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Pigeon.ly, A Startup Focused On Serving The U.S. Prison Population, Joins Y Combinator

Ever since he was a teenager, Frederick Hutson has had a knack for business. When he was 19, he built a window-tinting business that he then turned around and sold for $50,000.<p>At 21, he saw his friends struggling with an illegal marijuana business and figured out how to efficiently traffic the drug …

Startups

Twitch warns users video service may have been compromised

Amazon-owned video streaming service Twitch warned its users on Monday that there may have been unauthorized access to such data as user names and email addresses.<p>In a blog post published Monday and an email sent to users, the company, best known for letting people live-stream videogames so others …

Hug for iOS Wants to Replace Emoji with Something You Can Feel

Hug, an app for iPhone that wants to replace emojis with physical feedback, is the product of ex-Googlers Petter and Kaspar Prinz, who also happen to be brothers.<p>In short, looking to capitalize on the explosion of non-verbal communication via smartphones – most notably the use of emojis instead of …

HP makes Bang & Olufsen its new audio partner

Hewlett-Packard is teaming up with Bang & Olufsen to bring the Denmark company's audio expertise to HP's new personal computers, tablets and headphones.<p>Bang & Olufsen replaces Beats as HP's long-time audio vendor, after Apple -- HP's competitor in PCs -- bought Beats for $3 billion last year and …

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Amazon releases Stick version of Fire TV streaming box

Amazon’s USB version of the Fire TV streaming device will cost £35 when it goes on sale in the UK next month.

Google Fiber Is Officially Hitting Salt Lake City

Google continues to expand its super-fast internet coverage: Fiber is now available in Salt Lake City.<p>Fiber was previously available in neighboring Provo, the third Fiber city, but Salt Lake City covers a larger population. Google had been eying the city since early 2014.<p>Google says it will work …

You and Amazon Fire TV can now get a hotel room

Ever think your Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick would make a great traveling companion? Thanks to an upcoming software update, according to Amazon, both devices will be the first streaming media devices you can connect to Wi-Fi that requires Web authentication, which includes Wi-Fi at most …

Facebook's 'On This Day' Tool Takes You Down Memory Lane

You know those times you look through old Facebook photos and start to feel nostalgic? Or perhaps you used to be exceedingly nerdy and want to look back at how far you’ve come. Well, Facebook now wants to make sure you’re constantly reminded of these beautiful memories.<p>The company is today …

Facebook has scrapped its “feeling fat” emoticon

Facebook has removed “fat” from the list of “feelings” that can be associated with a user’s status updates in response to a petition that garnered nearly 17,000 signatures on Change.org. The petition argued that the “fat” feeling and emoticon were making fun of people who struggle with negative …

Internet

New invention could help the blind 'read'

A new invention could help blind people "read" books and other written text without the need for Braille. MIT researchers have created a prototype of a finger-mounted device that uses a camera to scan text, which is then converted to speech in real time.<p>"For visually impaired users, this is a …

Apple's ‘force touch’ and 'taptic engine' explained

Apple’s new super-thin MacBook comes with a new trackpad technology that detects the force of a tap or press and is expected to be added to the iPhone next year. But what is “force touch”, how does it work and what on earth is a “taptic engine”?<p>Beyond the hype and buzz around the Apple Watch launch …

Nokia’s HERE mapping app is back on iOS

Nokia has announced today that it has brought its mapping app, HERE, back to iOS after it was taken down in 2013.<p>Nokia is hoping to compete with Google and Apple on the mapping front by bringing something a bit different to the table. One of HERE’s most compelling features is its offline maps for …

Sony will close PlayStation Mobile for good this summer

One of President Kaz Hirai's big "Sony One" projects was PlayStation Mobile, which offered games that worked on both PS Vita and Android devices. That dream of cross-platform synergy is now dead, as Sony has announced it will stop publishing all PS Mobile content July 15th. On September 10th the …

Apple’s ability to drive mall traffic allows it to negotiate significant rent decreases

Apple Stores are so effective at bringing shoppers into malls that the company has been able to negotiate much lower rent deals than most shops, the Wall Street Journal said in a report today. While most tenants have worked out deals to pay about 15% of their sales in rent, Apple’s ability drive …

Apple’s iTunes Store is having problems and iTunes Connect is down

<b>Come here on Wednesday March 25? Yes, it’s down again: follow our updates here instead.</b><p>——<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>It looks like Apple is having a bad Wednesday. The iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store are …

Judges wary of Apple's claims of phone patent harm by Samsung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judges were skeptical.<p>Judge Kimberly Moore was skeptical that Apple was being harmed since it already …

10 Microsoft mobile apps that don’t yet exist on Windows Phone

Apple’s iOS is claiming an increasing chunk of the enterprise market, while it also nabs most of the overall smartphone profits. Coupled with the fact that it “only” made $4 billion from its App Store business last year from a mammoth $180 billion-plus in revenue, then it’s perhaps not too …

Chinese online game company NetEase eyes US expansion

Chinese Internet and online game company NetEase plans to expand into the Western market this year, formally announcing that it will establish operations in California and planned releases of games later in 2015.<p>The new Western arm of NetEase is looking to bring its signature mobile games into the …

Moovit Reveals Apple Watch and Android Wear Apps

There’s going to be a tidal wave of Apple Watch apps appearing ahead of next week’s launch event and Moovit, the ‘Waze for public transit’, is getting in on the action. It’s just unveiled its apps for Apple Watch and Android Wear.<p>Both apps will show the nearest transport stops to your current …

EA closes SimCity studio Maxis

Sad times for <i>SimCity</i> fans -- EA has closed down the development studio responsible for the beloved city building series. Maxis, based in Emeryville, …

SimCity

The latest ‘kidtech’ kits: tried and tested

Photograph: PR - Internet/PR - Internet<p>Technology Will Save Us DIY Thirsty Plant Kit<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/2/1425300765583/52bc652c-243b-48c6-a736-08c1e36250a6-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR - Internet/PR - Internet<p>Technology Will Save Us DIY Thirsty …

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Apple Exploring iPhone Waterproofing Methods

Apple has a patent application in with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that describes a few different methods for waterproofing electronic devices like the iPhone. The patent describes coating certain internal components like the main circuit board with a hydrophobic coating, presumably not unlike the …

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The Reliable Movo Wave Fitness Tracker Costs Only $30

I’m not a fitness buff by any stretch of the imagination. I loathe gyms, avoid diets like the plague and have no interest in sports. In a way, that makes me a solid candidate to review an activity tracker.<p>So, over the past few weeks, I’ve been walking and jogging to see how well the Movo Wave …

BlackBerry thinks 100M BBM downloads are impressive

Downloads and active users are not the same thing<p>BlackBerry announced that BBM has been downloaded more than 100 million times on Android, a year and a half after the messaging app first launched on Google's OS. The company also notes that "100 million is great, but a billion is even better," …

Apps

Softcard's Shutting Down, Will Be Replaced by Google Wallet

Google announced at the end of last month that it had acquired the technology behind mobile payments app, Softcard. Now that company, which is owned by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is shutting down.<p>Softcard has announced on its website that its app will stop working on March 31 and will be …

WSJ: Apple considering adding USB 3.0 ports & mouse input support to larger iPad model

Following up on today’s report that the 12.9-inch iPad has been pushed back to September, the Wall Street Journal claims tonight that the hardware features for the device are still in flux. According to this latest rumor, Apple is considering adding USB 3.0 ports to the tablet to allow users to …

Turn your phone into a computer mouse with Remote Mouse

I'm writing this one with my wife in mind, who has been using a work-issued laptop with a broken trackpad for nearly a year. She has adapted by using a wireless mouse, but since she also has a work-issued iPhone 6, she could use that instead of the old mouse I gave her and carry one less item in …

MacBook Pro

Stephen Hawking is now an astrophotographer, too

Beautiful deep space images from a brilliant mind<p>Stephen Hawking is widely thought to be the smartest person alive, and he has one hell of a resume to back that up: he's an author, a professor, an expert on black holes. He's even had a feature film made about his life, and hasn't been shy about …

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