Sunday , 19 April 2015

TC Droidcast 43: HTC One M9 And… Facebook?

 This week, Chris Velazco joins us to discuss the HTC One M9, which he got to review over at Engadget. The company’s new smartphone looks pretty similar to last year’s model on the outside, but HTC also revamped the camera. I’d argue that this is hardly the time for modest upgrades for HTC, but Chris gives us some insight into ...

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Facebook’s Parse Launches New IoT Service, Debugging Tool And More

 Parse, the platform-as-a-service company Facebook acquired in 2013, today revealed a couple of new features at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco: Parse for IoT, Enhanced Sessions to improve app security, support for React and a new debugging tool. Out of these, the IoT announcement would have come as quite a surprise if Facebook hadn’t spoiled its own… Read ...

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Giphy + Messenger, Giphy’s First Mobile App, Brings GIF Search To Facebook Messenger

 Giphy has launched its own app called Giphy + Messenger that integrates directly with Facebook Messenger. With the expansion of Facebook Messenger into its own developer platform, as announced today at f8, Giphy joins a few exclusive apps that will debut on the new platform. In other words, Facebook Messenger just got very Giphy. Giphy is a betaworks-backed GIF search ...

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Kickstarter Spotlight Gives Project Creators Better Post-Funding Storytelling Tools

 Kickstarter has a new project page layout called Spotlight that acts as a showcase that outlasts each project’s actual crowdfunding campaign. The new Spotlight landing pages put much more focus on the results of the projects themselves, with pages that can be changed by the companies and individuals who ceated the campaign to reflect updates to the story. The new ...

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Fan TV’s New App Is A Must-Have For Cord Cutters

 As a cord cutter, one of the ongoing challenges is figuring out which shows and movies are available for streaming on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and others, and which are only available as paid downloads. A company called Fan TV is today introducing a new mobile application that will go a long way to help address this problem, ...

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August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

 Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a smartphone. As Johnson noted, “Hardware is expensive,” however the new… Read More ...

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Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249

 Canary, the all-in-one smart home monitoring system that launched on Indiegogo in summer of 2013, is today available in retail locations for the first time. This is a relatively big deal considering just how few crowd-funded hardware products ever make it out of the lab and into a retail location. It took Canary, complete with Indiegogo and venture funding, more ...

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