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Apple Announces Significant SDK Improvements with New 'Swift' Programming Language, CloudKit and More

Apple devoted the last third of its keynote address at the Worldwide Developer Conference today to improvements for its Software Development Kit (SDK), launching a new programming language called Swift, and development kits for health, home automation, iCloud and inter-app operability.<p>The …

Restaurant payments startup Swipely whips up a fresh $20M

Restaurants and bars are getting smarter about the way they deal with customers these days.<p>Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely makes a cloud-based payments system that lets restaurants and bars crunch data to find their best customers, detect most popular menu items, launch rewards programs, and …

YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures

Consider this the end of an era. After 15 years of working together, first at PayPal and then at YouTube and most recently at incubator Avos Systems, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are headed in different directions.<p>Avos is pivoting, in a sense, and transforming from an incubator …

Augmented Reality Augmentation: Blippar Has Bought Layar

Some consolidation — or augmentation, if you will — in the world of augmented reality. Blippar — an image recognition platform used in digital advertising — has acquired Layar, an augmented reality platform used across different applications (from advertising to education) that uses cameras on …

Bleamcard brings your standard business card to life

Bleamcard is a cool augmented reality enhanced business card/smartphone combination that lets you add an impressive array of information, pictures …

How Flipboard is Tackling the Web

The digital magazine startup, which just closed a $100 million funding round and passed the 100-million-user milestone, is consumed with solving the problem of curating online content.<p>Everyone has a few of those vague memories of typing a search query into Ask Jeeves or another antiquated search …

PayPal Launches PassPort To Lure More International Sales From Merchants

PayPal and its owner eBay have been through a few tough rounds in the ring these last few months, facing calls from Carl Ichan to split the company (finished for now), a Twitter encounter with a departing, annoyed employee, and getting its president poached by Facebook. Today, however, comes news …

Siri’s favorite table-reservation system gets bought for $2.6 billion

Hotel booking giant Priceline.com will acquire OpenTable, the online reservation service for restaurants that provides Siri’s table-booking functionality.<p>Priceline is set to pay a massive $2.6 billion as part of the all-cash deal, which breaks down as $103 per share — or 46 percent above the …

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Jony Ive Speaks on Future Products, Working With New Materials

Over the weekend, <i>The New York Times</i> released an in-depth profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook. For that piece, the publication interviewed Jony Ive, Apple's head of design, and now <i>The New York Times</i> has released a transcript of the full interview with Ive, which points towards Apple's design philosophies, …

Spotify Courts Developers, Launches New Web API With Echo Nest, Metadata And More

As YouTube prepares to launch a paid tier of service to court music fans who like to listen to music online without ads, and Amazon launches its own music streaming service, Spotify is also raising its game on the web. Today the company is launching a new, expanded set of web APIs for developers to …

Facebook Goes Down In Global Outage. Update: It’s Back!

Facebook appears to be a suffering a major international outage this morning, with the site unavailable in multiple regions around the world, including on web and mobile, and Facebook social plug-ins on other websites also acting up.<p>The Facebook.com site is unavailable here in the UK and in other …

Twitter to Acquire Live Video Platform SnappyTV

Twitter has agreed to acquire SnappyTV, a live video platform, to boost its Twitter Amplify program, the company announced early Thursday. Terms of …

Google's Nest is officially in competition with Apple HomeKit

"Works with Nest" is a set of APIs that manufacturers of light bulbs, cars, laundry machines, or whatever else you can think of, will be able to …

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Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet

The best thing about Twitter is that it forces users to embrace brevity thanks to its 140-character updates. It’s also the worst thing about Twitter, turning loquacious tweeters into Twitter stream hogs – as with the disaster that is the multi-part running commentary known as the Tweetstorm. But …

Tune in live to Google’s I/O press event live stream

Google I/O starts today, and as per usual, the company is kicking things off with a huge 2-hour press event set to start at 9 AM PT. The event is said to be bringing a multitude of new products and service announcements, rumored to include the “L” version of Android, Android Wear smartwatches, a …

Google Acquires Mobile Testing Platform Appurify, Will Keep It Open On iOS And Android

Google just announced at I/O that it has acquired Appurify, a startup that lets developers automate testing and optimization of their mobile apps and websites. Appurify will stay open as freemium cross-platform service but get a big boost in distribution as it becomes integrated into the Google …

Google I/O 2014: Everything You Need to Know

Google had no shortage of announcements during its almost-three-hour developers conference on Wednesday. Some announcements, like Android Wear and …

Yo! Hackathon Attempts To Show How Yo Can Grow

The something-like-a-phenomenon app of the moment, Yo, held a hackathon today in San Francisco in an attempt to prove that there can be more to Yo than just the Yo, yo.<p>One hack that’s already climbed the charts to the number one spot on Product Hunt is YoServerIsDown — created by programmers Jarryd …

Dropbox Buys E-Commerce A/B Testing Service Predictive Edge, Shuts It Down

Dropbox has made another acquisition: Predictive Edge, a startup that had built a way to personalise e-commerce offerings, along with dynamic pricing, for marketers to send out to users and run A/B tests around them.<p>The service will be shut down, and the founders will be working on something …

Google Buys Songza

Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.<p>Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stone writers, etc.).<p>Very few …

Apple brings two-step verification to iCloud website and apps

Beefing up security on the web<p>Apple rolled out two-step verification for Apple IDs about a year-and-a-half ago. Now it's finally bringing the same added security measure (which sends a numeric code to your phone or other trusted Apple device that you need to enter after your password) to its iCloud …

BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network

In what is the largest VC round in a French startup of all time, BlaBlaCar just raised a $100 million round led by Index Ventures, with existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital also participating in the round. Previously, Deezer raised a $130 million round from Warner Music …

Facebook Acquires LiveRail For $400M To $500M To Serve Video Ads Everywhere, Improve Its Own

Facebook has just bought video ad tech startup LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on web and mobile to target 7 billion video ads to visitors per month. A source tells us Facebook paid between $400 million and $500 million for LiveRail, but Facebook refused to comment on the terms. …

Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 …

Apple’s new coding language Swift receives significant update for developers alongside new Yosemite and iOS seeds

As part of the updates to the Yosemite and iOS betas today, Apple’s new coding language Swift has received several major improvements and tweaks to make the language more consistent and help developers make better, safer apps. The intricacies of the changes are very gibberish to non-developers, but …

The $7 device that will revolutionize personal computing

Not since Israeli serial entrepreneur Dov Moran changed the world with his DiskOnKey flash drive has anyone come up with a similarly disruptive idea: …

Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

This morning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released an internal memo detailing his vision for the company’s future. The new chief executive used the missive as a way to signal an intentional break with the past.<p>That break? Sharpening its “devices and services” strategy to focus on “productivity and …

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Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

Google has teamed up with Udacity to make available a free course in Android development available to all – complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and forums. The course is called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” and it provides everything you need to learn how to make an …