Melissa Varela

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Pro-Privacy Blackphone Now Shipping

The pro-privacy Blackphone, a hardened Android smartphone that focuses on making rigorous security features more accessible to a general phone user, has started shipping to its first wave of buyers.<p>Blackphone is a partnership between Spanish mobile maker Geeksphone and security company Silent …

Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of Mobile Ad Retargeting Startup TapCommerce

Twitter just announced that it’s acquiring mobile ad startup TapCommerce.<p>Re/code’s Ina Fried broke the news about the acquisition earlier this afternoon, reporting that the deal price was $100 million. (Twitter declined to provide a price).<p>TapCommerce helps mobile businesses retarget their ads, …

Google Will Soon Bring Android Apps To Chrome OS

This wasn’t a huge surprise because we’ve heard quite a few rumors about this in the past, but Google today announced that Android apps are coming to Chrome OS . They will essentially run in an Android emulator on the Chrome OS desktop and will be available in the launcher.<p>In Sundar Pichai’s demo, …

Google Launches Full Android Wear SDK, Lets Developers Create Custom UIs And Access Sensors

At its annual developer conference, Google today announced the launch of a full SDK for Android Wear. After a short preview period that mostly allowed developers to push notifications to Android Wear smartwatches, the full SDK will now allow developers to create their own custom apps.<p>This means …

Google Shames Apple’s iOS For Adding What Android Did Years Ago

Apple’s Tim Cook insulted Google at WWDC earlier this month saying “Android dominates the market in malware”, and quoted an article calling the fragmented open operating system a “toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities.” Well Google punched back this morning at its I/O conference when Sundar Pichai put …

Yo

Yo.<p>It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi,” if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple.<p>If you haven’t been following along on Twitter, Yo is the hottest new app that will leave you scratching …

The Best Amazon Fire Phone Features You Won’t Get In Any Other Phone

Today, Amazon introduced the long-rumored Fire Phone. It has the killer 3D effects that everyone anticipated. But it also has a few neat features that you won’t see in any other phone out there…

Here's what Apple's iCloud Drive will cost you, compared with its competition

iCloud Drive is Apple's answer to Dropbox. It's a cloud storage service where you can backup any type of file, and access anywhere you have an Internet connection.<p>The service is built into Max OS X Yosemite and newer, and iOS 8 and above, so whether you want to use it or not, it's there. iCloud …

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WWDC 2014: 8 hidden gems in Apple's iOS 8

Apple unveiled iOS 8 on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference, but the company only scratched the surface of the hundreds of changes coming to its iPhone and iPad operating system.<p>There were several highlights at Apple's keynote event, but there are even more hidden gems that the tech giant …

A Closer Look at 'Handoff' and Other New iOS 8/Yosemite 'Continuity' Features

During yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple launched several new "Continuity" features to improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. One of the new abilities designed to allow better transitions from iOS devices to Macs is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device …

Why Handoff was the most important feature announced at WWDC

Of all the new features for Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 announced Monday at Apple's WWDC, Handoff is the feature that excites me the most. It's not that it does something completely new, but that it takes an essential feature of the mobile age -- letting two devices talk to each other -- and …

Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else. So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS and Android in the US, an app where friends send you photos and videos, but …

iOS 8 to allow third-party keyboards

Apple just made a big gesture to developers. No, not that one. A good one.<p>As part of today's WWDC keynote, the company announced not only a new, smarter keyboard to debut in iOS 8, but also support for third-party keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype.<p>What's the big deal about that? While Apple's …