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A New App Lets Kids Design Their Own Games

Infinite Arcade is the latest app from Brooklyn-based TinyBop that is designed to create inclusive digital experiences for kids.<p>For all their aesthetic virtuosity, kids’ gaming apps can actually be pretty limiting. Whereas analog toys forced kids to use their imagination, high-tech games with …

These Apple veterans want you to never have to leave your texting app to get things done

And this has certain developers looking toward not trying to develop single-use apps, but an app that could serve as an ecosystem for endless other mini-apps. The best example of this possible future is WeChat, the Chinese messaging behemoth that has 549 million monthly active users. People love …

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25 Innovative Consumer And Retail Brands For 2015

Innovation and disruption in consumer and retail is exploding. Ignited by the maturation of Millennial consumers—who are voting with their wallet and opting for new and authentic brands—emerging brands are re-imagining nearly every consumer category, and sometimes creating entirely new ones. …

10 of the Best Android Browser Apps

Love ’em or hate ’em, browsers are your window to the Web – be it on your laptop, tablet or pocket rocket. While you may well be one of those unfussy types who would get by just as well on Chrome or Firefox as you would on Dolphin or Opera, equally you may have many different needs from a mobile …

Speed up Chrome for Android with this simple tweak

Chrome for Android is one of the fastest and most feature-rich browsers for Android. But a persistent problem has ruined Google’s mobile browser for many users – janky scrolling. Especially since Google replaced the AOSP Browser with Chrome as the default browser on new Android devices, people have …

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Responsive Website Builder Webflow Raises $1.5 Million From Khosla, Tim Draper & Others

Webflow, the Y Combinator-backed startup aimed at making it easier for creative professionals to visually design and host their own responsive websites, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The round, which comes at a time when the company has grown its user base from 10,000 last summer to now …

Image Recognition Startup Slyce Raises $10.75M To Be The Amazon Flow For Everyone Else

Toronto-based startup Slyce has raised a new round of $10.75 million in funding, led by Beacon Securities, and including PI Financial, Salman Partners, Harrington Global and more. The company builds image recognition tech, and wants to be the Amazon Flow for every other retailer on the planet, …

Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M, Will Continue To Operate Separately

Banking startup Simple has been acquired, the company announced today. The acquiring company, BBVA, is a 150-year old financial services corporation that operates in a number of markets, and a leading player in the Spanish market, as well as one of the top 15 banks in the U.S. and a strategic …

Everything you need to know about Host Card Emulation

This week Visa and MasterCard announced new specifications for NFC mobile payments using host card emulation (HCE) . Until now mobile payment systems needed a special piece of hardware, normally in the SIM card, known as the secure element. It is used by the mobile payment system to perform certain …

FinTech

PasswordBox Makes It Easier To Securely Log In To Mobile Apps With 1-Tap Login On Android (& iOS Beta)

Password manager startup PasswordBox, which closed a $6 million Series A last November months after launching its freemium service, has added a new feature to its convenience boosting arsenal that improves the experience for mobile users by allowing them to sign in to other apps and websites with a …

Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC

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Google Solves Android Fragmentation with Stock Apps in the Play Store

For some, Android version 4.3 was a little underwhelming. At a somewhat dry, technical level there were some interesting additions; restricted profiles helped families keep track of the apps and content their children can access; support for OpenGL ES 3.0 brought higher fidelity lens flares, …

Videolicious Raises $2.25 Million From Washington Post Company, Amazon.com, And The Knight Foundation

Videolicious, which makes an app that allows users to easily create videos from their mobile phones, has been working to get more adoption from businesses. It’s being used for employee training, by real estate agents, and increasingly by news rooms. To spur more of that growth, Videolicious has …

CheapCast is an emulator that turns any Android device into a Chromecast (sort of)

The Chromecast is very cheap, even without the three months of free Netflix that Google gave away in the first day of availability. But for some, it may still be too expensive, while many others simply can’t get hold of the device due to the limited availability of the device.<p>For those who want to …

Android News

DingDong! Here’s The New Craze In Photo Messaging Apps And It’s Addictive

Lately I’ve been playing with a great little app called Povio. Not unlike Snapchat, you snap a picture and send to one or more people and the app prompts them to send one back, though the photo doesn’t disappear. It’s a little like photo messaging “with a nudge.” However, another player has been …

MessageMe Hits 5 Million Users in 75 Days

MessageMe, the US-based chat app looking to rival Line, WhatsApp, Viber and co, has confirmed that it has closed a $10 million round of seed funding and, furthermore, that it has passed 5 million registered users, just 75 days after launch. That follows an impressive start which saw it hit 1 …

Subsidized Fitbit Flex comes to Japan with $5-a-month SoftBank Healthcare plan

After iPhone success, prospective Sprint buyer looks west for another breakthrough device<p>Flamboyant SoftBank CEO — and Sprint suitor — Masayoshi Son strode onto a Tokyo stage this afternoon to unveil his latest scheme to attract Japanese subscribers. SoftBank Healthcare is an unusual contract …

Minuum keyboard project crosses $60,000, developers detail Wearable Development Kit

Last week, when we’d first talked about Minuum, I’d mentioned that the company was halfway through to reaching its stretch goal of $60,000, that would allow them to build their own Wearable Development Kit. The crowd-funded Indiegogo project hasn’t lost its momentum since surpassing its initial …

Wearable Tech

Hands-on with Mozilla’s Web-based “Firefox OS” for smartphones

Plans for an all-HTML5 smartphone OS are ambitious. Maybe too ambitious.<p>Launching a new mobile OS is a difficult project since the market leaders, …

Mozilla making the Web a gaming platform with Unreal 3 engine in a browser

High performance JavaScript and WebGL could put high-end games on the Web.<p>Mozilla wants the Web to be a platform that's fit for any purpose. That's …

Google Translate app for Android gets offline support

Google today added offline language support to the Google Translate app for Android.<p>Available for devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up, the new feature provides translation in 50 languages, even where a data connection is not present. To enable the offline capabilities on your device, …

Digitimes says Apple is working on a 4K TV for either later this year or early next year

According to <i>Digitimes</i>, Apple is planning on launching a TV set either later this year or in early 2014. The site, which has a mixed track record, says that the display is of 4K resolution. Specifically, the report calls for a 3840 x 2160 panel in the TV. While the site says Apple could be working …

Microsoft's latest build project is codenamed 'Blue'

According to the official Microsoft blog, the company are "working ... on plans to advance our devices and services, a set of plans referred to …

Windows Phone

Flipboard 2.0 adds new social features, lets users create own digital magazines

Users of Flipboard, the app that transforms all sorts of content sources into full-blown digital magazines, are in for a very special treat once version 2.0 finally rolls around for Android. How do we know this? Because Flipboard 2.0 is already available for iOS and, though we aren’t that …

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