Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta

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 At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners drop off in the middle of a show. This sort of client-side data is something podcasters… Read More

Taylor Swift’s new app, The Swift Life, is out now

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 In the midst of an reputational makeover, Taylor Swift is debuting a brand new app called The Swift Life.
The app is a dedicated social network for Swift’s fans, letting them communicate with each other as well as get exclusive pictures, video, news and more direct from T-Swift herself.
And they can communicate with Swift, too. Using an ‘extremely rare and valuable Taymoji&#8217… Read More

Chromecast is back on Amazon

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 Amazon will once again allow sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast on its site, after banning them two years ago in an effort to promote its own Fire TV hardware to online shoppers. The addition of Apple TV is not surprising – Amazon and Apple came to an agreement earlier this year that included the launch of the Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV, and the return of the Apple TV to… Read More

Google adds price tracking and deals to Google Flights, Google Trips and hotel search

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 Google today is expanding its booking features for travelers using Google services including Trips, Flights and hotel search, with a focus on helping people find better rates. For example, Google can now tell you the best time to buy an airline ticket or see when room rates are higher, among other things. These price-tracking features are similar to those that some other travel services,… Read More

Assembla’s new iOS app lets developers manage their repos on the go

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 Software development isn’t exactly something that naturally lends itself to mobile. Who, after all, wants to code on a virtual keyboard and a small screen. But you don’t need to be bound to a desktop or laptop to manage your code or to compare the latest revisions of a file while you’re on the go. It’s maybe no surprise then that Assembla, a cloud-based enterprise… Read More

A new version of Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch rival, hits iOS and Android

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 Microsoft today is officially launching a new version of its Mixer mobile gameplay streaming app, its Twitch rival. The app, which is initially available on Android with iOS arriving soon, was first introduced into beta testing this fall, with a focus on improvements to its overall user experience, content discovery, performance and personalization features. For example, the beta build… Read More

Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

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 Snapchat is finally opening up so outside developers can help it offer infinite augmented reality experiences beyond those it designs in-house. Today Snap launches the Lens Studio AR developer tool for desktops so anyone can create World Lenses that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects in your photos and videos. But brands, news publishers, and developers will have to promote their own… Read More

Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development

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 Instacart is going through some growing pains right now, with Amazon buying Whole Foods this summer and target picking up Alabama-based Shipt in the last week. But growing pains come for a reason — the on-demand grocery delivery platform is getting bigger, just recently signing a deal with the third-largest grocery retailer in North America, Albertsons. Primary credit for that goes to… Read More

CamSoda rolls our WebRTC for truly portable cam activities

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 They say the adult industry usually leads the way with new technology and CamSoda [NSFW LINK], a NSFW cam site, is no exception. The site, which connects models in various states of undress with viewers in similar states of undress, is now supporting WebRTC transmission thereby allowing cammers and viewers alike to stream via mobile phone. The mission is simple: CamSoda wants to let… Read More

Apple’s iMac Pro is a love letter to developers

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Apple iMac Pro The iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit percentage of Mac customers buy the Mac Pro and, in recent years, Apple had been seeing a major rise in “pro” customers of all shades purchasing iMacs because of their incredible screens, all-in-one form factor and overall ease… Read More

Pandora listeners can now watch video ads to access on-demand music

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 Streaming radio and music service Pandora is today introducing a new way for people to pay for on-demand access to music, without having to upgrade to a Premium subscription. For the first time, radio listeners and those on Pandora’s mid-tier offering, Pandora Plus, will be given the option to watch a video ad in order to unlock an on-demand listening session. The company explains in… Read More

A week on the wrist with the Alpina Startimer

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 It’s refreshing to wear a mechanical watch. The soft sweep of the seconds hand reminds us of the fleeting nature of time while the endless ticking in a dark room is a comfort and a spur to action. Add in a little limited edition provenance with big face and crown and you’ve got a stew going. This particular stew is called the Alpina Startimer. It is a pilot’s watch, a watch… Read More

Alibaba will soon begin selling cars using these gigantic vending machines

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 Alibaba last week announced a deal to help Ford sell electric vehicles in China but, aside from the big names involved, the most intriguing part was a proposed vending machine for sales. Now the firm has spilled details of what exactly that will look like. The ‘Car Vending Machines’ are futuristic buildings that look like a gigantic version of something you’d find in Toys… Read More

China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter

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 It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology. This wasn’t a case of a member of the media being forcibly removed from the country. The chase was a stunt set up to illustrate just how powerful and effective the Chinese government’s surveillance system… Read More

The price is right! Pace raises £2.5M to automate hotel room pricing based on demand

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 Pace, a London startup that has developed tech that uses machine learning to let hotels set room prices dynamically based on demand, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The financing round is led by InterGlobe, with participation from Seedcamp, Speedinvest, and Amadeus Capital Partners. The company says it will use the new capital to invest in its tech and marketing teams. Read More

Redbox unveils its service for digital movie purchases and rentals

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Redbox Kiosk Redbox, the company behind the ubiquitous supermarket kiosks for renting DVDs, is moving into the world of digital streaming.
Technically, Redbox On Demand is still in beta, but this marks the broader launch of the streaming service that Redbox was testing last year. It’s available on the web, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and LG and Samsung smart TVs.
To be clear, this… Read More

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client

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 The first thing I download on a new Windows machine – after Chrome, of course – is PuTTY. This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty years and I’m sure it will still remain a favorite but Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move that points to more openness on the part of Redmond. The folks at ServeTheHome… Read More

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