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 iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy animation and tons of lag, even in the best of circumstances. Duet, a new app from a team that includes ex-Apple display engineering talent,… Read More

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 Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that’ll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real. Read More

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 Sony’s new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big benefit, when you compare this device against previous SmartWatch models, which have proven overwhelmingly uninspiring. Basics 1.6&#8243… Read More

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 To make it easier for VHX customers to keep track of their content, the company is introducing a Library where all their purchased videos will be stored. Users can now view their library on the VHX website itself, or they can access it through a new VHX iPhone app. Read More

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 Microsoft might’ve said that they’re done shipping their big Xbox One software updates for the year — but that doesn’t mean they can’t release a few new toys in the form of apps! The company has just announced 5 new apps that should be available to Xbox One owners just in time for Christmas. The new stuff: Pandora Vevo Bravo Now Telemundo Now Popcornflix (Not to… Read More

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 Online real estate brokerage Redfin today announced that it has raised an additional $70.9 million in an effort to expand into new markets. The round was led by two large institutional investors, Wellington Management and Glynn Capital Management, with participation by Priceline chairman Jeffery Boyd’s Brothers Brook and Redfin board director Bob Mylod’s Annox Capital, as well… Read More

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 Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you “achieve your dreams,” is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users… Read More

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 In order to generate more awareness about their product, the folks at Creative Labs are giving away 4 Sound Blaster Roar wireless Bluetooth speakers to 4 TechCrunch readers. What is this Sound Blaster Roar device, you ask? This compact 5-driver speaker setup consists of 2 amplifiers and 1 built-in subwoofer, and is about the size of a dictionary. The NFC-compatible device also has a voice… Read More

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 Betaworks latest experiment, Homescreen, has added app profile pages to the platform, letting users see how popular the app is on various Homescreens, important people that are using it, and other apps that either share a drawer or a homescreen with that particular app. “The App Store is a black box,” Homescreen co-founder Matt Hartmann tells me. “We want to make it easy… Read More

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 Mixpanel, which describes itself as offering “the most advanced analytics platform ever,” is announcing that it has raised $65 million in new funding. That round comes entirely from previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder/CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it values Mixpanel at $865 million (the valuation includes the new cash). Read More

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 Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, has finally made good on its promise to recruit a new CEO. Read More

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 Greylock Partners is making a commitment to design, as it’s hired former Facebook product designer and angel investor Bobby Goodlatte to join its consumer team in a hybrid role as associate and designer-in-residence. Read More

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 Last month we reported that Microsoft was considering spinning out MixRadio, but it turns out the music service’s future is with someone else: Japan-based messaging firm Line which just announced an undisclosed deal to buy it. Read More

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 A new mobile application called Dull wants to fill your moments of downtime by offering a feed of random content to mindlessly browse through, including photos, music, GIFs, news and information, products, and more. The end result is an app that lets you stare mindlessly at your phone, when there’s nothing else to do – or when you’ve grown tired of scrolling through… Read More

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 Airbnb is launching a major update to its mobile web experience today in an effort to reach more users accessing the site on their smartphones. The update not only will make the mobile site more attractive and usable for potential guests, but will also make future development easier as Airbnb moves to more responsive design. Read More

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 If you regularly accept payments from magnetic stripe debit or credit cards, you might as well post your customer’s credit card information on Google AdWords. Credit card fraud has become far too common, putting both consumers and businesses at risk. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 37 percent of fraudulent transactions in 2014 were from counterfeit credit cards, and 23… Read More

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It’s time to gather all your startup family and watch the epic annual First Round Capital holiday parody video once again. In this 7th annual creation, we find partners twirling around in ballet attire and telling us, “we’re taking off, taking off,” Taylor Swift-like. Parodies of Pharrell’s Happy, Gurley, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor weave in (“cuz… Read More

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 Telltale Games has announced on its blog that it’s working with Minecraft developer Mojang to create a series of games set in the world of the blocky hit franchise. Read More

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 Estonian startup Taxify is one of a number taxi apps aiming to help tradition taxi firms and drivers fight back against behemoth Uber and its ilk. Read More

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 An Uber driver in Boston has been charged with rape, according to Bloomberg. He allegedly took a female passenger to a secluded area on the evening of December 6 and raped her. Police Commissioner Robert Haas and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan have identified the suspect as Alejandro Done, 46, through Uber records. The statement given by the police says that Uber cooperated… Read More

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 Hampton Creek is on the fast track to eggless world domination. What started out as a little startup with $500,000 in seed from Khosla Ventures and a plan to swap out eggs for pea protein is now selling product in grocery stores, colleges, universities, and restaurants all over the country. The plant-based “Just Mayo” products have shown up in Whole Foods, Costco, Safeway,… Read More

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 Easy Taxi, the Rocket Internet-backed rival to Uber and others, is aborting plans to launch in India and ducking out of two other markets in Asia. Read More

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 Photosharing startup EyeEm has launched version 5.0 of their mobile app on iOS and Android, bringing a slew of changes to their editing system that make it easier to get your photos looking like the shots curated from professionals. Read More

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