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Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store

Tom Hadfield Contributor<p>Tom Hadfield is the CEO of Message.io, the bot syndication service backed by Khosla Ventures, Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Bots that work everywhere<br>• Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform<p>If Facebook announces the “Messenger Bot Store” …

Meteo — A Bold Weather App for iOS

It’s been a while since I’ve written about a weather app here on Beautiful Pixels and I was <i>almost</i> starting to miss writing about thelovelyhellish …

Waze iOS app adds ‘Planned Drives’ w/ traffic updates and reminders for upcoming appointments

Waze, the popular Google-owned mapping app with a focus on community-based features, is today adding a new feature called “Planned Drives” for iOS users.<p>The feature allows users to enter dates and times for upcoming appointments to have the app automatically plan out their route and offer reminders …

Apps

The Razer Core graphics enclosure will cost $499

You can save $100 when pairing it with a Blade or Blade Stealth notebook<p>The Core graphics enclosure was one of Razer's more interesting announcements at CES this year, and today the company is revealing pricing and availability for the device. Available for preorder from Razer today and shipping …

Microsoft's News Pro app is an iOS competitor to Apple News and Flipboard

But why should we use it?<p>Microsoft's experimental app outfit, the Microsoft Garage, released another iOS app today called News Pro. The reader is similar to Apple's own offering, Apple News, and mobile mainstay Flipboard. You can login with a Facebook or LinkedIn account, where you'll pick topics …

Apple's Safari browser is crashing on iPhones and Macs worldwide

Apple's Safari browser appears to be experiencing issues worldwide this morning. Searching from the address bar in both iOS and OS X is causing the browser to crash in some instances. <i>The Verge</i> has confirmed the problem on several of our own iOS devices and at least one OS X machine.<p>Safari's search …

How I Finally Organized My Messy Inbox with Sortd

I’ve tried dozens of solutions to clean up my inbox, and so far, the Sortd Chrome extension comes closest to helping me use and organize email the …

iOS 9.3 public beta + 9.3 dev beta 1.1 w/ Night Shift, Touch ID Notes, more now available

The public beta version of iOS 9.3 for non-developer testers is now available. The first iOS 9.3 beta was first released earlier this week to registered developers and includes a number of new mid-cycle features and enhancements. These include secure passwords and Touch ID protection for Notes, a …

How to Put Android On Your Desktop with Remix OS

Remix OS, which came out yesterday, is a killer Android variant that brings a slick desktop-style interface to Android. Now, you can install it on a …

Google Maps' 'driving mode' can guess where you're going (update)

The latest version of Google Maps for Android has a new feature called "driving mode" that makes the app a cinch to use for everyday commute and regular errands. According to <i>Android Police</i>, the mode gathers info from your location and web search history to guess your destination (<i>*see update below</i> …

Maps

Google is working on extension-free tab Casting in Chrome

Mirroring a basic Chrome tab on your Chromecast-connected TV could soon be a little easier from a laptop or PC. As company evangelist François Beaufort explains, the Chromium team is currently working on a feature that would effectively replace the Google Cast extension. So instead of diving into …

Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Although PC users love to hate Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the software is credited with helping millions of people enjoy their first taste of the web. The browser is not as popular as it once was, but Microsoft has continued to support older versions in order to safeguard users. For people …

RemixOS Brings Desktop-Style Android to Intel-Based PCs

Android is a pretty versatile operating system, but it’s not really ready for desktop-style uses just yet. RemixOS shows that it could be, with …

iOS 9.3 will turn down the blue light on your iPad to help you sleep

F.lux... in time<p>Apple has just unveiled all the features it's adding to iOS 9.3, and though the headliner might be the beginnings of multiple user support (at least for students), there's another feature that's going to please everybody else. It's called "Night Shift," and it subtly shifts the …

After six months with Google's Project Fi, I'd switch to it if I could

If there's anything that needs disrupting in the US, it's wireless carriers. By and large, Americans pay far too much for our monthly cell phone bills. Additionally, we tolerate practices like data throttling and let's not even mention the terrible international roaming rates. So when Google …

Pulse Rifle Guide - Taken King Edition (X-Post from r/CruciblePlaybook) : DestinyTheGame

Pulse Rifle Overview<p>So you want a good pulse rifle, huh? Let’s look at what goes into making a world-class gun.<p>We’ll use the following ranking system …

List of Exotic armors with possible stat rolls and perks, a.k.a. Glass Needles Reforging guide : DestinyTheGame

With a whole new (old) set of gear coming around, and the question "can X be rolled with INT/DIS/STR?" already cropping around time and again (every …

Why Every Design Needs Three Levels Of Typographic Hierarchy

<i>Hierarchy — it’s a big word, but an easy-to-implement (albeit important) concept when it comes to typography.</i>And this guide will show you how to use …

Typography

GeekWire Radio: Our favorite apps, and the great Outlook vs. Gmail debate

This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we talk about our favorite apps for book lovers, gamers, photographers, home cooks, people who like …

Apps

How To: Quickly Force Refresh the iOS App Store on Your Device

- Jan 2, 2016<p>If you’re like us, you occasionally have an iOS app that won’t update correctly, or you read about a new app in the iOS App Store and …

January 2016 Homescreen – Brad Dowdy – Medium

January 2016 Homescreen<p>Homescreens are a funny thing. They are a window into how people work, as well as being a point of contention. What works best …

How I Organize My Homescreen (in 2016)

I’ve been wanting to write a post on how I organize my homescreen for quite a while. I’ve uploaded my homescreen to homescreen.is sporadically over …

Hulu launches ad-free service for $11.99 a month

Hate Hulu ads? This might help. (<b>Tweet This</b>)<p>The video streaming company said Wednesday it has launched an ad-free option for users for $11.99 a …

Amazon Prime Video one-ups Netflix with offline playback on Android and iOS

Amazon Prime Video is making a big move against Netflix: You can now download streaming video content on Android and iOS devices to watch when you don’t have a strong data connection.<p>The feature was already available to Fire device owners, but so far it hasn’t been seen on other platforms. That …

Sling’s Streaming TV Service For Cord Cutters Now Runs On Amazon Tablets

Sling TV, the Dish-owned live TV service aimed at cord cutters – or those who never wanted to sign up for a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription in the first place – is today available on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, including the Amazon Fire HD and HDX devices. This rounds out Sling’s …

Pay-TV

Nielsen Is Finally Figuring Out How Many People Are Streaming Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Shows

Guess they realized what year it is?<p>Late last month, the creators of Netflix’s hit original series told the Television Critics Association how freeing it was to work with a company that didn’t gauge success by Nielsen ratings. “It’s wonderful,” <i>Grace and Frankie</i> executive producer <b>Marta Kauffman</b> …

How to transfer files from Android to your PC — the easy way

It’s an age-old story. File meets computer, computer wants to introduce file to its smartphone, computer can’t find the right feature for that. …

Gmail Gets Hundreds Of New Themes And Emoji

Google announced today a couple of additions to its web-based Gmail service aimed at making the product more fun to use, as well as more personal: it has now expanded its theme catalog, which allows you to customize the look-and-feel of Gmail, by adding hundreds of new themes to the service, and it …

Cablevision lines up the beginning of a premium TV package for cord cutters

Adds CBS and Showtime, which it'll sell... eventually<p>TV networks like HBO and Showtime have been starting to offer online subscriptions, and they've been turning to internet providers to help sell them. The latest partnership is between Cablevision and CBS, giving Cablevision the ability to offer …