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This “House Of Cards” Supercut Reveals How Tech Controls Us All

Screens played a critical, unacknowledged role in the drama.<p>In <i>House of Cards</i>, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is a master manipulator. No movement is wasted as he and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stack the tall but fragile reality their show is named after.<p>But when you look at this supercut of</i> …

Hi-Res Audio: how smartphone music is getting a serious upgrade

As the relentless sales of headphones show, when it comes to music we care a great deal more about sound quality than mobile phone manufacturers …

Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you.<p>I’ve heard this pitch a dozen …

Fora

Credit unions topped the poll – Irish Water came in dead last.<p>S3 Semiconductors was sold to a US company.<p>The tech firm previously warned the state …

Mobile ad-tech startup NativeX acquired by Chinese advertising company Mobvista

NativeX, a startup that makes advertising for mobile games and apps, is being acquired by Chinese mobile ad platform Mobvista. In a statement today, the companies said that all-cash deal is valued at 160 million RMB (about $24.5 million).<p>Based in Sartell, Minnesota, NativeX was founded in 2000 by …

Foursquare’s Potentially Game-Changing New Tool Can Measure Foot Traffic Generated by Digital Ads

Foursquare is now in the offline sales attribution game.<p>The social/location discovery platform is going after retail marketing budgets and promising …

Instagram Spotlights vs Snapchat Stories vs Twitter Moments

There is a battle raging for curated social media supremacy. When big things happen, each of these apps wants to be where you see the best of and behind the scenes. They’ve all created their own features that take the work off your hands. Just sit back and watch, swipe or scroll.<p>But how do they …

Social Media

Apple Pay to go live in China on Feb 18

<i>BEIJING (by Shu Zhang and Paul Carsten, Reuters)</i> — Apple Inc’s Apple Pay mobile payment system will be available in China from Feb. 18 for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd customers, bank representatives said in social media posts on Tuesday.<p>The technology giant had previously said the …

Foursquare Expands On-Demand Food And Alcohol Delivery Options

Foursquare just announced a partnership with Delivery.com to enable Foursquare users to order food, alcohol and groceries for delivery right from the Foursquare app. The integration is made possible thanks to a mobile commerce platform called Button, which also works with companies like Uber, …

Google Chrome For Android Will Soon Support Interactions With Bluetooth Beacons

Google announced today that it has begun to support physical beacons in its Chrome browser for Android.<p>The feature, which has been tested in the iOS app since last summer, is heading to Chrome 49 for Android soon. It enables users to opt in to interact with and receive content from nearby …

Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network

It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again. Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business, but also owns other properties, including once-hot social networking site …

Instagram Reveals Video View Counts To Score Creators And Ad Dollars

Video is booming on Instagram with watch time up 40% in 6 months, so now it’s trying to lure the best video makers and marketers from competitors like Vine and YouTube. Over the next few weeks, Instagram will begin showing view counts on videos where the Like number used to be, though you can still …

Twitter opens topical Moments feed to UK advertisers

Twitter's Moments feature lets users step back from their rapid-fire feeds and see what hot topics are dominating internet chatter. From news to funnies to trending subjects, Moments blend media and commentary into curated, bitesize overviews. But like any self-respecting social network would, …

United Kingdom

A closer look at Sky Q

Sky's hardware hasn't changed a great deal since the Sky+HD set-top box debuted nearly 10 years ago. Viewing habits, on the other hand, couldn't be more different. Catch-up and streaming services, smartphones and tablets, torrents and YouTube have all played a part in eroding the value of a …

Spotify video streaming rolls out to Android users

Video streaming has finally arrived to Spotify on Android devices, giving you more to do than just listen to audio. As earlier reports revealed, content is available from providers like NBC, Comedy Central and BBC, along with popular video podcasts. To access the new feature, go to "browse" and …

Comedy Central

More restaurants can sign up for Uber's delivery service

UberRush, the ride-sharing company's food delivery service, is <i>still</i> only active in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, sorry to say. The good news is that it's no longer limited to the small group of establishments that tested it. Now, any restaurants in those three locations can sign up to be …

San Francisco

Netflix is bringing 'Jessica Jones' back for a second season

Netflix is determined to start 2016 with a bang. As part of a broader premier announcement, the streaming service has revealed that <i>Jessica Jones</i> is getting a second season at some point in the near future. The move isn't exactly shocking given both Netflix's marketing blitz for the show, its …

Family Drama

Apple is taking a new hands-off approach to iAd

Apple's big foray into advertising isn't working out as expected. Six years after launching iAd, the company will soon take a step back from selling ads on its own platform, and will instead open things up directly to publishers, BuzzFeed reports. Consequently, Apple will also phase out its iAd …

Salesforce

Google Maps For Android Gets Predictive With Driving Mode

You might have noticed that Uber has started to pay attention to your habits. For example, the app often suggests my home address as a destination whenever I request a driver.<p>Google is today rolling out similar functionality across Google Maps for Android.<p>With Driving Mode, first spotted by Android …

100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, has played around in the outskirts of Twitter, with nothing more than a screenshot and link being shared when you see a stream pop up in your timeline. That changes today as Periscope gets fully baked into the iOS version of Twitter and coming soon for …

Twitter wants to let brands turn your tweets into ads

Twitter is developing an ad format that will enable marketers to leverage your tweets in their brand campaigns. A source familiar with the matter tells VentureBeat that the company has begun testing a product called the “brand enthusiast gallery” with the goal of letting advertisers identify …

Panasonic's UHD Blu-ray player mixes 4K, HDR and hi-res audio

Fresh from announcing its new HDR-capable, Honeycomb 4K TV, Panasonic has also taken the wraps off its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Panasonic …

Astell&Kern warms things up with new AK320 and copper-clad AK380 hi-res music players

Stepping out of the Las Vegas Convention Center to visit the high-end audio suites at the Venetian Hotel is one of our favorite parts of CES. There, …

Audiophile

Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last …

Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

Facebook is narrowing the focus of the LiveRail ad platform that it acquired in 2014 — the company says it will no longer be accepting new customers to LiveRail’s ad serving business.<p>Facebook’s head of advertising technology David Jakubowski said that’s not actually a dramatic change, since the …

Google Announces New Chromecast Audio And Android TV Hardware Partners

You could be forgiven if you had already forgotten about Android TV, but Google’s one-year-old Android-based successor to its ill-fated Google TV project is still around and kicking. Today, Google announced a number of new hardware partners for Android TV, as well as a number of new partners who …

Netflix Everywhere: Now streaming (almost) worldwide

Today during a keynote speech at CES 2016 (watch live here), we learned that Netflix is working with LG to extend its streaming service throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In a press release, LG said the two will "combine efforts" to provide prepaid access. Last year Netflix mentioned that …

Streaming

HP's high-end Spectre x360 laptop now offered with a 4K screen

HP's Spectre x360 convertible was one of our favorite laptops of 2015, and now the company is making some upgrades in the hopes that it'll keep its top spot in the new year. For starters, whereas the machine was previously only available with a 13.3-inch screen, now HP is planning to also sell a …

The first 4K Roku TVs will be available this spring

Roku may be best known for its ever-expanding range of streaming boxes, but the company has also spent the last few years trying to get Roku OS installed on as many new smart TVs as possible. It's proving to be a hard task, as most people normally upgrade their set once or twice a decade, but Roku …