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AppScotch Exits Stealth To Make Mobile Ads Playable

Founded 6 months ago but running in stealth mode until now, ad tech startup AppScotch is pulling back the curtain today. Based in California, with an R&D office in Russia, the company has developed technology to enable advertisers to offer a new kind of interactive ad unit that turns the humble …

LinkedIn now lets you block other users, says it 'was the right thing to do'

LinkedIn now lets users block other users on its service, a feature designed to control privacy on the popular networking site. In a post announcing the new option, LinkedIn said the it heard members "loud and clear," and that blocking was added because "it was the right thing to do." That comes …

WhatsApp Rival Telegram Sees 5M Downloads in a Day

<b>Update, February 24:</b> Ok, folks, it looks like things are gathering serious momentum. Telegram says it saw 5 million downloads on Sunday, and it is top of the App Store in nearly 50 countries worldwide.<p>It seems that the recent WhatsApp outage, combined with security issues and Facebook’s impending …

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has <i>doubled</i> its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t …

Apple Acquires Burstly, Creators of TestFlight

Apple has confirmed reports that it has acquired Burstly, the development team behind app beta testing platform TestFlight. The news was first reported by TechCrunch earlier today. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement saying:<p>Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to …

YouTube's Redesign Smells a Lot Like Mobile

YouTube took the wraps off a site redesign on Friday, one that borrows heavily from the service's mobile apps. Its new site is better designed to …

Samsung's next Galaxy will be wet, fit, and alive

To the power of 5<p>Mere days away from its big Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress, Samsung has issued the first video teaser for the major product it'll announce in Barcelona: the next Galaxy. Anticipated to be the Korean company's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5 still remains a mystery, but …

Gobble Automates Your Dinner With A Subscription Meal Delivery Service

For people with busy lives, coming home and making dinner for the family can be a pain. Equally as painful? Trying to find a place to go out to or order from that the whole family can agree on. Gobble, currently in the Y Combinator Winter 2014 class, is seeking to alleviate that pain by offering up …

Nokia's Here Maps app is coming to all Windows 8.1 devices

If Bing Maps hasn't been getting the job done on your Microsoft Surface, you'll be glad to hear there's another option on the way: Nokia's Here Maps. The company says it will "soon" launch its mapping software for all Windows 8.1 devices. Until now, it's been available exclusively on the Lumia 2520 …

This Gorgeous iOS 8 Concept Merges Multitasking With Control Center [Video]

Control Center was one of the top touted features added to iOS 7, but while the new swipe up gesture to toggle it is great, you might find yourself using multitask function more, so Bill Labus created a gorgeous iOS 8 concept that merges multitasking with control center to give you quicker access …

E-Z-2-Use module provides one-click exploitation of some Android phones

There is a security bug in Android that device manufacturers should know about. This bug was fixed by Google in the Android 4.2 JellyBean release, so we don’t need to panic. But so many devices out there do not have Jelly Bean or higher yet, and many more never will, so they remain vulnerable. The …

The Father Of 3D Printing Is Being Inducted Into The National Inventors Hall Of Fame

With all the hubbub surrounding 3D printing as of late, it’s easy to think of it as something new. Something that, before 5 or 6 years ago, only existed in Sci-Fi novels.<p>Surprise! 3D printing has actually been around for decades. In fact, the first kinda-sorta functional 3D printer prototype was …

Mention Launches An iPad App For Its Media Monitoring Tool, Opens Office in New York

French startup Mention launched an iPad app to monitor your online reputation from your tablet. At the same time, the company hired its first full time employee in New York — it will expand to the U.S. in the coming months. It also purchased the mention .com domain name and moved its product to the …

MasterCard uses geolocation to make sure you are you

If someone steals your credit card, they’d probably have little trouble racking up a hefty bar tab or buying a new TV with the plastic. But …

One in three new iOS games are Flappy Bird clones

Before being pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Flappy Bird was the most popular mobile game. These days, there's no Flappy Bird, but the market is still being flooded by clones.<p>During a 24-hour period last week, 293 new games were uploaded into the Apple App Store, of which 95 were …

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NCR updates its iPad cash register with loyalty features

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>NCR(s ncr) has beefed up with its virtual cash register Silver with new loyalty software, giving small businesses the ability …

Facebook to Buy Drone Company Titan Aerospace for $60 Million

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Peekster App, A ‘Shazam For Print Media’, Adds Promoted Articles Revenue Stream

Peekster, another recent graduate from the Wayra U.K. startup bootcamp, wants to help smartphone users connect their offline reading habits with their online social networks.<p>Yes, this startup is banking on dead tree media being around for a while yet. Long enough for it to build a business that …

Steve Ballmer's Advice for Startups

Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 as the company’s first business manager, going on to replace Bill Gates as CEO in 2000. Before becoming CEO, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. …

Facebook, Twitter — and CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — #Help. #CPAC2014.<p>Republicans believe they got crushed in the tech race in 2012, so they called Facebook and Twitter to advise them on how to reboot their efforts for 2014 and 2016.<p>At a Conservative Political Action Conference panel on Friday, representatives from the two …

Is Facebook obsession tied to eating disorders?

Research suggests women who spend more than 20 minutes a day on the social network can be vulnerable<p>Because most people use social media as a platform for presenting the most polished, curated versions of their lives, researchers have been slowly discovering how frequent social media use can …

Why WhatsApp’s founders still carry old Nokia phones

Brian Acton, one of the two founders of WhatsApp, the messaging service that Facebook recently bought for $19 billion, carries this phone:<p>His partner, Jan Koum, totes this old thing:<p>WhatsApp’s founders aren’t Luddites. They also carry other, more modern phones. But the pair—spotted carrying these …