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Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

Snapchat wants to usurp Instagram as they way to share Coachella Music Festival adventure. So today it revealed a new style of Geofilters that change throughout the day to tell friends what they’re looking at.<p>Rather than just a generic “Coachella” illustration that can be overlaid on photos or …

Here’s The Only EULA You’ll Ever Want To Read

By design, end-user license agreement, or EULAs, are impenetrable documents letting users of a given piece of software know their rights, and written by lawyers trying to cover their clients’ asses. EULAs are so ridiculous and all encompassing, the 18,000-word EULA you click through when you …

iPhone 6's NFC chip may do far more than just mobile payments

All the conversation about the NFC (near field communication) chip in the iPhone 6 has so far centered around enabling mobile payments. But that’s not all we should be talking about.<p>NFC is a technology standard that specifies a set of radio frequencies used by two devices in close physical …

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There’s a saying you’ll often hear around Buffer’s content team: “There’s probably a plugin for that!”<p>We’re often chasing new ways to work smarter, faster and more productively—and the same is true of our Buffer blog.<p>We’re quick to grab any and all …

Tinder Is Going To The Dogs With NYC Puppy Rescue Project

There are a lot of dogs on Tinder lately. Like, actual dogs.<p>East Village-based animal rescue organization Social Tees, long with creative agency internship program The Barn at BBH have whipped up a few doggy dating profiles for rescue dogs in the New York City area.<p>BBH’s The Barn received …

Gmail's latest move isn't the end of email, it's a new beginning

The Gmail API could turn our email accounts into gold mines, and that's a good thing<p>Everybody loves to hate email.<p>It’s overwhelming, all-encompassing, and perhaps most importantly, lacks the context we’ve come to expect from modern communication apps. It's hard to blame email, though, since most …

Measuring the world’s emotions using Twitter and Amazon’s cloud

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: MooltFilm/Thinkstock<p>There are some things that just weren’t possible before the world wide web and cloud computing, and …

Invention Awards 2014: Charge Gadgets With Your Footsteps

Take a hike, earn an iPhone battery's worth of energy<p>Each thud of a hiker’s heel releases enough energy to illuminate a light bulb. Rather than waste that power, Matt Stanton, an engineer and avid backpacker, created a shoe insole that stores it as electricity. The device promises to be an …

Instead Of Giving Google Your Data For Free, Now You Can Donate It For Good

The GoodData is a co-op that aims to allow people to take control of their data and harness what it’s worth–for a good cause.<p>The Internet knows everything about you: where you shop, what you like, your age, race, the sex stuff. The Internet also knows how to make money from what it knows. Every …

VMBeacon Is Wearables For Mannequins, Sends Clothes Info To Customers

It’s not iBeacon, but uses a mix of Apple’s iBeacon technology plus their own “secret sauce,” whatever that is. What is it? VMBeacon is a new product enabling store mannequins to transmit information to shoppers about the clothes on display, via their smartphones as they browse in store or through …

Anti-Social Network Helps You Avoid People You Don’t Want To See

Sick of running into your ex? Brian Moore was, so he developed Cloak, an app that warns you when other people are nearby.<p>There is no shortage of social media apps out there that will loudly broadcast to everyone where you are at every second of the day. Rarer is the app that exists to obfuscate …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Splash, The Party Scientists Stealing Big Business From Eventbrite

People don’t want ads, they want memories. To shift from spammy marketing to providing experiences, companies like Anheuser-Busch, Spotify, NPR, and Wired promoted 80,000 events in 2013 with a little startup called Splash. In co-founder Ben Hindman’s first in-depth interview, he tells me how …

The God's Script

Horizon: No More Vertical Videos

The omnipresence of smartphones means everyone has the potential to be a one-man film-crew. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be a <i>good</i> film-crew, right?<p>While your trusty iPhone does pack a punch, it still requires a little know-how from the person in control, including how to frame a shot, ensuring …

'PKPKT' is a Bluetooth iPhone game for kleptomaniacs

<i>PKPKT</i> (pronounced "pickpocket") is a new iPhone game that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to simulate digital pickpocketing. Each player starts with $1,000 dollars in fake money, and can make more money by stealing from nearby <i>PKPT</i> users even if the app isn't open, thanks to the technical wizardry …

Samsung Lets Smart TV Apps Control Household Appliances

LG just revealed plans to let you control household appliances via chat app Line, and now it’s Samsung’s turn. The Korean firm is giving developers the keys to build apps that control products in the home from a TV, through a new version of its Smart TV software development kit (SDK).<p>The company …

New SwiftKey Beta Adds 500 Emoji and Number Row to Android Keyboards

SwiftKey released a new beta version of its customizable Android keyboard app today, adding support for over 500 emoji characters and an optional, dedicated row of numbers.<p>Emoji are popular emoticons or symbols that convey common words or phrases. In version 4.5 of SwiftKey – available now on …

IFTTT adds a location channel for its iOS app

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Good news for the iPhone-toting(s aapl) If This Then That lovers out there. The service has added a native iOS location …

Why Twitter Is A Huge Threat To YouTube

This didn't make much sense to me.<p>I pointed out to Borow that Twitter doesn't host its own videos, and that YouTube doesn't allow people to tweet.<p>Perhaps he was confused.<p>But then Borow made this argument:<p>People use Twitter as their default "public" identity, especially in the media. Athletes, …

Getonic Is Rolling out Actionable Ads so You Can Buy Without Leaving the Page

Getonic, the company that wants to turn your social feeds into a retail channel, has rolled out a new ad product that allows businesses to more easily build and share advertisements for products across social channels and other ad-networks.<p>The new ad units ultimately mean that people will be able …

Heyday App Is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself

An iPhone app called Heyday launches today — it compiles a record of its owner’s life, based on places visited and photos taken.<p>This is a topic I’ve …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

what3words Raises $500K Seed For Its Location-Pinpointing Push To Reinvent Postcodes

London-based U.K. startup what3words has closed a<p>£500,000 (circa $800,000) $500,000 seed round of financing from a group of angel investors, including Shutl’s Guy Westlake.<p>The startup launched an ambitious bid to reinvent ZIP codes/postcodes back in July using location-pinpointing alternatives made …

Lexus Uses Driving Data to Create Real-Time Portraits

Most drivers are well accustomed to dashboard screens that display rear-view cameras, detailed radio information and Bluetooth connected phones. One driver in Belgium, however, has a wholly different in-dash digital display. Luxury car brand Lexus has given art collector Walter Vanhaerent a new IS …

Neurocam uses brainwaves to trigger hands-free photos, straps an iPhone to your head (video)

Neurocam uses brainwave sensors similar we've already seen in moving cat ears and TV navigation, but this time hooks up with your smartphone camera. This prototype, demoed at last week at Japan's Human Sensing 2013 conference, gauges your interest on a scale of zero to 100, and if your brainwave …

Necomimi cat ears' creators branch out into brain-controlled headphones (video)

While we've always thought that brain-controlled cat ears are a perfectly viable business model, it's usually in a company's best interest to diversify, in case, you know, the bottom ever drops out of the furry accessory market. Neurowear, the company behind the Necomimi, which provided some of the …

Nike SB iOS app Helps Skateboarders Learn Tricks and Play S.K.A.T.E

If you’re the sort of person that spends every waking moment with a skateboard flipping masterfully under their feet, Nike has a new iOS app that could change the way you engage with the action sport.<p>The new Nike SB app is now available in the App Store, giving skaters a new way to learn some of …

Automated video editing app Magisto raises $13 million

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Magisto, the video app that lets you automatically edit your videos and photos, has raised $13 million Series C round of …