in the US that everyone should try to visit.

National Parks

Sapphire Displays for iPhone 6 Missed by 'Weeks' Due to Yield Issues

One of the biggest rumors for the iPhone 6 was a new sapphire display cover courtesy of Apple's partnership with GT Advanced Technologies. Some rumors had suggested sapphire might be limited to high-end models, but at the device's unveiling earlier this week the feature was nowhere to be found on …

Why Apple Pay Will Hurt PayPal

Apple Pay can have an impact on PayPal just by focusing on app payments. If it extends into the mobile Web, things could get worse.<p>Apple’s new payment system hopes to change the way people make purchases both in stores and in apps, and that could become a big problem for the Web’s biggest digital …

Apple Watch is what Apple innovation in the post-Jobs era looks like

Since the passing of Steve Jobs, many have wondered whether Apple would be able to innovate in a new product category again.<p>Following the return of the Apple co-founder in 1997, the company began hitting a series of home runs that appeared out of the Bondi blue with the release of the iMac and …

T-Mobile unveils expanded WiFi calling capabilities, Personal CellSpot router, partnership with Gogo for in-flight texts

During its Uncarrier 7.0 event this afternoon, T-Mobile revealed a handful of new announcements as part of its ongoing quest to lead the mobile industry. Firstly, CEO John Legere announced that every phone it sells from here on out will be capable of WiFi calling and texting. The company says that …

Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million

Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 …

Apple Watch: battery life a challenge for a round-the-clock health tracker

One of the first challenges for the Apple Watch is to persuade people who’ve gone bare-wristed for years due to owning smartphones that a watch – however smart – is necessary and desirable.<p>On that front, the omens are good. Apple’s first wearable devices are smart (in both senses of the word) and …

Discover cards joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in Apple Pay contactless payments

Discover has tweeted that its cards will be joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in the Apple Pay service, allowing electronic versions of its cards to be stored in Passbook for contactless payment using the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.<p>[tweet https://twitter.com/discover/status/509405306531876865]<p>Apple …

Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up w/ Swirl for in-store iBeacon experience

After announcing it would take advantage of iBeacons deployed by inMarket in grocery stores back in April, today Condé Nast’s Epicurious is announcing a partnership with another iBeacon network to further expand the context-sensitive notifications beamed to its users. Swirl, the same company behind …

Foursquare plans to relaunch 'Lists' feature as power users panic

No, Foursquare technically didn’t kill “Lists” in its latest update.<p>But the feature, a favorite among power users, will relaunch “in a big way,” according to Foursquare chief Dennis Crowley.<p>The Lists feature, which enabled users to save and categorize their favorite places, is buried a few levels …

Back To Square One

Jack Dorsey’s dazzling startup promised to transform the credit and finance industry with a sweeping, digitized vision of the future. After losing $100 million, has his company lost its edge?<p>Jack Dorsey doesn’t know how to grade his performance. It’s early May, and Dorsey has just finished his …

Hukkster, The Winklevoss-Backed Online Shopping Tool, Has Shut Down

Hukkster, the New York City-based startup that created a price-monitoring app for online shopping, has shut down for good.<p>Hukkster, which was founded in 2012 and raised a total of $4.5 million dollars from a group of prominent tech and business investors including Winklevoss Capital, allowed users …

Apple hires Musa Tariq, formerly of Nike, to boost social marketing efforts

Tariq worked directly with Apple's current retail and online stores leader Angela Ahrendts when both worked at Burberry and it's likely that both of …

This $1 Billion Startup Handles 5% Of All Web Traffic And Is Ready To Take On Cisco

Over the last three years, CloudFlare has grown 450% annually, and is currently adding about 5,000 new clients a day, Matthew Prince, its programmer/lawyer-turned-founder, tells us.<p>It is now handling the equivalent of roughly 5% of the entire web's traffic through its servers and, just as we …

Cybersecurity

An Upcoming iPhone Feature From Apple Will Completely Transform How You Use Apps

Apple calls it Extensibility, and it basically allows your apps to share both information and functionality with one another, which means less time spent switching among apps.<p>Let's say you have a favorite app for editing your photos, such as Adobe Photoshop Express.<p>Before Extensibility, you would …

Apps

Pinterest Rolls Out Messaging So Pinners Can Have Conversations Around Shared Pins

Pinterest today is unveiling a new way users can communicate, collaborate and share with one another. With the launch of a new messaging feature, users will be able to keep discussions going on Pinterest around their favorite Pins without having to leave the site or apps.<p>Last spring, Pinterest …

Facebook's Mentions App for Celebrities Now Available in 40+ Countries

Facebook’s Mentions app for celebrities first launched for users in the US last month, but if you’re a notable figure outside those borders and wanted to get in on the action then you might now be in luck.<p>That’s right, Mentions is now available to users in more than 40 countries, providing you’re a …

Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

The conundrum of mobile is you either use one convenient app that is mediocre at doing many things, or you have to discover and hop between a flotilla of single-purpose apps. Vurb wants to solve this for mobile search by aggregating utility from top third-party apps so you can make decisions rather …

Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

Directr, an app that we’ve covered a few times since its launch back in 2012, has just been snatched up by Google.<p>In an age of ultra-brief videos, Directr existed to help users and businesses shoot videos that were a bit longer than your average Vine — think ads, or promo clips, or family holiday …

This Is The New Foursquare

After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making its biggest change to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand …