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Two-lens phone cameras are nothing new. Could Apple make them click?

HTC, LG and Huawei have all tried the idea before.<p>When HTC debuted its HTC One M8 back in 2014, one of its key selling points was the phone’s Duo camera system, which consisted of both a traditional image sensor and a second camera for measuring depth.<p>That system let consumers refocus images even …

Mobile Photography

What are the eight essential emerging technologies for business?

These eight technologies will have the most significant global impact across industries. Emerging technology strategy needs to be a core part of every company’s corporate strategy.

Business Technology

Augmented reality 101

Only recently has the technology advanced far enough to make AR portable and accessible to most people.

Mixed reality

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

Millennials, millennials, millennials!<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Even for those who never watched “The Brady Bunch,” it’s a well-known meme. When it comes to consumer tech, I …

Baby Boomers

Apple’s iPhone event will be on Sept. 7 in San Francisco

It’s at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.<p>Apple has finally made it official, sending out invites for a Sept. 7 event to debut the latest iPhone.<p>“See you on the 7th,” Apple said non-descriptively in the invitation for the event, which will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.<p>…

iPhone

GOAT is a sneaker app that should be dead — but is making millions instead

It has a new $5 million investment and a cult following among sneakerheads.<p>Eddy Lu is just happy to be here, which is as refreshing as it is rare in today’s venture-backed startup world.<p>As the co-founder and CEO of GOAT, a shopping app where sneakerheads can buy and sell rare kicks, Lu is fully …

Mark Zuckerberg is about to unveil his robot butler

How’s your New Year’s resolution coming?<p>Mark Zuckerberg’s house is smarter than your house — and he’s almost ready to prove it.<p>The Facebook CEO, who is building an artificial intelligence system to operate and control his home, says he’s almost ready to show off what he’s been working on.<p>“I’m …

Robotics

Square signs deals with one-time competitors to help attract larger customers

Merchants using Vend and TouchBistro software can now process payments with Square.<p>Square, the San Francisco-based payments company, is continuing to develop new avenues for growth, including partnering with software firms that might have been competitors in the past.<p>Square has inked deals with …

Customers

What is going on at the Google X moonshot factory?

The Alphabet company that’s supposed to create new Alphabet companies is struggling to get them out the door.<p>Google's famed corporate research lab, first launched as Google X, was a sandbox for the company founders and its band of experimental scientists. When Google became Alphabet, the lab …

Google X

The NFL is putting tracking sensors inside its footballs for the first time

The move is just a test — for now.<p>The NFL cares a lot about what goes inside its footballs — just ask the New England Patriots.<p>Which is why it’s significant that the league is thinking about making a change to the pigskin: The NFL has added a lightweight, quarter-sized sensors inside each football …

Football (U.S.)

Hillary Clinton's broadband vision leaves experts skeptical | Recode Daily: August 29, 2016

The expense and the ambitious timeline could make it tough to deliver.<p>Read Now<p>Part of Hillary Clinton's pitch to improve the nation's infrastructure is a proposal to bring broadband internet service to every household in America by 2020, but some experts doubt she could deliver, citing the expense, …

Hillary Clinton

Companies die when they’re afraid to fail, Quip CEO Bret Taylor says

Taylor also discusses being a Twitter board member and why Silicon Valley struggles with diversity on the latest Recode Decode.<p>"There’s a joke at Google: You can make the worst product in the world, but you have a link from the Google homepage, so you’re gonna be successful by any objective metric."<p>…

Kara Swisher

Viral video: Marvel explains why Thor and Hulk weren’t in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

The mockumentary-style short is a not-quite-teaser for the next Thor movie, due in 2017.<p>There were a lot of superheroes in this year’s blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War,” but fans of the “Avengers” series might have noticed two big ones were missing: Thor and Hulk.<p>Today, Marvel released to …

Captain America

Bruno Mars and Mark Zuckerberg showed up at Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s wedding

Ek and Sofia Levander were married at Italy’s beautiful Lake Como.<p>Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is now a married man — and he and his new wife, Sofia Levander, celebrated in style Saturday night, on Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy.<p>According to social media posts, the wedding singer was Bruno Mars:<p>…

Mark Zuckerberg

When virtual reality copies real-world games, the fun is in the familiarity

Some of the most interesting apps for the HTC Vive right now impress because they feel real.<p>I don’t make time to play ping-pong with friends. I’ve never shot a paintball gun. And I rarely if ever play arcade games any more.<p>And yet, I’ve also done all of those things in the past couple days.<p>As an …

Fun

Usain Bolt gets a lifetime deal as ‘chief speed officer’ for a Caribbean cell carrier

Bolt had already been working with Digicel.<p>Fresh off winning another slew of gold medals, sprinter Usain Bolt has landed an Olympic-size marketing deal with Caribbean cell carrier Digicel.<p>Under a lifetime deal, Bolt will be the carrier’s “chief speed officer,” though it’s not entirely clear just …

Track and Field

RIP Facebook Trending headlines, favorite punching bag of Media Twitter

Writer Shares Thoughts About Discontinuation of Social Networking Website Feature<p>Facebook is giving up on human-written headlines for its Trending Topics sidebar, three months after a Gizmodo report alleged that the site was suppressing conservative news sources.<p>While this may be a minor cause for …

Social Media

Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal

Spotify doesn’t like exclusives. But it says it won’t bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.<p>Spotify doesn’t like it when big-name acts take their music to Apple or Tidal first.<p>But it’s not punishing them when they do, by making their stuff harder to find in the music service’s …

Spotify

Facebook says humans won’t write its trending topic descriptions anymore

Facebook is still fighting the claim it suppressed conservative news content.<p>It’s been more than three months since Gizmodo first published a story claiming Facebook’s human editors were suppressing conservative news content on the site’s Trending Topics section. Facebook vehemently denied the …

Facebook

Google X's newest hire suggests it is trying to salvage its self-driving car business

Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart moves to the Alphabet plex.<p>Google’s self-driving car project has hired another senior leader in a sign that, just maybe, it is inching its way to becoming a stand-alone company and an actual real-world thing.<p>Shaun Stewart, Airbnb’s global head of vacation rentals since 2014, …

Automotive

This rare Apple 1 prototype, possibly assembled by Steve Jobs, sold to cosmetics executives for $815,000

The winning couple already own one of six working Apple 1 computers.<p>A rare Apple 1 prototype, up for auction on Charitybuzz, has sold for $815,000.<p>What’s even more astounding is the winners already own an Apple 1 computer. Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, the co-founders of cosmetics firm Glamglow, …

Steve Jobs

How long before Amazon forces its Indian rivals into a merger or sale?

Pressure is mounting on Flipkart and Snapdeal.<p>Three years into Amazon’s aggressive push in India, the country’s two home-grown e-commerce competitors are feeling the pressure.<p>According to a report in India’s well-respected Mint newspaper, Amazon’s sales in India eclipsed those of No. 1 Indian …

India

If the TV business is shrinking, how come Nielsen says the TV market is expanding?

You’re looking at the answer. Right here, in front of you.<p>The TV’s audience has peaked and is contracting. Headlines about pay TV companies losing subscribers and TV ratings in free fall are no longer news.<p>But Nielsen, the industry’s official measurement company, says there are more homes that can …

TV

The White House is planning to let more foreign entrepreneurs work in the U.S.

The move, which won’t require congressional approval, allows people to stay up to five years, provided their startup has significant U.S. investment.<p>It could soon get a lot easier for foreigners to come to the U.S. to grow their startup.<p>After failing to get Congress to pass a “startup visa” as part …

The White House

On-demand music streaming has won

The ad-supported model dominates. And the major labels don’t like it.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>This past week has seen headlines about three different companies each seeking …

Why the new hack attack on the iPhone is a big deal | Recode Daily: August 26, 2016

And why you should update your iOS, right now.<p>Read Now<p>The hack that targeted previously unknown vulnerabilities in the iPhone — quickly patched by Apple with an iOS update — apparently originated with the NSO Group, an Israel-based company that sells spyware to governments. "The era of the …

iPhone

What back-to-school tech should you buy?

The Wirecutter Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng chimes in on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>For many students, "back to school" also means back to the mall, or Walmart, or Amazon, to load up on gear for the new year. But what’s worth the money, and what’s just going to take up space in your backpack?<p>…

Apple News

Four years and $22 billion later, WhatsApp has decided ads aren’t awful, after all

First rule about being bought by an advertising company: You’re probably going to end up selling advertising.<p>2012 WhatsApp: We don’t sell ads because ads are bad.<p>2014 WhatsApp: You want to buy our company for $22 billion, Facebook? Deal.<p>2016 WhatsApp: We’re going to use WhatsApp data to help …

Digital Advertising

Google Fiber is pulling back on its broadband rollout as pressure grows to cut costs

Another bump in the road for Alphabet.<p>For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street that Google Fiber is her most expensive unit outside of the core business — and is well worth the costs.<p>Her bosses may be telling Fiber employees the …

Google

Wired’s Mark McClusky is going to run digital for Sports Illustrated

He’s the second high-profile departure from Wired this month.<p>Mark McClusky, one of Wired’s top executives, is leaving to run digital for Sports Illustrated.<p>If that news sounds familiar, there’s a reason: Last week, Joe Brown, who ran Wired’s website, left to run Popular Science. In McClusky’s case, …

Cleveland Cavaliers