Snap Advertisers Can Now See If Their Ads Increase Foot Traffic

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As Snap looks to build out an advertising business to rival Facebook’s and Google’s, the app is launching a new location-based product that lets businesses see whether people go to stores after seeing advertisements. The new ad product, Snap to Store, looks at the number of people who go to a store within one week…

April 13th 2017 Mobile

Adobe Research demos new app that may one day allow you to take better selfies

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 Adobe has a tendency to show early demos of the technologies it’s working on but isn’t quite ready to launch publicly. The latest of these is a selfie app from Adobe Research the company outed on its YouTube channel earlier today. Read More

April 7th 2017 adobe, Mobile

Blackstorm Labs and Rakuten launch R Games to build high-fidelity HTML5 games

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 Blackstorm Labs, a startup that’s working to build technology that brings developers tools to get out games and apps more quickly through HTML5, today said it is working with Rakuten to build a new entity called R Games that will serve as a hub for games in Japan and Asia. Blackstorm Labs has been working with Rakuten for some time on the project, which was rumored last November, but it… Read More

April 4th 2017 Mobile

Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

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 When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for them on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the most mundane of tasks at the touch of a button. Read More

April 1st 2017 Mobile

How Stories Search makes Snapchat a real-time YouTube

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 Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what’s going on now everywhere. Today Snapchat launched Search for Stories submitted to its public Our Stories. It makes Snapchat as deep as whatever the world is sharing, creating near-infinite rabbit holes to go down. Read More

April 1st 2017 Mobile, Twitter, YouTube

Samsung’s CMO Says Note 7 Battery ‘Bump in the Road’ Sparked the Campaign for Its New Smartphone

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Last fall, Samsung faced potentially the biggest crisis it’s ever faced as a brand, when a design flaw caused batteries in its brand-new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire. But now, on the launch day of its next flagship phone, the brand seems to have learned from its mistakes, ending a tumultuous six months…

March 30th 2017 Mobile

Samsung Debuts Its Flagship Galaxy S8 Phone, Complete With AI Assistant and ‘Infinity Display’

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Samsung has finally released its latest flagship phones, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and larger 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, marking the end of an embarrassing era for the brand after last year’s Note 7 problems with burning batteries. Among the highlights of the new products is Samsung’s Infinity Display, a curved screen that takes up nearly the…

March 30th 2017 Mobile

Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the company amid turmoil

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 Things just seemingly keep getting worse at Uber, which now is reportedly losing its president Jeff Jones according to Recode. The departure comes amid a series of sexual harassment allegations as well as being hit by a lawsuit from Waymo — Alphabet’s self-driving car unit — that threatens to potentially kneecap its autonomous driving efforts. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick… Read More

March 20th 2017 Mobile

How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels

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 That’s why over the past few years, Spotify has been pushing five different paths to putting pressure on the labels to cut it a better royalties deal. They all hinge around the idea of making the labels need Spotify as much as it’s historically needed them. When Spotify launched in 2008, it had no power in the relationship since it had so few listeners. It needed to raise over… Read More

March 19th 2017 Mobile

The League adds read receipts, so paid members can confirm when someone is really ghosting them

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The League read receipts The League, a dating app that users have to apply to join, has a new feature that could help with one of the most agonizing parts of the online dating process — wondering if someone’s deliberately ignoring you or if they just haven’t opened the app in a while. Specifically, The League is importing an idea from other messaging services — read receipts, which tell you… Read More

March 18th 2017 Mobile