Newer Android Wear Watches Now Work On iOS

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android_wear_ios More than a year after the launch of the first Android Wear watches, Google is now finally bringing iOS support to its smartwatch platform with the launch of its Android Wear mobile app in Apple’s App Store today. This probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Huawei spoiled this launch by announcing iOS support for its upcoming Android Wear watch last week,… Read More

Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.23M In Seed Funding

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Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.55.36 AM There is no shortage of Q&A platforms on the web. But today, a new startup with fresh funding is looking to repurpose the Q&A format into something more valuable for the asker, the answerer, and the general viewer.
Meet Wiselike, which has just picked up $1.23 million in seed funding led by GGV Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, GREE and more.
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The new Xbox One bundle comes with a 1TB hybrid drive and the Elite controller

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Microsoft’s new Xbox One is getting an elite upgrade this fall. The company’s new Elite Bundle features both the beautiful Elite controller announced at this year’s E3 and a 1TB hybrid drive. The console will debut at GameStops and Microsoft Stores this November for $499.

The new One isn’t the first to boast 1TB of storage — Microsoft officially announced a new iteration with a terabyte of storage at E3 — but this is the console’s first hybrid drive with that much space. Microsoft says that players will be able to boot up from energy-saving mode 20 percent faster with the new drive. The Elite Controller, however, is definitely the draw for this bundle, since it adds new features like Hair Trigger Locks and stainless steel paddles in its…

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Which presidential candidate is winning the tech money race?

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It is becoming clear that the road to the White House in 2016 leads straight through Silicon Valley.

Once a bit-player in the political money game, the technology industry came in second behind the oil and gas industry among the top sources for political contributions in the 2012 presidential election. The candidates have noticed and are courting the Valley’s wealthy tech elite.

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Cheap Airfare Finder Hopper Hits Android, Now Books Tickets With Just A Few Taps

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hopper-app Hopper, a travel application launched earlier this year with the goal of helping you pay less for airfare by telling you the best time to buy tickets, is out today with a new version that will actually help you book tickets yourself without leaving the app. Because it was initially sending traffic to third-party websites outside its own service, the company says it was unable to track whether… Read More

Leaked renders reportedly show the upcoming Moto 360 Sport

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The second-generation Moto 360 has been leaking out everywhere over the last month, but up until now we haven’t had a good look at the second smartwatch Motorola purportedly has up its sleeve. Thanks to noted gadget leaker @upleaks, we have our first look at the Moto 360 Sport, reportedly the newest variant of Motorola’s smartwatch.

The Moto 360 Sport closely resembles the upcoming Moto 360, but seemingly with a polyurethane body and band in place of the metal and leather on the standard Moto 360. The renders also show off what appears to be a new fitness tracking app that isn’t available on the current Moto 360, with heart-rate, distance, and pace tracking features. With Motorola’s expected appearance at IFA this week, we…

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Ashley Madison insists it’s not a scam

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Ashley Madison says that women do in fact use its website and are even continuing to sign up, rejecting an analysis last week that said only a few thousand women ever used the site to send a message. It says that during the first half of 2015, the ratio of paying male members to active female members was 1.2 to 1 (men have to pay to send messages on the site; women can use it for free), which suggests a much more vibrant network. Ashley Madison also says that women sent 2.8 million messages during the last week alone. While that figure doesn’t refute Gizmodo‘s analysis, you’d expect those millions of messages to represent more than a few thousand people.

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Moto X Play review

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Moto X 2013: great phone, bad camera. Moto X 2014: great phone, bad camera. What was it that George W. Bush said about not being fooled a third time? After two years of fatally flawed Moto X phones, Motorola has a new X series to sell us in 2015, but this time it’s paying due attention to the camera. The Moto X Play and its premium-tier sibling, the Moto X Style, both have a 21-megapixel camera that Motorola guarantees will make its phones “best in class.” If — and that’s a huge “if” — Motorola can rectify its biggest weakness while retaining the things that make its hardware attractive, it would indeed deserve to be part of that conversation.

The Moto X Play appears to have all the things that a modern smartphone requires and none of…

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AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

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kanvas keyboard AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

Russian government backs down on Wikipedia censorship

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“Because the Wikimedia Foundation uses HTTPS-encrypted connections for all of its sites,” reports Parker Higgins, “the government was left with only the option of ordering the entire site blocked, or leaving the offending page accessible.”

Given the option, the censors backed down, allowing Russians to freely access the online encyclopedia, for now.

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