Adobe releases its first video editor for Android

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Adobe has been starting to pay more attention to Android, and that continues today with the launch of Premiere Clip, the first video editor it’s brought to Google’s platform. Premiere Clip on Android is pretty much identical to Premiere Clip on iOS, which launched around this time last year: it’s an easy-to-use but surprisingly capable video editor that lets you assemble clips, adjust their look, and put music over them. For those who don’t want to do much editing themselves, the app can also automatically put together videos, matching your clips up to one of its built-in background tracks.

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Online Shoppers Spent Nearly Half A Billion Early Cyber Monday, Sales On Track To Hit $3 Billion

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credit-card-laptop-shopping Though the lines have blurred around Cyber Monday, as retailers have extended their online discounts and savings both before and after the traditionally large online sales day, Cyber Monday is still on track to break records this year. According to new data released this morning from Adobe, the firm expects this Cyber Monday to be the largest online sales day ever with $3 billion in sales by… Read More

LucidCam Hits Its $100K Campaign Goal, Team Partners With Sephora On VR Content

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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 10.47.12 AM When we first met the team building the LucidCam, they aimed to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo. They found their 264 backers to get them there. Their goal remains to bring the ability to shoot immersive virtual reality content with a camera that fits in your pocket. And at a reasonable price ($299). I caught up with Lucid’s CEO, Han Jin, to see what’s next. TC: You hit your goal.… Read More

Amazon will stream the first episode of Transparent’s second season tonight

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Coming off a critically acclaimed and award-winning first season, Amazon’s Transparent is nearing a return. Prime subscribers will be able to stream every episode of season two beginning on December 11th. But before that date rolls around, Amazon will offer fans an early preview by releasing the first episode tonight at 8PM ET / 5PM PT. According to Deadline, “season two begins with a big, white wedding for Sarah and Tammy — but is it happily ever after?”

Transparent‘s cast is led by Jeffrey Tambor, who received the top Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his phenomenal performance as Maura Pfefferman. Season one followed Maura’s transition after decades as the family’s patriarch. The show’s careful mastery of gender identity and…

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The flagship smartphone is dead

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We used to live in simpler times. Five years ago, there was only one iPhone, one Palm Pre, one Nokia N8, and one Xperia X10. Each mobile company’s flagship phone was readily identifiable. But then 2011 and the inexorable rise of Android happened, and now the very idea of a flagship is starting to feel dubious. Is LG’s best phone the G4 or the V10? Is Samsung’s flagship the Galaxy S6 or the Note 5? And which iPhone is Apple’s most important one?

One phone no longer fits all

In today’s mobile world, every smartphone manufacturer recognizes that one size isn’t enough to fit all. Google has the single-handed Nexus 5X and the extra-large Nexus 6P, which are neatly matched by Microsoft’s 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch 950 XL. Beyond the…

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Review: Erykah Badu’s phone-obsessed mixtape explores intimacy and connection

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In a year where the word “mixtape” has been stretched like taffy to describe releases of widely varying length and ambition, there’s something refreshing about Erykah Badu’s minor new tape But You Caint Use My Phone. There’s no pretension or delusions of grandeur about its 11 tracks, many of which live in a liminal space between covers, interpolations, and original compositions; they’re tossed-off and proud of it. Badu, producer Zach Witness, and their collaborators recorded the tape in a Dallas bedroom studio in just under two weeks, and it radiates domestic warmth and good humor. Badu’s son Seven could be gritting through homework in an office next door; his father André 3000 could be laying down a verse nearby; the rapper ItsRoutine…

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Listen To EatFirst CEO Talk Online Restaurant Biz, Rocket Internet, And $8M Series A Round

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Rahul Parekh Earlier today I had a call with Rahul Parekh, co-founder and CEO of EatFirst, the London and Berlin-based online restaurant. We discussed how the startup came about, what exactly an online restaurant is, and being incubated by e-commerce behemoth and ‘startup factory’ Rocket Internet. In addition I asked Rahul about EatFirst’s recent $8 million Series A round. Read More

Smart Driving App Dash Expands Into The Trucking And Analytics Business

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image6 Dash, a driving app we’ve previously described as a “Fitbit for cars”, has announced it is expanding beyond consumer-facing products with Dash XL and Dash IQ, two new products designed for enterprise customers. As a refresher, the company is a combination of a hardware dongle and software app that provides drivers with real-time analytics on your driving habits, car health,… Read More

Say Kids Will Help Parents Dress Their Young Children, With A Membership Model And No Markups

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Say Kids Say Kids is a new online service aimed at millennial parents, offering a membership model for buying young children’s clothing.
The company was founded by husband-and-wife team Carl Ng  and Jennifer Hong. The basic model is to charge a $5 monthly fee, which gives parents access to products designed by Say Kids — the price tag should only cover the cost of producing and… Read More

BlackBerry leaves Pakistan following government backdoor demands

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BlackBerry is pulling out of Pakistan entirely next year, saying it won’t sell devices or services there because the government has demanded access to BlackBerry Enterprise Service emails and BBM chats. Pakistan issued a shutdown order on BlackBerry services in July of this year, telling the country’s mobile phone operators the company would no longer be allowed to operate in the country after Nov. 30 due to “security reasons.” While BlackBerry could have negotiated a deal to keep its reported 5,000 Pakistani enterprise users, it instead chose to leave the country entirely. Beyond its BES services, general consumers using its BIS products will lose access as well.

In a blog post announcing its decision, COO Marty Beard said that while…

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Animal Collective is releasing new album Painting With on February 19th

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Baltimore’s foremost musical mad scientists are back. Animal Collective announced new album Painting With this morning, the band’s first LP since 2012’s Centipede Hz; it’ll be released on February 19th, 2016 through Domino. “FloriDada” is the album’s opener and lead single, and it’s available now. The album’s announcement is coming on the heels of its premiere in an unusual location over the holiday weekend: the band streamed it throughout Baltimore-Washington International Airport for a few hours the night before Thanksgiving and hinted at the release of “FloriDada.”

Animal Collective have charted a strange, unpredictable course through music in the 15 years since debut Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished, wandering from muddy…

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Perk.com Buys Corona Labs For $2.3 Million, Will Combine Cross-Platform App Development With A Rewards Platform

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perk Mobile rewards platform maker Perk.com, which makes apps that reward you for watching TV, unlocking your phone, online shopping, surfing the web and more, announced this morning its plans to acquire the mobile app development platform Corona Labs for a total of $2.3 million. This is the second time Corona Labs has been acquired – in 2014, Fuse Powered bought the Palo Alto-based… Read More

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