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Apple is creating its own Snapchat, says Bloomberg

Apple is reportedly building its own version of Snapchat. <i>Bloomberg News</i> reports that Apple is currently testing an app that lets iPhone users record video and apply filters or drawings to the content in a similar way to Snapchat. "The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one …

Snapchat

Payment innovation: Take the better option now

During my travels through Vietnam and Sri Lanka as an Eisenhower Fellow, I saw and met with amazing innovators and change agents looking to build on their nation’s respective digital and technological economies. These high-tech entrepreneurs are working to ease and enable democratization of …

Innovation

Amazon will donate Kindles to promote digital reading

Amazon aims to promote digital reading around the world and has established a new program called Kindle Reading Fund to achieve that goal. The Fund will be in charge of donating Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and ebooks to various recipients, such as reading programs in developing nations. To make …

Amazon

3 important lessons learned from building an app in 6 months

Building a new product is like flying a plane as it’s being built. Building it when nothing like it exists in the market is like flying blind.<p>Two years ago, LinkedIn noticed salespeople were using LinkedIn to source and connect with prospects and customers. During the early days of social media, …

LinkedIn

How GM’s Maven car sharing service got to over 4.2M miles driven in 7 months

In January, GM did something somewhat unusual for a company founded in 1908 – it began a car sharing operation, offering customers a fleet of new vehicles on-demand, for use in exchange for an hourly fee. The car sharing company GM started, Maven, began in earnest in earlier this year as a 40 …

MAVEN

Slice’s new browser add-on will email you when prices drop

Slice, a company best known to consumers for its mobile shopping assistant that helps you find the best deals, track packages, organize your receipts, and more, is out today with a new service aimed at helping online shoppers save. Called Slice Watch, its latest app lives in your web browser …

Email

Prisma's new trick takes its filters to the next level

Prisma quickly rose to prominence with its neural-network-powered art filters for your photos, but the caveat was always that it was a bit slow to process, and only worked if you had a solid internet connection.<p>That’s now changing; Prisma just added offline capabilities to its iOS app, and Android …

Apple News

Google will punish sites that use annoying pop-up ads

Google is about to deal a small blow to some of the most annoying ads on mobile: pop-ups and interstitials. It’s not a stretch to argue that readers don’t like these ads. So Google is making a call that websites that use pop-ups and interstitials are worse search results and may rank them lower …

Digital Advertising

I don’t believe you’re an athlete unless you have Bluetooth earbuds around your neck

I’m not a sports person, but I know some things about athletes. I know they wear gym shoes. I know they usually coordinate their pants and shirt to match their shoes; and I know they enjoy sweating. Tech companies seem to think true athletes want to have Bluetooth earbuds that come with a neck …

Bluetooth

The case of alpha business models and beta technology

Allstate is on a mission to vertically develop its telematics expertise and find new sources of revenue across different sectors by launching a new standalone unit called Arity (dedicated to data collection and analytics). It’s no surprise that Allstate’s own brands, such as Esurance and Answer …

FinTech

Android Nougat is now rolling out to all via over-the-air update

It’s finally here: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to everyone via an over-the-air update.<p>Here’s are the devices that can expect the update first:<p>Nexus 6<br>• Nexus 5X<br>• Nexus 6P<br>• Nexus 9<br>• Nexus Player<br>• Pixel C<br>• General Mobile 4G (Android One)<p>Also notable is the LG V20, which Google says will be the first …

Google

New leaks of the alleged GoPro Hero 5 show just how 'sick' it really is

A few weeks back, we stumbled upon some leaked images of GoPro’s upcoming Hero 5. Today, we’ve got even more to share with you — including a “sick” new feature.<p>The new images seem to corroborate the earlier leak and detail a few new findings. Notably, the Hero 5 is slightly larger than previous …

GoPro

Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

Apple’s new iPad app Swift Playgrounds is popularizing the idea of learning to code on mobile devices, not desktop computers. But its focus is only on teaching kids to code in Swift. A new application called Mimo goes beyond that, with mini-lessons for not only Swift, but also HTML, CSS, …

iPhone

Why Silicon Valley and mobile operators are putting their eggs in the bot basket

“Hey Siri! Why did Apple make you?”<p>Even if you haven’t tried it, everyone knows about Siri, Apple’s speech interpretation and recognition personal assistant. The bot is available at the touch of a button or voice activation to answer questions about tomorrow’s weather or recommend a nearby coffee …

Silicon Valley

Twitter 'quality filter' works because it's about news, not social

Recently, Twitter added a quality filter meant to help us all distill our timelines. It’s a handy feature, but I think it’s the clearest example Twitter is no longer a social app.<p>First, the actual quality filter in the Twitter is describes as such:<p>Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from …

Social Media

Sony's new in-dash system brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to any car

As our phones help us plug into more and more services for streaming music, navigation and messaging, it makes sense to have them power our cars’ infotainment systems. But sadly, not every vehicle supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay straight out of the factory.<p>Sony has a neat solution: its new …

Mobile

Paving the way for the autonomous truck

Google has long held the spotlight in developing driverless technology; however, with the emergence of Otto and Elon Musk’s announcement of a Tesla Semi, “driverless trucks” are coming to the forefront of the autonomous vehicle conversation.<p>One major reason the trucking industry is so interested in …

Automotive

The new, scary face of auto insurance

Technology in the mobility space has made travel safer, faster and more convenient. The results have been incredible: The Insurance Information Institute found a 33 percent decrease in automobile deaths in the past three years. The same survey found that nine models registered zero fatalities per …

Car Insurance

Microsoft broke millions of webcams with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is facing a torrent of backlash from consumers and businesses complaining that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has broken some third-party USB cameras. The update, released on August 2nd, reportedly dropped support for two major video compression formats — specifically the H.264 and …

Microsoft

Google is killing Chrome apps unless you have a Chromebook

Chrome apps are dying.<p>Google today announced that it’s planning to phase out support for its browser-based Chrome apps for every single OS except – of course – Chrome OS proper. That means no Chrome apps will be available to download on Windows, Mac or Linux starting the second half of 2017, and in …

Google Chrome

Samsung Connect Auto brings Wi-Fi, LTE connectivity to the unwashed masses

In order to join the realm of connected cars, all you need is this dongle, a car and a smartphone.<p>Tech companies have discovered a wonderful thing -- the onboard diagnostics port on new cars. By creating dongles that interface with the car's computer, you can add connected-car tech to vehicles that …

Samsung

Automatic Pro will track your car for five years over 3G with no fees

Automatic is back with a new version of its connected car adapter, and this time it doesn't need to be connected to your phone over Bluetooth to work. The Automatic Pro comes with free 3G connectivity for five years, and can track your vehicles location and status anywhere you go. It can send you …

Bluetooth

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum succeeds by seeing more

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum has been a long time coming to U.S. carpets. The squat little cylinder of a bot first broke cover in September 2014, with a splashy product announcement and a consumer launch in Japan in 2015. North American homes are only just getting their first taste of Dyson’s …

Dyson

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is now available

And if you’ve been eyeing one, go ahead and pull the trigger. It’s a really great phone. Assuming, of course, that you’ve got, you know, $800+ burning a hole in your pocket.<p>The 5.7-inch phablet is available now from a whole slew of retailers, including, naturally, Samsung’s stores, plus Best Buy, …

Samsung

Sprint hustles in with new, unlimited data plan

The carrier will offer unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data for $60 per month for the first line.<p>Sprint unveiled on Thursday an "Unlimited Freedom" …

Customers

How to add, delete and rearrange apps in the new Apple Watch dock

Apple Watch is getting a UI makeover with watchOS 3 which completely changes how you interact with apps, making them faster and easier to access thanks to the all new Dock feature.<p>Now when wearers press the side button on Apple Watch, instead of bringing up your favorite contacts, the watch brings …

Apple News

“Mr. Robot” is now a mobile game that’s played through a fake messaging app

The hit cybersecurity-focused TV show “Mr. Robot,” a psychological thriller popular among the tech crowd for its relatively accurate portrayal of hacking, is now a mobile game. Released by Telltale Games in association with NBCUniversal, and developed by Night School Studio in collaboration with …

Mr. Robot

AT&T unveils 'overage-free' phone plans to counter Verizon

No, the big US carriers aren't done shadowing each other's moves yet. AT&T has responded to Verizon's new phone plans with Mobile Share Advantage plans that scrap overages and increase the data you can get, but carry their share of catches. Prices now start at $30 per month (plus $20 per phone) for …

Verizon

7 Gadgets That Should Be in Your Emergency Kit

Relatively speaking, the last few years have been tame on the hurricane front. But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s season should heat up, with as many as four hurricanes forecast to hit the Atlantic states. And as the recent flooding in Louisiana …

Gear & Gadgets