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Pay-by-Bundle: Curing Subscription Fatigue

It’s the perennial problem faced by companies across the media spectrum, from music-streaming platforms to eons-old newspapers. How <i>do</i> you make money in an age where so many people have become accustomed to consuming content for free?<p>Advertising is the obvious conduit to monetizing digital content, …

Why The Microsoft Surface Just Died Last Week

Would I purchase the Microsoft Surface? Not anymore. And I’m not sure that you should either.<p>I’m looking for a new laptop and the Surface has been one of the top contenders. I like it a lot. And although a slow seller for Microsoft it’s been gaining in popularity and many reviewers have given it …

Chaotic Character-Switching Mobile MMORPG Chaos Fighters Out Now On iOS

• Learn dozens of unique skills, and combine them for cool combos and powerful strategies.<br>• Choose from hundreds of different fighters, each with their …

Producteev Adds iPad And Outlook Apps Following Jive Acquisition

Task management tool Producteev just launched a new iPad app and a native Outlook plugin. Now part of Jive, the company also launched a new pro plan. For $99 per month, you get the Outlook plugin, custom branding and premium support for up to 100 employees.<p>“There is a big market opportunity with …

New Xbox One notifications let you know when other gamers think you're being a jerk

The Xbox One's simplified Reputation system aims to keep like-minded gamers playing together, and now the folks in Redmond plan to notify you if you fall of out the community's good graces. Are you the sort of player who doesn't ruffle too many feathers? You'll be just fine -- the occasional bad …

Facebook reports 1 billion active users on mobile devices and 200 million users on Instagram

Facebook shared a pair of impressive new user milestones today as the company answered questions about its surprising acquisition of Oculus Rift. The company, which has invested heavily into developing software for mobile devices, now has 1 billion active monthly users of its apps, up from 945 …

Can HTC thrive in a Samsung world?

“If it wasn’t for the One, HTC probably wouldn’t be here today,” says Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. Croyle is giving me a tour of the company’s San Francisco studio, which was acquired when HTC bought the One & Co. design firm in 2008. “It’s the reason we’re still in the …

Google Play Games now supports cross-platform multiplayer on iOS

Google Play has been stepping things up in terms of getting more active user engagement, and today we bring word of another way the company is …

Fleksy for Android Gets Badges & Cloud Personalization

Smart keyboard app Fleksy is rolling out version 2.0 for Android today, an update that includes personalization via the cloud, and badges.<p>With My Fleksy personalization, the company strives to tailor the keyboard’s language algorithm to suit each user’s writing style – data that’s garnered from …

Google Partners With Ray-Ban, Oakley For New Glass Designs

Is the current look of Google Glass a bit too ... dorky for you? You're probably not the only one who thinks so. Thankfully, Google is collaborating with Ray-Ban and Oakley on some designs you might actually want to wear.<p>Luxottica Group, the Italian parent company of both brands, announced the …

Wearable Tech

Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month

Dropbox will let you manage separate work and personal accounts on all of your devices next month, <i>The Verge</i> has learned. In advance of an April 9th press event, the company has notified users of its Dropbox for Business product that they will soon be able to access personal and work Dropbox files …

This Is Why It Feels Like Apple Stopped Innovating Three Years Ago

He'd say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.<p>At the top of the list, there were cheetahs and hawks. Way down at the bottom, there were humans — relatively slow on their two legs.<p>But then Jobs …

Want to read quicker? There's an app for that

Last month, I messed around with a site that told me I read at 889 words per minute. I didn't believe it; I might be fast, but I'm not that fast. However, a new app is promising I could get faster, provided I'm prepared to get "spritzing".<p>Here's how it works. When we're reading normal text, claims …

Google's New Office In Malaysia Is A Wild Indoor Jungle

From slides and basketball courts to themed floors and endless snacks, Google is always coming up with something quirky and new to add in to their office space.<p>Their new offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are no exception: Plants sprout from the walls and ceiling, while bright decor make for an …

Could This Be The Look Of WhatsApp Under Facebook?

Now that WhatsApp has a new owner, it might be time for a redesign. Here’s one option.<p>WhatsApp, the reigning king of chat apps and the subject of an absurdly large Facebook purchase, has been called “ugly” and “primitive” by sites such as…this one. On the other hand, we argued that the true genius …

A shift in Microsoft’s culture: Inside Bing’s new incubation project (exclusive)

Within Microsoft, a global corporation with tens of thousands of employees, one team is working to foster a startup-like culture.<p>That group is building Bing, a search engine to compete with Google. Bing is one of Microsoft’s youngest departments, as it was the end result of a startup acquisition in …

iPhone alarm wakes you up with the smell of bacon

An iPhone accessory has been developed that can wake you up in the morning with the smell of bacon, rather than an audible alarm<p>Meat producer Oscar Mayer claims to have created an adapter which releases the scent of frying bacon as a morning alarm.<p>Bacon lovers set an alarm within the official app …

Bacon

Apple's Siri yaks in Ferrari for auto show splash

Apple's CarPlay system is a simplified way to communicate in your car -- thanks to Siri<p>Normally, some breathtaking car model is what those attending a big auto show remember. But this year, at the Geneva Motor Show, the big winner may be Apple.<p>Apple didn't just introduce its new CarPlay in-car …

Google Play Games for Android now shows you who wants to play

Google Play Games just became much, much more useful for avid Android gamers. A newly released update to Google's entertainment hub lets you see all your invitations; it's now much clearer that someone wants to play. The upgrade also shows you a not-quite-live view of who's playing, and a new Find …

'Wello' iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more

Last year, Scanadu caught our attention with Scout, its simple-to-use tricorder-style health monitor. Now a new iPhone case promises to make monitoring your vital signs even easier. Called Wello, the case has sensors built in that can give you a picture of your overall health after holding it a …

Facebook, WhatsApp, And The Insatiable Appetite For Data

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, announced last month, is one of many signs of large businesses’ insatiable appetite for customer data and better reach.<p>This is according to industry experts, who note the large price paid for the company – and the context of Facebook …

T-Mobile Discovers No One Wants A BlackBerry Anymore

T-Mobile ran a promo last month calling for BlackBerry owners to trade in their device for an iPhone 5s. Zero down. It was legitimately a good deal. But BlackBerry fanboys took the offensive and attacked. BlackBerry’s CEO followed suit and went on to call T-Mobile’s promotion “inappropriate” and an …

Will Apple's iOS 7.1 launch by next week?

Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber writes that the next iteration of Apple's mobile OS is needed for a new app that will stream content from the South By Southwest festival.<p>Those who have been waiting for the newest iteration of iOS 7 may not have to wait much longer.<p>At least that's what Jon Gruber of …

The Human Brain Now Reacts to Emoticons Like Real Faces

We're all familiar with the smiley emoticon, and its power to add levity, flirtation, and occasionally passive-aggression to our texts, chats, and …

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

Peekster App, A ‘Shazam For Print Media’, Adds Promoted Articles Revenue Stream

Peekster, another recent graduate from the Wayra U.K. startup bootcamp, wants to help smartphone users connect their offline reading habits with their online social networks.<p>Yes, this startup is banking on dead tree media being around for a while yet. Long enough for it to build a business that …

Steve Ballmer's Advice for Startups

Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 as the company’s first business manager, going on to replace Bill Gates as CEO in 2000. Before becoming CEO, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. …