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Video Selfie App Dubsmash Proves To Be A Smash Hit

When Dubsmash founders, Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke and Daniel Taschik, created a new mobile app that lets you record a video of yourself, synced to a preselected sound clip, such as a well-known quote from a movie, they had an inkling they were on to something. But, after failing to conquer the …

VSCO Acquires Artifact Uprising To Help Bring More Photography To The Real World

Visual Supply Co., better known as VSCO, has acquired Artifact Uprising, a Denver-based startup focused on bringing photographers’ work from the digital hubs frequented by modern creatives to the real world as tangible books and prints.<p>In a chat last night, VSCO CEO Joel Flory told TechCrunch that …

Google snags Instagram-scanning city guide startup Jetpac

Google's summer of startup acquisitions rolls on, ladies and gentlemen. In today's installment, the search giant snapped up a San Francisco-based travel startup called Jetpac for (you guessed it!) an undisclosed lump of money. As is the case with plenty of new ventures, Jetpac has gone through a …

Crop or Crap: Zack Arias Takes a Real-World Look at the Crop vs Full-Frame Debate

Zack Arias is a man who knows his gear inside and out. Switching multiple times between various companies, he’s seen almost everything there is to …

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Travel Startup Triptrotting Relaunches As Wist, A Local Recommendations App For iPhone

Travel startup Triptrotting is relaunching today on mobile as Wist, an app that gives you the top five personalized suggestions for dining and drink in any given neighborhood or city, based on your likes, plus friends’ and locals’ recommendations. The app is debuting with support for Miami only, …

October's Notable iOS App Releases

We’re back with our monthly retrospective look at some of the more notable iOS apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>Moment.us<p>What is the right music to listen to on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in London or Chicago? Open the …

Google ready to charge into smartwatch fray, Journal says

Google wants to cement its position in wearable technology by taking on both the watch and glass markets.<p>Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production …

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Google shows off updated Glass hardware with earbud and prescription support

A day after inviting members of its Explorers program to swap their old frames for new ones, Google Glass is showing the world what the latest model looks like. In a post on Google+, the company shows a slightly modified version of Glass that includes a removable mono earbud. These will also be the …

Google and Abandoned NYC uncover the city's secrets with Field Trip app

Starting today, users of Field Trip for iOS, Android and Glass will be able to experience some of New York City's forgotten -- and occasionally creepy -- locations as Google's Niantic Labs brings Abandoned NYC's content to the app. Normally, Field Trip functions as a convenient mobile tour guide, …

Airbnb hires maverick hotelier Chip Conley as its head of hospitality, hoping for better hosts, happier customers

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>A few years ago, I got a chance to listen to hear Chip Conley, the enigmatic founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, address a group …

Withlocals Raises $500K For Its Local Travel Experiences Marketplace Targeting Southeast Asia

Withlocals, a peer-to-peer marketplace for locals to offer travellers various experiences, such as tours, home dining, and other local activities, has raised $500,000 in funding from startup builder and backer Greenhouse Group.<p>The Netherlands-founded startup will use the investment to launch out of …

Lego machine removes DRM from Kindle e-books

Lego Mindstorms, a Kindle, and a laptop combine into an art project that is an automated system for scanning e-books and creating DRM-free versions.<p>Lego Mindstorms robots have been put to many good uses, such as solving Rubik's cubes and acting as a motorized wheelchair. Peter Purgathofer, an …

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Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?

Two years ago, in 2011, <i>90 percent</i> of Lego's consumers were boys. A tough statistic to swallow for those of us who grew up playing with Lego's gender-neutral buckets of bricks. But the statistic came straight from Lego, which was then focused on boys with franchised sets based on properties like <i>Star</i> …

Secret is out- A life-sized LEGO X-Wing has landed in the heart of Times Square! #LEGO #LEGOYodaNYC

Warren Elsmore's Brick City - Lego for Grown Ups

Reading Time: 4 minutes<p>Warren Elsmore is one of the most prominent AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego) here in the UK; he is a former chairman of the Brickish …