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ProCamera 8 for iOS leaps into summer with new editing tools and photo compass

The folks at CocoLogics are at it again. The company has just released a huge update to ProCamera 8 for iOS, its DSLR-style photo app.<p>Featured as one of TNW’s Apps of the Year for 2014, ProCamera 8 is now further improved with a host of new features.<p>This app has always been about replacing the need …

The global economy has a 'titanic problem'

The U.S. economy has shown signs of capsizing this year. Growth has been weak and consumers still aren't spending.<p>One bearish economist sees the U.S. and global economies on course to hit the next iceberg -- another recession -- in the near future.<p>"The world economy is sailing across the ocean …

Economy

Here are 2 forces that’ll boost US housing for years

The US housing market comeback is far from over.<p>Morgan Stanley credit analysts led by Vishwanath Tirupattur believe that positive trends will continue because of two major forces: favorable demographics and further improvements in the labor market.<p>"[We] note that the millennial generation is …

US Job Openings Fall, Hiring Rises in Mostly Positive Report

The Labor Department said Tuesday that job postings dropped 2.9 percent to just under a seasonally adjusted 5 million in March. Meanwhile, total hiring ticked up 1.1 percent to 5.1 million, the most since December.<p>The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell in March, though companies filled more …

Employment

6 Secrets to a Stress-Free Job Interview (Yes, It Is Possible!)

A hiring manager shares inside tips on avoiding the most common causes of pre-interview jitters.<p>Does the prospect of going to a job interview fill you with trepidation? If you're like most people, the answer is "Of course!" In a recent survey of more than 1,600 people by staffing firm LaSalle …

Employment

Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

When Jeff Brown opened his first grocery store in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia back in 2004, it seemed like a long shot.<p>Most people thought he was crazy to even attempt to make money in a food desert like Southwest Philly, he says. Other grocers had tried and quickly gone out of …

Urban Agriculture

Monthly average of unemployment claims falls to 15-year low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits ticked lower last week, pushing down the four-week average of applications to its lowest level since April 2000.<p>Weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is just above a …

Economy

Japanese trading houses to cut investments, step up asset sales

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s big trading houses, stung by large asset writedowns in the wake of the global commodities slump, plan to step up asset sales and wind back investment spending by up to $10 billion over the next three years.<p>The changes will mean reduced spending on energy and minerals …

People in Germany are going crazy for gold

Germans are buying gold at a frantic pace.<p>It may be a sign they are worried about the future. People tend to buy gold when they fear economic disaster or a spike in prices.<p>The World Gold Council report released on Thursday said demand for total gold bar and coins spiked by 20% in Germany during the …

Economics

Warren Buffett Says He Would Never, Ever Do These 3 Things

His rules help explain why Berkshire Hathaway is a top stock<p>During Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting this past weekend, Warren Buffett and his …

Investing

Membership-based delivery services are beginning to disrupt the $600 billion-a-year grocery industry

But a new wave of promising delivery startups are relying on a tried-and-true model to disrupt groceries: membership.<p>Membership grocery services help secure consumers as repeat customers and allow companies to lower individual shipping fees on every order. Shipping fees are typically a big barrier …

Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

For the first time, children under 13 are allowed to have an official presence on Facebook. They still can’t have a profile, but their parents can now tag photos of them (or pet) to create a “Scrapbook.” This lets parents collect photos of their baby, toddler, or pre-teen in a centralized place …

Social Media

Michelle Phan goes beyond YouTube with Icon multi-channel network

Online star teams up with Endemol Beyond for new lifestyle network, which will also be available on other video services and social networks<p>YouTube star Michelle Phan is launching her own online video network, Icon, which will cover beauty, fashion, food and other lifestyle topics – but not just on …

Touchscreen-enabled routers double as home automation hubs

If at all possible, we like to keep our router and hub count down to a nice round number of "one." That's the idea behind a pair of new models from Almond which eliminate the need to have both a smarthome hub and router by combing them into one device. The Almond+ and Almond 2015 both support …

Amazon moves towards 'internet of things' shopping with Dash

New re-ordering device reduces need to ever leave the house again with a one-touch button for when products run out<p>Have you ever been stuck on the toilet with no toilet roll? An end to that nightmare might soon be in sight. Amazon’s next big thing in the “internet of things” lets you order a new …

Internet of Things

Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

You could start the next Harlem Shake-style crowdsourced video phenomenon with Facebook’s new app Riff, out today worldwide in 15 languages on iOS and Android.<p>Shoot a video of up to 20 seconds in Riff, and give it a title that instructs others what they should add to it like “Make A Funny Face” or …

Social Media

Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple's TV Service

Apple wants to sell the service, but leave the back-end to others.<p>Apple wants the TV guys to provide their shows for its proposed streaming video service. But that’s not the only thing Apple wants from the TV guys: It wants them to provide the streams, too.<p>Apple is asking TV networks to handle the …

Streaming

Create better 3D models by waving your smartphone around

Sure your smartphone makes for a passable 3D scanner, but it still can't determine the size of an item. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon researchers are able to discover the scale of an object using a smartphone's camera and its IMU (inertial measurement unit). They just have to make sure to move the …

China Bans WeChat Selfie App For Passports

Authorities in China have stopped accepting selfies for official documents processed by a new app service called Xingfu which is available through the popular WeChat messaging service, Chinese financial news service Caixin said.<p>The idea is clever. You take a selfie with your smartphone, upload it …

Facebook's latest Snapchat clone creates viral video stories anyone can add to

But it’s actually for doing bad Beyoncé karaoke<p>Perhaps the best way to explain Facebook's newest app is with bananas. One day, the fruits went from being plentiful snacks in Facebook's cafeterias and break rooms to the surprise stars of a crowd-sourced video made by its employees. People stepped …

Apple’s new ad campaign shows the only camera you need is the one in your pocket

Apple today launched a new advertising campaign — during Samsung’s Galaxy S6 keynote — that highlights photos shot by users around the world on the iPhone 6.<p>Instead of using marketing images, Apple went out and found the best shots taken on the iPhone 6 by everyday people. It gathered pictures from …

Sony has a new flagship tablet to fight the iPad Air 2

2014 was an odd year for Sony. Can you think of another company that released five flagship products in a single year? We're talking the Xperia Z2, the Z3, the Z3 Compact, the Z2 Tablet, the Z3 Tablet Compact. That's an awful lot of Z's. At MWC in Barcelona, it's leaving its flagship phones be, and …

HP teamed up with Microsoft to build its latest flagship laptop

This isn't your typical laptop announcement post. The most interesting thing about the Spectre x360, HP's new flagship notebook, isn't its design, performance or even price. No, what's interesting about this laptop is that Microsoft helped build it. Over the course of a year and a half, the two …

Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss

BARCELONA -- Google is taking another pass at energizing its Google+ social networking service, splitting its photo-based aspects off from what's now called "Streams" and putting Product Vice President Bradley Horowitz in charge.<p>"Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true -- I'm excited to be …

Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

Layer, the company making it possible for developers to add rich messaging capabilities to their apps without having to build their own infrastructure from the ground up, is today making its service available to the public, following its beta period that began with its TechCrunch Disrupt win back …

Apps

With Android for Work, Google aims to secure 1+ billion BYOD devices

We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their own devices to work, reading corporate mail on …

Apps

Why Xiaomi will probably fail in the United States

Founded less than five years ago, Xiaomi is already one of China's largest smartphone vendors. In the second quarter last year, it sold more handsets in China than any other company. The release of the iPhone 6 allowed Apple to overtake Xiaomi in the fourth quarter, but the fast-growing start-up …

Sling TV Comes To Amazon Fire TV With A Steep Hardware Discount

Amazon today announced that its Fire TV streaming set-top box and HDMI stick now support Sling TV, the subscription-based live TV service that offers users an alternative to cable that streams via the web for $20 per month. As part of its promotion for the launch, Amazon and Sling are also offering …

Sling TV