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Tencent Focuses On Free Calling With New Standalone WeChat VoIP Apps

Chinese telecom operators have long resented WeChat, the country’s top messaging app, for the pressure that its hundreds of millions of users place on their data networks and the lost revenue they incur. There have even been threats to charge for it. But now things just got a lot more serious after …

Mark Cuban-Backed Ocho Launches Its Social Network For Eight-Second Videos

According to Jourdan Urbach, co-founder of social video startup Ocho, “There really isn’t anything out there that’s just a solid social video platform.”<p>That might come as a surprise to users of Vine, but Urbach argued that with its six-second, looping videos, Vine has really become a unique, …

Analyst Report: Mobile second-quarter 2014: analysis and outlook

Health and fitness emerged as the newest major platforms in the mobile industry during the second quarter of 2014. Apple unveiled an iOS-based …

Pinterest Becomes More Search Engine-Like With The Launch Of Guided Search On The Web

In April, Pinterest introduced a new way to narrow down what you’re looking for on mobile with the addition of a feature called “Guided Search,” which pops up related terms at the top of the screen after you enter in a keyword to start a search. Today, Guided Search is making its way to the web, …

Twitter Apps For iOS, Android And Web Get In-Stream Video And Image Previews

Twitter today shipped an update that adds in-stream video and image previews to the main feed in its iOS, Android and web apps. Previously you would have to tap on links for images via Twitter or video service Vine. Now you can see them right in the feed. <b>Update below.</b><p>At this point, the previews …

Pinterest Begins Showing 'Related Pins' in the Home Feed

Pinterest has revealed plans to start displaying a small number of ‘related pins’ in users’ home feeds, as part of an ongoing effort to improve its discovery features and pin-based recommendations.<p>These pins will be similar or linked to posts that you’ve already saved or liked across Pinterest. So …

SoundCloud and Instagram partner to turn your photos into album art

SoundCloud today announced a partnership with Instagram that lets you upload your photos as album art on any of your tracks or playlists. In a blog post announcing the feature, SoundCloud emphasized the square format of Instagram photos, which it notes are a good match for record (and CD) sleeves. …

Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: 'Deleting should be the default'

Evan Spiegel’s app Snapchat is setting a new standard for the internet, he tells Matt Warman<p>Evan Spiegel is 23. He lives at home with his dad. And he’s worth at least $3billion.<p>This is not thanks to inheriting a fortune or winning a lottery: the app he built is now on one in four smartphones in the …

Expedia Gives Its Loyalty Program a Makeover

Expedia.com has revamped its loyalty program, changing tiers and earning plans, as well as introducing the ability for program members to earn points …

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Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a …

The Consolidation in the Online Travel Booking Space Over the Last Two Years

The online travel booking market is increasingly looking like the rest of the Web: Size, reach, and revenues are consolidating among few big players, …

The Only App Travelers Truly Need on Their Smartphones

Finding directions is – unsurprisingly – the number one reason travelers reach for their smartphone in a new destination.<p>More than half of U.S. …

As Pinterest and Instagram Soar, Curalate Gets $8.6 Million to Help Brands Capitalize

The visual Web is here to stay, and investors are lining up to get their piece.<p>It’s hard to visit any social network these days and not think that photos and images are taking over the Web.<p>For any brand or retailer, that realization comes with both a challenge and an opportunity: How do you know …

Apple Acquires Social Recommendation Service Spotsetter

Apple has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine designed to offer personalized recommendations on places to visit, reports <i>TechCrunch</i>. The <i>Spotsetter</i> app, which has now been removed from the App Store, offered personal recommendations for "great venues to eat, play, drink, and shop" via …

Tinder Is About to Become More Like Snapchat

The popular dating and hookup app Tinder is reportedly adding a new feature that will make it a lot more like Snapchat.<p>Tinder, which lets you talk to …

5 Fun Apps To Help Sharpen Your Memory

Did you forget where you parked your car? Or do you lose your keys on a daily basis? It happens to the best of us at some point.<p>Medical experts say some degree of memory loss and a small decline in our general cognition is normal as we age. It also gets harder for us to learn new things or recall …

The New Fast Food

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Mireles</i> <i>is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive. His first company, SpeakerText, was acquired by CloudFactory in 2012 after raising $1.1MM from Google Ventures, Mitch Kapor and others. Matt also created SWIG!, a booze delivery marketplace, and EasyFridge, a subscription</i> …