Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.53.45 PM If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day.
Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More

Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts

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giftgaming-4 Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for… Read More

Mosquitos Beware, DDG Is Coming For You

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ddr-1 Malaria, a disease rarely found in the US, is a global epidemic, with 219 million cases reported by the CDC in 2010. Caused by a parasite and spread from person to person via mosquito, the disease easily go undetected in its early stages with symptoms that mirror those of the flu. Early detection of Malaria is critical to treatment but is done too infrequently or too late, usually due to… Read More

MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

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photomath-1 Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again. You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it. What if you could just open an app on your phone, point your camera at your textbook, snap a picture and get the detailed instructions to solve your equation. This is exactly what PhotoMath does. The team is launching this app today at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

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iPhone Apps Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the… Read More

iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

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ipad-mac-event0124 Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

John Oliver’s all-dog Supreme Court on ‘Last Week Tonight’ is hilarious and free for anyone to remix

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Comedian newscaster John Oliver has aired some hilarious and incisive sketches so far throughout the first season of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight. But there’s a new top dog among them: last night’s bit featuring an all-animal Supreme Court. Inspired by Keyboard Cat, the sketch — which features dogs as the nine justices, a duck as an assistant, and a pitch-perfect pecking chicken as a stenographer — is meant to mock the absurdity of the US Supreme Court’s refusal to allow its proceedings to be televised, despite permitting audio recordings. Using actual audio of the nine Supreme Court justices (from the ongoing case Holt vs. Hobbes, about whether prisons can force Muslim prisoners to trim their beards), Oliver’s crew, “spent an…

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A preventable coding error knocked out 911 service for millions

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For hours on an April day this year, 6,600 emergency calls from people in seven states didn’t reach responders. The 911 outage affected 11 million people; in Washington state, every single person was affected. And in a new report investigating the causes of the outage, the FCC found this: “It could have been prevented. But it was not.”

According to the report, the outage was caused by a simple coding error. A Colorado-based company, Intrado, Inc., which many service providers rely on for 911 infrastructure services, failed to properly route calls to emergency responders because of a bug in its software. Essentially, the coding error caused the system to stop giving unique IDs to 911 callers, and instead began counting them, one after…

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Lobster Is A Marketplace For Licensing Affordable User-Generated Content

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lobster-7 Lobster hopes to take advantage of the wide array of content users are already freely posting on apps like Instagram or on sites like Flickr… and to help them make a little bit of money on it. And all they have to do is add the #ilobsterit hashtag, which will opt them into making a particular piece of content available for sale. Read More

IO Feels Like A Human Friend Who Gives Great Restaurant Recommendations

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talkto.io-6 Siri sucks. We’re all aware of this. Which works out well for IO, the Russian company behind a social concierge app that can answer any question you have about restaurants.
The product is called TalkTo, and if I wasn’t here to tell you that TalkTo is a machine, you might mistake it for a real-life, brilliant human being. Read More

La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service

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La Belle Assiette French startup La Belle Assiette just raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from angel investors, such as BlaBlaCar’s Nicolas Brusson, eFounders’ Thibaud Elzie?re, Nicolas Bourdin, the three founders of l’Atelier des Chefs and Kima Ventures. As a reminder, with La Belle Assiette, you can browse and find the perfect chef for your lunch or dinner party. He or she will then… Read More

Chinese Government Accused Of Staging ‘Malicious Attack’ On Apple’s iCloud Service

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icloud-china1 China’s government is being accused of trying to wiretap Apple customers in the country. Great Fire, a reputed non-profit organization that monitors Internet censorship in China, claimed today that Chinese authorities have laid a trap to snare log-in details for iCloud users via a “malicious attack.” Great Fire said that a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack has been… Read More

Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Resigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

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Image_New Punchbowl Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just snagged a large handful of new brand partnerships from major players, including Sesame… Read More

Watch this: The Simpsons recreates Adventure Time, South Park, Archer, Pokemon, and many more

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Saxophone enthusiast Lisa Simpson closed last night’s Treehouse of Horror episode with this terribly meta thought:

“I just had a worrisome thought. If there could be two incarnations of The Simpsons why couldn’t some evil marketing entity produce millions of others?”

And so we get this wonderful montage care of “some evil marketing entity,” wherein various incarnations of The Simpsons family inspired by various cartoons from around pop culture all descending upon the house.

Here are the references we caught:

  • Various Japanese anime (Homer as Roronoa Zoro / “Pirate Hunter Zero” from One Piece, Bart as Naruto, Maggie as Pikachu from Pokemon, and Lisa as Mikasa from Attack on Titan)
  • Adventure Time (in this world, Princess…

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Skype’s new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone

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Microsoft is updating its Skype for Windows Phone app today and it’s introducing an entirely new feature: drawing. The addition allows Windows Phone owners to draw on a canvas, add ink to photos, or annotate maps and send the results to contacts over Skype. While other rival messaging clients have already supported drawing, it’s unusual to see Microsoft add this support to just the Windows Phone client. Microsoft makes no mention of future drawing support for its Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows clients, but it’s safe to assume this feature will make it across all platforms soon.

Other improvements in the Skype for Windows Phone update include new HD screen support, faster app resume time, and the ability to automatically sign in using the…

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Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

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4011614481_dac360ba89_o Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate, which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process.… Read More

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