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Griffin gives Apple's Macbook its missing Magsafe plug

One of the most criticized features of Apple's ultra-thin and lightweight MacBook (along with its lack of computing power) is the solitary USB-C port. Not only can you not power the device and use an accessory at the same time, but it no longer has the damage-preventing Magsafe power plug that …

Tech billionaire Michael Dell says 'big data' is the next trillion-dollar tech industry

Why would he be willing to do that?<p>Because he's convinced that EMC holds the keys to the IT industry's monstrous market: data.<p>He told The Irish Examiner's Sophie Curtis:<p>It used to be PCs and smartphones; now you have tablets and sensors and cars spinning out all kinds of telemetry data, and all …

Flipkart partners with Google for new app-like mobile site

Flipkart, an Indian marketplace equivalent to Amazon, has partnered with Google on a new mobile website (via Re/code) specifically optimized for mobile Chrome. It combines the best aspects of the web and apps, thus blurring the line between them and giving users a better experience…<p>In April, …

Unsplash’s new API puts 30,000 free photos in your app

Since Unsplash launched over two years ago as a simple Tumblr blog that hosted a handful of free-to-use photos, the site has grown to host over 30,000 high-quality images and is widely regarded as one of the best free stock photo resources on the Web.<p>Crew, the company behind Unsplash, has now …

'My QuizUp' lets you set your own trivia categories and questions

QuizUp has launched a new Web-based tool that allows players of the trivia game to create their own challenges to share with friends and the wider global QuizUp community.<p>Announced today, the new ‘My QuizUp’ portal follows a social and community-focused revamp in May this year, which brought a new …

Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US

Study finds significant degradations of networks for five largest ISPs, including AT&T and Time Warner, representing 75% of all wireline households in US<p>Major internet providers, including AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon, are slowing data from popular websites to thousands of US businesses and …

Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC.<p>So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, …

Google Search

Microsoft’s Lens app that converts paper files into editable documents comes to iOS and Android

Sure, we all use email and the cloud to store and send each other files nowadays, but what do you do when you have a ton of documents stored on something called “paper” lying around your desk?<p>If you’re an an iPhone or Android user, Microsoft’s new Office Lens app will have you covered. If you’re …

Apps

Fashion Discovery Site Roposo Grabs $5M From Tiger Global

Roposo, a social network and discovery platform for fashion products based in Gurgaon, announced today that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Tiger Global.<p>Other participants in the round include returning investors India Quotient and Binny Bansal, co-founder and chief operating …

iOS Apps

Meerkat stole the show at SXSW. Sorry, Twitter.

This year, livestreaming startup Meerkat proved to be the coolest cat at SXSW despite a rough start at the hand of Twitter.<p>The festival, attended by thousands of tech enthusiasts and early adopters, has famously been a launching pad for startups like Twitter (TWTR) and Foursquare over the years.<p>The …

Twitter Now Has An Official Wordpress Plugin

Twitter today announced that it’s releasing its first official Twitter plugin for WordPress that brings a bunch of Twitter functionality to your site easily.<p>The new plugin brings a plethora of features; it automatically generates Twitter Cards for your pages, enables Twitter Analytics, embeds video …

Cracked iPhone screen? iCracked repair tech will come to you

AJ Forsythe couldn’t stop dropping his iPhone and cracking the screen. He also couldn’t afford to be Apple’s best repair customer.<p>Clumsy but industrious, Forsythe bought parts on Alibaba and found he could fix his own phone cheaply and quickly. Soon, he was running a repair service out of his dorm …

Google is shutting down its Freebase knowledge base

Google announced Tuesday that the company is shutting down Freebase, the crowdsourced knowledge base it acquired in 2010 when it bought Metaweb. …

User-generated stories are a huge hit with Pocket Gems’ Episode

People love reading and writing their own stories. And Pocket Gems has figured out how to make that happen in a big way on mobile devices with the interactive stories of Episode.<p>Pocket Gems released its Episode platform for telling interactive stories in February. It made it easy for people to …

The Yahoo app gets more personalized with local news and comments on both iOS and Android

Yahoo continues its trend of building personalized content in its latest app update for both iOS and Android.<p>Today, Yahoo is tweaking its digital content app to provide local news regardless of where you travel to. The app also has new functionality: to get more content, users can swipe right and …

WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.1, which adds a slew of new features to help you “focus on your writing” with the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (6.4MB).<p>Dubbed “Dinah” in honor of American jazz singer and pianist Dinah Washington, …

YouTube wants Android apps to use its live-streaming tool

It may seem as if YouTube Live is still a work in progress for Google, and in many ways that continues to be the case. That's far from being a bad thing, though. Over the course of the past couple of years, YouTube's live-streaming feature has become available to an increasing number of people on …

How Sapphire, The Nearly Indestructible Material Now Being Used For Smartphones, Is Made

There's been a lot of buzz around sapphire, an extremely hard material that smartphone makers are using to produce scratch-proof screen displays. Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone maker, unveiled the Ascend P7 with a sapphire display on Friday. The announcement follows rumors that …

App.io brings its HTML5 iOS app demos to interactive ads on mobile devices

I’ve covered App.io a few times in the past. The service, which allows app devs to deploy fully useable HTML5 demo versions of their native iOS apps on the web, first launched under the name “Kickfolio” back in 2012. The goal for the company was originally to let devs bring demos of their apps to …

Google kills Currents, launches a Flipboard-style Newsstand with support for newspaper paywalls

In addition to the magazine partners it already had through Currents, Google is adding subscription-only newspaper providers like the <i>New York Times</i> …

Why the Chromebook pundits are simply out of touch with reality

The Chromebook(s goog) pundits have their heads in the sand again. In the past week, I’ve read not one, but two extremely myopic commentaries on how …

Amazon loosens up more on Reserved Instance use

If you don’t like restrictions on the use of Amazon(s amzn) Web Services’ Reserved Instances, wait a minute, things are changing.<p>Starting now, for …

Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 Sites And Ads

Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads. The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since. Web Designer, which Google calls a “professional-quality design tool,” is now officially in public …

An Open Letter to Science...

Dear Science,<p>This is not an easy letter to write. You know I love you very much, and I've always been a huge fan of yours. But this is getting …

Appcubator Helps Beginning Developers Easily Create Their Own Web Applications

There are quite a few steps between starting to learn to code and developing a web application, and a new Y Combinator startup is trying to fill in those gaps. Appcubator has launched to allow users to create their own web applications with drag and drop, text inserts and custom themes, rather than …

Wunderlist releases Chrome packaged app with offline support and notifications

Chrome is well on its way to becoming more than just a web platform, but a platform unto itself. The way that's happening is with "packaged apps," which use web technologies but are run on Chrome and can actually exist outside your browser window as a distinct app. The latest company to sign on is …

How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal

Ah, nature. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining ... and your crappy Wi-Fi signal is preventing you from uploading a really clever Facebook …