Vox Media Raises $46.5M At A Reported $380M Valuation

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Vox Media Vox Media, which owns sites like The Verge, Racked, and SB Nation, has raised $46.5 million from General Atlantic at a valuation of $380 million. The new funding, which is supposed to be announced on Monday, was reported in a New York Times article that has been retweeted by Vox Media. We’re taking that as confirmation of the funding amount, but have reached out to Vox to see if the… Read More

Facebook, Google, And Twitter’s War For App Install Ads

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app-install-ads Big brands aren’t the only ones to suck up to anymore. No one buys a car or Coca-Cola on their phone, at least not yet, so proving the return on investment of mobile ads to these businesses is tough. There is one thing people will instantly plop down a few bucks for on the small screen, though: Apps.

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Best Buy puts LG G Watch on sale for just $79 in time for Cyber Monday

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If you’re looking to get your hands on Android Wear for as cheap as possible, we might have a deal for you. Best Buy is selling the LG G Watch, one of the very first Android Wear devices, for $79 as part of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. That’s even better than Google’s sale on the watch, and it’s $150 off the device’s list price. Now, we don’t recommend the G Watch — it’s already been superseded by a newer model and it’s been left in the dust by the competition — but it’d definitely a bargain-basement price. It looks like it’s sold out online, but you might be able to find it at a local Best Buy near you.

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Audience Entertainment Shows Off New Ways To Play Games With Everyone At The Movie Theater

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Audience Entertainment Demo 02 Startup Audience Entertainment aims to get movie watchers twisting and turning as they play games together in the theater. I wrote about the company a few of months ago, when it was about to release a software development kit for outside developers to create content for the platform. The demos I saw then were pretty simple — for example a game where I jumped around to tap falling… Read More

Massive Square Enix sale puts nearly every ‘Final Fantasy’ game ever on sale

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If you’ve been looking to buy just about any Square Enix game ever made, chances are right now might be a really good time to buy. The developer is running a massive Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale through its (admittedly outdated) online store. Over 200 games and DLC packs — available as PC downloads and hard copies for everything from next-generation consoles to the PS2, Xbox 360, and PSP — are included in the sale. Most notably, a huge selection of Final Fantasy titles are included in the sale, as are Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dead Island, Thief, and more.

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Developing a billing system with Django

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In the development of most services there is a need in the internal billing for service accounts. Our service (http://bitcalm.com) also had such a problem. We were not able to find ready-made packages for its solution and in the end had to develop a billing system from scratch.In this article I want to talk about our experiences and pitfalls encountered during development.
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The Algorithm Economy Heads To Amazon

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Hold All The Cords Holidays are a time for families to come together, catch up over great food and drinks, and determine all the technical problems that need solving throughout the house. Indeed, for children growing up in the digital age, the holidays ultimately boil down to free (or more accurately, meal-subsidized) technical support for our most cherished loved ones.
Kids: Amazon has you covered.
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Banks As Commodity Utilities In A New Payment World

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piggy With the recent launch of Apple Pay and leaked screenshots of Facebook integrating payments with Facebook Messenger fintech companies, there is a lot of speculation regarding the future of banking. Backed up by the way-too-often quoted Millennial Disruption Index, Accenture’s Banking 2020 and a range of similar reports tech evangelists predict that Apple, Facebook and Google will become… Read More

Microsoft Lumia phone with a huge camera bump appears in leaked photos

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Microsoft appears to have been developing a new Lumia device with a camera bump that’s bigger or equal in size to the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020. Leaked photos from a Chinese auction site show a device identified only as “Nokia RM-1052” running Windows Phone 8.1 alongside 2GB of RAM and what appears to be a 5-inch 1080p display. The camera bump is the obvious addition here, dominating the rear of this device with its aluminum body.

While it’s possible this device could be an elaborate fake, there are signs that suggest it’s simply a Windows Phone prototype. At the rear of the mysterious handset there is Nokia prototype text, and the device looks unfinished in places. The body seems to be aluminum, but there’s a plastic strip at the bottom…

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Japan’s largest wireless carrier uses a shrimp cannon to promote its LTE network

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2014 is the year of the seafood cannon. We’ve already seen two uses of this pneumatic salmon cannon, and now we’re getting a slow-mo look at a dual-barreled, shrimp-frying cannon. This latest video comes out of Japan, and we have none other than wireless carrier NTT Docomo to thank for the culinary hijinks. Because apparently blasting shrimp through flour, oil, breading, and searing flames is a good way to sell a high-speed LTE network in Japan. Who knew?

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Clime Stickers Are Up For Pre-Order, Will Tell You (And Baby) If It’s Cold Outside

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Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 6.09.02 PM I first covered Clime a few months ago when they were little more than 3D-printed nubbins. Now these nubbins have brains. Essentially they are tiny indoor/outdoor thermometers. You can put them anywhere and then check your mobile device for the temperature. You may have something similar in your home – they used to called them weather thermometers – but older systems are far… Read More

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