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Banned crime reporting app Vigilante returns as Citizen, says its ‘report incident’ feature will be pulled

Remember Vigilante? The controversial crime reporting app was kicked out of the App Store in November shortly after its release because Apple believed it encouraged private citizens to engage in, well…<i>vigilantism</i>. Now the app is back, under different branding. The new “Citizen” app, operating in …

Timekit wants to make it easy to build your own online booking system

Timekit, a Danish startup that offers a developer-friendly online booking platform, has closed $1.7 million in seed funding. The round was led by Connect Ventures, with participation from a group of rather noteworthy angel investors.<p>The latter includes former Spotify CTO Andreas Ehn, Libratone …

3 Little-Known Reasons Why Morning Rituals Are Freaking Awesome

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The loneliness of virtual reality

I have played with several virtual reality systems over the last few years, but just recently bought my own PlayStation VR headset for my family. It's pretty whiz-bang. Although VR still has kinks (including motion sickness for many users), it's impressive how well even these first-generation …

Virtual Reality

O homem que não consegue sentir emoções

Caleb me conta sobre o nascimento de seu filho, agora com 8 meses. "Sabe como outros pais descrevem a sensação de ser tomado por um sentimento de alegria e afeto ao verem seus bebês pela primeira vez? Não senti nada disso", confessa.<p>O dia de seu casamento também lhe pareceu desinteressante. "Para …

Voice Polls Becomes An Efficient Platform For Market Research Polls

Voice Polls has come a long way. Formerly named Poutsch, the startup is moving away from its consumer-only focus to create an interesting market research tool. With the 2.0 release, you can pay to ask a panel of users, and users can now get paid to answer these polls.<p>First, let’s talk about the …

Uber Banned In New Delhi In Latest Twist Following Alleged Passenger Rape

<b>Update:</b> Uber has been banned in New Delhi, Economic Times reports, marking the latest turn of events that began when a driver alleged raped a female passenger late on Friday. Authorities say the service is misleading customers.<p>Uber declined to comment, but we will update this story with any …

SwiftGift Lets You Send Presents Via Facebook

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, which is presumably why stealthy U.K. startup SwiftGift — founded back in 2013 — is unwrapping its gifting-made-easy service to launch in beta today, ahead of the holidays.<p>The startup says it has raised more than £400,000 in angel funding from undisclosed investors …

Investing In Games: Broad Or Deep?

<i>Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Here’s a question for all you would-be investors in game companies:<p>Suppose two studios approach you. Studio A has a strategy …

Apple’s Best Apps Of 2014 Include Elevate And Threes, Best Of iTunes Lauds Taylor Swift

Apple has launched its annual Best of iTunes year-end lists, which include Elevate, a brain training app for iPhones and iPads, as well as Threes, the addictive puzzle game. On the media side, Taylor Swift’s 1989 takes Best Album, which isn’t surprising given it was a massive success, as well as …

Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year

We're still waiting for the Rezence standard to bring wireless charging to laptops, but Freescale is taking a big step towards making that a reality. It just announced a new wireless product that's powerful enough to recharge tablets, portable medical devices, and other large gadgets. The 15-watt …

What Google Has In Store For The Mobile Web

It’s about time Google remembered its roots. For years Google has largely ignored the mobile Web, preferring to focus on native Android app experiences, even as Apple (yes, Apple) has invested heavily in improving HTML5 performance on iOS.<p>So much so, in fact, that with Apple’s inclusion of …

Classic Sneakers That Will Elevate Any Outfit: Shoes

Gift Ideas<p>Don't show up at brunch empty handed.<p>22 Photos2 days agoView More<p>Fitness<p>Two <b>GQ</b> staffers unpack the gym's code of silence.<p>By Clay Skipper16 …

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AppGyver Acquires Competitor AppArchitect, Launches Revamped Version Of App Composer

AppGyver has just announced the acquisition of AppArchitect, a Disrupt Battlefield company that provides app-building tools through a drag-and-drop, no-code interface. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>AppGyver is a rapid mobile app development company founded back in 2011, that has since …

Ev Williams’ Obvious Ventures Is A Fund For Investing In ‘World-Positive’ Startups

Serial entrepreneur Ev Williams has made a fortune over the years, and now wants to invest some of his riches into startups. But not just any startups — the co-founder of Blogger and Twitter is looking for companies that are built to make positive changes in the world through a fund called Obvious …

Google, Advertising Lead $86B Of Online Media Sales In H1

Strategy Analytics has today published a rundown of how online media revenues performed in the first half of 2014 — looking specifically at how 44 of the biggest publicly-listed companies fared the first half of this year. Altogether, this group pulled in $85.9 billion in digital media revenues in …

YouTube Now Tells You How Copyrighted Music Will Affect Your Video Before You Upload It

Google today launched a new feature in the YouTube Audio Library that allows uploaders who use copyrighted music to see exactly what will happen to their videos before they upload them.<p>When you upload a video to YouTube today, the service’s Content ID system will automatically try to figure out if …

Facebook Brings Graph Search To Mobile And Lets You Find Feed Posts By Keyword

Facebook is finally getting serious about search. Today it’s challenging Google for finding answers and Twitter for checking real-time chatter with the launch of keyword search. Two years after debuting semantic “My friends who…” search for people, places, and photos on the web, Graph Search is …

TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that …

Samsung Gear VR Launches Today For $199

Anyone with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can take a dip into virtual reality today with the launch of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition.<p>For an entry fee of $199 on Samsung’s or AT&T’s sites, you can experience a variety of VR experiences on an included 16 GB MicroSD card starter kit, as well as the …

Porch Goes Beyond Data Services, Launches Tools To Connect Homeowners With Pros

Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that aggregates home remodeling data, today announced its first mobile app — and with this, the launch of its first service offerings that directly connect home pros with homeowners. In addition, the company is also launching a beta of its booking service with …

Amazon To Let Shoppers Bargain For Lower Prices With New “Make An Offer” Option

Amazon, pushing hard to pick up more business during the holiday season, wants you to make a deal. Taking a page from the likes of eBay and Priceline, it is introducing a new dutch auction-style feature. Users can now “Make an Offer” on a product, suggesting a lower price to the vendor than the one …

A Bitcoin Battle Is Brewing

Did you know the Bitcoin community is riven by tension, drama, competing agendas, and at least two starkly different visions of our economic future? That even as major banks who thought of Bitcoin as snake oil re-assess its blockchain technology as a major breakthrough, and smart money pours into …

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

Friday is a beautiful thing, and this morning’s podcast celebrates that.<p>Pioneer released a new version of its in-car AppRadio system that integrates CarPlay, and the WSJ reported that Intel would replace TI under the hood of the next version of Google Glass. Meanwhile, the tech world is salivating …

Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

When Bitsbox co-founder Scott Lininger learned to code, it was on a TRS-80 color computer his mom and dad bought him when he was a kid. He says he taught himself coding by copying from the book that came with the computer. Now a dad himself, Lininger wanted to offer his daughter the opportunity to …

25 presentes incríveis de amigo secreto que não vão te dar nenhum trabalho

Porque ninguém merece ganhar presente micado, né?

Gangnam Style Has Been Viewed So Many Times It Broke YouTube’s Code

Whoops!<p>Just a fun bit of trivia for the coders out there: PSY’s Gangnam Style has been viewed so many times that it broke YouTube’s view counter, making it the very first video to break the reaches of a 32-bit integer.<p><b>Here’s what YouTube had to say on the topic:</b><p>Not sure what the hell that means? …

Poshmark Hits $100M In Annual Revenue For Its Fashion Resell Biz, Begins Luxury Goods Authentication

Fashion marketplace Poshmark, which lets women shop for items sold from others’ closets, is now able to authenticate the purchases of luxury goods through a new service it’s calling “Posh Concierge.” The addition puts the previously peer-to-peer marketplace on a more even playing field with regard …

Gearing Up For The Future Of Connected Workout Clothes With Athos

According to my pants, I’m letting my left leg do most of the work. I already suspected this, but now, thanks to an app and some bluetooth-enabled fabric of the future from Athos, I can prove it.<p>Athos is a Silicon Valley startup with a new kind of “smart” workout clothing line that aims to improve …

Why LiveRail Ditched An IPO To Sell Its Video AdTech To Facebook For ~$500M

“The company was profitable. We probably would have pursued an IPO. The business was accelerating”, LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne tells me in his first interview about how his company was acquired by Facebook in July for what multiple sources say was $500 million.<p>Still, rather than go public, …