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Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash

Dec 19, 3:33AM

flickr-wall-art Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons. The project was originally intended to allow photographers profit from the sale of images made into prints, but it generated controversy when users realized that Yahoo (Flickr’s owner)… Read More

Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire

Dec 19, 1:48AM

corfire Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in October 2014 after raising $103 million in May, has taken a majority stake in CorFire, another mobile commerce startup that focuses on… Read More

Neurence's Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

Dec 19, 1:21AM

Neurence U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition which it’s hoping will underpin the next wave of search queries as computing becomes increasingly immersed in the physical world — thanks… Read More

Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness

Dec 19, 1:00AM

205736624_153dbd3d20_o The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person. Over the last 10 years, an influx of 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, while only 17,000 new housing units have been built. We can end chronic homelessness by 2020… Read More

Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA

Dec 19, 12:51AM

Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general. Read More

Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood?

Dec 19, 12:42AM

Man pushing a virtual subscribe button. Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models’ inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment. Read More

A Holiday Gift Guide For Your Tech-Savvy Girlfriends

Dec 19, 12:07AM

giftguide-splash-galpal Whether you are looking for your girlfriend, your gal pal or that special lady in your life, or a gift for yourself, these items promise to charge, inform and add some chic style for the new year. Tory Burch for Fitbit Whether you go with the pendant or bracelet, this Tory Burch styled Fitbit is a great gift for close girlfriends such as your mom, sister or bestie. Both come in gold, silver… Read More

Google Claims 2015 Will Be A "Moment" For Surveillance Reform

Dec 19, 12:03AM

android statutes google Google thinks that next year will be a big moment for surveillance reform. So much so that the company set up a special page on its ‘Take Action’ hub, asking individuals to sign something akin to a petition of sorts to “help make the Internet more secure for everyone.” Why does Google think that 2015 will be big? The company notes that “[i]n June of 2015, we have… Read More

Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Acquires Italy's Cibando

Dec 18, 11:00PM

zomato_app1_hi-res-l-2 Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service backed by Vy Capital, Info Edge, and Sequoia Capital, continues to be on an acquisition spree as a means to accelerate its international expansion. Read More

Still Not On Inbox By Gmail? They Just Gave All Users 10 Invites Each

Dec 18, 10:49PM

inbox-feature Have you somehow still not gotten a chance to try Inbox, despite Google opening up the service to anyone who asked on multiple occasions? It’s okay. I understand. You can’t be sitting on Twitter looking for these sorts of things to pop up all the time. You have stuff to do. Important things, like “Work”, or “Feeding the dog”, or “literally anything… Read More

ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

Dec 18, 10:28PM

Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 5.16.43 PM Does your photo management solution recognize your cat? Your mom? Your dog? No, it does not. That’s why there’s ZZ Photo. The app, built by a Ukrainian team, is essentially a shoebox for all of your photos but with a few smarts built in. It is Windows-only right now but the team is working on mobile and Mac versions of the app. The app won our weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off thanks to… Read More

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret's Not One Of Them

Dec 18, 10:14PM

anonymity-apps Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and… Read More

RebelMouse Expands Its Publisher Tools With The River, A Personalized Newsfeed

Dec 18, 9:55PM

rebelmouse river RebelMouse first launched as a way for people to aggregate their social network updates into a “social front page,” but more recently, it’s been working to give publishers social tools for their own websites and apps, through a platform called Rebel Roar. Now it’s rolling out the latest piece of Rebel Roar — The River. If you’re on Facebook or pretty much… Read More

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

Dec 18, 9:37PM

Secret Yik Yak It is.           Read More

Jawbone UP3 Likely Won't Ship In Time For Christmas After All

Dec 18, 9:16PM

jawbone If you had plans to tuck a Jawbone UP3 under the tree for someone this year, it’s probably time to start thinking about something else. When Jawbone first told us about its plans to release a new fitness tracker, the company wouldn’t give us an exact date — only that it was coming “later this year.” Turns out even that might be a stretch. Read More

Duet Makes Your iPad A No-Compromise Display For Your Mac

Dec 18, 9:04PM

Duet Display iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy animation and tons of lag, even in the best of circumstances. Duet, a new app from a team that includes ex-Apple display engineering talent,… Read More

This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

Dec 18, 8:00PM

usb Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that’ll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real. Read More

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

Dec 18, 6:52PM

IMG_0240 Sony’s new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big benefit, when you compare this device against previous SmartWatch models, which have proven overwhelmingly uninspiring. Basics 1.6″… Read More

VHX Introduces An iPhone App And Library So You Can View Your Whole Video Collection In One Place

Dec 18, 6:00PM

vhx app 2 VHX has been working hard to make it easier for independent content owners to sell their videos online. And now it’s working to make it easier for consumers to find and enjoy the content that they’ve bought off the platform, with the introduction of a video library that stores all their purchases in one place, along with the launch of an iOS app. Read More

Xbox One To Get Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix And More Apps This Week

Dec 18, 5:54PM

pandora Microsoft might have said that they’re done shipping their big Xbox One software updates for the year — but that doesn’t mean they can’t release a few new toys in the form of apps. The company has just announced five new apps that should be available to Xbox One owners just in time for Christmas. Read More

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