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The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

Venture Capital

Google is finally making web apps first-class citizens on Android

Google announced today that it’ll be further integrating web apps into Android. Now, web apps will appear in the app drawer alongside full applications, and offer the same notification controls, where previously Google had set them to only appear as home screen icons.<p>It’s part of a push by Google …

Apps

First Nokia smartphone in three years unveiled

The first Nokia smartphone in three years has been unveiled, although the device will only go on sale in China.<p>The Nokia 6, which will run Android and cost 1,699 yuan (£200), is the first smartphone bearing the Nokia brand under a new licensing deal with manufacturer HMD Global.<p>Nokia agreed to sell …

Lenovo got almost everything right with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If only it had an SD card slot...<p>IBM’s ThinkPad has always been my paragon for what a good laptop should be. Never mind the general perception of ThinkPads as boring and frumpy machines for office types; I’ve always loved the reliability and unrivaled durability of those IBM designs. But I’ve spent …

Consumer Tech

How Mobile Millennials Buy: Banking 74%, App Purchases 53%, Music 51%, Retail 44%

Like most consumers, almost all Millennials shop in person, but they also turn to their smartphones for all kinds of commerce.<p>Millennials in the U.S. …

Banking

This is the first Porsche Design phone worthy of the name

Even if it does look an awful lot like Samsung design<p>Porsche Design is an easy company to hate. Sharing little more than its name with the renowned carmaker that this year won the Le Mans endurance series, PD’s primary business is in fancying up everyday goods and gadgets and pricing them like …

Mobile Technology

How media giants see the future of advertising

The media buying arms of the world's largest advertising holding companies have released their ad spend forecasts for the coming year.<p>Variety reported on the estimates from WPP's GroupM and Interpublic Group's Magna Global, while Reuters outlined the forecast from Publicis-owned Zenith Optimedia.<p>Ad …

Digital Advertising

Hyundai UK picks up a trick from Tesla with new online car sales

Hyundai is launching a new website called “Click to Buy” in the UK, where customers can purchase its cars directly with fixed pricing and no haggling. The online model of car sales is one that Tesla employs widely for its own vehicles, owing in part to its inability to run its own physical …

Tesla

Xiaomi Mi Mix Review: It Makes The iPhone 7 Look And Feel So Outdated

Think of any movie or TV show set in a hi-tech future, and there are always the usual cliches: flying cars, sentient robots, and bezel-less digital displays. While the first two is still pretty far off from reality, the last one is (mostly) here in the form of a smartphone: the Xiaomi Mi Mix.<p>I say …

Mobile Technology

How Businesses Can Take Advantage of the Power of Video Marketing

Think for a moment about what it must have been like to be an advertiser in the dawn of the television era. You spent decades attempting to create dynamism through static photographs and drawings in print ads. You used the radio to encourage the audience to visualize products on their own. Then, …

Marketing

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Digital Advertising

Huawei has a Porsche-branded, crazy-powerful phone

MUNICH — With Samsung’s Note7 now being permanently discontinued for battery fire issues, many users are looking into alternatives with similar …

Uber is rolling out a big redesign powered by machine learning

Mobile Research Starts The Purchase Cycle; 78% Buy Within The Day

Once a consumer starts researching products on their smartphone, the actual purchase of a product is pretty closely behind.<p>In the U.S., the final …

Zendesk Unveils A Dynamic New Brand Inspired By Classic Danish Design

Cute, modular, and 1,000 times more appropriate than Zendesk’s old logo: the Buddha wearing a headset.<p>“When we did the initial branding it was the usual garage startup story. We were building an app to do something cool, so it was all juicy colors and funny mascots–like Mailchimp.”<p>Toke Nygaard is …

Graphic Design

WhatsApp beats Telegram to be crowned the most secure messaging app

Facebook’s messaging apps have been ranked the best in the world for secure communication by Amnesty International - but there's a catch. Although …

Privacy

Gary Vaynerchuk on the difference between sales and marketing

Digital agency CEO and co-founder Gary Vaynerchuk talks about using search engines to generate sales, and why foosball tables don’t always hint at a creative company culture.<p>What’s your approach to leading a digital agency?<p>Realising that I work for my employees, instead of them working for me. It’s …

Did Xiaomi just preempt the iPhone 8?

Xiaomi, the former darling of the Chinese smartphone market, has hit a rocky patch as of late, though its rejuvenation efforts have today been stoked with the introduction of a spectacular new smartphone called the Mi Mix. This 6.4-inch mobile behemoth is notable for its practically bezel-free …

Mobile Technology

Xiaomi unveils concept phone with near bezel-less display

Chinese device maker Xiaomi has announced another clutch of mobile hardware, including a concept smartphone developed in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck.<p>Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun dubbed it “a glimpse at what the phone of the future looks like”.<p>The near edgeless 6.4in, 17:9 display …

Mobile Technology

Google’s launching click-to-message ads on Google Search that connect consumers with companies over SMS

Google is launching a new tool that connects advertisers directly with consumers over SMS through ads in Google Search.<p>The internet giant has been testing the “click-to-message” ad message extension for several months already, but it will soon be ready for prime time, with a broader rollout …

Google Pixel XL review: The best Android phone money can buy

Two weeks ago, Google unveiled the first phones it “designed inside and out”: the Pixel and Pixel XL. We had the opportunity to play with the latter device, though you can read our hands-on to get a feel for the smaller Pixel, as well.<p>Keep in mind that these flagship phones, which start shipping on …

Xiaomi's Mi 5s hides a fingerprint reader under its glass

We were already big fans of Xiaomi's Mi 5 flagship smartphone, so it's only natural for the Chinese company to build on this model's success by bringing us the Mi 5s. It should be no surprise that this dual-SIM device -- which has ditched the glass body in favor of metal -- packs Qualcomm's latest …

To reach millennials, Clinton reserves digital ad time

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is reserving $30 million in digital advertising as she seeks to connect with young voters.<p>The campaign said it was investing in digital advertising during the final stretch of the campaign because young people increasingly get their news online, rather than …

Bernie Sanders

Benetton Uses Empathy To Rework The Brand’s Legacy For A Modern Era

The new campaign’s approach is less shocking than in the past, but still honest and true to life.<p>Fashion brand Benetton could never be accused of deploying a conventional approach to marketing. In the 1980s its multiracial “United Colors of Benetton” press ads and billboards were remarkable at the …

Report: Paid App Installs Boost Organic Installs By 1.5x

Mobile marketing platform TUNE released a new report, which analyzed how paid application installs affect organic app installs. The report showed …

Apps

Opera's free VPN is now available on Android, iOS and desktop

Opera became the first major browser to add ad-blocking technology and an unlimited free virtual private network (VPN) service into its desktop …

Apps

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.<p>With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with …

Autonomous Cars

Twitter's Newest Marketing Move Is Brilliant

Twitter's deal with PepsiCo for Promoted Stickers is eerily similar to native advertising. Image source: Twitter.<p>Social media has always been an odd business. Unlike other media types -- television, radio, and traditional print -- where content is provided by paid employees or compensated …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review: Possibly the most complete smartphone ever made

<i>Editorial Note: The Note 7 has been discontinued due to continued risk of fire. This review is for all intents and purposes now simply a historical archive of this smartphone’s short-lived greatness.</i><p><i>In other words, if you find somewhere that still sells it, do not buy it, unless you enjoy toasted</i> …

airbnb's tokyo office provides respite from hectic city life

<b>airbnb’s new tokyo office has opened in japan, with a design that seeks to unite both local and global cultures.</b> the 500 square meter interior …